60 thoughts on “Blackhawks Move Shaw To LTIR, Recall Boqvist and Highmore

  1. Get the feeling a trade is going to happen before too long. Good to to see Boqvist
    get backup, he will play for sure, not recalled as a pressbox body. Like to see Highmore get in too, add some energy and speed over say a Smith, if he gets any amount of ice time.

  2. Shame about shaw. Hopefully everything works out well for his head. Good to see boqvist and Highmore up with the salary cap space.

  3. Boqvist can either play sheltered minutes with the big club or big minutes in Rockford. I think the latter will be better for him, but no reason he can’t stay up for a few games. The Gus-Kane chemistry of last year seems to have vanished but I doubt Boqvist gets any time on PP1 although that would be fun to see.

  4. I was liking the hockey IQ (anticipation) in small spaces and the compete level from Wedin. Perhaps they had things they wanted him to work on in the Rock, but he looked promising IMO.

  5. Shaw should NOT be fighting. I’m glad Shaw is back….he can play any forward position on any line. Battles. Plays on front of the net…..but NO MORE FIGHTING. One too many concussions

  6. Put Boqvist with Murphy and turn him loose as far as jumping up into plays.Please trash the 1 D-Man High Powerplay with him until he learns the league and matures.Give him regular minutes and take those training wheels off.I like Smith,s play the last 3 games.22 has regressed a bit.Hope Highmore get a real chance too.Turn Dach loose on a wing with 19 and toss 95 with them.It cant hurt to take a look.Give them some leash to make plays without fear of being yanked after a few shifts.This isnt Europe or Rockford Colliton.Coaches get fired very quickly in the NHL.

  7. I would rather see a different coach than the roster call ups, anyway….

    Gustafson running an effective power play and as a constant weapon offensively is one thing, gave him some confidence on D. This year, however, he’s not producing and he’s not a weapon. Nylander belongs in Rockford, the press box is generous.

    Good point above, Boqvist and Highmore great skaters v fast teams coming up. Highmore is far more useful and intelligent than Nylander as well. Gilbert won’t be able to keep up w Vegas, I would guess he sits ahead of Gustafson.

    We ll see.

  8. Agree Iceman – Gilbert should sit not Gus – we need more mobility on the D not less

    Gus at present is playing 3rd pair with KK and holding his own and the PP has scored recently so yeah Murphy and Boqvist, 7 and 44 keep Gus and KK

  9. Saad-Toews-Kubalik
    Cat-Strome-Kane
    Sikura-Dach-Highmore
    Smith-Kampf-Carpenter

    deHaan-Murphy
    Gustafsson-Seabrook
    Koekkoek-Boqvist

    Lehner
    Crawford

    Drop the puck.

  10. @Pool…we should have a pool by when Dylan Sikura will score his first NHL goal.

    a.) next 1-3 games
    b.) between the 4th-7th game
    c.) between the 8th-15th game
    d.) he will never score a goal as a Blackhawk

    I say “d”…he will probably ride a winner in the Kentucky Derby before he scores a goal with the Blackhawks.

    I don’t like this kid at all. He is an AHL lifer! Jeremy Morin was a lights out better player than this kid.

  11. Think the PP was 2 goals in forst 2 games when BoQ was up before.

    Sikura has a shutout. What a shutout.

  12. Speaking of Regula being the tie breaker in the Strome Schmaltz trade. He is on USA world juniors team.

  13. Interesting that Collitons saying what impressed him most about Gilbert is his improved skating.

    Also interesting that a report i normally don’t pay much mind to, reported VGK showing interest in Gus and about the same time Boqvist recalled for road trip starting in Vegas and Maatta flu almost ready to return. Probably nothing but almost seems a trade is brewing.

  14. What area of the 1st 40 games we made the roster adjustments last yr? Game 30 and we are at what 27?

  15. Duclair not a cap casuality, a Bowman stupidity!
    By the way, Regula is not a Hawk draft pick thus no one drafted by Kelley and Bowman are on the USA Junior roster!!! Again, all we need to know about the dynamic duo and their atrocious scouting after round 1!!!

