Blackhawks Waste DeBrincat Hat Trick, Lose in OT

How many rookies in the long, storied history of the Chicago Blackhawks have had three hat tricks in a season?


Until Sunday night.

Alex DeBrincat got it going early against the Vladimir Tarasenko-less Blues, sniping home his 23rd of the season on a power play 13 minutes into game.

Duncan Keith and Nick Schmaltz picked up the assists.

DeBrincat wasn’t done in the first, though. He was right back at it inside the final minute of the first, this time tapping it home.

Tomas Jurco and Jordan Oesterle were credited with helpers on the Hawks’ second goal of the night.

Chicago finished the first period with a two-goal lead.

Usually, the Hawks struggle to hang onto a one-goal lead.

Don’t worry. They blew the lead in the second.

Alexander Steen scored a power play goal two minutes into the second and Vince Dunn added a power play goal of his own three minutes later and the game was suddenly tied.

But this is St. Patrick’s Day weekend and the Blackhawks were playing the Blues, so why not make it exciting? David Kampf tucked home his fourth of the season with two seconds left in the second to recover a lead for the Hawks.

After 40 minutes, the Blackhawks held a 23-22 shot advantage and a one-goal lead on the scoreboard.

Chicago hadn’t allowed an even strength goal yet, so Vladimir Sobotka tied the game at 15:24 into the third. But DeBrincat wasn’t finished.

His hat trick gave the Blackhawks a 4-3 lead with 3:13 left in regulation. And added DeBrincat to an incredible list.

But why would the Hawks make history in a victory? Jonathan Toews made history (with Patrick Kane) in Buffalo on Saturday in a loss, so why should DeBrincat get to enjoy his record in a victory?

Alex Pietrangelo tied the game at four less than two minutes after DeBrincat’s third goal of the night and Patrik Breglund eventually won the game in overtime.

Toews won 18 of 28 at the dot but only put one shot on net in more than 20 minutes of ice time. Kane led Chicago with six shots on net but didn’t pick up a point. And rookie Matthew Highmore got hurt, limiting his night to nine shifts and five minutes of ice time.

JF Berbue faced 41 shots and allowed all five goals in the loss.

53 thoughts on “Blackhawks Waste DeBrincat Hat Trick, Lose in OT

  • March 18, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    The Blackhawks need help at every position, but the Goalie situation has become untenable. If Berube of Forsberg are with the Big Club next October, SB should be fired for that alone. These guys are both AHL caliber, and you could say the same for the Defense (Except for Keith and Slobrook, they just look like beer leaguers in the over forty league). I also noticed some empty seats in the lower bowl at the UC. Hawk fans are moving on from this. Congrats to D-Cat, he is an exciting player, worth the price of admission.

  • March 18, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    D-Cat had hit the wall, but a goal scorer is a goal scorer-congrats to the guy that wouldn’t make the team this year.

    I don’t think Berube is the answer to the back up role-next!

  • March 18, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    Happy for D-Cat – quite a feat to get 3 hatties in one season. He had kind of gone cold the last few weeks so maybe this heats him up for the last bunch of games. With 25 goals he’s now tied for 2nd in rookie goal scoring.

    Jurco actually looked pretty good tonight, as did Hinostroza. The whole team played with more jump which was nice to see … even if it did mean they picked up an unwanted point. Thankfully we had Berube in net to let in some softies.

    Oh, by the way, Pierre is really difficult to listen to. Could it be any more obvious that he wants to dry hump Pietrangelo’s leg?

  • March 18, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    Sorry to have to remind all u following but I said in Jan that they needed to unload there no hunger , go thru motion high priced cap sucking dry players ! Toews Keith Saad Seabs ! To think if they put Saad Toews Kane Keith seabs on a power play line it would be 40 millions! Bowman is a chicken shit and won’t pull the trigger horse shit GM ! I’ll take cap space for young hungry kids & a backup goalie any day to watch this team again ! Until major moves on all aspects of this glory franchise is made they are truelly unwatchable! Hire more scouts and if GM can’t do his job he’s released ! If Q don’t want to give kids time. He goes ! This has been a slide of miserable hockey last 3 years. There now going to be another year older and there sucking the heart out of us to the point of not watching. Ha Rocky take a walk thru your fans and get there view seeing how they pay those heartless no drive no hunger over paid athletes! Rocky u milked the cow as long as u could and it’s time to slaughter the beef ! This team is on the level of vanc coyotes buffalo and Chicago was the league premier team to be & watch ! No more. Don’t sit idle and allow another season of this shit show ! You will regret it at ticket office.

