22 thoughts on “Blackhawks Announce Marian Hossa Legacy Night

  • October 18, 2021 at 12:01 pm

    finally- A great reason to to see Hawks at United Center

  • October 18, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    Well deserved, really liked how Hossa played the game, similar to guy who used to wear #28.

  • October 18, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    The only Blackhawks jersey I own. A model of what a player should be, in my opinion.

  • October 18, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    I posted this a few threads back earlier today. Thought it was worth sharing so I can take the abuse many will feel I deserve.

    Be careful of what you ask for in a new coach.

    You want Torts and Babcock? Really? I’d rather have the players they coached than the results of their past few seasons.

    Babcock absolutely blew up a Toronto team that was TOTALLY stacked with talent, epic talent that any GM could only hope to assemble. He never came close to putting those pieces together and that organization has fallen to the side from the damage done and time lost in trying to develop a TEAM concept up there. Oh yeah – and then we find out what a quality human the coach was and how the players felt about him. Babcock had old school players who could handle an old school approach to coaching while in Detroit. That isn’t and wasn’t Toronto.

    Torts has been a destructive force in every program he has coached. Players couldn’t get out of Columbus quickly enough – any and pretty much all of them. Vancouver was a real joy to watch for Hawks fans. Torts believes every forward should be risking their career laying on the ice to block shots. Yeah – Patrick Kane blocking shots. That would go over well on this board (sarcasm). And I would agree that I don’t want him ending his career eating rubber. Another guy who needs to be the center of attention, blowing up press conferences to get his name out there for more interviews and attention. Yes, he has a ring, which means he got it done once, quite a while ago, before he became grandmaster of bad media attention. Yes, for those that think winning a cup make you a perfect coach – it was 2004. Different era. See Babcock and Scotty Bowman Stanley Cups.

    Simply put – times have changed in this world, and in sports too. The era(s) of SOB coaches who bully and abuse players is just about over, in most every professional sport I follow. I’m not voicing approval or disapproval of the change, only stating that the times have changed. Not many organizations are going to go back to the Hitchcock, Tortorella, Babcock, Ditka, Parcells, Scotty Bowman approach to coaching because it is toxic under today’s lifestyle and direction of social change. I’m not saying the change is good, bad or anything other than HAPPENING. Don’t read this post as a statement of validation for the change, or of a rebuking of the change, just an acknowledgement of the change.

    The Hawks already have their mess from the changing social dynamics playing out on a public stage. Call it WOKE or CANCEL or whatever you please, but society has changed and it has already hit our town sports too. The group of younger players hitting teams the past 10 years or so is from a totally different mindset (or school if you prefer) than most here on this board grew up in. I’m not saying one is better than the other, just that it has changed. To ignore the change that has taken place would be not very smart for any sports program, especially professional ones. I just don’t see the old school dominant my-way-or-the-highway coaching attitude working in hockey. It’s becoming a kinder and gentler approach to interacting between players and coaches.

    Old school fans blame the new school players. New school fans blame the old school coaches. Sync up the coaching with the players, and you likely have a better chance of success.

    Remember: Change is good. You go first.

  • October 18, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    hey what about getting the following for a last game of coaching
    Dirk Graham
    Lorne Molleken
    Dog Food Alpo Suhonen
    Trent Yawney
    watching the last couple of years with the starts they had to begin the season gives me vivid images of these coaches.

    did you know as of right now BOB PULFORD has a better winning percentage than JC. wow and those teams sucked!

  • October 18, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    A well deserved honor. Only reason to show up at a Hawks game. No to Torts or Babcock.

  • October 18, 2021 at 4:43 pm

    Send 81 up the flagpole

  • October 18, 2021 at 4:45 pm

    Be cool if he was behind the bench

  • October 18, 2021 at 6:02 pm

    Congratulations Evander Kane. Enjoy your vacation of 21 games.

    Submitted a false vaccination card.

