Five Times Two: Lightning Blast Blackhawks Again

After a rough season opening loss in Tampa, the Blackhawks decided to make a few changes. Philipp Kurashev made his NHL debut and Collin Delia made the start between the pipes.

The insertion of Kurashev means Brandon Pirri was a healthy scratch. It also meant Jeremy Colliton had already dusted off the ol’ blender and was ready to mix things up right from the jump.

The lines to start the game were:

DeBrincat-Suter-Kane
Kubalik-Strome-Kurashev
Janmark-Wallmark-Shaw
Highmore-Kampf-Carpenter

Yup, Pius Suter as your top line center and Dylan Strome, who scored Chicago’s only goal on Wednesday, with Dominik “Please let me skate, coach?” Kubalik and the rookie Kurashev.

Tyler Johnson and Luke Schenn, who had missed the opening game because of salary cap issues for Tampa, were back in the lineup for the Bolts.

Chicago played its best 20 minutes of the young season to start the night. Delia made a few big saves and the Hawks did a nice job killing a penalty to keep the game tied at zero after one period. Chicago had a 13-10 shot advantage after one.

Keeping an eye on the clock, Kubalik skated 5:22 in the first period. He was credited with one shot on net. Only Suter and Kurashev skated more time among the Hawks’ forwards in the first period. Kurashev was tied for the team lead with two shots on net in his first NHL period.

Ian Mitchell blocked one shot in 5:07 in the first – all at even strength.

A little more than two minutes into the second period Delia went full Trubisky, misplaying a puck behind the net and then losing his feet only to watch Ondrej Palat put the loose puck into the back of the net to give Tampa a 1-0 lead.

Less than 2:20 later the Blackhawks were scrambling yet again and Alex Killorn was able to snap home a shot to extend Tampa’s lead to 2-0.

And that familiar feeling of the wheels falling off was present once again.

Blake Coleman added a third goal at 8:11 into the second and you could smell the stink from Chicago.

Colliton challenged that there was goaltender interference on the play – which there clearly wasn’t – and, when he lost the challenge, put his team short-handed chasing three with Tampa eating them for dinner.

After the penalty ended, Colliton went to his “nuclear” option (which is more like a firecracker at this point if we’re honest) and put Strome back with Kane and DeBrincat. Because, you know, why not.

Chicago got their first power play of the night late in the first period and made it count. Strome set up DeBrincat beautifully and he made the deposit, cutting Tampa’s lead back down to two.

Less than two minutes after DeBrincat scored, he picked up an assist. Patrick Kane got on the board for the first time in the new season and suddenly the score was 3-2.

Chicago then got a power play when Killorn clipped Andrew Shaw’s head with his shoulder. The Hawks got a couple good looks in the closing seconds of the middle period but couldn’t convert. However, 1:23 of the advantage carried over to the third period.

At the end of the second period, Mitchell found himself in Colliton’s doghouse. The rookie was minus-two and had skated only 8:17, the lowest ice time on the blue line by far.

Kubalik also disappeared in the second period. He went from heavy use in the first period to barely three minutes of ice time in the second; he had skated just 8:39 after 40 minutes.

Strome was having a strong night through two periods. He picked up an assist on DeBrincat’s goal and won five of seven faceoffs. Strome also led the Blackhawks with five shots on net.

The Hawks’ power play came to an end early in the third without them scoring; Tampa had the better scoring chance while short-handed. Chicago got another power play opportunity 32 seconds after the previous one ended when Brayden Point gave David Kampf a hug while pursuing the puck.

That penalty ended without much from the Hawks’ offense again.

Of course the next penalty would be on the Blackhawks.

Nine minutes into the third period, after an extended period with the puck in the Hawks’ defensive zone that saw Tampa manage almost a full change while keeping possession, Kampf got caught hooking and went to the box.

Chicago kept hanging around but weren’t generating nearly as many chances as they did late in the second period. Eventually – predictably – the Lightning were able to take advantage. Tampa got an odd man rush at 13:30 into the third and Yanni Gourde scored to extend the lead back to two.

