Hat Trick For Kane, Blackhawks Blow Out Leafs

Make it 10 in a row.

During a first period that could have cured insomnia, Andrew Shaw appeared to score in the first, but video review questionably overturned the goal. Once the opening 20 minutes came to a close, the Hawks’ offense woke up.

Scott Darling made a few nice stops during a six minute stretch that saw the puck in the Hawks’ defensive zone far too much. But a parade to the penalty box opened the door for the Hawks to get their offense in motion.

As second penalty of the night on Jake Gardiner expired, the Hawks kept traffic around the net and Duncan Keith made a gorgeous touch pass through traffic in front of the net to a wide open Patrick Kane.

Four minutes later, this time with Matt Hunwick in the box for hitting Kane in the mouth with a high stick, the Hawks’ superstar made the Leafs pay again. This time it was Artemi Panarin with the pretty dish to Kane, who scored his league leading 27th goal of the season. Kane also set a new career high with his 14th power play goal of the season; Friday was the Hawks’ 47th game of the season.

The Hawks had three full power plays in the second period and a fourth called during the period as Nazem Kadri took a terrible penalty with less than one second remaining in the period. Only 21 seconds into the third, Kane returned the favor to Panarin with a beautiful set-up to extend the Hawks’ lead to three.

Morgan Reilly got Toronto on the board at 3:47 and the Leafs got two power play opportunities late in the third after Chicago had five straight advantages in the game. The Hawks were able to kill both penalties, including a 6-on-4 when Toronto pulled their goaltender for the final 30 seconds of the second advantage.

Mike Babcock left his cage empty after the second Hawks’ penalty ended and Kane received a nice pass for a breakaway. He scored into the empty net to complete his first career regular season hat trick. Kane now has a league-leading 28 goals.

Kane had four points (three goals, one assist), Panarin had three (one goal, two assists) and Brent Seabrook had two assists in another stellar win.

Toews and Niklas Hjalmarsson were credited with a team-leading three takeaways each, while Dennis Rasmussen and Hjalmarsson led the way with two hits each. To close out the loaded box score, Hjalmarsson and Trevor van Riemsdyk led the Hawks with three blocked shots each.

Ryan Garbutt skated only 7:45 but led the Hawks with five shots on net.

Darling was good when he needed to be, making 28 saves against 29 saves to earn the victory. James Reimer made 25 saves against 28 shots in the loss.

Chicago’s power play was successful twice in six advantages in the game, and they killed all three of Toronto’s power plays on the night.

The Hawks host Montreal at the United Center on Sunday evening. A win would tie the all-time franchise record win streak of 11 games.

Toews TOR

54 thoughts on “Hat Trick For Kane, Blackhawks Blow Out Leafs

  • January 15, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Good good good good yes! Two tough games on the road and we answer the bell for an even ten straight. Just knew that hat trick was coming. You could literally “see” it over the past couple of weeks. Dissapointed by the dirty play here and there by the Maple Leafs. Surprised that Babcock allows for that crap. Shaw could have had a real serious injury there. Also I see Pollack has not changed much coming over from the Blues, still a dirty dog. TVR and Seabrook big games, outstanding play as was Panarin’s and of course Kane.

  • January 15, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Not that the Hawks needed it, but the TV showed a split screen slow-mo replay of the supposed offside play and it pretty clearly showed that Hossa kept his toe on the ice as the puck crossed the line … but, it didn’t matter so …

    Darling very good all night except a little off the net on that one shot. Nice to have a backup of his quality.

    So happy for Kaner getting his first regular season hattie, and with the 4 point night he is now a point per game player for his career with 624 points in 623 games. And he’s now leading the league in goals, assists and points. Keep it rolling Kaner.

  • January 15, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    ER/Mining, you guys are developing chemistry like Sedins and Bread Man/Kaner. The timing of your posts. Do you guys look alike.

    When we add a player at deadline and Krugs comes back, we have that quality depth again. Were going to need everyone.

    Roll 4 lines.

  • January 15, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    MM – I’m not surprised at all that Babcock would allow some cheap shot crap to sneak into their game. He doesn’t have the finesse and the prowess on D that he had in Detroit. The Leafs lack of depth presents a whole new set of headaches for him, so no surprise that he may let the boys play fast and loose at times. Great win for us. I love the poise and the attention to playing a 5 man game.

