68 thoughts on “Ian Mitchell Returning To DU

  1. Will be crowded in Rockford next year too, may be best move all things considered, another year as top pair in Ncaa.

  2. There is no negative in this. The kid does not believe he ready for high level pro hockey. Here was his quote to the Athletic’s Scott Powers :

    “I just felt that in some games I was a dominant player, and I thought in too many others I was just kind of existent. I want to be the best player on the ice every time and some games I was too conservative. I didn’t think I was a difference-maker in every single game. I wanted to make sure I was dominant at every game at this level before I was going to move on to the next level.”

    Having watched Denver throughout the season, I agree with Mitchell’s assessment of himself. He’s a very good college defenseman but certainly not a dominant defenseman at this point. No harm in him getting bigger, stronger and faster in college next year.

  3. Bodes well for his and Chicago’s future. Level-headed, talented kid! I’ll look forward to him being a factor in the future for the Hawks. In the meantime, we’ve got our #1D via the Hawks’ $20 Million Cap space (can you say “Karlson?”) our #2 is probably a resurgent Keith after mastering Colliton’s new system; our 3 is offensive-minded Gustafson, (3rd leading NHL Defenseman scorer); our 4 & 5 … Take your pick: Jokiharju is now more seasoned, and Nicolas Beaudin & Adam Boqvist were practically legends for their teams this year. An aging Seabrook will be able to achieve better with a less taxing role of being a 6. As a 7? This is wild, but we need a guy to make other teams accountable for mowing down Crawford and/or our smaller players. There is an adequate defenseman whom the Ducks recently cut. His name is Darian Skeoch and he is the most terrifying fighter in years, but a good clubhouse guy off the ice. Train him up and dress him whenever you play a team with a Tom Wilson-like punk on the roster. As for the offense, we’ve got plenty already. Hopefully, our salary cap will enable us to get a Panarin or at least a Skinner, PLUS with the #3 Pick in the draft we MUST take Cozens or Dach – both 6’3″ + with great playmaking and scoring ability, soft hands, ability to edge-skate, tough but excellent in shoot-outs and, most likely, NHL ready. The Russian Podkolzin contractually can’t even leave the KHL for two years. At that point, it is a bit too much to expect our core to still be capable of a final Cup-run.

  4. Bodes well for his and Chicago’s future. Level-headed, talented kid! I’ll look forward to him being a factor in the future for the Hawks. In the meantime, we’ve got our #1D via the Hawks’ $20 Million Cap space (can you say “Karlson?”) our #2 is probably a resurgent Keith after mastering Colliton’s new system; our 3 is offensive-minded Gustafson, (3rd leading NHL Defenseman scorer); our 4 & 5 … Take your pick: Jokiharju is now more seasoned, and Nicolas Beaudin & Adam Boqvist were practically legends for their teams this year. An aging Seabrook will be able to achieve better with a less taxing role of being a 6. As a 7? This is wild, but we need a guy to make other teams accountable for mowing down Crawford and/or our smaller players. There is an adequate defenseman whom the Ducks recently cut. His name is Darian Skeoch and he is the most terrifying fighter in years, but a good clubhouse guy off the ice. Check out You Tube. Train him up and dress him whenever you play against a team with a Tom Wilson-like punk on the roster. As for the offense, we’ve got plenty already. Hopefully, the remaining salary cap money we will be able to additionally get a Panarin or at least a Skinner, PLUS with the #3 Pick in the draft we MUST take Cozens or Dach – both 6’3″ + with great playmaking and scoring ability, mature, edgy, soft hands, ability to edge-skate … tough but excellent in shoot-outs and, most likely, already NHL ready. The Russian prospect, Podkolzin, contractually can’t even leave the KHL for two years. At that point, it is a bit too much to expect our core to still be capable of a final Cup-run.

  5. the Hawks’ $20 Million Cap space (can you say “Karlson?”)

