Kane, Quenneville Honored Before Panthers End Blackhawks Streak

After Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith had a bit of a dust-up at the pre-game skate, the Blackhawks threw a pretty impressive party for Kirby Dach’s 19th birthday on Tuesday.

Before the game, the team honored Patrick Kane reaching 1,000 career points. Then, during the first TV timeout, the team welcomed back Joel Quenneville. The poor teenager couldn’t even get a cake and candles meme on the video board.

Seriously, though, what was it like for Quenneville to be back behind a bench – albeit the visitor’s – at the United Center for the first time in 14 months?

Once the ceremonies were done and the tears had been wiped after a wonderful moment for the fans and Q, two teams riding five-game winning steaks had to focus on the task of winning a game.

Perhaps both teams allowed the emotions of the two celebrations to get to them because the opening 20 minutes were pretty plain. Florida held a 7-6 shot advantage after the first period and neither team scored.

The Panthers didn’t waste much time in the second period, however. Evgenii Dadonov got the visitors on the board first with his 22nd of the season at 4:43. Frank Vatrano scored his 12th of the season 91 seconds later to extend Florida’s lead to two.

Chicago got a power play with Aaron Ekblad headed to the box at 7:54 but failed to convert. Ekblad came out of the box and the puck immediately found him at center ice. He made a terrific pass to Vatrano who beat Robin Lehner five-hole for his second of the night. Suddenly the score was 3-0 in favor of the Panthers after Florida scored three times in less than six minutes.

The Hawks pushed back as they have done all season. After a couple shifts trying to get a shot through the Hawks were able to finish a good rush. At 13:33, Alex DeBrincat set up the birthday boy and Dach ended a 13-game goal drought with a dirty backhand shot.

Slater Koekkoek joined DeBrincat in being credited with an assist on Dach’s seventh of the season. Koekkoek has an assist in four of his last five games and entered Tuesday’s game plus-seven in January.

The Hawks weren’t able to beat Sergei Bobrovsky again before DeBrincat went to the box for tripping with 97 seconds left in the period.

On the pentlay kill Ryan Carpenter neatly picked off a pass from Vatrano and tried to hit the puck to Brandon Saad headed up the ice but hit Saad in the skates with the pass. Florida turned around and burned the Hawks for the failure to get it out. Vatrano scored his third goal of the second period on the power play to give Florida a 4-1 lead with 37 seconds left in the period.

After a subdued first period the offense exploded in the second. The Hawks out-shot the Panthers 14-13 in the second and the two teams were credited with 20 shots each after 40 minutes. Unfortunately the Panthers had four on the board to the Hawks’ one as the teams headed to the third period.

Through two periods Toews had skated 13:52 and won 12 of 18 faceoffs. Kane was already up to 15:26 and was tied with Saad for the team lead with four shots on net. But neither of them had a point. Toews came into the game with 799 regular season points in his career.

As the second period ended those watching the scoreboard noted that the Jets and Golden Knights, two teams near the Blackhawks in the playoff chase in the Western Conference, had already lost their games. There was ground to be gained, but Chicago needed to put together a serious comeback in the third period to make that happen.

Two minutes into the third period Keith Yandle tripped Drake Cagguila as he crashed the net. The official’s arm went up and Chicago got their second power play of the night.

On the power play, Erik Gustafsson unloaded from the point and Cagguila, who was in front of the net, was able to get a stick on the shot to tip it past Bobrovsky.

Cagguila’s sixth of the year brought the Hawks within two goals of the Panthers four minutes into the third. Gustafsson and Keith were credited with the assists on the goal, giving Keith 597 points in his Hall of Fame career and moving him past Jeremy Roenick into sole possession of tenth place in the franchise’s all-time scoreboard.

Six minutes into the third the Blackhawks got another power play when Noel Acciari tripped David Kampf. Chicago did nothing with this advantage, unfortunately.

Bobrovsky made some terrific saves to hold the lead at two for ten minutes beginning with the Acciari penalty. With five minutes left in regulation the line of Toews, Cagguila and Saad got a great look but Mike Hoffman caught Saad with a high stick to kill the scoring opportunity. Hoffman went to the box for two minutes for whacking Saad in the face, giving the Blackhawks a third power play in the third period.

The Blackhawks wasted another advantage, passing instead of shooting yet again. With three minutes left in regulation the teams were back at even strength and the Hawks were stil chasing two.

