Blackhawks Place Brandon Pirri on Waivers

After four brutal road losses to open the season, the winds of change are starting with the Blackhawks.

On Thursday the team took the ice in Chicago for the first time during the regular season. Veteran center Carl Soderberg joined the team for the first time, which is encouraging news.

However, it appears Brandon Pirri is the odd man out. Pirri was placed on waivers by the Blackhawks on Thursday.

Chicago also promoted MacKenzie Entwhistle and Reece Johnson to the Taxi Squad.

Pirri was acquired from the Golden Knights for Dylan Sikura on Sept. 28 but has been a healthy scratch the past three games. He was credited with two shots on net in 11:29 in Chicago’s season opening loss on Jan. 13 in Tampa.

81 thoughts on “Blackhawks Place Brandon Pirri on Waivers

  • January 21, 2021 at 11:21 am

    No surprise. Should clear and wear a letter and help with scoring for Rockford.

    Hagel to the taxi squad.

    Soderberg is ready officially.

    Hawks call up Reese Johnson and Mackenzie emtwistle from Rockford to the taxi squad.

  • January 21, 2021 at 11:23 am

    Keeps a spot to move exempt players from Taxi Squad with Soderberg available now to activate, Pirri likely be on taxi squad if he clears eventually. Kurashev getting a deserved spot and Hagel may stay for now too. Seabrook doesn’t sound like he is skating yet but not sure on that, Toews required to be inactive for ltir until Feb. 7th.

  • January 21, 2021 at 11:37 am

    I completely forgot about Seabrook. Did they ever come out and say why he isn’t skating with the team? I thought he was nearly recovered from his surgeries enough to try to get ready to play Edmonton in the bubble.

    Anyway the longer he is out, it gives them one more slot to see how the young dmen are adjusting to the NHL. He might be scratched the majority of games. Maybe that has something to do with why he is out?

  • January 21, 2021 at 11:44 am


    Supposedly it’s a back issue for Seabrook.
    Personally I think he’s done as a hawks player.

  • January 21, 2021 at 11:59 am

    finally the hero we’ve all been waiting for….Soderberg! get ready for this season to turn around. TBH I feel kinda bad for Pirri. Am I crazy to think he’s not that bad? He’s shown offensive ability on every team he’s been on but is the odd man out year after year. Defense must really be a liability or something. Coming back to chicago yet again must have been such a nightmare for him. I’d really like him to just break out and stick somewhere but its probably too late for that.

  • January 21, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    They are waiting to ship Seabrook to Seattle next year during the draft. He will be who Seattle takes from hawks.

  • January 21, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    Pirri does have ability…I just think his hockey ID and defensive play puts him in a spot where he plays 1 role…scorer. and we have 8, 12, 88, etc for that role.

  • January 21, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    Hockey IQ…not ID.

  • January 21, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    My two cents on a hypothetical lineup w/ Soderberg back:


  • January 21, 2021 at 12:52 pm

    Pirri has a great shot and has always been good on the PP but 5 on 5 because he’s a below average skater and below average defensively he’s not that useful so yeah…

  • January 21, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    Tab – neither Janmark or Wallmark has been as useful as Shaw IMO – I think one of them should go to the 4th line and keep Shaw on 2nd or 3rd line

    I’d rather keep playing Hagel for now rather than Carpenter but I doubt JC agrees with me

  • January 21, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    Must have read our draft history we posted last thread about 2nd half 2nd round picks didnt become good players. Other then Mitch so far.

    That we draft very well in 1st half of 2nd rounds.

  • January 21, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    Didn’t see this coming ………lol

  • January 21, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    Before ping pong ball standings

    CHI 3
    BUF 2
    LA 1
    ANA 1
    RAGS 1
    EDM 1
    ARI 1
    CLB 1
    VAN 1
    DET 0
    OTT 0
    PIT 0
    SJ 0

  • January 21, 2021 at 2:16 pm

    I guess no harm-no foul for StanBo regarding Pirri seeing Sikura isn’t doing anything with Vegas. It should be interesting near the Trade Deadline what StanBo’s going to do.

