44 thoughts on “Blackhawks Recall Nordstrom, Clendening

  1. Johns is the better fit for the Hawks right now over Clendening. We NEED a blueliner and I am unapologetic for how enthusiastic I am over the future of Johns. But I suppose this is a cap management thing.

    Pleased to see Nordstrom back. Hope he suits up over Morin on the road is all I’ve got to say. We need his speed on the ice and his defensive game at forward.

  2. Well theres a surprise. Also I hope that puts the pirri Clendening comparisons. Clendening’s numbers are down across the board. Personally would have gone Dahlbeck or Johns.

  3. A surprise to me too!!! But I can also speculate that this is somewhat political- and in a lot of ways “the right” way to do things… what would it say to Cden and Future Hawk picks if several guys who have spent almost no time in the Hawks system- leap frogged him – without getting a chance for Cden to actually “sink or swim”… I am speaking of TvR, Pokka,TJ…

    I hope Cden proves me wrong and is ready… but I am not sold on him.

  4. They can always swap out the call ups, but I agree with Wall on the leap frogging comment. Remember too they have a highly regarded RH defenseman in college they need to sign, Paliotta. He is by all accounts a good kid, a very good kid, and is very appreciative of what the organization has done for him so far … meaning I do not expect him to pull a Kevin Hayes but whoever his agent is you can bet he’s watching how the Blackhawks handle their D prospects.

    Hey JS … any comments on Zawaski’s prediction now? Shouldn’t he have known, or checked, that Kyle C. isn’t quite 100% yet?

  5. To add on Clendening … his numbers are down but in part it’s due to focusing more on defense and his own zone. Hopefully he does well. I think they will give him a taste and then another Rockford guy a taste.

  6. Hawks #2 in GAA and #15 in G/G need defensive help versus offensive upside… alright.

    Definitely surprised by the Clendining pick. I hope he flourishes.

  7. Clendening (not Clendining) can help out a power play and that’s where the offensive upside comes in. I’ve seen lots of people here criticize the power play, this guy can maybe help. We’ll see.

  8. Hof! Not everything is about you man! Rufus was saying the Hawks need a blueliner which he defines as a physical dman that can move bodies out of the crease. Jawhns is that, Clendingle not as much.

    He also says they need the defensive help of a Nordstrom even though they are struggling to score.

  9. ^ Are you having trouble reading now? I never addressed Rufus, I have no quibble with what he said. I did address you though, I have no intention or interest about making anything or everything about me, I am quite secure. Did wonder if you had any thoughts about Zawaski’s prediction now though …

  10. I would love to see Dahlbeck get a chance. He looked good in preseason. Solid defensively, decent skater and a little offensive upside. I was also surprised by the Clendening call up. Maybe tomorrow it will change again. The knock on Clendening has been a little soft physically and not a very good skater. We may get a first hand look Thursday.

  11. Clendangil is clearly viewed as being the more offensive player between himself and Johns. Obviously, the Hawks need more help putting pucks in net than keeping pucks out of net. My comment was clearly addressing the blueliner desire of our friend Rufus when I believe it is obvious the Hawks need all the offensive help they can get.

    You make my brain hurt!

    And Zawalrus’ source was wrong. He was repeating what his source said, why would he check on the health of Comiskey if he was just repeating what a source said? Obviously the organization likes Cumiskey, that’s why he made the team out of camp.

  12. Hofmeister, I believe it is YOU who has trouble reading. Perhaps because of the condescending manner in which you attempt to torch all those who question you.

    Also: Q IS fallible. He screws up. Admit it.

  13. Ivan The Terribly Dense …

    Stay out of conversations that are clearly over your head, which is just about every one. Unless of course it’s a meeting of the Dunce Cap Club, of which you are a treasured member. Carry on, dope.

  14. JS, you are clearly once again having trouble. Your brain hurts? What about everyone else who has to deal with what you spew?

    Zawaski (learn his name instead of your stupid smarmy nicknames) is a part of the media. He puts something out on Twitter, doesn’t it make sense for him to check and double check? Yes it does. What he said was a source said Cumiskey would likely be the guy, the organization loves him. Wouldn’t he take the time to check Cumiskey’s health before putting it out on Twitter, whether it’s his own sourcing or from somebody else? That’s what credible people do, especially those in the media. It’s called accountability. Something you 20 something smarmy types don’t grasp I guess.

