Blackhawks Acquire Drake Cagguila, Jason Garrison From Edmonton

On Sunday afternoon the Blackhawks acquired forward Drake Caggiula and defenseman Jason Garrison from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for defensemen Brandon Manning and Robin Norell.

Caggiula, 24, has recorded 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in 29 games with the Oilers this season. He scored 13 goals in 67 games last year. Cagguila played with Nick Schmaltz at the University of North Dakota. His contract has an AAV of $1,500,000 and is signed through the 2019-20 season.

Garrison, 34, has scored one goal in 17 games with Edmonton this season. His contract has an AAV of $650,000 and is signed through the 2018-19 campaign.

Manning, 28, signed a two-year contract with the Blackhawks this past summer with a $2.25M AAV. He was tremendously underwhelming in 27 games with Chicago, recording one goal and two assists.

Norell, who turns 24 on Feb. 18, was originally drafted by the Blackhawks in the fourth round (#111 overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft. He was loaned to Djurgardens IF of the Swedish Hockey League this season, where he has three assists in 28 games.

98 thoughts on “Blackhawks Acquire Drake Cagguila, Jason Garrison From Edmonton

  1. Bowman did very well in the Schmaltz trade. I like Cagguila’s game here a lot as well.

    Signing Bowman & Davidson in the first place was awful by Bowman. But he’s traded twice well post-Quenneville now.

  2. I like Stan cleaning up his mistake, would have preferred him not making it in the first place, but here we are.

  3. Good trade for the Hawks. A bit more depth at forward and removing an extra d-man that was making too much money. Hawks need another small forward like a hole in the head but overall a good deal.

  4. Read a couple of Oilers blogs. They would rather have Cagguilla than Manning lol

    Manning “Hi Connor. Sorry aboot your clavicle.” Dead silence in dressing room

  5. Tab completely agree on his two post Q trades.
    Wonder how the roster shakes out with 15 forwards and 7 dmen (including garrison) the soon to be activation of davidson and jokiharju returning from world juniors/

  6. Let’s just call it Manning for Cagguila (weren’t we in the running to sign him as a UFA out of college)? Maybe Cagguila turns into a player, but Manning was a mistake the entire way. Really happy to be able to move him without paying someone to take him off our hands.

  7. What is the Edmonton GM smoking? Tab spot on. Why would anyone trade anything for Manning? He would have gotten waived eventually, they could have claimed him if they were worried (lol) another team might claim him. Now that is dense.

    That forward has a little bit of an edge. Q wouldn’t mind him, he’s not bad.

  8. Edmonton sport daily:

    “I’m honestly not sure what to say about this trade. Manning is not good, purposely hurt McDavid in 2015 and is another left shot D. Is Drake Caggiula good? He’s not great, but he’s better than Manning. The fact Chiarelli could lose a Caggiula trade is so laughable it is amazing.”

    Lol

  9. Wow. Stunning. I had to watch the NHL ticker twice. I watched Caggiula live, a few times. He goes to the dirty areas, shoots constantly and loves to score. I cannot believe Stan got rid of the Manning mistake for him.
    For those who have not seen him, he is a much better player than Dylan Sikura at this point. Leaps and bounds. Hopefully Stan does not pull a “duclair” and dump him after acquiring him.
    Garrison becomes our number 7 defenseman and a really solid citizen. Likely moved at the deadline for a 6th rounder.

  10. Thanks to Chiarelli for a belated x-mas gift. Caggiula will add real competition for Kahun and Sikura in the top 9. Nice trade.

  11. I don’t think any of us liked the Manning signing, but at least Bowman cleaned it up today. The trade is a win for the Hawks simply by Manning’s contract being gone.

  12. Craig N – spot on re Sikura.

    As a somewhat relevant aside, Frolik is on the trading block, he would be a huge upgrade penalty killing and 4th line. I’m not a huge fan of the welcome home trades overall, but assuming his contract expires at the end of this season, this would be an upgrade bottom six.

  13. Here are the logistics of the trade. Caggiula is signed for next year, as is Manning. So that’s a push. Norell and Garrison are expiring contracts. So for each GM it’s a match.
    At the hockey level, Stan fleeced Ciarelli. Caggiula will flourish under Colliton. He has 7 goals this year. The same number as Schmaltz. He is the opposite type player though. Plays within the dots and shoots, shoots, shoots.

