Blackhawks Acquire Forward Kurtis Gabriel

The Blackhawks made a minor trade on Thursday. Chicago sent defenseman Chad Krys to Toronto for forward Kurtis Gabriel.

Gabriel, 28, was originally a third-round pick (No. 81 overall) by Minnesota in 2013. In 49 career regular season NHL games, he has accumulated two goals, three assists and… 153 penalty minutes. He’s listed at 6-4 and 200 pounds and is a right-handed shot.

Krys, 23. was the Hawks’ second-round pick (No. 45 overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft. Injuries have impacted his entire professional career, but the Blackhawks’ organizational depth on the blue line made a move inevitable.

It’s pretty clear why the Blackhawks were interested in Gabriel. They’ve been pushed around too much this season and he may be a guy who can throw hands on the fourth line. He has two points and 36 penalty minutes in 13 games with the Toronto Marlies this season.

19 thoughts on “Blackhawks Acquire Forward Kurtis Gabriel

  • December 9, 2021 at 1:17 pm
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    Wasn’t Khaira brought in for the same reason? How has that turned out?

    KD is an apple off of the Stan tree, unfortunately I think he stays as GM.

  • December 9, 2021 at 1:27 pm
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    other teams have tough guys who can actually play hockey. guessing he takes khaira’s place. also thinking khaira might not be back this year if ever.

  • December 9, 2021 at 1:45 pm
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    This will really move the needle.

  • December 9, 2021 at 1:48 pm
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    Maybe for some protection for Reichel and others in Rfd. too.

  • December 9, 2021 at 2:37 pm
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    Oglethorpe, I mean Van Dorp, sorry Gabriel. It wasn’t the ex San Jose Shark I was thinking about but it’s a start.

    Could be Riechel’s personal protection.

  • December 9, 2021 at 3:22 pm
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    Bet the ranch on Gabriel being in Toronto playing. After Montreal we play Toronto(Simmonds and Clifford), Calgary(Lucic/Gubranson), Washington(Tom Wilson) and Nashville(Olivier). Kudos to the “intern” for getting him although that will probably mean he’ll get the job. Now try to go after our skill(not confusing Khaira as a skill guy and he couldn’t fight worth a lick anyways) guys.

  • December 9, 2021 at 3:29 pm
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    As my good friend MO would say, Absolutely! Now finish the job and go get the other 2 Hanson Brothers! I am all for it. Protect Reichel and Debrincat.

  • December 9, 2021 at 3:32 pm
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    Funny, I saw Lucic run some Sharks face first into the boards with head shots the other night and the Sharks had no one to respond. If only Evander Kane was out there. For all his put falls,and they are many,he never hesitated in going after Reaves and Wilson.

  • December 9, 2021 at 3:33 pm
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    Pit Falls I meant. God I hate auto correct on phones.

  • December 9, 2021 at 3:34 pm
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    I don’t have an issue with this trade. We traded nothing to get him. This team is not talented and not making the playoffs. If Gabriel can protect the assets that we have ( and that is very few) what is wrong with the trade. Stupid question. Do you think Rocky finally realizes how bad SB was a GM ?

  • December 9, 2021 at 4:51 pm
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    Hammer i hope they do put Gabriel in the lineup next few games to stir up things. Shows the league that teams will take into their own hands what league is making a joke of trying run from and won’ t do their job of player safety properly with.

  • December 9, 2021 at 4:52 pm
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    Tim W: “go get the other 2 Hanson Brothers” LMAO!!!!

  • December 9, 2021 at 6:05 pm
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    Ian: Parros has been inconsistent since he was hired for that job. I just read an article from last year saying that the RANGERS claimed that Parros was unfit for the job after Tom Wilson went bonkers, then they get Reaves this year and they’ve been physical ever since.

  • December 9, 2021 at 6:08 pm
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    Okay. Protection. A little late. BUT…okay. Future deals? de Haan, Gustafsson, Strome, Kubalik?, R. Johnson? Borgstrom? Definitely MAF. He will get value for a Stanley Cup Playoff Team.

    What about Rockford? Is Beaudin still in the cards? He’s young but his D is not improving. His offense is not showing either. Mitchell and Kalynuk have surpassed him. What about the goalies? They can clear some more space…if they’re inclined to.

    Keepers…in my opinion. DeBrincat, Kane, Dach, Toews, Hagel, Hardman, Slavin, Carpenter…yes I like him to stay. The Jones Bros, McCabe, Murphy, Stillman.

    Thoughts? Additions? Deletions? Carry on…and GO HAWKS!!!

  • December 10, 2021 at 8:21 am
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    The only guys they need to keep are Dcat and S Jones. Everyone else is expendable in the right trade.

    Any moves that are made should keep in mind we really don’t have anything coming up from the pipeline other than G Drew Commesso and W/C Reichel. That’s it. There are no D coming that will help that are anything other than pure replacement players.

  • December 10, 2021 at 9:45 am
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    The Hawks prospect pool is as shallow as a sidewalk puddle. You can forget this team ever sniffing another run at a cup. 2010-2015 is all the Hawks have to look at, which was pretty darn good…..just like the Bulls with Jordan, and the mid 80s Bears.

  • December 10, 2021 at 4:03 pm
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    There have been several plays in the last bunch of games…Ovi, Trouba and others…where it is clear that no team fears retribution from the Hawks when taking liberties.

    This move was needed to change that

  • December 11, 2021 at 9:49 pm
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    If the Blackhawks were actually serious about winning, the brass would have had the following post-game chat with Lankinen … “Lanks, when we arrive at the airport tonight be sure to get on the plane to Rockford. After all, what would we have done without you this season? Beat Toronto twice and be within a game of .500? Anyway, since Subban and Delia suck as bad as you do, tell Soderblom to fly to Calgary. He leads Rockford in saves, wins and save percentage (.920). He, at least, knows not to abandon the net when the other team is on the attack.”

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