Gourde, Coleman and Barclay Goodrow had two points each after the Gourde marker.

With 5:20 left in regulation, Shaw was able to draw another penalty and give his team an important advantage.

The Blackhawks did nothing on the power play again.

After the flat power play ended, Tampa got another rush and Steven Stamkos unloaded another goal-scoring snipe to make the score 5-2. Stamkos now has five points in two games.

And for the second time in as many games the Blackhawks allowed five goals.

That’s where the night’s scoring would end.

Though the Hawks allowed five again, 30 of the first 40 minutes felt a lot better. Delia’s turnover that turned into a goal became three goals in roughly six minutes but the Hawks battled back and made it a game by the end of the middle stanza.

Mitchell only skated 13:29.

Kubalik got heavy run in the third period and finished skating 16:09 with three shots on net.

After leading the team with five shots in the first two periods, Strome was limited in the third and didn’t register another shot on net.

Kurashev skated 14:05 with two shots on net in his debut.

61 thoughts on “Five Times Two: Lightning Blast Blackhawks Again

  1. Tab,
    First, thank you for keeping cwhat you know about Toews’ illness to yourself.

    Very refreshing in today’s blabbermouth society, especially on the journalism front, where it is more important be to be first, not correct.

    Second, thanks for calling out the lunatics that post here.

    Lastly, thank you for calling out Coliton for making a very dumb challenge on Tampa goal 3.

    This guy is so in over his head he needs two life jackets as he steers Bowman’s S.S. Minnow.

  2. The development of the young players under Bowman’s coach will be exciting to watch.

    How did the development of young players go from about ’99 thru ’07 go w/ poor coaching? And poor goaltending?

    Lastly, when Crawford got his chance to play (only b/c Turco who Bowman signed sucked) at the same age as Subban & Delia, he was ready and stellar from day one.

    Good evening.

  3. A better effort tonight for sure but against a strong skating team like the Bolts these young smallish Hawks just can’t sustain an attack or drive the net against Hedman and company.The forwards have to backcheck much faster and harder and make Bolt forwards pay for hanging out in the slot area.Delia is small leaving a lot of net to shoot at.He also slides and loses his net way too often.Lankinen,s turn I guess.Kubalik is not a rookie.Stop treating him like one and throw him out there and even double shift him.Stan paid him,now play him.Shaw and Kurashev were decent.The Marks brothers are 4th liners and just do not create much.Now for the reason I called-BOQVIST is terrible period.Defensively he is out of position,pushed around,and slow as hell.I think Gus was better at getting back then he is.If the extent of his supposed offensive prowess is turning and feeding Kane a push em back pass on the powerplay,just put Keith out there.At least he can skate and defend.I know Zadorov is stuck babysitting Boqvist but he has to be much more physical to justify his existence.Strome,Kane,and Debrincat were decent but with this collection of mainly 4th line forwards they are going to have to be superhuman.

  4. What was our record a couple yrs ago when we had 3 AHL goalies.

    Top 5 skill draft player. This yrs gem is a top pair quality. The very exact thing we need the most longterm wise.

  5. “Delia went full Trubisky”
    I’m dying. It’s so sad and funny at the same time.

    What a rough game. The hawks looked like they actually belonged on the ice in the first, then they got the yips, clawed their way back into it and surrendered to superior talent in the end. I’m curious to see if this team will gel and play cohesive hockey at some point, but it feels like we’re missing a dangerous offensive piece or two…. which we are belong they’re on LTIR. here’s hoping. Go Hawks!

  6. StanBo’s master plan is working. Lose every game, wont get booed at home. We think were Blowin for Owen but anything’s possible here. Lets see what Q has in store for us.

  7. Kane and Cat together equals nobody digging pucks in the corners. Cat is a set up shooter, can’t stick handle and not a very good passer. Going to be a challenge this year for sure, play the kids!!

