97 thoughts on “Blackhawks Sign Brendan Perlini

  • September 6, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Fish or cut bait time!

  • September 6, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    Perfect. A good “prove it” deal should give him plenty of incentive to play the way Colliton wants or he’ll have a hard time proving he’s worthy of a bigger contract while he’s sitting on the bench.

  • September 6, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Good for Stan and good for the Hawks – sounds like he outwaited Perlini

    I’m frankly surprised Stan was able to get him to sign for under $1 million

    I agree that the Stalberg comp is appropriate for now – hopefully Perlini can prove me wrong but it seems despite his physical attributes like Stalberg Perlini’s hockey IQ seems way too far below average

  • September 6, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    If he has a big year, likely can’t afford to resign him next season, if he sucks then it wasn’t a bad deal at least

  • September 6, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    He could be a great asset if he can produce, That all comes with the mindset if he does he will become trade bait at Trade deadline because we could not afford another goalie deal, Strome, Debrincat and Perlini. I am really hoping he has a great year and competition will show what he is made of and what he has done in the offseason to address what he needed to in oder to find that consistency to stay on the ice.

  • September 6, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    If Perlini has a good year and is too expensive for the Hawks to re-sign – he will still be RFA and a trade asset for the Hawks. It’s a good no lose deal for the Hawks.

  • September 6, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    September 4, 2019 at 3:34 am
    From what we saw last yr 11 deserves around 1m caphit. I understand others similiar to him got 1.75-2 or something but those teams might suck, Were a top 10 team again, this yr and going up from there. So you guys say we do not need him and I would be fine of around 1m otherwise we have a, bunch, of decent guys for same roles.

    And why eve dick around with caphit when the team is deep now and tuff to make roster. What.

  • September 6, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    Mo lower than i thought for sure but they didn’t get an arbitration year so hit comes in lower. The market value being talked about assumed a 2 year deal losing an arbitration year.
    Hopefully he does produce and become a trade chip and not an unhappy camper who feels cornered wanting out. Time will tell i guess.

  • September 6, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    He prob thinks its fair enough and just wants to play and play here. Every guy on team now and going forward knows its hard to make lineup. Like it was in 13 and 14 and 15 when we really had 5 lines that could play. I see it being like that for the next few yrs. Then when enough of the young wave is established, to keep the better players, were not 5 deep but do like we did then and have that kind of quality and add at deadline for depth, like that classic Blackhawks center thats good at faceoffs.

  • September 6, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Another thing thats nice about 11 is he can work with 12 17 11 line and that gives time for the young guns. Man are we friking loaded again in every position. Cangt wait for young wave to join.

  • September 6, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    So the Hawks had to qualify Perlini. Perlini refused it. The qualifying offer would have been 917,831. So by waiting he cost himself 50 grand. Oops.

  • September 6, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    Scratch that. Was using his current deal. Perlini just signed the qualifying offer which had to be 105% of his 832k base salary.

    It’s funny because everything we heard reported was Hawks were at 1m. Perlini wanted 1.5m

  • September 6, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    It took this long to sign him…to this amount?

  • September 6, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Brandon Hagel — Kirby Dach — Riley McKay
    Tim Soderlund — Philipp Kurashev — Michal Teply
    Mikael Hakarainen — Mackenzie Entwistle — Dylan McLaughlin
    Liam Coughlin — Reese Johnson — Cole Purboo

    Dennis Gilbert — Adam Boqvist
    Nicolas Beaudin — Chad Krys
    Jake Ramsey — Cole Moberg

    Alexis Gravel
    Chase Marchand

  • September 6, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    Loags, as I mentioned above. The contract he signed was his qualifying offer. The QO deadline was in June. This was all Perlini trying to get more. Either from the Hawks or an offer sheet. Hawks took the hard line stance with him after their salary structure came to shape.

  • September 6, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    5-4 win should have been 6-2 score with 4-1 lead after 1st.

