No Sympathy From The Devils: Blackhawks Embarassed At Home

The Blackhawks hosted the Taylor Hall-less New Jersey Devils in their final game before Christmas, hoping to ride the momentum of a couple strong road victories into a game against one of the league’s bottom feeders.

Coming into the game, New Jersey’s offense ranked 30th in the NHL, averaging 2.37 goals per game. They had the 21st-ranked penalty kill. They has won twice in their last 11 games.

And the Blackhawks had just come back with a huge third period in Denver.

The opening 20 minutes was incredibly physical. Jesper Boqvist went to the box 37 seconds into the game for getting his younger brother, Adam, with a high stick. The Blackhawks did nothing on the power play.

Eight minutes later, Dennis Gilbert lowered the boom on Miles Wood as Wood retrieved a puck in his defensive zone. Former Blackhawks forward John Hayden jumped Gilbert and the two dropped the gloves. Not many big punches were thrown but the two went off for their respective five minute majors. Hayden got an extra two for instigating the fight. The Blackhawks did nothing on the power play.

At 12:16 into the first Wayne Simmonds gave Corey Crawford an extra swat after the whistle. The Blackhawks came to their goaltender’s defense. Somehow Jonathan Toews and Simmonds each got matching minors on the play. Nothing happened during the 4-on-4.

Simmonds came out of the box and immediately went high with a hit on Connor Murphy in the corner. No penalty was called.

At 15:54 Travis Zajac went to the box for cross-checking Ryan Carpenter. Before that penalty expired Mirco Mueller joined him for boarding Kirby Dach. Chicago had a two-man advantage for 17 seconds. The Blackhawks did nothing on the extended, nearly-four minute power play.

Two goals were scored amid all the sloppy play. For Chicago, Zack Smith scored his second of the season at 3:21 into the period.

Jack Hughes tied the game at 14:46 after the Simmonds hit on Murphy.

After 20 minutes the Blackhawks were 0-4 on the power play but hat a 14-8 shot advantage. John Quenneville, recalled before the game, skated a while 59 seconds because of the amount of special teams play.

The two Boqvist brothers each went to their dressing rooms early in the first period and did not return. Adam Boqvist was officially ruled out for the rest of the night with a right shoulder issue before the second period began.

PK Subban gave the Devils a 2-1 lead 51 seconds into the second period.

Damon Severson extended the Jersey lead to 3-1 at 7:22 into the second.

Chicago was getting outworked all over the ice in the middle period.

The Blackhawks got yet another power play at 7:48 when Pavel Zacha went to the box. Hold the phone: the Blackhawks did nothing on the power play.

Hayden sniped home his first goal of the season at 10:40 into the second and it was a complete mess at the United Center. Robin Lehner replaced Crawford in the crease; Crawford wasn’t thrilled about the move but he wasn’t having a good night.

Chicago got yet another power play when Sami Vatanen went to the box at 16:47. A goal was scored – by New Jersey. Travis Zajac scored the short-handed goal 36 seconds into the advantage to give the Devils a 5-1 lead and their fourth goal in the second period.

The Blackhawks were out-shot 23-8 in the second period. They allowed four goals, had to switch goaltenders, and looks lifeless for 20 minutes. It was ugly – and that’s being kind. Chicago was chasing four goals at home and had six (6!) power plays in 40 minutes.

Thankful that the second period was over, the Blackhawks opened the third period with a new intensi…. nevermind. Blake Coleman scored 18 seconds into the third period to make the score 6-1.

Mueller went to the box and Chicago wasted a seventh power play inside the final seven minutes. Most of the fans in attendance had left the United Center.

With 4:12 left in regulation David Kampf went to the box.

The Blackhawks hadn’t lost at home by as much as five since 2004.

So Zacha kicked the extra point, giving the Devils a 7-1 lead inside the final two minutes.

The game ended that way. A six-goal loss at home. Merry Christmas indeed.