    There has been some talk among the ‘puck heads’ that Karlson’s defensive short comings are really being exposed in these playoffs-
    so we would spend the hard earned cap space on a soon to be 29 year old, who has many of the attributes of many other defenceman young and older in the system? and even fits the height-weight profile (6ft. 190) Heh, he’s even a Swede. lol

    No thanks-do this the right way.

  6. The Hawks were over 500 this year. They have 20 million dollars in cap space. the team is just three years removed from Dynasty level. Stan deserves some of the credit

  7. And the flip side-as many on this site have said–
    You add two high end players at 20 million-now you have 7 players at about 60 million-back in ‘cap hell’ and no real money to pay the future of the Hawks.

  8. To do list
    1. Draft Bowen Byram or Dylan Cozans with 3rd
    2. Draft a good goalie prospect
    2. Make Pitch to Erik Karlsson
    3. Sign two top 9 forward ( Ferland, Nelson )
    4. Trade Anisimov

    5…
    Make Playofff

  9. Unfortunately Steven there are 31 other teams with similar to do lists…..

    Big pass on Karlsson, too old for the $$ he wants…

  10. Trade Murphy and Anisimov. Sign Dzingel and Chariot. Draft Cozens or Dach. Trade one of either Mitchell or Beaudin for a top winger prospect (like a Blake Wheeler or Anderson type in Columbus) in a hockey trade. Draft a good goalie prospect in the 3rd round. Hope to God Boqvist learns defence because offensively he is the real deal. Sign 1 year deals for Methot or Benn for depth on defence. Sign Donskoi from San Jose for depth and speed.
    Leave Sikura, Kahun, Hayden in AHL or add them to a trade package. Not worth keeping those guys. And improve your 4th line that can add real energy and score some goals as well. Release Kruger and the gang! And hopefully, Bowman is watching the playoffs.

  11. Count me in the “no thanks” for Karlsson camp. He will be 29 and will cost a fortune on a 7 or 8 year deal. I’d rather have a more defensive minded guy who can play big minutes as a shutdown pair. I do like Ferland and Nelson as the type of forwards that would be great to add.

  12. The Blackhawks are the new up and coming team for top ufas to look to get on. A top team once we get roster full and have 20/21m in cap space to add.

    Not saying add two 10.5 m quality players, but add what ever it takes to get these top pair or 4 D guys. We might be the only or are one of a few top teams that have the cap space to do it. Unless those high end and the very good ufas want to play in PHI or FLR.

    Now that we’re reloaded with blue chip draft players and have a top 3 pick, the very good ufas will want to join the club because they now where the roster is and is going back to, where it was with them making us deep again.

  13. Do not want another Gus, we have one already and a good caphit.

    We want Defensive defensemen with size and meanness.

    Good post Hull.

  14. I agree Morrison, we need defensive minded Dmen with size and good skating mobility. Players that are top 4 dmen, that play big minutes on PK. Fearless and can skate.
    Tough to watch Teuvo tonight amaze everyone with his speed and skill. (a former MVP Junior Championship, top scorer, gold medal, Stanley Cup Champ, 1st round pick, for a 2nd round pick named Chad Krys??? Wow……)
    And Kevin Hayes (former 1st round pick, lost for nothing), scoring on a great solo effort.
    Lots of work to do for Bowman, Kelley and the pro scouts. Please, no more smurfs!

  15. No to Karlsson. Hull not tough to watch Strome’s 17 goals in 50 Blackhawk games. (20 goals in 70) compared to Teuvo’s 21 in 82 games. That’s from a thicker player you like. Manson is my pick for a beefier back end. Skinner Dzingel Lemieux for offense and beef up front.

  16. Hull65, Krys was from the Shaw trade.

    In Bowman’s first draft (2010), he traded a second-rounder to move up six spots to take Hayes. And you know the rest. Trading Teuvo was more complicated because it included Bick. Was a salary dump. In 2011, selected Mark McNeill. In recent years, Bowman had made some good trades and picks and the Hawks are now coming back.

