Blackhawks Overcome Sloppy Start, Hang On to Beat Blue Jackets

With the NHL trade deadline coming on Monday, the Blackhawks went into Columbus with player movement on the minds of both clubs. Chicago sat forward Mattias Janmark, an “organizational decision” in the team’s last game before the deadline. Columbus traded David Savard to Tampa in a three-team deal hours before the puck dropped.

Dallas had already won, so Chicago’s lead for the fifth spot in the division was disappearing. The Blackhawks needed to get off to a fast start against a Blue Jackets team that was banged up and was without a few players.

They did the opposite.

Michael Del Zotto got Columbus on the board 63 seconds into the game, sneaking a puck through Kevin Lankinen. Cam Atkinson doubled the lead at 3:13 and coach Jeremy Colliton burned his timeout to let his skaters know they sucked.

Colliton’s conversation was a huge catalyst for the game turning in a completely different direction. An extended power play that included 38 seconds of a two-man advantage paved the way for a comeback.

Alex DeBrincat sniped home his 21st of the season in the closing seconds of the second Columbus penalty to cut the lead in half.

Patrick Kane and Calvin de Haan were credited with the assists. Kane’s dominance of the Blue Jackets continues.

Seven minutes later Carl Soderberg crammed a rebound into the net to tie the game.

Soderberg’s seventh of the season came with assists to David Kampf and Ryan Carpenter.

The final three minutes of the first period came and went without another marker on the board and the teams headed to their respective rooms tied at two. After an ugly start, the Blackhawks rebounded with a strong final ten minutes.

Chicago out-shot Columbus 9-5 in the first period and Lankinen settled down after the two early goals.

The Hawks came out to start the second period with the same energy that ended the first. Three minutes into the period Wyatt Kalynuk unloaded from the point and it snuck through the goaltender and barely cleared the line for Kalynuk’s first career NHL goal.

Columbus challenged the goal because Torts felt Brandon Hagel got a piece of his goaltender on the way by before the shot arrived. The officials reviewed that the puck had fully crossed the line and then the challenge. The goal held up through both video reviews and Chicago had a 3-2 lead.

It took more than 13 minutes of play in the second period for Columbus to be credited with a second shot on net. For as bad as the Blackhawks were early, their defense put the Blue Jackets in lockdown in the second period.

During the second period, Calvin de Haan disappeared down the tunnel. He wasn’t seen again during the period but had two assists in the game before leaving.

The line of Debrincat, Kirby Dach and Dylan Strome put together a gorgeous rush 16 minutes into the second. DeBrincat dropped the puck to Dach in the middle to set up Strome with a beautiful pass and Strome handled the business end. Chicago’s lead was 4-2.

The shots on goal counter showed Chicago with a 25-9 advantage when Strome scored (remember what it was at the end of the first period). The Blackhawks were completely dominating the second period and took a two-goal deficit, tied the game by the end of the first and transformed it into a two-goal lead.

Chicago just needed to avoid the dreaded late-period goal against and it almost happened. Columbus put a couple dangerous shots on net from close inside the final 20 seconds of the period but Lankinen was up to the task.

At the end of two, Chicago had a 28-12 shot advantage. Perhaps more importantly, the Hawks won 58 percent of the faceoffs in the opening 40 minutes of action.

Unfortunately de Haan wouldn’t return for the third period. The team said he was dealing with a hip pointer.

The play in the third period absolutely favored the Jackets but Lankinen made big save after big save to keep the lead at two. The Hawks were playing more like the first ten minutes than the middle 30 and Columbus was taking advantage. Thankfully, Chicago’s netminder was on his game.

Chicago’s fourth line did a great job cycling the puck behind the net and Soderberg got hit from behind to take a penalty. Lankinen went to the bench with the delayed penalty and the Blackhawks didn’t give up the puck for almost a full minute of ice time before Columbus stopped the clock with 3:35 left in regulation and the Hawks leading by two. The composure shown by the Hawks to happily kill clock was terrific and needed.

The Blackhawks would have two minutes of power play time late. They didn’t put much pressure on Columbus with the advantage, again opting to take valuable time off the clock.

Columbus eventually got their goalie off with a minute left in regulation and they took advantage of the extra skater. They got the puck in deep and the Hawks struggled to get control of the puck. Patrik Laine unloaded form the circle and cut the lead to one with 49 seconds left in regulation. Torts took his timeout following the goal.