82 thoughts on “No Sympathy From The Devils: Blackhawks Embarassed At Home

  1. Colliton’s is an innocent collateral victim. Stan thrust him into this hell hole. Unfortunately he too will have to go and unfortunately his career is probably over.

  2. No effort at all tonight. This team sucks in all parts of the game. Maybe they can find work at Walmart because hockey is not their thing.

  3. P.S. by the way, how does Q, Jr. play on the first line? He’s a lower tier player — at best. How about Hagel, Kurashev or Fortin, guys w speed and offensive ability.

    Anyway…. good evening.

  4. ….oops, no bandwagon talk today? We can all agree for january 2020, Boman needs to be gone along with his Juvenile coach. Both have alienated this team, one by his coach and lack of respect for 19 & 7 and the other by his arrogant mindlessness.
    Send Dach to tournament to stay away from team and both these idiots.

  5. Hope Boqvist is ok, didn’t see him get hurt.

    Hard to believe this is same team from last 2 games. Maybe pp goal or 2 changes things early but none the less pitiful last 2 periods, went on Christmas break early.

    Hopefully the new year brings a new coach and a end of the Nylander charade. Now it seems when 92 has a few brain farts and looks timid and uninterested, his plan is put him with Kane and he can make him look good on an offensive play, making the world right again. Sorry not the support player you need to win or how good coachung is done either. We saw what they can do when they responded to Keiths leadership blaming himself first. Unfortunarely the coach inspires them by throwing them under the bus and blame is they they. Gotta laugh when team going good he sounds like he’s doing a mexican dance I I I I.

  6. One minor detail today for Bowman’s staff, Alec Ragula cut from USA team. Granted he never drafted him but Bowman has not drafted one player that has made TEAM CANADA, USA, RUSSIA or SWEDEN. Hawks have 2 players only, that’s it!

  7. Well, JC demoted Joku last season while this season Nylander is promoted!
    JOKE
    By the way, Gilbert proved his point, he wants to fight to keep his job but this is 2019, play hockey instead before you get knocked out of hockey.

  8. Yes,this is what you get with young teams.Lots of guys on the team not used to the NHL grind.Without a disciplinarian behind the bench that imposes a structured system and work ethic on everyone, with consequences for laziness,lack of intensity,and stupid plays,this is your result.This is a young and fragile team when the game gets too fast and is not going their way.It has to be addressed.Tonight the forwards reverted back to being very soft on the puck and their back checking was slow and halfhearted to be kind.I know the Defense was down to 5 but they were terrible in coverage with 5 and 39 running around leaving the front of the net wide open.Everybody was poor tonight but once again 17 and 92 lead the way with lazy soft play and weak dangerous passes that have no business being attempted.It was very telling to see 17 smiling and laughing it up on the bench as Crawford was getting yanked.This team needs structure and discipline now.This can not be tolerated.I am aggravated.Anyway,Merry Christmas to all of you Hawk Fans on the site.You deserve better.

  9. Toews and Keith along with gustuffson really looked good as Leaders…. Another shit show ice capades classic…. O well… Netflix has some good stuff on…
    Happy Holidays ppl.
    Good thing Hawks didn’t check ANYONE… Imagine if they did… Guess they forgot that its allowed …. ??

  10. As far as trying to diagnose for myself what is going on with this team, I got nuthin’.

    For a while I think I’m gonna sit back and read what you folks have to say, and see what happens in the near and relatively near future. This is all pretty surreal. I’ve never taken LSD, but I’m guessing that when you do you can’t predict what is going to happen each and every time.

    Here is wishing a great Holiday season to everyone here, regardless of what you choose to or not to celebrate. Let’s all hope for some improved hockey in 2020.