  • January 21, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    Wrap Carpenter top pk guy, going to need all the help there this year they can get. Especially since a goalie is your no. 1 pker, so not likely to sit him over Hagel as much i would like to see Hagel play.

    Pirri kinda had the look of a taxi squad move when acquired, just won’t know until Rfd. season starts before we see what taxi squad will really look like. Some of these young guys will get top minutes in Rfd., vs sitting out on taxi squad.

  • January 21, 2021 at 3:40 pm

    Carpenter is terrible and would not be on the roster of any playoff team or perhaps any nhl team except for Chicago.

    Brandon Pirri is a powerplay specialist that will never get a real opportunity to be on the hawks powerplay regardless of his scoring ability.

  • January 21, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    The winds of change must start with sheet canning Bowman. Here’s just a few of his failures…
    Panarin, Gustafsson, Darling, Niemi, Saad, Hartman, Teravainen, Byfuglien, Hjalmarsson, Hinostroza, Van Riemsdyk, Koekkoek, Rundblad…..just to name a few.
    Wake up Wirtz !!!

  • January 21, 2021 at 3:47 pm

    Get rid of Coach bring on Darryl Sutter time for all those goalies to go play with move of a edge to much finesse as big as Strome is Kampf to Boyquist is lost out there trade for goalie

  • January 21, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    The only players who should matter in 2021 are the young players who have a chance to be part of the rebuild – Pirri isn’t one of them. Neither are Wallmark, Janmark, Soderberg and a couple others – but you have to have some veteran players to fill out the lineup and better to have veteran players who can and will play defense – again, Pirri isn’t one of those players.

    Addition by subtraction.

  • January 21, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    Shaw trade was 3rd round pick not 2nd so we still have our 2nd for 21 draft. That is huge being 1st half of 2nd round and not 2nd half. Big difference for us there.

  • January 21, 2021 at 4:12 pm

    I like Tab’s top-6, but I’d rather have Highmore in the lineup than either one of the Marks brothers. Plus I thought Highmore-Kampf-Capenter was a pretty good 4th line so I would go with this:


  • January 21, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    Like to see us trade out/MTL 3rd pick and move up to 45th pick area. After 45th pick are then its a crapswheel.

  • January 21, 2021 at 4:35 pm

    Regarding Tab’s lineup prediction, I really like the top six and once everyone is healthy next year, I love the idea of DeBrincat-Strome-Kurashev as a third scoring maybe a top nine like:

    Not sure who would fit best as the lw on the 2nd line(I’m going to assume that’s Reichel’s spot to lose at some point over the next couple years or maybe Nylander if he comes back healthy), but with Kubalik, Kane, and Cat on separate lines, you have a sniper on each of the top three lines. not bad at all. I also like the potential interchangeability of the top nine with Kurashev and Suter both being able to play wing or center. Add one more scoring winger and this will begin to look like a top nine that can compete.

  • January 21, 2021 at 5:05 pm

    Hawks are in need of a major rebuild.
    Are there any hawks fans who believes otherwise?
    Is the Toews, Kane window still open for the hawks to win the cup?

    With the hawks having two fourth lines… what to do?….what to do?
    Vets who can’t score…vets who can and will play defense except the hawks are allowing five goals a game.

    Who can we blame? Must be the goalies… has to be 20 year old Adam Boqvist.
    Imagine if Boqvist had not played a game for Chicago this year…Hawks would be four wins and no losses.

    Time to get real…hawks are terrible and it’s going to be a long season regardless of who is in the lineup. Let the kids play.

    Top five pick is on the way.

  • January 21, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    1) couldn’t care less if they win a game this year. i want to see progress by players who can project to be on the 23-24 roster. and they have to play to progress. of the following play only three or four every night:


    hagel, highmore, entwhistle…. play them unless they are overmatched. even give boqvist some time up front if he isn’t improving defensively. the guys listed above will be on an ice floe somewhere in the pacific ocean by 23-24.

    2) morrison- your second half of the round draft palaver is nonsense.