The Hawks were able to keep the puck away from the net for the remaining time in regulation and escaped with a one-goal lead.

Colliton’s timeout was huge and his team rallied to take two big points.

Lankinen stopped 23 of 26 in the victory. He was huge in the third period.

Kane led the Hawks with six shots on net in 23 minutes of ice time. DeBrincat (one goal, one assist) and de Haan (two assists) were the only Blackhawks with a multi-point night.

57 thoughts on “Blackhawks Overcome Sloppy Start, Hang On to Beat Blue Jackets

  • April 10, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    Finally!!! Kid Coach calls a much needed Time Out and lays a depth charge into this team. Played well then and hung on for the win. Now we’ll see what the team looks like after the trade deadline.

  • April 10, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    Boqvist deserved an assist on Strome’s goal. Since he can’t get one statistically, we will award him one on this board for the great stretch pass to DeBrincat. That was as nice of a goal as the Hawks have scored all year. Colliton might have something with Dach, Strome, DeBrincat.

    Does the fact that Soderberg played mean he is probably staying? He was good tonight. He usually is good. The 4 games of healthy scratches were peculiar unless he was close to being traded and it fell through.

    Yes, the Hawks played bad in the first 3 minutes, but that first goal was flukey. We never found out for sure if Keith tipped it or if Keith’s screen just caused Lankinen to miss it. Giving up a wrist shot from the blue line is not bad defense. When it goes in, it is just luck.

    I agree that “market value” has very little to do with a trade. If a team is desperate for a Janmark and think he might help put them over the top, they will have to pay more than “market.” People think Bowman has gotten fleeced on some trades, but they were trades where he had zero leverage and would have lost someone in free agency for nothing.

    Suter has developed the same problem Schmaltz had. Too many passes when shots would be better.

    Kane is holding the puck too much on the PP again. That’s been the biggest problem with the PP for years. Holding the puck. Tell him to quit it or else take him off the unit.

    Nice to get a win. Don’t know if we can read much in to it but it feels better than losing.

  • April 10, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    Nice win, regulation too, might help for tiebreaker never know, rough start, good to see Colliton using timeout to settle them down, need to see that alot more. After pp got offense going the second period goals saw the future on display, glad to see Kalynuk get his first goal with Hagel being the net front nuisance. Then on 2nd goal the perfect stretch pass from Boqvist to Cat and nifty tic tac toe from Cat to Dach to Strome to finish the hi-lite reel goal. Did the job in the 3rd, survived the big push and didn’t let pick up extra momentum from a goal until late.

    Preds lost to Bolts, Stars and Preds play against each other tomorrow night. See what tdl brings, seems like Janmark for sure, Kampf another name thrown around today.

  • April 10, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    Rob’s – good point with Kane holding the puck too long on PP – everything becomes static – let others get involved – move the puck – he’s so used to having to be the offensive driver for this team that it’s understandable but I agree it needs to stop

    I wish they had played a tighter third – they gave COL a bit of life with turnovers once again

    Lank showing his mettle making big saves when called upon especially since they were down 2 early

    Nice to see Kalynuk score his first but he did have a brutal turnover that Lank bailed with out of

    Wouldn’t mind seeing Connolly in soon for Carpenter

    If CDH is injured then for sure he won’t be traded – I wonder who comes in – I’d like to see Stillman

  • April 10, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    Wrap, Colliton said he didn’t think Dehaan be long term. So Bowey, Stillman and Regula the defense on taxi squad with them on road trip. Likely one of them unless Dehaan put on ir, might see a callup then. Stillman be my guess although Bowey would let Kalynuk go back to his normal side.

  • April 11, 2021 at 12:03 am

    Yeah, that 27-12-77-17-goal sequence was a beauty.

    It was nice to win over 50% at the dot for a change.

    I know it was 6 on 5 and kind of a scramble – but where were the Hawks bodies and sticks when Domi had a clear passing lane to Laine? The replay they showed on TV didn’t show where all the Hawks players were and Pat/Eddie didn’t comment on it … so … anyone see a video that shows why the Hawks didn’t clog up the middle to deny that cross ice pass?

    Congrats Wyatt.

