Blackhawks Recall Dennis Gilbert

Duncan Keith will not be with the Blackhawks on their two-game road trip, so Chicago recalled defenseman Dennis Gilbert.

Gilbert, 23, has appeared in four NHL games previously. He was originally a third round pick (#91 overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft. He has a strong preseason and, frankly, is a better play than Slater Koekkoek at this point.

The fact that the Hawks found enough cap space to recall someone at this point and chose a defenseman indicates they could/should have one of Dylan Strome, Drake Cagguila and/or Andrew Shaw available for at least one game during the trip. All three are in concussion protocol.

71 thoughts on “Blackhawks Recall Dennis Gilbert

  1. Not that it means much in the grand scheme of things but why not keep Gilbert up and move on from Koekkoek.He is not improving and has no upside.

  2. Ultimately I believe this was a move he had to make considering Gilbert has played in games and proven he can play. Tough road trip with any hope of pulling out a couple victory depends on making good call ups. Hoping that he can fill a big void. And that we get Strome back. Only ones available to actually come back are Strome or Cagguila as it is a minimum 5-7 day window for Concussion protocol for Shaw.

  3. Gilbert is a better option than Koekkoek, Gustafson, and sorry Seabrook(Legend), especially in the defensive zone. Seabrook is still decent in the defensive zone. Seabrook still needs limited ice minutes and anything to deal with transition, rushes, breakaways is kind of exposed. Seabrook has kind of earned it though, wouldn’t it be nice to limit Seabrook and Keith’s minutes as a 2nd or 3rd pair and enjoy the end of there careers. Instead they are managed by calling out Seabrook, his contract, Keith has a groin injury and is the minutes leader. It’s just sad to see the direction things have gone.

    Another note, I still think Ian Mitchell is the best prospect I’ve seen as far as defenseman in our system. I think he is much better than Boqvist. I understand he is doing the school thing but can’t these guys sweeten the pot to get this guy playing at the NHL level? Another question where are we at with Boqvist???? Dach broke into the NHL, what is up with Boqvist?

    At this point alot of the Veteran’s are exposed, which is understandable. Seabrook’s speed, Dunc still logging top minutes, Toews and the concussions and mileage, Crow concussions. I think I counted Toews fell down skating like 5 or 6 times last game…. When will the guard change and we have a new top line center or top pairing on defense without Toews or Keith.

    It’s interesting, we used to have a new top line(Kane, Anismov, Panarin) and Bowman opted to acquire Saad for Toews and Trade away Panarin and Anismov. Why did that occur????, that line was straight fire and was incredible to watch, and if I remember correctly we were first in the league. I understand we had a first round exit that year but the Saad, Toews, ? has been a completed train wreck since that trade.

    I think the only welcome change is Lehner is the replacement for Crow. I love Crow but its time to hand the Goal over to Lehner for the majority instead of Crow having the majority.

    So this goes back to Bowman & Colliton managing these things by changing minutes and also not killing the veterans and putting them in a place to succeed and also the rookies a place to succeed…. Why is Toews second in icetime, only eclipsed by Kane and has 5 goals and is a -5 over all. So that tells me Toews is on the ice alot, can’t score and is getting scored on. The other problem is you think Colliton has the clout to sit a legend like Toews? If we had a coach that had some clout with the Veterans might change some ice time? You think Berube would manage things?

    Time to not change the leadership on this team but change the TOI leaders….

  4. Cagguila out tomorrrow, Strome game time decision likely plays. Toews ice time is 2nd because he pkays both pk and pp besides his 5 on 5. Still one of the best pk guts on the team and only guy you can put on pp and count on to win faceoff. Until somebody forces the issue and takes over some of those minutes, his ice time will continue to where it is.
    Hopefully Gilbert gets in regardless if everybody available or not, except Keith who we know is out. The last 3 games show how much Keith is really contributing on a nightly basis when healthy. Agree his time on pp should be over but lack of footspeed among defencemen makes doing that a risk, when play s deep in other end. Boqvist has speed but cap issues even if he is ready make having him on roster tough to do right now.