  14. Craig N- spot on Re: The Jeweler

    I chanted Ca-jewela here when he was Free agent… SB must be reading this site now- in search of answers (SB- must have read my comments on Schmaltz being under-whelming this year too) … really like Caggulia’s wheels/fiesty play…
    with ability to finish… He was a stud PKer for North Dakota

    Me thinks he could easily replace Kahun on 1st line… The Jeweler has better finish than Kahun… and really can play up tempo- which the Hawks are starting to play last couple weeks… Is he a “real” 1st liner??? NO- but improvement over Kahun- who is really a 3rd line guy on a good team… so- it’s a step in the right direction- +
    getting rid of Manning- is 2 steps in right direction

  15. Don’t see a negative from the Hawks perspective whether Caggiula does much or not. Clears about $750K in cap space for next season ($2.25M – $1.5M) and Manning had no spot on the Hawks blue line so it helps clear the deck a bit. Bottom line is at least Stan didn’t have to throw in a legit prospect to unload Manning so that alone makes it a positive trade.

  16. Nothing from prospects at wjc today
    Kurashev only one playing. Others up tomorrow.

    Hagel with assist today and a late one last night.
    Nalimov has played in 4 games now with new khl team 1.88 gaa and .896 sv%.

    Cagguila nice pickup, Bowman wanted him out of University so nit surprised he would trade for him. Garrison alot easier to deal with if he clears waivers, as he would have no cap hit in minors. Manning would a little over a million caphit in minors for this year(pro rated) and next also. Norrell seems a puzzler the Oilers would want him even more than Manning is.
    Missed the game last night but a nice victory, like seeing all the pisitive feedback from the posts.

  17. I actually feel bad for McDavid-wow! Who got the best player? and it really doesn’t matter that the Hawks did. Curious if he can skate well?
    Ian that is a weird stat-1.88 and less than a .900 save percentage. He must not get many shots.

  18. For those of us that felt there was chaos in upper management for the last 5 years or so, mostly about the inability of the coach and GM to get on the same page – I think we are seeing a cleansing of the roster and improvement that we would not have seen had we not changed coaches. I feel that the FA signings coming into the season were for a coach who wanted more vets available to him and that included a goalie. But now with the coaching change, we are seeing an attempt to prepare for the future instead of winning at all costs right now.

    I like it.

    It doesn’t take an expert to know Q wasn’t a fan of playing young players who didn’t have finely honed skills, or were going to be turning the puck over more often than he could stand and watch (though he seemed willing to watch veterans – even core players – do it with a frequency that was more than alarming). He was NEVER going to develop younger unrefined players on his watch. We were stuck in a cycle of mediocrity because of his impatience and Stan’s big contracts. Q lost the power struggle, and now we are putting together a roster that will reflect a younger team with a smaller veteran core, a core that will either put up what we expect or take a back seat. I will call this progress.

    Hopefully Forsling can make it all the way back after last year. He looks okay to me, but not quite as good as he was at the early part of last season. Poor Joki got destroyed after a similar start this year, drawing the short straw on his blueline partnership that caused him to be on an island far far FAR too often. That partner has now been reigned in and is playing a more respectable part, even seen delivering the hits we haven’t seen in years (unless they were retaliatory in nature with his stick). Kids are now being shown good examples as Kane is hustling back to get involved in the defensive end instead of grabbing a knee at center ice while others do the work for him. The Captain is actually listening to and conversing with the new head coach behind the bench. Kids notice that too. Apparently it took an outsider brought in to secure the goaltending mess we had last year to draw the blood in the locker room – I have no understanding why it couldn’t be done by the guys wearing letters, but I may be misinformed. That rant may be the most important save he makes as a Blackhawks goalie. Let him tend the net on Tuesday – he has earned it here and as a professional. Delia will get his opportunities in time.

    I like the direction. I like all of the great reports (thank you for that) about the youngest kids and their progress. Dcat is back. Saad plays as hard as he did with Hossa. Toews looks like a real player again.

    Just please remember to be patient with the kids on the backline. 150-200 games is the standard. Most are a long way from that mark. Allow them time to make mistakes and to learn from them. Sometimes it will be ugly, but then we will also get to see the growth – like with Gus. Who really doesn’t want him running our PP? Give him some space to learn the rest of his defensive game.

    We have the start of a really good core on defense, and if the junior players grow like we expect, we may actually be rich on the back end. The last 2 trades have been a big change to our team, and in my opinion the kind of trades that will help us. Competition is good and makes everyone better.

    Happy New Year to all. Have a great time, but please be safe.

    I had hoped Santa would bring us a right handed shot who can one-time the puck. At least we didn’t get coal.

  19. And YES – this is now Stan’s roster and bench. EVERYTHING is now on him. I give him to about this time next year to see whether he makes what would seem to be obvious moves for us. A full evaluation should be done in the last half of next year, with a big close-up look at moves this off-season and draft.

    Tick tock.

  20. Caggiula was an underperformer with Edmonton for three seasons but he led North Dakota to the 2016 NCAA Championship and was named the Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player. Sometimes, it’s a matter of a change in scenery, in this case coming to a better organization. Thanks to Nigrelli for his observations on Caggiula’s quality of play. If the Hawks traded Manning for no one in return it would have been worth it.

    This may be another small step forward in the rebuild.