  • April 11, 2021 at 2:09 am

    A rag tag garbage game played against a depleted,no Werenski,Savard,Foligno, Jacket team. If Laine and Roslovic were in the least bit interested it would have been an easy Jacket win. Finally Colliton got tired of the lazy and sloppy play and took the appropriate timeout. Next is the Tortorella method of burying laziness deep on the bench.Hawks started and finished terribly ending up with a whole 3 shots on goal in the 3rd and a total of 8 HITS for the game,yes 8,which was your favorite? There is not much sharpness to this team,s play. DeBrincat,Hinostroza,and Kalynuk were half way decent with a little jump. Hagel and Kane look tired with not much finish to them. Maybe Soderberg,s goal bought him a ticket to a playoff team along with Janmark. DeHaan,s injury probably means he stays. Zadorov played the role of turnstyle very well several times tonight. YUCK.

  • April 11, 2021 at 6:17 am

    Tim W. – as Eddie O says ad nauseam every game: ‘they don’t ask how, just how many, partner’

    Glad The Masters coverage ran long.

  • April 11, 2021 at 6:32 am

    With quarantine period required, Dehaan not expected to miss much if any time according to Colliton, injury would not impact a trade if there is even an offer there for him and his term left.

  • April 11, 2021 at 9:20 am

    Who is John Galt, I know but its fools gold brother. I don’t care how old you are there is no excuse to play as sloppy and lazily as this team has the last month. They look the same each poor game and that is on both the coaching and players. Colliton finally blew his stack last night and I guess that is progress. We will see but I can’t wait for a few harder players to make their way into the lineup.Jesus Christ, FINISH PLAYS AND PUT A BODY ON SOMEBODY,ANYBODY! You turn the puck over a couple of times,have a seat for a few shifts. Tighten the play up.

  • April 11, 2021 at 9:43 am

    Amen, brother.

  • April 11, 2021 at 10:04 am

    Blue Jackets wild start then back to reality. Blue Jackets so decimated on both ends of the ice. A okay win, Hawks seemed tired, Kane seemed tired. Keith played a hell of a game. Nothing notable about this game but the TIME OUT. I’m a proponent of one time our per period, but that’s just me. No other way besides a FIGHT to turn big moooooo into littlle moe into no moe.

    I’m liking Kalynuk. He seems very very comfortable and has excellent offensive instincts, knows when to drift in and up and when to stay back. He got a little tougher in the corners, great awareness in the defensive end too, really keeps his head up and turning, and moving and his skates, never flat, or still or not moving. If he can bulk up a little he’s gonna be around.

    go Hawks

  • April 11, 2021 at 10:16 am

    TimW, they held them to no shots for 26 minute or stretch or something close to that. The 2nd period was probably as good as any period they played this year. As far beating teams missing players, that would have been the easy excuse for Blackhawks all year. Most people were talking heading into first series against Red Wings how embarassing it was going to be, that they weren’t even good enough to beat them this season after first Florida trip.

    If they had all areas of the team where it should be they would be contenders, not in development mode. Having a roster with all the role players in place would block opportunities right now to get a look at different skill players. Doing that while staying competitive and keep morale up, plus experience a playoff run is good. Your role players are coming with more skilled players too, undesrving players will be weeded out, this should be alot different looking team after another year.

  • April 11, 2021 at 10:34 am

    Yes yes. These guys can play to 40 when healthy. 88 maybe 43 since his style of play isnt the hard yrs style.

    So plenty enough yrs left for when the young wave s ready and were a top 5 team again.

    Thats for them 19 88 being still very good players not neccessarily generational/elite anymore just because still very good players that can contribute in big ways though for more Cups. Its the elites of the young wavers/and elite ufas we have/get that carry the load.

    This time 19 88 will be the benefish.

    April 10, 2021 at 4:49 pm
    Stape absolutely the Toews-Kane window still open.

  • April 11, 2021 at 10:44 am

    As for record/strentgh of sch hand in hand. Sure we played more bottom teams in the first 20-30 games along with as many top 2/5/10 teams in TB CAR FLR.

    And those who said the style of play cant play like that for 55 games let alone 82 games. Thats like cant play 82 game like a power FW like Bicks/others. Have to go hard for 20 games then take it easy and go again and in line for playoffs. Same thing here like Noon said its moslty that.

    Also teams playing harder in 2nd half os 55 season since getting closer thing.

    I would say inaddition to those things the key the most for the record is that in the first 20-30 games DAL and NAS didnt ‘play’ so when we beat them then we were playing top 5-15 teams just that they wernt ‘playing’ then. So sch wasnt easier it was when you play certain teams makes a difference/sometimes.

