Fleury Terrific, Offense A No-Show As Blackhawks Stay Winless

After getting thoroughly crushed in Carolina on Friday night, the Blackhawks made the trip to St. Louis for a Saturday night affair. The Blackhawks came into the game against their division rival without a win yet.

Marc-André Fleury got the call in net and had without question his best game of the season. As the Blackhawks were out-shot 14-4 (yes, four shots) in the first period, Fleury made a few huge saves to keep the doughnuts on the scoreboard. He remained hot in the second period, which saw his teammates put more shots on net but still sustain absolutely nothing offensively.

Through 40 minutes, the Blackhawks were getting out-shot 29-16. No goals were on the scoreboard, but Blues fans had to feel more comfortable about their team’s ability to break through; Fleury was tremendous, the Blackhawks were competing but there was almost no offense to speak of from Chicago.

A struggling team hanging around can use any help they can get, but the Blackhawks refused to help themselves. Calvin de Haan and Alex DeBrincat went to the box inside the first six minutes of the second period and, the second power play paid off. Torey Krug sniped home the game’s first goal 7:25 into the third.

DeBrincat was in the box because his stick got caught in Brayden Schenn’s skate. Cat was called for tripping but the concern for St. Louis was Schenn, who labored to get to the bench and went straight to the room. He did return after the power play goal gave the Blues a 1-0 lead.

Fleury went to the bench with 95 seconds left in regulation and his team still chasing one. Not surprisingly, the Blackhawks struggled to get a shot on net. Jeremy Colliton called his timeout with 31.5 seconds on the clock after the Blues iced the puck, hoping to draw something up that worked with the extra attacker on the ice.

The Blackhawks didn’t get a good shot off with the empty net and Jordan Binnington earned one of the easiest 1-0 shutouts of his career.

43 thoughts on “Fleury Terrific, Offense A No-Show As Blackhawks Stay Winless

  • October 30, 2021 at 10:05 pm
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    Without a healthy Kane,Debrincat is their only finisher. Kubalik fumbled away and whiffed on several high slot prime chances. The rest of the team just does not have the experience to provide consistent offense at this level. The Hawks did play the exact type of game that they have to play to be competitive but at this point that is the best they can hope for. McCabe and Murphy were much better. Toews was the same. All 0,s across the board on a nightly basis by the top line Center is not gonna get it done. He can’t do it in the condition he is in. Dach has to take over as the #1 Center. Borgstrom comes back as the #2. Well,there is always Monday night against Ottawa. Onward I suppose.

  • October 30, 2021 at 10:35 pm
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    For all of you shitting on the D, this one was on the complete lack of offense. Had an early dinner date & got to the car at 2nd intermission to find 0-0 score but damn near a 2-1 shot differential. That’s not on the D!! Actually saw the last 4-5 minutes & if that was representative of the rest of the game ……… pathetic offensive effort & execution. Might be time to change the story-line here folks. The defense wasn’t the dumpster fire most harp-on

  • October 31, 2021 at 12:51 am
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    seriously? who cares????? my first heroes were hull, mikita, wharram, , pilote, vasko, and hall. and many heroes since to include bill white, stapleton, roenick, savard, roenick, larmer, pappin, second, and many others. nothing matters until the new gm is put in position and his/her new head coach is put in position. the rest is only banter. my only concern is that the new gm is free to make his/her moves. if heroes need be sacrificed so be it. time to think of the future. very few players currently wearing the hawks sweater who i would be happy to see wearing the crest come fall of 2023.

    all that has happened is bs. until the league makes it’s own investigation and holds the hawks management, the players association, and the hawks players at the time accountable for indiscretions nothing is happening except pissing in the wind. bettman is a weasel. time for the nhl to step up, thoroughly vette this very sad occurrence, set forth penalties, and move forward. where is kenesaw mountain landis is when we need him?