  17. For me, I’d sit out the sign Karlson camp. I like the suggestion of looking into Ferland and Lee and attempting to trade Anisimov. I’d also be in favor of trading 56 IF and only if we get a top end stay at home defensemen coming back or we pair him with 7 as trade bait.

    If we can re-tool the offense with some grinders and capable 2 way forwards, our d will improve as a result. We are two years away, stay patient.

  18. Love Manson! I thought it was the Danault trade for Dcat? In any case, Teuvo is a faster skater and has been in the NHL from day one. Strome could not crack the Arizona lineup? He has good offensive skills but Teuvo is Elite offensively and is a far superior skater. Strome needs to get stronger if he wants to play playoff hockey, othrewise his lack of speed is a problem not his hockey IQ. Oh, he can also thank DCat for all his assists. Well, Original6, Nick Leddy for 2nd rounder Ville Pokka still hurts. And drafting 4dmen the last 2 seasons in the first two rounds was not smart unless you trade one of these guys for a young winger ready to play. Bowman did the same by drafting 2 centers in Danault and McNeil, way back when we needed a dman. Let’s see what happens.

  19. Response to Hull65:
    The Shaw trade resulted in DCat and Krys. Not bad. The Danault trade was for two rentals at the 2016 TDL. We lost that one. The Leddy trade may have been driven by Q, who didn’t like him. At the time, Pokka and Nilsson (European goalie) looked like a decent trade for us, but we ended up losing that one. Am not going to fault Bowman for the positions he drafted, as long as he and his scouts thought they were the best on the board. Maybe he will be able to trade one of them for a FW.

  20. A big thing was when Bowman satrted he had to pay the dues for Tallon who loaded the roster with no regurad to salary cap. So for those yrs Bowman and crew had to clean up Tallons mess. Chisle out a core that you want from the loaded roster to win another Cup. Well Bowman and crew pretty much won 3 Cups by chisiling out who they wanted as the core. 13 14 15 we won Cup, Thats a dynasty right there almost without the 2010 Cup winning team.

    Point is Bowman and crew had to clean up Tallons mess. If it was Tallon we might have only won one Cup not 3 and counting.

    Since Bowman and crew completed the dynasty, now are making good drafts an trades, by being able to go out in the full plan of drafting best players available and trade for hockey trades lie 8 and 17, 23 and 91.

    Give it some more time. Were going to like what we see as we go along.

  21. Karlsson reminds me of Gustafson. Even the Norris years. It’s why people started clamoring for an award like the Seller for defenseman. Best offensive forward.

    This team doesn’t have a problem with scoring. It has a problem with being scored on. They were 8th in goals for. They were 30th in goals against. Karlsson doesn’t help that stat nearly as much as a defenseman needs to to be paid that kind of money.

  22. Any good defensive dmen in free agency this summer? Should be the first signing SB makes especially if we draft a forward. After that I’d go after one of Dzingel, Duchene or if available Panarin.

    Cale Makar is looking like a stud in the pst two playoff games for Colorado, they’re gonna be scary good with Mackinnon and him for a while. He’s only 6 foot 187. Hopefully Boqvist can add some muscle and make that impact on a year or two. No reason to go after Karlsson when Boqvist is in the pipe line and we have Gustafsson. Only should be considered if Gustafsson is traded, then Karlsson could be signed along with a defensive d man.

  23. 200, I was asking that during games 1-25 this yr. It looked like there is a lot more in summer of 20 then this summer. Trade would be better and cost more though.

    COL looks like they going to be good, with a couple more good draft players till coming foe them.

    Same with CHI though, we only have De bob lee swagger cat so far, and Strome. We still have the Four Horsemen, a top 3 pick, and a list of FWs that could be good, and lots of cap space to add what we need. So when its a full roster for us, COL and CHI should be two of the top teams in a couple yrs.

    COL is almost there now and will be from now on. CAL and BOS are getting better and should be top teams. CHI in 1.5 yrs going to top teams again.

