Andrew Desjardins, Blackhawks Handle Business In Arizona

Whatever was ailing the Blackhawks offense was apparently left at the airport before the team departed for Arizona.

Because they unloaded on the Coyotes early and often.

Chicago jumped out to a 2-0 lead early with power play goals from Duncan Keith and Artem Anisimov. Patrick Kane picked up an assist on both goals and the Hawks’ power play showed life that it had lacked for over the last couple weeks.

But, as they tend to do, the Hawks let their opponent back into the game. Goals from Shane Doan and Zbynek Michalek inside of two minutes tied the game in the middle of the first period. Both goals were relatively soft from Corey Crawford, but he didn’t get much help from the skaters in front of him. The ugly tendencies that have cost the Hawks close games too often this season started to show up, and the Hawks needed to swing the momentum back.

They did just that with a third power play goal of the opening period when Artemi Panarin unloaded a missile to give the Hawks a 3-2 lead with 52 seconds on the clock.

Kane, Keith and Brent Seabrook had two points each in the first period as the Hawks special teams erupted. But the game was in no way under control.

The second period was a different story.

Arizona made a change in net, replacing Anders Lindback with Louis Domingue. But that didn’t slow down the Blackhawks offense. Andrew Desjardins extended the Blackhawks’ lead to 4-2 only two minutes into the period, with the assists going to Teuvo Teravainen and Phillip Danault.

Chicago killed a couple penalties in the middle of the period, and then Kane scored his 22nd of the season. Andrew Shaw found a wide open Kane, who didn’t get off a clean shot but had a wide open cage to put the puck into. At this point, the wheels were completely off for Arizona.

Rookie defenseman Erik Gustafsson, who was recalled on Monday, picked up his fourth assist in seven NHL games on the goal.

The Hawks out-shot the Coyores 17-14 in the second period, but where Crawford had a few regrettable moments in the first period he was exceptional in the second. Arizona had a few good opportunities in the period but he held up strong and the offense extended the lead.

Through 40 minutes, ten Blackhawks had registered a point. Kane had three, while both Seabrook and Keith had two each. And the kids – Teravainen, Danault, Gustafsson – were involved as well. Chicago was rolling.

Jonathan Toews was one of the few Hawks who hadn’t recorded a point in the first two periods, but he led the team in shots on goal (four) and had won 12 of 17 faceoffs.

In the third, the Hawks added insult to injury. Desjardins scored a second goal, an ugly one that bounced off and over Domingue and somehow ended up in the net.

Desjardins two goals in the game give him three for the season.

Doan, in an effort to simply keep up with Desjardins, scored a second goal of his own on a Coyotes power play later in the third to cut the lead to 6-3.

As a Bryan Bickell penalty expired, Connor Murphy scored to make the score 6-4 with 6:57 left in regulation. Tobias Rieder did a nice job of setting up the Doan and Murphy goals and was credited with an assist on each.

And suddenly the game didn’t feel as comfortably out-of-reach.

The game got chippy in the final couple minutes. Marian Hossa went to the box after he hit Michalek high, and then Anisimov dropped Oliver Ekman-Larsson in front of the Hawks net with a huge crosscheck. Toews scored a short-handed empty net goal to push the lead to 7-4 before Doan added his third of the night on the power play to get the Coyotes back within two.

The tally for Doan tied Dale Hawerchuk for the Jets-Coyotes franchise record with 379 goals.

Doan’s third closed the scoring for the night as 12 goals between the two teams, and the Blackhawks hung on for a 7-5 victory.

Teravainen added his second assist and Keith picked up his third point of the night on Toews’ goal as five different Blackhawks had a multi-point game. Toews finished with a team-high six shots on net and two takeaways in the game.

Desjardins added two hits and two takeaways to his two goals in a solid effort. He skated 16:48 in the game as the Hawks buried underwhelming veterans on the bench and went heavy on their top lines. Bickell (6:47), Ryan Garbutt (5:50) and Dennis Rasmussen (6:21) barely got on the ice, but both Bickell and Rasmussen found a way to pick up a couple penalty minutes in their limited roles.

Crawford finished the night allowing five goals against 37 shots. The Hawks successfully killed six of the Coyotes’ eight power plays on the night.

The Hawks are back on the ice in Denver on New Year’s Eve against the Avalanche.

71 thoughts on “Andrew Desjardins, Blackhawks Handle Business In Arizona

  • December 29, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    ” Doan, in an effort to simply keep up with Desjardins…” A string of words in the English language that in all likelihood never been seen in that order again…very good Tab. Really don’t know how to speak or write of this game..The Good, The Bad and the Ugly sort of gets to the point. Crawford kept us in it with at least 4 magnificent saves that were robbery. Officiating was not up to par and also a lot of infractions were missed at key times. So glad that Kane got 3 points to stay ahead of Benn, Would imagine that Benn must be wondering “what in blazes must I have to do to pass this guy”. How this all translates into Colorado is beyond me.