    Well either way, it’s on to the circus trip. More chances for you and your merry band of followers to blame things on the coach. I’ll be there to try to right your path. I’ll type this slowly … it’s the players who make the ultimate difference, not the coach. i don’t expect people like Ivan The Terribly Dense to get it, but maybe just maybe JS there’s hope for you. I certainly hope so.

  15. In my opinion the Hawks have a once in a lifetime nucleus of talent. 19, 88, 2, 4, 81, 10 and 50. The window of opportunity to win championships in sports is very small. The margin for error is also very small. The members of the Dunce Cap Club understand that the players are responsible for the results. However, when the margin of error is so small between winning and losing the coach makes a big impact on the success of the team. Q is most definitely fallible. I believe he made some big mistakes last year that may have cost us the Cup. I also believe he has made some mistakes this year. Many on this site have spent many years playing/coaching/watching hockey. I find this site to be frequented by many knowledgeable people. Hof- your bullying and condescending tone will not change anyones mind.

  16. Good question Craig. I would bet Runblad starts the trip with Rozy and maybe Rozy, Runblad and Clendening do some alternating as the trip moves along.. I am still not convinced that Clendening will be the guy.

  17. Wow Tab, are you going to get rid of this moron Hoffmeister ruining this board and attacking everyone or are you going to let another bully a-hole take over the comments section? It’s the internet Tab, you have to administrate the board because it can’t police itself…in real life Hofmeister would have gotten knocked the F#%@ out a while ago, and the rest of us would already be talking hockey again over a few beers. You have already let one guy act like an ahole to everyone and ruin/stifle the discussion here, that drove off some and no doubt has prevented others from posting as many don’t want to post to a forum where some idiot is free to badger the other posters.

  18. Let’s hope that Coach Qtabulous doesn’t try to trade Adam Can’tdangle for Holy Joking-nen… that could really confuse the HOF’er Pat Foily!!!

  19. If Clendening were having the same offensive results as he had the last two seasons it wouldn’t be a surprise that he would get the call before Dahlbeck and others – not necessarily the correct move, but not surprising. However, C-den is not having his usual offensive game so far AND according to a couple eyewitness Icehog STH’s, he hasn’t improved all that much in the d-zone. So, it appears he has earned this promotion more for seniority than merit. Let’s hope his call up isn’t the only surprise – let’s hope his play is a pleasant surprise.

  20. Maybe what’s been lost in the discussion is Rosival…the turnover machine. I’ll take any younger guy over him. We need people to be smart with the puck, as TVR was, but also physical in the crease. The Kings killed us there.

  21. Hawks1961: agreed–we have a golden opportunity here with a great mix of talent. That’s why the coaching becomes so important. It’s got to be nuanced–when to insert who, when to change strategy, etc. Standing behind the bench with arms folded, angry, and merely blending the lines isn’t good enough.

  22. Rosy’s best days are long behind him. Lets hope Clendening is here to stay. Despite whatever one here thinks. Clendening is the Hawks best d prospect according to all scouting outlets. He is at or near a top 50-over all prospect too. With Rosy and Oduya oit of comtracts next year its time to make some smart organization moves

  23. Disappointed about having to wait further to see Johns playing with the Hawks, but glad to see one the prospects that have been here get some exposure. Looking forward to seeing Clendening show his stuff. I hope Q gives him a decent amount of mins and maybe some PP minutes. I would hope he would be better on the PP than Rosy.

    I see many mentioning TJ Brennan (sp?), but what is the deal with this kid? I read he is 3rd in scoring on the Hogs. He seems to have quite a bit of skill, but my wonder is why he has not made it to the NHL already since he is long in tooth at age 25.

  24. Brennan had a pretty good opportunity when he signed in Toronto before last season and wound up playing the whole year with the Marlies, then he signed a one way deal with the isles going into this year, but was packaged in the leddy trade. Based merely on what I have read and listening to Stan bowman after the leddy trade, it sounds like the isles demanded the hawks take his contract in the leddy deal and that the hawks had really no interest in him. By all accounts he is an ahl offensive stud who cannot or does not play defense well. It seems like he’s a classic tweener – great in the ahl but not quite good enough all around to play in the NHL.

  25. Somewhere out there Sr Brad is giddy and laughing uncontrollably, unable to work or focus on basic activities of daily living. Verily, the offensive d-man messiah which he foretold, C-den, is coming to the Hawks!

    But seriously, we need a 2pp point guy who can score AND skate.