    Young fast skilled with enough size on team. Thats the ticket.

  24. I thought SJ would get VEG this yr, nope. Thought CAL would be better, nope.

    Everybody wants size, but VEG and COL speed beat WIN last yr, WIN was worn out by using too much energy to beat NAS.

    So we need a group of good young players that are fast skilled, we have that.
    Need to add ufas/trades for the positions were weak at or not very good at, this summer/deadlines.
    The blue chip players emerge in their 2nd and 3rd full yrs as their all around game gets better, thats coming.

    Only thing we need to do, thats not already coming, is add those positions we need this summer/deadline/summer of 20 and then were talking, like COL is looking and people are thinking of them.

  25. So the top seeds in the East and West fall in the 1st round with just one win between them. First time this has happened since expansion, meaning since original 6 (now you know I’m old).

    Blackhawks are in a damn tough division. COL becoming a powerhouse, with three other strong teams. We need to strike it big at #3 and hit at #43, followed by good moves this summer. COL has two 1st rd picks, but at least they lost the grand prize. STL and WPG do not have 1st rd picks. NAS has a late 1st rd and no 2nd rd. DAL a mid 1st and no 2,3, and 4 rd picks (in bad shape).

    CAL a very late 1st rd and no 2nd rd. SJ no 1st rd and mid-2nd rd.

    Hawks can gain on all good teams in the West, except COL.

  26. I’d look into Maata from Pens, they gotta move some cap and still want to contend next year. A defenceman is likely to go. If did it without moving Gus, could have Keith, Maatta as 1-2 on left side and Gus, Joki asks 1-2 on the right. Murphy/ Seabrook as other pair and Murphy can play bigger minutes in shutdown situations and not expose and protect Gus in those type of situations. Pick your spots to play Gus and Seabrook in those situations. Certainly an upgrade, Dahlstrom as no. 7.
    Blue line in Rockford likely to look something like Gilbert-Krys, Carlsson- Tuulola
    Beaudin- Ryczek fill Pokka/Raddysh right shot depth spot and likely Hillman be resigned, good depth there.

  27. Original, yea the better teams in division/conf are finished products and will only get worse these coming yrs, but still be good teams.

    COL and CHI are the top teams in conference in a few yrs. CAL should be there. The teams that have been the top teams in conference since we were top team in league in 2015, should be getting weared out by playing playoffs 5-7 yrs in a row, just like we did, and a lot of their better/core players will be getting older.

    So it should work out good timing wise. COL is ahead of us roster wise, just like CAL and BOS are. CHI is coming and we have a lot more good prospects then COL still coming because COL has how ever many of theirs already there, thats why their good now.

    Were looking good, with cap space to add the positions were weak at and need to. I look at what CHI will look like when we have a full roster again, 1.5 or so yrs from now to compare to COL then. Basically COL and CHI could be top 2 teams in a few yrs.

    I am fine with COL and CHI winning Cups in the next 7yrs.

  28. I guess what I am saying is COL has good young players, like the top teams in conference did 5 or more yrs ago. The other good teams build through ufas, like DAL, so their good but not Cup deep.

    Reloading through draft to get a wave of good young players, thats the way.

    COL and CHI each have two top 6 skill picks in these three drafts 17 18 19.
    Matar and Boqvist
    top 4 pick and top 3 pick

    We just need to make sure we add the positions we need and some tuff/guys with size and speed and energy, because thats what these up and coming teams have.

  29. That should be CGY, not CAL. Left out VGK. They have 17th pick and picks in rounds 2-5. West a tougher conference than East.

    Maatta had a poor season, partly because of a shoulder injury. Was a healthy scratch the last 3 games of the playoffs. Has three years remaining on a $4.1M contract. Are there better options who can give us 2-3 years while our pipeline transitions to the parent club?

  30. Original was thinking he’d bounce back if healthy but you may be right too big a risk. Flames have 3 dmen, Brodie, Hamonic and Stone all ufas in another year, be making moves likely might be a prospective trade there. Carolina likely looking to move a dman this summer too.