  21. Seems like a cap dump for both teams both hoping they come out ahead with their individual needs being met; along with a new scenery for players who hopefully are trying to prove they deserve a contract past the one they have.

    Nice community service by Davisdon to Chicago. Good Luck and Carry On.

  22. Silent spot, GREAT post. You hit a lot. Keep up the good work.
    And as always, thanks to Tab for his great work and putting up with us all in 2018.
    Oh and lastly, I personally would like our forwards to not leave the zone too fast. Am very tired of seeing the other teams D intercepting the puck in our zone while our forwards are at the red line. Can make sense when our D has time and space to make that pass but it does not work out that way often enough.
    Stretch pass, use to be called cherry picking.

  23. Wrap when juniors over kinda hope to see a Gus/Joki and Keith/Murphy for a top 4. With Seabrook, Dahlstrom, Forsling on 2rd pair. One of last 2 could end up in Rockford or not. Davidson or Garrison could be both be waived too.

    I have no problem with Kahun playing on Toews line. Only does on 5 on 5 and he plays shorter shifts so Kane gets some ice time with them to try and utilize 88 more.

  24. Should be 3rd pair, typo.
    Cagguila should fit in with Kampf and Debrincat on 3rd line and Sikura could end up being sent down or else have to waive somebody, less likely when Kunitz unless he agrees to it can’t be, with a nmc.

  25. Cagguila- watching him w/ Schmaltz in NCAA…. plays a lot like Fortin- very quick, likes to leave and fly the zone early, good Fore-check

    Like Fortin- sometimes “cherry-picks”… BUT- this could be an asset if he plays with right combo of D/and Forwards who can “lead him into Break-aways”… Fortin- had several break-aways for Hawks… Kid was just a terrible finisher…

    Cagguila- has more finish than Fortin

    At very worst- SB won this trade – due to lower financial terms

  26. Nice “shout outs”Silent Spot”! Right on about the times it takes for the Back end to develop Hope u r watching the World Juniors and seeing Bovquist play for the Swedes Wow No if we can only not give away the puck in the neutral zone so much( getting better), and like Wall said if we could get some “ finishers” on some of 5ose breakaways I would be happy GREAT TRADE

  27. Put one in the plus column for Bowman. Out with the bad, and in with the not so bad, and some spending money down the road. Not sure what Oilers were thinking, but they appear to have been fleeced simply by taking Manning(bad player) and his over priced contract. Oiler fans have to be thinking WTF? One thing Bowman should get credit for is moving some of his contract mistakes. It’s as though he wakes up in the morning and realizes “what have I done?”, and the player is gone. Some anyway…

    In the end, Bowman could have kept this season more competitive with a few player off season moves that would have made a positive impact on the roster. Before this season started, Bowman and management could have laid out a team plan for the fans to digest. Instead SB and John McDonough, talked about winning and making playoffs, which basically told the fans we were stupid to believe that BS given the roster we all saw. The opening season roster was thin. Everyone could see this. Then the Q mess that should have happened over the summer if it was going to happen at all. That surely put the Cup winning vets into shock when that went down, and the losing record tailspin that ensued was not surprising. Never mind putting Colliton in the shit without a rope to grab. Someday we will get the real story behind Q getting the pink slip.

    On a positive note the debacle that was the Hawks D corps is showing some signs of improvement. JC system changes, minutes reductions for Duncs and Seabs, the return of Murphy in better form, and the add of Dahlstrom is yeielding better results. Gus looks much more committed to defensive responsibilities has also helped over the past 2-3 weeks. Most importantly special teams appear to have bottomed out(could it have been any worse??) My God, games where Hawks actually score not one but two PP goals? I gotta pinch myself watching these miracles to make sure I’m not dreaming. Strome add appears to have created some stability with the forward line combos imo.

    Just think of all the fun we have had and it’s only mid season! It’s kind of weird to be a Hawks fan and view this team now as an underdog, but that’s the way I look at it. The glass is both half full, and half empty. We are aren’t quite sure yet what to expect with this group game in game out, because it has been all over the place. They beat a good Avs team on the road twice recently, although Delia was huge in deciding those contests. The team IS playing better though, and winning division games. Scoring first and actually holding leads. If they beat the B’s tomorrow maybe they keep this run rolling a bit longer.

    Happy New Year to Tab and all those that spend their time to post!

    Let’s Go Hawks!