  11. Unfortunately this was entirely predictable – I expected them to lose tonight (perhaps not so badly however) because that’s what bad teams do – they may play well for a game or two but they can’t sustain it

    They must have felt after their last two games that they were now good enough to mail the effort in and still win

    Part of it is the youth (7 rookies tonight plus other youngsters like 12 and 17) but part of it is the coach

    I’ve given up thinking that there will be any change in that department – the time has passed for a coaching change that might have saved the season

  12. Time for a change on PP1 – demote Strome and DCat and if Boquist weren’t injured I’d include Gus in there as well

    Strome is too soft to retrieve pucks or battle in front – DCat cannot pass or handle the puck well enough and I hate watching Gus play hockey – he’s got physical skills but no brain

    They needed to score one on the PP in the first

  13. Colliton said he didn’t see CC wave to the bench to be replaced – I saw it right away after 4th goal – unless a goalie is hurt I don’t think I’ve ever seen that

    That’s a real indictment on the team that CC wanted out unless he just felt he didn’t have it tonight – either way it’s not up to the goalie to decide – by waving to the bench he’s doing the coach’s job which I think is indicative of the lack of respect the vets have for JC

  14. Welcome back to Suckville. I was really lucky to not be at UC last night, but watched on TV until it went 4-1. Click, time for some sleep. Brutal. I find it amazing how this team trends. It is as though there is a formula that is being rigidly followed. Play a great and inspired game or two on the road, win and look pretty motivated in doing so. Return to UC and horribly underachieve. This has been going on all season. How can this team be so poor at the UC? To a team like NJ?? It doesn’t matter who they play. If they could pop in a PP goal to punish opposing teams for taking dumb penalties it would help. Bottom line is this Hawks team is just not good enough talent wise to string together quality 60 minute efforts. Part of the problem is skill and the other and more important part is give a damn. I feel sorry for those that filled UC seats last night. Another world class home game stinker of a loss.

    I still liked what I have seen from Toews Kubalik and Kane together. Would like to see more. It seems that D cat still can’t find his game. His shot accuracy this season is low IMO. Could be the league has figured out how to defense #12 too. Dach, Gilbert, Kubalik are bright spots. Boqvist needs to play more, but still appears to lack confidence that will come with more experience. I wish Hawks had more big d men.

    Merry Christmas to you all.

    Let’s Go Hawks!

  15. The upper management won’t do anything because of a bad game against a bad team, or because we aren’t happy-Rocket 88 summed up why there.
    But they hopefully have an exit plan either during the year or at the end of the year, as the once might Hawks are no more.
    It’s more on Bowman than Colliton.

  16. This team has no heart. No drive. That falls on the head coach and the captain. Nobody on this team should have a letter on their sweater.

  17. Noonan agreed Bowman missed the mark, but just a couple of things on Colliton last night. Crawford as mentioned waving to bench to be pulled to try help spark team. Colliton in post conference saying he never saw him but he made the decision. Sounds like denial to me. Colliton saying with all the pps plays the top guys were out of gas in 3rd. Isn’t that when guys on bench for over 50 minutes a night are utilized by good coaching to make that less of an issue, obvious in 2nd that needed to happen.
    Probably window is closing for a change but Marc Crawford returning is an option or 10 day allstar break are likely only times it would happen.

  18. I mean even if he didn’t notice Crow waving, i would think a response of we were in process of doing it, but good on Crow for trying to help there. Rather than a pouty childlike response of no it was my decision he had nothing to do with it, not right.

  19. Ok Ladies and Gentlemen you know the drill. Go listen to the song then read on.

    Please allow me to introduce myself
    I’m a man that lost his brain
    I’ve been for 10 long years
    3 Stanley Cups I did attain

    I was ’round when Quinneville was
    Grabbing his crotch and using profane
    Was damn sure the Colliton
    Would be better or at least the same

    Please to meet you
    Hope you guess my name
    But what’s puzzling you
    Is how we play this game

    My dad is in St. Petersburg
    Hope that Rocky doesn’t make a change
    I should fire scouts and administers
    As all the fans scream in vain

    I rode a tank
    Hold General Manager rank
    Lafreniere is available
    Should my team tank

    Please to meet you
    Hope you guess my name
    Ah what’s puzzling you
    Is how we play this game

    Watched with glee
    As we beat the Lightning
    6 years of history was made
    And that was our last parade

    I shouted out
    Who killed the Dynasty
    When after all
    It was probably me………

  20. Very funny and very astute, JR Roman.

    Baby Bowman was very good at tweaking a quality tunafish sandwich, such that it became a 5-star restaurant tunafish sandwich.

