Bruins Unload, End Blackhawks Win Streak

The Blackhawks came into Boston on Tuesday night playing well, but the physical Boston Bruins weren’t having it.

Chicago got on the board first when Alex DeBrincat scored his 29th of the season.

Dominik Kahun and Dylan Strome were credited with the assists on DeBrincat’s goal.

The game stayed tied for ten minutes but Boston was controlling the action. When Brent Seabrook went to the box late in the period, the flood gates opened.

Boston scored three unanswered goals in the final 5:13 of the period to run away to a 3-1 lead. The Bruins out-shot the Hawks 14-7 in the period, and the Blackhawks only put one shot on net in the final ten minutes of the period.

The Bruins continued to carry the action through the first 19 minutes of the second period and continued to dominate the game offensively, but Collin Delia did a nice job of keeping the Hawks in the game. Jake DeBrusk was able to extend Boston’s lead to three at 18:06 and the Hawks needed to show some desperation.

Duncan Keith was able to cut the lead back to two with his third of the season with 23 seconds remaining.

Boston out-shot the Hawks 14-6 in the second period and took a 4-2 lead to the third.

Almost four minutes into the third John Hayden went after Noel Acciari, who had delivered a big hit on Patrick Kane earlier in the game. The two were only given minor penalties for roughing, so the two teams had two minutes of 4-on-4.

The Hawks took advantage of the open ice and Erik Gustafsson sniped home his 13th of the year, cutting the lead to one.

Whatever hope the Hawks had generated with their third goal evaporated quickly. Peter Cehlarik scored a power play goal for Boston less than three minutes later and the Hawks would never get back to within one.

David Krejci closed the books eight minutes later, making the final score 6-3 in favor of the Bruins.

Delia stopped 31 of 37 in the loss, but he didn’t get much help from the defense in front of him. Gustav Forsling continues to struggle, making us wonder how long the Blackhawks can keep Henri Jokiharju in Rockford if the team is sincere about making a playoff push.

Somehow Strome and Keith were plus-three.

DeBrincat, Kahun and Gustafsson led the Blackhawks with four shots on goal. Jonathan Toews won 13 of 25 faceoffs and was credited with two takeaways in the game.

123 thoughts on “Bruins Unload, End Blackhawks Win Streak

  • February 12, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Didnt see game, but looks like BOS outplayed CHI as much as CHI outplayed BOS in the outdoor game. Only thing I saw was after Murf collided with BOS player to keep puck in zone with 5min left, the BOS guy held him and no holding call, would have made it 5-4. Who cares, BOS got the advantage from the refs in the two games combined, they never should have been tied in the outdoor game just like we should not have in this game. No big deal, when we have a deep enough roster these two games are split.

    Every time we win a bunch or lose a bunch you know a loss or wins are coming. Be interesting to see if we run another 5 off in a few games from now or take a few hits.

    OTT/COL- 8
    DET- 7
    LA- 5
    NWJ- 5
    ANA- 5
    ARI- 2
    EDM- 2

    Top 6 pick is still as good a chance is playoffs.

  • February 12, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    the schedule favors the Blackhawks for the rest of the season;however the hot powerplay makes this team a bit of fools gold. I would say whether or not the Blackhawks make the playoffs is largely dictated how other teams fair the rest of the way. Blues on a hot streak for example.

    Have to develop players of course. Nice to see Anisimov conversation with Sikura on the bench; Sikura had a nice steal in the few minutes I watched. Blackhawks seemed outmatched in terms of hitting course the Ducks pounded away at them in 2015 and they beat the Ducks. Never reassuring to see the Blackhawks get clobbered frequently. Kane on the ice, Seabrook on the ice. Hitting is part of the game and has largely been absent during the Blackhawks win streak. Some are saying this Bruins team is a cup contender. Keep in mind one of their top players was out of the lineup. Delia was way off on that one goal; not a great response to a recently signed contract. Look forward to Crawford returning whenever that may be.

  • February 12, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    Embarrassing. Like Tampa Bay level atrocious. Once again we are out Corsi’d by 20+. At least this time it wasn’t on home ice to a shitty team like Detroit.

    Everyone except Saad was hot garbage tonight but in particular I haven’t seen anything from Sikura or Perlini. Small sample size and I’ve only seen them with the Hawks, but both have shown next to nothing. In my book they have until the deadline to do something. Anything. Please. No? Ok cool.

  • February 12, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Give Boston credit-strong defensive game and heavy play.
    This was more like Hawks would see in playoffs. A good reality check.

    Gus has a bit of nasty in him. Type of player Hawks need-DeBrusk.

  • February 12, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Totally agree on DeBrusk. Unfortunately Stan doesn’t draft players like that.

  • February 12, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    BOS is not a top 5 team, they are a good top 10 team.
    We do not want to only be that, top 10 when we get deep in a couple yrs, we want top 5. So reload the right way and getting two top 6 skill quality players last/this draft is best way.

    Last/this/part of next yr BOS just have a deeper roster then us. That will change. Need to add ‘right’ kind of players so we cant get out hit and so we can go through the hits like ANA did.
    No team can withstand that many hits.

  • February 12, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    The penalty killing needs to be overhauled this summer. They fixed the power play, but if you don’t have top flight penalty killing, have a nice long summer.

    Who else but Hayden will go after someone who takes liberties? Maybe Seabrook. It’s a short list.

    On to the next game.

  • February 12, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    We do need to round out the roster with Shawzers and Bollys.

  • February 12, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Was a fun 7 game winning Streak.

    After we won two games before break, I wouldnt have ever thought were going to go Streaking. Fun to win the guys deserved it and it wasnt just the sch., when we started to play good/once getting used to new system we went 6-2-1 against all top 10 teams, except PIT.

    Agree with everyones roster adjustments.

  • February 12, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    IMO opinion Delia had a pretty good response to his contract signing. He was getting drilled with great chances and he made a number of very good saves. The statistics on him were misleading in this game. Rask gave up a terrible goal as well. I’m thinking if Delia doesn’t show up they give up plenty more than six.

    We all got to see Dr. Hekyl and Mr. Seabrook tonight. Had some pretty good defensive plays but also a bad penalty and a bad turnover to give up goals. A lot of the defensive play harkened back to some of the play during the bad streaks. There was a lack of skating and a lot of the old “poke and hope” defensive play. Boston is too good to do that against. It’s maddening sometimes to see the Blackhawks try and clear the zone with no authority on the puck (power play and otherwise). Icing would be better than getting worn down with those extended shifts.

    I, too, thought Forsling had a bad outing. Don’t know what his future is. Stan ….. please figure this out.

    Oh well, it’s one game. I can bitch but the team has played well these last several games. I think playoffs is a bit of a long shot but it could still be done. Funny how on the TV poll about what the Blackhawks should do before the trading deadline ….. they lost the game, so a ton of folks are immediately back on the SELL bandwagon. Same folks are on the buy or stay put bandwagon after a wind. I guess we’ll see.