  • October 31, 2021 at 1:15 am
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    At least Fleury played great and Jones again was a force – the compete was there but missing too many bodies on a team already short on offence

    Assuming Kane Borgstrom and Khaira are all back in up front and Stillman on D it’s probably time to let RJ Hardman Phillips and maybe even Entwistle get big minutes in RKF

    4th line can be Carp Khaira and Gaudette

    Leave Strome in for now

    The Hawks wasted a lot of opportunities by missing the net or fumbling the puck

    Toews can’t make the difficult passing plays anymore – the way he botched an early 2 on 1 was representative of how his hands aren’t there – maybe they’ll gradually come back maybe not

    Gus with a pretty good game and a beauty hip check – that’s right Gus!

  • October 31, 2021 at 1:17 am
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    Someone needs to talk to Dach. In the 3rd, when pressured near the St Louis net, he would dump or center the puck to a Blues player. He needs to fight harder and buy another second or two so he can find his own man.

  • October 31, 2021 at 1:57 am
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    A big challenge for this organization will come when the next GM has to figure out what to pay Dach and Kubalik after this year. Dach is developing in my opinion, but only had 82 games in the NHL and 3 in Rockford coming into this season. His health is critical to get a fair, if not a good, read on where he is at. Kubalik can score. His forecheck is better than last year and he has become more physical and responsible. We gave up Suter to make room for Tyler Johnson, who right now is not showing any ability to add offense to our team. Yes, he has grit – but at $5m we need a bit more than grit.

    I’m still for an outside person to step in and do a complete evaluation of the Hawks’ system, give an assessment of what is in the pipeline and what is needed. New blood needed to run the player personnel side in this organization. Fresh eyes. Fresh approach. It needs to be done soon, but correctly and thoroughly, not rushed.

    Then it becomes decision time for players. No loyalty to anyone. The stars have been paid for their cups, and paid well. Let’s get at fixing this ….. mess.

    While Jones is looking better all the time, giving up our first and second this year is a back breaker if this ship doesn’t do a 180 purty darn quick. Raise your hand if you expect that to happen. I didn’t say HOPE. I said expect. The Fleury acquisition is now essentially worthless to the organization unless we can move him for something of decent value. His play tonight helps in that path. We finally got our forwards involved in team defense. I’ve been hearing from the coach, and finally got to see it from the players.

    After a couple of years in a row of financial loss for Rocky, if he thinks Chicago is going to support the product we are seeing right now – he didn’t pay much attention when he was younger.

  • October 31, 2021 at 2:20 am
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    The Hawks had a lot go right during the Cup winning years and now the pendulum has made the inevitable swing back the other way. The Hawks can’t seem to catch a break this season with so many fumbled passes, whiffed shots, pucks bouncing or deflecting this way instead of that way. Good teams seem to catch the breaks and bad teams don’t. Players pressing probably plays a role.

    The most disappointing thing among so many disappointing things this season is the play of Toews. I really hoped he would be close to the player he was in the bubble playoffs – he’s not. He’s still pretty good at the dot but he doesn’t have the same strength, quickness and tenacity that he had throughout his career. Will he regain some of that? I hope so but I’m a whole lot less optimistic than I was before I watched him play these 9 games.

  • October 31, 2021 at 5:46 am
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    Getting better. Do need to work on passing. Also finishing. Edzo pointed out a wrap around that didn’t happen. Kubalik whiffed on a couple that usually doesn’t happen. The Fluery of last year was in the net. This is what we expected in a game. Competitive but just short and entertaining to watch.

    Hopefully a win tomorrow. If not we can go to the 12th winless. Wouldn’t it be something if AZ does the same! We will have the immovable object versus the unbreakable force. Or at least the other side of that spectrum.

  • October 31, 2021 at 7:03 am
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    Certainly the Fleury who we wanted to see this season, lights out. Defense had a solid game, Jones has looks like the best player on the ice when is out on many shifts, that’s the sign of a no. 1 dman. That will continue to get better and healthier. Gus with a highlight reel hip check, lol.