  • December 29, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    Mining Man………I agree, an ugly game where both teams and the referee’s looked “out of sorts” at times. A win is a win, however. Let’s move onto Colorado and beat Varlamov and the AV’s.

  • December 29, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    Desjardins is like a relief pitcher that thrives on the work — the more minutes he plays the more effective he is. He took heed to his benchings — let’s hope he’s learned his lesson. Good coaching by Q.

    I still worry that as long as Mashinter is on the traveling roster he is accessible to/for Q. Colorado is the last team Mashinter should play against. The onus is on Bowman to remove him from the roster.

    Lastly, how can we forget Mr. Rufus and the reverse karma he places on players — Teavo two assists tonight, gritty two-way play and rejuvenated playing w/ Desjardins & Danault.

  • December 29, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    Deserved to be up 5-2 after 2. These refs were garbage as were the lucky bouncing ball goal and Dejons. This was a 6-3 win. It seems the refs call make believe penaltys against us in games they’ve called more against the other team just because. Unless it us, after the first two against them, it 8-2. Not consistent.

  • December 30, 2015 at 12:28 am

    I don’t complain about the refs very often but I thought the officiating was terrible in this game. They gave Hjalmarsson an unsportsmanlike penalty for saying something to the ref – that’s BS. The interference penalty of TT was BS too – the AZ player interfered with TT trying to get to the point or at worst it was a no call. I don’t Rasmussen’s penalty was legit either. And then the topper was the no call when the AZ d-man pulled the puck under him in the crease. Terrible one-sided officiating resulting in a 8-4 penalty discrepancy.

    But the Hawks won in spite of O’Hallaran’s officiating.

    Gustafsson had a good game. He was excellent at keeping the puck in at the blue line and one of those resulted in Kane’s goal. Nice to see the kid play with confidence.

    It will be a tough game against the Avs who are playing pretty well lately, and it will be at altitude.

  • December 30, 2015 at 1:06 am

    Tab – thank you for the accurate summary (“I would expect nothing less.”)…

    What bothers me – “But, as they tend to do, the Hawks let their opponent back into the game.” I don’t have an answer for this, but it is not good. I am not slipping into panic/OVER-react mode. Until the Hawks prove otherwise, I believe they have earned the benefit-of-the-doubt, but sometimes it seems extremely irritating when the effort is not there…I don’t expect them to win every game, but is it TOO much to expect them to PLAY every game? Tonight, not so much of a problem = they beat a team they “should beat”, but the last two when only a few players showed-up…. I think they should look at the Kings last season for some motivation – the parity in their division is even greater, so pissing-away ANY game (even those boring Dec/Jan mid-season boring/tired…) may lead to failure.

    Please don’t mistake me for RTF. “It ain’t all bad.” GO HAWKS!!

  • December 30, 2015 at 4:03 am

    The Hawks are no longer as talented nor deep as they have been. Therefore no opponent can be taken lightly. These days we grind our way to points a whole lot more than we grace and out talent.

    Des Jardins has inordinate difficulty generating any offense yet got on the score sheet twice with two gift goals. That was a Haley’s Comet type of an occurrence. But you take it.

    Toews isn’t moving well this season. Got to believe there is underlying injury. He couldn’t have slowed down this much at his age otherwise. Hossa meanwhile is, sadly, no longer the offensive great he was. I wish he would acquiesce to age and go with a smaller stick versus his patented telephone pull.

    Rasmussen looked like an AHLer in this game and it was a sober reminder not to get terribly excited on the guy. Not the most graceful or fleet of skate is putting it mildly.

    Hope Gustaffson can step in and deliver minutes. Warning signs are there that we cannot lean so heavily once again on the triumvirate of Keith, Seabrook and Hjalmarsson playing grueling monster minutes each game.

    But 2 points and you leave the Valley of the Sun happy. Onto the blazing skating ability and the Varlamov Wall in Denver.

  • December 30, 2015 at 4:21 am

    I sometimes wonder how can fans find meanings from these late December games. It’s all over the place.

    I think Gustafsson responded very well to the test last night. He needed to show up and he did so at both ends of the ice. I like Gustafsson as he looks like a real player. The Hawks and Coach Q seem to think that also. He might very well be this year’s TVR.

    I think last night showed why Panarin could become an NHL top player. After playing his worst game as a Hawk on Sunday, he came up last night flying and digging. That kind of pride is always a sign X is going places.

  • December 30, 2015 at 5:21 am

    Let’s look at the glass being half full….

    Love the line of 11-24-86. 86 much better last night. 11 came alive. 24 is going to be a beast.

    Rozsival & Gustafsson were on the ice for 13-14+ minutes and were each +3. Love that kid!

    On the half empty side…. Agree that the officiating was awful. The Hawks had 8 penalties! Way too many!!

  • December 30, 2015 at 6:17 am

    Let’s hope Varlamov isn’t in net for the Avs…don’t know if we can beat him!