  5. I`d like to see what McCoshen can do. A big body defensemen and still young enough to invest in. Gilbert is younger and more time in the AHL makes sense for him. We called McCoshen up briefly last week but then sent him back down righty away. Not sure why Gilbert got the call over him this time unless there`s some savings on Gilberts contract vs McCoshen.

  6. Looks like Kane is now hurt.During practice.Boqvist wants to play for Sweden in the junior championships.He will miss minimum 6 games with Rockford.Wont be available to Hawks till mid January if he is allowed to go.

  7. They said Kane is fine and play tomorrow. Tim alot of players if with Nhl clubs aren’t released until couple of days before Christmas like Joki last year. 10 days or so are all that needs to be misssed.

  8. Initially was not thrilled about the Boqvist news .Did not see how it was going to help him for the Nhl.Then took a step back realizing he is a teenager and with the state of the Hawks now I dont want to see him taking a pounding and learning bad habits from this current staff.

  9. If things continue to head in the wrong direction I would not mind having both Gilbert and McCoshen in the Hawks lineup.At least this team would not be as easy to play against.

  10. Regarding Panarin and finishing first in the league two things.
    1. Panarin now costs double. 2.bowman was on the committee to help Male the schedule for that season. It is not too noticeable but the Blackhawks played more games against teams at the back end of back to back games. Surely this was a factor in the season outcome.

  11. – Team with the 5th worse record in the NHL and is maxed out on salary cap
    – Not being able to field a full team for a game
    – McCoshen, Gilbert, McCoshen Gilbert….. which one plays?
    – PP sucks and offensive puck moving defenseman in AHL not being brought up
    – Hire inexperienced coach who does not have the team’s ear

    What else does SB have to do to get fired. Last GM was fired due to tardy mail. Come on Rocky!

  12. I’m hoping that Boquist’s $850,000 in potential bonuses (which I think would count against the cap now that the Hawks are over 7.5% of cap in bonuses) is the reason he’s not been called up although they called him up before so I’m really sure

    Do they really think Gilbert is better?

    Boquist deserves to play ahead of Seabs, Maatta, Gus, KK and Gilbert IMO but I’m not the GM

    Ian what say you?

  13. Yeah too close to cap right now to bring him up. The will may release early for wjc, because of that as Sweden s hoping they let him go and don’t see why not. Joki last played right to final game before Christmas break and then went to wjc last year.

  14. Wrap like to see them make a Gilbert Boqvist pairing to see what they have and move on from Gus and Maatta. Then have capspace to run normal when injuries happen.

  15. As long as Stan Bowman is G.M were stuck with Maata and Gus.Probably Strome and Saad too.Gus could be a trade deadline move.

  16. Other than Kane Saad has been the Hawks best forward – I’m in no hurry to move him

    Watched the latter half of TOR and COL – excellently played game and intense from both sides – Kadri’s first game back in TOR

    It really brought home how bad the Hawks have been – the most noticeable difference was the intensity, the compete level, the board battles and back checking, taking the puck to the net, playing defence, having quick D men to retrieve and move the puck – all things the Hawks can’t do with any regularity

    What the Hawks expect of themselves in a given game is not very much compared to those two other teams tonight

  17. Really impressed how everyone here doesnt flip out, talk not-classy, and act like bafoons with our situation.

    I want to be really impressed with Wirtz because he started to make the moves, before the deadline.

  18. See Sportsnet put out their December draft rankings. Askarov projected to be franchise chsnging goaltender. At no.11 and figure wjc will move him further up into top 10 at least.

  19. I agree Wrap.The eye test when watching the Hawks tells you Saad is probably playing the best.The problem is reality in stats and what you must get out of your 1st line left wing.28 games played-8 goals. 8 Assists. And a -1 plus minus rating.As you know he is slotted in the Cap at 6 million a year.He just does not have the hands to correct those #s and get on a hot streak.For his size the team does not get the physical game out of him.Yes,he does a great job killing penalties and has speed but again compared to other teams top left wings around the league he is just not in the picture and I believe at the deadline he could bring something and the Hawks could shed the salary.They gave the#1 win winger $ to Debrincat.

  20. With 19 88 and 7 eating up that huge amount of the Cap the Hawks can not afford the luxuries of 2 big money goalies and Saad.