  26. Anyone notice how great Calgary has been playing. I’m not saying they are playoff or SC contenders but they are playing very well with a lot of youngsters in the lineup. I know it’s not always easy to move veteran players but SB made a mistake keeping some of the older deadweight (27,32 and prehaps the 91 signing) over the younger faster more eager players, especially with the 88 and 19 contracts coming we need these younger guys.

  27. Thanks HN4ALL-
    there’s a fine line between entertaining and awkward/bullying-
    people need to be able to speak their mind, right or wrong–
    and sometimes the best advice is to listen and say nothing-some people can’t do that.

  28. Let me be clear… there’s a whole lot of stupid that happens in every imaginable direction on here on a daily basis. But that’s what makes us sports fans – everyone has an opinion and many of us are passionate about it. But when commenting about a professional hockey team turns into 7th grade-caliber threats and offering to meet people outside, you’re going to get punted. I’ve got a pretty long leash for comments on here, but acting like a junior high jackass doesn’t work. Sorry.

  29. Interested to see how C-den does in his call-up. We’ve been hearing about this guy being a stud for so long it will be nice to see him with the big club getting some minutes. Just like the team didn’t know what they had when the brought in TVR, given the limited exposure I’m not sure we really know what any of these young guys can do at the next level. Nice to see Runblad settling in (hopefully that continues to improve) and at lease one of C-den, Johns, D-beck, Pokka, etc will stick. Should have lots to talk about during the circus trip.

    Hoff – you talk about accountability, who are you accountable to if not the other patrons on the board? You can disagree and be civil. It is possible. Drive everyone off and you’ll be left talking to yourself.

  30. Good times.

    I’ll be interested to see how much Clendening plays. I can’t imagine a defensive pairing of Rundblad and Clendening getting much of a leash from Q, especially on the road when he can’t control matchups as easily.

  31. Heard TVR took that shot off the knee cap and messed his knee up. Hope he rehabs strong and makes it back soon. He is the kind of kid you want to root for.
    Hope we find another diamond in the ruff to replace him so we can be stronger and keep Rosy off the ice when TVR returns.
    An injury opens the door for someone to step up and earn a spot.

  32. Well ive always been on the Clenny bandwagon… so here we go. I think he can contribute. Hoping for the best. (sadly i think he gets the pirri treatment)… showcased and then packaged in a latter deal).

  33. Love it Tab. I am amazed to see how much the board comments have changed over 5 years, but you keep attracting new readers because of how good the recaps and info really is.
    To other commenters: The ridiculous personal attacks need to stop. It’s a joke. Discuss hockey, put down thoughts, and support your thoughts with data it if you want. Disagreement will occur because fans are passionate. Someone with a different opinion isn’t your sworn enemy. Elsa said it best, “Let it go”. Wall and JS keep up the good thoughts.

  34. Should be an interesting game Thursday against the resurgent Flames. I will be keeping an open mind on Clendening. Since they are bringing him up I hope Q gives him a decent chance. I went back and read all the scouting reports on him and it seems he has excellent offensive vision. I hope he works out.

  35. If Clendening is soft physically and not a very good skater, 61, he won’t be up long. Also if skates with 32…….., we will see. TvR out 2 to 3 months, I am sure we will see Johns and Dahlbeck as well.

    Brennan may be a Martin St Pierre type, great in the AHL, not so much in the NHL. That said, besides being 3d in scoring on the Hogs, he is second in the AHL in +/-. Not bad for a guy who no one wants.

  36. Clendening’s offensive numbers are down across the board. Hes also a minus player for whatever that is worth.

  37. Yes Mike, I think he probably will have a short leash. I have not personally seen much of him so I will be interested to see how the scouting reports jive with his actual play once he gets here. Clen skating with 32 sure makes me nervous. I wonder if they may put him with 4.

  38. Would be interesting to see if Clendening plays with Seabrook or Keith instead of trying to make a third pair with Rozy/Runblad & Clendening. My guess is he gets minutes with #2 or #7.

  39. Reports from practice say:
    Clendening worked with both Rundblad and Rosival…..looks like long nights for the top 2 pairs if the game is close.

    Nordy worked on the 4th line with Krugs and Smith. Carcillo on the 3d line with Shaw and Versteeg. Saad bumped up with 19 and 81. Richards centering the second line. Morin looks like the odd man out, at least for tonight.

  40. Clendening first NHL goal! and Carcillo on a beauty wrister to put a cherry on it….great start for the Hawks and Adam C. ….

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