    Young guys can learn you cant coast for 2nd and 3rd and just win like that.

    Boqvist with the dagger.

  • September 6, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    Hawks prospects beat DET’s 5-4 in OT

    Boqvist with the winner from Dach and Hagel

    Only watched last half of the game after the Hawks had a 4-1 lead which they gave away in the 2nd with bad penalties and sloppy D zone play (either Hagel or Gilbert with a brutal D zone turnover to lead to a DET goal)

    From what I saw Boquist was already the best Hawk before he scored the winner on a great shot – Dach looked a bit unsteady on his skates but played well – didn’t see his goal but heard it was a good goal

    Not sure why McKay is playing on Dach’s line – couldn’t King put a more skilled player there

    Entwistle and Gravel also showed very well

    The bottom of the Hawks roster looks overwhelmed – some of the free agent invitees and Laughlin and Johnson

  • September 6, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    I came in exact same time as Wraparound and agree with pretty much everything he says.

  • September 6, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    I turned the game on mid-way through the 1st period when it was already 2-1. I saw a replay of Dach’s goal which was a nice Forsberg move. Don’t know who scored the other goal before I tuned into the game. Not sure who scored the 3rd and 4th goal either because the video was like from 100 yds away and no replay and the Detroit announcers were brutal.


    Boqvist looked very good. Aside from the game winner (which must have been an excellent shot although I couldn’t really see it), I thought he played well in the d-zone and all over the ice.

    Dach was making good plays but I find it troubling Seider put him on his ass several times basically by being more study on his skates than Dach.

    Beaudin made a great carry=in along the boards and played very well all over the ice too.

    Gravel gave up 4 but seemed pretty steady.

    I need to see more of Gilbert but this first impression more or less supported what I already thought which was he’s solid defensively and has a good physical game but I’m not sure he skates well enough for the NHL.

    Kurashev – had a couple nice moves but left me wanting more.

    Pretty much everyone else – meh.

  • September 6, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    Dach scored two goals that I know of in 1st.

    Announcers were so bad that is was funny. Felt like a game from long time ago. Sort of like three random people watching a game at a bar or something who were football people.

  • September 6, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    If anyone gets the chance to listen to these announcers, do it, you enjoy the laughs.

    Pennis with ears is done.

  • September 6, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    Thanks guys for updates, l9oked like from reports i read elsewhere, Entwistle and Hagel scored too.

  • September 7, 2019 at 8:56 am

    FWIW I heard that the game this afternoon will be streamed on Black Hawks website

    vs TOR 3:00 ET

  • September 7, 2019 at 9:33 am

    Yeah the stream didnt work at first, you had to go to you tube link directly. Then after trying to get app for fox sports go, which you cant get for free unless you have a tv company and those channels, while watching on youtube, the Blackhawks website stream had the same link to the same youtube feed, though not when the scrimmage started though.

    By the scores of first games TOR CLB CHI are top teams. So the TOR could be key to gold medal game unless DET can beat them. CLB might be lock for goal silver matchup.

  • September 7, 2019 at 11:25 am

    Dach and Boqvist remind me of Tazer and Kaner in ways. Not both generational or even franchise though a franchise and near Dunks or less levels.

    What reminds me in ways in the one of the best two way in league like a Toews Hossa. One of the crafty sick kind of players like Kane.

  • September 7, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    I don’t think he makes the team out of camp. Younger more talented and hungrier talent pushing for a spot. Perlini doesn’t bring it near enough to make this team unless he makes changes in his game. He has talent just doesn’t use it at times.

  • September 7, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Earl, so what do you propose they do? Trade him or put him on waivers and lose him for nothing?