    GO BLACKHAWKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • February 12, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Dr. Hekyl????? Sorry folks, that should have been Dr. Jekyl (sp?).

  • February 12, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    Delia was only bad on one goal. That was the third where he batted the rebound right to the middle of the ice. The fourth goal was hideous. DeBrusk just stood in front of the net for 5 seconds with nobody bothering to notice he was there. He made a nice tip up high over Delia. I am over Perlini and Hayden. The Boston PP was great. The Hawks tried to press them but got burned. It’s better to get burned while pressing than standing back waiting. So be it. They also spent too much time in the box. Overall, this was not a good effort. The Hawks did not respond to Boston pressure well at all. DeBrincat’s goal was a softie. We continue to realize we have to live with Gus regardless of what he does on defense. A nice snipe by him.

  • February 12, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    Bruins were the much better team tonight. Their top line was much better than ours as well. Our team defense was really poor with a prime example being Murphy on the 2nd goal. Forsling (and others) struggled but I don’t see Joki as the solution right now. He needs to develop in Rockford. Agree with others that a Debrusk type forward would be great to have. I liked how we battled back so hopefully we can bounce back quickly on Thursday.

  • February 12, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    Agree with Noonan: this is what it’ll look like if we make the playoffs. And it’ll be a first round sweep.

    SELL at the TDL!

    We are not talented enough as is to compete. Need some high picks and patience.

  • February 12, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    Our D men do not respond well to a heavy forecheck – if they don’t lose the board battle which they usually do they give the puck right back on a turnover

    This was how they played when they were on the 8 game losing streak – my feeling is they’ll bounce back the next but that was horrific tonight

    Unless they are showcasing Forsling I wouldn’t play him ahead of KK who has already shown more than Forsling

    Didn’t see every minute of the game but did see a lot of it and I didn’t notice Sikura playing any different than he did the last time he was here – disappointing

    They need to go on another win streak starting Thursday – here’s hoping

  • February 12, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Wrap we as fans need to be patient and give Sikura a chance this year, but that said–not really optimistic. His only use will be top 6 minutes and will he get that next year? I don’t see it. He’s might be another good AHL player who can’t contribute enough and in the right way in the NHL.

  • February 12, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    I don’t think you beat heavy teams like Boston by drafting or acquiring snarl and grit and size. Especially when you have little of that to begin with. That has never been our game.

    You beat teams like Boston with speed and use their aggressiveness against them. You beat heavy forechecks and pressure with skating. All night the Hawks had their breakout passes picked or the pass receiver was immediately under heavy pressure with no options. Hence icings and turnovers and fire drills. But if you beat the forecheck with skating and possession then you generate an odd man rush the other way. We are extremely good on the rush.

    Guys like Boqvist will help us beat teams like Boston.

    Also Chara’s elbow on Kane was filthy. Hope he gets suspended for a game or two.

  • February 12, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    Agree if serious about making playoffs Jokiharju needs to be recalled. If Q the rookie hater thought he was Nhl ready and played top pair minutes and responded buy being one of top 2 or 3 defensemen on the team, the i’ll go with that. The numbers show he made whoever he played with better which is another level that isn’t there right now.
    Big agree on Seabrook Jekyll and Hyde statement. You look at stats and he gad 3 blocks, 3 hits and 3 takeawys vs 1 giveaway. Looks not bad, but.

    Cherry picking blame in a loss like this is pointless, pretty much a team effort other than Delia. When the team plays bad everybody does.
    Onto next game these ones happen.

  • February 12, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    I think the Hawks were channeling My Cousin Vinny tonight when he said “I could use a good ass kicking”. Because that’s exactly what they got. This game was like the piss poor efforts from earlier this year. Yeah, it’s only one game and even good teams lay an egg every once in a while but the problem isn’t just an “off night” – it’s getting steam rolled up and down the ice but especially in their d-zone when too many times they shrunk from the physicality and consequently couldn’t make plays – like winning board battles, clearing the zone, passing the puck to a teammate, etc.

    Oh well, hopefully they come out against New Jersey on Thursday with some fire in their belly to revenge the 8 goals they gave up last month against the Devils.

    I don’t really get upset when the Hawks lose a game – even when I want them to make the playoffs. But I do get upset when the Hawks let themselves get bullied all around the ice and have a weak response. That’s why I’m pissed off tonight – not because they loss the game in a season where winning and losing is basically meaningless. And I don’t mean dropping the gloves, although I’m not against that, I mean playing like you’re not scared to get hit or make a mistake.

    All right … rant over.

  • February 12, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    Will seabrook please be traded? Our defense is atrocious. Guys making almost 8 mil a year and is slower than molasses

  • February 12, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Same ER. Losing is one thing. It’s hockey. The better team loses sometimes. But where was the pride? Embarrassing.

  • February 12, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    Well, my post was going to be a simple statement of this is what the playoffs would look like should we get there, but I see others already said it. Couldn’t agree more.

    Singling out a Dman tonight is unfair. They all sucked. Dahlstrom was the worst though. Probably his worst performance.

    So I am wondering if our board referee is going to give Gus 40 games for the elbow he delivered. I’m using the Hartman elbow that Krueger ran into being worth 40 games as my measuring stick.

  • February 12, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    Hawks were out played in every facet of the game tonight…..period. Delia was hung out to dry by everyone. Zero support in the D zone, nothing but turn overs in all zones….horrible game. As for coaching….this was probably the worst coaching games. Why play Kane on all lines double shifting him and you keep Sikura at 8 min on the forth line ?? How in the world is this kid supposed to show you anything playing those minutes on the forth line….that’s just plain stupid. Leave him in Rockford to play his role in the top six and develop. As for Perlini… him for whatever, or just plain waive him. Hawks coaching staff has to figure out how to develop players again, they are not doing a very good job lately. But when they do…..they trade them away. Nice.

  • February 12, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    Thank God Pastranak wasn’t playing too!
    Ugly loss- let’s move on- posts on this board have captured our collective sentiments… we are not playoff ready, we have deep holes in D and bottom 6, PK is atrocious, we are a bottom 10 team. Get the deadwood out-starting with Perlini- get the young guns in the lineup and then let’s assess the holes and start rebuilding for the 2022 cup!

  • February 12, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    I have the same feeling about Sikura to, but I wouldnt go by anything this game, simply because we didnt ‘play’. Just like the outdoor game, BOS wasnt that, where we outplayed them by that much. Sometimes its when you play the teams/when they play you. They have a deeper roster, right now, for now.

    Good point Travis about roster makeup. We that and some shawzers.

    League needs to up suspensions to 40 or more games for head contact. You hit a guy in head, you sit until next season.

  • February 12, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    Not because of this game/and I do not like looking like that.

    This sort of thing happened with PHI. After we beat them to win the 2010 Stanley Cup. For whatever reason, when we outplayed them or them us/we played good or not, they always won/most. We didnt win half of the games agasint PHI for a few yrs after 2010.