  8. Much better performance, Kurashev should’ve earned a chance to stay in lineup, looked like he belongs out there. Players not used to each other yet, going to cause issues. Suter making himself noticed in a good way. Mitchell looks good out there, his responsibility should be increasing but taking it slow with him, playing mostly 5 on 5 for now okay. Boqvist trying to get involved offensively, assists on 2 of 3 goals scored so far. That’s where his game changing ability lies, defensively will be always be a work in progress for him, but at barely 20 he will grow yet, time is on his side, just listen to his teammates, they all believe in him and this is the year to let him learn,

    Can’t understand Kubalik not on no.1 pp, if they need net front presence put Suter there too, let Kane stay out with Strome, Shaw and eventually Kurashev and Mitchell on 2nd pp. Goaltending hasn’t been terrible, see what Lankinen looks like, plus all these guys after a few games see how there progressing. See how they make out against Panthers and Wings.

  9. Ian – good post

    Boquist’s biggest problem IMO is his decision making – he doesn’t yet understand the NHL game very well – I hope he figures it out – as you say Ian this would be the year to do that because we’re all looking forward to a top 5 draft pick so it’s a year to develop – he needs to learn from his mistakes and maybe sit a game here and there but keep playing him or he won’t learn

    If he doesn’t figure it our this year though that’s trouble

  10. Looking forward to seeing Lankinen hopefully vs FLA

    Both goalies so far it could be argued didn’t give their team a chance to win not that the other Hawks aren’t just as responsible but if your Lank the door is wide open to walk through

    Kurashev was good – keep him in for now – interesting to see who comes out when Soderberg is ready

  11. Holy Shito…….This team is worse than I thought!!! No wonder Toews doesn’t want to play hockey!! If you all think he is sick ,you’re a fool…..

  12. Coach jc should relish announcing gaokies until just before game time. With all circumstances involved no reason not to. Much logic behind it….start a goalie agian after a loss, put the first one back in,give lankinen a try. Personally I literally would make a game time decision.

    There is much to like about this team despite them playing the best team in the league sanz kuckerov. Personally I would try…and fail…to roll five man units to start the season. Why not?

  13. It’s just two games against the best team in the league. Let’s see how they progress against lower level competition. We know we aren’t winning the Cup this year, but look at some of the positives.
    a.) Mitchell is going to be an above average defensemen, may even an All-Star
    b.) Kurashev and Pius Suter are legit
    c.) Strome, Kubalik, D-Cat, Kane are legit top-6 players
    d.) Keith, DeHaan, and Murphy are legit top-4 defensemen
    e.) The Marks Brothers are competent and effective in their roles
    f.) Zadarov is a big boy – I like him
    g.) The 4th line is hard working and competent

    We just need to look into:
    1.) Finding a Goal Keeper…Lankinen???
    2.) Moving Boqvist to RW – he’s a terrible defensemen
    3.) Trading Kane, we’re killing the poor guy! He deserves to play for a Cup!

  14. Hope is not a Strategy.

    I am not smart enough to understand Colliton’s decisions.

    Colliton seems to change line combinations out of hope (or desperation) without having a real strategy. In business, when you have a well developed strategy based on experience and intelligence you stick with it for an extended period of time, through thick and thin, and let it come to fruition.

    I can understand making tactical changes, like playing the hot hand or benching someone. But, most of the Collition tactical changes seem like guesswork to me.

    I have never coached professionally and don’t understand how he makes his decisions. It would be like me trying to understand Einstein’s Theory of Relativity just by watching him write on a chalk board.

    It would help would if Colliton could communicate his strategy so someone like me could understand what he’s doing and why. He is the Great Communicator after all. It could be something fundamental like: ‘we try to balance each line with a sniper, playmaker and grinder that work well together’ (e.g. Larmer, Savard, Secord), or ‘we want to have 2 scoring lines, a shut down line and 4th line that can hold their own and give the other lines a rest’, or ‘we want to have 4 equal lines and roll them’. I don’t care, it’s his prerogative as coach. But for God’s sake help me understand what you’re doing and why. Otherwise, it just looks like he’s grasping for straws (to me at least).