  • December 30, 2015 at 7:06 am

    Yes RTF the Hawks are no longer a great team…. Good grief….how did your Super Power Stanley Cup favorite Dallas do last night getting thrashed by the worst team in hockey? every team has stinkers during the year. As others have posted the Hawks aren’t going to wear themselves out over the 82 game schedule and will be ready for the playoffs

  • December 30, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Goaltending by both Yotes…
    RasMOOSEn- tried to do too much… which exposed his lack of speed
    Crow playing that 1st goal (yet made several – big saves)

    Good- Gustafsson- was very quick, moves puck quickly, in the right place… way better than Daley and other options… I am sure he will make some mistakes… but really can/tries to move the puck quickly.

    11/24/86 let’s not get a head of ourselves… 11 works hard… but PURE luck goals…
    TT- looked good (skating against inferior players) (and paired with two guys who are quick- and work extremely hard)… BUT- neither of those 2 are FINISHERS!!!
    And NEVER will be!!!

    Lastly-Rumors of Hawks looking at Yotes/Boedker… never really watched him closely before…. BUT- the guy can FLY… and has good shot/ very good vision…
    IF- Hawks could pull him in!!! WOW!!! That would be a steal!!!

  • December 30, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Boedker has a 3.5M cap hit. Basically the only way you can trade for a player like that is if you include Bickell which means paying extra to a lot.

    You pay to dump Bickell which is a thing on it’s own and then add some extra juice for a 6 months rent-a-player who MIGHT fit.

  • December 30, 2015 at 8:04 am

    Did the Hawks have a new guy on the ice last night as RTF mentioned?

    “Des Jardins”? or did Andrew Desjardins get his name changed? What’s really funny about this is that Tab and others had spelled his name correctly in this post several times!

    … and Toews “patented telephone pull” or the English translation: “telephone pole”

    Always get a good chuckle from the things RTF posts… keep ’em coming Rufus!

    Also, had to read your post twice as I was looking for more bashing of Teravainen. He must have played well, or at least well enough in your eyes?

  • December 30, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Was away for a few days so on the positive side I got to miss some negative redundancy. Dumdum I agree, I wish they could wipe out this week and just have the juniors playing. I think with Gustafsson and one more add on, a forward, this can be a team that can compete, and given their track record-probably will. (Glass half full)

    Was in the Ottawa area and saw Senators and Bruins live-and I know that Hayes got three last night but he was a ghost a couple of days ago-and tried to defend a teammate after a hit. He looked silly in his fight and got 17 minutes for a fall and then a turtle.

  • December 30, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Off topic-the Marchand hit was won of the most cowardly acts I’ve seen on ice-hope he gets 10 games (he won’t) That was a nasty game last night.

  • December 30, 2015 at 8:16 am

    DumDum- I don’t pretend to be cap expert… but guessing they could waive some guys/send to AHL… and aren’t they supposed to have close to $3M right now with 16 LTIR and Rbad down?

    seems like they could waive Scudderi and or 29 + maybe Mashitter???

  • December 30, 2015 at 8:17 am

    Weird game. Cool they got a win. Moving on then.

  • December 30, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Love to see that mobility from Gusty. The kid can really pass and is a big upgrade over Scuderi. TT gave 11 a new lease on life. I hope the 4rth line is completely different by the time we get to the playoffs. 29 and 70 need to go away. They are not NHL players. Kero is much faster and quicker than 70 and should be playng now. Dano didn’t light things up when he was up but he is a big improvement over possesion killer Bickell. I don’t know how TT did not get an assist on Desi’s second goal. I guess it must be because the puck bounced off the Arizona player and into the net.

  • December 30, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Hawks1961… I agree somewhat… 29 needs to go… Yes to Dano, No to Kero…

    Moose- was his 1st stinker… But- I think he tried to do too much… If he goes back to Defense 1st… and NOT chasing puck… He will be OK…

    Interesting- Rockford Hogs- bet if you take wins versus losses- and do the Math on who has been with Hawks versus Hogs… Numbers are in RasMOOSEn’s favor versus Kero/Shitter/Hartman/Others… In other words- right Now Hogs- Miss Moose more than anyone else ( not including Bickell- the AHL All-star)

  • December 30, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Not sure it was a very “business like” win or execution. I don’t worry easily but i’m a little worried that these Hawks are waiting for your famous GM Bowman to pull thee trigger and make a big move. Our 5 on 5 play is average at best. Hawks are good for sure but as good as about 10 other teams.

    Good for Dezi he earned any goals he gets. The 3rd & 4th lines continue to play their roles with perfection. Shaw in my opinion is so improved and his skill set rises, I think he has turned the corner, Do you see his wrap arounds? Kids got an unusual reach, he is like 5 feet off the net and still get the wrap around on net. Keep an eye on him as we all do, but see how he is grown in skill, and even less penalty minutes!