    But with poppa in his 80’s and living in FL, we can all see (and smell) the tunafish sandwich the Baby Bowman makes from scratch.

    I do feel bad for Coach C.
    He is so far in over his head it is sad.
    Set up to fail by the reincarnation of Mike Smith in the GM chair.

    I bet he trades Boqvist for Reto Von Arx next.

  21. The pendulum between optimism (Lanch win) and dire pessimism (last night) swings quickly. But the reality is that under this coach, with few exceptions, the only wins for this team come via track meets or goalie steals. Almost never will this team out-hockey another. The only possible light is that wholesale management changes are inevitable.

    Rockwell, however, so far has shown no signs of doing what is necessary. Perhaps he has become more of his father although it is hard to imagine him waiting much longer to pull the trigger. It is uncharitable, particularly at this time of year, to hope for people to lose their jobs, so my hope is for our management to soon find different jobs with different organizations – jobs better suited to whatever their skills may be.

  22. The mindset of small with speed just doesn’t work. Maybe a couple of smaller guys ( Kane, Cat) will work out but overall we are to small with no balls. Gilbert plays with heart and defends his fellow players but does anyone else step up? Bowman has made it hard to find good free agents because of the bad contracts etc. Yes it may be time for new management going forward!! Firing the coach is not going to fix this mess.

  23. Where is the Leadership at ??????? 19 / 2 / 88 Not just once in awhile on the ice, but also in the Locker room. I know there is probably some things said, but not one player will ever say the “Leaders:\” got in our face to wake up. Playing out the string

  24. Blackhawks down! Bowman needs to go yet the organization is afraid of the move. GRITTINESS has been gone since Chief Hossa. He led by example. Dach is a great pick still growing into his position. Robin has standed solid in the net. Kane is as good as they get even better when he has help on his side. Crawford comparatively good. Toews looks tired but with flashes of brilliance. We all know Keith and the defense is over tasked and under talented but can we help in our lanes in back checking? Don’t get me wrong I love the Blackhawks I live in Colorado now but still get assaulted by the Av’s fans
    I’m not a fair weather fan. Played with Chellie in Crestwood by the way happy belated birthday Chris. How about making the the appropriate changes and helping the Hawks up? Merry Christmas and may you give the gift that’s needed……

  25. Stan Bowman will be kept for 30 years In the organization just like that dinosaur Bob Pulford. I’m very scared that I might be right.

  26. It starts at the top with Rocky.He did what was necessary to update the organization by doing the obvious with televising the home games.He then brought in the marketing guy to get his message out there,bring his hockey operations office up to date with new fax machines etc,and to sell tickets.The problem that all knew was coming was that Scotty Bowman became out of touch with the league and his accountant son and the salesman McDonough were handed over the keys to the organization.The facts are McDonough is a Marketing Director and Stan Bowman is a European Scout/Accountant.They are both in positions that they have no business being in.Until that is corrected this team will be treading water at best.

  27. Anybody watching wjc: Michal Teply Czech and younger Saarela brother Finland, both drafted this summer.

    Spengler cup over Holidays too with Mitchell and Tomkins, both should see alot of pkaying time.

    Merry Christmas

  28. Right on Q, why would we think different. We have played good in half the games and like shit on half.

    We just played good in 4 of 5 games. So its the other 50%. Its like clockwork, this yr.

    People said we hvae to win at NJ, after a bg win in BOS or it doesnt matter.
    We won that game.
    People said we have to win agasint Nj, after a big win in COL or it doesnt matter.
    We did not that time.

    What does that mean. It doesnt matter it if we won the next game or not after big wins agasint top 3 teams on the road.