  • March 18, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    Frustrated group on this blog as am I. Hang this one on crappy goaltending.

  • March 18, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    I know folks talk aboot the defense not helping the goalies and I totally agree but they so need better backups.
    I think both goalies are tweeners. I’m not sure whats available but this spot needs upgrading. You want a backup that can hold the fort while your starter is out. Most top calibre teams have this. So if they want to become one again they better start scouting. And no Im not wanting Colin Delia called up.

    I hate that we keep blowing games and losing and yet those damn fargin’ teams below us cant seem to pass us.

    I see Dylan Sikura’s team plays saturday in the ncaa tournament. I’ll just say this:
    If his team gets knocked out and he doesnt sign and says stuff like “take some time off to think” or “I havent written Chicago off”…
    Then he’s written Chicago off
    Also top 8 draft pick. A defenseman! Not a forward please. Theres some really great looking dmen available so grab one. Please!

  • March 18, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    Well, I can’t wait to see the team that Slammer puts on the ice as soon as he’s named GM of an NHL team. It’s so easy.

    Yes, they suck this year. Yes, the goaltending is really bad, but a couple years ago, Stan rolled the dice in a young guy for a backup, a guy who had bounced around everywhere before earning the job in 2015. He turned out ok, huh? The bandwagon people are just so pissed off now because their seats and sweaters cost so much and don’t have the same glue as they used to.

    The team can’t win every year. Trust in the GM and the “organization” …or don’t. They suck, but instead of just bitching and complaining, have a point to your posts.

  • March 18, 2018 at 10:37 pm

    Wow, there were more Blues fans at the UC this evening than I have ever seen. Hawks fans are sellers and why not? Yes plenty of empties in my section. To prove the casual fans are filling some seats was proven when a guy next me asked, “how many periods are in a hockey game ?” tonight. I kid you not. If this team were in the playoff hunt the faithful would have filled those seats. We are all struggling with the position are team is in. Would be great to also see the Blues miss playoffs this year…..

    It was a good game to watch though and I’m glad I went. Hawks were even willing to dish out some physical payback occasionally which was encouraging. They seemed to block more shots than usual, but I can’t back that up with any comparative stats.

    Some serious not so good goaltending from both teams. That one Berube let in for the game winner was a softy and the one that straddled the line that didn’t count would have been brutal. Allen wasn’t great either. Man do we miss Crow…..

    Three more Hawks shots found posts this evening. Are they setting some sort of record this year in that regard? Seems that way.

    Gus letting that little shit Sobotka in behind him to tie the game in the 3rd was brutal. He didn’t even bother to turn around and look for opposing players with the puck behind his own net and the play covered back there.

    Oesterle holding penalty in 2nd on a guy skating away from the net towards the boards was completely unnecessary. Blues score immediately on PP.

    Good for the Cat and the hat tonight! Despite a recent slump he has a special nose for the net. He gets into open space and has a great shot release. 12 has been one of the few bright spots for Hawks this season. The little guy can play and is a keeper.

    Shout out to John Hayden. I really like this kid. He goes hard to the net and is very strong on the puck. A physical presence the Hawks sorely need moving forward.


    Lets Go Hawks!

  • March 18, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    @ joey B. Here’s the point they have no cap room and contracts with no trade claus and long term. And when your high price players lose the hunger after winning so much in ten years you now have a complacid team! When your capt can’t win a face off. Or have anything meaningful to say. Maybe u need to realize that every team looks so much faster while this team has been putting a bandaid on it for 3 years! This isn’t a bandwagon thing this has been a declining team with contracts that are unmovable! Suppose u think this is just bad season. This is a bad team ! As for GM. Maybe he shouldn’t of gave out generous contracts starting with bickell u think ! Or break up this best line in the NHL that scored. At least u had a overtime line or shoot out possibility of a W.