  • September 7, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Perlini needs to take this opportunity to establish himself as a power forward. He has size, elite speed, and an elite shot. He work ethic is the problem. But I woud rather have him on the ice than Sikura.
    Unfortunately I agree, Gilbert is not a great skater thus will not make the NHL. Very impressed by Seider of the wings on Defence. Everyone was shocked by that pick but you see the real potential. And Joe Veleno is the real deal. Once Dach adds more muscle, he will win even more puck battles. He is crafty with the stick. Yeah, he took bad enalties agains the Leafs but that’s the Ryan Getzlaf in him coming out. Good to see. He is lanky now but does not shy away from anyone.
    Kurashev is solid as well.

  • September 7, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    If doesn’t deserve to be on roster as one of 13 best forwards i would.

  • September 7, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Gotta be a hull imposter

  • September 8, 2019 at 5:50 am

    Wow guys, I watched parts of the stream friday also and went up for the Toronto game. I think Boqvist was poor defensively last year and I have seen zero growth in that area in 12 months. He has to defend a LOT better IMO.

  • September 8, 2019 at 9:43 am

    To Hull65. Keep on commenting. To me, you are interesting, even though you look at things half empty. I prefer to call it a reality check. I am one of those who think you win championships with bigger skilled players than smaller skilled players. Of, course, there are exceptions. Example: Drew Brees. You are still the only one who liked Kirby Dach. If he doesn’t pan out, we will have you and Scotty Bowman to blame.

  • September 8, 2019 at 11:18 am

    There goes the gold silver game. Now we play for 5th.

  • September 8, 2019 at 11:19 am

    Having a very deep roster in every position, these guys do not need to make roster. Should be ready for 2nd 40 games or spring for 77. Still can play 9 games in first 10-15 games though.

  • September 8, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Interesting when your best players score or points team usually wins. Both Dach Boqvist scored we won.

    The guys who were big in world juniors are doing well decent in this tournament, though world juniors is mid season form. That could be a thing here with some of them. Entwhistle is a spring playoff guy. These guys who did really good in world juniors may play better when its not coming off of summer rust.

  • September 8, 2019 at 11:27 am

    I didnt like the late game then early game next day thing.

    We started really good 4-1, then coasted, then played and won.

    Then behind from the start the whole way.

    Think without the midnight then noon game back to back, we ll do well and play good in these next two games and win and go out with a bang.

  • September 8, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    Goaltending was a bit of an issue vs TOR

    Maybe a different outcome with Gravel in net

  • September 8, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Didnt see TOR game, saw most of DET. So yea didnt realize different goalie.

  • September 8, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Who were the two goalies when we won this in 2017.

  • September 8, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    Kossoff – a free agent invitee – played vs TOR

  • September 8, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    Mo think it was Delia, Peeters and Tomkins. Each played a game i think and maybe? Delia played in final, bit foggy on last part.

  • September 8, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    Delia played the final. Tomkins backed him up.

  • September 8, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    I remember we had a good amount of good players, though didnt look at rosters last few yrs for this like now for this tournament.

    With this many good players we have now we have a top 10 farm again.

    The last time we there was two top 10 teams with top 10 farms,w as ANA and CHI. This time its COL and CHI.

  • September 9, 2019 at 6:33 am

    Mo theres no doubt Bkackhawks have the offensive skill and defensively should be greatly improved. How much they improve, if they can be a top 10 team will be the ability of Crawford and Lehner to take them there or not, i woukd say. This team can be very good if they get elite goaltending consistently, which is definitely possible.

  • September 9, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    Just thinking if Dach and Boqvist start their elcs this season, that means in 3 yrs they need extended. Could play a big part in how Debrincat, Strome and Lehner resigned. Signing bridge deals for 12 and 17 coukd have them needed resigning same time as elcs end or even a year apart, for all 4 could be challenging. Lehner poses a problem too if not wanting to deal with him during that period, how to long to sign him for/ how much. Plus on top of that 19, 88 needing reupped at roughly same time.

  • September 9, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    Ian – how many games could Boquist play without it starting a year on hs elc?

  • September 9, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    9 the 10th burns an elc.