    Offense is disappointing, yes we see what Toews isn’t doing but his line continuously, regardless of who his linemates are the only line generating more shots and scoring attempts, he is still making the players around him better, definitely a plus. Getting better at passing is something that should come. Far less worried about bounces going right in the offensive end or what he looks like skating back up the ice, at least his line spends time in other end, give him a little time to work the rest out, most never expected him to get this far. More concerned about inability of other lines to generate positive possession in opposing end. R. Johnson, who i been high on since he was signed in juniors, can win some fos and brings a physical game but seems to struggle in the rest of his game, Khaira no doubt draws back in his spot.

  • October 31, 2021 at 8:39 am
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    Hawks look unmotivated/ sloppy hockey

  • October 31, 2021 at 8:42 am
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    Shut out ! Can’t find the mesh! It’s unbelievable and what must all those rookies think , they’re probably thinking ,” I gotta get the hell outa here “ they had decades like this before where the players came in one door and left through the other ! I can remember paying 20 bucks for a ticket on the street and parking for free and looking around in the balcony in the Third with all the other boo birds and a whole lot of empty seats , POPS 4

  • October 31, 2021 at 9:23 am
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    Assuming they get players back from Covid protocol for OTT

    Kub Dach Kane
    Cat Strome Hagel
    Kurashev Toews Borgstrom
    Khaira Carp Gaudette

    deHaan Jones
    Gus Murphy
    Stillman McCabe

    Fleury
    Lank

  • October 31, 2021 at 9:37 am
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    I don’t agree with the unmotivated assessment. Sloppy? Yes, but not unmotivated. I think they’re closer to too motivated which is to say they’re pressing which is exacerbating the poor play.

    It was a good effort last night but too many missed opportunities either not taken or due to poor execution. I think the Blues played a sloppy game too, which probably contributed to the Hawks hanging with them all game.

    Another “L”. Ho hum.

  • October 31, 2021 at 9:44 am
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    I watched the Oilers and Canucks last night. Evan Bouchard played 24 minutes with Darnell Nurse on the top pairing and was excellent. I didn’t care if we picked him or Dobson, but wow, how good would that have been to have one of those two paired with Byram. Drafting those guys seemed like a no-brainer to me and a lot of others.

    Stan may be gone but his decisions will haunt this club for the next decade. I never hated Pulford in the same way I do Stan. At least Pulford was a hockey guy. He may have sucked but at least owned a pair of skates. WTF was Stan? Ever? He wasn’t even real.

  • October 31, 2021 at 10:09 am
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    IRONIC-happening in the opposite way to what is expected, and typically causing wry amusement because of this.

    THE ONE GOAL MOTTO BECOMES 1999-2006 MOTTO FOR THE NEXT DECADE.
    everything Rocky has done, he became his old man. but we are missing Pulford.
    IRONIC Rocky brings his relationship back to fans, Pat Foley, Stan, Bobby, Tony and etc; while stating bring in new culture and leadership…..BAM BAM ALL WENT TO SHIT.

    can expect any less from a Wirtz management team for hockey.

  • October 31, 2021 at 11:18 am
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    What the Hawks younger forwards should be thinking after these last 9 games or so is, I am not skilled enough. My passing is horrible and I had better start backche king and finishing my scoring chances or when the new regime arrives I will be destined for Rockford.

  • October 31, 2021 at 11:20 am
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    I see that the narrative was that Fleury had a great game, but in my eyes I saw a guy who can’t handle the puck for everytime he did something catastrophic nearly happened. If we can get a 2nd rounder for Fleury take it and be very very happy.

    As for the rest of the game it was weird, very few grade A chances by both teams and even less hitting for such a rivalry. Everything was from the outside and I didn’t see a Hawk close to Binnington at all. Greasy goals are an allergy the Hawks have.

    Down 1-0 and no pushback whatsoever.

    For all of those Strome fans out there, he is not the answer.

    Stan left us in the dark ages

    The best play of the game was the Gus hipcheck!!!!