  • March 18, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    Priceless!!! Toews and Keith falling down at start of OT- with ZERO contact…

    wow- has the “CORE”– taken a big fall… Pun intended.

    Makes me think a HUGE contract needs to be moved for Hawks to really contend in near future… cuz these core guys can only show up versus bottom feeder’s

  • March 18, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    The OT winner was a bad goal – should have been a routine save as Pierre said.

    But some of those other long shot goals were not as bad but an NHL goalie doesn’t let them all in. Again out AHL goaltending let’s us down. If we get a legit NHL back up and CC is back that’s a significant number of points right there.

    Then replace Gus (what was he doing on the 4th STL goal??) and Oesterle (too often overwhelmed in his own end) with 2 competent NHL D men then we’re looking a lot better – I thought Murphy and Rutta were fine tonight

    If you look past the AHL goalie and D men there was a lot to like in the Hawks play

  • March 18, 2018 at 11:54 pm

    Was texting back and forth during the game with a good friend who is a Blues fan. We were commenting on how goalies on both teams were really struggling ….. not just in tonight’s game but during the last half of the season.

    As mentioned above, though, besides goaltending there were defensive lapses that really hurt the Blackhawks. Same story, different night. Can’t hold a lead when fortunate enough to get one.

    I’m still hopeful for the future. I don’t expect a great turnaround real soon. But hopefully some of these young guys like DeBrincat, Schmaltz, Kampf, Hayden et al will continue to develop during these tough times. Get some bounce back from vets and a healthy Crawford (and a dependable Crow backup) and next season could be interesting.

    In the meantime I will cheer for Anaheim to NOT make the playoffs. Looks like they have a chance though as St. Louis and Dallas are pretty shakey right now.

  • March 19, 2018 at 12:13 am

    Tell it loud and tell it proud Joey B.

    Appreciation isn’t only for the present, it’s also for the past. The disappointment I have for the current state of the team does not diminish the appreciation I have for what I, as an a life long Hawks fan, have been given the past 10+ years. Hopefully the Toews/Kane years have more happy surprises in store – I’m keeping my hopes up.

  • March 19, 2018 at 12:35 am

    First, some responses to some of you. Ebony, Pierre was dry-humping a d-man who was involved in all 4 goals, who has more goals than most forwards, and is an excellent captain.

    Phil, a shout out for Hayden from me as well. He’s going to be a terrific bottom six – strong and skilled.

    Wraparound, completely agree with you about looking our forwards, who played well. Up front, there’s enough to build on.

    There are so many serious needs that it will take more than one year for the Hawks to address them. In terms or priority, this is my take:

    1. Have been saying for a long time, the most urgent need is at G. The team must know that they can no longer count on Crawford carrying the load. I expect two new goalies next season, one thru the draft (Round 2 or 3) or a trade for a good prospect, and the other either via trade for a veteran or RFA/UFA signing. SB had years to line up a replacement for Crawford but did not. After trying out three backups for many games, we can say they are no better than AHL-grade.
    2. 2 d-men needed.
    3. 2 top nine centers.

    Maybe the Hawks should try to draft down if they can swing a good trade. They should consider trading AA this summer to get some decent value back (assuming SB doesn’t blow this one).

  • March 19, 2018 at 7:07 am

    Anybody think Crow will be back ever?

  • March 19, 2018 at 7:26 am

    To Slammer-this isn’t a bad team-it’s a team in transition with a couple of huge holes to fill.
    A healthy Crow and this team sits with about 10-14 more points and is close to or getting into the playoffs-yes not good enough, and quite a bit off 3 to 5 years ago—we get it!,

    But the reality check is they need a new group of leaders, 2 difference makers on the back-end and either a healthy Crow or a replacement. And your point takes on some validity when you look at (other than Crow) how healthy this team has been compared to many.

    I’m in the half full camp, but the next 12 months will be critical.

    And the answer to the Crow question is probably, but how good? 34 next year.