Chicago was finally able to get Lehner to the bench for the extra attacker inside the final two minutes and the Hawks were able to draw within one. Dach set up Kane who settled down the puck and rifled it home for his 1,001st career point.

Gustafsson picked up the second assist with Dach on Kane’s 25th of the year. With 75 seconds left in regulation the Blackhawks were within one.

Sadly, Kane’s goal was it for the offense. Florida was able to scramble and get the puck out of the zone just enough to keep the Hawks away from the net and it was the Panthers who extended their five-game win streak to six.

Toews finished the night skating 23:06. He won 18 of 31 faceoffs in the game.

Kane skated 26:05 and led Chicago with six shots on net. The one went in late in the third.

Dach had another good performance on his birthday. He was credited with one goal, one assist, one blocked shot and two takeaways in 18:27.

Matthew Highmore dressed. He skated 5:49.

Chicago’s other rookie, Adam Boqvist, had a nice night as well. He skated 20:27 and was credited with two shots on net, two blocked shots and a team-leading four hits.

46 thoughts on “Kane, Quenneville Honored Before Panthers End Blackhawks Streak

  1. The Hawks played very well. Dominated play for much of the night. Lehner was way way off. First three goals all his fault, last goal partially as well. Can’t blame the coach, no way, not tonight. If he’s as honest as he usually is, Lehner will take the blame for losing the game tonight.

    Kudos to Boqvist defensively, he has made great strides. He’s playing like a true pro back there; better in D zone then offensively so far, and no complaints about that. Gustafson’s offensive game picking up steam, need to place him back on top unit power play.

    No reason they can’t win another 5 in a row after the break. Let’s see more of Crawford as well please, the Stanley Cup winning money goalie. Nothing wrong w alternating those two guys again. Fun games to watch last couple weeks.

  2. Two plays really turned the tide. On the 2nd FL goal Dcat appeared to have the puck and was skating out of the d-zone when he fell down, untouched and turned the puck over leading directly to the goal. Then Carpenter’s decision on the pk to try and make a cute pass instead of icing the puck. Agree with Iceman that Lehner was mediocre. Last point – the ice looked to be crappy tonight, lots of mishandles on simple plays.

  3. Tonight was disappointing. The Hawks were the better team but their goalie was off in that disastrous second period. There is no way one can be mad at Lehner. It sometimes happens. Bobrovsky was very good.

    As usual, even when it looked glum, they battled. They made life difficult for Q and his talented boys and this Hawks team has heart.

    We all figured it was going to start happening for Dach and it seems to be under way.

    Carpenter has been very good on the PK but not clearing the zone when it was a slam dunk to do so led to the 4th goal. If Nylander had done that, some of us would be bitching mightily.

    The Hawks had a couple bad PPs. When they pass we want them to shoot. When they shoot they often get blocked and cleared. If they have trouble getting in to the zone, they dump it but don’t retrieve and it gets cleared. They did have some good PPs with good puck movement that didn’t convert.

    Not sure what to think about DeBrincat, but he’s not going to be paid $6 mil next year for this kind of production. He seems to be generating some assists, but a lot of them are secondary. He can still go on a massive streak and let’s hope he does.

    A week and ½ without hockey is too long. Maybe we need to take up reading.

  4. The Hawks could have come out with more intensity – no scoring in the first favours the visitors and they let FLA hang around until they finally scored on a bit of a nothing play

    Overall they did play pretty well although not as sharp as last few games and agreed that Lehner was outplayed by Bob – hasn’t happened that often that he was the second best goalie but he was tonight

    CHI only gave up 26 shots – for them that’s usually a win

    How they play coming out of the break will obviously decide whether they have any shot at the playoffs – they can’t wait until the end of the season to try and make up ground – gotta start gathering points right away

  5. DCat having a disappointing year. Turns the puck over with regularity, one timer isn’t working, defensively weak. He should be off the the first unit power play for Kubalik. Also Gustafsson bumped up to first unit for Boqvist. Need to get that PP going if they’re going to compete fora playoff spot.

  6. Lehner was off but from the beginning Crow should have started vs Q’s return.

    Robs right about both non clearing plays. DCat should just flip the puck up and aim for center ice once he touches the puck in the D zone. Do his thing with it in the O zone.

    Could this be perfect timing to trade Keith for Hoffman straight up? Might have to package something with him or eat a mil or so.