  15. That was a much better effort, in general. They did not seem to be nearly as hapless as on Wednesday. Also, they did not surrender and kept fighting when it was 3-0. Delia had some very good moments, some bad moments and some hung out to dry moments. He did stop 3 breakaways.

    We have a tendency to micro analyze each mistake by a young player. The vets make horrible mistakes too.

    One of the other sites is annoyed with Eddie for blaming Boqvist for Gourde’s goal. The posters seem to think that when the Hawks are losing, you want Boqvist pinching and that this is the price for pinching when he gets caught behind the play.

    Suter was noticeable again. With the opportunities he is creating for himself, he needs to see one go in. Kubalik had a couple opportunities. Strome looked good. It was helpful to get Kane and DeBrincat goals early in the season.

    As was pointed out last night, the Hawks are the only team in the league missing 3 centers due to injury or immigration. That is a tough one to overcome.

    Anyone blaming Colliton for this?

  16. If you watch that 4th TBL goal I agree that Boquist was not really to blame

    He made a decision to head for the net while DCat had the puck – this is the sort of play Boquist can make and score on effectively – the fact that DCat’s pass got picked off or was errant is not 27’s fault – he then hustles back as he should and picks up the puck carrier in the Hawks zone but nobody picks up the trailer

    Watch what Kane does – he does a fly by on the puck carrier at the TBL blueline and takes himself right out of any back checking role – he knew Boquist was caught yet he didn’t back him up – think about the number of times Kane has flown the zone etc. and relied on other players to back him up – Kane should have gotten back in defensive coverage instead of going for a low percentage steal

    The trailer who scored was Kane’s man – it would have been nice if Boquist could have broken up the pass to the trailer but it was a good pass and went right to the man Kane should have had who was wide open – goal

    That said Boq made plenty of mistakes on his own – wouldn’t bother me to put Carlsson in for him for a game or two but as I said before you have to keep playing him especially this year – there’s definitely something there but he needs to improve his decision making and his confidence will come with better decisions

  17. HAHAHA! Anyone thinking the “journalist” Tab has any inside info on Toews is as dumb as they come.

  18. These posts here good. Really happy with this yr with top 5 skill draft player/a must top pair quality gem and these young prospects showing they are good enougha and can be good NHL players once they learn mistakes other get established. And thats with out the trickle effect of us playing without an entire 1st line 20 19 77 and 50/top 10 goalie.

    Once these guys learn mistakes NHL game the things then you add the trickle. This would make this yr excellent and what we need. Have more htne one like a few or 4 young guys show that we do have depth in farm it was just these guys are the guys not those others. Kurachev Suter Mitch other.

    IAN
    January 15, 2021 at 10:58 pm
    Much better performance, Kurashev should’ve earned a chance to stay in lineup, looked like he belongs out there. Players not used to each other yet, going to cause issues. Suter making himself noticed in a good way. Mitchell looks good out there, his responsibility should be increasing but taking it slow with him, playing mostly 5 on 5 for now okay. Boqvist trying to get involved offensively, assists on 2 of 3 goals scored so far. That’s where his game changing ability lies, defensively will be always be a work in progress for him, but at barely 20 he will grow yet, time is on his side, just listen to his teammates, they all believe in him and this is the year to let him learn,

    Can’t understand Kubalik not on no.1 pp, if they need net front presence put Suter there too, let Kane stay out with Strome, Shaw and eventually Kurashev and Mitchell on 2nd pp. Goaltending hasn’t been terrible, see what Lankinen looks like, plus all these guys after a few games see how there progressing. See how they make out against Panthers and Wings.

    WRAPAROUND
    January 15, 2021 at 11:41 pm
    Ian – good post

    Boquist’s biggest problem IMO is his decision making – he doesn’t yet understand the NHL game very well – I hope he figures it out – as you say Ian this would be the year to do that because we’re all looking forward to a top 5 draft pick so it’s a year to develop – he needs to learn from his mistakes and maybe sit a game here and there but keep playing him or he won’t learn

    If he doesn’t figure it our this year though that’s trouble

  19. Good News:

    Tomorrow we get to say hello to Joel Quennville and ponder wistfully what might have been, had not the Great and Powerful Oz decided he knew more about the game of hockey than Q,

    He made this decision despite never having laced up a pair of skates at the NHL level or coached a game at the NHL level.