  • March 19, 2018 at 7:27 am

    I guess we will not know for sure if Crawford is coming back until he plays, we won’t know for sure he isn’t until he retires. After reading all the assurances a couple of months ago he was in rehab getting substance abuse treatment, i think for now wait and see, hope for the best for him is best. I’m sure a backup who can play 30+ games with a healthy Crawford will be brought in regardless and if more than that is needed he will address that too.
    Take these play out the stretch games as seriously as you would preseason games because thats how much they mean right now.

  • March 19, 2018 at 8:32 am

    Couldn’t get the game in Ontario- sad loss, nice for D-Cat! But Why are some rookies playing so little ice time?? Hayden 10 mins, Highmore 5 mins?? When you look at whose +/- should really dictate TOI! Do we really think that there is hope for a wild card spot?? Rest everyone over age of 26 and let’s let the young guys get some playing time!!

  • March 19, 2018 at 8:34 am

    OK- I see Highmore injury!

  • March 19, 2018 at 8:41 am

    Ian – I agree with most of your post but disagree that these remaining games are like pre-season games because others teams like St. Louis yesterday are playing desperate (you don’t get that in pre-season) so it creates a good situation for development and evaluation. Who can handle the pressure when the opponent really cranks it up?

    What we’re finding out is some players can’t and maybe never will be able to handle that pressure. To my eyes those players yesterday and in too many previous games are Gus, Oesterle and both our current goalies.

    We’re also finding out that maybe just maybe there’s a place for Jurco – he’s been noticeable in a good way – he could be a Kopecky type player for us which would be OK.

  • March 19, 2018 at 8:59 am

    aaaaand we’re back to Wall’s stale, recycled “trade a big contract” narrative because somehow over the last 3 months anything related to that flawed line of thinking has changed…

  • March 19, 2018 at 9:00 am

    What I have seen lately is a bit of positive trending with the all round play of the Cpt. He seems to be catching passes better and his stick handling looks much more confident as compared with mid season where his focus just looked lost at times out on the ice. Not getting knocked off puck possession as easily. Clearly he has some new found jump in his stride as well. In this season of disappointment, I’m looking towards a Hawks team that plays competitive and the players with known ability to be professional and play with pride. I see this lately from Kane and Toews, and even some better things from Seabrook too. Hawks didn’t go through the motions last night. Lack of defensive talent on the back line and between the pipes was the reason they lost that game.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • March 19, 2018 at 9:08 am

    Their are so many questions that need to be answered for this team. How much will the young forward improve next year? Can the veterans step up their play closer to what they are being paid? Who is the heir apparent for Crow? Who is going to step up to be the top 4 defensemen?

    I think the biggest problem for the Hawks this year has been their backend. The drop off in talent on the backend has been palpable. It’s hard to make a case that the Hawks have 2 top 4 defensemen on the roster. Keith is still a top 4 player after that, Murphy maybe? The rest are various flavors of # 5 through # 7 defensemen forced to play roles they are not suited for. Where do the Hawks find 2 top defensemen to stabilize the backend?

    After that, they clearly need to find the heir to Crow. The heir apparent does not seem to be on this roster. Forsberg had moments when the year began that made you think he could be that #2. But the moment Crow went down, so did Forsbergs play. He folded hard.

    Would like to figure out how to get Saad, Toews and Anisimov back to their production levels. If those guys could produce points closer to their career averages, it would be easier waiting for the younglings to develop. They all seem to be coming together now, but it’s hard to judge if that is because they are figuring it out again, or that the competition is not taking the Hawks seriously now that they are out of contention.

    DeBrincat and Schmaltz look legit. Hinostroza and Hayden took a nice step forward. I like what I see in Kampf and Highmore as well. Would like to get a closer look at Duclair, though he wasn’t all that noticeable before he got hurt. Jurco looks like a guy who is forever going to be “almost but not quite there.” Not sure how much room or patience the Hawks should have for these two. How close is Ejdsell to being NHL ready? Will Sikura sign with the Hawks? Where does he play if he does?