  7. Putting the optimist hat on – if you would have said at the end of training camp that by the all star break two 19 year old rookies would be playing major roles and looking very comfortable I would never have believed it. Along with Kubalik I actually see a path to future success. Dach in particular is going to be a beast in a couple years.

  8. If Lehner played as well as he has most of the season the Hawks probably win the game – even with all the misplays and sloppy plays the Hawks had. Normally Lehner would stop at least 2 of those goals, if not 3. The only goal he had no chance on was the one that deflected off Vatrano’s skate.

    I don’t think Keith was focused in tonight – more than a few times where he couldn’t catch the puck. Kane had fumble-itis tonight too although he made amends with that late goal.

    I suppose there are a few negative things to pick at but for the most part they still did some good things from a team cohesiveness perspective – playing as 5-man units the way they have been lately and that improvement is something to hang our hat on.

    The 10 day layoff will seem like an eternity.

  9. From the way back post someone mentioned Dach as Lindros because of the concussion. Let him fill out and he could get a mean streak when he’s bigger. I’ll take a Lindros 2.0. Definitely a faster talented Creighton/Daze hybrid.

    Future looking great need to get thru 2 more years.

  10. 1. Lehner looked a bit sleepy.
    2. Carpenter knew he blew that one play and went back to the bench and just dropped his head for a long time.
    3. I see a ton of whiffs on shot attempts from the Blackhawks, but I also see an inordinate amount of broken sticks. The other teams do not seem to be breaking them off at nearly the pace Chicago is. Are some players using a certain stick brand made of a graphite/composite that is more prone to breaking this year? Some good attempts are going by the wayside due to equipment problems.
    4. DeBrincat is just really having a problem finding consistency at both ends.
    5. Good to see Dach pick up two points. That driving play to the net with the backhander was sweet. Sweet pass to Kane on that last goal.
    6. After playing average to poor during the first half, despite a decent record, Bob was really good tonight. Robbed the Blackhawks of some chances that looked sure to go in.

    It’s just a weird time to be a fan, now. The scouts are supposedly at the games. Lehner is being sought out, maybe Crawford as well. But the team has narrowed the gap and Stan et al have to decide if they are going for that eighth or seventh spot and pass on picking up some draft picks/prospects, or pack it in and ride all of the assets they’ve got down this last third of the season.

  11. My last paragraph reads like it was written by a drunk person, which I am not. Let me paraphrase ….. interesting to see if the Blackhawks trade assets to get picks/prospects, or if they keep what they’ve got right now to try and get into the playoffs.

    Sorry.

  12. Too bad they couldn’t have pulled one out for Lehner at the end, the way he has won games for the team all year. Agree some mistakes costly, that’s hockey though, don’t mind mistakes when they are trying and come from effort. Nylander seems better on 4th line where he just goes out and plays with his skill and speed, but he doesn’t fit that role. Put him in on with offensive type players he doesn’t seem to have the ability to think the game enough to compliment them with his finesse style game.

    Only 1 home game in next 4 weeks, Strome should be back after break or maybe by western Canada trip hopefully. Wonder what if any trades will be made by then

  13. Wrap agree a flat first didn’t help, Florida seemed to make adjustments for 2nd that caused breakdowns in defensive zone too, that Blackhawks weren’t prepared for, but the goals were weak too.

  14. Lehner was not sharp but the guys in front of him did not help him out in the 2nd period with the turnovers.The powerplay has to be changed scheme wise and personell wise.Debrincat should maybe get some 4th line games.He has been poor the last month.19 and his line was held in check tonight by the Panthers first line.The Panthers forwards are very skilled and strong on the puck.77 did a great job tonight on his birthday,rest up and heal some bruises 77.A lot of stuff was going on today with Kanes and Q,s tributes but besides the 2nd period I thought they played well against a team that puts up a lot of goals.Plenty of time during the break to formulate a plan for the 2nd half.Should be fun to watch.

  15. I have no issue with JC starting Lehner over Crow – Lehner’s been the better goalie all year and the priority has to be winning games

    Imagine if CC had started and the result was the same as last night then a lot of us would be ripping JC’s decision to not start Lehner

  16. It was just one of those games where the bounces went Florida’s way. Hawks did play well. Been impressed with Caggulia lately, seems to have some confidence in his game.

    And moratorium on those black jerseys.

  17. 30 games left. Just a few points out of the playoffs.

    11 games until the trade deadline. Big decisions loom. Gustafson playing well. His value should be pretty high. The question is if they move him #1)what type of draft pick or prospect does Stan get back ? And #2) who takes Gus’s top 4 minutes ?