  • January 21, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    Stan called this a youth movement and many others have talked about “the young players” – what is specifically meant by “young players”? Where is the line between young players and not-young players? Or more importantly – where should the line be between young players and not-young players relative to the Hawks rebuild?

    The assumption being made is the rebuild will take time to accomplish so we don’t want to end up with the core-group entering the back-9 of their careers right when the rebuilt team is entering into their Cup contending window. To think of it in a different way – we don’t our rebuilt team’s Cup contending window to be cut short because some of the core group are hitting their mid-30’s and their play is declining.

    Therefore, if it’s going to take 4-5 years to get to our Cup contender window AND we want to have at least a 5-year window – then we need players who will still be playing at a high level 9-10 years from now. If we assume performance starts to decline by the early to mid-30’s, then we should draw the line for considering viable rebuild players to players who are currently not older than mid-20’s – let’s say 24/25.

    Here is the list of players currently under 25:

    Current roster (including IR): DeBrincat (23), Strome (23), Suter (24), Kurashev (21), Highmore (24), Mitchell (22), Boqvist (20), Dach (20), Nylander (22).

    Taxi Squad and in the system: Reichel (18), Commesso (18), Vlassic (19), Beaudin (21), Carlsson (23), Kalynuk (23), Hagel (22), Entwistle (21), Regula (20).

    Borderline: Kubalik (25), Zadorov (25), Wallmark (25).

    Any player not on those lists are either not good enough or not young enough to be considered viable for the rebuild.

  • January 21, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    I think 19 88 window is to they are 40 and 43 respectively. That is based on relying on really good young wave and us adding the same kind of players we did to the 2009 roster and the 2010 roster. We had drafted and traded for those two yrs of rosters. Then we added these players 51 11 82 81 67 27 and then tradeline players and we need to do the same again.

    WIthout that sure with really good young wave and those ufa adds just like we did added to 2009 roster were top 5 team again.

    For now yea top 5 skill draft players is most important thing or we cant load the young wave with enough elites.

  • January 21, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    Looks good ebony
    Turn everyone else into more young assets or draft picks.
    Thinking Debrincat is going to be making to much money to be able to keep.
    If some of these other guys can’t improve then trade them. Looking at Strome.
    Adding some high first round picks should really help as well.
    5 years to build team depth is probably the time frame that it would take.

  • January 21, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    Hawks29, wether people agree/disagree think ? the facts are we have drafted good players from 1st half of 2nd rounds in the last decade and not good players from the 2nd half of 2nd round.

    Other then Clendening not being good and Mitch being good. Some were still waiting to see on.

    Commesso maybe
    Vlassic maybe
    Clendening only one so far

    Mitch only one so far

  • January 21, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    Carpenter was claimed off waivers by VGK their 1st year at midseason, played in 36 games rest of regular season with them and 17 playoff games on way to finals. Next year he played 68 games with them, while Pirri signed by them played in Ahl, only got in 3Nhl games that year. In a year and a half with Vegas Carpenter played 104 regular season games and 17 playoff games. Pirri in 3 years with Vegas played in 15 regular season games. If you think it is just Colliton who likes Carpenter, replace him as some suggested him with Gallant and see how how much he plays Carpenter.

  • January 21, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    Maybe I don’t want Lankinen to be like Carter Hart. 5 goals against tonight.

  • January 21, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    Is DAL in virus protocol or what.

  • January 21, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    The Hawks need a total rebuild. See what you can get for Kane (Buffalo is a good spot or any top contending team), Keith, Shaw and anyone over 30 that can bring back a potential investment. Toews can still be a leader but I would like to see him think about coaching. Since the Hawks have a habit of bringing back former traded players, bring back “The Hammer” to coach the D. Bring in a coach like Gallant who has ample experience working with junior and younger players as well as NHL experience. Start the process of identifying goaltending prospects to work into the AHL so they will be ready in 4-5 years. Stan B has had his day but with a rebuild, it needs to be a total rebuild everywhere, including at the management level.

  • January 21, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    When Carpenter/like Krugs is on a full roster/deep quality roster then it shows more. Good PK and 4th line player. What made Krugs so good was after his rookie 45% faceoffs he was 57% until some bastard broke his arm/wrist area. Does anyone know who did that. Send John Scott after to him to collect unpaid taxes.