  16. TIM, good for Duclair to be having a career year. More updated stats: 31 GP, 15 G, 7 A, +2. Like Perlini, and now Nylander (although younger), plays poorly away from the puck. Not missing this journeyman, who doesn’t last long with any team.

  17. Send Dach to Juniors. Playing wing on 4th line does nothing for his development. Next season he will be bigger and stronger.

  18. Christmas tournament will be a great experience for Dach. Playing on a non-playoff team is not worth it the next month. He is not an impact player yet. Same with Boqvist.

  19. Nothing against Schmaltz and Duclair and other, but would they have that many goals assists points with our system these 30 games?

  20. Anthony Duclair to me was more a victim of his coaches ( I believe they were all veteran coaches at the time ) and him not being in the right place at the right time. No one wanted to work with him and the young coach in Ottawa has found a place for him in the lineup, allowed him to succeed, and he is thriving. He`s been given a legitimate chance. Kudo`s to Ottawa for not giving up on him like everyone else. Sad part about Bowman`s decision to not re-sign him was just letting him go for absolutely nothing, nothing…… and at the time he was still relatively a cheap re-sign at $1.2 mil. He has become a tradeable deadline ASSET for Ottawa and we got nothing for him. More arrogrance and mis-management by Bowman.

  21. I’m WITH the Bowman leaving train-it will happen as it does with all GMs, the when is in question.
    But this ridiculous example of Duclair going is funny. He wasn’t doing well-it’s his 5th team.
    Hasek going from Chicago or Rask going to Boston-now those are examples of poor moves. Duclair-really?

  22. Yeah I agree that Duclair is a bad example of a Stain Blowman blunder. There are SOOO many more. Teuvo comes to mind, now there’s a loss for us. Timonen another bad move. Doesn’t matter, this joke needs to go and take JC and McDonut with him. This team would probably be playoff’ish if we had a good coach. A few tweaks and we could be close.

  23. Noonan agree, its time for a Gm change, but using examples of players like Duclair, Teuvo, Kempny going on enjoy success elsewhere, only show that Bowman was astute enough to bring them in. Q as great a coach as he is, had he brought out enough in these players to make the assets out of them they became after leaving, may still be around now, this rhetoric only shows Bowman was right for acquiring them to try and help roster in the first place.

  24. @myPeeps, I am really worried about Andrew Shaw and this latest concussion. He wasn’t the same guy as we had seen in the past, and I just chalked it up to new coach, new system, trying to re-establish himself once again and trying too hard, etc…but, he did have some concussion issues in Montreal too, and he’s a little guy trying to fight big guys to protect his teammates. Stan should have brought in one bug guy just to keep goons off of our stars. Anyways, I think this guy really needs to be smart about when/if he returns. Sometimes you have to say, screw hockey and cherish life!

  25. Give me a break with the Duclair stuff. He couldn’t make it in NY,AZ,CHI or COL but somehow this was SB’s screw-up? Go read about what Tortorella said about him after he left the Hawks. Even watching last night the Ottawa announcers said he is still a wild card away from the puck.

  26. I dont kn0w guys.Seems to me that we have a very tough place to play here or just have players at the wrong times.Schmaltz,Dannault,Terravaen,Duclair,Osterle,Kempny,Ranta,Kahun.The Hawks are now such a structured and disciplined organization that they dont need a forward potting 15 Goals?Every team has 1 of those guys.If they score goals,you should be able to find a place for them.Of course the Hawks do have a bunch of guys that fit the system with 2 to 3 Goals.

  27. That’s my point Ian.Why aren’t these players developing here.They are finding some good hockey players but have no patience and dont develop them.Thats on the coaching at both levels.

  28. I volunteer to serve as the chairperson of the Bowman Removal Committee. However, in no way whatsoever can you attribute any fault to Bowman for Duclair”s success this year and hereinafter. Bowman has had a decent eye for forward talent over the years (Panarin, Saad, Shaw, Debrincat, also Daxh and Kubalik look promising),. Acquiring Duclair was a good move as well, he just didn’t work out here.

    Bowman sabotaged the team (i e downgraded the roster) once it began a slow regression. Strike 1. He made matters worse by firing Q out of the blue w an even further regressed roster. Strike 2. Strikes 1&2 were done w the sole purpose of protesting himself, to the detriment of the organization.