  29. I think the Blackhawks had the most prospects at world juniors last yr. At least the most impact players, not sure about most total.

  30. Big Indian, you got the right idea. You know you’re going somewhere, you just aren’t sure where that is or for how long.(but its been decades…i may be ”misremembering”)

    JR, that’s actually not too bad.

    Phil, as usual, I’m agreeing with your summary

    Merry Christmas to the believers here
    and Peace on Earth for us ALL.

    a stick tap to my long time pals here, i enjoy it still.
    Thanks to Tab too, job well done

  31. Steve -> Orvil Tessier said that way back when – ‘this team has no heart’ – he got fired then but he was correct then. You are correct now.

  32. Merry Christmas boys!

    Let’s hope that the Hawks do to Colliton what they did to Billy Reay in the 70’s…………….. put a note under his hotel room door that he was relieved of his duties.

  33. And what new coach gunna fix this ship?
    who ya gunna get?
    Give me coaches name we should hire.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS !

  34. Bulls fired Scott Skiles Dec 24, 2007. Some of you want a Christmas firing of Colliton. And how much good will that do with this lineup? The first action needs to be Rocky putting a lump of coal tied a pink slip in Bowman’s and McDunno’s stocking.

    Merry Christmas Blackhawk Bloggers and to all Hawk fans a good night.

  35. I’ll take Pete DeBoar. We need an experienced coach that knows how to coach in a GAME atmosphere. JC has no clue. Doesn’t know how to slow down a game, can’t seem to understand match ups and is “LOST” on the bench. This ain’t the Swedish league and its not the AHL. This is the best of the best and he’s not even close to an NHL coach. It’s not his fault, either.

    But that’s just a start. There’s a whole lotta “FIXIN” gotta happen.

  36. Were not going anywhere, most likly, without making the changes. We just did a yr ago and its not good, so you have to do it again or making the changes a yr ago were for nothing.

    It doesnt matter if a different coach and system doesnt make this exact roster, better then a boardline playoff team, when we play.

    What matters is changing every position basically like people are saying. The whole thing, a Wirtz reset.

    Who cares who goes first or second. Its about showing the players and everyone like us that the organization cares and will do what it takes to win.

    I thought I remember the organozation saying that back in 2011 ans 2012, and then again in 2016, that were going to do what ever it takes to be a contender and when were not do the neccessary moves to get there again.

    Thats got 2011 and 2012 written all over it.

  37. Unless the organization thinks they have the coach they want for the ling run and he isint available now but could be later, then why not get a experienced coach like DeBoar.

    Its they have a GM and system in mind and they arnt available, right now. Or actually want to play for a top 5 skill draft pick and leave everything alone until summer.

    What doesnt make sense is this roster is better then last yr and were sort of worse. That cant happen and makes no sense. Doesnt mean we should be 50-25 just because we went 25-15 2nd 40 games last yr but should be better then 20-20. A lot better. I would say with this roster we should be 25-15 or in that area.

  38. Were not so, not even close. The team cant show up half the time. Maybe you cant/no team can play hard to win 82 times, but 60 times (a 75% of the time) should be doable, by having to play that way.

    Anyways we need to be top 10 roster and in order to do that we need more of the young established and a good system.

    What we see these 40 games is not the players its the system some sort of error code, not a glitch. Even though we need roster adjustments and more young kind of players. Its the system error code.

    We need both but nothing changing until the Wirtz reset.

  39. Reg, yea thats right I have notging agasint this coach and want him to do good. Just not the right time and place. Good experience for him but we need coach in his prime yrs of coaching and a system that goes with that. Same with GM and crew.

  40. Hey these guys won a dynasty, higher ups, GM and crew and other. TB was best team since Blackhawks and they didnt even win once and were pathetic in some of the playoffs when they had the best team. We were always good and that good every yrs we had our stacked teams. Point is TB made change with GM and maybe more I am not sure.

    Just saying even the top teams the last couple yrs made the changes because they wernt winning. Not saying knee jerk moves but we have had patience these last couple yrs.