    The Artist has to shoot more and quicker! As preached by ME, playing next to Kane develops bad habits, so once Artemia relaxes and let’s it fly, look out, he is just waiting and over stick handling a bit. But again young kid first time he is seeing a lot of these guys like Shane Doan! ( monster player)

    Erik Gustafsson not tested at all on defense, but very very quick on his skates, again we have “parts” one that can skate, one with reach, one who can stick handle, one with a big ass slap-shot ,before you know it we’ll have ONE more solid D-man? But i like the kid’s offense and quick feet and skates might be all we need on 3rd line d?

    Phillip Danault all over the ice continues to improve and makes the game worth the watch. Love this kid but I WANT DANO back too, kids that move, skate, Hawks need that just to pace the game. 7 faceoffs won last night, for a kid ….thats off the charts!

    Max Domi is a rock star wow, did ya see the move on Hossa, all in front, in hossa grill, unlike The Artist who uses his body a LOT, which is good just not as skilled as Domi!

    The Hawks will BEAT the AVS on friday . . . this should be a game worth blogging about!

    go hawks

  • December 30, 2015 at 9:14 am

    La Moose did play average last night, not sure why? When he is moving (skating) he is a big plus! Consistency is everything in hockey even on 3 and 4 th lines. Also want to see him get to the NET more too . . .big body . .yes good for forecheck but BETTER BIG ASS in Goal Crease!

    go hawks

  • December 30, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Hawks have only one problem!

    THE MORE THE DEPEND ON DEFENSE MEN TO SCORE . .. not just join the rush but PUT PUCKS ON THE NET AND IN THE NET . . . the more teams will have chances to get back in games! Period! So when I love DUNK and that goal last night better off a goal by Hossa in the paint on a tip in! So NOW our defense men ALL are 15 feet up OUT OF POSITION and they chase back! Our Defense is NOT BUILT BY THE GENIUS BOWMAN to do that, Dunk is it! So the top four line get LAZY and wait for the offense to develop with defense men in the zone, d-men are very LOW makes it easier to get shots on and in! If ya need GOALS Hawks have no choice, but that top line needs to score more a lot more. No matter who is on it!

    D-men rushing up ice and getting checked (trapped) , it leaves big GAPS in the defense! So that is why Teams can catch the Hawks when behind! Even if they PACK IT IN, I don’t think our defense is the best, stand up or most physical even but play much better when they have their back to CROW than the other way! Our D-men could be the worse at clearing traffic in front of CROW too. CROW takes more hits in a game than Esposito did in he entire career!

    Rasmussen needs time on ice he is a “kid” as does Danault . . . These kids can play so can Dano ( Dano is a smart) ! I said months a go to just have a all rook (young guns) 4th line . .. ( regardless of blog feedback) let them play early season, grow, confidence and let them, figure it out and get experience! Hawks would still be 21 and 13 that is for sure but we would have invested in the future!

  • December 30, 2015 at 9:34 am

    When TNT can play in the middle of the ice he is GREAT, when he is forced to the outside or is asked to get into the corners and fore check he is of little value.
    POINT IS . . . ( is there ever a point) that Hawks dont always do a go job of placing players into roles they FIT INTO, Hawks force a lot of players to change their game but i makes for consistent out put, but not good at all for player devo!

    TNT proved last night of ALL NIGHTS EVER, he can draw a crowd in the middle of the ice, and take a hit, from two guys and still make an incredible pass! I mean incredible, so that is his role, own the center ice, keep moving, and attract the double team and pass! On that TOP LINE he was asked to do things Bobby Orr couldn’t do!


    go hawks

  • December 30, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Mike – TT is clearly a RW, but I see nothing wrong in putting him in difficult positions. Long term he’ll benefit from it. On the other hand the fans turn on those players ages before Coach Q and the Hawks do. Fortunately their opinion matters close to 0.

    Wall- they could waive everybody and dress 16 skaters a night. Who says you can’t go with 11F+5D ?
    I have newsflash for everybody… a Hawks 1st line LW either has a 5+M cap hit or he’s under 3M and it costs you the bank in order to bring him in.
    It makes sense only for those who think that if Stan B doesn’t make the ‘Shaw for Seth Jones’ trade happen….he’s a pretender top GM.

  • December 30, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Teuvo demoted to 4th line where he belonged. Desjardins scores two of the flukiest and soft goals on the planet, yet Teuvo apologists want to be sure to point out his “contribution” on those goals? He remains a pile of nothing. Actually await his status change to ex Hawk. Let him be a floating Euro style RW for some other team.

    Danault is the real deal. Not much scoring touch but he has Bolland like two way potential and wicled good hockey smarts. He also makes Kruger expendable given the cap issues we face.

    Gustafsson has some solid qualities. He will be interesting to watch. Passing ability is potentially nice and he can skate.

    Domi is going to be the next great NHL star. He should be talked about in sam breath as Eichel, and certainly McDavid too.

    Shaw quietly having his best season and Q loves his Swiss Army Knife on skates. Serves so many roles.

    Best moat astute posters on this sight? Ebonyraptor and Mike the Mook. A lot of you clowns and hockey clueless should appreciate their very solid contributions.

  • December 30, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Not sure what game you watched RTF but TT was on the third line.