  • January 21, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    A healthy Pierre Luc-Dubois played an entire 3:47 tonight against the Bolts as Tortorella benched him for the last 2 periods.Something has to give there.Send the Jackets Boqvist,Strome,and a bag of pucks for him.

  • January 21, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    Ian- the argument that Carp is too valuable on the pk to not have him in the line up has some merit but not enough IMO

    First he’s not a HOF pk player – he’s good but not great – and second I think someone else could take those pk minutes without any significant disruption maybe Soderberg

    At least they could try not dressing Carp in favour of Hagel (once Soderberg joins) and if the pk is abysmal then you’ll know

    What’s the worst that can happen – that the pk without Carp costs you a win? – that’s not a terrible result anyway in the Hawks situation

  • January 21, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    A better reason to keep Carp in the line up at least semi regularly is to keep his trade value up for the TDL

  • January 21, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    Can’t wait to find out Toews situation….
    Hopefully his health if fine and he gets better..
    No more NTC for TOP dollar.
    4-5 players cost the Hawks to get rid of ALOT of good players.
    Go Hawks !

  • January 21, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Carpenter will unfortunately have zero trade value.
    Perhaps he will be put on wavers again. Sounds like Vegas may have interest. Lol

  • January 21, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    I would not be so quick to get rid of Strome. He’s one of those frustrating players that has the potential but for some reason, gets down on himself and then passes when he should shoot and shoots when the better play is the pass. Really think he could flourish with the right coach but time is ticking. If he can’t be productive, time to consider cutting ties. Sad (or Sadd) part is you won’t get a good return. He has some games where he looks like he did in junior with Debrincat and then games where he looks like a late 7th round pick that was worth the gamble.

  • January 21, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    Wrap could look at it like that i guess, if the goal is give the goalies a best chance to see what they can do, not hang them out to dry anymore than happens now, benching one of your top pk guys and defensive forwards isn’t really the best way to help their confidence and gauge that. That line plays a against opponents top lines alot as well. Eventually though as you say he likely gets moved whether it’ s this year or next.

  • January 21, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    You only have to watch one shift in the first period where his effort going after a lose puck in the corner was brutal; it was a good thing there were no paid fans in attendance. Torts benched Pierre Luc-Dubois after that and I don’t blame him. It’s one thing to want out; another thing to steal a pay cheque.

  • January 21, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    Under normal operating conditions, the question that should be asked when considering a move is “Does it help win games?” Whether it’s an internal move like a lineup change or a callup from the farm team or a trade with another team – “Does it help win games?” That’s under normal conditions when the primary objective is to win games. But, the Hawks aren’t operating under normal conditions – the primary objective is not to win games – the primary objective is find and develop young players to rebuild the team.

    Under these exceptional conditions, the question that should be asked when considering a move should be changed from “Does it help win games?” to “Does it help the rebuild?”

  • January 22, 2021 at 12:24 am

    If management talked Seabrook into retiring and get him into a coaching gig , would they save on cap space ?
    Is it me , or does Duncan Keith look like a table-top rod hockey player piece , spinning around in circles in front of the net and losing track of his assignment. He looks awful so far this season.

  • January 22, 2021 at 1:08 am

    It has taken me awhile to abandon my former-Hawk nostalgia notions, but I’m now done with that! Has any former-Blackhawk EVER been even mediocre in their encore life with the team?

  • January 22, 2021 at 1:22 am

    Encouraging news from Eric Duhatchek at The Athletic. He says it’s going to be a “sellers market” at the trade deadline because of so many teams thinking they have a chance at the top 4 in their division. That’s great news for the Hawks rebuild.

    Guys like Janmark, Soderberg, perhaps deHaan or Murphy could all fetch prospects or draft picks in the 2nd or 3rd round.

    That is truly embracing the rebuild. Unfortunately I’m not sure Stan knows HOW to sell. He did poorly on Lehner and Gustafson last year at the deadline.
    Fortunately there should be a lot of teams calling in late March/early April.