  31. Should be 5 teams from central for yrs. Has there been a yr there was only 4.

    Just looking at CAL, BOS, now COL, is what we need to pay attention to, not copy, pay attention to and get our roster loaded the right way with whats our plan.

  32. Yea that yr they said East finnaly cought the West. They were even, for a yr or two. Now its back to what is was like when we were deep for those yrs.

    Starting to come around. For CHI.

  33. HULL65

    Trade Murphy? Um, no. That would be about the dumbest thing they could do. He was by far the best blue liner on the Hawks this season, and you want to trade him? Sheesh

  34. Okie (do you live in OK?), agree. Excluding 5 and 28, I would be open to offers for anyone else. Keith and Gus would need to bring back the strongest returns of the bunch. Seabrook would require packaging with a player/prospect/pick and maybe taking back some salary.

  35. By far the best Murphy? We had the worst PK? He has trouble skating? Flops all over the ice but works very hard. Not much there! Ask yourself where would he be on a top 10 or top 15 team? Still a 5 or 6 or 7 dman. Seabs is still better than Murphy. Honest worker so maybe we can get rid of his ridiculous salary along with Sikura or Kahun and fool another GM into giving us a legit player or prospect. Save some salary to sign Chariot?

  36. RED FLAG! This is why Bowman cannot be trusted! Another Kahun 5’10” clone from Sweden, who’s skating is suspect? Played for JC in second division Swedish league? 26 years old, undrafted Anton Wedin??? Seriously, this GM has no vision and his pro scouts are useless. Another soft, slow, smallish skater!!! Enough. Is this management watching the playoffs? Anyone? Or are they in Europe watching little Euro tournaments! Joke.

  37. Hull65, I know Murphy has been a disappointment, but you can’t sell all our d-men at once (except Joki). My thought is to keep him for now. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

    In the thread under Byram, I said that if we pass on the great Russian winger, we should draft Byram. Our D is awful. Although help is on the way from our system in the next 1-2 years, what do we do in the mean time? Sign Chariot or some other good d-man or two. Byram would not be ready until 20/21.

    If we pass on Pod and Byram, that leaves Dach and Cozen as best available who are not committed to colleges, and Turcotte and Zegras who are committed to colleges as best available. If any of these players work for management, then try trading down with BUF to get their 7 and 20, or another player/prospect.

  38. Take two:

    Hull65, I know Murphy has been a disappointment, but you can’t sell all our d-men at once (Joki excluded). My thought is to keep him for now. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

    In the thread under Byram, I said that if we pass on the great Russian winger, we should draft Byram. Our D is awful. Although help is on the way from our system in the next 1-2 years, what do we do in the mean time? Sign Chariot or some other good d-man or two. Byram would not be ready until 20/21.

    If we pass on Pod and Byram, that leaves Dach and Cozen as best available who are not committed to colleges, and Turcotte and Zegras who are committed to colleges as best available. If any of these players work for management, then try trading down with BUF to get their 7 and 20, or another player/prospect.

    Okie, I went to UW in the 1970s and one of my roommates senior year was from Tulsa. He was known as Tulsa Tom. He said there were a lot of lakes, which sounds nice.

  39. HULL

    I’m not sure what you’re watching, and I’m not trying to sound jerkish, but if you think Seabrook is better than, it’s hard to give any credibility to your opinion. Yes, Murphy was their best dman. Doesn’t mean he’s a great dman or a top pairing on cup contending team, but he’s a solid 2nd pair guy, if not better. He’s still young, and has a team friendly contract. Good luck finding someone for under 4 million a year. Seabs is beyond horrible. He wouldn’t be anything more than a 6th or 7th on most cup contending teams. You must really think Murphy is putrid if you think Seabrook is better. You suggest trading him, but if he’d as bad you think they’d get no more than a 5th rounder at best. No GM is gonna want Seabrook unless the Hawks eat a huge chunk of his contract and throw in a sweetener, that’s if he even waives his NMC. Who knows, maybe Dale and Q will be dumb enough to want him. Hell, Dale wanted Campbell with his ridiculous contract. Murphy is fine. Pretty much every expert and analyst have stated he was their most stable dman this season. Yeah, his not the best skater, but neither was Seabrook even in his prime, which has been in hos rearview mirror for about 4-5 years now. Murphy usually has really solid positioning, brings a physical game, has a decent enough shot, good at cutting guys off, and makes minimal mistakes. He was even pretty solid last season, but Q was still pouting over Hammer being traded he treated Murphy like crap.

