Blackhawks Hold Off Jets For Road Win

Nothing really fired up a fan base like an 8 PM CT start the night after the Super Bowl, but the Blackhawks offered precisely that in Winnipeg on Monday. Marc-André Fleury got the call in net once again as his teammates tried to shake off a tremendously mediocre performance in St. Louis over the weekend.

Honestly, we were just hoping a competitive effort showed up for 60 minutes.

The opening 20 minutes were… okay. Chicago killed off a Connor Murphy penalty in the middle of the period and were out-shot 11-8 by the Jets but Fleury held up his end of the bargain and the two teams took identical doughnuts to the dressing room.

The Blackhawks got a power play early in the second period but did nothing with it. They kept hanging around, however, and were able to get on the board first with a goal off the stick of Patrick Kane.

Kirby Dach picked up an assist on the goal, giving him four points in his last five games. It’s only the 12th goal of the season for Kaner who has admittedly been fighting it while dealing with an injury all season.

Neither side was able to score in the eight-plus minutes after the Kane goal so the Hawks took a 1-0 lead to the room. Winnipeg out-shot the Blackhawks 9-8 in the second period but Fleury and the shot blockers in front of him continued to hold up.

Unfortunately, six minutes into the third period a luck bounce found the stick of Mark Scheifele and the one-goal lead was gone. Scheifele’s 14th of the year came off assists from Blake Wheeler and Nate Schmidt.

A couple minutes after the Scheifele goal, Fleury made a big save on a Kyle Connor shot to keep the score tied.

Halfway into the third, Chicago took the lead back. Alex DeBrincat stole the puck off a lazy pass and sniped a wrister past Connor Hellebuyck.

DeBrincat’s assist came without an assist.

Hellebuyck went to the bench inside the final two minutes with the Jets still chasing a goal. Fleury was busy but the Hawks were able to ice the puck once and then got a better clear that helped get fresh bodies on the ice. Brandon Hagel received a pass from Kane and buried one into the empty net to extend the lead to two.

Hagel lost an edge and crashed into the boards untouched after scoring. Fleury picked up the second assist on the Hagel goal, his first apple with the Hawks and the 19th of his career.

After giving up their lead early in the third, the Blackhawks bounced back well. And, after completely shitting the bed in St. Louis, this was a much better effort.

The Jets out-shot the Hawks 12-8 in the third period and finished the night with a 32-24 shot advantage. We keep saying this, but 24 shots is usually not going to be enough to win games against good teams. Fleury was good on Monday night, and the offense got enough to get the win.

Seth Jones led the Hawks with three blocked shots in a team-high 27:23 on ice. The Hawks were credited with 14 blocked shots as a team.

DeBrincat and Sam Lafferty led Chicago with four shots on net each. Josiah Slavin won half of his ten faceoffs while Dylan Strome won just three of his ten draws.

67 thoughts on “Blackhawks Hold Off Jets For Road Win

  • February 14, 2022 at 11:42 pm

    This was a pretty good game. Not great. Not good. Pretty good. I was impressed with de Haan’s stat line. His 5 HITS led the team. Carpenter had 3 HITS to lead the offense. S. Jones led the D with 2 SOG and 3 BLKS. All the defensemen had 1 GVA…S. Jones had 2. So…an okay game for the D.
    Offensively? The radio broadcasters did bring up that there is talk of moving Dach to the RW. It’s about time. He’s no Joe Thornton. He’s more of a Eric Daze. My hope is he flourishes at the wing. I do want the kid to succeed. The FO% was a bomb!!! But, Winnipeg is a strong FO% team. Kane and DeBrincat showed up and Lafferty was all over the damn place. MAF was his usual greatness.
    Here’s where I think Coach King is lacking. He is not a fan of running all 4 lines. That Borgstrom, Connolly, and Entwistle had to struggle for TOI is really ridiculous. That Kane, who Tab mentioned, is fighting injuries but still leading all forwards in TOI with 20:19 is ridiculous. DeBrincat was 6 seconds behind him with 20:13. It feels like King plays the guys he likes instead of playing the whole team. This was a game where rolling 4 lines would have been helpful. It just puzzles me why King doesn’t see this or he does and he just doesn’t care. There was a time where Borgstrom and Strome were competing for the 1st line. Strome won it and Borgstrom, ever since, has been relegated to the King doghouse.
    My opinion: If Reichel is not going to get called up. Fine. Strome is a slow skater. Not a knock, just a fact. Borgstrom is faster. Why not put Borgstrom between DeBrincat and Kane? Strome between Dach and Kubalik. Either Lafferty or Slavin at 3C with Hagel LW and Entwistle at RW. Here’s where things get weird. You have Carpenter, Kurashev, and Connolly, and either Lafferty or Slavin left for the 4th line. If it’s Lafferty, then Carpenter and Connolly would be a solid veteran 4th line. That leaves Kurashev in the pressbox. What do you guys think? It’s just “what if?” time.