  • January 22, 2021 at 5:48 am

    I think Hagel slots in for Carpenter, otherwise Tab, I like your lineup. I would love to see us get P-L Dubois, but we aren’t getting him without Dach in the deal and that is a non-starter. I don’t blame Columbus, PLD is a terrific player! I still think that Pirri will slot in some where at some point on this team.

  • January 22, 2021 at 6:59 am

    I might actually agree with Stan Bowman (and that scares me). Or, perhaps I am giving him too much credit for making smart moves (most likely).

    With 2 years of economic mayhem ahead, no season tickets to sell and no fans to boo him at the UC, it makes sense to shed veterans and their contracts (Lehner, Crow, Saad, perhaps Kane?) while playing the cheaper prospects and rookies to weather the storm.

    Collition is a useful idiot. Let him work with the young players for the next 2 years like he would have if he were in Rockford, where he belongs. Then, hire a real NHL coach, like Tortorella,(example only, NOT endorsing him, per se), who you will have to pay more but can get you to the Cup (which Colliton cannot).

  • January 22, 2021 at 7:00 am

    Be interesting to see how they handle defense. Dehaan, Murphy, Zadorov, Carlsson and Lindholm eligible for expansion draft. To meet the compliancy requirements game limit right now Murphy and Zadorov would satisfy it, 40 games played this year or 70 last 2 seasons. Dehaan could too if he stays healthy for most of season. Keith or Seabrook would need to agree to waive nmc to be eligible and only Keith likely to meet game requirements needed for a compliant defensman, rest are exempt. So could come down to protecting one of Murphy or Zadorov and other is needed to be compliant. Any defenseman acquired would also need to meet games played requirement. Only spot where there are some questions around what they do for expansion draft.

    Also Carlsson, Hagel, Nylander and Suter lose their waivers exempt status after this season, so that may have an impact on what happens to them. If not targeted for Nhl roster, more likely first 2 next season, then do you move them rather than risk lose them in waivers.

  • January 22, 2021 at 7:03 am

    Top 5 roster or top 5 skill draft player. Anything else is a waste.

  • January 22, 2021 at 7:55 am

    I started to say about 3 years ago (many times) to only pay attention to the younger core-as they will be the leaders-influencers, and do what can be done about the older core (and usually that’s not much, unless they can’t play or want to move elsewhere)
    The older star players become just the sugar to the coffee, not he other way around, which is what happened.
    It’s funny how much indifference or put down happened when I tried to say that then.

  • January 22, 2021 at 7:59 am

    Would a DCat Strome Boq and swap #1s for 22 draft work for PLD. Teams know that Columbus must move him. Also must be wise that PLD is going to play for your team and not want out.

  • January 22, 2021 at 9:06 am

    Digging in a little more. Starting with above money might not fit. Putting a puzzle together for both teams maybe:

    DCat Shaw Strome Boq #2rd pick for PLB Savard Kovio and Hartnell money #3rd pick.

    Columbus missing a #2 this year we are missing a #3. Then not swapping #1s

    Don’t know how they are sitting with their goalies. If they want or need to move one take either give them which ever they want of ours and give them next years #5 for either of their #7s they have.

  • January 22, 2021 at 10:44 am

    JR – I think your 2nd post is the more likely

    12, 17 and 27 and a swap of #1s is to me an over pay but I think as you laid out in your second post there could be a deal there for DuBois that doesn’t include 77

    DCat, Strome and Boq would be of interest to CBL I think

    That would be awesome to have DuBois Dach and Toews down the middle

  • January 22, 2021 at 10:45 am

    JR,God could you imagine Boqvist and Strome playing for Tortorella?Yikes.I love the trade though.Columbus has an extra NHL goalie too.