    Lots of questions for this roster, I don’t see a lot of readily available answers which increases anxiety amongst fans. As far as coaching or GM is concerned, the biggest question I have about replacing one or both is this: Who out there is better than we have right now? Not sure I see someone available who is better than who we already have at coach and GM. These guys have lead a team to 3 cups in the last 9 years. They deserve a chance to right the ship in my mind.

  • March 19, 2018 at 10:06 am

    Wraparound that was my point these games are more about evaluating than winning or losing. No question they are big games for alot of the teams they are playing, which gives a little more to evaluate on.

  • March 19, 2018 at 10:36 am

    I’ll ask it (rhetorically) again:

    If the Blackhawks had Crawford for a full season, and had stuck w/ Hinostroza & Hayden instead of 2 of Wingels/Sharp/Bouma, is this team 10-12 points better in the standings?

    I argue yes. As have others. And that makes the playoffs a conversation to be had.

    For all of the shortcomings of the 2017-18 Blackhawks, I truly believe had they committed to going young in June instead of January and Crawford had been healthy this is a totally different season.

  • March 19, 2018 at 11:04 am

    Tab- it is nice to see you agree with something I said (several times in pre-season)…

    Basically- that Hawks signing Wingels/Bouma/Sharp… meant that BETTER/younger/faster options – like Hayden/Hino/Kampf were going to get screwed…

    Looks like SB/Hawks were a little late to the party…

  • March 19, 2018 at 11:04 am

    @Original6Hawkey – my comment about Pierre wanting to dry hump the leg of Pietrangelo was not meant to imply Pietrangelo isn’t an excellent d-man worthy of praise – he is a very good player and I would be pleased as punch if he were on the Hawks. My point was I thought it was awkward and unseemly for Pierre to essentially throw his panties at Pietrangelo and proclaim he wants to have his baby.

  • March 19, 2018 at 11:05 am

    The young guys who look good (8, 12, 40, 46) are all forwards. No defenders. Right now our defense is made up of two second pairing guys (2,7), two bottom pairing guys (5,44) and two non-nhlers (56,82). Jokiharju and Gilbert sound hopeful but are likely a year or two away and neither projects as a top-pairing guy (remember Stephen Johns spent almost 2 years in the A after his four years in college). Goalie…who knows.

    We have some big holes. I think we need to take a couple of 2 years to fill them. I’m happy to wait it out. If AA could get us a decent return I think we should look at that. Q is on the last year of his deal and unlikely to be fired so maybe next year is his farewell tour. I don’t know about Stan — let’s see how the off season goes. Ultimately, it’s up to Rocky.

  • March 19, 2018 at 11:44 am

    Jordyhawk I agree with your assessments of our players. But what I am not sure about is waiting two years to allow (hope) young guys grow into those open D slots.

    Putting three more years on Keith and Seabs (and Crow and Toews) before fielding a contending team again might be a problem. I think they either need to get aggressive about the D problem (trade or UFA route) or get serious about this rebuild and tear it down quickly to try and build it back up again around the youth. And with all the no trade deals, I doubt that second scenario is a realistic option for the Hawks.

    Most likely scenario in my view is they sign one UFA for one of those slots and keep the second one open with Gus/Osterle until a young guy takes it. My guess is De Haan, someone who can play the shutdown and PK role Hammer had.

  • March 19, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    Good points Jordyhawk. I would also move AA. Saad needs to go. The guy has absolutely no hands. He couldn’t finish into an open net from ten feet out. He plays soft. LittleD-Cat continues to outhit him. He is the most overpaid guy on the team. Stan and his big ego will have to admit he made a mistake and trade Saad or he will become the new Bickel.

  • March 19, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Jordyhawk Quenneville is in 1st year of a 3 year extension his deal ends after the 2019-20 season. With Rutta signed along with Seabrook and Murphy, the right side looks set unless Jokiharju can play his way into the lineup like Debrincat this year. With Keith on leftside is a need for a top 4 guy. Gus and Oesterle will provide 3rd pair and 7th dman. Gilbert will get opportunity to play his way into lineup. With guys like Dahlstrom and Snuggerud and other younger ones in Rockford depth.