    One thing is for sure a lot has changed after the Hawks went 4-1 in this key stretch that started with a swing through Eastern Canada.

  18. Burn those black jerseys no more please, agree w above post. Why mess w success? And another Bowman on the airwaves day, locally and nationally. Last time he did that lost couple in a row as well. Bad Karma Bowman. Just stay out of the way, quiet and in hiding. It’s better that way. No more jinxes please.

  19. My problem is that JC should have pulled Lehner after the 3rd softy. Lehner has been a beast up to now, he just was not on his game last night. You have a competent back up in Crow sitting on the bench. Light a fire under the team, swap the goalies.

    Q is rolled 4 lines. JC skates the piss out of Kane and Toews. I realize that the Hawks were chasing all evening however when your best forward has 26 TOI his legs maybe a little tired toward the end of the game when you need a goal.

    On the positive, JC did use his TO wisely.

    As a fan winning 5 of 6 was a lot of fun to watch but its fools gold. The systemic issues are still there. Gusy needs to be traded, Nylander after 2 benchings continues to play ballerina hockey, limited to no net front presence, and JC is not an NHL coach. You also have to ask do you win a cup with Decat as a top 6 forward.

    One goal Rocky, the team and organization needs some “tweaks”

  20. McDounut and his public relations machine do not miss a thing. They have done plenty of tributes to former player and not screwed them up. Going to commercial during Q’s tribute was petty. Say there was an honest mistake by the network, why not replay it between periods. When it was played during the post-game, the audience response was not shared. I guess Shaw played a bigger part in the 3 championships. Down right petty, the Hawks are better than that.

  21. Debrincat with just signed 6yr deal isn’t a tdl candidate for contenders, mostly cap strapped looking for a rental. Any deal if it were to happen would be leading up to or at draft.

    I will be surprised if Maatta isn’t in that category as well, Gus is a rental and would think is moved at td, as well as Cagguila’s expiring contract may be moved too. Smith not really a rental either but could possibly go at tdl. Possible off season prior to July 1st could be alot busier than tdl for trades.

  22. No reason why Crawford should have not played against his former coach! Plus Crawford has outplayed Lehner the last 2 weeks. Again, Hawks cannot resign Lehner who will demand way too much money and long term. Trade him at the deadline or before to a team like Toronto who need a goalie for a prospect or high draft pick. He was horrible tonight. Head coach got it wrong again and why GUS is still not on the main PP is baffling! 61 points last season. Putting Boqvist there the last month has hampered the PP. Boqvist is not ready for PP. He is making strides as a dman but not on the PP.
    HAPPY for COACH Q’s win tonight (also for Mike Kitchen and Dale Tallon) as Bowman watches from the press box.
    Not sure what to think about Keith and Toews scuffle but it seems odd.
    And please, can we get rid of 22! We need a legit centreman to play with KANE and SAAD not a journeyman AHLer like Carpenter! JOKE!

  23. OK – I must be the only person who really liked the black jerseys. I just think they are super cool. I like the red, not the white so much, but love the black. Now, onto important issues…

    Impressed last night:
    Dach – a Star is Born…forget Bradley Cooper, this is our leading man.
    Cagguila – Tough, ugly, smart, productive…just beautiful
    Boqvist – I think he will be a better version of Erik Karlsson
    Koekoek – I just think he has the best hockey name, so I just added him. Nah, he’s playing really well.

    Let me down:
    Carpenter – Yeah, that was an AHL mistake last night – big mistake in a critical point.
    Gustafson – Offense on the upswing, defense still sucks
    Keith – Was too slow to the puck many times, and was giving Towes the stink-eye all night. I would have loved to see him drop the gloves with Capt. Toews last night, as that would have been a real life Slapshot movie!
    Lehner – What happened?
    Coach C – Just because he’s not Coach Q

  24. HULL65,I am with you.The Carpenter at Center thing has to end.This team needs 2 Centers that can play a 200 Foot Game.The movement of the puck on the Powerplay is sloppy with no crisp passes.It needs to be overhauled. Tommy,I too am a Black Jersey guy.

  25. Have they ever won a game in those black things?

    To me they look like a Mariachi band in those things. All that is missing is the black and white sombrero and the big guitar

  26. Latest rumor has the Hawks interested in Kyle Palmieri from the Devils.I dont see what the Devils would be wanting or need from the Hawks.He is a great player on a 4.7 million dollar contract but I dont think Right Wing is a priority at the deadline.