  • January 22, 2021 at 10:47 am

    Hawks need more wingers that can play in the top six, not less. Cat has produced at a better point per game basis than PLB. So why give up Cat, the only healthy center you have right now, and a young defenseman for PLB? That’s way too much. If anything, I’d be looking to buy low..he wants out, his coach hates his attitude and work ethic..he’s benching his number one center and making him look like a fool. I’d offer Kurashev or Boqvist, a 2nd rounder in 2022, and a 2nd rounder in 2023. Columbus would never make that deal, but that’s the type of ceiling an offer from the Hawks should look like. I also don’t think the Hawks have bad depth down the middle..Toews-Dach-Strome-Kampf is pretty solid..if Toews does end up with longer term medical issues, then Dach-Strome-Kurashev/Suter-Kampf isn’t as strong, but it’s not a bad starting point, all your centers are in their early to mid 20s..also keep in mind that the Hawks will probably be in the draft lottery for the next two years..they’ll be in a great position to add an elite center man through the draft with their first and second round picks(which will be towards the top of the second round) over the next couple of drafts.

  • January 22, 2021 at 11:23 am

    Pirri clears waivers. Highmore, Soderberg and Delia the scratches tonight.

  • January 22, 2021 at 11:29 am

    There is no way Stan should trade the 2021 or 2022 1st round draft pick because the Hawks will be in a position to get a top-3 pick in both drafts. Top-3 picks are the best place to find franchise difference makers. Trading for a player that is either already a franchise level player or slightly less means that player is already or soon will be getting commensurate pay which throws the salary cap structure off schedule for a rebuilding team.

    I’m not sold on Dubois because even though Torts is a MF’er to play for – I prefer a player who dedicates himself to play better than one who acts like a spoiled brat who thinks he’s being mistreated.

  • January 22, 2021 at 11:33 am

    Oh you mean Jeremy Morin (aka. Brandon Pirri)!! Bet I can get one of those jersey’s cheap!!

  • January 22, 2021 at 11:36 am

    Noonan, I can’t say I was onboard the rebuild train as early as you were – but almost. I understood the impulse to cobble a team together and give the core another shot at the Cup before “their window” closed, but their window effectively closed at least a couple years ago if not even sooner than that.

    I think the rebuild kinda-sorta started before Stan’s announcement made it somewhat official, but I’m right there with you believing they should have made it official and actually been proactive in carrying out the new direction way before they did. Better late than never … I guess.

  • January 22, 2021 at 11:39 am

    Can someone tell Boqvist that the left skate goes on the left foot and the right skate goes on the right foot! Maybe if he gets that right he won’t fall so much. Geez, he is really not a good skater for such a high draft pick and lofty expectations. Gets tossed like a ragdoll all over the place. Truthfully he should be sent to Rockford for awhile to get some big minutes and learn a bit more. Maybe Rozsival can come back for awhile!!

  • January 22, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    ER – if you were an LA fan back when Jeff Carter was sulking his way into a trade out of CBL I guess you wouldn’t have wanted him on the Kings which would probably mean that LA doesn’t win 2 Cups

    I don’t have a problem with a player using whatever leverage they can to get out of a situation they don’t want to be in – he probably feels that his trade request is not being addressed seriously – if he were to act professionally maybe CBL just ignores his request

    I would take him on the Hawks

  • January 22, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    Lank starts tonight – that’s good

    Very interested to see if he builds on what I thought was the best performance of the three goalies so far

  • January 22, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    Good point Wrap on Carter, although not sure how much i woukd give up for PLD, top 5 picks are usually protected with the option to defer them a year so don’t think losing a top 5 pick should be a big concern.

    Hearing comments on upcoming draft being the weakest at the top of draft compared to recent ones. Kinda concerning but hopefully not the case.

    Saying Rutherford looking for a defensman due to injuries, maybe Dehaan is on his radar, half retained should work for them capwise. Their picks kinda thin for next draft but maybe work something out for 22 draft or prpspects if needed. Give a spot for Carlsson, Beaudin and Kalynuk to get some games.

  • January 22, 2021 at 1:13 pm

    Wrap, I don’t recall if Carter let his pout affect his play on the ice the way Dubois has. Pouting is bad enough, but letting your team and team mates down because of it makes it worse and, at least for me, crosses the line to where I wouldn’t want that player on my team.