  28. A lot of good posts – likewise I can’t believe EDM gave the Hawks Caggiula for Manning and Garrison for Norell – it’s like they’re purposely doing us a favour

    Caggiula from when I’m seen him looks NHL forward depth – he can play on the Hawks roster whilst Manning can’t – I’m guessing Hitch wants a bruiser (didn’t he have Polak in St. Louis) in the way it seems Q wanted Manning but that type of D man is almost obsolete now

    Agree with others that Caggiula will slot in ahead of Sikura at the moment and maybe get a shot with Toews

    I like your projected top 4 D Ian once Joki returns – at the moment I would guess Forsling returns to RKF until space opens up on D through a trade

    They could waive Garrison but he might as well stay as a 7th D and have one of Forsling/Dahlstrom play a lot in RKF

  29. Right now on defense, we have 2, 5, 7, and 56 as firm. That leaves three dogs – 28, 42, and 63 – and two bones. You could send down 28 just to focus on development, but he’s making that hard. 42 and 63 are arguably at the make or break point in terms of wearing the Indian Head. 42 is less consistent/combative but he has had his moments. 63 is unspectacular but steady. I don’t know the solution, but club is sure a lot better at the back than it was a couple of months ago.

  30. Wrap see they waived Garrison with Rockford if he clears as landing spot. So Davidson only question mark about waiving.
    All i was thinking is Seabrook and Dahlstrom as 3rd pair likely and against thr faster teams Forsling could play and add speed to stop the bleeding some.

  31. Want to thank Tab for this site with his timely and interesting analysis.

    I do not have the time to study the Blackhawks or NHL like most of you, but have been following hockey since 1965 (went to a hockey camp in Ontario; best two weeks of my life.) I learn so much from all of you and appreciate your enthusiasm and analysis.

    Am believing the Hawks are on the long-term upswing. Have been critical of Bowman going back three years, when it was unpopular at this site. In fairness, he has made some good trades the past two years and I like his two first round picks this year, as well as selecting Wise. Delia a GREAT signing.

    Agree with Silent Spot that Q wanted to win now (or felt pressure to do so), even with newly-acquired mediocre vets. JC just may be the right coach at this time. By letting the youngsters play, they will make mistakes, improve their skills, while gaining confidence, Let’s hope this results in many heart-breaking, competitive one-goal losses so we can get very high 1st and 2nd round picks. And don’t overplay Delia, who may be our newly discovered gem. He may win too many games. Also, don’t overplay Kane and Toews. We need them healthy and fresh for years to come. To me, it should be all about preparing to be a (deep) playoff team next year and beyond.

    Wishing all of you a Happy and Healthy New Year!

  32. Noonan
    Nalimov 4 games
    223 mins
    1win, 2L, 1 tie
    1.88 gaa
    .896. Sv%
    7 ga, 60 saves

    Odd numbers but thats what they are, shots against are low

  33. Thanks Ian re: waiving Garrison. I forgot Davidson was now available for 7th D duty

    I like Forsling long term but I’d rather he play a lot in RKF than only start periodically for the Hawks – he’s still waiver exempt

    I’m starting to see a lot of value in trading Keith at the TDL if we can get a 1st and a good prospect plus it opens room on the D and Keith is not going to get any better than he is now

  34. Now that the Hawks have won 5 of 6 I’m concerned Hawks management may be getting a woody regarding playoff possibilities. The concern is getting stuck in the middle between being a legitimate Cup contender and being bad enough to get a top draft pick. Either be a top-5 team or a bottom-5 team, not one of the 20-some teams in between because it’s near impossible to break free from the middle of the pack.

    I think these next 5 games (or so) are critical – either way – to guide Stan on whether to be buyers or sellers. The Hawks sit at 36 points with 41 games remaining. If they win the next 5 games they will be at 46 points in 36 games remaining. If 94 points will be required to grab the last wild card spot the Hawks would need 48 points in their last 36 games (1.33 points per game). If the Hawks lose the next 5 games they would need 58 points in their last 36 games (1.61 ppg). The best team in the league (TB) has 62 points in 39 games (1.58 ppg). The best team in the W.C (WPG) has 50 points in 38 games for a 1.31 ppg.

    I would argue that even if the Hawks win their next 5 games they are not capable of playing better than the best team in the conference over their last 36 games. But, Stan/McD may be grasping at slim hopes more than is realistic to sell their product – and that is my concern.

    Therefore, as much as it goes against the grain, I hope the Hawks lose the next 5 games so all unrealistic playoff hopes can be once and for all dashed and then we can get back to wanting them to get better and play well and build for next season.

  35. Addendum: If there’s even a glimmer of hope to get into the playoffs I doubt Stan/McD would consider making a bold move like trading Keith. However, if all hope for making the playoffs is gone, it opens up the possibility of trading Keith or some other bold rebuilding type move.

    For me, I think trading Keith makes sense. He is the most attractive trade asset and even if the Hawks retain some salary they should be able to get something valuable back to speed up the rebuild.

  36. @ER – Completely agree regarding being concerned with how Bowman will look at this team this year. If this team is not a seller come the deadline, there is a problem.

    @Wraparound – Also agree regarding trading Keith (if he is amenable.) I can’t see the Hawks being Cup contenders next year, two years seems premature but doable, three years seems realistic considering the age of our best blue line prospects. Keith is valuable to a team who has Cup aspirations now, not three years from now.