    Oh, and BTW – I’m sitting comfortably in my So Cal living room watching the Stars get crushed by the Ducks. 4-0 Ducks in the first. I cannot, in good conscience, ever pull for the Ducks, for so many reasons that everyone here understands, though chief among them for me is that Corey Perry is a beady-eyed little prick and I don’t like his game. That said – it is a guilty pleasure right now as I watch the Stars fall to earth.

  • January 15, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    Is that correct Kane’s first career regular season hat trick?
    They’re saying on Inside the NHL Kane has the MVP “IF” he stays healthy, the way the Leafs started treating him brings some questions (head hunting).
    Hay, Mining Man here is an idea for you and the others to work over. I was listening to Inside the NHL and one of the reporters mentioned that Dustin B. of the Jets could be on the block and he thought it would be interesting if he ended up with the Hawks. My idea: Think trading Bickle and a D man if both front offices could even out the CAP hit. He would be the D man you are all looking for but would only be a rental that would go after the PO’s due to another CAP problem. Remember that Bickle took over Dustins PO job of big body in front of the net.
    TAB, you have a college site also?

  • January 15, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    Great win! Proud of the boys!! Go Hawks!!!

  • January 15, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    Great game, the Leafs werent awful, they remind me of the Bears in that they have a great coach, and a solid system, but very few playmakers.

    Also, I am not sold on this Panik, though the sample size with the Hawks is small. Either way, I think we have some better options down in Rockford.

  • January 15, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    Do MM and I look alike? I don’t know … hey MM, are you old, overweight and under hair-follicled? =)

  • January 15, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    ER- Old and overweight check…have long hair and a lot of it, it’s all I got left from my youth. Usually in a pony tail and tucked away so people really don’t know but once in a while I let it all out. I’m guessing I was ten years when Bobby Hull rubbed my head and said “Hey kid” while coming off the ice for the St Catherine’s TeePees. Bobby Hull, Billy Hay, Chico Maki and Glenn Hall were my idols, but really the whole team was. Never got over ’71 or that nutty trade that gave the cup to Boston in ’72. Have been a fierce and loyal Blackhawk fan and never gave up the faith, so in that sense at least we are quite alike.

  • January 15, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    Great game for the Hawks. Seems like teams are looking to cheap shot TT as its happened twice now in the last few games. Toronto has nowhere near the Hawks skill so they tried to rely on cheap shots/physical play and the result was obvious. These low skilled teams keep trying to get physical and it won’t work. GO HAWKS. Get number 11 on Sunday!!!

  • January 15, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Toot’70- Byfuglien, in my opinion and probably others, is the most unique player in the NHL and Winnipeg would be absolutely insane to let him go. If we could get Buff in an Indian head jersey again ( without giving up serious key assets ), then it’s all over…might as well just give us the Cup on that day.

  • January 16, 2016 at 12:15 am

    MM- The word is Buf wants 5 yrs. & mucho $$$ and the Jets are??? They have not given him a list of teams yet and his contract has limited team restrictions.
    The Hawks just can not afford him.
    Does any other team have the CAP problems that the Hawks have?
    Two teams to watch out for in the PO’s will be the Hab’s with a healthy Price and Tallon’s kids & rejects.

  • January 16, 2016 at 12:16 am

    Hey MM – I have the same amount of hair as I ever did – just redistributed from the top of my head to my ears, back and other unmentionable spots. :)

  • January 16, 2016 at 12:33 am

    ER/Mining, I was joking with what the post game tv interview with Kaner. Didnt know if you guys saw that interview. The guys asked Kaner if Bread Man and him were twins or something because of the chemistry they have. Then said is it because we look alike. Your responses were funny.

  • January 16, 2016 at 12:38 am

    Toot, we can have a couple guys go to Rockford roster and with 20 on the 23man, we have 4.2m in cap space to add two players (8.4m at 50% retained).

  • January 16, 2016 at 12:41 am

    Morrison – yep, I saw the post game interview where Kane laughed and said that. It was funny – but also kind of true because they do look alike a little bit,

  • January 16, 2016 at 1:07 am

    — adding anyone?

    Let’s see how it plays out… Maybe the Hawks don’t NEED to add anyone? Last year, with imminent cap-imposed salary shedding it made perfect sense to “go all-in” and (over-)pay for a “rental” or two, but if the Hawks keep “playing the right way”, and there are no devastating injuries, this group may not need any trade deadline additions? It would seem that they are not going to be adding a Byfuglien or Vermette for this season’s Cup run.

  • January 16, 2016 at 5:56 am

    Hey ER, Hawks in 1st place right now… Dallas and Minnesota both lost. Dallas does have 2 games in hand.