    Like the movie states:
    ‘Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain’.

  20. Caught pieces of the game. Looked and sounds like a better effort. Keep Boq in there to learn that is what this season is about. Saw that fly by by Kane. Even if he tries to take the body(haha) a little to slow him down that could have helped.

    10 games goalies have given up 5 or more goals. Hawks twice and Pitt twice. Not to mention Billington’s and Blues 8 goals. 7 more teams have given up 4. Anderson and Schneider each signed for 700K. We know/think Delia and Subban are not the answer. I believe the best way to groom a goalie is to have a legit previous #1 as mentor. With the taxi squad available have Fluery mentor Lankinen and tell Nalimov he’ll be on the roster. Need to find the diamond in the rough by 2 to 3 years.

    Kubalik Shaw Kane
    DCat Strome Janmark
    Kurachev Wallmark Suter
    Highmore Kampf Carpenter Hagel Entwistle

  21. Challenge was just dumb. And then Colliton in the post-game acts like the Blackhawks were robbed and said he was shocked that the refs came back so soon with the decision. What the? What is that guy looking at and thinking.

    Also per Morrison and maybe others, Kubalik not on the first PP unit is dumb. Eddie O called that out in the post game analysis. Goal scorers need the opportunities and not putting Kubalik out there is a team liability. Eddie didn’t mention Colliton by name, but we all got the drift.

    I’m liking the play of Kurashev and Suter. There is some aggressiveness with the puck that is good. As I’ve said before, people can appreciate a team that is maybe not so good but plays hard and competes. I like the compete level I’m seeing for the most part. Strome has had a couple of points so far and that is good. As Eddie O said last night, Strome is good with making decisions with the puck when it comes to him. He’s not going to make his own plays so he needs to get in position to be helped. He’s not my favorite but I’m hoping he does great. His success will help these other guys out.

    We all know that Tampa is pretty damn good so maybe not so bad to get started off against a league leader and get the youngsters’ feet wet right off the bat.

  22. Ian. Good post. There is always a positive way to see the lost from the kids ..better game then the first one for sure
    Would like to see Lankinen Carlson,and Hagel for a few games .
    Love my Hawks

  23. Seeler being placed on unconditional waivers, sounds maybe he refuses to report to Rfd., so they will terminate his contract. Whatever it is we’ll hesr for sure soon.

  24. There’s no future for Seeler with the Hawks – he might as well try with another NHL club as long he’s OK giving up an NHL salary for now

  25. Once the TDL has past players like Kurashev, Hagel and Carlsson should be every day players – until then they should get a smattering of games maybe more if there are injuries

  26. Seeler might be a good tryout at Boquists expense… Maybe not as gifted offensively but extremely gifted at clearing the crease and pounding ppl…Maybe its time for Kampf to pick it up a little bit offensively too….Big strong guy had a 1:1 match up going just over their blue line & instead of “pouring on the jets” … thus either beating dman or forcing penalty, he spins out shutting down his skating thrusters… NOT SCORING any goals that way.
    Way too much “ice capades” moves being preformed by forwards (by huge large circling moves all around the rink), gliding around -doing nothing.
    Goooo Hawks !
    Wonder if it was Q who told bloman,” you sign Seabrook for whatever it takes,we need him”!
    Just a thought….
    ?

  27. wrap

    this is the beginning of the 16th year of kane making ill advised defensive plays and floating back on defense. it isn’t and never has been okay, but in the past he had brilliant defense behind him to cover his ass.

    no one expects him to fight board battles or expose himself to physical abuse. but hustling back on defense, getting into passing lanes, and having a good stick would be a great help. he simply isn’t interested and rarely has been.

    there is a reason kane has scored 200+ more points than toews, but toews’ +/- is 125 better than kane.