    Lastly, and most importantly, he hired a wholly inexperienced – from an X’s & O’s, bench coach and personality/non respected in the industry – “coach” out of the blue to lead the team. Strike 3, you’re out.

    Game over for Bowman.

  29. re: Tim’s comment –
    Schmaltz – upgraded to an actual center in Strome. That was a solid, win-win deal for both teams.
    Danault – dumpster fire deal. Has hurt since.
    Teravainen – had to move a good piece to get rid of a bad contract. Hawks likely would have lost him in the expansion draft but it still hurts.
    Duclair – how is he on this list?
    Osterle – how is he on this list?
    Kempny – didn’t work w/ Q, wound up in a good situation for his skills. Good for him.
    Raanta – wanted a bigger/better opportunity. Crawford the better player. No complaints on this on.
    Kahun – not a guy who was going to change/improve the current situation. Not complaining on this one, either.

  30. re: Anthony Duclair, since apparently we’re all missing what he brought to the table – what is the difference between Duclair and Nylander? Both can skate, neither has shown the ability to consistently do much/anything at the NHL level. Duclair burst onto the scene with a 20 goal season in Arizona… 4 years and 3 organizations ago. Now he’s got 15 goals on an Ottawa team that is more concerned with the 2020 NHL Draft than their performance on the ice. The expectations and responsibility of being on the Blackhawks (in theory) is wholly different than the situation in Ottawa. So let’s stop crying about Duclair finding it in Ottawa.

  31. IIRC Duclair would have had to have been qualified around $1.2 – 1.5 million for the Hawks to retain him at the time

    He wasn’t qualified and so became a UFA and was signed by Columbus for close to league minimum

    That is what every team in the NHL thought of Duclair as a UFA when he left CHI and was free to be signed by any other team – not much

  32. Duclair did nothing in Chicago – he had a fair chance. Towards the end of their time here Tomas Jurco actually showed more.

    Any list of Stan’s gaffes should include Stephen Johns (unfortunate about his concussion issues). What was it – 3 years at ND plus 2 year in Rockford just to flip him like a soggy burger? Same with Danault and Joki. Those are the ones that really tick me off. Kempny too although apparently that one’s on Q.

  33. I am not a Bowman fan and I would like to see him gone sooner than later , but I don’t blame him for the Duclair trade. Agree with your points iceman

  34. @Kick, how about a kick in the arse! Tim, those two really need some old-school motivation.

    I have been saying that with a new coach, a move or two and we’re a playoff team, albeit an 8th seed. However, if we keep “The C” as coach, well we are looking at another chance to win the lottery.

  35. Tommy,I always said Mike Keenan would be missed.Even Q when he first arrived and regularly benched Versteig,Sharp,and Kane for dumb penalties and lazy play.Remember those days of not seeing someone on the ice for a period?

  36. @ILOVEDIT, Tim, we need sort of a task master who forces these guys to get off their X-Box and Booze Bus, and get down to playing serious hockey. I do miss Mike Keenan! He is what this team needs! Someone to show them how to do things right, and the vets would have to conform because it’s Mike “Freaking” Keenan!! I miss him!!

  37. I wonder if Bowman has a long enough leash to fire JC at this point? I don’t know, just a thought. As well, if he did fire him it would essentially be admitting he made a mistake in hiring him (and Q seems to be doing just fine in Florida) so in that sense he would be shooting himself in the foot.

    As most fans are aware, the rule-of-thumb when both the GM and the coach are on shaky ground is for the GM to go first so the new guy can select his own coach.

    If we continue to sputter along around the .500 mark and within range of a playoff spot I’m not expecting any firings until the season is over or close to it. On the other hand if we go on a bad streak the axe could fall quickly.

  38. Good post Tab, just to mention on Kahun, imagine with cap issues dealining with now. If his 2.8m in bonuses had to be fit in under the salary cap too, think that’s a big reason, along with not being sure fire keeper, he was expendable too.

  39. Tam,With the Hawks current play and position in the standings,3 points ahead of Ottawa,I sure hope they are also playing for the 2020-2021 Draft also.

  40. In regards to that upcoming Draft,I maybe looking at an over critical site that ranks the expected top 15 picks and it does not look like there are any McDavids or McKinnons in there.The top picks have either the slow skater or small sized label on them.There is a Dach type of center at about #5 or 6.