    If the Hawks do decide to be sellers at the deadline, who on the team should be dealt and what kind of realistic return could be expected? Kruger? Gustafsson? Anisimov? Sikura?

  37. ER and Miro – it’s not Stan I worry about, it’s McD

    Believe it or not I think Stan has a realistic view of this team even if they continue on a upwards trend I think he would trade Keith for the right return because of the points Miro makes but McD may not want to for marketing reasons

    Therein lies the rub – if Stan gets to make hockey moves I think he’ll consider a Keith move very seriously because as ER said he’s our best TDL asset

    Kruger I expect to go at TDL but not AA – he might go around the draft although if Stan gets offers for AA at the TDL I hope he also gives trading AA serious thought

  38. after going 0-8, 3-16 overall I think we knew then for once and for all. That we would need to get used to new system and have a 16-3 kind of stretch to get back where we were and to have a shot at 3or4 seed.
    Be the same guys we talked about in OCT, for trades.
    38 trade got us what it got, so cant expect exactly same, can be very similar though.
    good thing for top 5 skill, is we knew we were going to win some games and now we now the same for when were at now. Same thing will happen for taking some hits.

    The question is NWJ is terrible, other then theor 20 game pixie dust last yr, there the worst team as the other bottom teams got better and are alla round .500, only LA and OTT have come down. Were not a bottom 10 team, even after going 3-16, we just didnt have a full roster. So NWJ looks to be a ‘true’ bottom 5 team, LA STL and CHI are better teams just did shitty. So hopefully every other ‘true’ bottom 10 teams stays around .500 or we could easily be 11th pick.
    Like you said going 25-20 or 20-25 is the difference in top 5 skill. Right now were ahead in the 25-10 but that could swing (just like does right afterwhen you lose a lot or win a lot) and we could be on pace for the 20-25.
    We can keep it around .500 then tank the last 5 we get the all important 20-25 and top 5 skill.

  39. Thanks Tab for the sight, really enjoy it.
    The blueline and will be constant transition he next couple of years as prospects emerge and some fade. Besides the big 4 there is also Krys, Carlson and Galvas as top 4 potential too. Plus alot of others who have ability to maybe be solid NHL defensemen. Hopefully Delia is the answer between the pipes. Forwards are getting there with a couple of big adds, fa and draft pick.

    Prospects today,
    Wjc Boqvist 5 shots and 19:55 toi.
    Entwistle, Mitchell on ice now, Barrett and Jokiharju later.
    All 7 prospects will be in QFs
    Swede vs Swiss
    Czechs vs USA/Finn winner
    USA/Finn loser vs Can/Rus loser
    Can/Rus winner vs Slovakia

    Chl
    Beaudin 1a
    Ryczek 2a
    Gravel 1a stopped 29 of 30 shots win

    NCAA Olafsson 1a

    Happy New Years

  40. Thanks and good work, best Blackhawks blog of every one there is. That’s got to make you feel good. Only post here and read one other blog other then Chicago website.

  41. Drake G? Who cares? Could not put up points with McDavid! Another undersized player who was never drafted.
    Defending Stan for getting rid of Manning is a joke. He has made so many bad trades and signings yet some of you on this board want to start giving him compliments? Listen, it is still the usual suspects carrying the load! 88, 2, 7, 19…nothing has changed. No one he has drafted except for SAAD and CAT in the last 10 years!
    How about Santa Bowman trying to fix this great trade: Danault and Romanov (2nd round pick, best Russian player at Junior Chanpionship) for Fleishmann and Weise?
    Drake G, Sikura, Kampf, Hayden, etc…all AHL players at best! Another 2 goals by DANUALT tonight!!!!

    HAWKS have been outshot almost the entire season in games and if not for 50, 88, 19, 2, 7, 20 where would they be? And now everyone gets excited about DELIA? Delia, another undrafted goalie….where do those guys end up most of the time…As DARLING?

    Let’s fire this GM please!

  42. Hull, Strome is better than Schmaltz. Hes been more productive. Kane has been better partly because of his play. Accept the fact that that was a good trade by SB. Be fair.

  43. Mo,

    the PP prior to Strome was 12.7% and dead last.
    During his time it has been 19.2%
    and is 15.4% on the season, and 24th overall.

    happy new year

  44. PP success probably due to coaching change approach alot more than personnel.
    Just a reality check the Blackgawks would need to go something like 26-9-7 the rest of the way to have a shot at plsyoffs.
    Barrett 20 shots tied for lead at wjc
    Boqvist and Kurashev 17 shots tied 4th.

  45. Schmaltz plays the game, Strome thinks the game. Yes I hope he can improve his skating just a bit, and he probably will, he’s a hockey rat-loves the game.
    He has the overpassitis, that Panarin had with 88, when he’s playing with Kane, but Kane appreciates it and it has reinvigorated his game.