    Maybe you and I can get a 2 for 1 Eddie O discount from his hair growth company, although after seeing Brian Urlacher’s tuft, I’m not so sure we want to go that route. It looks like a divot landed on his head!

  • January 16, 2016 at 6:01 am

    I agree fully on trying to get big buff. What about trading Bickel Hartman and a number 1 pick for buff. I would even throw in a second round pick. It’s worth it to repeat as champs. Go hawks!!!!

  • January 16, 2016 at 6:32 am

    Hat Trick for Kane – Leafs fall to Soaring Hawks ;)

  • January 16, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Hoss- The jury is out on Panik… But- I like what I have seen for the most part… better than average speed, size, and has put some decent shots on net…

    Surprisingly- the guy has made some real quick/smart passes in both zones (with a couple bad ones to wrong guy in D zone)… but let’s remember- he probably hasn’t practiced with team- playing so many games in short time.

    4th line is WAY better w/o 29/Mash- imo

  • January 16, 2016 at 7:59 am

    I would rather get Andrew Ladd than Buff and slot him with towes and hoss on the left side. Shaw( when his play comes back down to earth), back on 3rd or 4th line. If this happens you can hand us the cup.

  • January 16, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Don’t like seeing scuds and Rosie on a pairing together.

  • January 16, 2016 at 8:21 am

    Agree with Wall on Panik-At the very least a better option-
    Trades-money if for money out-don’t see teams taking Bickell unless you give away 2 or 3 of your top draft picks (and perhaps a top prospect) in the next two years-
    Why when you are in first and have won 10 in a row? And won the cup last year.
    It would be like money traders buying high and selling low-they don’t
    (They will do the smart thing and add a depth guy-probably a winger, perhaps a D-man)

  • January 16, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Demo- Shaw was playing top 6 quality hockey end of last season and playoffs and seems to be finding comfort there. He’s a flat out good puck handler, and you never have to question his motor or defense. Now does that mean I wouldn’t take Ladd? ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? GET THAT GUY! And/or Buff. But that seems to be impossible. The league seems to be trying not to help the Hawks (although the Scuderi trade did save some money somehow, does Bowman have another Jedi mind trick up his sleeve?). Ladd’s production is right inline with his career, not declining in his 13th season, it would be nice to add a great forward but a younger, smart D would probably fit a more pressing need (and this teams’ winning formula), one key injury and we’ve got a 37 year old pairing in the playoffs. I’m the founder and president of the #32 fan club, but even I don’t want to see that.

  • January 16, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Patrick Kane – just another superstar, and Panarin isn’t far behind.

  • January 16, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Why the pessimism on getting buff or Ladd.? If you trade a top prospect not currently on the NHL roster and some draft picks that the hawks don’t immediately need maybe it’s enough to get Winnipeg to take Bickel. I think it’s just one more year on bickels contract and they are rebuilding. For the hawks it’s worth it for the unique opportunity to repeat. Maybe somebody else offers a better deal is the issue I see

  • January 16, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Sasquatch Darling played SOLID! He reminds me of an old friend a goal tender in High school who wore an XXL jersey so the puck got held up in the extra fabric. like a velcro blanket. For Reals!

    Darling really gave up ZERO rebounds no second shots and was stable! The streak continues!

    Toronto is really really bad and getting worse! I mean really bad!

    We are all LUCKY to have a team like the HAWKS who do a LOT RIGHT and allow a NHL Fan to enjoy the game, analysis the play and skill that we see night in and night out! Like the Yankees in the 1960’s , Bulls and Jordan or the Patriots now, fun to see a team EXECUTE! You learn a lot! You learn very little from average people and average teams.

    The Maestro Line continues to amaze! I still want to see THE ARTIST step up a little on his rushes up the wing, along the wall, he has the SPEED but slows up looking for the pass or drifting to pull out the defense ( which is also good ) When THE ARTIST (Panarin) decides to “Motor” in and drop his shoulder to head to the net with GUSTO look out! Right now he’s playing great but the KID HAS MORE . . . it’s coming! I want to see his speed! Zoom Zoom!

    Duncan Keith is amazing what a pass down in the BLUE for the goal . . . WOW! Also DUNK is just soo quick to the puck on defense, he is a GIFT . . . no one like him in the NHL, so smart, quick , what a clinic every night!