    Now after those first 20/30 games for DAL NAS they are ‘playing’ as good as they really are/well DAL still isint yet but better towards that. So when we play them sch harder yes/though its more when you play certain teams sometimes and I look at that being the bigest thing here.

    Where we went 4-0/3-1 vs DAL NAS in firat 20/30 games we now go 0-4/1-3 recently. Not a coincidence. And when you factor in what Noon said about style.

    Overall beautiful exactly what we want. Development important meaningful games still not top 10 team with this roster. Most important are thing Ian/others said about this 55 games being an A+ for big picture.

    Now do good for tradeline and summer and get another A+ for development. The coaches stuff and completing the roster will happen in 24 mths.

  • April 11, 2021 at 10:45 am

    I don’t think we know how good/bad our young d-men will be. Even Boqvist who has the most game experience is still at least a couple years away of being who he will be. Will he be a 1st pairing guy, a second pairing guy. a 3rd pairing PP specialist? Still too early to tell. Probably everyone is tired of hearing “he’s still only 20” because it seems we’ve been saying that for 2-3 years already – but he’s still only 20. Mitchell, Beaudin and Kalynuk have a grand total of 54 NHL games between them with each of them needing at least a couple full seasons to be what they will become.

    All we have right now are projections and none of the young d-men project to be a legit #1 “ice tilting” d-man. Course, how many of those are there? It’s possible to have a stud d-corps without a Hedman/Doughty type anchor, but the defacto #1 d-man still has to be consistently very good defensively and pretty good offensively because he’ll be on the ice so much. A player like Carolina’s Slavin comes to mind but he’s usually paired with Dougie Hamilton who provides the offense for that d-pairing but it is noteworthy that this is Slavin’s 6th full season with over 400 games under his belt.

    Not trying to be a Debbie Downer, but I think if the rebuilt d-corps will be comprised mainly of the young d-men we currently have, that we’re at least 3-4 years away from being in the conversation to be a Cup contender. Maybe be a playoff team in a couple years – but a Cup contender? Still a ways away.

  • April 11, 2021 at 10:49 am

    Like Ian said we could run off 4 wins here still though NAS is the benefish sincw DAL decided to play hangover for last two playoffs after building themselves up for those two yrs. They should be good again next yr.

    4 seeed
    NAS 3
    DAL 0
    CHI 0
    CLB -5

    DAL could still wake up in time and NAS easily lose a bunch after wining like 13 of 15 just because.

  • April 11, 2021 at 11:39 am

    EB if they try to go that route, your probably right, not convinced they will. Lankinen looks setvas no.1 goalie, settle on a solid backup for him now. Forwards trending in right direction with some tweaking have potential to solid group in another year or 2. Defense has a good pipeline coming in place and drafts will keep adding to it and forward group, so can see them adding a high end established mid to late 20s veteran there to compliment Murphy the younger guys developing. Going to have a surplus of skilled youngsters to make a trade for somebody it seems. That’s why I think next year will go along way setting the table for that. Wait and end up with all young players like Leafs then you still need a big high priced ufa like Taveres and end up trying to get older with Spezza. Thornton type forwards and still need a way to sign veteran defense like Muzzin, Brodie. Seems more likely to me they might acquire a high end defenseman in his prime in a year or 2 to take the team to next level, plus young D can still develop and of they become no.1 guys in another year or 2 that’s a good problem. Time will tell.

    The Blackhawks are 1-8- 3 against Preds and Bolts, 17-10-2 against rest of the division, even Canes 5 points in 5 games and Panthers 5 points in 6 games are holding their own. If they can win 2 or 3 of 3 games against Preds coming up and with only 1 more against Bolts they still have a decent chance yet, but need to find a way against Preds is a must.

  • April 11, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    Bottom third. No playoff spot. Barely above 500. Same old story. Why do we have this Coach? GM?Nothing proven other than mediocrity at best and inconsistency.

  • April 11, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    A season-long observation on where the Hawks need to improve their breakout (one of many, but an important one):
    If you watch TBL and CAR, sometimes NAS, their top defensemen and centers invite the forecheck. They either read the forecheckers approach to turn and skate away to create open ice for a pass, or they will even use body position, a little puck-handling skill (and size) to actually absorb and negate a fore check with the same result … on our roster, I’ve only seen glimpses of this from Kalynuk lately, and Beaudin in his early games but not so much in later appearances
    Patience and especially confidence required

  • April 11, 2021 at 12:41 pm

    Hey Hammer,
    I noted the following to others, but got no response as they are all focused on the the Hawks of now, not the Hawks of history.