    Same thing here since we beat BOS to win the 2013 Stanley Cup. Same kind of thing, weve outplayed BOS in half the games and them us in half since 2013, but they won more then half. Its weird science but it happens. This yr prime time example of that, we outplayed BOS by a large margin in outdoor game and they did us in this game, and the two games wernt split.

    This will go away before 21 season.

  • February 12, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    Yes every head shot should be 40 games. Then it would stop/really limit it.

    or do we really want to see 19 50 and 88 next get wiped out for their careers with cheapshots.

    I didnt see game, but if our guy elbowed someone, it was prob after they elbowed us. When league takes care of the problem with ejections and suspensions worth while, then their no revenge hit to head.

    I didnt see game. None the less, all headshots 40 games, get them the fuck out of there.

  • February 12, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    Wilson should play about 20 games a yr, because he should suspended for aprox. 60 every season the way he plays.

    I mean do people lie seeing Crow get hit in head, by these pansys that are still jealous from 2013 or anyone else for the matter.

    Like some of you do not like seeing us play like weaklings, I do not want any headshots and that should be controlled by league. Us playing tuffer, thats on us.

  • February 13, 2019 at 12:01 am

    I ve seen every game since 2008, until last yr and part of this yr. Didnt see this one. What I havnt ever seen is our team come out and elbow or hit someone in head, ever. The only times we done it was after another teams player did it to one of our guys first. Then they get the Dunks treatment they deserve.

    We do not play like that. Eye for eye is 100% ok. Getting hit with headshots first, always by the other team, is not.

    This should be a serious thing, fixed by league-doing 40 games or more/certain guys. 2 games does shit, so does 2-20, it needs to be step.

    Unless some people want to see our guys get hit in head and league doesnt have the right rules set in place, the refs do not eject and make that team pay with 5min, and our guys do not hit in head back or at least nail someone from behind into boards back.

    To me that is weaklings. Fix the rules league.

  • February 13, 2019 at 12:04 am

    This was a yardstick game. The hawks were measured against a very strong team and were left wanting. I agree with a bunch of you. Jokiharju should get 1st line minutes in Rockford. Koekkoek should get substantially more playing time. If the hawks could acquire one guy to really lock-in that 3rd line, for me, I would like Brandon Lemieux. His bloodline is top notch. Anisimov, Forsling for Lemieux and a draft pick. A 3rd line of Saad, Kampf/Johnson, and Lemieux would be strong, fast, and intimidating. Just my opinion.

  • February 13, 2019 at 12:09 am

    Ed, I like that. Thats what we should do for this deadline and development.

  • February 13, 2019 at 12:10 am

    Missed most of the game but saw the highlights. Delia had no help in front and was mostly on his own. The other 6-3 score was Tampa over Calgary, a possible preview to the cup. Their goalies didn’t have a steller night either.

    Forsling looked pathetic on one of the goals. Both he and Perlini are gonners next year, if not sooner. Forsling may fetch a late round pick but Perlini may soon go the way of Snuggerud. If Joki needs the remainder of the season to develop in Rockford, keep him there. He is a key piece to the Hawks future. Don’t get intoxicated with playoff fever. Half the teams make the playoffs, but the Hawks are hardly ready for prime time. Decisions made at the TDL should be all about the next few years.

  • February 13, 2019 at 2:24 am

    I am still a complete fucking moron. Seriously. I fit in perfect around here though. Suspend everyone 40 games? Better/deeper in 2 years? Moar shawzers? Joe Paterno was a great guy? Refs cheat? Schedule makers cheat? What is worse…me or the other tards here that engage me during my 7 post in a row rants?

  • February 13, 2019 at 6:00 am

    Prospects: Chl
    Hagel 1g

    Nilsson 1g 1a
    Ejdsell 1g
    Jokiharju 2a
    Johnson 1a

    Nalimov 31 save shutout

  • February 13, 2019 at 9:55 am

    Original, good post.

    Ian, how do watch juniors games. I only can see Barratts games some wks.

  • February 13, 2019 at 9:57 am


    Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.

  • February 13, 2019 at 10:04 am

    A good working android box is best way to watch alot.

  • February 13, 2019 at 11:56 am

    I think Joki needs time in Rockford and PP time as well. He can grow in Rockford in time next year to earn a regular spot. It’s obvious Forlsing cannot handle the NHL grind and relentless forechecking. On a bigger ice surface he can get away from all these hits.
    Again, my beef with Bowman lately has been his drafting of smallish players. The Hawks cup team had size and speed combined. Tough to play in Boston, Washinton, San Jose or Anaheim without players like Hossa, Bickell or Sharp. Vermette was 6’3″ as well! In fact, so did Stalberg and Frolic.
    The NHL contenders have speed and size.
    Our defence with Mitchell, Boqi, Beaudin and Joki are all very skilled but as you saw last night, you need them to be a little bigger to sustain playoff hockey. We remember all the hits Keith, Campbell and Oduya received but let’s not forget HAMMER and SEABS dishing it out in their prime with their 6’3″ frames as well. TVR was big, bot a bruiser but big. Leddy was wide and the best skater on the team.
    So, I think, eventually one of those dmen can be used in a trade to get a fellow 1st round winger. Yes, the Hawks had a few 5’11” forwards like Teuvo, Kane and Shaw their last Cup win but that’s it. Look at all their CUP winning rosters and you will see the combination of speed and size the Hawks put out. They could absorb all the hits because of their size, speed and skill combined. Yes, it has never been part of their style to hit but it never slowed them down because they were not the smallest or lightest team. Take Tampa Bay for instance, very big on defence but too small up front. Washington was too big and fast for them last season.
    I think yesterday’s game was good for the Hawks and management to have a plan for the trade deadline and for the up coming draft. Lemieux in Winnipeg is not a bad idea. The Jets and the Capitals have some assets.
    Let’s see if AA and Forsling can be moved. I am not sure about that 3 year contract to Delia, seems slightly premature to me but that’s Bowman. 2 years would have been enough for the kid who can grow but he is not a number one goalie. Maybe we draft Spencer Knight for the future!

  • February 13, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    In last night’s pregame, Colliton said that the Blackhawks would be facing a team, in a game, that they would use as a measuring stick. He stated that there would be adversity and that he was looking to see how the team responded to that. He obviously got some answers during the game, and in the postgame presser he was pretty direct about how the team didn’t do much out there. Interesting to see now how he works with this loss going forward. We all know that the Blackhawks played a pretty poor game against a really good team.

    I don’t regard guys like Patrick Sharp and Adam Burish as the end all/be all of hockey analysis. But I do agree with their statements that it will be a good thing for a number of these guys to be playing important games in some charged atmospheres come March and early April.

    Oh, almost forgot, Kunitz will be in the lineup tomorrow for his 1000th game.

    Go Blackhawks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • February 13, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    To me, there is a difference between poor execution due to mental mistakes versus poor execution due to being intimidated or playing scared. The Hawks poor defense is largely from making mental mistakes – not being where you need to be when you need to be there – or maybe the execution is just off a little because it’s one of those games, but last night it was more about Boston dictating the play and the Hawks being intimidated by the relentless forecheck. I’m not implying all players were intimidated or even that the players that felt intimidated were scared, per se, but they played differently because of the relentless Boston attack. They played more like they were trying to prevent something bad from happening then trying to make something good happen.