  • February 15, 2022 at 12:19 am


    carpenter and connolly have no future with the hawks for certain. kurashev, lafferty, and slavin might not either, but at least give them the opportunity to prove they do or don’t.

  • February 15, 2022 at 3:05 am

    Hagel- I mentioned Hagel here a few days ago as being the Hawks best asset at TDL… seems like some GMs agree.

    I read a Hawks article last nite Mentioning that a couple of GMs have offered a 1st and a Top prospect plus for Hagel… and Hawks are listening…. but are Holding out for more.

    Or are going to “build around Him”… imo- that opportunity was lost when Blowman went all in with $ Jones deal. Would have had Sillinger and 1st rd pick 22.


  • February 15, 2022 at 3:12 am

    I did NOT watch game,,, but just watched the Kane goal. Thanks Tab

    Might be 1st time all year I can remember that DACH actually gave the puck up early to Kane ( as most Other Centers on Hawks do) instead of trying to carry/and over stick handle the puck across the blue line.

    Please Dach… MORE of that – I am thinking if Dach did that all season- he has 10-15 more points easy playing w 12/88 – as much as he has… (Face palm!)

  • February 15, 2022 at 6:21 am

    Dach will skate away from contact instead of fighting for the puck. He’s no Patrick Kane to get that privilege and should be busting his ass on every play. This is where they miss Seabrook to give him a behind the scene ass chewing, it’s called veteran leadership.

  • February 15, 2022 at 7:17 am

    Good write up Tab, summed it up. Nice win for the team, as mentioned Fleury answered the call when challenged, lots of blocked shots and overall kept things uneventful for the most part in their own end, save a couple of stretches whete Jets were able to put a push on and apply some pressure. Type of game they need to play to have a chance to win, fairly clean on turnovers, everybody played a good effort type game, except maybe Borgstrom who it appeared would have likely been a healthy scratch if they had enough healthy forwards to do so.

    Puzzled by line blender from King right from start of game. Kane played alot with Dach and Cat, nice power move by Dach after dumping puck off to Kane to drive to net and create a screen and clear dman out of shooting lane for Kanes goal. Line blender seem to throw Strome off a bit, a quiet unnoticeable game for him, unlike his play of late.

  • February 15, 2022 at 7:41 am

    If there was ever any doubt (there isn’t) that DeBrincat should shoot every time he has an opportunity, that vicious wrister last night sealed that discussion. My goodness. Even if the goalie stops it, he can’t control it and there will be rebounds available.

    It seems as if the Hawks haven’t had a game with an impressive SOG total in a long time. Of course, bad teams don’t get lots of shots.

    Entwistle was very, very good. Not rewarding him with ice time is a mistake when he plays like that. The Hawks keep putting out their “best” players but don’t have much to show for it. 2 goals with a goalie in the net is not impressive.

    Was glad to see Hagel get one, even if it has an asterisk.

  • February 15, 2022 at 7:54 am

    Felt like an end of the season nothing on the line game. Yes, Lafferty was all over the place: did nothing. If some GM is going to offer you a 1st rounder and a top prospect for Hagel: you take it, the way he plays you don’t know how long he’ll hold up. Teams are starting to make some trades to help their teams, we don’t have anybody to make them yet. Noticed Dach sitting on the bench flexing his hand. My “untouchables” are: The Cat, Dach and Entswhistle, unless somebody blows you out of the water with an offer. Coach King says he has no idea how many of the players (Toews) have had concussions and how many. Why hasn’t anybody from the “organization” informed of him that yet??? Do they really think they are showcasing Gus for a trade??? LOL!!

  • February 15, 2022 at 8:03 am

    It’s a good thing Dach is assisting on goals, because he sure can’t finish, can’t finish, can’t finish… any goal opportunities for himself.

  • February 15, 2022 at 8:10 am

    Watch the whole game. Haven’t done that in a while on TV. Think the constant layers skating to the puck putting pressure on the opposition to make a decision is the key.

    Offensively looks like that is what we are, Kane and DCat. Looked like we played a disinterested Jet team. Strome has been showing his O talent. Kubalik is a set shooter. Need to get him a set up man. Dach did make a good dish to Kane for the goal. Give him another year of weight growth into a man body we will have something. You cannot teach size.

    Those are the five of the top 6 that we can continue with next year unless we get an offer or someone prices himself out.