  40. Okie, under the Byram thread, here is what Miroslav posted on April 17, 5:54 pm:

    From the Athletic regarding Seabrook’s final season grades:

    “…Looking at Evolving-Hockey’s model again, he was second-worst among all league defensemen with a -9.9 GAR and tied for second-worst with -1.7 WAR. He was also among the top-10 worst defensemen in even-strength GAR, shorthanded GAR, on-ice scoring-chances against and high-danger chances against per 60 minutes…”

    GAR is Goals Above Replacement and WAR is Wins Above Replacement. These stats are permeating all sports and take the plain old fun out of it, but they are useful.

    You won’t find anyone agreeing with Hull65 that Seabrook is is better than Murphy. The opposite is true. Both Miroslav and I stated under the Byram thread that Tallon and Q are not dumb enough to want Seabrook and that he is basically untradable. See my post on April 17, 4:06 pm comparing Campbell at the time he was traded to Fla, vs Seabrook today. Campbell was a much better player. Next year you can expect Seabrook to be ranked matching his number: 7. Too bad, he was one of the great d-men in Blackhawks’ history but has slowed down so much.

    Nearly every team has one or more very bad contracts. I think our only albatross is Seabrook.

  41. Original agree Seabrook not going anywhere for a year or 2 and defensive numbers look terrible. I suggested before try him on wing, play him 6- 8 mins a game there if you want. Wouldn’t be exposed for 18 to 20 mins on blue line every night that way. Might make a serviceable 4th liner and protect his shortcomings.

  42. ORIGINAL6,

    I’ll check out those comments. Btw, how much is the Athletic subscription and is it worth it?

    Oh, I know nobody is gonna take on Seabrook’s contract, at least not now. Maybe at the tail end of it, but hopefully by then the Hawks are contending again and he wouldn’t want to leave if he had a chance to win another Cup. I just never understood that massive extension. I almost puked the day they announced it. He was showing signs of regression big time even before then. I get he was a huge part of the Hawks run, but his best days were far behind him. I get wanting to reward players for past contributions, but not to where it hamstrings you in the future. I wonder if Stan was pressure by the upper brass to give him that big contract. You wanna reward players for what they’ve done in the past even tho it’s obvious they’re not the same player? Fine, that’s when you bring them back as ambassadors after their career is over and pay them a decent salary to make appearances and what not, or part of the broadcast team.

    Oh yeah, Tulsa is an ok enough place to live. Lots of pretty lakes and what not within less than an hour of the city, cost of living is more than reasonable, but man, the weather sucks, people are super slow here, and the crime rate is gettimg ridiculously high.

  43. Ian, converting a D to a FW requires different skills, which is not easy to learn late in one’s career. Why not play him as bottom pairing with an average TOI of 15 minutes? Some nights he should be scratched. This will probably improve his performance and prolong his career.

  44. Ian

    Hmm, not a bad idea trying Seabrook at wing, although I don’t see them having a 4th line winger playing under 10 minutes a night with a cap of almost $7 million. I feel bad for the guy in some ways. You could see he worked really hard last off season to get into good shape, and actually played decent enough the first 2-3 weeks of the season, then fell apart. I wonder how much of Q’s firing had an affect on him, and Keith too. Duncs wasn’t very good this season also, at least from a defensive point. Part of me wonders if they kinda tuned out JC after the firing of Q. Had to be hard on them playing for a coach for a decade then without warning he’s gone. Maybe a full camp with JC and his system will help them, and the entire team for that matter. I’m optimistic.