  • September 9, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Not very many games – I would think with injuries and a possible TDL trade of Gus that Boquist will get more than 9 games – I hope so anyway

  • September 9, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    27 might be ready. 77 prob in spring? Could see 9 games now then rockford and juniors until 2nd 40 games and spring.

    19 88 prob wont be higher then 10.5 and prob do less maybe.

    Another is Strome as he gets better for 6 or maybe not keep 20 after he gets to 30?

    What going to help us is we can see who does what and have a ton of options on who to keep and how to keep roster deep.

  • September 9, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    Cant play good and be up 4-1 after 1st, then coast and not play good the entire way after that.

    Have to win this last tournament game for a 2-2 record, 2-1 with Dach BoQvist Gravel.

  • September 9, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    Prospects out shot 15-2 in 3rd to lose to St. Lou

    Seems eerily familiar to some games last year from the big club – hope it’s not a system thing – probably just a coincidence

  • September 9, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Priority is not signing Lehner after this season. Bowman needs to make playoffs this year which is why he gambled with this overpriced signing but no way should they keep him as our goalie of the future…need to sign a younger and cheaper goalie prospect because Hawks will need to pay 12 very soon!!! and in 3 years 77 and 27. Hence the need to develop a young goalie to take over next season.

  • September 9, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    Personally, I’m looking at this through Dach-colored glasses. Perlini is one more nail in the coffin regarding Kirby’s chances of making the team. Dach is already better. And there are also other forwards that Perlini is now in the way of: Dominik Kubalik, Aleksi Sareela, Phillip Kurashev, John Quennville, Zach Smith, Carpenter and several others. Why? And this is all the more true since Kampf is a cheap roster member and has a guaranteed spot. So, we can see Perlini have one good week out of 40 again? We also have a logjam on defense that might doom Adam Boqvist as well. Why don’t we just totally discourage are star kids.

  • September 10, 2019 at 7:16 am

    Outside of Lankinen becoming for the Blackhawks another Bingington this season, which wouldn’t bode well for making playoffs, don’t see a transition from Lehner and Crawford happening next season. Sounds great to say that but trying to trend toward contender again, unless Delia or Lankinen have a major breakout season, they are not regressing there. Resigning Crawford may cause them to let Lehner walk, but need alot more confidence in Ahl goalies then they have right now it appears. Delia given a Nhl backup contract not an Ahl type one so see if he earns it.

  • September 10, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Brad i understand your frustration on young stars, share the same at times. This roster seems to be constructed to handle injuries in all parts. Which could be huge as the season goes on. I believe injuries could allow alot of opportunity for a number of players this season and could quite possibly include Dach and Boqvist being in the picture.

  • September 10, 2019 at 9:33 am

    Got him real cheap, which means only one thing if he has a good year – they will see him wave good bye. Hawks won’t be able to afford him if he excells, but if he doesn’t the Hawks won’t need him or have room for him.
    Here’s wishing him the best year possible.

  • September 10, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Garn, or trade him at TDL. Signing Perlini to a low cost prove it is a great move all-around.

  • September 10, 2019 at 10:44 am

    Garn that could be the case, but right now Crawford is an unknown, Delia and Lankinen haven’t shown enough yet to keep the team progressing as a no.1, that may happen but not near there yet. Lehner was considered a solid no 1 prospect coming up in Sens system, before substance issues slowed him in Buffalo, so don’t listen to the Trotz theories to seriously, he is a solid goalie. Just don’t see a step backwards in a spot that can make or break the team, if him leaving will cause that.

  • September 10, 2019 at 10:49 am

    Bowman and crew loaded the roster with established NHL players. So, when, the younger players are ready they will play. We had t have a full roster, which we havnt had last two yrs, to be able to have a equal playing field with other top teams. The last two when someone got hurt or even before when we had 1/2-3/4 of a full roster we were really playing short handed. Just like 2011 and half of 2012.

    I think Collitan will play the better players, when they are ready.

    Guys like Smith Carpenter Kampf Wedin Queenville arnt blocking anybody they are 4th line and are going to play.