  • October 18, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    As for 81, he was the man!

    Corey is the only member of the Cup teams not invited for a “legacy night” I wonder why?

    Stan holding grudges?

    If I wasn’t so cheap, I’d fire Bowman in a heartbeat.

  • October 18, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    Evander Kane damn well knows he’s lucky it’s just 21 games. Maybe he’ll find Jesus while he’s on vacation, and then after that everything will be fantastic and he’ll have a great career and all the other players will love him and . . . never mind.

  • October 18, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    @David Rundbladder

    Ovechkin and friends only got 4 games for breaking Covid protocols, just saying for a friend

  • October 18, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    Just a thought. Understand Buffalo doesn’t want to retain any of Eichel’s money. Most likely no one wants a 10mil contract. I say offer Johnson Strome Connolly for Eichel and retain 3mil. Or Tj Strome Connolly Tampa’s #2 for Eichel and #1 in ’23 retain zero.

    Hopefully we get a Bedard in ’23 and he and Eichel become our new JT and Kane. JT and Kane like what they see and stick around for 3 years at 6 to 7mil a year.

    Kubalik Toews Kane
    DCat Eichel Bedard
    Kurashev Dach Hagel
    Gaudette Borgstrom Entwistle

  • October 19, 2021 at 9:26 am

    re: JR Roman – Buffalo isn’t going to retain one cent of Eichel’s contract, which is a huge part of why he’s still on that payroll. And I don’t think a team that’s building wants anything to do w/ Johnson (or Connolly for that matter).

    Also, something to keep in mind as we’re trying to come up w/ trade scenarios for the Blackhawks to somehow get Eichel (trust me, I’ve tried): Dach, Kubalik & Kurashev need new deals before next year. + the Hawks need a goalie (both Fleury & Lankinen are FAs). AND the Hawks are 2 seasons from DeBrincat (& 19 & 88) needing new deals. It’s almost impossible to see a scenario where the money works beyond this season for Eichel in Chicago with the money already committed and the money they’re going to have to find in the near future. Strome is a nice building piece for a deal, but his contract expiring after this season means the future cap is a huge consideration for the Blackhawks if they entertained a deal for Eichel.

  • October 19, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    tab your comment about strome “Strome is a nice building piece for a deal,” really makes me laugh. if he was a good building piece the yotes would still have him and the blackhawks would still have him in the lineup. nothing more than a couple of late late draft picks for him.

  • October 19, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    Yes the $$ will be tight. Next year I see approx $14mil available. Giving Dach 2.5 Kub 1 Gaudette 1 Kurashev 1 Lank 1 CJones 1 Kaly 1 raises with term and keeping Strome the same that’s 8.5. That leaves us with approx 5.5 to replace 4 spots.

    The following year JT and Kane accepting a 3yr 7mil per would be big. DCat and Borgstrom with say 2.5mil raise between them leaves us with 4.5. Moving Johnson would be a must plus hopefully a little higher cap in order to make Eichel fit in ’23.

  • October 19, 2021 at 3:54 pm

    Forgot about Connolly’s money disappearing so we are good without a cap hike.

  • October 19, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    How is Toews worth 7 million per season?

  • October 19, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    7M – for a Faceoff specialist?


  • October 19, 2021 at 9:48 pm


  • October 19, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    re: goose & Strome comments – he’s a nice building block for a trade because a) he’s young, b) his contract is affordable ($3M), c) his contract expires after this season.

  • October 19, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    Using 30% pay decrease. Go max 40%.

    Sitting in section 324 tonight. Passes were not on. No one in front. NYI had someone in front of the net. Looked liked they were looking for the perfect shot instead of just throwing it to the net. Oh yeah no one in front anyway. Also Dmen give aways.

    Surprised they introduced the coaching staff. Colliton received his loud boos. The record will trigger a coaching change. Maybe 8 losses before a win definitely 10.

    Good news is it’s easy to leave after the game. Left with 4 minutes left

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