  45. OKIE, I do not know anything about The Athletic. Miroslav quoted from this publication. If the Hawks contend in two years, I hate to think how much slower Seabrook will be. When he was given the extension an associate work, who very knowledgeable about hockey, and I were in disbelief. All I can say is that my opinion of Stan has risen after making mostly smart moves the past three years. I’ll be a big defender if he drafts well and improves the team with trades and signings this summer.

    Sorry about Tulsa. Too hot and muggy. Tulsa is a big oil (“ole”) town. We need to move quickly past fossil fuels. I read a lot about cities and unfortunately Tulsa is not rated high and its crime rate is way above the national average. Felt sorry when the Shock moved to Dallas a couple of years after they drafted Skylar Diggins, Saw Skylar play in high school and at Notre Dame.

  46. It’s late – cleaning up some grammar:

    OKIE, I do not know anything about The Athletic. Miroslav quoted from this publication.

    If the Hawks contend in two years, I hate to think how much slower Seabrook will be. When he was given the extension an associate at work, who is very knowledgeable about hockey, and I were in disbelief. All I can say is that my opinion of Stan has risen after making mostly smart moves the past three years. I’ll be a big defender if he drafts well and improves the team with trades and signings this summer.

    Sorry about Tulsa. Too hot and muggy. A big oil (“ole”) town. We need to move quickly past fossil fuels. I read a lot about cities and unfortunately Tulsa is not rated high and its crime rate is way above the national average. Felt sorry when the Shock moved to Dallas a couple of years after they drafted Skylar Diggins, Saw Skylar play in high school and at Notre Dame.

  47. Not sure Seabs can get slower. Seabs is fine being a Soaps or Rozy. The difference is the whole league is faster then it was just 5 yrs ago. Thats not fair to Seabs and like.

    Like to COL go deep this yr and next so they might burn out a little. WTF happened to NAS and WIN, wow. NAS taking a page out of TAM playbook and not showing up to play. STL is a decent team but those two teams, even with OK season record, just are not themselves.

    Thats was bullshit on Buff, that gave the game/series to STL, BS. Same thing Saader did didnt do against red wings panzy in 2013 on the bench.
    When Hammer scored and Seabs won the game in OT, for the second time.

  48. Sorry, I respect your opinion Original6 but Murphy is an average dman and still not hands down better than Seabs. Just watch him play. He can stick around, I agree as a 5th or 6th dman but that’s an expensive contract for an average player who is not going to get quicker at his age. And if the right deal comes along, then why not trade him. Seabs and Keith have the IQ to continue playing. Team needs 3-6 to be much better than what it is now on the blueline.
    I hope you agree that Bowman needs to stop looking at free agents, Div2 undrafted swedish/Euro players over 26 years old and under 6′ tall. We need to build from the draft and make trades for true prospects. Sign 2 real top end free agents whil Joki and Boqi develop.

  49. Hull, I do not know anything about Wedin but hes not 5/10, hes 5/11 and 195. So maybe he like a Ben Smith for size. Hes good DEF FW, that would be a need.

  50. Lehner up for Vezina. Before the season mentioned he was the guy to sign for 1.5 mil back up. Now if I can get those Powerball and Megaball numbers right. Don’t know if he would be a good long term solution with the skeletons. Like his Billy Smith Eddie the Eagle demeanor.

  51. Lehner would have been an upgrade from Ward. No doubt. Peter Mzarek as well. We don’t need more free agent Euro, undrafted players aged 26. That’s my only point. Of course, none of this would be a storyline if we had drafted a couple of forwards the last two drafts early in the first 2 rounds.

  52. I believe that I’m in the camp of not going after Pittsburgh’s Maata. Even when healthy, he’s had the same rap of some of Chicago’s defensemen – coughing up the puck in his own zone and leaving his goalie out to dry. Between that and age, there have to be better options available.