    Its the Kurchev and others, who are not ready yet, maybe, that are going to be in Perlini spot when ready.

    I just not sure if any of the younger players are ready yet, maybe 77 and 27 but thats it. A surprise player from training camp. I want them to play to, though would rather them not get messed up like others have because we had holes to fill and they were there to use, not really ready yet. More seasoning would have been better for them.

  • September 10, 2019 at 10:52 am

    This way no matter whos ready and when ready we have a full roster for the whole season from the start, not around game 30.

  • September 10, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Sounds like Wild prospects gooning it up on Blackhawks prospects in Traverse City. Dach, Kurashev on boarding penalties and Boqvist all out of the game.

  • September 10, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Hurt or banged up by hits. Were hits clean.

    MIN prob stupid to do that, with the guys we got this yr on 23man, they do not want to mess with us. Some John Scott treatment coming for MIN?

  • September 10, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Big mistake by MIN. We have extra guys to play 4th line this yr. Karma payback. We really have two 4th lines and they are bangers.

  • September 10, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    So every game essentially was a blow out, 2-2. We were 2-1 with better goalie.

    Only saw DET game, though looks like maybe only 27 could be ready. Would imagine 77 and 27 get games no madder what.

    Good thing we have a full roster of established NHL players from the start of the season and not rely give spots to players who arnt ready yet, for sure.

  • September 10, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Colour me a bit concerned about Dach’s physical preparedness for the NHL this year if he’s getting pushed around in prospect games

    Let’s see what the NHL pre-season brings

  • September 10, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    Yeah Wrap for sure, maybe because of being more of a target as 3rd pick, but definitely may need to strengthen up a bit.

  • September 10, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    Mo obviously they felt the with Debrincat, Strome etc the fwds offensively are ready for next step, and bolstered the bottom 6 to for balance. Just as obviously they felt defense wasn’t yet by acquiring Maatta and Dehaan then moving Joki out.
    In goal kinda no mans land, Crawford near the end of the line, with no real blue chip prospects close brought in Lehner, for how long time will tell.
    Like you say as next wave comes along moves will be made to clear the path as they earn a spot. Getting all they want to keep now locked up the next chalkenge.

  • September 10, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    Bowman and crew pulled the trigger at the right moment in where were at. Getting two top 5 picks kind of players and then loading roster to full roster. Now were close to these guys starting to be ready and it will just round and round like a wheel as young wave comes in and some of these guys here now go for salary cap reasons.

    Be nice if 77 could play Rockford so he has better competition then juniors like 27 will have to go by.

  • September 10, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Yeah Dach caught in a spot where juniors probably doesn’t do alot for his development other than to get stronger and add a little bulk. Ahl not in picture for him though.

    Still be huge if guys like Dach, Nylander, Kurashev can fill out top 2 or 3 lines next year too, make managing the cap with 2,3 or even 4 of your top skilked players earning a salary under 1m caphit alot more doable.

  • September 11, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Is this thing on?

    Here, let me try this: SIKURA … DYLAN SIKURA … SIKURA is GREAT!

    Grabs popcorn, sits back, puts feet up …

  • September 11, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    Tomorrow is the final day of the off-season. Amen.

  • September 12, 2019 at 5:33 am

    Were going to win the Cup in the next 5 coming yrs. This summer, draft and summer was a big part of making that happened. Good summer to remember how many really good things draft picks and moves we made.

  • September 12, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Agree Mo set up to contend next few years, gotta like it.
    This years roster we talked about. Theres a group who may playing some in Rfd to help this year and stay around. Nylander, Kubalik, Wedin, Quenneville, Highmore, Sikura and Saarela to name a few. Group playing for how they fit next season maybe more next year than this year. Boqvist, Kurashev, Entwistle , Hagel, Johnson plus Dach if in juniors, also Dmen like Beaudin. Krys, Carlson should be competing for a 3rd pair spot next year. How Delia and Lankinen progress is huge. Then theres future guys coming Mitchell, Barrett the closest and maybe a breakout year or 2 from european prospects. The progress of Gravel, Wise, Vlassic and Teply are big for help in a few years.
    Plus you know more picks and prospects likely arriving in trades this year. Bowman has roster well set not need to worry about losing major piece in expansion draft and may even be able to make an add from a team that isn’t. Big year in next step for the organization from top to bottom.

