2nd Half Benchmarks In Reach For Blackhawks

With the All-Star Game in the rear view mirror, there are a number of Blackhawks who have some significant individual milestones on the horizon.

Sharp Keith

Patrick Sharp is eight points away from reaching 500 in a Blackhawks sweater. His 492 points are only three behind Eric Nesterenko for 15th all-time for the organization, and Bob Murray sits only 22 points ahead of Sharp as well.

Jonathan Toews is also chasing 500 points in a Blackhawks sweater – which, for him, is a career total. Toews is ten points behind Sharp with 482 career points.

Duncan Keith is three points away from becoming the fifth defenseman to reach 400 career points as a member of the Blackhawks. He will join Doug Wilson (779), Murray (514), Chris Chelios (487) and Pierre Pilote (477).

Corey Crawford needs five wins to pass Jocelyn Thibault for fourth all-time in wins among Blackhawks netminders. Crawford currently has 133 wins in 241 appearances; Thibault had 137 wins in 321 appearances for Chiacgo.

Patrick Kane had 51 points in 47 games before the All-Star Break. He finds himself 52 points behind Jeremy Roenick for eighth place in franchise history. Will he do it this season?

Finally, Toews, Sharp and Kane will be in a race to see who can crack one of the franchise’s all-time top 3 down the stretch this season. Cliff Koroll currently ranks third in Blackhawks history with 39 game-winning goals. Toews (38), Sharp (37) and Kane (35) are all among the top seven in team history. Could all three pass Koroll this season?

17 thoughts on “2nd Half Benchmarks In Reach For Blackhawks

  1. Loved the “miniscrum” that broke out after some stick work on Crawford in the 2nd of last night’s all star game. I don’t know of a single player in the league who shouldn’t want to play with Toews. Even in the all-star game he is all about winning. It is meaningless, but did anyone else see how pissed he was that his team was getting destroyed in the skills competition and then eventually losing by a closer margin.

  2. A few other personal marks I hope are met or exceeded:

    Hossa: 10 more goals to give him 20. He’s never scored less than 20 goals in a season since his rookie year in 98/99 when he got 15 goals except the lockout season when he had 17 goals in 40 games.

    Saad: 5 more goals and 18 more points giving him 20 goals and 50 points which would surpass the 19/47 he had last season.

    Sharp: 11 more goals to give him 20. He’s had at least 20 goals in every season since his first full season whith the Hawks in 06/07 except the lockout year.

    Bickell: 11 more goals to give him 20, surpassing the 17 he got in 20/11.

    Teravainen: play in the NHL the rest of the way. No stat thresholds to be met – just gain experience.

  3. Thanks for the info Tab. Another indication of the special talent we have playing in Chicago presently. This kind of talent would fatten any coaches resume.

  4. Mike Richards on waivers! WOW . .. I’d take him, i think for sure over Richards, the guy sort of fits the Hawks mo and fits maybe with a Dave Bolland type sort of, can not figure out why he struggles with the KINGS but it they let him GO he’s got issue. But I like the guy and think a fresh start might work if not let him go?

  5. The problem with Mike Richards is he as a cap hit of almost $6M for another 5 or 6 years. The Hawks can’t afford that even if he were playing as well as he was a few years ago, which he isn’t.

    The best thing for the Hawks would be that no team claims Richards and allows the Kings to offload his Cap hit. Better they remain stuck with him and don’t have room under the cap to shore up their defense.

  6. I think if they buyout his contract in summer they have to eat 2/3 for 10yrs. That would be stupid.

    Their only going save .925, so maybe they have a trade already done (%retained) and want to see if a team takes the caphit first.

    Would be nice if they have to eat the caphit for this yr. A trade with %retained would still help us because they would eat that for 5 more yrs.

  7. Eric Nesterenko, Pierre Pilote…Bob Murray, Doug Wilson, Cliff Koroll, ..Wow how many generations of Blackhawks have I gone through! Great and historic champions all and to think we have what we have now…closing in on some big records and names there guys!