    Does anyone else think Edzo is filbustering for the Hawks hockey ops/GM job? He certainly is signing a different tune from than the past when he would always go out of his way to not be a homer.

  • October 31, 2021 at 11:40 am
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    ER – agree that the shooting problem (and probably some of the crappy passing) is from everyone holding their sticks too tight and overthinking, not lack of motivation, but hey, at least they started shooting
    & as others noted SJ is looking like a #1 D, the first few games he got burned bad getting too deep into the O zone – the last couple he’s skated the puck to the net or behind it and gotten back quickly – perhaps he’s realized that it’s all on him and adjusted accordingly

  • October 31, 2021 at 12:33 pm
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    Hard to believe that as October winds to a close, the team has hit rock bottom on the ice and off the ice. Burned to the ground.
    The next General Manager is going to have huge decisions to make on the direction of the franchise. Whoever gets the job must have absolutely zero connection or sentimenal link to the Cup years. It’s not only time to rebuild but it truly is like a start-up franchise.

  • October 31, 2021 at 1:13 pm
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    I don’t know that you can lay blame all on the offense or defense. What is apparent is that we give up way too many shots to be successful. Last 4 games opponents SOG, 40, 37, 35, 35. Our SOG, 25, 26, 29, 35. You just don’t see other successful teams with that type of differential. If the Hawks are going to change things, that’d be a solid start. Putting it on the opponents net more than they are on yours improves your chance for success.

  • October 31, 2021 at 1:38 pm
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    Stop evaluating players, the players have long since quit/stopped playing for this coach! The problem has been, what coach out there would what this team? The Nashville 4 and out was the start of the end/ rebuild. JC was to teach at Rockford not the big club. I question what he is teaching or is it what is needed in the NHL. Q wanted out; he only wants vets/proven players. He is not a teacher and did not like what he saw in Rockford. Head coaches plug players in using the players strong points. Finally. What happened to the poster that always stated “In Bowman we TRUST”?

  • October 31, 2021 at 3:00 pm
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    Although Collusion stinks and should have never hired and fired a long time ago, going on a limb and predicting 1st W tomorrow night.

  • October 31, 2021 at 4:43 pm
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    Dollar Bill, Strome definitely not a game changer, alot of decisions to be made around forwards for new Gm. Not the least is the coach plus what the future for 19 and 88 will be. That likely could be made next summer, probably nothing much more than some expiring contracts moved this year. Decisions around Kubalik, Kurashev, Dach next contract, lots changes could happen there.

  • October 31, 2021 at 6:36 pm
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    Craig, except we don’t get the benefit of that cool expansion draft where we can cherry pick some talented players. I watched the Kracken play a couple nights ago and boy do I wish we had their roster. You are right about your point that whoever takes over at all different levels should have no prior contact with the past. No Yawneys,Savards,Grahams,Campbells,Olczyks,etc.

  • October 31, 2021 at 6:58 pm
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    Haven’t watched much of any of the games and not every ga,e last two yrs. no bandwagon just not as much fun as it was since we got 19 88 for the few off yrs while we load up again. Thought it would be more fun to watch this yr then last two? With the good players we got and prospects getting more experience. It will come eventually.

    So even with a 0 win first 10 games were only 3 and 4 games ahead of several teams for top draft picks. Ari is worse then this?

    I was out for awhile this summer what the trade for seth Jones we get a top pair defensemen for his 2nd half of his 10-12 prime yrs for a 1st. We get to keep the 1st if it’s 1st or 2nd draft pick. Is that right. That’s huge to get 1st or 2nd pick this draft.

    Who is better top two players this draft or next yrs draft say top 3-5 picks. Who are the better players to add to 77 reichel with.

  • October 31, 2021 at 7:03 pm
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    Toot, think the same there’s no point in getting mad at so,e of the players because it’s not a good system for this leagues playoffs. We need the type of players Tim talks about and a system like trotz other and get go to build roster built for playoffs roster.