    Bluto read the same article. That’s a predicament. If the offer is overwhelming have to take it. People would be saying it’s the Daunalt trade 2.0. Must be a #1 plus a high end prospect with a player that could fit for the future(20s in age) or one we can flip next year for more assets. Thinking Entwistle steps up and takes Hagel position if Hagel is moved.

    Can’t wait for TDL. Calgary made a high asking price available for pieces IMO.

  • February 15, 2022 at 8:39 am

    I’ve always liked carpenter but there are a number of players now who can handle his role. Lafferty, Hagel, even Slavin and Entwistle at times, while they don’t necessarily play a gritty game, they put in 110% effort all the time. Those are the types of players I’d like to keep around to fill in the gaps.

    As far as fleury goes, at this point in his career, I get not wanting to move yet again. I wonder if he does finish the season with the hawks what it would cost to keep him on for another year or two waiting for Lankinen/Soderblom/Commesso to be ready as a starter.

    I think I’d be ok with trading really any of the current defensemen minus Murphy, maybe a 4th liner, but I think there’s more here in the forwards than is maybe given credit. With a steady defense I think this team is in a very different spot in the standings.

    Kane, Dcat, Dach, Strome, Kubalik, Hagel, Reichel – I’d love to be able to watch all of these players again next year.

  • February 15, 2022 at 8:40 am

    Fleury was their top player again ,Dach had another good game ,DCat and Hagel play really good Hockey lately but not surprising
    Everybody here would love to get a Hagel style of player who is becoming a big piece for the future , those players are very rare and we have it now. I really don’t understand why guys here wants to trade him ..where is the logic . Except iff we can get ( let say Dufresne and 2 first rd pick )
    We all know that having first or second rd picks doesn’t always work . So why move a already NHL ready young player with big upside for a prospect that we don’t know if he will be at least equivalent or superior to Hagel . Reminds me when some guys here wanted to trade DCat for a second or third round pick because he was having a so so year , and because he was small ( like Martin St Louis ) you can build a team around guys like DCat and Hagel .
    Iff you know Hockey a bit you don’t trade those guy’s .

  • February 15, 2022 at 8:46 am

    And you can’t compare Hagel with Shaw or another player I think because wait and see what this guy will become in 3-4 years from now .maybe a mix off Troy Murray and Brad Marchand.

  • February 15, 2022 at 8:48 am

    I did not see the game, only highlights. So, I cannot comment on anything that the boys did last night. I did notice in the box score that Kurashev was a healthy scratch and that Borgstrom only played 5 mins. Why – did Borgstrom get hurt? He has played much better as of late. I don’t understand. Also, I saw where Dach missed a break-a-way. He needs to start burying those; he doesn’t have a go-to move. Just shoots up close.

    The Habs got a solid return for 29 year old Tyler Toffoli. I hope that is a good sign for us to start trading some of our late-20’s, early 30’s players!

  • February 15, 2022 at 8:49 am

    JR- Re: Hagel trade. Love the kid… I don’t forecast Hawks being able to really be competitive before Hagel’s play starts to decline (5-6 years?). So yes- If I am Hawks GM – I really entertain trading Him for 1st rd/ + High end Prospect… BUT- I prefer that 1st Rd pick to be 2023 draft– and also prefer it to be top 10 or higher… so If they can deal Hagel to team who owns someone else’s 23 pick ( and the Someone else–looks like they are certain to be in the Bottom 1/4 of league in 23… then I trade Hagel in a minute.

    Alot of things need to line up there… alot to ask for… But Hagel is worth it… article mentions what I said a week ago…

    Hagel is that low cost player- that makes a really high end team into top 4 team in NHL- a real Swiss Army Knife!!! Frolik/Bolland guy… Love re-watching Hawk’s cup runs… Bolland shows up at critical times/goals in several Cup runs!!! Just an uncanny ability/ Game IQ! Hagel is that same guy!

  • February 15, 2022 at 8:56 am

    Checks, checks, checks …
    First couple shifts It looked like they had learned to skate out of the forecheck, as they’ve rarely managed to do this year, but quickly reverted to blindly pitching the puck up or down the boards – gotta get rid of the panic and MAKE the other guy take the puck from you rather than giving it to him
    Some nice fore- and backchecks though – beauty by Entwistle of course, setting up the goal
    And why don’t the Hawks finish checks? – opponents know they can wait to the last second to make a pass without paying any price most of the time
    Frustrating to watch

  • February 15, 2022 at 9:43 am

    By the time the club is ready to compete, Hagel may be physically shot. Yes we all love him but if you get a competent GM in here and a chance to get back a 1st round pick and a top prospect: you got to make a move. It’s not like we are a playoff team or one that’s ready to make that uptick into the upper echelon. The future is not now. Get what you can for him and make your team better in the long run. ONLY if you get a competent GM and not an “intern”. Goes for anybody on our team right now.