  21. It will interesting to see which Goalie the Hawks auction off at the deadline.
    Crawford has a no movement clause so he is in full control and may tell Stan, he’s not going anywhere.
    So that leaves Lehner. I would love to see the Hawks extend him and build from there. The problem is, this has been such a crap show that why would Lehner sign on for more ? So Stan might have to pull a Lou Lam and give him an ultimatum in mid-February, Sign an extension or we are trading you at the deadline.

    In Crawford’s case, I would expect a 2nd rounder back. In Lehner’s case, I would expect a late 1st rounder from a team like Carolina that is in the wild card hunt and pretty certain to make it.

  22. Wrap,I got home late so I treated myself to the Edmonton vs Ottawa game.Ottawa has a much better looking team than the Hawks.They play hard and are well coached shutting down McDavid tonight.They have some solid looking young.players.Fun to watch.

  23. Pens 8 injured regulars, bring up prospects (players drafted by their GMs) and beat Blues tonight.
    I think it is best to trade Lehner because he will not sign with a team that has no future at the moment. So, maybe Sabres, Columbus and Calgary to name a few need goalies. Bowman is so crazy he would sign Lehner for 8million or something…offer a bonus clause….he gave a back up $5million when team needed a top six forward!!!
    Time for Rocky to admit the fax error was made by the accountant named Stan and not Tallon!

  24. I was just thinking when the Hawks cap woes happened after 2015, and its domino effect ever since. It was when Stan in all his accounting greatness gave that ridiculous contract to Bryan Bickell. So, then he had to trade Brandon Saad because he couldn’t afford him. But, then Bickell with all that size played like a ballerina not the power forward that with the large contract. It forced Stan to trade Danault and our 1st round pick for Weise and Fleischman, who were absolutely garbage. Then, to get rid of Bickell and his contract, he had to throw Tuevo in as a sweetener. But, he needed that power forward for Toews and he traded a superstar in the making in Panarin. While Saad is an excellent player, he is not a superstar like Panarin. So, is giving Bickell more egregious a mistake than sending a fax? Look what that one bone-headed move has turned this team into? A sub-par outfit that mimics its creator!

  25. Thats the idea of Wirtz making the move before deadline or at least by deadline. Then Lehner sees that and that we have a whole new system GM coaches other. A stacked young wave. Then he could come back as a ufa and we could still get a 1st at deadline.

    With whats happened, thats the way if Wirtz show Lehner were doing a reload rebuild and have a good young wave, that were adding to. Kind of like Islanders young wave of players and a good system.

    Otherwise. The draft goalie is good then to get / keep a top 10 goalie.

  26. Ane if we trade Lehner because he wont resign during season and then doesnt come back as ufa, even with Wirtz making the moves.

    We might draft a 5m goalie and not a sure fire top 6 or line FW, again because we have no goalies.

  27. We do reload rebuld 7 and other caphits wont matter because they will be up the couple yrs were getting young wave established. The timing of that could be good.

  28. Craig maybe Lamoreillo made that ultimatum, but he nevered followed through with it and moved him. Lehner said when he signed, Isles wouldn’t give him a long term deal and money was less,was why talks broke down. Then he signed 1 year 5m deal with Blackhawks and Lamoreillo signs Varlamov to a 4 year 5m hit and lets his Vezina trophy and Masterson winning goalie walk. Jusst seems very odd move to me. Maybe its nothing, not saying it means anything. Crawford has modified no trade now, so he gives a list of teams usually 5 or 10 he would go to.

  29. @ Craig – I don’t see them selling either goaltender at the deadline, unless Lehner asks out. My belief is that Lehner was brought in on a one-year deal to re-sign to replace Crow and they don’t want 50 to play somewhere else. Crawford deserves to retire a Blackhawks (if he decides this is it).

  30. Tab, couldn’t agree more.

    Now if Rocky could just grow a pair and do the right thing and fire JC, Blowman and McDonut. JC is a very cerebral guy and the team is reflecting that on the ice, no compete or fire like Q had. Hockey is an emotional, skilled and instinctive type of game and JC is taking that away. He thinks he’s going to outsmart the next coach but it doesn’t work that way usually. Q was able to outsmart other coaches based on his game knowledge and instinct

  31. “JC is a very cerebral guy”

    Yes Jim he reminds me of the former Bears HC Trestman.