  • December 30, 2015 at 10:56 am

    DUM- Boedker has $3.5 M hit… so as a 1 year rental… easily affordable…

    and watching him closely… he can fly, and has very good vision… would be the closest thing to Saad… Doubt if he is as strong on Puck as Saad… but really has better vision ( albeit super small sample)… Would be perfect fit!!!

    Price to Yotes???

  • December 30, 2015 at 11:11 am

    These Hawks struggle to figure our Varlamov, the wife beating Russian.

    Dallas is looking so SHARP! No pun intended.

    The Caps are on fire!!!!

    The Hawks are among the more boring teams to watch this season.

    You Committed Indians are the quickest group to ever cry about black listing someone who says things you don’t like. So here goes another one just for your sensitivity. Go ahead, cry for my black list, whatever!


    Raffi Torress has shamed his family and his team for 1000 generations by DARING to blatantly cheat in an effort containing absolutely no sportsmanship whatsoever, only malice was in his heart when he took the cheapest shot on the Hockey Legend , class act, and good guy that is Marion Hossa.

    I LOVE WATCHING the dirty yotes get their insides picked apart by carnivorous birds. While they lie there watching, unable to do anything about it.

    The Dirty Coyotes are blatant cheaters, who don’t deserve to play the game.

    Lets just throw the dirty Canucks under that bus too. I love it when they lose so badly and it brings a smile to my face.

    Both of those teams are the meaning the words, GUTLESS, COWARDLY HOCKEY!

    So there, I said it. Go ahead Indians, cry for my black listing like you always do.

  • December 30, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Hey i got a compliment . . . my style of posting can be more “polite” but thank you, i do try to post semi-serious thoughts.

    RTF – the Danault and Bolland comment is dead on . . . perfect. We often exaggerate the upside of young talent but Bolland is a fair comparison.

    thank you for the kind words

  • December 30, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    “Shaw quietly having his best season”

    Stats would say otherwise. While he could make up time his absent start put him well behind his 13/14 pace.

  • December 30, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    DumDum, I know it was a joke, but nhl rules say the roster needs between 20 and 23 players.

    “Prior to the start of the season, each Club must submit to the NHL its “Opening Day Playing Roster” which shall be comprised of not more than 23 players. Each Club must have a roster of at least 20 players, composed of 18 skaters and two goaltenders. Players on Injured Reserve do not count in the 23-man limit.”

  • December 30, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Vrbata and Hamhuis I could see. Hamhuis although injured and had a bad start would be an improvement over at least 2 of the current d-men on the roster.

  • December 30, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Dumdum/Wall, in the 5 clears waivers thread ER/Ernie/Morrison have the numbers in depth for what we have now to the deadline. Basically once we make the ltir moves were going to have 4.2m to use. One of the deadline/or before trades can be 50% retained.

  • December 30, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Ernie – thanks mate. I had no clue it’s that strict. If asked I would have thought there’s a max limit. A minimal one is news to me.

    So what a hell happens when 5 get the flu and your AHL club players are on a bender in a strip club in Alberta with no cell connection ? Can you dress 18 players (16+2) for a game ? You can, right ?

  • December 30, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Funny that Phx is a playoff team if the playoffs started today. Also Hawks should be thankful that Phx iced a couple of minor league talented goalies.

    The more I watch this team the least I like this roster, kinda a shit thing to say but its just how I feel.

  • December 30, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Wouldn’t be surprised to find out Rufus is a 14 year old who trolls this blog. Domi – the “next great star” had a blank stat sheet (except for 2 PIM’s) TT had 2 assists, including a beautiful pass to Desi for that 2nd goal.

    TT (who is all of 7 months older than Domi) has a lifetime Corsi of over 53% compared to Domi’s 43% (7 pts less than the team’s average)

    TT is a far better 200 ft player, had 1o pts in the playoffs, is plus in almost every category and still hasn’t played a full year in the NHL

    And that “Euro” style is what the Hawks play by the way.. You want more irrelevant “heaviness”? Go watch the Blues

  • December 30, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    In that scenario you still have the minimum players on the NHL roster. Regardless of however many are sick. Also, There is an emergency recall just for said occasion where the big club can call up a junior player or a player otherwise needing to pass through waivers when time is of the essence and the waiver process would take too long. Its a rarity, but it is there.

    “Players on loan to an affiliated league may be recalled without waivers under emergency conditions, established when injury, illness or suspensions result in the availability of fewer than two goalkeepers, six defensemen and twelve forwards. Players recalled under emergency conditions must be returned as soon as the emergency is over.”

  • December 30, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    ^ or the ducks…

  • December 30, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    But yes Dum dum. They can dress 18 leaving the team short a d-man and a forward. They just need between 20 and 23 on the active NHL roster. Sorry, sometimes I go off on a tangent and don’t directly answer the question.

  • December 30, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    SSHM… the following are the differences between the Hawks play-off roster from last year vs. this years regular season roster.