    We have a good start with 77 reichel 12 Jones. 19 88 can stay for now and then less yrs at a time as long as they are good. Get some more elites from draft and another one from ufa for free. Like Ian said we ll have lots and lots of cap space to do a almost complete revamp and build built for playoffs style.

    Can’t wait. These yrs are very important for getting those elites from draft. Load young wave!

  • October 31, 2021 at 7:05 pm
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    Remember it all started with 2 7 and 10 and then we got 19 88. Jones ? 12 and then we got 77 this draft elite.

    Hmmmmm.

  • October 31, 2021 at 7:07 pm
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    Sucking for two yrs is actually the best thing for us it gets us more elites from draft which is vital for rebuild.

  • October 31, 2021 at 7:59 pm
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    The rumor tonight is that Vegas is very close to closing a deal for Eichel. Also according to Scott Powers, Jeremy Colliton is not going anywhere for a long time. The remnants of the Blackhawk hierarchy prefers to do nothing and let the disaster subside before even considering any coaching or player changes of any significance. WOW. Good luck with that plan Rocky,Danny, and remaining corporate wokesters.

  • October 31, 2021 at 8:22 pm
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    Watching the Kraken play the Rangers right now. Looking at the Kraken lineup tonight, they have at least 9 forwards, 4 D Men, and a Goalie that are arguably much better than what the Hawks put on the ice when they are at full strength. Sad .

  • October 31, 2021 at 8:41 pm
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    @Tim W.

    The reason why the Kraken is decent is they took John Quenneville from the Hawks……oh wait!

  • October 31, 2021 at 8:57 pm
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    “Let the disaster subside before considering a coaching change.” I gotta admit that strategy is beyond my ability to comprehend. If that is truly the case then I can’t imagine top GM candidates being very excited by the Hawks job.

  • October 31, 2021 at 9:43 pm
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    TimW my prediction not necessarily what i hope to see but wouldn’t be shocked if this is how it may play out is. Eddie O is named President and Gm in charge of hockey. Then a non hockey guy can come in and take Danny Wirtzs place and run the business part of it whenever with no conflict to on ice affairs. Davidason is named vp in MacIsaacs spot and maybe still asst. Gm. Colliton could then likely stay put and be reassessed in off season. Only tdl type trades deals be made before off season, maybe Maf, Dehaan, Strome and some depth guys maybe. Extensions for who needs a new deal that they want to bring back next year. Chances are when healthier the bleeding stops on the ice and some wins start coming.

    Couple of guys i look forward to being recalled from Rfd. to see them is Reichel and Soderblom, both off to very good starts in Rfd.

  • October 31, 2021 at 10:11 pm
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    Ian, Boy do I hope you are wrong on both the Olczyk part and Colliton part. My opinion is that Olczyk loves his gigs where he Jets in and out including his affinity for the Horse Racing/Gambling circuit. I don’t see him wanting any part of the remnants of the Chicago Blackhawks and the amount of work it will take to repair and rebuild. Colliton is not an NHL coach. The in game adjustments shift to shift elude him and that’s just the beginning. We will see but if the rumors are correct he is safe for the next few years anyway.

  • October 31, 2021 at 10:45 pm
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    Just read the article by Powers. I will paraphrase with the written accent instead of opinion.

    In point 2 of the article, Powers believes a majority of Hawks fans want Colliton fired yesterday, but from what he’s heard he doesn’t think is will happen soon. He claims a source on Saturday says the dust needs to settle on many fronts before the Blackhawks can do anything else. It also sounds like the Blackhawks leadership (his word, not mine) realizes the past week has been taxing on everyone within the organization. Source didn’t make excuses and indicated that the belief is that analytics would even themselves out over time, and that it is still worth noting there are many players out for injuries or Covid.

  • October 31, 2021 at 11:23 pm
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    Just curious, i’m not a subscriber did Powers give any indication who he thought the next gm would be.