    We’ve seen the Hawks struggle against teams with relentless forecheck many times this season and it is so noticeable when it happens compared with games against teams that can’t play with that same level of attack as Boston played last night. When the Hawks play against weaker teams they only make poor defensive plays because they genuinely are not good defensively – but against a Boston type attack they are worse because they also have a “oh oh, there they come again” split second of hesitancy before trying to make a play.

    The opponents the Hawks would face in the playoffs will be the Boston variety.

    Stan, sell sell sell.

  • February 13, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Absolutely, you will see other than 20, 19, 12, 88, 7, 2,who shows up to absorb the playoff style stretch until the end of the season. Unfortunately, once again, we saw last night Sikura’s lack of grit and desperation to stay alive in the NHL. He fears getting hit (same with Kahun and Forlsing) and simply has no impact on the game. Hopefully, he realizes what he needs to do to be effective but he has a very light body frame so who knows if he can fill out. It’s a mindset and his is 24 years old. Good luck Dylan.
    Hayden and Perlini? One has no hockey sense and the other no passion.
    Wonder if Sikura goes back to Rockford today with Kunitz back.

  • February 13, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    I wonder if some of you actually watch the games or just make silly comments that Sikura fears to get hit. WTF. The other one is trading for Brendan Lemieux, why would Winnipeg give up on him for AA/Forsling. I am not sure either one makes their current roster, yet they give up a talented guy and a draft pick. If Stan pulled that off, well, speechless.

  • February 13, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    Hull65, you make good points about our lack of size, something I have been writing about over the years. But you demand instant results from our youngsters, which takes time. Patience!

    Kahun (23 1/2 yrs old). Playing well. Shows a lot of speed and skill. Definitely part of the rebuild.
    Sikura needs more experience. Not writing him off.
    Strome turns 22 next month. More upside coming. Key part of the rebuild.
    Dahlstrom just turned 24. Has size and playing better over time. Part of rebuild.
    Koekkoek turns 25 in a few days. Similar to Arizona with Strome, TB lost patience with him in a very short time. Play him more. Many of us like what we see so far.
    Caggiula (24 1/2). Fast, good passer, good shot. Shows enough to be part of team next year.

    Agree with ER: “sell sell sell”. Package AA with someone to clear cap space. Can Gus get us an early 2nd rounder or good forward prospect? Or, should he be put on the wing? What can Kruger get us?

  • February 13, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    Think alot of the defensive struggle last night can be attributed to a team that plays a very hard to defend game in a man to man system and the Bkackhaeks still adapting to it.

  • February 13, 2019 at 2:17 pm


    Once again you lack knowledge on the business side of the game. Delia was signed to a three year deal (and not two) so the Blackhawks meet the Seattle expansion draft requirement of having one goaltender under contract.

    Once again, this is a chess game and you’re stuck playing checkers. Seriously, before you comment, learn the business aspects of the game. This isn’t 1969, it’s 2019.

  • February 13, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    I think people over react to this size and physical stuff. Do we need more size and tuffness, yes. Do we have between half-3/4 roster, yes. We do not have a 3/4 or full roster, heck we only had half a roster until Dals and Murf came back and those trades. When we fill out out our roster to at least 3/4 full and then full, we will be deep and a top 5 team again.

    When we do not play good or show up, who cares who looked bad/really everybody does except a few. Cant go by that.

    We need more Shawzers and Bicks and Bollys, yes. But the way to beat these fat slobes/BOS/LA/ANA/STL is with speed and skill. Sure we have to have enough players like 65, 29, 36, 16 and 4 and so on. Our roster isint complete yet in the transition so they say its fools gold to think we did good because it was against shit teams, same thing here its fools gold that it size and physical.

    now when we have a full roster, which wont happen until the 21 season, if were not big enough players on 23man, then sure, make the right adjustments.

  • February 13, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    I like to call people Flatlanders esp those who correctly call me out as a fucking idiot.
    Maybe just maybe I will finally realize those people are right and I really am a fucking idiot. For all the reasons stated above and many many more.

    I am very slow on the uptake but if I get banged on the head enough maybe I will finally understand how fucking stupid I am.

  • February 13, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    Good news on Crow.

    He practiced and this time is was full practice. Theres no rush to get him back in. When its good to go though, hes back and will play and hes fine. He was just as good as he was before injury last yr. Expect the same. This guy did not ever even think of retirement for one second when he got again this yr. He knows it could or can happen anytime but that doesnt mean you do it because so and so said you better.

    I see Crow playing the contract and then resign with Blackhawks 1yr contracts at a time for decent caphits. Be nice and need for future to have Delia emerge as a number 1 and then we ll have two really good goalies, like 2015.

    Get ready. If you didnt eat enough Crow last time your about to again and this time you get no salt, for ever doubting this guy.

    Go Crow.

  • February 13, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    2:24 post, is a Ned Schneebly.

    Where we come from that what we call a Knob.

  • February 13, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    Tab, is there any way to get everbodys username and email locked so people cant post as Ned Schneeblys.

  • February 13, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Thanks Ian.

  • February 13, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Hi Shmoopie, making any calls from Wisconsin lately?

  • February 13, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    I’m an optimist by nature, but I won’t be upset if the Blackhawks win or lose. If they win, they could get into the playoffs. If they lose, they get a better draft choice.

    I find the need to post this multiple times weekly. Not just here but on several different hockey message boards.

    I am 65 years old, still am addicted to hockey message boards, and have a big schmoopie on my little dickie.

    Further, I am going to get my ass handed to me when I’m oot and aboot going to my grandson’s basketball game. I am just far too stupid to realize it, largely because I have a schmoopie on my little dickie and I am a message board addict. It all fits together! Tune in tomorrow on all five message boards so I can say the same things over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over …

  • February 13, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    I’m too stupid to figure anything out. I advocate 40 game suspensions for players, complain about referees cheating, schedule makers cheating, and people quite properly calling me out for my retardation.

    It’s about 5 oclock, time to get drunk anyways. Again.

  • February 13, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    I don’t know what a schmoopie is but I have a big schmoopie on my little dickie. I am 65 years old and I get really, really, really, really upset if someone pisses in my addiction also known as five internet hockey message boards daily.

    My Swedish heritage cause me to be very very very very sensitive and thin skinned, it has been a problem my entire adult life and I am deathly afraid of this trait being inherited by my grandson. I am at wits end about it.

    Oh well, I’ll just ignore my problems again and go on posting at five different hockey message boards.

  • February 13, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    My name is Ebony Raptor. I have the following issues:

    – I am a message board addict. I get really really really really upset when anyone dares interrupt my addictions by calling me out on my behavior. I mean I get really upset by it and I try to build up allies and consortiums on all the hockey boards so I can get someone else to fight my battles.