    As wise hockey guys like you know, history is our greatest teacher.

    So here it is:
    Do you see a correlation between the Savard Hawks of 2007-08, and the Kid Coach Hawks of 20210-21?

    As poster named Steve has pointed out, Kid Coach is taking them from point C to point B.

    Did not Savard do that exact same thing before getting replaced by the best damn coach this organization has ever had?

    If you see the same correlation I do, then The Almighty has to replace Kid Coach if the Hawks are to contend again, yes?

    Think he will do that?

    To do so is to admit he made mistake in firing Q and hiring Kid Coach, yes?

    Tis quite a conundrum he hath created for himself.

  • April 11, 2021 at 1:09 pm


    you say the defense has a good pipeline coming in place and drafts will keep adding to it and the forward group. not dissing you, but the truth is we know little how boqvist, beaudin, mitchell, and kalynuk will end up much less guys who haven’t played in nhl games yet. same for the forwards. been happy with guys like hagel, suter, and kurashev, but do any of those guys project as a legitimate top six forward on a cup contending team? barratt, entwhistle, alty, johnson, reichel. they are just names and hopes. what they are accomplishing now might give rise for hope going forward, but it is only that. which is much better than no hope. same for dach for that matter. just as likely he is a 2c or even 3c center down the road as a 1c. no one in the system who i have read about projects as a first line forward. so nice progress for this year, but much more progress needed all over the lineup before this team is a contender again. i am much more hopeful today than i was january first, but i am not polishing off my stanley cup parade outfit just yet.

  • April 11, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    Hawks29, that’s the thing about next couple of years with all contracts expiring, adds can be made, basically build caphit from zero how you want to spend it. I see glass half full and alot of positives, not half empty, Nothing guarantees polishing your cup, most of all putting all your eggs in the unproven prospects and draft picks basket. alot of these young guys won’t be around, expecting to not have to add some big pieces to compliment this group isn’t reality to me. Just see this as a couple of years to develop some youth, keep who you want, build a pipeline to help sustain you when you get there as well. Then as contracts expire and caphits go away in next year or 2, keep who they want, add what they feel they need. They have options is the main thing if this guy or that guy doesn’t become what is hoped, the world won’t end if Dach is still a decent centerman but not the number 1C or the youngsters don’t produce the no.1 defenseman, but enough numbers there your still going to get some good defensemen out of them, as with forwards too.

  • April 11, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    It’s fun to speculate on when the Hawks might be a playoff team that could make some noise as opposed to being an outright contender

    I think the former could happen as early as playoffs 2022 if everything falls into place but more likely playoffs 2023

    Looking ahead then to playoffs 2023 out of our current defense I’d say only Murphy and Boquist I would happy with – some of you will no doubt argue with me regarding Boquist but I’ve been a fan since seeing him play in junior and his trajectory hasn’t disappointed – in 2 years he’ll be better and a fixture on the Hawks blueline IMO

    Of the rest of the D it’s a case of who is going to prove they have a long term place in CHI in the top 4 – there is certainly promise with a handful of young D like Mitchell, Beaudin, Kalynuk, Stillman, Regula, Vlasic but until we see more at the NHL level it’s still wide open in my mind as to who emerges as part of a playoff competitive team in 2023 – also Zadorov is in the mix – he hasn’t staked his claim yet but there is some hope there that he might

    Hopefully at least 1 of them becomes a top 4 D man

    I agree with Ian that by then the Hawks should know enough about their young D and forwards to trade some of them to fill needs such as a top 4 D or top 6 forward or a UFA or two to fill those needs

    There’s reason to think that Reichel can be a top 6 forward to go along with Toews Kane Cat and Dach – that leaves only 1 top 6 spot open amongst Strome Suter Kurashev Borgstrom Nylander plus possibly this years draft pick- again I have an open mind as to who might emerge or possibly the Hawks need to go outside the organization to fill out the top 6

    The good news is that there’s enough promise currently in the Hawks pipeline that it’s hard not to be optimistic for 2 years down the road

    Also by then JC will either be due a new contract or the Hawks will be hiring a new coach to take them to the next level

  • April 11, 2021 at 2:35 pm

    Continuing my thought from above I forgot Kubalik who is definitely a top 6 candidate

    In fact by next season it could be

    Kub Toews Kane
    DCat Dach Strome

    as a top 6

  • April 11, 2021 at 3:13 pm

    Wrap outside of Avs i don’t see a team among the rest of reunited central with Ariz. that is a given for a playoff spot next year. All have struggled at times this year. Blues, Preds, Stars and Jets all in transition of sorts, so no sure thing they won’t stumble, plus Wild and Ariz. not pushovers at all but not dominant, i expect Blackhawks will very likely make playiffs next season.