    TVR is not playing well but the TEAM and our current 6 d-men can ABSORB some mistakes. TVR is not consistent on his close outs on the wings / wall , often he gives is a lame poke check and when he tries to play the body it’s a disaster! Sooooooo when a guy comes in on the wing and see TVR, they know it’s a lame poke check coming they SKATE ( power ) THRU IT. He’s gotta bulk up (go visit Ben Prentiss ) and get more physical and play the body, wrap it up! ROZY at 106 years old is a master at the wrap up! Ben Prentiss is a genius at training, he can bulk ya up and increase his mobility. Check Ben out . . . if you have not already.

    KANE continues to amaze and like DUNK and HOSS and TOEWS who are players that do things no one in the NHL does, night in and night out!

    Go Hawks

  • January 16, 2016 at 10:27 am

    BUFF would be worth the COST! He is very much like Kane, Dunk, Hoss and Toews all do things no one else can do, will do or want to do! BUFF is the only player i have ever been SAD TO SEE GO, he changes the entire tenor of the game, LADD not so much! BUFF would ensure another cup, and he can PLAY D, PLAYS great on Power PLAY.

    But HAWKS wont get him . . . or is Bow-Man that good? We’ll see?

    Shawzy continues to simplify his game, and goal is called back BUT he is playing very well, north to south and Hoss and Toews have really filled in around him, not him fitting in around them. Simple stuff . . .

    Go Hawks

  • January 16, 2016 at 10:28 am

    My problem with Byfuglien is he kind of does what he wants. Part of what makes him great is also what puts him out of position. He was predominantly a forward when he was here, but when Campbell got injured he was moved back to defense. If Gustafson is in the lineup, I really don’t see that pressing of a need on defense. Besides that, I don’t think Byfuglien fits the Q system anymore. At least as a defenseman. Ladd would be nice, but I doubt Winnipeg wants to trade him as I think they prefer him over Byfuglien.

    Give Shaw a few more weeks. His skill level isn’t on par with Toews or Hossa. But his style compliments their game nicely. Shaw was the glue that made Kane and Saad work so well in that playoff series. So, if Shaw is acceptable at 1LW. Where would you upgrade? Personally, I think they should go the Doan route. I think he could play a similar role that Shaw has. With the added benefit of actual size. Doan is a right wing, but he’s also a right shot and could play left wing. Toews really wanted Doan when Doans last contract was up. Recently Maloney has flipped on his stance on trading Doan. Last year when rumors of him being unhappy and wanting a trade, Maloney wanted Doan to honor the deal. More recently he’s said it’ll be up to Shane. If the Yotes are sellers, he’d look good in the warrior head.

    Also, there was a trade this morning. Perron and Clendening for Hagelin. Clendening now on his 4th team in a year. Kudos to Stan and company for identifying their assets ceilings before everyone else. I thought Perron could have been a decent fit on the left side and his deal is also expiring. Expiring deals are the only ones they’ll take on…unless it means ridding themselves of 29.

  • January 16, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Brokerwayne – nah, I’m in the “take me as I am” stage of life. I don’t need to get “purdy” all of a sudden. Don’t like me? I’ll fart in your general direction. :)

    And you’re right about the thing that landed on Urlacher’s head. Maybe he should have just farted in someone’s direction.

  • January 16, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Don’t know if it gets said enough, but I do enjoy reading Tabs story of the games besides what else he brings here. Much better and accurate than reading a Chris Cuk from the tribune account, although that might be setting the bar a little low Tab.

    Regarding Kaner, I remember saying he would not be traded because he had a no trade clause which trumped all, and can’t remember who shot that down because he wouldn’t stay where he was not wanted. Well I ‘m guessing he is wanted , you know not sure, but I have a hunch. Oh and it has been awhile since the word statutory here.

    Hey, keep it up Kaner, so good . Except for Darling losing the net a little on the goal, he was very good, good to see. With the younger D”s, hey they don’t play perfect but I see them trending well, I think if we need to add it would be at forward instead of D, barring injury, Don’t want to see another Timmonin, { spell check } Some how Shaw is making it work with that line, hope Q stay’s with them even when they might have a bad period.

    Always enjoy all, ok most of the enthusiastic fans we have here on the site, it is so great to hear Hawk talk after so long with out any for too many years of my life. And reading almost all of the posts here is better than listening to Chicago talk radio or tv, most everybody is really tuned in.

  • January 16, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Shawzzzy is working out better than expected. Shaw is like RODMAN! Hawks need the 3-4th line to play every night so far pretty good not sure SHAW could do much outside of the top 6? . MOOSE at center has become worrisome to me on 4th line, he needs to have a net front presence and own that space . . . Big kid playing too small?