  • February 15, 2022 at 9:51 am

    Unless it got us into the top 10 of this year’s draft with a clear prospect in mind (and it won’t) I can’t see trading Hagel. He is a heart and soul player and part of our future (if we ever have one). Keeper.

  • February 15, 2022 at 9:58 am

    Yes a top prospect plus a 1st round pick for Hagel should be grabbed without looking back and say thank you very much. That he can get you that and Strome can’t be moved speaks volumes.

    Why is MAF playing every game? Why is Kane not sat down and have his “injury” taken care of? It’s not
    like they are making the PO’s or drawing sellouts at the UC. These are all bizarre decisions being made by an inept organization.


  • February 15, 2022 at 10:03 am

    Only if JT calls it a career how about a Dach Hagel Beaudin pick or picks for Matthew Tkachuk. To start a core of $ Jones, DCat, Riechel, Tkachuk. If Calgary wins the Cup he might become too expensive for them. He can start an identity for us.

  • February 15, 2022 at 10:07 am

    @JR Roman-what is our identity for this team with Jones, DCat, and Riechel?
    1st JR Roman hawks will need a GM and Coach and from there they can “try” to form a identity.
    Tkachuk isnt going anywhere.

  • February 15, 2022 at 10:21 am

    @hawks 2010

    i am not suggesting the hawks trade de brincat, but i am definitely listening a lot harder about what teams would offer for him than i am for hagel. hagel and de brincat certainly are players who could be considered building blocks for teams, but teams need several hagel type players and there is only room on a team for one or two one trick ponys like de brincat who only score and bring very little more to the table. the hawks pretty much have four of those players now in de brincat, strome, kane, and kubalik.

    while stats never tell the entire story it is interesting that hagel has one more assist this year than does de brincat and also has more even strength points than does de brincat. this from a player who has no elite offensive abilities, doesn’t get the toi de brincat does, and much of the season played with third or fourth lines. imo hagel is a much better overall hockey player than is de brincat.

  • February 15, 2022 at 10:23 am

    I wouldn’t trade Hagel unless it was a high 1st and it won’t be

    I think one of Strome or Kub goes plus MAF DeHaan – if you can get anything for Carp and Gus you take it otherwise after TDL play the young guys in their place

    Next year top 9 in no order

    Kane Toews Cat Hagel Dach Reichel TJ Kurashev or Borgstrom Strome or Kubalik

    4th liners Slavin Entwistle Lafferty etc

  • February 15, 2022 at 10:56 am

    Kane Riechel Tkachuk
    DCat Strome Kubalik
    TJ Entwistle Sanford (for a 3rd)
    Slavin Lafferty Kravtsov (for CDH)

    Byran* $Jones
    McCabe Mitchell
    Galvas Murphy


    * for MAF

  • February 15, 2022 at 11:00 am

    Wrap if only signing one of 17 or 8, your the new Gm looking at this team, do you take a decent return for Strome now, sign Kubalik and hope he increases his trade value in next year or so, get a good return on both potentially. Other option sell low on now on Kubalik now, sign Strome and hope he can become a long term piece of future, risking low return on both.

  • February 15, 2022 at 12:51 pm

    $$$Bill– yes the Kane- NOT addressing his Injury prior to 2021 season– leads to lots of speculation

    what / where is injury?

    I speculate (only guess) it is HIP / Labrum type injury
    I have had many broken bones, torn acl, torn knee miniscus, and finally torn Hip Labrum

    Hip Labrum- I could play thru- really wasn’t about pain… more about instability/loss of strength in joint
    Hip Labrum repairs– are very slow to recover from… and furthermore- rarely last too long – before they fail again.

    With that said- it seems like type of injury that pro athlete might not address – cause of lack of success rate from the repair + down time.

    Just a wild guess

  • February 15, 2022 at 1:18 pm

    Subject: Trading Hagel

    I am all for trading this young, talented, hard working, relentless, fearless, but in my opinion reckless hockey player. This is the type of player if we were a playoff caliber club that I would dearly hold on to. However, in a rebuild I would love to see us get a 2022 #1 pick and an uber talented prospect for a guy that plays with such reckless abandon, I feel could turn into another Andrew Shaw sooner rather than later. We don’t need a guy who is on LTIR because of his head injuries. Just send him where he will get a chance to really contribute, like Pittsburgh! He would be great on that team!

  • February 15, 2022 at 2:01 pm

    Sit down, trade, or release Calvin deCone & give the young D’s @ Rockford an opportunity to gain experience. Only reason he blocks so many shots is that he’s out of position & doesn’t clear the slot.