  8. During lull times like this dreaded All Star break for us diehard fans we experience a sort of “withdrawal” from the nightly games around the league and our beloved Blackhawks. This article by Tab about closing in on records and mentioning some older players from the past got me to thinking about just who the heck was my favourite Blackhawk of all time. Thats a real tough one and at least 30 players come to mind in a flash…I’m sure its the same for most of you, So…its 1962 and the scene is my schoolyard during recess. I’m in Grade 4, still a kid. We brought our hockey cards to school every day to play knockdowns, closies or to trade…never risking our cherished ones but rather to show them off. That day a big tall kid from Grade 7 or 8…everyone knew him ..makes an announcement.. ..he will trade 50 …Fifty…cards of your choice for a Chico Maki. Big buzz amoung us all. I knew I had that card and it was not in my most cherished selections. I went thru them and sure enough there he was…Chico Maki…not letting on anything I asked my buddies what this was all about. They told me that the Chico Maki card was really really hard to get. Hardly anyone ever even saw one let alone had one. I had no knowledge of this before and quickly put Chicos card to the top of my cherished pile and never mentioned a word to anyone. For the next couple of years Chico Maki was my favourite Blackhawk.

  9. Mining Man, it’s funny you mention that because Chico Maki was my first favorite Hawk too. I’ve alway kinda gravitated to the players that weren’t the biggest stars, like Bobby and Stan, so I took a liking to Chico and he became my faovrite player during that era.

    I’d have to split my vote for my favorite player these days – Hossa and Hjalmarsson.

  10. Wall, found these comments which point some good things. 73m would be better but 72ish is way better then any negative thoughts people have been having of 69/70.

    Of interest, however, is that the NHL’s projected $72-million cap number is includes the five percent escalator/inflator.
    “Yes it is,” said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly. “The CBA actually contemplates the five percent as standard. I don’t anticipate that’s going to be an issue. Because I think the players’ association wants to make sure where the cap goes as well, because it’s in their interest to do it. I don’t anticipate any issue on the five percent inflator.”

    “No one can project where it’s going, but the point I’m making is, you are not going to see a dramatic difference. The cap is computed based on currency on a daily basis, it’s averaged over the season. So even with an 80-cent Canadian dollar, still looking at a cap of almost $72 million.”
    And the reason for that is the NHL’s fiscal year is already three quarters of the way through. That’s very important to note.

    Keep in mind it’s an average of the Canadian dollar over the season that they calculate …so they are lucky that it was high 80’s for a good chunk of the time.

  11. Not into the market stuff but an economist today projected a bottom out of the Canadian dollar at 75 cents, in the next few months.

  12. Chico or Wayne Maki, Stan, Bobby, Eric N,.. I was always charmed(?) by Kenny Wharuum (sp?) and Whitey Stapelton. Why, no idea but as kids are, there is no real reason

  13. Noonan, I not as well. I not sure but I think if the first 9mths avg. was .89 and the next 3mths avg. is even at that .75 that would be a yr avg. of .855 which would be around that 72.375m area.

  14. One thing that is considered but not much talked about is the KHL. The NHL does not want to lose popular players to the KHL. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your point of view) the Ruble has nosedived. Players salaries are in question. If the KHL can not keep salaries high, the NHL has little reason to push the Cap. However, if the Ruble and Russian economy recover, lots of money will be floating around

    Bottom Line: The NHL does everything it can to keep players here

  15. Good choices there Ebony…glad I wasnt the only Chico fan out there…for this team I think Corey Crawford embodies the Blackhawk look and spirit..everyone else is a very very close second!

  16. Hey Mike O’ Regan …Kenny Wharram, Stan Mikita and Ted Lindsey formed the Scooter Line…Lindsey was later replaced by Ab McDonald and then Ab replaced by Doug Mohns …all three versions of the Scooter Line. Wharram and Mikita were a deadly pair for sure.

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