    Only thing missing is the glowing descriptions of what fantastic “practices” the team has…

  32. Hey this Mike Milbury guy might be a good coach eh…???

    Sorry Tab for making you choke on your coffee…..

  33. Early season buyers for goalies look like Edmonton.Toronto,SanJose and maybe Columbus.Barstool put together a much better Hawks article on the current situation and embarrassment of being a long time fan right now.

  34. I fear that Stan and Scotty have Rocky wrapped around their finger. They will fire JC and convince Rocky their on the right path and he will stay on and further derail this team. JMcD said several yrs ago that both Stan and Q were on short leashes. What happened they fired the wrong guy. As long as Stan is in control this team is going nowhere

  35. You guys ever notice when OTHER teams are on pp … they work the puck in order to try to get a shot from DOWN THE MIDDLE with a dman standing on blueline centered in zone… And Hawks always shooting from faceoff areas which opponents give them as those are Low % shots… Down the middle shots NEVER careem out of zone.. faceoff shots missing wide are there for Crow to stop…lol
    js….
    ??

  36. Bickell’s contract at the time was not unfair – what was unfair was that he had MS and no one knew it until he was already traded to CAR

    Obviously it didn’t work out to trade TT to get rid of Bickell’s contract especially given the diagnosis of Bickell’s MS but I’m gonna cut Stan some slack on Bickell’s contract

    Before his MS started to take him down he was playing at a $4m/year level

  37. Probert,that is the Bumper spot that every powerplay in the Nhl uses as their money position except the Hawks.The scoring play on that usually is a triangle where the winger passes to the goal line who one time passes to the Bumper who one times into the net.The Hawks utilize the cross ice pass wing to wing for a one timer.The league has scouted that and shut down Debincats favorite play.Got to be more than a 1 trick pony in this league.

  38. Agree on Bickell contract- 16 million and change over 4 years was reasonable at the time.

    There were two other big contracts given to power forwards that year – one to Ryan Clowe, the other to David Clarkson – both were more expensive and both guys even did less than Bickell even though we now know (or at least most of us do) about Bickell’s unfortunate health issues.

    Stan has made far too many mistakes to keep his job, but the Bickell deal wasn’t one of them. The we-got-killed-by-the-Bickell-deal meme is tedious and uninformed.

  39. Wrap – keen observations re Colorado Toronto. This exemplifies the Hawks’ primary issue is the coach, not the players. When the Hawks play balls out, and the w their goalies, decent to good team.

    Say what you want about Hull and his repetitive and superfluous commentary, but when you filter thru the jargon, he is correct, Pittsburgh tons of injuries and they keep plugging along as a playoff team. Boston too when they “sucked”.

    This is all 1000% on the GM. Bowman.

    Thank you.

  40. P.S. …. Who hired the coach. Obsessed w the coach, diamond in the rough from Europe. Alpo Jr w far better hair. Colliton does have beautiful hair, have to give him that.

  41. Captain Serious is now ranked 70th in the league for center points this year.The Hockey Buzz.s Tyler Cameron has an interesting article up on Toews breaking down his season and asking the questions the local writers wont.

  42. I am not arguing giving Bickell the 4 mil. I didn’t like giving TT up to get rid of Bickell. That was one of the terrible trades Bowman made. Look at the coaching staff we had at the start of last yr Q, Dineen, Samuelson, vs JC , Brookbank . Seriously.
    And in my opinion Bowman fired Kitchen just to piss Q off. Again I will say this team goes no where with Bowman in charge.

  43. NHL beat writers for other teams in the league are daily questioning on ice strategy and player production.Hawk beat writers are doing fluff pieces on who Dach and Nylander are living with and Lehners thoughts on anything.

  44. I agree….. no issue either with the Bickel contract BUT having to lose Teravainnen to unload that contract really hurt the hawks of today. Same with the Danault trade and the Leddy trade. We should have somehow found a way to keep those young skilled pieces.
    Then there`s the Kempney and Daley fiasco`s. Both those guys became serviceable defensemen for Stanley Cup winning teams and we ran them our of town and got next to nothing for them. Terrible moves by our GM and these are just a few.