  • November 1, 2021 at 12:18 am
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    Not directly, no. He indicates he feels that Bowman and Davidson may not have seen eye to eye, and that Philips’ callup may have been something that Brian Campbell influenced, as he believes Campbell is a fan of Philips. Powers also notes that Campbell sat with Davidson for a morning skate earlier in the week. Powers indicates that changing to Davidson may buy Jeremy some time to allow Davidson to get a firmer grip on his new role.

  • November 1, 2021 at 12:41 am
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    Every team in the league has injuries to key players and they also have COVID issues. The difference is,those teams are not sitting at 0 Wins and they are not using those things as excuses. If this team is fully healthy they are a train wreck. Reading Scott Powers article and several of the TSN columnists opinion pieces affirms for me that the Chicago Blackhawks will be drifting out at sea rutterless for quite awhile. Ian, for what its worth former Rangers G.M. Jeff Gorton is the rumored front runner for Hawks G.M. Tortorella is rumored as the next Panthers coach. Interesting.

  • November 1, 2021 at 5:57 am
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    SS, making Davidson fulltime Gm and staying with Colliton fits with tye tight purse strings approach i guess, so could happen.

    TimW, Gorton would be a great choice, having a fresh face not connected to team is a good way to go.

  • November 1, 2021 at 6:54 am
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    Ian, TW, Silent – read the same article – I don’t doubt that Hawks ‘leadership’ wants to take it slow and let the ‘analytics even out’ and get back to a full roster but if the losing continues – even if they set a new NHL record which would this week – I don’t think they can do nothing regarding the coaching situation

    The pressure to fire Colliton if they lose both homes games coming up will be huge – scandal or not

  • November 1, 2021 at 7:18 am
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    Will the Hawks be like the Bulls = post Jordan- when basically no free agent (top tier) wanted to come play for the organization after Krause- handling of the end of dynasty?

    Or more like the Penn State situation? Bad for couple years… but progressing

    Due to the importance of UFA/ and Euro signings… I think the Hawks will be up shit’s creek for many years to come- because they are going to have rely significantly on DRAFTING for year’s to come- with zero- to low level interest from UFA’s.

    Best way/quickest way to fix the issue- will be to hire the BEST GM/front office types- that come with Brand/culture to draw possible UFA’s to this dumpster fire. I don’t know who the next Yzerman is…

    Hossa Type- GM/Coach- Might be the Type- that would lure in Kid’s who were fans- with his IQ/ leadership/ work ethic. Not saying Hos is qualified… but saying it is the “type” of guy it’s gonna take to start the
    rebuilding ” of the brand

    I actually- think keeping Colliton is the right thing to do- the Culture needs time to heal- bringing in a great or good coach- might get the team 10-15 more wins… but they still will be average- NOT a legit threat- and it would only prolong the rebuild….

    which SB all ready did- when he signed MAF and $Jones trade.

  • November 1, 2021 at 9:08 am
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    Wrap agree it will be a pressing issue if some wins don’t start happening on regular basis. Davidson or new Gm may not be under the same pressure to fire Colliton yesterday that we have seen, especially if they can find a few wins in next couple of weeks.

    Bluto may not get every fa for the price we think they should sign for but no doubt there will be some willing to sign. Could be a couple of years before they become players in bigger name ufas again anyways. I think after this season besides a decision on head coach and staff going forward, sitting down with 19 and 88 to discuss their futures will be a priority. Could be anything from working on extensions, playing out their contracts in a Blackhawk uniform and retiring. To one or both of them waiving their nmcs and trying to make a trade happen. Dach new deal be a prioriy too but would not be surprised if that one gets done during the season.

  • November 1, 2021 at 9:38 am
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    Tim W: I think that’s actually the best way to go about it. Make no moves unless its between Rockford and the Hawks, take your time finding the next guy to run your hockey club, let Kid Coach flounder until they have the right guy in place to make the decisions.

    Silent Spot: All Scott Powers did was watch the broadcast vs Carolina when they flashed Davidson and Campbell sitting in on a skate as I noted here when they flashed it.

    Lets see: Monday Night Football or Hawks game?? Guess I can watch the Hawks for an hour before I turn the channel.

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