    A slight change on an old saying-” Happy Kane, Happy Life”
    Someone said it, you now have 3 players who play an east west game on Kane’s line-get the right winger (long term not AA) and it could be an exceptional line.

  46. Noonan i hope Bowman goes after a big name fa like a Panarin for Kanes line, and great if Strome can play tge center role.
    Wonder why both Strome and AA with him and not a Debrincat or another quicker player. Seems to work any ways.

  47. Getting 20 for Tazer didn’t happen overnight, it did happen with enough time/for both. Getting 72/similar for kaner by ufas, do the same.

    Pretty dang smart to get two top 6 players for one. By trading 72 to get 20 and using contract yr and ufas, to so it.

  48. Anisimov is underappreciated by Hawks fans. His measurables do not add up to a top-6 crenter – he’s not fast, he’s not good at faceoffs, he’s not a prolific offensive player, but he’s a smart player who knows how to play with Kane. The argument goes Kane is such an elite and talented player that he can play with anyone, thereby dismissing Anisimov as a mere beneficiary of Kane’s talent, and that’s a solid argument, but in my opinion Anisimov brings more to that equation than he’s given credit for. Anisimov doesn’t really play the east-west game, per se, but he complements Kane’s east-west game with his smart play and Kane excels when the third guy on that line meshes. Strome seems to be doing that recently and that alone makes him a better linemate for Kane. Schmaltz wowed us with his ability to skate circles around the 0-zone and play perimeter keep away with Kane but that rarely translated into a scoring opportunity, much less a goal. Strome and Anisimov don’t look as pretty but they cook a lot better.

  49. Power play success probably has everything to do with putting on a defenceman that can acually shoot the puck. Pretty much any coach should be able to figure out that having Keith on the power play at this stage of his career was not the smartest move.
    Makes it more like a four on four when one of the defencemen cannot shoot the puck.
    Even hall of fame coaches can help kill a power play.
    Just my humble opinion!

  50. ER – I completely agree re: AA. He plays very well with Kane and brings more stability and defensive awareness to the top 6. Plus his face-off struggles are not as big of an issue with Strome taking more draws. I wouldn’t trade him at the deadline unless the deal was too good to pass on.

  51. Regardless of how Schmaltz is doing in ARI the Strome trade was a win for the Hawks because Strome fits in much better on the team than Schmaltz did here

    Plus IMO he’s a gamer not an attribute I think of regarding Schmaltz

    When do we get DCat back with 19 and 20 like at the start of the year? Soon I hope

  52. One issue with swapping DCat and Kahun is Kahun is less error prone than DCat. Kahun rarely makes risky turnover type plays whereas DCat does, sometimes several a game. Obviously DCat would upgrade the scoring potential on the 1st line because Kahun is not good at finishing but if Colliton wants the Toews line to play against the opponents best line then Kahun is the safer choice.

  53. Ian while it seems like signing the high priced free agents might be a way to go, I’m not so sure that it is the best way to get to the top.
    Signing guys like Panarin or Stone will make the Hawks stronger for sure.
    There are lots of teams that have way more depth than the Hawks that are not going to win the cup.
    If we get stuck with the team that is good but not great we will never see another cup in Chicago.
    Paying the high end free agents will not come cheap. Our Hawks have been in cap hell too long. We once had Panarin do you remember how we made out with him?
    Don’t get me wrong I love Panarin and if the plan is to try to get a younger core while adding assets along the way then I say sign him. (Younger core plus draft picks)
    To many high priced Hawks that are on the downside of there careers with no trade contracts.
    Let’s be realistic the Hawks are not just a couple of players away from winning the cup.

  54. Overall team headed in the right direction. A great trade and SB did a good job. Garrison goes to Rockford with no Cap event. Manning is off a crowded blueline. We get a young depth forward who this blog was high on 2 years ago and is worth some risk. Plus we save $.75 m to boot.

    Like I said. It may not be JC who gets us back in the SCF…….but he has made the team more exciting. Playing to win for a change

  55. Stape: exactly!! And your last sentence needs to be remembered by all the “Lose for Hughes” people – he isn’t Gretzky, Howe & Orr rolled into one person!

  56. ER– agree on Both AA and Kahun… AA- is really a solid player… smart and efficient
    also- an excellent finisher… biggest knock -imo- is he is injury prone

    I would still trade AA- If “right deal” comes along… but AA is a solid player… and seems to make Kane Better almost as much as Kane makes All look better!