    There are definitely some key losses, but some gains as well given salary cap limitations. One of the big complaints for years has been that we didn’t have a true second line center (Anisimov), but that came at the cost of losing our number 1 left wing (Saad). Also, our defensive pairings and depth have improved from last year.

    I don’t mind the roster so much as their sloppy play. Hopefully they can get things turned around and SB makes a deal that helps them make a long play-off run again!

    Listed alphabetically:
    2015 Regular Season 2014 Play-Offs
    Artem Anisimov Antoine Vermette
    Artemi Panarin Brad Richards
    Brandon Mashinter Brandon Saad
    Dennis Rasmussen Joakim Nordstrom
    Erik Gustafsson Johnny Oduya
    Phillip Danault Kimmo Timonen
    Rob Scuderi Kris Versteeg
    Ryan Garbutt Kyle Cumiskey
    Patrick Sharp

  • December 30, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    too bad it left justified everything and there’s no way to insert a chart… It looked good before I hit “Post Comment” Sigh…

  • December 30, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Ernie – thanks for the clarifications. I learned something new.

    HockeyJunkie- they lost 11 Stanley Cup Champions (10 won in the system). That ‘wight’ has huge value in itself, hockey skills to the side because subjective.

    I have a problem with the ‘playoffs roster last year’ versus ‘regular season roster this year’. That was -hopefully- a one time situation with Kane’s injury/extra cap space event.

  • December 30, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Thanks DumDum…

    They definitely have some challenges they need to overcome this year, but I am optimistic they will make the necessary adjustments…

    Not sure they can repeat, that is a very difficult task with the improvements we have seen from the Central Division this year… getting out of the West will be tough.

  • December 30, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Hawkfacts — hilarious and spot on.

  • December 30, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Morrison, I don’t know where you got $4.2M cap space after Kruger is put on LTIR (and other moves). The best I could come up with is a tad over $3M and that was by using $1.173M of Kruger’s $1.5M cap hit. So maybe there’s a way to use all of Kruger’s cap hit but that still gets to only about $3.35M – not $4.2M.

  • December 30, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    This blog is full of accountants? I need a good taxman . . . maybe i can get us a sponsorship with HR BLOCK. . . it is sadly as if these “checks” came out of our pocket? Funny stuff keep it up . . .

    go Hawks

  • December 30, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Hawks lost about 4 guys who can put the “puck in the net” when open and knew how to make the space to do so! They replaced them with a few young guns who are a work in progress. Simple? Right? The only replacement i can see from the “Easy chair” is Danault for Marcus. ( i love Marcus) otherwise it’s up hill, but the league is average, stars will fade!

    Also the genius BOWMAN ( not a big fan of his) his redeeming Quality or lets say talent is to find the right guy or two in the next month! Right before Playoffs like
    Antoine Vermette last year, 99% of this blog blasted Vermette, I said “he’ll score a few big goals when we need it.” he did! So Bowman is good at his timing and identifying the Dude who will add that dash of brilliance. Otherwise I am not impressed.

    Also one last comment . . .Even with the 3 cusps the Hawks do not dominate, they are always a goal away from going back to cabin in Quebec or a ticker tape parade. At time i think we OVER ESTIMATE this team, they have to work REAL HARD to win, blue collar, i want to write a book on TOEWS, he does more than we think.

    Like Brady on New England . . .

    go hawks agian

  • December 30, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Ebony, here’s how I came up with it. From the Rundblad clears post.

    By putting Kruger on IR (not LTIR) They add a roster spot without removing Kruger’s cap hit. They’ve called up Gustaffson (.667) and have no need to send down Rundblad (1.05), yet.

    Now they can put Mashinter (.5625) on waivers and send down Rasmussen(.575). Once Mashinter clears (he will) and is sent down they now have 1.803207 to call 2 players up. Dano (.925) and McNeil (.863) bring the Hawks within roughly 15k of the ceiling.

    These are all procedural moves. The Hawks could then put Kruger on LTIR and would have 1.485 in space. They could/would send Rundblad down now that he’s cleared and the Hawks would vanquish all but 100k of his hit. They would send down Mcneil as well as Dano. The Hawks would then be left with 20 skaters and 4.223 million to play with to call up or trade for whomever theyd like.

    As referenced earlier the minimum roster is 20 so undoubtedly the Hawks would then recall 2 or 3 players. Thus lowering that ceiling.

  • December 30, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Sorry not lowering the ceiling. Lowering available cap space. But in theory they could have that much at the deadline easily as currently constructed.

  • December 30, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Rundblad sent to Rockford.

  • December 30, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Ernie, gotcha, but apparently Stan didn’t get the memo because with Rundblad being sent down they now have $1.6M in cap space with only 1 roster spot open. They can still finagle their way to using all/most of Kruger’s cap hit, but Rundblad isn’t going to be part of the Kabuki dance.

  • December 30, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Also, we bank moar space by having elc guys from Rockford on 23man until we trade for 2 at/before deadline. So essentially we could have more the 4.2m (prorated) at the deadline. Beauty, eh.