  • February 15, 2022 at 3:02 pm

    It must be frustrating even to other GM’s when asking the Hawks if they want to make a deal. Are they really dealing with the guy currently in charge(intern) or do they wonder if the Hawks are even serious about dealing people at this point?? Wonder what “exercises” the committee are doing today?? Does it really take weeks to sort out a couple of resumes?? Evidently it does. Clown show continues.

  • February 15, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    @Bluto-if it is a hip labrum for kane; count on him for a new hip in about 5-7 yrs. Seabrook also had the same kind, sucks because a shoulder labrum can really work, while a hip labrum is still in the process and surgery percent of correcting it is go about 70/30.
    another player is ryan kesler which had a different hip surgery and it did go well for him either.
    me at 36 yrs old i had to get a THR. the pain just walking was bad.

    good post bluto

  • February 15, 2022 at 4:28 pm

    Honestly, the only guy on the Blackhawks that I would not trade is Alex DeBrincat. Everyone is tradable. Seth Jones – it would have to be a massive haul, but I would do it if it shores up several spots.
    Hagel – Like I mentioned earlier, he is not an elite scorer, an elite defensemen, or elite facilitator, he is an elite hustler and a pretty damn good hockey player; it would have to be a 1st and a high end prospect.
    Kane – A 1st round pick and a high end prospect
    Dach – A 1st round pick
    Strome – A high end prospect or a 2nd round pick
    MAF – A 1st round pick and a high end prospect

    Everyone else can be had for 2nd -4th round picks!

  • February 15, 2022 at 5:05 pm

    @ Bluto….I don’t anything about what you mentioned but it sure does sound like
    you do. I’ve had broken bones, broken hip also but that was when I was 58. So I’m
    guessing you’re on the money with the Hip Labrum. It was last year against Tampa
    when I saw Gourde give him a vicious cross check to the hip and you could tell
    right away he was in some discomfort.

    But still why play Fleury every night?

    @ Hammer….still no GM
    @Tommy…..everyone should be available for the right price
    @JR…….nice trades, have you had your interview yet?

  • February 15, 2022 at 5:38 pm

    Reading a host of articles about trades. I have a few thoughts. We all know that MAF and de Haan will be moved. There’s no doubt about that. Carpenter, Connolly, and Kurashev, McCabe, and Gustafsson could go. Kubalik could also be a possibility. I don’t know if there’s any interest in Borgstrom. Interesting times.
    What about Hagel? Hagel is a talented grinder. He could definitely be a 20+ goal scorer. Yes, he’s a fan favorite and for good reason. But, if a 1st Rd pick is offered…take it.
    Entwistle is a potential 20+ guy. Slavin? Maybe. Lafferty? Probably not, but his hustle cannot be denied. Hardman and R. Johnson are 4th line future stalwarts. Here or somewhere else.
    I keep Strome. He’s a solid 2nd line center. Is Reichel the 1C? I don’t know. At the very least, he may be a solid 2LW. Getting a 1C prospect should be very high on the GM’s list
    I love Jonathan Toews. But, injuries and concussion issues lead me to hope he retires…for his own sake. Kane is on the wrong side of 30 and injuries are starting to hamper him. This may be the right time to ask him to waive his NTC. He definitely gets the team a ’22 1st Rd Pick.
    Defensively? I have written several times that Rockford is deep. Beaudin may be trade bait. He may need that fresh start. If he develops into a Kempny, good for him. I don’t think he’ll get that chance here. Galvas, Mitchell, Kalynuk, Regula, and Phillips are all viable options for the future. Kruitl just got there. He needs time. There’s the kids that are in college or not yet at Rockford…like Allan, Kaiser, Harding, and Vlasic defensively and C. Dach, Rolston, Luypen, and Slaggert on the offensive side. Defensively, the Blackhawks have a good pipeline. Which could be strengthened post TDL. If just half of the kids pan out, on the offensive side, the team is in good shape.
    The goalie situation doesn’t concern me. The team has quite a few potential starters.
    All of this really depends on who will be the GM? Who will be the HC? What will the team philosophy be? Rocky cannot be the face of this franchise. If the front office isn’t straightened out, I don’t see a quality GM or HC coming to an organization that is going through a crisis of integrity.
    I have followed this team for over 40 years. The “Beach Scandal” will haunt this organ-I-zation until they make a front office makeover and show the fans, as well as the NHL, that this team is better than what 2021-22 discovered and is capable of. We all deserve better.

  • February 15, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    Tommy Ivan, Well said,and as much as I have always loved Hagel,I agree that if you get a 1st and a top prospect do it. Unfortunately he does not have the type of body that is going to hold up. Especially as he starts putting up some numbers and draws more physical attention. All of this talk though means nothing without a GM and staff in place who can make a trade without asking Danny Wirtz. DeHaan,Strome,Carpenter,Fleury,Hagel,and Kubalik will all be moved if Rocky gets off his pouting ass and hires a real General Manager and hopefully Team President.