  41. Danault and Teravainen are the ones for me. I know it was Teuvo or some other good young unprotected player, it was going to be a good player though. So I do not count ‘the king of the roads’ in this.

    Danault is the pleayer trade that pissed me off. Even though I am totally good with Bowman adding more at deadline in 16, then not adding more at deadline in 14 to win back to back (really 4 back) he wasnt doing that again in 16, so it made sense. Just happem to be Danault, ah!

  42. @draft, it’s too early to rank these kids. Some of them will have an amazing World’s and get on someone’s radar and turn into a star. These kids develop so quickly and some so slowly, that you have to be careful not to fall in love with one. Just wait until the season is over. Remember last year, they had the kid (Dylan Cozens) ranked higher than Dach all season long, same with the “Can’t Miss” Russian (Podkolzin) and they dropped from 3 and 4 to 7 and 10. I agree, another top 10 selection would be nice if we can just get the right development group in here. What about Brian Campbell? I like him as a potential coach!

  43. Crawford starting, Boqvist in for Koekkoek. How do you create a winning atmosphere of compete night in night out and tank for a draft pick too. At some point all these young players gotta learn that.

  44. Tommy,I dont know if a guy like Campbell,who has made some big money,would want the Head Coach hot seat and the grind/demands that come with it.I know he has been helping out Boqvist but I am scrambling my brain to remember a big money player who remained at the Head Coach spot too long.You had Gretzky at Arizona and Patrick Roy in Colorado.Larry Robinson did it too if you consider him as a big money guy.They just seem to migrate to ownership or the front office.Cant forget Eddie O in Pittsburgh.

  45. Worried about tonight – the pattern for this team is stink for a few games then realize that ‘holy shit we better play hard or we’ll be out the playoffs by Christmas’ and so they compete hard for a couple of games, pick up some wins and then go right back to their previous bad habits

    They had 2 decent games on the road and 1 decent period vs ARZ then the wheels fell off – it seems too early for them to start bearing down again – not expecting much tonight

  46. With you Wrap.I get a queasy and eerie feeling about tonight’s game.Fleury.s 1st game back after tragic loss of his father along with them getting pasted at home Sunday night by the Rangers spells trouble for the boys tonight.

  47. Theres no doubt we ‘play’ for 3 games then not show up or play for 3 games. Not always equal but in groups like that.

    3-6
    6-1-1
    2-3-1 vs top 5 teams
    1-0-1

    By that whether we win tie or lose seems like a good wave for now. Then just like your saying.

    NJ was tuff because they got a new coach and teams always play extra hard like that, so that game was like that. Same as this game. We won that game.

  48. Last 3 games, counting this one. Refs are disgrace. offsides two times, cross check tmm throw our guys out of faceoffs how many times/not them once.

    We played good, even, with those no calls no offsides throw out of circle 5-0.

    Did good on that PK with 5 D, need a even reffed to have a chance here in this one.

    Offsodes and circle trowouts give them more shots and that goal.

  49. Felt good 1st period. Just seeing them let them get away with cross check slashing tmm, offsides offsides offsides interfernce not called on 12 interference called on 44, throw us out of faceoff circle 4-5 times to 0. Not getting the bounce, wrap around by 15, rebound on PP, bounce off back boards go by our guys right to them for clear, then faceoff throwout gives them goal.

    Just no calls no bounces no nothing go for us this game. 44 out is not good, 2 and 44 out is really not good.

    How about a top pair of 56 68.

    Maybe we ll surprise and have a good win next game ARI and follow that up with another win after that. Go 3-1-1 in these 5 games.

  50. Not blaming refs, totally.

    We need to learn how to cheat. The better teams cheat more and get away with more. Like Wall always said, cheating by knowing how much you can get away with and then cheat the whole game, you still get called for about the same.

    Make it harder on other team and get away with more, if other team doesnt cheat as much as your team does. Like us we play more clean and other team gets advantage from that.

    We need to crsoss check and interference and get away with it and we ll score goals on refs throwing out other teams centers on faceoffs.

    Cheat more we ll get called the same.

    good night, learn how to cheat better.

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