  28. Definitely feeling better after this game. That same effort against -not the stanley cup champs – could’ve resulted in a win.

    focusing on the positives like others said kurashev and suter looking good, and strome not looking terrible either.

    starting to see how a few 3rd line changes and a legit goalie could get this team back in the playoffs in a few seasons, especially when dach and maybe toews are back

  29. Not a lot to say that hasn’t already been said. We’re 2 games in with 54 to go. There will probably be a lot of these games where the Hawks are simply outclassed – maybe not quite as bad as they were against a truly elite team like Tampa, but outclassed nonetheless against probably every team in the division with the exception of Detroit.

    That’s what we’re signed up for – like it or not. My focus will be finding the positives, and there will be positives – maybe only small nuance type things but that’s what I will be looking for because that’s what this season is really about. I’m good with that.

    Here’s one – I was pleasantly surprised with the way Kurashev played last night – specifically that he competed as well as he did. He went to the front of the net and got engaged in puck battles. I didn’t question his skill or skating or IQ but I did wonder if he was ready to compete physically in the NHL game and from what I saw in his first game I’m a little more hopeful than I was before. Now he has to bring that compete level consistently and that is still to be seen.

  30. AS GREAT as Kane is Offensively, Hawks are ALWAYS playing shorthanded when he is on the ice and we don’t have control of the puck…Only diff. now is, Crow aint in net to offset this…

  31. @Big Indian:

    “As I’ve said before, people can appreciate a team that is maybe not so good but plays hard and competes.”

    Spot on. I’ve said the same as well. If we play hard every time out and win the odd game against the better teams based on compete and desire that is a good year. Winning to me means playing hard, holding your own, and hopefully overachieving a bit. Some of my favorite teams were when Keenan took over and got the whole team to bring their lunch pails. That’s what I want to see again,

  32. Rockwell: inherited team from dad.

    Danny: gifted CEO job by dad.

    Spreadsheet Stan: rode in on dad’s coattails.

    We’re a “dad” org and it really shows.

  33. Funny comment.
    Dad org.

    You can tell Scotty Bowman is no longer involved in Blackhawk hockey decisions as he ages gracefully in Florida.

    No way does a guy with his name on the Cup 11 or so times, put crap like this on the ice, making the dumb decisions his kid is making.

    He did not do it in St.Louis in the 60s.
    He did not do it in Montreal in the 70s.
    He did not do it in Buffalo in the 80s.
    He did not do it in Pittsburgh in the early 90s.
    He did not do it in Detroit in the late 90s and early 2000s.
    He did no not do it in Chicago the first half of the 2010s.

    But time marches on as apples fall far from the tree.

    Reminding me of the Hawks of the late 1970s.
    Half empty Chicago Stadium, fights in the mezzanine corners, and J.P. Bordeleau losing puck in the corner cuz he got distracted by the above fight in the stands.

  34. It was a dumb challenge and ultimately JC’s call but someone else on staff saw it and wanted it challenged.
    poor Larmer gets his name associated with very silly people.

  35. I thought the challenge was a poor decision because while the case can be made Delia couldn’t slide his right leg over because the Tampa player had his skate in the way – I doubt it made a difference on the puck going in. It certainly wasn’t clear cut enough to overturn the call of good goal on the ice … maybe JC wanted to give his PK’ers some practice … just kidding. Hopefully JC learns from it.

  36. Hey HA!
    You don’t do much research do you?

    Tab stated in a previous post he had some intel on Toews …
    He just has not disclosed it.

    Probably because as a good journalist, he cannot confirm it. So he keeps mouth shut.

    Do your homework before opening mouth.
    Surely you know that right?
    Tab does.

  37. I don’t want to know what’s wrong with the Captain! I just want him healthy! That’s all the news I need to hear!

  38. Hate to say it but this is exactly what the organization needs. Rock bottom. Pick in the top 3 of the first round, get a franchise defenseman. Pick in the top 3 of the second round and get somebody who slips a bit (first round value).