  • February 15, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    Edman interesting you mention Rolston an under the radar pickup at last years tdl from Avs, having a breakout year in Ncaa. As well Luypen putting up big numbers in Whl, he was drafted as an overager, going undrafted his 1st draft year. Plays on a strong Oil Kings team, another small 155lb. winger but is 510″ so adding some bulk is an option, his work ethic is credited with getting him where he is. Both are projects and be a few years before we know if they make it.

    Also add to defense Del Mastro a big 6’4″ 210 lb who is having good year in Ohl and 5g 31a in 46 games, is quickly rising up their prospect rankings. A smooth skating, hard hitter who plays with smarts and solid defensively to go with offense, definitely will sign an elc, maybe go back to juniors for another year, just turned 19.

  • February 15, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    Ian – yeah it’s a dilemma with Kub – sell low or resign and hope he rebounds

    I think it all depends on return – the new GM hopefully isn’t going to say well I’m trading Kub no matter what I get or Strome as well – if the return is worth it you trade – personally if Strome can bring a good return I think that’s the route and resign Kub

    We’ll see

  • February 15, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    Guys – any team trading for Hagel is a playoff team almost certainly so their not a high pick

    You need emotional leaders on a team and Hagel is that so keep him

    Although I would consider trading him for a high first it’s not going to happen

  • February 16, 2022 at 3:21 am

    Wrap- On Hagel/Team getting him would not yield high pick… Agreed- that is why I suggested it ONLY makes sense to me … if that trade partner holds a very weak team’s (forecasted to be weak–in 2023) future pick… and Hawks trade for that pick…

    otherwise – a 27th or later 1st rd. Pick doesn’t really mean much for Hagel.

  • February 16, 2022 at 6:44 am

    Bluto there are no playoff teams that own a projected weak teams number one pick for next year that I can see.

  • February 16, 2022 at 7:36 am

    Hopefully there will be a trade or two, and I do hope MAF wants to go-it’s up to him.

    But not all trades are created equal-I agree with the logic behind the Hagel trade-I’m torn about that one. There is another part of trades that is rarely discussed here-how the trade impacts the room and future player signings. Let’s face it Chicago is not the go to destination it once was-the reputation is at an all time low.
    If you trade a player like Hagel who has worked his ass off for the fans and his team mates it sends a few messages-to others on the team who want to compete (Cat, Jones) and to players around the league about what type of organization the Hawks are. Players talk all the time-good or bad. Trades aren’t made in a vacuum-A for B. There are variables around optics, money etc.
    The one thing I agree with is that this club needs a clear direction and identity-and that starts from the owner/management down to the on ice staff and right now that doesn’t exist.

  • February 16, 2022 at 8:54 am

    Agree with your post about the message
    Hagel is 23 ,his peak will probably be in 3-4 years from now ,where will be the Hawks then ? This is the question off rebuilding future depending on the new GM ( D’arche I hope ) Kane and Toews will be long gone , the young Défense will be Mature players
    You need veterans players to help the kids .DCat,Hagel Dach,$jones,Murphy, maybe Entwistle will probably be there main core .
    Goalie .probably Lank , Comesso ,Soderbloom .
    We will need good pick for MAF because we lost so much in that trade for $$$$Jones
    The numbers of good picks will determine the future .for now it doesn’t look very bright but sometimes things change very fast .

  • February 16, 2022 at 8:56 am

    @Tim W

    You are spot-on about the Hawks not being able to make trades until they have a structure in place. This will only delay the re-build, and we will be talking about the same thing at this time in 2023!

    You did miss a point when you said…”until Rocky gets off his pouting ass and hires a real General Manager and hopefully Team President.”…you forgot to say “pouting fat-ass”. I hate that guy!!

  • February 16, 2022 at 9:25 am

    Mitchell continuing to play well in Rfd. looks like he is more than ready for a full time Nhl role, playing point on pp and producing well there. Time to make room for him.

  • February 16, 2022 at 9:26 am

    Tommy Ivan: How about “pouting rich stubborn fat-ass”?? I agree nothing will get done until we get some stability at the top. Right now its just coaches and players fighting for jobs, whether it be here or for somebody else.

  • February 16, 2022 at 9:58 am

    Yes we can bring him with the Hawks but maybe finish the year in Rockford and play in the playoff iff the hogs continue to play like in the last 10 games .
    Last year was not the year for the kid but now that he played around 35 games so far really help him with his confidence.
    Staying in Rockford with Reichel and the other kids getting some chemistry there would be excellent for Hawks future

  • February 16, 2022 at 10:14 am

    @Hammer…Right on!