    Kahun– very smart/hard working player- (that’s why he won couple of Championships- in Weaker German league)… but- really a 3rd line player on a Top 5 team… with ability to fill in on top lines for short time periods

  57. No doubt what AA can do, good defensively, net front presence etc. Also no doubt if you look at his offence with Kane and without since coming to Blackhawks the Kane train has been obvious. Good players find a way to produce with other players Toews, Saad, Debrincat on other lines. Panarin has been succesful after being traded and even Shmaltz is doing well in Arizona without him. Kane and Stromes improved rise in offense is no coincidence that it occurs the same time as a revamped pp improves. I just wonder if Strome brings what AA does why you need both with Kane.
    Stape not saying whats right or wrong, but if the goal is to try and win with 19, 88 again then wating 2 or 3 years doesn’t make sense. They are just being wasted if thats the intention,

  58. Wall, agree Kahun is a 3rd line player on a good team. Player slotting is important and playing a 3rd line talent on the 1st line means your 1st line isn’t going to be an elite 1st line. Likewise other guys throughout the Hawks lineup are not slotted correctly. The elite teams usually have scoring punch of their top-3 lines and a 4th line that is hard to play against and can chip in offensively every now and then. Kampf is another guy not slotted correctly – he should be a 4th liner because he can skate well has good size but really has very little offensive finishing ability.

  59. Ian, I hope that the goal for the last couple of years with 19, 88 has been try to win games. This year as well.
    If you don’t have the cards to win now should you push all of your chips in and hope for a miracle?
    Chicago has zero chance of winning the cup in the next two or there years with or without 19, 88. Ok…next to zero!
    Chicago could get huge assets going forward if they would trade there aging stars now. We all know that’s not going to happen,
    Perhaps 19, 88 will get younger in the next two or three years???
    We know that’s not going to happen. At least we can dream about it.

  60. EB thats my point on AA if he would produce without Kanb he could make a gpod 3rd center. As far as saying he can’t take fos he is 47.4% this year and Strome is 47.4% since coming from Coyotes so basically a dead heat.
    Stape look at recent cup winners, Pens with defence that wasn’t near the cream of the league and Caps were not a deep team but had enough skilled players to win. Maybe they don’t win another cup with 88, 19 after all 3 is more than most win but i think they try sooner than later.

  61. When ever you have a opportunity to sign a elite FW or D, you do it. Its doesn’t matter if the roster is more then 2 or 5 players away from a top 5 team, you do it. The depth will come from draft, other ufas or trades. Theres a difference between being top heavy and stubborn and not sign high end players because you think a roster like VEG is blue prints to Cup. The blue prints to a Cup is blue chip prospects and that’s what were adding last two drafts and this one.

    You sign 72/similar or you end up average because you have a team of all 2 and 3 liners and 2n pair defensemen.

    The depth will come, better to have the better players there already, when you can add them. Then try to when you have depth and be a team like CLB, VEG, other are excellent deep teams that will not win because they donot have the Kaners or Bread Man type players, who stand out when the roster is deep.

  62. Nice boarding no call, then they jusy called everything against us and even though we killed the peanaltys after their 2nd goal, it changed the way both teams were playing. We outplayed them the whole game until that stuff happened/no call called. I mean at least make them earn it refs. Fucking garbage to to do that to the team that was outplayed the other team, to make the game more close/competitive.

    Just a fucking horrible way to ruin a good outdoor game. Try to screw the team that was playing better the whole game.

    Let this be justice for getting the top 5 skill we need and want.

    But fucking A. Blow the fucking whistle when theres contact with the goalie during a power play/any play and have center ice faceoff. That was all I needed to see.

  63. Look at the retard Morrison cry against phantom calls. Fucking retarded moron. Hey how about you get mad at the schedule sknce you know, the Hawks have such good luck in these games…they should never play in another outdoor game. Losers embarrass themselves every time. Hawks coming back down to earth to be the cellar dwellars they are. Fools gold you losers. 1-4 in outdoor games on the way to a possible 1-5. Let a good team play in these from now on. Hawks fans need to stop crying about the schedule and officiating so much. Pussies.

  64. Hawks played like the cowards they are today. Back down to earth. Awful game from Kane. Dcat is a cowardly little bitch too. Gus always is and will remain a massive pussy. This team is sift and devoid of talent. Enjoy it losers. Hahaha

  65. 1-5 outdoor record for the pussies. Haha. Bruins beat them like the little bitches they are.

  66. NICE DUMB play by Strome at the end! Set up by Kane earlier in the game and can’t score, too slow instead of a one timer.
    And can we stop having the HAWKS play winter classic games, they never win anyways! Embarassing!

    As usual, if the HAWKS vets don’t score, they don’t win because we sure won’t be counting on SIKURA or CAGGIULA or Kampf the rest! The CAT is asleep all game on that 3rd line. He needs to play with SAAD and TOEWS or else all he does is wait for PPs.

    Fire BOWMAN.

  67. Bop –
    Nice. True Bruin fan. Thought they came different at times, but alas, you give the stereotype it’s existence.

    You would have those little toys, wouldn’t you? Real men don’t need ’em.