    Mitchell, Suter, Wallmark have looked good. We are simply learning who can play at this level and who cannot.

  39. Mitchell`s skating will help him immensely. He`s older than Boqvist but he`s also a much better skater. Skating will hold Boqvist back or at the very least slow his progression. Agreeing with Craig, Suter has looked better than expected and can be very useful. Would like to see Kane and Kubalik as wingers on the first line as JR Roman mentioned previously. Gotta get Kubalik going going with top line minutes and powerplay chances. He`s been invisible. These games vs Tampa Bay set the bar for drafting bigger and faster players. Can`t dictate the play without them.

  40. Boqvist has to go. At this point his presence on a NHL roster is only because Bowman doesn’t want to admit he’s a first round draft bust. It’s ok Stan, the Wirtz family just promoted you and your job security has never been more secure. Get Boqvist the heck out of here.

  41. Yep – Boqvist has to go. I mean, for crying out loud – he’s not a teenager – he turned 20 in August – AND – he’s already played 43 NHL games. Think about that – he’s already played 43 games. How many games are we going to give this loser before we declare him a bust. He was the 8th overall pick in the 2018 draft. He should have been a HOF’er by now. Talk about FAIL!

    Did I do that right?

  42. nothing against boqvist, but he isn’t ready for prime time. time to learn the game in the ahl, if in fact he figures it out.

    carlsson has 100+ ahl games under his belt. time to see what he can do.

  43. Agree ER. Only 20 yrs old. Can’t buy beers yet. Heard it here first. He will be good. Needs to grow into his body. Same for Beaudin, will be good. Years ahead we’ll have a great D.

  44. RJ – right, the thing is Boqvist could be a bust if he doesn’t improve but it’s way too early to make that call. I’m still very optimistic he will be a very good offensive d-man.

  45. PP, you and I rarely are in agreement on things but this time we are – we have an imposter among us. Not the first time some self loathing poor excuse for a human being haunts this blog.

    And now, to return us to our normal relationship of disagreement with each other – I disagree with you regarding feeling bad for this person and hope things get better for them – not me – I hope this thing wallows in self pity and hatred until it takes it’s dying breath which I hope doesn’t happen too soon so they can suffer for a good long time. How’s that for sympathy for the devil. :=)

  46. Hey Eb,
    Looks like the purveyor of this blog did the right thing and took down the post and my reply to it.

    Looking back, it explains some of the crazy posts that came from Morrison over the last couple months,

    Like him or not like him, Morrison us pretty lucid here.

    The bizzaro posts with his name on them were puzzling.

    Not anymore, as the imposter named Morrison in his wacko post.

    Thank you Tab.

    One last thing Eb:
    You a tough dude! Think I will listen to the Rolling Stones now.

  47. This.

    TOMMY IVAN
    January 16, 2021 at 3:48 pm
    I don’t want to know what’s wrong with the Captain! I just want him healthy! That’s all the news I need to hear!

    CRAIG NIGRELLI
    January 16, 2021 at 4:43 pm
    Hate to say it but this is exactly what the organization needs. Rock bottom. Pick in the top 3 of the first round, get a franchise defenseman. Pick in the top 3 of the second round and get somebody who slips a bit (first round value).

    Mitchell, Suter, Wallmark have looked good. We are simply learning who can play at this level and who cannot.

  48. Roamn/ER, yea not that they are going to be/have to be top pair D guys. Boq and Beau can be very good 3/4/5 spots/if not 2? just say 3/4/5 spots then we have a loaded Defense in a couple yrs all young and upside for a deacde. Which would have Boq and Beau the 3rd pair on a loaded Defense. Thats nice.

    Think Leddy on 3rd pair that was good at goals/assists/passes/plays.

  49. PP, sometimes when I post we have been drinking so sometimes they are confusing/hard to understand. No worrys. Thats cool.

    Plus I am not good at english language so there is that/misspelled word gramer other things like that.

    I am honest and blunt and care/dedicated to the Blackhawks so theres that.