    – I used to say oot and aboot but then got humiliated because people thought it was incredibly fucking stupid. The bad thing is, some people remember I used to say it all the time and still bring it up for a good hearty laugh.

    – I get really really upset at age 65 when anyone calls out my ongoing addiction to posting fantasy trade scenarios including ludicrous offer sheet scenarios which will never happen. However, I am too stupid to grasp the business side of hockey.

    – I also have a big schmoopie on my little dickie and the salve is just not working! I keep saying schmoopie so maybe someone on the five internet hockey boards can help me out and get this thing off my little dickie.

  • February 13, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    Too dumb to figure out the nuances of why Delia was signed to a three year contract instead of just two.

    Just … can’t … figure … out … the … business … side … of … hockey.

  • February 13, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    This thing is really getting under my skin.

    I’m very sensitive about my message board addiction.

    Anyone who pees in my internet hockey message board sandbox will be faced with me trying to fruitlessly gather allies on all five of my five message boards I frequent.

    Further, I have this big schmoopie on my little dickie and I don’t know what to do.

    Maybe I will go and complain about people talking politics on Hockey Buzz.

  • February 13, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    I’m drunk, retarded, don’t know how to spell, use the right words, anything.

    I am convinced the refs cheat, and the sch makers cheat.

    I post nonsense no one understands on this board dozens of times daily.

    Other than that things are just fine.

  • February 13, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    I haven’t posted this in a while.


    Niklas Nordgren!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Mathias From!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Wow that felt good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • February 13, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    I need to go oot and aboot to get some better salve for the big schmoopie on my 65 year old little dickie. It is really uncomfortable, it may even interfere with me going oot and aboot to my grandson’s basketball game.

    It will NOT however interfere with my hockey internet message board addiction, specifically posting on five of them every day.

    I am VERY sensitive about that.

  • February 13, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhh … let’s do shots. Refs cheat, Sch makers cheat and well be deep in two yrs. I keep fucking up the names Franson and Nelson. Ebony Raptor was really interested in who was Franson, he asked 20 times. I am too stupid to keep the names straight.

    Well be deep in two yrs and the sch maker cheats.

    Bottoms up!

  • February 13, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    I’m an optimist by nature but this big schmoopie on my little dickie has got me stymied.

    I think I will go ask about what I can do on my four other hockey message boards, where I desperately try to make friends and allies.

    I have been told it’s strange behavior for a 65 year old but I get REALLY REALLY sensitive about it, especially if anyone pisses in my internet hockey message board sandbox.

    This big schmoopie on my little dickie is starting to itch now. I may have to go oot and aboot to take care of it.

    This whole situation is REALLY getting under my skin, I am REALLY sensitive about it. People laugh at me for my internet hockey message board addiction but I just can’t … help … myself. It must be my Swedish heritage.

  • February 13, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    I’m not complaining about the Delia signing. Three years at a million per year is fine; it’s a little early but if he becomes a legit backup or better yet a legit starter then his value as a player (be it hear or as a tradeable assett) is wonderful. I think all these players are overpaid, but a million per year could be a very good thing. With Crow coming back one must wonder if Ward would want to be traded to a team to prove himself as worthy of a contract for next year. Possible destinations could be Columbus and Colorado. Not sure how roster spots work as far as teams carrying a third goalie for a team like Calgary, Tampa, Nashville, Winnipegs; in other words teams that are all in for a cup. Not sure Ward would want to go to a team that wants a goalie just in case that may see little light of day if any. Seriously Columbus and Colorado seem like good destinations. I doubt Ward waives the NMC. Same for Kunitz; I doubt he has any interest in playing in the playoffs.

    Let’s give Sikura a few games. I wonder if he was brought in to play against the Bruising Bruins on purpose.

  • February 13, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    Deed ah evah tell you how ah begame a Blaghawgs fan?

    Ah-mah frog so ah go to zeh Munk-ree-all Fore-umm with mah dah-dee. He tayg-ah me do zee mah eye-dull zeh Bubbie Hull-ah.

    ribbet ribbet ribbet

  • February 13, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    What’s this there is a business side to hockey?

    I thought you can just trade and sign players at will?

    No? That’s not how it works?

    ribbet ribbet ribbet

    Eez nod eee-zee being green-ah.

    ribbet ribbet ribbet

  • February 13, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    Oh I am REALLY sensitive about my hockey message board addiction. I have been told it is not normal especially for a 65 year old (born in 1954).

    And this big schmoopie on my little dickie is REALLY starting to stick in my craw.

    Maybe I will go over to post on Hockey Buzz and make up some more unrealistic offer sheet scenarios and fantasy lineups.

    Either way, people peeing in my internet hockey message board sandbox is REALLY getting under my skin, I thought just by collecting internet hockey message board allies all this would go away and I could continue to feed my daily addiction.

    I guess not, maybe I will have to go oot and aboot. It must be my Swedish heritage. I hope my grandson doesn’t inherit my addictive problems. Or the big schmoopie on my little dickie.

  • February 13, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    1954 baby! Vintage year!! Happy birthday this year/ I’m a Libra and I AM oot and abooooooot!

  • February 13, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    No politics on the board waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!!

    Meanwhile this big schmoopie on my little dickie is REALLY getting under my skin. You know I’m the very sensitive type, that’s why I go oot and aboot all the time.

  • February 13, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    I finally admit what everyone else already knew by “coming out”.
    Speaking of “coming out” …

    Hey has anyone seen Wall lately?


  • February 13, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Delia has played just 13 games but has a .916 Sv%, as compared to Ward (.895) and Crawford (.902). This is with a shaky defense in front of him. You may say that he is partly responsible for the Hawks moving down the draft pick ranking. Great teams need to be three goaltenders deep and the Hawks just found one of them.

  • February 13, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    It looks like Row A has taken up the mantle of the board troll. The insults are the same. Some of them are funny, though it does get repetitive after a while. But the depth he goes into is impressive.

  • February 13, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    Original, yea were lucky we got Delia at the time we did. Darls was here for a little bit before him a Raanta split that concert stairs thing. It be good timing if Crow and Delia take the team to the Cup, like we had Crow and Darls in 2015.

  • February 13, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    There is another advantage to playing M2M. It should facilitate a breakout. In zone, defending players are more stationary as they only cover a small area of ice. But in M2M the defending players are moving more. They have momentum. That should allow defending forwards to either fly the zone faster or support the puck after a turnover. They are already moving. 4 or 6 players leave the zone and space opens up.

    The next key is to avoid the forecheck and complete the breakout. That’s one area where we were miserable against Boston, and would wilt in playoff pressure.

    How do you do that? Hull’s point is to have larger players (also with reasonable speed) that can engage in physical battles and withstand the pressure. I get the utility of size in hockey. I love a counter hit a la Peter Forsberg as much as the next guy. Physicality is part of the game.

    But I think that strategy plays into Boston’s strength. Boston wants to engage in puck battles on the forecheck, whether our skaters have size or not. By engaging pressure, even with bigger bruisers, the breakout is at best stalled and at worst unsuccessful.