  • March 19, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    The right side is set? Seabrook and Murphy can’t skate and the jury is still out on Rutta. That is a pretty marginal right side.

  • March 19, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Hawks1961… AMEN brother!

    To add- Jokiharju- not a great skater- imo…

    Hillman/Gilbert/Mitchell and the 2 Swedes are all better skaters

  • March 19, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    I see Hogs gave Maksimovich an ATO… I liked the guy in Traverse City games…
    he was noticeable

    played fast/hard nose hockey for a smaller guy…

  • March 19, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    1961 agree there could be an upgrade but just don’t expect it to happen.

  • March 19, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    @Wraparound: “What we’re finding out is some players can’t and maybe never will be able to handle that pressure. To my eyes those players yesterday and in too many previous games are Gus, Oesterle and both our current goalies.”

    I completely agree. That’s why I ranked priorities as needing two new goalies (a pick/prospect will be in development for 2-3 years) and the other a veteran, followed by 2 quality d-men. We’re going to find out next season if Gus, Oesterle, or Rutta will improve to a second pairing. At the moment, it doesn’t look good. If Crow does not come back, the rebuild gets pushed out further and management needs to try to shop some of the older/slower players, starting with AA.

  • March 19, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Good comments from a lot of posters

    For the record I’m against moving AA unless the return is too good to turn down and that would be a top 4 D man still in his twenties and I don’t think AA will bring back such a player

    Assuming he stays he fills a third line role very well and scores on the PP from in front of the net which the Hawks need more of not less

    De Haan is someone who interests me as well although there are others too but let’s say De Haan and Forsling replace 56 and 82 (one can stay as 7th D) that’s an improvement

    I think next year is the year Forsling can stick – hope I’m right – then you could have De Haan in top 4 and Rutta and Forsling as a pair (they were very good at the start of the year) or possibly 5 and Forsling together

    If they can use Hossa’s $ in off season I’d also like someone like James Neal

  • March 19, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Yeah Forsling is an unknown as to where he fits. May have fallen out of favor with his Mr. October routine the last couple of seasons. If he could bring his A game for a full season definitely has potential to play a big role next year as he has speed and looked like a keeper at certain times.

  • March 19, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    I would say there are 3 main factors that need to be improved for the Hawks to be contenders next season – (1) goal tending, (2) d-corps, (3) power play. If all of those are markedly better – the Hawks will be a contending team.

    But, what if only 2 of the 3 things are greatly improved? Maybe, as long as one of the things is a fully healthy and back to form Crawford. I think if Crawford is back and either the d-corps is greatly improved or the power play is greatly improved, the Hawks will probably make the playoffs, albeit probably not a a top contender.

    In other words – I believe next season depends on Crawford. If he’s back they have a chance. If not, time to hit the reset/rebuild button.

  • March 19, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    Your right ER-Crawford’s health determines the value of Toews better play of late, Keith still being a top 3 that can still play, although inconsistent—and Kane’s magic-this creates the bind-
    With Crow healthy you need to try to be relevant the next two years, if not the outlook is more post older core and you might as well get a couple of years of top 10 picks. The problem is-even with a healthy core are they good enough to be relevant in the playoffs next year? That is a little bit of a stretch, with some teams possibly even better next year.
    I also believe this helps determine Q staying put and the same style etc. or a completely new start with a fresh face and new system. This has highlighted the relevance of 50 and how important he has been to this team. And mid-30’s is often the decline of the really good goalie.
    Being a GM in a city like Chicago with full seats, currently, isn’t going to be easy.

  • March 19, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    Excellent point Noonan about Crawford’s age. If he was a 27 year old goalie in his prime I would bet that he would most likely be back next year. As a 33 year old goalie with a serious illness (supposedly vertigo) I think there is a possibility that he never comes back. To expect miracles out of him if he does come back is probably a stretch.

  • March 19, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    To Tab’s point: yes, this team is absolutely in playoff contention with a healthy Crawford and starting the youth movement in September. I’ll go one step further though…

    What if the Panarin trade never happened? Or he had at least brought back a power play threat. Our PP is abysmal and some of it has to do with lacking an elite scorer/one time threat.