    ER, for you haunting problem. Who you going call?

    Ghostbusters.

  50. PP, oh yeah and I qoute from movies a lot at times and not put the name of person/movie with it since they are famous lines.

    Like that day I posted. I didnt kill my wife.

  51. Craig i wonder if Kampf gets moved at tdl as well, ufa in summer on lowhit deal, pretty good on fos and pk, be cheap depth for a playoff team. With no rise in cap again teams be looking for expiring contracts more this tdl likely so not to tie up cap space for next years roster issues. Wallmark an rfa would fit in good as 4C who can fill in up the lineup if needed next couple of years at least. With Kurashev projected as a C, Strome signed for next year and Suter looking like a possible option as well, moving Kampf for a middle round pick could make sense.

  52. With an easier division TB in COL STL out. We might be better record then first thought. Still can be top 3 before ping pong balls.

    Problem is the other bottom 10 teams might have harder sch then they did before and then have lower records which would make it tuff for us to get top 3 it might be 4/5/6 spot. For example ANA LA SJ might be slaughered with that stacked division and have worse records.

    TB 43-21
    DAL 37-24
    CAR 38-25
    NAS 35-26
    FLR 35-26
    CLB 33-22
    CHI 32-30
    DET 17-49

    8 games each/based on last yrs records could be
    TB 0-8
    DAL 2-6
    CAR 3-5
    NAS 2-6
    FLR 3-5
    CLB 3-5
    CHI x
    DET 8-0

    21-35
    Thats still not DET level or OTT level. Now SJ ANA LA were 6/7 games under and this has us at 14 under but with that loaded West these three teams could be in that 14 under area so we might only be 5h place with a chance at 2nd or 3rd place.

    I still like the 2 spot before ping pong balls.

  53. Really would like us to combine picks/other to move up at every spot in draft. Not waste 10 picks into 5 but use 2 or 3 and move up in the 2nd 3rd. Make the 4th a 3rd and the 3rd another 2nd.

    Like Craig said top 3 30-33 add that to Dach Vlassic/same thing and then again in 2022 draft and were looking at 3 gems and 3 very good players in first half of 2nd draft which we do very well at getting good players from first half od 2nd draft in last decade. Its the second half of 2nd draft where we havnt drafted well at.

    So get those first half 2nds please. Now.

  54. Like the Kampf trade for a 4th/like when we got Hands be moved up to a 3rd draft pick by adding something.

    Could be our 3rd and that 4th that gets us a mid 2nd draft pick. Thats my cut line half way on 2nd draft round.

  55. Throwing curve balls eh? No problem – easy to lay off. Recognized the spin on that one as soon as it left your hand.

  56. Yes Kampf is your right, thought he turned 27 last week, only 26 though.

    Wonder if Bowman be in on Khl goalie Timur Bilyalov when he becomes fa in April. Pretty impressive numbers, .943 sv% and1.45 gaa in 32 games last season and a .927 sv% with 2. 13 gaa so far this year. Similar nos. in 1st 3 years in Khl. Was interested in signing this year but covid issues made him sign for 1 year in khl. Leafs early favorites to get him but Blackhawks scouts in Europe likely watching him close. Only knock against him is his size, 5’10” 180 lbs., why he isn’t in Nhl already. Says his dream is to play in Nhl and would be ready to step in rightaway. New moa may changed but he will be 26 in March and believe he would sign a 1 year elc and have year to lock him up or become a ufa in summer of 22.

  57. Boquist a Bust at 20 years old?
    Looks BETTER than Keith did his first year…
    Who Boquist playing with? Whose ‘grooming him’?
    Oh yeah, Keith… Boy wonder….
    lol

  58. Boqvist? Two word review. Sh!t sandwich. What does anybody see in him? He is incapable of playing actual defense to the point I don’t understand how defenseman became his position of choice. Ever watch him try and skate backwards? Comical. And he’s dreadful on those rare occasions where the puck actually touches his stick. Oh, and he’s mentally lost out on the ice too which bags the question that he has low hockey IQ.

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