    @Trading Kane…if the Rangers are willing to pony up Kakko, Chytil, and a #1 for Kane, how can you say NO? Plus, if we are willing to eat half his salary, take another top prospect to boot. Let’s go!

    Kane and Panarin, along with Fox, Kreider, LaFrancesca, and Ryan Strome = Stanley Cup!

  • February 16, 2022 at 10:30 am

    Hawks2010, you make a good point, but in all likelyhood Dehaan and Gus will be moved, meaning a couple of callups are going to happen. Mitchell can still be eligible for playiffs in Rfd., just a matter of paper move when playoff rosters submitted. Right now he looks ready for regular ice time in Nh,l running 2nd pp could be where he gets most benefit.

  • February 16, 2022 at 10:55 am

    Hammer it gets harder the longer this goes on, to believe the search isn’t going lead them to naming KD as Gm, maybe not but sure seems like it.

  • February 16, 2022 at 10:57 am

    Fk Ian! I think you’re right!!

  • February 16, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    Ian: I fully expect them in about a week or two to name the “intern” for GM. “yada, yada, yada, under our close scrutiny and incorporating our new metrics and under the recommendation of our Advisory Committee we determined that KD has a bright hockey mind, yada, yada, yada and felt good old KD was the man for the job (and then have Edzo lust heaps of praise over him over the airwaves). No big trades, keep King as coach and then fire and blame him because they still suck later and just keep kicking the can.

  • February 16, 2022 at 1:16 pm


    yadda yadda yadda using Google Translate for Hockey Slang means…you stupid fans, just STFU and pay for your season tickets, WTF are you whining about? We just gave you 3 Stanley Cups in the last decade. Now, just do as we say and believe what we tell you…just like in Canada!

  • February 16, 2022 at 1:28 pm

    Hammer figured since awhile you thinking that too. Nothing new for a company to do a long exhaustive search and say the right candidate was under our nose all the time, looks like where this could go. If so hopefully they surround him with solid people, Hossa would be someone i hope and believe be a good addition to assist/advise KD, on alot of levels. Maybe not my first choice personally but my 1st thought on next coach is Marc Crawford.

  • February 16, 2022 at 4:05 pm

    I just want to throw this out to the group. Why didn’t the Blackhawks claim Adam Brooks off waivers? The kid is productive! We need someone on the 3rd and 4th lines to score! We are not getting anything out of the bottom 6 – nothing but a lot of hustle.

    In 29 GP he has 6G 5A – 11P! His minor league numbers are excellent. The kid is a player! Plus, we let Gaudette go and he’s putting up numbers in Ottawa – Intern and Clown King are a couple of wankers!

    In fact, the team that claimed him came after us. They know him best and got him back!

    Adam Brooks is headed back to the place he has spent most of his career. CapFriendly reports that the Toronto Maple Leafs have claimed Brooks off waivers from the Vegas Golden Knights.

  • February 16, 2022 at 4:07 pm

    Ian, I’ve been there, seen that, lived that crap. It means they know there’s somebody better but they think the “intern” will be a “company” guy that even Danny will be able to control and toe the line. One big happy family again. One goal.

  • February 16, 2022 at 4:57 pm

    Ian, I sure hope that whoever takes over will not be retaining or recycling Marc Crawford again. Do it the right way with an entirely new coaching staff. But if they do retain the current interim G.M, I could see them just letting Crawford go down with the remains of this sinking ship. Whatever happens I believe Interim KING has coached and talked his way out of the job,which is a good thing. That being said,GET TO WORK already and hire a front office. This is entering the embarrassing zone once again for this organization.

  • February 16, 2022 at 5:49 pm

    I’ll be very disappointed if this GM “search” ends with KD as the man

    Darche and Tulsky are already better choices perhaps even Mellanby

    No problem with KD having a role just not as GM

  • February 16, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    So trade Hagel so we can get a draft pick that might be another Hagel. Nonsense. Let Dach grow and mature. Keep The Cat. He’s another Martin St Louis.

  • February 16, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    Off the subject, Regula and Soderblom got the call up. Regula has been getting a lot of points, in Rockford. So, I thought I’d look up the Rockford PPG stat and see who the top guys are. You’ll see familiar names. Reichel .97, Hardman .85, Regula .68, and Mitchell .56. The interesting one that is not on the radar is Dylan McLaughlin. The kid has a PPG of .62 but his SH% is the lowest of the aforementioned players at 6.5%. I don’t know the kids intangibles, like speed or his FO%. He’s listed at center. At 5′-11″ it’s not out of the realm of possibility that, if the kid is a good FO guy, he could be a 3rd line kind of guy. Something to think about.
    If the Rockford website could just list the FO% stat, that would be great.
    What is really eye opening is just how poorly Beaudin is playing. It’s absolutely stunning how poor his play is. I think, for his own sake, he needs a new team and a fresh start.
    That’s it. Back to the conversation at hand.