  27. I thought of TOR as a possible destination for CC or Lehner depending on who goes at TDL – the Leafs need some points out of their 2nd goalie – it’s not a sure thing that they make the playoffs the way their roster is currently constructed

    Of course it would have to involve CHI taking on some salary because TOR has little cap space

    Maybe Ceci ($4.5M on an expiring contract) and Jonson ($3.4M) for Crow (6M) and Gus (1.2M) – the money comes out about equal, Leafs get great insurance behind Anderson and Gus can fit into Ceci’s spot (possibly an upgrade)

    The Hawks get Jonson for 3 or 4 more years (can’t remember which) and Ceci can take Gus’s place for now and then the Hawks can walk away from him

  28. For those sour that JC didn’t start CC last night – the Hawks were 9-1 in Lehner’s last 10 starts before last night

    just saying..

  29. @ Wrap, I’m with you re: Lehner: “the Hawks were 9-1 in Lehner’s last 10 starts before last night” It was 40’s turn to have a hiccup, and there it was.

    -I’ve been banging the Carpenter drum all season but holy moses that was a HUGE mistake last night. Ouch.

    -Nylander still really annoys the crap out of me; especially on the PP. I can’t see the upside. Sorry.

  30. Stefanie – In my opinion one of the reasons we see Kneelander playing on the PP is because we simply don’t have any right handed shot forwards that are considered skilled/scoring type players. This is one of the drums I have beaten for quite a while here. Dach is right handed, and should be able to fill an important role in time as a big part of our offense and power play. Nylander has been given every opportunity to be a right handed scorer on this team, perhaps to the point of excess, but if he gets moved in the future without amounting to anything here it will not be because he wasn’t given a chance.

    Dcat is the only true scoring right handed forward right now. We are way out of balance and we need 2 of them on the power play – at least. Combine that with the Sammy Sosa swings Dcat has been taking lately and our PP has been a major letdown.

    This year has been and should continue to be a year of building for the future, including all aspects of this team. We thought we had a sniper in Dcat, but his troubles this season and his failure to improve in the defensive end are finally starting to annoy many on this board. Perhaps it is just a bump in his development. Or, maybe we have another signing for the Bowman haters to brag about in 2 years.

    Meanwhile – slow and steady with Dach. Let him grow up – physically and mentally. Kneelander decides his own fate. Keep putting him out there. The talent is there. The head isn’t. We all figure things out at different speeds and times in our lives.

    But please Stanley (or whomever is doing player personnel), get us another right handed shooting scoring forward. Thank you.

  31. Silent if signing an ufa becomes a reality, the only theres Toffoli and Pageau, not sure if any more or not that fit your scoring right shot wish. A few rfas but need a trade before that happens, offer sheets are basically not likely to happen. Draft possibility but a couple years away at least, if not a lotto pick.

  32. I was all for signing Kovalchuk when the opportunity came up, at least for this year. Might have solved the right hand shot puzzle and may have also helped our powerplay. He seems to be doing quite well for Montreal. A real cheap signing that may have filled a hole for us in the short term . Too bad.

  33. @ Jim Rutherford …..

    Last season I went to the UC and saw the Blackhawks actually win in the new black alternate jerseys. The beat the Islanders. And the goalie they beat was Lehner in a low scoring game!

  34. Alex Nylander is 21 years old. For all the cavetching that we traded the next great Finnish defenseman to get him, I urge you to look at Nylander’s brother in Toronto.
    He is a 1st line right winger, good for 65 points a year.

    In the next two years if Alex becomes as good as Willie Nylander, we are golden !
    In the meantime, Buffalo is roughly 10 points back in the East with a boatload of teams to jump over. While a Joki has been very good, the message boards make it seem like this is Dominik Hasek for Stephane Beauregard all over again. And it’s just not.

  35. I don’t always have the best instincts for this, but my gut tells me that if we don’t re-sign Lehner, the hockey gods will strike down upon us with great vengeance and fuuurios anger,* and we will be sorry.
    I’ve said it before, and it needs repeating, this is the best goalie we’ve seen between our pipes in decades. Trade CC and let one of the kids back up Lehner. We can afford that investment in our future.

    Yes, Carpenter made a mistake the other night and no one knows it more than he does. The guy has been one of the huge pluses for us this year, IMO, and he gets a pass from me. And I don’t mind him centering for Kane, for now.