    Another option is to evade the pressure with skating and avoid puck battles in our own zone as much as possible. Keith exemplifies the strategy. Get the forecheckers chasing deep in the zone and use the net to beat them up ice. Then you have an odd man rush, where we are very dangerous. Use their aggressiveness against them and build the attack from your own end.

  • February 13, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    Hereismike, yes the thing I call Shmoopie (aka Hoffmeister, aka Row A, aka ???) is tedious but there is definitely an entertainment value it provides. If nothing else than a study in mania. Can you imagine the fever swamp between this thing’s ears?

  • February 13, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Articles in the fall about Pens improved defensive play shared a lot of the little things they just started doing better and part of that was better defensive coaching!

  • February 13, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Prospects: Chl
    Boqvist 1g
    Beaudin 1a

    Galvas 1a
    Elite Prospects says Snuggerud to team in Norway top league.

  • February 13, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    Travis if you watched last night you could see how the bigger stronger Bruin forwards pushed off the Blackhawks man assigned to them and had a easy time finding lots of time and room to work in front if Delia. If your not gonna match physical with size then you have to use your speed and skill to counter it and neutralize your man, last night that wasn’t happening, system certainly looked flawed, blame doesn’t matter, players or concept. Hopefully as they get used to this system they can use their skill and future speed and skill to overcome that and make it work.

  • February 13, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    Current odds of our making playoffs now at 9.1 and 9.6% on the two sites I checked.

  • February 13, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    Travis, good vision on what, really, needed to beat bigger and physical teams. Its not size and get bigger players. We do need a few guys though. It will be nice to get to a 3/4 roster so we can play better in the things your saying. Cant wait until we get a full roster again. In 2 yrs.

  • February 13, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    I think Keith was a +2 or 3 in the game so he was able to handle the Bruins forecheck (for the most part) and he’s not big and physical but he’s smart, skilled and quick and when he’s playing well makes a good exit from the D zone

    Guys like Forsling, Dahlstrom and Gus are still very green at the NHL level – inexperience is part of it and part of that inexperience is learning how to take a hit or slide off a hit to make a play something Keith knows how to do

    Some guys however will learn that part of the game so…

    …the Hawks have to consider, if they expect to seriously compete in 20-21 which of the D men is going to figure it out by then and which of the prospects (if any) will be able to contribute by then – once these assessments are made then you know if you need to acquire a D man – my thought is one experienced D man would be nice sometime before next September

  • February 13, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    Jordy, does it list the teams around us %, because other then DAL, every other team is within 1 or 2 or 3 games of each other and close to MIN.

    I mean if thats our %, then its about the same as every other team to.

    Wonder how much higher MIN % is, because that is the 8 seed team.

    DAL 7
    MIN 2
    VAN 0
    ARI -1
    COL -1
    CHI -2
    EDM -3
    ANA -5
    LA -5

    Pretty close, except maybe ANA/LA to the 8 seed. Not saying we make playoffs, I would rather get top 6 Skill. Were only 3 games behind MIN for 8 seed and they might fall without their top player so 0/even/.500 would be 8 seed and were pretty close to even.

    To me, without seeing the %, id MIN is plus 2 and were -2, thats 4 games behind. So if our % is 9% then it seems like their % is like 10-15% and they are the 8 seed. So even though our % is low so is the 8 seed team/MIN.

  • February 13, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    I guess what I am saying is, whats MIN % because they are the 8 seed.

    MIN ?%
    CHI 9%

  • February 13, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    Wrap, I say lets get one good defensemen, even though we have lots and lots coming. If we end up with too many, good. That way we know we got what we need and not rely on Four Horsemen totally. It looks like each guy will play as there NHL ready and who ever is better stays.

    They might not be able to tell that until they all play, so just keep going/playing every guy as we go along and who ever here is whos here then.

  • February 14, 2019 at 2:00 am

    Original 6, I like Dalhstrom, he has size, good speed and is learning the NHL. KOOKOO might turn into something by April.
    I think the D has improved during this last stretch quite a lot. I do think Forsling has some offence but struggles defensively, both physically and at times with his decision making. I think we need to package him with AA to land a young forward prospect if possible. And yes, the Jets are looking for a trade partner so a young prospect will be available, everyone knows that information.
    I have said it before, I don’t mind Kahun because he works pretty hard but we need to upgrade that 2nd line right wing spot with Strome and the Cat for the future. Two smallish players on one line doesn’t work against top lines every night and certainly not in the playoffs. He is a good asset for the bottom 6. A Debrusk, Evander Kane type player is hard to find but that’s what we need. A young Hossa would be a gift!
    And seriously, the insults from a few on this message board is idiotic. If you can’t respect simple opinions then don’t comment. Very childish. The expansion draft? Really? Business? All I said is 3 years seemed a little too much, too early and if you are scared of losing a back up goalie to an expansion team then your anxiety is misplaced as a GM. Draft Spencer Knight or a legitimate goalie prospect soon.
    And whoever is using Hull65 to try trash my messages, go ahead, you’re making a fool of yourself. Stick to hockey comments in your spelling.
    SIKURA has had 3 call ups in the last year and he has yet to make an impact. We all want the hype to come through. It would help the organization because we don’t have legitmate drafted prospects in Rockford. He’s 24 and if we can’t make a judgement on his upside and his weaknesses, then why give your opinion. He has a light frame.
    And I as clearly mentioned, Strome needs to get his body type improved, his strength and his skating as well if he wants to continue playing as a 2nd line center against the Backstrom or Malkin or Matthews of the world. Granted he has done well on the PP.

  • February 14, 2019 at 3:17 am

    Hull65, it appears to be a buyers market. lots of AA factors for a move. I expect rumors to swirl of AA to team that signs panarin; especially if it is any team with cap space; the jets would likely overpay for a rental than eat more cap from AA when so many free agents are on the market this summer; hope the jets don’t read this of course!

    With Laine gone cold wouldn’t shock if me if the Jets put in a heavy bet on Panarin as a rental. Not what they “need” but hey why not.

  • February 14, 2019 at 5:59 am

    Someone said Gus for an early second rounder???? I’d rather make him a forward instead

  • February 14, 2019 at 6:19 am

    Hull65’s opinion on Sikura is one I unfortunately agree with. I was optimistic he would acclimate to the speed/size of the NHL but so far he hasn’t. At age 23/24 he should be entering his prime years athletically but he is still more like a skinny teenager and without elite level skating – that matters. I still see a nice little play or two out of him each game but there needs to be more of them and they need to result in something more than just “nice little plays”. With this season being what it is – I think giving him the rest of this season to turn the corner is worth the the potential that he can find a way to make the plays at the NHL level that his skill set can make. Too bad we can’t transplant Fortin’s legs on to Sikura – then we might have something.

    I also agree with his opinion that Strome needs to work on filling out and getting physically stronger. He’s still too lanky to compete physically with top centers. The good news is that he probably can “fill out” another 10-15 pounds over the next couple seasons and it will make him an even better player.