  41. FOr staying the corse and not making playoffs and getting another top 5 draft player. LA and now SJ, SJ is sucks so bad (way worse then us) they have 1 win in 10 games. We have been at times but not anywhere 1 win in 10 gmaes bad. Which means LA and SJ, prob arnt going to catched. At least it looks that way now.

    Were on par with ANA, per say. We play in hardest division and they play in ne of the two weakest divisions. So standings are misleading somewhat. Still were on par with them for draft. Thats 5th and 6th picks right now.

    Best thing for the reload is another top 5 player. Then we got three going forward. If were discombobulated and arnt close to what we should be, then get another top 5 draft player.

    Its going to get to the point, that when these elite draft players get established and we have players like Kurachev to go along with Kubalik, we can get ufa players when available like Reaves or other. Were going to be good.

    In the meantime every top 5 draft player we get makes us that much better when the time comes.

  42. I would say a good coach in prime yrs with a good system, gets guys like Lehner to stay or come back if we add a 1st pick at deadline. He needs to see a good system.

  43. I have said a change is what i think is best. The odds of it happening in season lessen everyday. If it does Marc Crawford would likely finishes the season and Maciver and MacIsaac assume Gm responsibilities until season ends then permanent off ice team announced. If nothing done now and team shows a significant 2nd half improvement, very possible, then quite possibly off personnel could be the same next Christmas, with a handful of new faces on the ice.

  44. Over at the Fansided site Fedrau has an interesting article up on what a lot of us have been suggesting needs to be done to restart this Organization.Finally a writer has identified McDonough as a big problem.Our local writers tend to give him a pass.

  45. Colliton was set up to fail.With no experience as an assistant in the Nhl and following a Hall of Fame Coach it was never going to work.Throw in the roster with a group of high end champions and now a bunch of rookies,and this was going to be the result.An inconsistent team that does their own thing on ice.

  46. Very tough to demote someone that was put in a position that he was not qualified for. Not his fault. I would jump at the idea of a higher position and higher pay not knowing I was not qualified but believing I could do it. Bring in Crawford as associate Head Coach and must use the term Head Coach. Give JC a specific part of the team ie defense. Give Crawford the offense. I know it will be difficult if not impossible because defense is not only the defensemen. If there is progress let it ride for one more year while waiting for talent to develop. One can only hope for a Ditka/Ryan result.

    As for next now and next year. Big time sellers at TDL no matter what.(unless in playoffs as a 3 seed or higher) Trade both goalies for highest picks you can get. We will get a chance to sign them in the off season.

    Everyone available that is not in future plans. 19 88 12 77 8 27 39 keep. 2 7 keep by default. 20 17 on the bubble. Get back quality or picks. You’re asking me how do we get back quality. Get quality offense for Gus from a team that has a surplus of offense but needs defense and vice versa for forwards.

    As for coaches. I’m pretty sure there will be some available at the end of the season. One can only hope Trotz wins it all and decides to call it a day with NYI

    Merry Christmas to all

  47. I have stated many times that for this team to become a contender again Bowman has to go. Let the new GM bring in his coach and personnel. If the team improves in the second half and everything remains the same, next yr will be another waste of yr.

  48. If the Hawks could Lottery their way up to the 3rd pick in the Draft Quinton Byfield from Canada would look good wearing the Indianhead.

  49. Party like rockstars and walk like dynasty Cups winners. Swagger. We still have the dynasty Cup until another team wins 3 or more in 6 yrs or less.

    Now were in transition and could get exciting with another top 5 draft player.

    Theres nothing like that buzz you get feel when going from suck to top 10 quality.

  50. All GMs from Cup winning teams were over 50 when there team won The Cup. Except one. I believe some Eddie Shore old time hockey is needed on every team to win the Cup. The new analytical is all good information but you need players with heart and soul, size and grit.

  51. This is why I like Dach better then Gudrou Houghes kind of players, for going forward to build around. We ll have Kaner until hes 42.