  • February 16, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    Edman68 tried to share a video of Derek King talking about McLaughlin signing with Rfd. again this year before the season. Talking about him becoming a better player being Icehogs most improved player last season and this year they hoped he turns his Ahl contract into an Nhl contract next year, looks like he is doing that so may see him get a chance next season.

    Timw. Looking at both King and Crawford on the bench, sure looks like Crawford is the one auditioning for a head coaching job. Would sooner see someone brought in as well, but Crawford be better than King.

    Wrap agree better options than KD have been interviewed, with the right good people around him KD could do better than we are thinking. Unfortunately Tulsky or Darche it’s doubtful would be part of that support around him,

  • February 16, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    Soderbloom will get the start tomorrow night and that’s a very good news for the kid .hogs win again tonight
    4 in a row ..Reichel 1 goal 2 pts

  • February 17, 2022 at 10:23 am

    @Dylan McLaughlin

    I watched the kid play in the two games vs Texas Stars. He is super slight, and barely has any shoulders. At least he won’t get hurt in the boards. The kid was just OK! Not physical, decent passer, smart player, not a goal scorer, and solid in his own end. If I could compare him to an ex-Blackhawk, I would say he reminds me a bit of Marcus Kruger, with better offensive skills, but not as good defensively. He is a decent guy to bring up if we have injuries on the 4th line.

  • February 17, 2022 at 10:55 am

    Tommy, McLaughlin is under contract to Rfd., not with the Blackhawks. Unless they sign him, he isn’t eligible to be brought up, would have to be put through waivers to go back to Rfd. after that. Most likely that would happen, if they do sign him in the off season for next year. Likely they could acquire a young body or 2 at tdl as well that can be called up also.

  • February 17, 2022 at 11:12 am


    He looked like an AHL lifer to me, but at some point I would like to see if he fits in with our 2023 team. I am all for giving guys an opportunity, at least he can tell his kids that he played in the NHL. Which would be nice!

  • February 17, 2022 at 1:07 pm

    Didn’t see anything in pre-season to indicate to me that McLaughlin will be an NHL player but I haven’t seen him lately so perhaps he’s improved and has a chance

  • February 17, 2022 at 1:47 pm

    Well, today’s line-up, as it stands, has Gustafsson in the line-up and Regula a a scratch. WHY BRING HIM UP IF YOU’RE NOT GOING TO PLAY HIM??? This is what absolutely infuriates me about this “coaching staff”. The line combos show zero thought. Kane needs speed skaters. DeBrincat, Borgstrom, Kurashev, who’s on the 4th line and has zero physicality in his game. Dach is, YET AGAIN, slated in at center. These lines show zero thought of the players strengths and matching those strengths, like speed or size. It’s just frustrating. We know Dach is going to lose more than his share of faceoffs.
    Toews is still on concussion protocols. Again, he’s in my pantheon of all time favorite Blackhawks. But, his health and well being are so much more important. As someone who had PCS, it’s brutal. I’m not a world class athlete in an incredibly physical game. Jonathan, please, consider the rest of your life, kid. I could actually see him in a coaching role. Maybe, someday, we’ll see HC Toews with DC Seabrook.
    Well…let’s see which Blackhawks team shows up. If I’m wrong, good. If I’m right? Ugh.

  • February 17, 2022 at 5:18 pm

    I wish that they would hire the GM/President so that we can get on with blowing up this coaching staff. This Yo-Yo method of bringing players up and either not playing them or even worse giving them the dreaded 6 minutes in the 1st 2 periods is doing these young players no good at all. The Interim KING line blender is getting tedious and aggravating. This should be the time that the Hawks should be getting long looks at everyone in the organization. Instead we are getting long doses of Carpenter,Connelley,DeHaan, Gus,and an injured Kane. An entire waste of a season so far. Get Mitchell,Kalynuk,Regala,and Galvas or Beaudin up here on Defense. Bring Reichel up and put Dach and DeBrincat on his wings. Let Hagel,Lafferty,and Slavin off their leashes to terrorize and relentlessly fore-check all over the ice. Instruct Strome and Kubalik to shoot the puck ALOT. Inform Borgstrom that he is playing in all situations 20-25 minutes a game so we can see what he is. Same with Kurashev. Lets get going.

  • February 17, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    Guessing Gus’ idea of a good defensive play is bringing the puck back into your own zone and giving it to the opposition so they are not off side.

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