  • September 12, 2019 at 9:04 am

    I expect as we all do progress from the Hawks this year but that may or may not mean a playoff spot

    There are 5 teams already in the Central with legit Cup aspirations – NSH, STL, WIN, DAL and COL

    It’s very possible that at least one of these teams underachieves whether through injuries or goaltending or lack of focus or coaching etc.

    So the task for CHI is to play at a playoff level and hope one of these 5 other teams stumble

    I like their chances of making the playoffs but there is a scenario where they make significant progress and still miss for which we need to be prepared for – it would be disappointing if that happened but in the big picture it’s next year where missing the playoffs is not acceptable

    This year there has to at least be significant forward progress – then come what may, playoffs or not

  • September 12, 2019 at 10:17 am

    I know NAS and WIN were top 3 teams in league last couple yrs. WIN shouldnt be anymore. They both were an embarrassment last yr so they prob do good this yr. COL is going to be good, as we are in 2 yrs, but there ahead of us now maybe not in 2 yrs. They traded a top pair D away so not sure how that works for them. WIN lost 2 top 4 D that should pound them.

    DAL is good again and were back. So depending on how much that pounds WIN, I would say were right around DAL for 5th and if WIN is pounded enough from losing 2 of its 4 top 4 D then WIN DAL CHI are similiar for 4th.

    To me its

    What is good is we have more top 10 teams then any other division so its harder competition and that will make us better. Also means being the 3 4 or 5 seed can win the CUP not just make playoffs being in this kind of division because a team like STL or COL or CHI could have a mediocre record because of strength of sch. and I do not mean strength of sch based on other teams records. I mean based on the teams rosters. Which are two different rankings.

  • September 12, 2019 at 10:20 am

    I do think we could be 3rd seed. Every team in division is going to beat each other this yr, a lot.

    For the 21 season and on I think COL and CHI take over like NAS and WIN did for a few yrs, for a bunch of yrs. While DAL and others stay the same. WITH NAS and WIN going back a little.

    21 or so and on

  • September 12, 2019 at 10:57 am

    I think if Crawford and Lehner bring the goaltending like they’re capable of, this years roster can will be a playoff for sure with ability to do some damage in playoffs. If goalies have injuries and struggle a bit, it will likely be a tough year.

  • September 12, 2019 at 11:33 am

    What i mean is the big question mark on this roster this season heading in is top defensive pairings, particularly the top pair. Elite goaltending will likely need to pick up the slack in that area.

  • September 12, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    Don’t remember if I already posted my thoughts on the Icehogs lineup but I’m excited to see how they fare this season with so many promising prospects. I’ll probably forget one or two guys and maybe one or two of them are up with the Hawks rather than in Rockford – but here is my guess for the Icehogs’ lineup:




    Very young but lots of potential.

  • September 12, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    With Jack Ramsey a right shot and playing defense this year, he may get some time on rightside this year. Think Holm logs fair bit of ice time in Rfd too.

    Pretty much agree on forwards, not sure but is Wedin with Blackhawks, not sure on that, think Sikura may get an early opportunity first. Nilsson and Fortin likely get lots of ice time too. Noel, Knott and Tuulola look like they could be the casualties or in Indy.

  • September 12, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    There is a good and bad to playing in the Central this year. The good is that all the teams realize the importance of points and the compete will be high. The bad is that there will be no breaks and a good team or two will be on the outside.

    It’s nice to have an added layer of optimism this year. I will miss the 20 games on WGN this year, even with the at times annoying banter. (it was one of the throw in stations in some of the Bell Sports packages up here.)

