Report: Ulf Samuelsson On Blackhawks’ Radar

According to a report from Chris Kuc at the Chicago Tribune on Sunday night, the Blackhawks are interested inĀ Ulf Samuelsson as a replacement for Mike Kitchen on Joel Quenneville’s coaching staff.

Samuelsson, 53, played with Quenneville in Hartford for five seasons and was on the Penguins team that swept the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final in 1992. Between 1984 and 2000, Samuelsson played in 1,080 regular season games and 132 postseason contests.

He spent five seasons as an associate coach with the Coyotes, followed by three as an assistant with the New York Rangers before serving as the head coach of the Charlotte Checkers in the AHL during the 2016-17 season.

30 thoughts on “Report: Ulf Samuelsson On Blackhawks’ Radar

  1. Nevermind this guy, how will the faceoff problem be rectified? New assistant coach for faceoffs? New centers for faceoffs? Jake Dowell on roster to solely take faceoffs in lieu of locker room leader Tootoo?

    Vernon Fiddler came out of cobwebs last night winning faceoffs. Its a big deal. This is the #1 issue that needs to be rectified.

  2. This was reported almost a week ago. Ulf and Q were teammates on the Whalers. Don’t worry about Iceman. Yes faceoff are important. Hell, it could be one reason Anisimov is dealt. But the number 1 issue that needs to be rectified? Hardly. And Jake Dowell didn’t even have an NHL contract last year. This year with all the influx of youth you won’t have to worry about him taking ice away from Tootoo who was only resigned to expose.

    Quit being stupid.

  3. Sarcasm re: Dowell v. Tootoo to make a point — the faceoffs regressed so badly that wasting a roster spot on someone who is good at faceoffs is a better option than someone who really isn’t good at anything at the NHL level. Let’s hope both Tootoo is wearing an “A” in Rockford next season as part of the leadership group, while making 3/4 of a million bucks.

  4. The one thing about Samuelsson is a defenseman makes a boneheaded play,. He will give him a cheap shot to the groin.

  5. I always thought Ulfie was a hot Swede, I would love to massage his Swedish meatballs.

  6. Agree with iceman on faceoffs. We were atrocious at the dot. For a team that relies on puck possession, this needs to be fixed. We were worse on draws than we were in any special teams dept. I think we finished second to last in the regular season. Just brutal.

  7. Faceoff stats are misleading. Hawks may have been second to last in faceoff wins during the regular season but that translated to 109 points and first in the West. Clearly a team can do very well at winning games without winning a lot of faceoffs.

    In this year’s playoffs, of the top 20 centremen in terms of faceoff percentage, only 5 are still playing and there is only one (Vermette) in the top 5.

  8. I’m sure this will be a fine move. As for the faceoffs, here is a novel idea maybe the Hawks should acquire players that are good a face offs? Ansimov has never been a good face off guy. He wasnt going to come here and suddenly be a good faceoff guy.

  9. 5 out of 20 (25%) while 4 out of 30(tirteen%)of teams are still playing. I think it’s more telling to look at where each team ranks. Ernie, get on it!! ;) The team also got 109 pts. with a not so great penalty kill %. How much better off would this team be with improvement in both areas?

  10. Imposter still here FYI. Apologies Iceman. Sarcasm is lost in writing, Can never tell with you.

  11. We were fine at faceoffs when we had Tazer at 60% and Krugs at 55-57% every yr. Not Krugs fault he got cheap shoted and hasn’t been 55% since, hes been 50%, which is fine but we another top teir faceoff guy other then 19 when we donot have 3 good ones. 2015 was just a luxury. We have always won we had 19/10 and 19/16.

    PK was always good when we had 19/36 and 19/16/67. You have to throw out the first 15/30 and it was fine for us. We were just spoiled having a really good PK on certain yrs. We can win with a PK in between those levels.

    Whatever roster players and coachs get it done is what we need. Trim the fat and get faster and better at tackling.

  12. I don’t know who brought it up above, but ask yourself this: When were you most nervous during a game? When the other team had a three on two at our blueline? Nope. When we had a giveaway at center ice? Nope. For me it was faceoffs in front of our own net. We effing sucked on the dots and it always seemed to lead to a quick pass and a goal. I swear to God nothing made me more sick to my stomach than a faceoff in our end with a one goal lead. Somebody PLEASE get an assistant coach in here who can and will do something about the faceoffs.