  • February 14, 2019 at 6:29 am

    Can Lemieux be had for AA, Forsling and and pick? If so give him his uncle’s number 26 . Would bring back some good memories from the old barn.

  • February 14, 2019 at 7:20 am

    I see the Hawks finishing out of the playoffs but they are too good and trending up to finish behind LA, Anaheim, NJ, Ottawa and Detroit. So they get around the 6 to 12 pick unless they move up in the final draft lottery. For argument sake say Pick # 9
    (There are 6 teams that they are competing with)

    So who is the steal of the non- top 5 players? Usually all teams pick best player (and they may still) but it’s hard to see not picking a wing or center.

  • February 14, 2019 at 7:58 am

    Noonan96. A kid that have been shooting up the draft lists: Trevor Zegras.
    Us Development team. Not a big guy but he has a ton of skill. 5.11 159lbs.
    Defenately a kid to watch.

  • February 14, 2019 at 9:42 am

    Stape he does look good. Noonan you also got a figure that one or 2 of Cozens, Dach, Krebs and Turcotte be still around for 10-12 picks. All are very good forward prospects, and be very hard to pass by if there.

  • February 14, 2019 at 9:44 am

    Boldy should be on that list too.

  • February 14, 2019 at 9:44 am


    Kaliyev with 2 more goals last nite… Yawn- all the kid does is scores

  • February 14, 2019 at 9:51 am

    Wall yeah true enough, him and Lavoie be around then too likely and be candidates, seems to be attitude holding them from being projected in top 10. Kaliyev sounds like he could be a Kovalev type player, if he can keep scoring at next level.

  • February 14, 2019 at 10:35 am

    Unless we’re able to draft Hughes, Kakko, Dach, Cozens, or Turcotte, I’d rather trade the pick to Toronto for the rights to Kapanen who is obviously already in the NHL so there wouldn’t be a one or two year wait to get Zegras, Boldy, Kaliyev or other guy into the NHL and then maybe another year before he hits his stride in the NHL. I think it’s unrealistic the Hawks will be back to elite status next season and probably not the season after that one either – but the biological clocks of T&K are ticking and an NHL-ready top-6 winger like Kapanen gets us to elite status sooner than later.

  • February 14, 2019 at 11:38 am

    Overall compete level = good, still short on the talent level to compete with the big boys but we have talked about that ad

    Needs- 3rd line center and forward, potentially 1st line forward and drop 91 to 4th line and #1, 2 & 3 dmen.

    Who, internally,within the next year can fill those 6 roles? Ideas

  • February 14, 2019 at 11:55 am

    First line forward – your only option is and will be Saad if you want to move 91 down, unless you want to move someone up from the 2nd line. Maybe the guy we haven’t picked yet in the next draft 1st round could play here depending on how high we pick but the way the team is playing, that’s not likely to happen. If Anisimov is traded and no salary is taken back, they could sign a UFA for this spot. But a guy like Panarin would complicate signing Dcat and Strome to extensions so I’d say tread carefully, and extend both those guys this offseason so you know how much cap space you have to play with.

    3C – If Anisimov is traded, they don’t have one. Kurashev is playing lights out and maybe could make the jump next year but probably needs to play in Rockford. Both Kruger and Kampf are best suited to 4th line shutdown duty, but you could see them resign Kruger on the cheap and play him as a 3C, or some similar UFA. The Rockford centers either aren’t NHL players or strictly 4C types like Kampf. This is a spot that if they move a defenseman, and they will have to, I really hope they get a 3C back. A cheap one. Danault would be stellar here….oh never mind.

    #1, 2, 3 dmen. I’d say Keith is still a number 2 next year. 3 at very worst. Dahlstrom/Murphy is becoming your shutdown pair, so that would be either 3-4 or 5-6 depending on how you view that role. Gus is a number 1 on offense, and a number 7 or 8 on defense, so that’s weird.

    But a number 1 would be needed to be a running mate with Keith and they just don’t have that, and they don’t grow on trees. If Boqvist or Mitchell or Joki is going to grow into that, it’s gonna take a couple years still. You almost have to draft a #1 defenseman because they almost never hit free agency and are almost never traded, except for another one (Weber – Subban) or for a number one center (Jones-Johnasson).

  • February 14, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    ER – I follow the logic of trading the first round pick for Kapanen but what is the impact on the salary cap? I’m guessing Kapenen’s next contract won’t be particularly cheap.

  • February 14, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    Hull65, good post. Unfortunately, as Recliner Coach stated, it appears to be a buyer’s market and it will not be easy to package AA with a Forsling for much in return because of his contract. Forget the good young forward prospect. I would take a mid-3rd rounder at this point.

    Strome needs to gain some more muscle weight, but not too much, which would slow him down further.

    Mike R, that was me who said Gus for an early 2nd rounder or the idea of putting him on the wing. Since a lot of D is in the pipeline, an early 2nd rounder, or something equivalent from a team which will not pick early in the 2nd, doesn’t sound half bad to me.

  • February 14, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Good point O6, trading for Kapanen means you can’t really sign any UFA of any significance this offseason. Between his new contract and all the new RFA deals after next season for Dcat, Strome, Kahun, and Cagguila, that is a lot of new dollars that would make a large long term deal this offseason not fit.

  • February 14, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    My suggestion would be move Anisimov in the offseason (or now) for a pick/prospect. Then draft a center / winger in the first round, who will most likely be 2-3 years away from making a real impact on the big club. Extend Dcat and Strome as soon as possible after this season, with the goal of a $12 million cap hit for both combined or less. Then sign UFA Dzingel, or even Panarin if he is willing to come for $9 million or less to run with his buddy Kane again.

    On D, integrate Joki into the top 4 next year and let him learn and grow. One of the kids makes the big club, most likely Boquist since they seem to be pushing him, but whomever is most ready. Forsling gets sent down to Rockford or traded, re-sign Dahlstrom and Kok for a combined $2.5 million or less. You can carry 8 dmen until one of the young guys shows they need some Rockford time, if they don’t you trade one of the vets (Gus?) at the trade deadline.

    A lot of the defensive improvement is going to have to come from the younger d men maturing and improving the play of the bottom 9 forwards. Replace Kunitz, Perlini, Anisimov, and Sikura with speedy guys that can defend and be a bit harder on the puck and win some 50-50 battles. Kruger I’m not against bringing back on the cheap.

  • February 14, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    If the Blackhawks are a fringe playoff team would a mid 1st rounder get Kapanen anyways, hard to imagine it would.
    Cincodi if the 2nd line continues to impress, Cagguila or Saad type player to give 19 and 20 as Q used to say a greasy area guy is fine. The top 6, PP and goaltending trending in right direction.
    The bottom 6, defense and PK need to improve. Of the players currently under contract to handle 3rd center i wouldn’t rule out Entwistle, currently centering top line for Guelph in Ohl. Numbers not as impressive as some but his all around game and versatility would seemto say he is very close to being ready. He is very good on PK as he showed at Wjc, be an upgrade there. Plus plays very good defensive game with a big league wrister to add some secondary scoring. Having good size and very mobile, willing to play physical game, he could be the type of player who thrives under Collitons defensive system and add a missing element to this roster. There is alot of speculation Kurashev will hone his game in Swiss top league next season before coming to Blackhawks. Kubalik if they can sign him be a candidate also.
    Letting the young defense continue to develop and look to add at tdl if needed rather than add a big contract maybe the better route, if you don’t give up too much. Jokiharju should take the next step and play top minutes next season, Keith still be a top 3 guy, Gus may still be around for his role plus some younger players will be ready at varying degrees throughout next season.