  52. For every Dunks theres a Seabs.

    We have BoQ theres a Gilbert.

    Need to pair up other Horsemen. Have Murphy already.

  53. I ran into John McDonough at a grocery store in Oakbrook Saturday afternoon. His wife was rubbing his back while they picked out produce. He walk by me and my GF and I said mildly “Go Hawks”! He took a step turned around and said “Thank you”….I thanked him for the three Stanley cups and I’m not giving up that the team can turn things around ? He said “Dont give up We will be Back” !! TRUE STORY……

  54. We will be back with the young wave. If were not as good as we should be right now. That brings another top 5 draft player, that is the best thing for us.

    Keep getting wave loaded.

  55. These youngsters need to “commit to the Indian”. Or go find the door!
    Right now it’s a combination of bad moves,poor coaching (Mark Crawford does not need to return) and even more poor management! This organization cannot be satisfied with what’s going on here. You don’t fire your veteran future hof coach and staff without beginning at the top! Rocky cannot be pleased here. Mcdounagh has done his time. Stan is definitely out! Ive said it all along,Dale Tallon was a tough act to follow. He set the stage for all of the three cups! We thank you for your service but the firings should have begun there first! And even at best with a new gm and President it s going to take years to recover from this debacle they call a hockey team! I’m a lifelong BH fan at 63. And I’ll always be committed to the Indian but this current state of affairs is rediculous and painful to watch!

  56. Easy, fire Bowman, McDo, JC, Kelley and all the staff! Just watching Sikura skate afround with Hawks a few gamews ago tells us all we need to know about the roster that BOWMAN has put together. They won a cup in 2015 with 4 dmen the entire playoffs! Still no one in our system as good as those 4 back in 2015!
    Still no golaie prospect, still no left wing prospect, still no right wing prospect! And just watching this ECHL coacvhing staff behind the bench is a embarassing! From Coach Q, Mike Kitchen to JC, Brookbank and a Swedish Div.2 coach? Who’s idea was this, Scotty Bowman? Whast does he do for this organization besides backstab coaches with his son and Barry Smith!
    Once again, the Wirtz family will never change! They have no idea how to run a team
    They never signed BOBBY HULL, refused to sign Brett Hull! Traded away Phil Esposito, Doug Wilson, Denis, Savard, Jeremy Roenick, Doug Wilson, Ed Belfour, Steve Larmer, Toni Tanti, Eddie O from Chicago, Al Secord, Domenik Hasek, Panarin, Buff, the Hammer, Ladd, Versteeg, Leddy, Danault, Schmaltz, on and on and on!!!!
    Time for change before these knuckleheads trade away 88, 19, 2, 7, 50! The problem is the Bowmans, McDonut, and the entire staff!

  57. Also Bowman missed the boat on giving Dach an opportunity to shine with Team Canada at the Junior championships! Like Toews did back in 2007!

  58. Hull when Toews played at wjc he was in Ncaa not Nhl as usual you don’t let facts get in the way of what you want people to believe. He played in worlds after season when with Blackhawks

  59. Completely agree with HULL. It is easy to observe over the past 10 years a steady decline in the quality of this team. Here are my grades for Bowman and the front office:

    Drafting: C
    Trades: D
    Signings: D

    With aging 2 and 7, our D is now below average. It all hinges on Boq and our prospects. Our O is driven by 88 and 19 with a few tier-2 supporting forwards.

    Dach is our most important future. I have also been advocating for sending him to the WJC for some outstanding training. They didn’t because they’re trying to save their jobs. Unless Rocky is like his dad, it’s now too late for Bowman, the coach, and others. The sooner the better.

  60. Original if there were a precedent for Nhl teams usually releasing players from Nhl roster to go to juniors, i would agree. Joki did last year but was in process of being sent to juniors when that happened.

  61. In other news Wirtz family tied to one of the two world wars, the Bubonic Plague the continental divide.
    Relax.
    Happy new Year to All.

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