    If Seabrook is with the team (and of course every indication is that he will be) then it would be “nice” if he could be a part-timer and buy into the Colliton system. Seems it took Keith quite a while to do so, and he played much better the last half of the season. Maybe be the professional “room presence” to help bring along whoever young is coming up. Maybe it’s pie in the sky to expect him to accept such a role if given to him, but he has seemed like a class guy. I don’t blame him for his contract or the fact that his speed/quickness have decreased. This is a guy who has played a LOT of hockey in his career, with a good number of games in playoff series. I think that’s one thing we forget at times about our Blackhawks … their efforts over their careers have included tons of high intensity games at the highest level of NHL competition. Lots of abuse and lots of “extra” hockey some other guys in the league didn’t get. And it paid off. Maybe some negative returns are showing up now. But I’m liking how some players are adapting their games.

    I’ll pull out an old joke here to describe the fate of Tampa Bay; They will shortly announce that they are relocating to the Philippines, where they will be known as the Manila Folders.

    Big game tonight with Dallas Stars vs. Mustard Wearing Hillfolk in Big D.

    Go Blackhawks!!!!!

  53. Hull, no argument from me about Seabrook having a high IQ, it’s just that physically he has slowed down a lot. Murphy is average, but with the current line-up, average is actually above average. If we trade him, the only quality left are Keith and Joki, while Boq, Beau, Mitchell develop. Agree that Bowman should try to sign 2 high-end d-men. If he thinks he will be able to get just one, then he may need to draft Byram. We need a C badly (Cozens, Dach, Turcotte) as well. Tough decisions.

  54. Big Indian agree Maatta has dealt with injuries and has struggled those seasons, but he had a fine rookie season and was probably the Pens best defenceman in 17-18 season, and considered smart defensively not physical. He would definitely be a Strome type acquisition of Risk reward, the Pens need cap space and if he looked a player who would thrive under Colliton and the price may be right, at 24 yrs old he has a lot of hockey left, which Bowman likes in his trades.

    I liked Lehner also but he signed that contract because his personal life was out of control and he wanted a chance to prove himself again. Having as many questions as Crawford about the start of the season he didn’t really address what the Blackhawks needed last summer. Mrazek came off 2 subpar seasons and not too sure how he would have handled the defense in front of Ward this year either.

  55. Indian, the most in NHL history, over 7 yrs period and less then 7 yrs as well.

    The Blackhawks dynasty core/role players.

  56. Ian, I stand corrected somewhat in the Maata discussion. I don’t know that I would go for him, but I thought he was older than 24. I was thinking he had 4 or 5 more years on him. That does change the equation, as I think most GM’s have to think quite a bit harder about a guy who is 24 vs. a guy who is 30. Thanks.

  57. Big Indian, great post. Agree we should not go after Maata. Injuries and coming off a bad season. You are right that Seabrook has played too many minutes, including so many playoff games (won some key OT games with his rocket shot). Need to reduce his minutes.

    Great joke about Tampa. Lights out on the Lightning. Lightning not very frightening. Tampa Bay Lites. When the Blackhawks beat them in the 2015 finals, Kane said that they were similar to the Hawks in 2010 and that he expected them to win the cup very soon. Not going to happen.

    Am pulling for Dallas to close out Nashville. Am going blind looking at that yellow.

  58. TAM best playoff performance, by far, was 2015?

    We heard the thunder but we didnt see any lightning.

  59. Mo, very funny about Yzerman. TBL needs to do a partial blow-up. Columbus wasn’t the only team who would have whipped them. 128 points and nothing to show for it.

  60. Pierre McGuire: “Eddie, you getting flashbacks of old Chicago Stadium? Because that’s how loud it is here.”

    Eddie: “Honestly, Pierre, not really. I don’t think there was a building louder than Chicago Stadium.”

    — Mark Potash (@MarkPotash) April 22, 2019

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