  • December 30, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    We add a good LW FW at/before deadline and the difference I see (other then the experience Sharpy/Richy/Steeger have over Panarin/Danault/Garbutt) is the difference in the overall players of Richy and Steeger compared to Danault and Garbutt & the difference between 27, with 32/26/57/5/44 as 3rd pair-depth compared to 57, with 32/52/47. We were stacked at FW in ’15 and this is not far off from that if we add a good LW FW.

  • December 30, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    This Hawk team is less gifted than previous versions. We grind to victory these days, which wasn’t the primary way to victory the last seven seasons of the playoff streak and Quenneville era. This is the crux of things. There isn’t any longer the proverbial switch we can flip.

    Losing Saad was a shocker when it happened. But then we all quickly took solace that it would be OK. While Anisimov has been a hig quality add, the one-two punch of losing Saad and Sharp at left wing has been severely felt. The salary cap punched us in the nuts real bad. You don’t just shrug off those losses, add grinders in their place and hope Teuvo is the friggin magic solution. And the other kick to the nuts has been the age and decline of Hossa. The team isn’t the same. Look no further than what it has meant to the game of Toews and the line he centers.

    Danault is a nice player. Panarin is certainly a dynamic and gifted add for the two seasons he will be here before becoming a cap casualty in his own right. But you don’t fill holes at Grinders R’ Us and the Just A Guy stores like we have and everything remains hunky dory in terms of true contention.

    A love that we got 3 Cups. But this has now become the pivot and transition point. How it turns out in the next few years will be interesting.

  • December 30, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    29’s 4m and 47’s 2.2m can cover 72’s caphit, that’s 6.2m there.

  • December 30, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    Hogs beat the wolves. Looking at the box, Leighton and Hartman didnt dress. Recently sent down David Rundblad didn’t dress either. My first thought on Leighton was perhaps Spengler Cup but he’s not on the roster. Hartman I wonder if he’ll get a recall tomorrow. Visentin is on an AHL contract. He had a few poor starts to start the year. But he’s been pretty solid lately when he has started. Arizona’s decision to non-tender him is one they’re probably already second guessing. Especially with Smith hurt.

  • December 30, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    No way this a pivot and transition point- with Kane, Toews, Seabrook, Keith, Crawford, Hossa and the cumulative experience of playoff hockey and what it takes to get to the championship. Morrisons scenario is the right one and resoundly correct…the differences are small and even negligible for the most part and we will have a good piece of cap room before the deadline to fill any position with skill. We know what we need and Stan will have the loot to pull it off. Bickell will resume his role as the star of the AHL. The only factors are 1) injuries to key players knocking them out of the playoffs- say one of Anisimov, Panarin or Kane: any of the big 3 D-Men or heaven forbid Crawford. 2) The cup champions from last year find it an insurmountable hill to climb on a back to back, which is quite concievable. The only valid point RTF makes is that of Panarin but that’s 2 years down the road, Bickell will be off the books by then and no one knows how the future plays out.

  • December 30, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    I am not going to argue with anyone, everybody can think what they like, that’s cool. What I am always going to do it keep good vibes and tell it how it is.

    One of the many good things Bowman has done, is every one of our core players (other then Hammer) is at the highest caphit they will be at in their careers. So as the cap goes up we can keep more guys/pay contract raises or just sign really good players from Europe and college.

  • December 31, 2015 at 12:23 am

    Ernie, no sign of Rundblad in Rockford weds night. Wierd since he has been “off”the Hawks team since Monday when they told him not to practice.

    Hartman I believe is serving a 3 game suspension.

    Leighton is apparently dinged up according to Twitter sphere.

  • December 31, 2015 at 1:14 am

    Seeing that the door to Rockford interplay was opened, Dowell 1 goal 2 assists +3, and Morin 2 assists +2. If you re going to carry a 13th forward, welcome back to the United Center Dowell.

    Garbutt needs a confidence boost — playing w Bickell is a bad fit for him. That being said, let’s take Morin out of detention, send Mashinter back to lead Rockford, and slot in Morin w/ Bickell & Rasmussen. I vouch for Morin, he won’t be worse than Garbutt w/ those two, they played together in Rockford. Alternatively, Bickell can be sent down again and save more cap room.

    Thank you.

  • December 31, 2015 at 4:30 am

    I personally think the talk about the roster value compared to other years is subjective if we’re talking hockey skill.

    I think the fact that is missed are the 11 SC Champion rings the Hawks lost. Is Panarin worse than Sharp skill wise ? I don’t think so… but Sharp has been there-done that 3 times.

    My opinion is that if you ignore the weight of the status SC rings bring you the current Hawks are more valuable than the 13-14 Hawks and less valuable than the 14-15 Hawks.

    The 14-15 Hawks might be a 1 time/never to be seen again situation, because of Kane’s injury and extra cap available.

    13-14 Forward group:

    Bickell-Kruger-Ben Smith

    14-15 D group

    The current Hawks units are better that the 13-14 F unit and the 14-15 D unit.