  68. Nice try hawks fan. Johnny come lately faggot. How is the view od the top of that retard Morrison’s head when he posts? Cunt face butt pirate losers! Hahahaha

  69. Again, your comebacks are caveman-like. Can’t defend yourself properly. It’s too easy.

    When you can speak like a normal person – you know – one with a brain, you let us know.

  70. This whole “taking the high road because I am an intellectual” deal just means you are an even bigger turd than I thought. You should probably take the plug out of your ass faggot. Fuck you loser ass pseudo intellectual Hawks “fans” are pathetic. Cowards just like “your” team. Retards.

  71. Keep that stereotype up, tough guy. Thanks for validating that I’m smarter than you. I already knew that from the first time you posted. Again, you make this too easy.

  72. BOP….your command of the English language just shows your lack of IQ and pretty much confirms the Boston stereotype. Your comments are pathetic and just plain idiotic. Try to form a sentence without vulgar language.

  73. Now on to the subject at hand…..this move with Drake C coming to Chicago pretty much means Sikura will be back on Rockford, for some stupid reason Colliton likes Martinsen….why ? Hayden should have started the put door game…..anyway, it’s also possible Hayden will be sent down too. And my guess is the Hawks may give up on Sikura and trade him at the deadline…..just a hunch.
    The Hawks will be sellers as they will be in the same position as last year, with a bottom 10 finish. Send AA somewhere, someone with cap room will take him in the off season….along with one of our top prospects, cause that what Stan does.

  74. Bunch of fucking retards in here. Seriously, you losers really need to reevaluate your pathetic lives. You all sit on this piece of shit blog and act like you are put of the organization that most of you had given up on until 2009 or so. None of you are smart, or wealthy, or knowledgeable about hockey no matter how much you claim to be. You all whine about calls, schedules, travel times etc…

    There is a reason people hate Hawks fans league wide and this blog is the shining example of it. Fuck Shitcongo and all its shitty surrounding areas. You are all so pathetic I actually ALMOST feel bad for you. Delusional morons.

  75. And to the “Boston Stereotype” comment…hahahaha. Seriously? Shitcongo is the most violent, segregated, uneducated shitty city in the nation.

    And Morrioson the retard…3 shitty lucky cups in 10 years is not a dynasty you fucking idiot. 5 super bowls is though. Illiterate fucking retard. Fuck I hate you Shitcongo morons and laugh at you all along with the rest of the planet.

  76. So what does your mommy and psychiatrist say about your anger management problem ? And how did football get into this conversation ? I guess you must live through professional sports to affirm your pathetic life as and over aged child with zero prospects of ever achieving anything beyond being a cyber bully.

  77. Hey dallasdouche I am not middle aged. Not even close. I just call it like I see it. You are obviously a fat sweaty pig seeing as you live in Dallas. A place so fat even Shitcongo people laugh at it. Excellent analysis though…I am sure your boyfriend enjoyed hearing it while he cranked your little pee pee.

  78. Only took BOP a few hours to bring football in. I guess his screen name BOP suggests he’s a fan of the band Hanson.

    Someone monitored 2013 and 17 seconds. I understand how a Boston clown would become enraged. That was the choke of the century. So fun watching Marchand in that moment.

    What’s laughable is his anger at people posting about hockey when the ballwasher himself is on a site posting about hockey.

  79. To the vast majority of posters who use respectful language: Please do not respond to the intruder or it will encourage him to continue to sully this site.

  80. Hey Trip,

    Your level of stupidity almost matches that of Morrison. You two should make a date to let the air out of your heads together. Retards. The comparison to the Pats was to illustrate what a REAL dynasty is. The Pats are a dynasty. The Hawks are not. The Sox are a dynasty. The cubs are not. Fuck you are a retard.

  81. Original6hawkey…get it…”hawkey”??? You may be just as big a faggot as the other turds here. You should probably roll over, kiss your boyfriend goodbye and drive your Geo Metro off the nearest cliff. Faggot.

  82. Thackman the bruins won great. The officiating was bad. The hawks played the bruins won fair and square leave it at that. The hawks probably should stay out of outdoor games but they are a good draw just like the bruins. The bruins are a beyter team right now. The hawks have three cups though bottom line.

  83. Meant to say hawks played well overall, I dont think they embarrassed themselves itd be nice to win these outdoor games but oh well. They even lost in cup years.

  84. Luke, it was just a regular season game we lost to Boston. We’ll take those 17 seconds in Game 6 of the 2013 Cup when we destroyed them. I was in Boston that summer with my Blackhawks shirt and spoke to some Bruins fans who wanted to run me out of town. I smiled and said sorry about that. Until Boston wins another Cup, they will not get over this. The Hawks will win another Cup before Boston will.

  85. Morrison is, without any doubt what so ever, a truck stop cock-pocket with an extra chromosome…

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