  • January 22, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    Ian, I’ve read a couple things regarding the 2021 draft not being as good as past drafts but there are at least a few players in the top-5 that are projected to be very good and worthy of a top-5 grade. After that – not sure. What makes the 2021 draft even more of a crapshoot than normal is the Covid effect where many of the draft eligible players haven’t even started playing yet – hard to show what ya got if there’s no games.

  • January 22, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    Yeah i have mentioned lack of scouting being an issue with this draft on numerous posts, i even read where it is possible that not one player in the top projected picks this year would be a top 5 pick in any other year, so have to wait and see.

    Good to see Lankinen and Hagel staying in lineup tonight.

  • January 22, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    @BRAD ALLEN depends how you are scoring. No one knows what day to day behind the scenes are. Sharp was around deBrincat quite a bit. Versteeg was great. Campell should have been moved to wing on his last stop here. Pirri? He asked to come here? Shaw is a good player though the cost to get him back was a but much, bump thos picks down a round and I’d say good trade. Last time I checked sikura isnt in the nhl either.

    What’s all this talk of a rebuild in terms of trading everyone for draft picks. You do realize most draft picks never make the nhl on a regular basis. Most take years to appear. How bad was the 2016 draft…yikes, take a look at who was in it, the draft reimagined may have debrincat going fourth overall. This pierre Luc Duboiswould be secondoverall….if you were to rank the players on how many penalty minutes were take ….passs….though some of the 2016 picks are just now playing in the nhl for the first time….four years later. So as so many here are clamoring for draft picks keep in mind the average draft picks is about three to four years, if ever. Just so we are all on the same page,not one player on this team is signed that far out.

    Anyway I agree with moving players I’d the return is a steal. Problem is who plays on the roster in the meantime. Let me point out again boqvist couldnt even play the full game if he wanted to. I’m sure hell improve they have a lot invested in him. Again so hard to comment on what the team should do when I cant figure out what they are doing.

    Rebuild /develop. Okay who? Are you developing Murphy? Keith? Dehaan? What’s the point of the coaches system? To teach people about specific scenarios? To win situational battles? To learn from specific setups? To develop an overall system players in a line blender can seamlessly work in and out of so players switching lines fit right in no matter who they are playing with? Is it to develop chemistry between players in the long run? What exactly is the plan? What is this coaching system? How much is it an evolving process? I suppose the smart thing to do is not reveal your plans so Its very unclear. Are they trying to do something legit longterm as player development rebuild or are they trying to win games? The coach talks about winning games and points in the standings during press interviews….interviews with jc are relatively pointless….no double entendre intended.

    Really who is in the plan here? Are some guys just filling in ice time simply because none/few of the prospects ready? What about the players signed only for this year? Are they just filling a spot or are they legit here to earn a contract here next year? The reality is this team could look extremely different as of next year and if not the year after. I’m just not going to get hyped about draft picks that statistically will never appear as regular players and if they do likely will not even be a developing rookie for three years, a legit contributor for five or six years.

    If I were in charge I’d most certainly entertain trade offers especially if the trade improves the current/future roster and improves protection for the Seattle draft. Murphy lost to Seattle would be a bummer considering some think hes the best defender on the team. His contract and general performance should command a high return. Someone said a second rounder. It would think nothing less than at least a first round +more for Murphy. Might be able to land a really good prospect, course if the prospect is so good why isnt the prospect playing? Same for Zadarov I never hated this saad trade but it would be a bummer to see him just vanish to Seattle. If there is a legit system to place within I think Zadaroveill look great in a Blackhawks uniform for years to come, just my very early opinion subject to change. This team has quite a few very tradable players…problem is once they are trade is there anyone to fill their skates? Could be a buyer’s market for free agent market next summer. Saad returns? Landeskog is highly praised by most everyone. Brian burke said Landeskog will be a GM some day.

    Bottomline if one or two of these goalies get their game going and two to three of the new player on this roster find a “groove” this team will improve greatly. Of none of the three goalies never steal a game….welll….no team goes far with bad goaltending….except the sharks a few years ago, that’s it though. The team has essentially played 4 preseason games, forgive me for not jumping on the doom and gloom train. Not to mention a team with about 27% of the salary cap on injured reserve (and we are not taking zetterberg years later) is going to have some problems. Which by the way lots of teams have issues. The glaring problem is some bad trades years back, and years of unsuccessful drafting….but yeah, let’s all clamor for more draft picks this year with video scouting and no contact hockey for a year of development. Awesome.