    PS: My opinion is that the current Hawks perceived lack of depth is fake and coming from a rather naive point of view.

    The reason people think this is because they refuse to see the big picture… being that Coach Q has rolled the stud Kane-Anisimov-Panarin line every night. He rolls with it because it’s a Top 3 line in the NHL.

    If he would do what he normally does and spread the wealth things would look differently.

    All Coach Q has to do is put Kane with Shaw-Rasmussen and he’d be rolling 3 dominant lines. Kane makes these type of lines work. All his mates have to do is play D, go North-South and battle in front of the net.
    First shift he ever took with Bickell-Rasmussen… they scored.


    Or he could use Anisimov as a LW on Toews line with Danault or Kero Centering the 3rd line.


    NO more lack of perceived line depth.
    If you brake up the Kane line it forces the other team to chose how it employs their D pairings and checking lines. That way you either have Kane playing the opposition 3rd D pairing or Panarin-Anisimov playing the 3rd D pairing, instead of all of them playing the 1st D pairing as it is today.
    And then Coach Q double shifts Kane and puts him with Panarin-Anisimov against the 3rd pairing. Mayhem.

  • December 31, 2015 at 6:47 am

    Forgot about the suspension Craig. That should have been the final game of his suspension. That’s one area of his game he needs to clean up, He’s only 3 pim’s behind Rich Clune.

  • December 31, 2015 at 7:17 am

    I agree Morrison. I remember when Kane and Toews got those contracts I was leery of giving out those raises because they were assuming the cap was going to increase. Immediately following those extensions Tab gave a list of reasons why the cap was going to go up and talked me out of my anxiety. What nobody saw coming was the Canadian dollar tank. The cap was suppposed to go up to 75 million, last year. Its not there. And won’t be there next year. Lets assume the NHL revenue stream is a 50/50 split between Americans and Canadians. In 2 years the Canadian dollar has dropped 30%. That would be 15% in would be dollars gone. Once the dollar makes a comeback we’ll then see the cap increase exponentially. By then we’ll most likely see 2 new teams. While the teams themselves may not be profitable right away. They would still be generating hockey related revenue. Franchise fees are not included. In 17/18, we could see the cap increase rapidly as it was pre-lockout. In 09/10 the cap was 56.8 million. In 5 years the cap increased nearly 20 million. It plateaued the last 2 years because of the dollar. In this 2 years Seabrook goes up a negligible amount. Bickell comes off, as does Scuderi.

    I’m not worried about the roster 2 years from now. I worry about it now.

  • December 31, 2015 at 7:27 am

    In 2011 the NHL got 33% of there ticket revenue from Canada. Up from 31% a few years prior. We know that ticket revenue is only a portion of revenue. If you assume its a 50/50 split. And you know the NHL is losing 30% of HRR because of the dollar, you know the owners keep 50% of HRR, the rest goes to players. Had it been dollar for dollar we could have seen the cap increase 7.5% or up to 76.75. (Assuming a 50/50 revenue split.) And that’s just because of the dollar.

  • December 31, 2015 at 7:37 am

    DumDum- I do like your progressive thinking- on breaking up 72/AA/88

    really makes team more difficult to defend…
    I think TT would really benefit….
    70 has shifted w/ 88 in very small bits… and has had to immediate scoring chances
    Danault- will not directly add scoring in 1LW… but he is a very good cycle/board player… so will lead to zone time for 1st line (probably not scoring… but longer zone time versus TT or Shaw on 1LW)

    Lastly- Haggerty has a great release/shot… been injured all year for Rock… anyone know what his injury was… thought he looked ok in preseason… Hawks are full of Pass 1st guys… need a “bomber”!!!

  • December 31, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Jake Dowell & Jeremy Morin are NOT getting recalled. Sorry to break that to the few remaining people who didn’t get the memo…

  • December 31, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Morin and Dowell can play AHL hockey – not NHL hockey. Same with Bickell although for some reason Stan refuses to acknowledge that. Same with Mashinter and hopefully we don’t see him anymore.

  • December 31, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    wall – Kane can kill it with 2 role players that work hard and thrive around the opp net, just as he can do it with skilled studs like the russians.
    And when the right moments come he can double shift him or simply move him with the russians for X numer of shifts.

    In the lines match-up game where Coach Q is a beast…if he puts Kruger on the opp Top line, that means Toews-Hossa, Kane or Panarin-Anisimov will go against the opp 4th line and another against the 3rd.

    If that’s not depth i don’t know what is.

  • December 31, 2015 at 12:18 pm


    The difference was at one pt in his career Bickell looked liked he could play NHL hockey the good think for Bickell and his bank account was that time happened to be between April and June when it matters most. Unfortunately for Morin his stretch came in March when it doesn’t matter.

    Morin, McNeil, Dowell are all in the same boat at this stage. Speaking of the minors, keep an eye on Bondra some experts are starting to look at this kid as a potential steal in the draft. A good Juniors will move him up the Hawks board in 2016

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