    Stefani – Nylander annoys the crap out of me, too. But something tells me the kid has a bright future, though not sure I trust my gut on this one.

    *guess the movie? Too easy, I know.

  36. re: Craig’s comment on Alex – here’s the rub when compating Alex to his brother in Toronto. William Nylander has a higher hockey IQ and is being consistently put into a top-six role where he succeeds regularly. Right now the Blackhawks cannot (and should not) trust/depend on Alex as a top-six forward. He hasn’t shown consistent play and makes too many mistakes for a team chasing a playoff spot. That, coupled with the emergence of Kubalik as a legit top-six forward and the money they gave DeBrincat, give him limited (read: no) opportunities to get into the top six often/at all.

    I think we all agreed that Nylander was a lottery ticket like Dylan Strome when Bowman made the deal. Right now he’s a modest forward with upside. Of course, the same could have been said about Anthony Duclair, but Duclair showed more before he got to Chicago than Nylander has to date.

  37. Craig,
    Your point on Nylander has a lot of future ‘ifs’.

    The team on the ice now has razor thin defensive depth.

    You know you are thin back there when 56 is slotted in the top 2 pairings.

    Trading Jokiharu for 92 hurts the team now, not in the future.

    Maybe 92 pans out.

    Until that happens, if it even does, the trade is a bad one for Chicago.

  38. Is Palmieri a right handed shot?

    MS, thats not being optimistic thats, telling it how it is. 77 27 8.

    These guys are going to be elite players and when I think of roster I am factoring in what these guys will be like in a couple yrs, for the coming yrs/roster wise. Were back to top 5 team, then, just need to round off the edges with certain positions and add that top pair Defensemen by then. This summer should be the time.

  39. Well lots of people gave Saad a very hard time when he wasnt getting goals/points for as much as he should. So Debrincat. Saader is older by 5yrs? and is playoff proven, Panarin and Debrincat are not, yet.

  40. Tony in LA, I don’t think any one will sign Lehner for a 6 yr contract, don’t think they will give him 6 mil a yr either. So we trade for picks and prospects and take on expiring contracts. Crow too. Then in the off season we offer Lehner the best contract. If he likes us like he sez he does you tell him to listen to our offer before signing anything. We then offer the same if not better. Thinking teams will be after Holtby.

    Let’s say the worse happens and someone out bids us. Let’s see what Pitt does with two RFA in Murray and Jarry, Colum with Korpisalo and Elvis. We can always bid on Hutchinson, Khudobin, Markstrom,Halak,Elliot,Brossoit. On the cheap Dell, Miller Greiss.

    Tony, want some bacon?

  41. I don’t think Lehner would re-sign in CHI if they trade him at the TDL – just a personal opinion but it seems very few players end up going back to the team that dumped them at the TDL, Vermette being an exception

    If I’m Lehner and the Hawks want me then I would expect a fair contract offer before the TDL – if not then I know they’re not really that serious about about retaining me

    I think the Hawks need to sign one of their goalies before TDL then trade the other

    I say sign Lehner and trade Crow who should fetch almost as much as Lehner anyway with his proven playoff record and expiring contract – a perfect rental in a way for a team with suspect goaltending like CAR or EDM

  42. Normally sure. NJ did a few times last few yrs. DAL build half there, playoff team, through ufas in summer.

    Would have to be a really good return and let Lehner know we want him back in summer/ufa and that its the best way to make roster better for going forward. That he would be helping the team by doing this.

    Understand the whole, why, point and stuff so your most likely right.

    Sign 40 and trade 50 56 6 15 65. Who cares if were not deep on D right now. Others can fill in for now and its whats best for coming yrs. The goalie thing is more important then having 8 Defensemen, on a yr were playoff good but not win 4 rounds playoff good.

    We have to take a hit, to get better. Pick one trade both goalies or extra decent D.

  43. Sometimes I don’t get certain thoughts on this site-we have a team (the Hawks) that have a player who just turned 22, has had two good to great offensive seasons already (just shy of 70 goals) with half of an off year and now it’s time to unload him? Yes he has looked out of place and yes he has made some ill conceived plays but he has done that mostly before his 22nd birthday.
    It’s not like he doesn’t care or doesn’t work hard-give him a chance. It seems like just about every good thing that shows up on the team gets micro-managed, questioned and needs to move on before too long?

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