    Hard to know what’s going on without seeing practice and communications of what the specific plans are as far as development. We will be left guessing.

  • January 22, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    Kubalik PLB Kane
    Kurashev Suter Hagel
    Janmark Soderburg Wallmark
    Highmore/Pirri Kampf Carpenter

    Keith Murphy
    deHaan Carlsson
    Zadorov Mitchell


    Not trading #1 picks just a number 2 for a 3 this year.

  • January 22, 2021 at 4:12 pm

    Looking ahead.

    Lots of speculation, theories and conjecture about what the team will look like in 2 years. But, here is all that we know for sure:

    In 2 years – 2022-23 – the only Blackhawks have under contract are: Keith, Kane, Toews, DeBrincat, Seabrook, (Ian Mitchell & Nicolas Beaudin waivers exempt).

    In 2023-24 the Blackhawks only have Seabrook still under contract.

    Everyone else are RFAs or UFAs and can walk at some point. Also, there is the expansion draft.

    The only thing that is certain is the future of the Blackhawks rests entirely on Stan Bowman’s shoulders.

    He has 2 years to fill a roster that can compete for the Stanley Cup including a top tier goalie, 6 defensemen (not named Seabrook), 9 forwards. Then, he would need to resign or trade Kane, Toews & DeBrincat.

    So, how do you think he will get it done?

  • January 22, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    Honest Guy—-Spot on!!!
    Great to hear from non koolaid drinkers…
    Great write up…
    st draft picks end up as BUSTS…”Toews-Kane playing til they’re 42,44 years old”… Like thats the Norm… Toews can’t even play now,(for whatever reasons)…
    GO HAWKS !!!!!

  • January 22, 2021 at 4:33 pm

    If the choice of what to drink is between Koolaid and hemlock – pour me a koolaid.

  • January 22, 2021 at 5:14 pm

    This. Make that trade happen without any 1sts from 21 22.

    January 22, 2021 at 11:29 am
    There is no way Stan should trade the 2021 or 2022 1st round draft pick because the Hawks will be in a position to get a top-3 pick in both drafts. Top-3 picks are the best place to find franchise difference makers

  • January 22, 2021 at 6:35 pm

    I donot think they made any jerseys for them.

    January 22, 2021 at 11:29 am
    There is no way Stan should trade the 2021 or 2022 1st round draft pick because the Hawks will be in a position to get a top-3 pick in both drafts. Top-3 picks are the best place to find franchise difference makers

  • January 22, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    After reading what Ian said I am glad to hear this and this needs to be the case. Top heavy top 10 draft and mostly Defensemen.

    January 22, 2021 at 1:17 pm
    Ian, I’ve read a couple things regarding the 2021 draft not being as good as past drafts but there are at least a few players in the top-5 that are projected to be very good and worthy of a top-5 grade. After that – not sure.

  • January 22, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    Lindstrom Jager Chara playeed to 43? each. NOt saying they are going to 2 19 88 could play to 43 40 43 respectively.

    Thing is those players played on deep teams at those ages. So 2 wont be able to 19 88 still can in 2/3 yrs here.

  • January 22, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    Honest, I donot think it matters who other then 19 88 if were going by ER philo on 25ish or younger. Only trade the players other team swant and make them overpay. DOnot just trade everyone then that way we get good return worth while/fair. And go from there. IF were going to play 3 AHL goalie again for the whole yr like 2 yrs ago then I donot hink it matters whos going to play because were not serious without at least one NHL goalie backup/or starter.

    DOing the goalie thing again is rebuild to me. Otherwise I donot know what were doing.

  • January 22, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    DET sucks.

  • January 22, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    Tied for 1st thanks to DET sucks.

    CHI 2
    BUF 2
    VAN 2

  • January 23, 2021 at 8:37 am

    you forgot Gordie Howe, Chelios, Messier, Horton,Salänne,Plante.

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