  13. You want to win faceoffs convince free agent joe thornton to come on a 35+ bonus laden cap friendly deal.

  14. Pucklogic,
    The margin for error in the playoffs drops significantly. Faceoffs are a factor. As is the PK. Regular season wins mean nothing in May/June.

  15. Trade for Duchene? Half kidding as I don’t know how that would work cap wise. But I was surprised to see Duchene with the faceoff numbers he had. I like the Thornton idea especially if Anisimov is dealt. Can’t see him leaving San Jose though.

    To go off of Morrison…teams that clog and trap have always given the Hawks fits. Congrats to the Predators for getting it done. Makes that sweep more palatable. And doing so without Ryan Johansen who had compartment syndrome that required emergency surgery and most likely a fasciotomy. Google it if youve got the stomach. Same thing happened to Kevin Hayes at BC when he almost lost his leg.

  16. Erie absolutely destroyed St.John. 12-5. Memorial cup record 12 goals. Strome had 7 pts. Also a record. They’ve now beaten the WHL and QMJHL champions.

  17. @ Ernie
    i almost tweeted a comment about the Preds Cup berth making 1st round ‘more palatable’. but then i realized- nope, ain’t nothing really gonna do that. it only makes it *seem* palatable.

    that said, this should be a fun summer watching how things get resolved here and around the league.

  18. Can Morin take faceoffs??? How about part III???

    Better yet, his running mate — another Q fav– Pirri, who is a free agent as well.

  19. P.S. Versteeg and Stalberg are also free agents…. Q will have them over for dinner jointly to rekindle memories…

    Ok I finished the bottle of wine…

  20. Yes Ernie its been pretty embarrassing watching Saint John play this badly. I have never seen them play this bad but that is props to the two OHL teams they are that good. Perhaps Dcat can make the Hawks team next year as that Erie team is playing at elite level and making other elite junior teams look like midget AAA teams.

  21. Goldebladz-the OHL West was an embarrassment of riches. London would be tough if they were here.
    Have you noticed how well #12 passes the puck.

  22. yes it’s pretty amazing show of skill by Erie. Saint John walked through the Q (and have 11 NHL drafted players on the team) and then hit the juggernaut of the OHL that is playing on a different level. I don’t think Dcat will look out of place with other skilled pros

  23. Every time I saw Strome play the last 2 years I loved his game, if his brother in the upcoming draft is close to that I say let’s get him , Good size, mocks have him available in our range. As for faceoffs, obviously we need to be better. Now I don’t know what they do at practice, but when I get to see video of practice, I see them practicing one on one a lot, and while that is very important I believe a great percentage of draws are team wins with help and what you do with it when you get it, as in panicking in our own zone. And it’s the with helping out by the wingers that I think we stink at. Having said that I still would like the 4th line center to be above average at least, and somewhat inexpensive, some body like a Boyd Gordon type, I don’t know if he has any game left but he used to kick our ass at the dot all the time, but like I said someone like him.

  24. Bill i’ve said before that ufa Jay McClement would make an inexpensive 4th line center who is decent penalty killer, defensive minded ( limited offense) career 50+% faceoff guy until theres soneone ready to fill that void in house.

  25. Strome’s brother is ranked in the 30 s or 40s in various sites, but someone may go for him late in the first. The knock on all the brothers has been skating. No doubt Dylan has loads of talent and obvious size.

    D-Cat article about the next step to the NHL today. He sites Kane and Marner as two smaller guys that have inspired him for next year. Picture of Marner at the airport in the paper-he looks like a slender 15 year old kid==not sure how he does it in the NHL.

  26. Strome should dominate the CHL as he was drafted with McDavid, Eichel , Marner and Hanafin and they are all playing in the show.

    Sea Dogs finally decided to show up and play their game and destroyed Seattle 7-0. They have a shot at Windsor not sure if they can beat Erie though.

  27. Our SCOUTS need to draft more players from the CANADIAN hockey league which remains the best developmental league.
    But first we need to fire our scouts including the worse pro scout in the league, PIERRE “FARM GUTTER” GAUTHIER!!!

  28. And please, no more DEBRINKAT, HINNESTROZA, ANTHONY LOUIS picks…please!!!
    Can we look at the roster sizes of our CUP teams in 2010, 2013, 2015?????

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