  45. Leddy,Kempny,Daley are also Coach Q casualties.Daley and Leddy both spoke of Q.s dislike of them and their defensive play.Daley went as far to say that Q did not like him from day 1.

  46. Jim i agree on changing Gms but as far as Kempny and Daley go, Q’s refusal to play them was resposible for them having to be moved. Bowman actually moved them to a contender where they had a chance for success, rather than let a struggling team have an opportunity with them, where things may have been diferent.
    Agree Bickell was fine, had it not been for his ilness things would have been different.

    Nobody was lost in expansion draft that the Blackhawks wanted to keep and same should happen in next one. Before the Tallon can do no wrong starts again, lets remember Tallon fleeced Vegas to the tune of making them take Jobathan Marchesault and Riley Smith off his hands so he could protect Alex Petrovic. Imagine the rant if Bowman had done that. Two thirds of Vgk top line since day one of their franchise.

  47. Thanks Ian. I appreciate the clarity for sure. I`m not on the Tallon bandwagon…. god knows there`s enough to talk about with Bowman alone. In terms of the expansion draft Tallon absolutely lost his way there……..I think we only lost Trevor Van Riemsdyk which I guess all things considered might not be a loss for Bowman knowing someone was going to go there from the Hawks anyway. An organization however just can`t recover from so many poor trades with little to no return and then add poor drafting on top of that.

    Thanks again

    Jim

  48. Thats what I was going to say. There is only ONE Kane in the league. That might be why we do different then every other team in league. Ovech and Bread Man still get those goals even when the cameroons in Africa know its coming.

    Ryan Clowe, the other to David Clarkson. Bock was better then them even with MS. Suck on thaaaaat. GMs of those teams.

  49. Hulls the man, and so is Tab. They were the only ones to call Dach. When people acted like Flatlanders pinning for Byram. Going to be, so good, when we watch Dach power his way right through Byram, for the game winning goal that clinches the conference and we go on to win the 4th Cup.

    Bucking Bronco.

  50. For the record, for me it was only the Teravainen – king of the roads, and Danault trades that were shitty. Leddy / leds was a glorified OFF Defensemen just like and the same as Gusto. No difference there. Good to have when we have the space and when the games were, on the line, Q parked his ass to the bench were he belonged.

    Leddy was not a core 4 top 4 Defensemen on a Cup team.

    For me it was Teravainen and Danault.

    In terms of Teravainen, wasnt it him or someone else cap wise that we could not keep anyways? who was it.

    I partyed with the dudes in Lake placid that were there when Teavo was there. Dudes from SWE FIN and others. Actually the pinpoint guys from TOR who are Bollands and Marchands bookies/agents.

    Hooked up with beautys because of that SWE dude. Lake Placid ‘pretty boy’ girlfriends there out on the / those nights.

  51. Daley is garbage. Kempny was decent to be 3rd pair though.

    I d rathr have a 3rd Cup and a dynasty, and should have been 4th Cup – but at least everyone knows that, then two pups like Daley and Kempny.

    Now for Teravainen, hes my boy. I followed him and routed for him to keep dynasty going with high end skill to a puck possession team. He is the reason, per say, though that created the game tieing goal and stripped the puck and set up / assisted / prime assist / Vermette for that game 1.

    Sort of like the guys who did the things that got us game 1 win against BOS.

  52. We shouldnt dump on Bowman or anyone else. This orgamization, Q, Bowman, others are part of a salary cap dynasty, not One Cup, dynasty. That maybe no other team will come close to in 50 yrs. Were are on yr 13 of those 50 bythe way.

  53. Jim agree there are trades that hurt the team in long haul, hind sight is easy though. The Ta?lon comment was not directed at your remarks, sorry shouod’ve clarified.

  54. There are one hit wonders, like CAR 06 ANA 07 WAS 18 STL 19
    There are bookend wanna bees, like PIT 09 16

    There is only One dynasty team, like CHI 3 in 6 yrs, really 4.

  55. Don’t close the book on Byram for another 3-4 years. He is a Dman. Duh. For the record – I wanted a player that would be ready to play this year, or trade the pick for a lesser pick and/or a ready for action player. I’m fine with Dach and think he has a good chance to become a quality player in the NHL. But he is pretty green right now.