  • April 11, 2021 at 4:17 pm

    Lots of comments about the Hawks blueliners..what’s the ceiling for some? Is there or isn’t there a number one defenseman in the system? Well, here is an idea..let’s take a look at an example of how the Hawks blueline could look at the beginning of the 23-24 season along with the age of each blueliner at the beginning of said season: PS-keep in mind that this will also be the first season that the blueline won’t have Keith, who, whether he retires or not, won’t be resigned by the Hawks..

    Vlasic 22-Boqvist 22
    Kalynuk 26-Murphy 30
    Zadorov 28-Mitchell 24
    Beaudin 24

    One quick note. I have no idea if Vlasic could develop into a number one defenseman, he’s placed where he is for symmetry. I also made it a point to include their ages to help illustrate another point..many of the questions regarding the blueline today will still be in place 2 1/2 years from now..that’s how young this blueline is..unless the Hawks sign a vet or two, Murphy will be the only blueliner who is even 30 years old..however, I believe that the arrow will be pointing up in 2 1/2 years to a high degree..even though Murphy and Zadorov will be older, I think they can actually be more effective than they are today because they’ll have puck movers with more NHL experience on each of their pairings..currently, Murphy and Zadorov run into trouble when they’re asked to stick handle and skate the puck out of the dzone..well, they won’t have to do that in the future..neither have any issue separating their man from the the future, they can simply get the puck and give it to Mitchell or Kalynuk to skate it, yes, the Hawks are going to experience a lot of growing pains over the next two+ seasons but the future of the blueline is, all of that being said, the Hawks do need to secure a number one dman..even in a few years, it looks like the Hawks could end up with six or seven number 4 dmen..the blueline will look even deeper if they can find a number one..but they have 3 more drafts and offseasons to look for one or even trade for the meantime, I like the strategy of attacking the blueline with example above didn’t even include Regula, Philips, Kaiser, etc..lots to look forward to as they collectively mature..

  • April 11, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    Perimeter, I posted on the coaching subject about a month ago suggesting that the Hawks need immediate help on their NHL bench and should bring in a veteran coach as a consultant,someone like Gallant,Hunter brothers, or Babcock,I know he is hated. And then when the real pieces of this team arrive,and the Toews situation is dealt with, then slide in that veteran consultant with his chosen staff to take over maybe 20 games into next season or when the roster is completed. This team needs structure and discipline very badly and hopefully some of the pieces that have yet to arrive can make that transition a smooth one with the new coach and staff.

  • April 11, 2021 at 6:35 pm

    Jackets just traded their Captain Nick FOLIGNO. Since they are taking the wrecking ball to their team do you think they would part with Seth JONES for Boqvist,Beaudin, and a couple 1st round picks?

  • April 11, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    @timw..Columbus would say yes immediately because it’s an overpay by the Hawks..four first rounders for Jones? Not a chance the Hawks should make that trade..we could easily be in the lottery this year and next year..keep our first rounders and draft our own Seth, even if the trade did actually happen, you would waste his prime years playing on a team that isn’t ready to contend-but in the meantime we’d be paying him $7-8 mil a year..pass. No need to overreach for any one player when this team isn’t near a cup run.

  • April 11, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    TimW, Jones is an ufa next summer, why would you give that up for next season, when you could sign him next summer if he wants to play for Blackhawks.

  • April 11, 2021 at 8:19 pm

    Wouldn’t that be sweet if he were to sign with CHI – he’s a Morris trophy waiting to happen

  • April 11, 2021 at 8:20 pm


  • April 11, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    Glad everyone is so sure that Seth Jones types are easy to pickup. I was worried it was going to be difficult to find a top D pairing. Guess the Hawks can do without that Werenski guy too. Hell we got Dach to replace that Toews guy so the rest should just fall into place. Sometimes you have to get creative to build a team. If I were the Hawks I would jump on a top D pairing any chance I got.