    This teams journey to the basement has a lot more to do with Tab’s points than any of the other narratives currently running wild.

  • March 19, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Yes when Crawford was playing like a top goalie this year the Hawks were well on their way to battle for the 8th seed and get bounced in the first round for the THIRD straight year.

    If anyone thinks all we need is a healthy Crow to be a Cup contender again, I would beg to disagree. Has the AHL level goaltending zapped their point totals this year? Absolutely. But this team was not a contender with a healthy Crow either.

  • March 19, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    @mike: good 11:44 post. Maybe one of the no movement guys can be moved. Unlikely but not impossible.

    @1961: you need a power forward. In 2010 that was Buff, 2013 Bickell, 2015 Saad. What happened to 2015 Saad? Perplexing.

    @Ian: I stand corrected on Q contract. I don’t see him as development coach, but the optics of firing him aren’t there. Any major change in direction is up to Rocky.

  • March 19, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    This 82 games was/is a blessing in disguise.

    No one thought 8 or 12 would play as good as they did, take it to aother level. What matters is they didn’t just take it to another level. They took it to the Level they took it to.

    No one would have thought the core players would play as shitty as they did overall, other then when they played good and were good.

    We must have younger players take it to different levels and some of them to do it to the level 8 and 12 did to be the team we have been and want. That’s top 5 and then one of the two best teams again. I think we will di that.

    When you take 10 steps back and look at whole season, we got lucky. Forget how many post, instant replay, linesman, other team getting more of the bounces and breaks I have ever seen in 35yrs, and the infamous 4/5or6 days inbetween games that was on the schedule 11 times in 82 games.

    Couldn’t have worked out any better for us, that’s getting a high top pick. That is what is going to make us better/and other things for the coming yrs.

    Load up, do not chip away.

  • March 19, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    Agree with Hereismike. Can’t get far without a backup goalie, D is in shambles, and lots more help needed at the dot. Too many needs to be a contender.

  • March 19, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    Not disagreeing Mike, we were 6 over/17-11 with Crow at 28 games. That’s 51-33 which I think is 3 or 4 seed in Conference with a shit PP to boot.

    We still would have needed a deeper roster thought for this yr.

  • March 19, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Phil, Tazer prob read some of the comments here about his coordination stuff being off not normal for him and he wanted to show that hes fine.

    Really did want us to knock STL out of playoffs in that game (make it tuff) instead of doing it in the other two games against them. We still can revenge that yr by doing that.

    To see ANA and STL not make playoffs, with full rosters intact/not going through transition, would be sweet for different reasons.

  • March 19, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    A few thoughts after yesterdays game

    1. Hopefully Toews can continue to playwell. It’s it critical that 19 be a contributing player on this roster
    2. There is an extremely small chance of landing a plug and play top goalie or defender. Players in these positions are rarely able to step in on day one.
    3. Power Play Power Play Power Play, The next top 4 defender the Hawks bring up needs to be able to QB the PP, the Hawks have been a trainwreck for almost 2 yrs now.
    4. Does the Org have a plan? Since the Hawks captured the Cup in 2015 the Hawks have had very little new player success (Panarin) and a whole lot of mistakes. I have very little faith that SB can make the right moves and fill the roster holes.

  • March 19, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    Hey fat gab flabfird. Thank you soooo much for letting me spew my retarded bullshit here. I am the perfect Hawks fan for your blog. About on par with most of the newer fans as far as my level of stupidity. A level that has me being one of around five retards that take your fat loser ass seriously.

  • March 20, 2018 at 3:42 am

    Do you like being Blackballed.

  • March 20, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Do you like being a retard?

  • March 20, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    The question now is when will rocky get fed up. Its been 3 years of sub standard playoffs. I wonder if Mcdonough hadnt overreacted over the qualifying offer affair, and not fired Tallon maybe the Hawks would still be competitive, similar to Boston and Pitt. Its too bad Cheveldayoff left for Winnepeg hes another one that got away. unless there is improvement in management which could take years Im affraid we wont get excited about the Hawks for some time, what hath Bowman wrought

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