  • February 14, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    If the Hawks were to trade for Kapanen that would be better than signing a high priced UFA FW

    He’s younger and still has room to improve and he’s already a proven NHLer (probably a top 6). His next contract won’t be nearly as much as whatever you’d have to spend on Stone, Panarin, Duchene which could leave some $ for a D man

  • February 14, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    How about 1st (or second) and say Mitchell for Kapanen?

    Mitchell would not impact the Leafs salary structure much if at all (if they play him a year in the AHL)

  • February 14, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    Interesting Ian about Kurashev and I agree I think Entwhistle has a chance next year.

  • February 14, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Don’t forget if we keep our first, that is another really good player we could add to the mix. And until the draft lottery is over we would not trade that pick anyway.

    A 2nd and Mitchell I could probably go for that, but not a 1st.

    What do you think Kapanen gets on his next deal? 5×5?

  • February 14, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Hereismike thats probably ballpark, Leafs want him for playoffs so lottery would be over end of April. A good young cost efficient dman be in Leafs immediate concern. They may want someone like Gus who can help immediately.

  • February 14, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    Yeah, Hereismike, was thinking Keith at the 4 but what you laid out there makes sense. No matter how you play with the pieces, we have some talent coming and will need to make an acquisition or 2 and shed some weight. I’d be in to trade Gus and a 2 (or 1, if need be) for Kapanen, sews up your top 6 and gives you flexibility on the 3rd line. 3rd line of saad-entwistle-kurashev would be interesting, along with a 4th of 91-64-40.

  • February 14, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    5 x 5 seems about right for happenin’ Kapanen

    Ian also think the idea of Gus to TOR is very interesting especially since they’ll probably lose Gardiner and Gus is a poor man’s Gardiner already

  • February 14, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    Our probable 1st round pick is not likely to be enough to land Kapanen, who is beginning to break out into an excellent player. Agree with Hereismike, I would not make the trade.

  • February 14, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    I agree Ebony, the fact that we are way behind in forward NHL ready prospects for this year and maybe the next two years, unless we draft in the top 5, Kapanen makes a lot of sense. Leafs want to sign Marner which makes Kapanen available. He would be tough to get but if they can’t resign Gardiner, maybe Joki straight up might make sense for them. Probably throw in a 4th rounder? Who knows but as others have said, Sikura’s strength is a real issue and he is 24 years old. Kapanen would fit in perfectly as a top 6.

  • February 14, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    MS, correct – Kapanen would essentially cost the cap space that signing a UFA like Dzingel would cost – so probably not enough cap space to get both Kapanen and Dzingel.

    So the best case scenario would be to get a high enough pick so that the draft pick plays for the Hawks in 2019/20 and sign a free agent forward like Dzingel. That would mean the Hawks get 2 top-9 forwards to add to the roster.

    But if the Hawks don’t get one of those NHL-ready players, then getting either Kapanen or Dzingel or ??? is the plan – but probably not more than one of them so the excess cap space can go to improve the d-corps and be banked for the RFA extensions for DCat, Strome, Kahun and others in the summer of 2020.

  • February 14, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    I believe the Leafs will try their best to trade Nylander before Kapanen-Nylander might have a bit more offensive skill, but not as big, strong and fast. They LOVE Kapanen.
    Every million will count for the Leafs in the next year or two-and although Kapanen will command 5 million plus eventually they need that 2 million per and might have a better player anyways.
    (The Leafs will have to sweeten deal to get Nylander traded-bad mistake, in hindsight I guess, but they saw how good Kapanen was and still paid Nylander 7 million per)

  • February 14, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    Noonan, they supposedly made a verbal promise to Nylander they wouldn’t trade him but … you know how that goes sometimes. If Toronto doesn’t re-sign him before July 1st, I would hope Stan would see if Kapanen would sign an offer sheet for say $5.5M and if that plays out then the it costs their 2020 1st round pick – so be it.

    Wouldn’t it be something to get a top-5 pick this draft and get Kapanen too. Shore up the defense and give it a year or two for the kids to come online and there you go – right back in the conversation for the Cup.

  • February 14, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    Noonan agree with your logic, but Babcock made the statement he wanted him staying in Toronto long term all through negotiations this fall and after he signed. Gotta believe if he wants him he will stay.

  • February 14, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    Just got back. Boldy has moved up to mid top 10 recent mth, wasnt there before and Turcotte has moved out of mid top 10. Walls guy will be there for us no matter what.

  • February 14, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    It be nice to make playoffs, think we prob do not make it. This, prob, puts us between 4-12 after 82 games like Noonan said.

    OTT/COL- 9
    NWJ- 6
    DET- 6
    LA- 5
    ANA- 4
    EDM- 3
    CHI- 2
    FLR- 1
    VAN- 1
    ARI- 1
    NYR- 0
    MIN- +2 playoff 8 seed

    Based on how good each team, really is. Were screwed in getting top 10 pick. Some team could do better or worse then they, really, are.

    So I am going with us getting the 6th pick after 82 games. If for some reason we get the 7th-11th pick,

    I think were going to place in the lottery and get 2nd or 3rd pick.

  • February 14, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    I can’t imagine what the Hawks would be without Kane, he is truly unbelievable! Sorry, but I still miss the creative, playmaking speed of Nick Schmaltz. And his puck steeling on the back check.
    I agree, I hope Bowman takes a serious look at the Leafs and Kapanen. What I do like about Nylander is that he can also play center and has an unbelievable wrist shot. Both great skaters and either one of them would fit in perfectly with the Hawks.
    Sad when a former 1st rounder like Perlini can’t beat out undrafted players on this roster. Then again, he couldn’t beat out Panik, Vinny H or Duclair in Arizona.
    Kane MVP

  • February 14, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    MS, good point. ER, its good idea. But we can be more stacked with a top 6 skill on elc for two yrs longer then a guy ready for 2-6m cap/whatever his will be. That guy going to get prob the same 2-6m cap/whatever it will be, but we can load roster for two yrs longer by picking top 6 skill.

    Only thing your idea guarantees is hes that good. That is a good thing to have or two yrs more stacked with elc player.

  • February 14, 2019 at 10:05 pm


    We keep winning games and we make playoffs.

    MIN is only 3 games ahead of us. We win this game, its 2 games with 25 left.

    Still need to get better at D, PK, roster depth/certain positions.

  • February 14, 2019 at 10:18 pm


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