    Leddy was a cap casualty, who didn’t fit Q’s mold – he wasn’t old/mature enough.

    Worst trade – Patrick Sharp to Dallas. Sharp should have been moved at the TDL that season, resulting in at least a 2nd rounder. Instead, he was kept as insurance against injuries prior to the playoffs. He was useless as a player to the team, but had value in the league and should have been moved. Since he didn’t get moved, he was the albatross that everyone in the league saw needed to go and they held us hostage. It cost us Stephen Johns, a young, quality Dman that actually could have developed (if Q could put his ego aside and allow a kid to learn). Horrible trade, netting us a goon we wouldn’t allow to be a goon, and a Dman we wouldn’t play to his major strength (see the rings on his fingers).

    I said it then and I’ll say it again – Q’s ego was huge (and understandably so). There was a rift between Q and Bowman about player personnel, and when Q didn’t get his way, he made sure Bowman looked foolish by not playing the players to their best ability (Daley, Kempny, Vermette, Tevo and others). It cost Q his Kitchen. Rift continued. The divorce was put off as long as it could and then had to happen. Power struggle over.

    Now Bowman has nobody to blame. The team has now been shaped by him in the image he wants. Frankly, I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes. If something big and positive doesn’t happen by the passing of the TDL, I suspect that will be the end of his tenure, or the end of a lot of Hawk fan loyalty, which will cause a more abrupt end to his tenure.

    We’ve all seen this movie too many times before in Chicago sports. The older you are – the more you’ve seen it.

    The biggest problem – in my eyes – is that the core players are running the team. That simply has never been successful in professional sports that I can recall. If a GM hires a coach and the core doesn’t want to play for him then the coach needs to try to show he is in power (benching Seabrook). If the players don’t like it and won’t take the hint, then he gets to choose whether he wants to struggle for power or give in. He gave in. Now the GM has to decide if he wants to keep the coach or the players (we all know how that always works out), but the longer he waits to regain the position of authority on the team’s hierarchy, the closer he gets to being a victim of a coaching decision gone bad.

    Right now I don’t see Bowman looking worried, which tells me that nobody above him is glaring a hole in his head. THAT is what tells me there MUST be something done before this season is over. It could be a major shuffling of players (and likely the coach), or a purge from somewhere above or at the GM level and down.

    If not – they lose fans and respect within the league (the ability to attract players to sign here). Then see how hard it is to develop after that. And don’t forget they already don’t have many willing trade partners in the league after winning 3 cups. No sympathy trades for the Hawks.

  56. For now breakup 12 and 88.Put 88 and 8 with 19.See what 20 looks like with 12 and 17.77 57 and 22 as your 3rd line.64 15 and 92 as the 4th instructing 92 to shoot the puck.44-7. 39-56 5-6 for d pairings.

  57. Alexander Radulov a healthy scratch for Dallas tonight. I guess Benn, Seguin and Bishop will all pout on the bench and whine to the press after the game. Dallas will get blown out 15-0, and the fans will blame the coach.

    Either that, or the team will get the message.

    Anyone remember what happened in STL when the coaching change took place last winter? Look up the healthy scratches guys. That’s how a coach gets the team to focus.

    Not in Chicago. It turns them into WHINERS. They all skate around during the game PALMS UP (in truth – they’ve done that for years, particularly 19 and 88) because that’s who they are.

    The core is the problem. But how do you fix 4 players you gave contracts to that allows THEM to hold YOU hostage?

    https://bleedinblue.com/2018/12/11/blues-berube-needs-healthy-scratches/

  58. Well, I know we need a good system, a reset, the entire organization, everything people talked about the last 7 days.

    before these 6 games started, I though said 3-3 would be good agasint top 5/10 teams. Well were were officially 2-3-1, but Shaw scored that goal and that was a 2-1 win in regulation on DAL. 3-2-1 or 3-3 or 2-3-1, is 3-3.

    We played good in half the games and did not in half the games. 3-3

    Funny how we played like shit the first game VEG NAS and got blwon out, then next game agsint those teams we blow them out.

    Again half the games we play good, all agasint top 5/10 teams. We also are half and half agasint the shit teams.

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