  • April 11, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    tim w.

    usually are in line with your thinking, but giving up the house for jones when this team doesn’t have a 1c or 2c for certain in three years is a stretch. they also might not have a 1 or 2 d-man. it appears they have a bevy of prospects for 2nd and 3rd pairing d-men and middle six and bottom six forwards. the trade you suggest for jones is one to be made when the team is only a #1 d-man away from challenging for the cup. that isn’t this team.

  • April 12, 2021 at 12:43 am

    Hawks 29, I know. I was just bouncing ideas in search of that top pairing. I know he is a free agent coming up but it doesn’t hurt to kick the tires or maybe throwout a feeler to maybe get him here on the ground floor. I think he has alot of great hockey left in him and there is no way he and Werenski are staying in Columbus. I watched the 2 of them together drive the Bolts crazy everytime they play each other.. Also watched the Stars Preds game tonight with a bunch of big,mobile,and ultra talented D Men controlling the game. Heskanen and Klingberg just about played the entire O.T. with the Stars rotating a single forward with them every 50 seconds. Elkholm,Josi,Ellis, the Hawks have nothing close to these guys.

  • April 12, 2021 at 4:40 am

    @Perimeter Player: I do see a correlation between Savard and Kid Coach. But StanBo is firmly entrenched somehow in the Organization now and Kid Coach’s hot start to the season is going to buy him some more time now at least for another season or two until the paying customers get tired of the inconsistency of the team. But this team will only go so far until: A) They scrap their defensive philosophy, its just not working. And B) get some players that can play physical and allow them to do that instead of a game here and there. Its highly possible that StanBo could survive another coaching regime change because he’s calling all the shots now and they are letting him do it. Kid Coach saved StanBo’s butt this year with the hot start plus Lankinen playing his way into the position but that will only go so far and when the fans finally come back to the Stadium, if there isn’t progress from this team, the team will hear about it.

  • April 12, 2021 at 6:48 am

    Trade action heating up. Still think it will be low numbers due to the season. Next year’s free agent signings will be greater than previous.

    Correct do not give up anything for Jones. See what it will take as a free agent signing. Also maybe Montour from Florida now. Was going to say Chiarelli was working for Buffalo because they gave him away. He too will be a free agent next year and probably not staying.

    First choice for Soderberg and Janmark prospect and pick. Second choice higher pick.

    Vancouver throwing a wrench in the situation not knowing their direction. Probably standing pat waiting for next year.

  • April 12, 2021 at 7:06 am

    Thank you Tim W.
    I do not post or read every day, so maybe I missed the posting you noted.

    You are right on point. It is crystal clear to many, but not all of us.

    And to you your CBJ question:
    If the Hawks got Seth Jones, that puts #2 in the perfect position of a #4 d-man.
    No longer having to go up against the leauge’s best night in an night out.

    But the price you call out in Beaudin, two first rounders and #27 is high.

    If the guy is a UFA, like others have noted, sit tight and hope a contender does not nab him today.

    Unless you want to deal one first rounder, one 2nd rounder, and #16, That might make sense if CBJ goes for it.

  • April 12, 2021 at 9:20 am

    Tick . tick . tick … time is ticking along and it is seeming more likely that no contending team is looking to add Janmark/Soderberg to their lineup. It’s not like the Hawks had any highly sought after commodities with expiring contracts. Maybe it still happens but if not – eh, so be it. Not a big deal anyway, literally. :-)

    The season ending countdown shows 75% of the season is in the books – only 14 games remaining including the game today. In the blink of an eye the season will be complete and we will have months of off season malaise to plod through – so let’s remember to enjoy these last games. regardless of outcome.

  • April 12, 2021 at 9:46 am

    Blackhawks have 4 players on tradecenter board. Janmark at no. 1, Zadorov at no.4 Soderberg at no. 14 and Kampf at no. 19.

    See if any or all are still in lineup tonight or scratched maybe. Saying a few teams looking for backup goalie help, maybe a few options there as well 3rd team in a deal.

  • April 12, 2021 at 9:56 am

    Ian, when does the TDL end? I thought it was before games started tonight, but could be wrong on that.

  • April 12, 2021 at 10:22 am

    2pm so deadline will be over by the time the game starts

  • April 12, 2021 at 10:24 am

    2pm Eastern or Central? I want to know when I can stop checking to ticker. :-)

  • April 12, 2021 at 10:25 am

    TSN current trade bait ranking:

    1) Janmark

    4) Zadarov

    14) Soderberg

    19) Kampf

    Let’s make a deal time. Come on Stan – get your Monty on.