  • September 12, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    What its like when the Blackhawks have a Full roster again with a top 10 farm.

    Mashed potatoes and gravy Marie.

  • September 12, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Sure, it will also toughen us up along the way. For the coming yrs, in the playoffs were going to be at mid season playoff level form during round 2, so that were playing that high a level going into the conference finals and finals then getting to that level mid way in series.

    Having a full roster is the key. Look at the smirk on Kaners face. Even though were deeper or better quality season 21 and on then this yr, our guys know what having a full roster again means.

  • September 12, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    For those tiering the central, for me it’s:


  • September 12, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    Yes, goaltending is improved considerably. We also added 2 Dmen that should be solid additions for a middle pairing. BUT, we still don’t have anyone on the team that most any other team in the league would have as a TOP PAIR Dman. Nobody. Joki’s gone! Who does that leave? Nobody.

    Yes Ian, elite goaltending can cover that up, until the playoffs. Then it will get exposed by the tightness of the game, more physical forechecking, and less offensive output.

    Best case in my opinion is one and done for the playoffs with the team as currently constructed.

    We need a top pair of Dmen. At least one that someone not a fan of the Blackhawks would consider as a top pair player.

  • September 12, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Could be in the plans as there are many #1 Defensemen next two summers as ufas.

  • September 12, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    Not saying I wouldn’t want a top pair D man but remember PIT won the cup without Letting (injured) and a bunch of middle pair guys on D including Trevor Daley

    I don’t think the lack of a top pair D has to spell immediate playoff doom if the rest of the team commits to defence – a big if obviously – and you have great goaltending (which the Hawks should have this year)

  • September 12, 2019 at 7:40 pm


  • September 12, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    Boqvist has top pair potential, expecting him to play elite level this year is asking alot, maybe even next year also. Keith is aging, not sure Dehaan is som ebody who can play a Hammer type role on top pair with Boqvist or not. Really not another pair jumps out right now as the future there right now. May be a diamond in the rough is there among all the defenseman like Keith and Hammer were. Seabrook the high pick and with Keith they found gold at 51st, maybe lightning strikes again.

  • September 12, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    Agree Wrap the Pens were good example of system and chemistry in front of a hot goalie being their defensive strength.
    Keith and Murphy be a top notch number 2 pair for few years if Dehaan or someone and Boqvist were to make a decent top pairing. Seabrook until Mitchell likely forces him out on 3rd pair with Beaudin/Krys / Carlsson or maybe even Koekkoek could be good O zone start 3rd pair for awhile too.

  • September 12, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    Hawks had the 3rd most points in the Western Conference after the all star break. They revamped their bottom 6. Gone are Kruger, Kunitz, and Hayden. They collectively brought you 27 points and defensively they sucked just as hard.

    As much as I’ve been skeptical of Sikura being an NHL player, look at Kunitz. Played college then signed with Anaheim. He potentially lost an NHL year with the lockout, but prior to 05/06 between Anaheim and 2 games with the Thrashers. He had 0g and 6a in 23 games. Then in 05/06, when he was 25/26 he broke out with 41 points in 67 games. Then stayed productive for the next 10 years. So you never know.

  • September 12, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    I can see Haan BoQvist and Dunks Murf being a good top 4 with a very good 3rd pair. So not just 4 good D and average 3rd pair. Be dang good 3rd pair with a good top 4.

    We are going to have a much better 3rd pair these yrs coming then we did in 2009 2010 2013 2014 2015 2016 those yrs then.

    Would like a top pair Defensemen though.

  • September 12, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    The thing about this yr is we do not just have guys that can play 3rd and 4th line and 3rd pair pretty decent or decent enough. The 3rd and 4th line and 3rd pair are going to have very good players in those roles. So when you think about that, were stacked for those spots. Very very stronger in those lines and pair.

    Should, be lots of fun this yr.

    Kaners smirk says it all.

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