  • April 12, 2021 at 10:25 am

    EB tdl ends at 3 eastern time. Also anybody on 23 man roster today at 3 eastern, can’t be sent to minors or taxi squad the rest of the season. So if recalls Kurashev, Hagel and Kalynuk or anyone else aren’t reassigned by then, they have stay on Nhl roster rest of the season.

  • April 12, 2021 at 10:26 am

    Also if anyone is added to 23 man roster before 3 eastern then they would remain on Nhl roster redt of season as well.

  • April 12, 2021 at 10:26 am

    Galt/Ian, you donot have to comment back if donot want can if. When you guys were talking in last thread about former 1sts in trades and which ones are considered busts like 92 17.

    I wanted to add that they yr we had to ‘choose’ between Stals and Bicks to keep during the 82 games most said 25 then not even half way through playoffs everyone said 29.

    So the thing there is we need to see every yong wave and others in playoffs games to see who plays well there not in the 82 games. Both really though the playoff players like Bicks not Stals is what we want and want to see.

  • April 12, 2021 at 10:30 am

    When you guys were talking about former 1st rounders and more then 50% of league is 1st rounders. Wanted to add for out list this.

    Only players I would want that we donot have/keeping everyone after Bbuckaroo/and I didnt like that trade for the young wave now that were reloading.

    Are Teravainen and Danault they are the only players Cup worthy team players from our 1st round picks. And if we really want them back we can get them in ufa now/when were ready and have the cap space. It doesnt matter what there caphits are/want a fair deal because if w had them this whole time thats what there caphits would be at now anyways.

    Do we want 86 24 on this young wave team for nest 23man roster possible. Bet your ass we do.

  • April 12, 2021 at 10:31 am

    Wrap, good post in last thread on explaining former 1st rounders.

  • April 12, 2021 at 10:34 am


    Is a good idea right here.

    TIM W.
    April 10, 2021 at 9:06 am
    Janmark,s value has sunk tremendously in the last month as has Soderberg,s. I don’t know why Soderberg has been a healthy scratch on a team that struggles at the dot and has no net front presence on their powerplay. I know I am going to shock are regular posters but,I would hang on to Strome and move him to Center full time placing him with Hagel and Hinastroza or another very strong skating forward. I would give Barratt every opportunity to win the 4th line or higher Center roll. I would leave Kamph and Nylander exposed though I do not think Nylander would be taken by Seattle. The Hawks have now compiled a few physical Defensemen. I would move both DeHaan and Zadorov. Zadorov is inconsistent,sloppy,and takes dumb penalties and lately he seems to think he is a forward. That would be alright if he could recover and get back on defense. As I have said before,there are not enough type A personalities on this team. Who knows,maybe Hinostroza,Connoly,and Stillman begin to change that but this team needs leadership and I don’t mean the return of Toews. I have taken him out of the equation. In this offseason I hope that Dach takes a huge leap all the way around. I agree with a previous poster in that he has to be stronger on the puck and control the play more often. Stan has lots of work to do here.

  • April 12, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Yea I cann these players being good players for part of the 23man were assembling.
    Kubalik Suter Borgstrom in session.

    April 10, 2021 at 9:52 am
    WIJG in this case Borgstrom is a pick who came to North America and returned to Europe like Suter and Kubalik

  • April 12, 2021 at 10:49 am

    I turned on website to see and were 0-2 4 min in then we score 4 goals.

    April 10, 2021 at 6:41 pm
    I turn on the game soderberg immediately scores…..

  • April 12, 2021 at 11:16 am

    Ian/Wrap, this is what I ve been talking about the whole yr and summer. That were going to add ufas and get our Hammer and Hoss types back again. Maybe some other moves as well/finetune the 23man.

    Its timing and its linned up just right for us by Bowman and crew to have a young wave and the entire salary cap to use/plus salary cap will start to go up again just when we need it to/not before thogh.

    Yea 24 mths and were rocking again.

    The blackhawks road jersey will beings chills again when we see it on tv and wear it with the kind of swagger we earned 2009-2017

  • April 12, 2021 at 11:18 am

    Highmore for Gaudette 4th liners

  • April 12, 2021 at 11:20 am

    Stan traded Highmore for Adam Gaudette from VAN – Gaudette is RFA after this season
    Don’t know much about Gaudette – Hobey Baker winner I think – a centre in college who VAN moved to wing – 24 years old

  • April 12, 2021 at 11:27 am

    Highmore for Guadette ok move.

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