    I can NOT say it enough that SHAW makes that top line the most effective defensive line in the NHL! No better SHUT DOWN line, Not sure we get the importance of “defense” and shutting down a top line and puck possession? Not sure we want to give that up, the ability to shut down the top 6 on the other side?

    Hawks Score first it is sort of kinda over . . . defense!

    go hawks

    Shane Doan ain’t going anywhere . . . but if he does ( wont ) I’d take him in a heart beat! In sports the more player YOU GOT THAT HAVE NOT WON A CUP, grab them and Doan would be a nice fit, even if is was a part time VERMMMMMMETTT!

  • January 16, 2016 at 11:09 am

    THANK YOU TAB! always a good read . . . thanks for making it happen, on time, in depth and with FEELINGGGGGG!

  • January 16, 2016 at 11:26 am

    ER, I’ll make sure I stay upwind!!

    I volunteered at the BMW championship this year and was assigned to access control. I ran into Urlacher while he was still bald. It’s a good thing he didn’t have the tuft then, I would have had to yell “fore”.

  • January 16, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    (Pete,) “trading Bickel Hartman and a number 1 pick for buff. I would even throw in a second round pick” for Byfuglien — isn’t that an AWFUL large OVERpay for a rental? It would probably be a good idea for the Hawks to use their picks at the draft since they traded a few last season. As far as BIG Buff long term, they can’t afford him – he no doubt will want/get $$$ and term similar to Seabrook’s contract (or more?).

    Maybe the Hawks can win with this group and a healthy Kruger returning to the “4th” line…

  • January 16, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Dickie it sure is a lot but on the other hand you add a special player to this years team without losing anything from this years team and you get rid of bickels contract so I thought it would be fun to speculate about

  • January 16, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Byfuglien does what he wants. It’s what makes him special. On a less talented team like the Jets theyll take it. On a team like the Hawks that is based on structure it won’t work. Look at Trevor Daley. Daley is kind of Byfuglien light. It did not work at all when he tried to change his game to the Hawks style.

    Byfuglien puts his D-partner in difficult spots when he does what he does in the offensive zone. Let another team overpay for a rental. Hawks are already without a second this year. And were without a second and first last year. Unless the player comes with term, you hold on to the pick.

  • January 16, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Bickell has 1 year left. Buying him out in the summer is an option. If he’s bought out the Hawks would retain a 1.5 mil hit for 16/17 and 17/18. Or retain 2 and trade him so he’s off the books after 2017. Or put him in Rockford and eat a million more than you would if he was max retained.

  • January 16, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    No one has answered my first question! Tab’s blog states that this was Kane’s first career regular season hat trick EVER? It is hard to believe that it was considering what six plus season and all the games and goals.
    Babcock left the goal open, was he respecting Kane or sending a message to his team?

  • January 16, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    He has 2 in the playoffs .. First time in regular season play.

  • January 16, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    It was mentioned several times 2 or so years ago about Kaner not having reg. 82 games hatrick. People were talking about it again (on other blog) the game 81 and 88 had 2 goals each and their respectful coach put the goalie back in the net for the last 1 min or so after having the goalie pulled with 10 min in the 3rd garbage. Lots of people knew he hadn’t yet, it just hasn’t been mentioned in awhile.

    We should add a FW and/or Defenseman at deadline. Do not have to trade too much assests in trades but make roster better when ever we can. Its always better to have moar depth and its quality depth for us.

  • January 16, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    I’m all over any possible Byfuglien return to Chicago. Of course it seems quite unlikely dollar-wise, but…can you just imagine!? Always loved this guy, and who better to provide some needed protection for 88 and 72, both of whom are getting run at a lot more lately. Buff is a runaway rhinoceros out there, a one man wrecking crew. Just hand us the Cup right now! And he’d be more disciplined back here, or he wont see the ice.

    How many of you realize Jonathan Toews leads the Blackhawks in penalty minutes?

    Also, watching Montreal in St. Louis tonight on Hockey Night in Canada. Blues total shit show, hack, slash, cross check, board. That guy, #74 Emelin, from Mont that crushed Desjardins the other night (it was a fierce but clean upending body blow) absolutely drilled a Blues player near the end of the period. Again, very hard but pretty clean. Of course St. Louis does a street gang response, and they’re already down a man. Hate those guys

  • January 16, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    Red-top, good call, I know towards beginning of the season he racked up a ton of min. in “fight” mode. I would have thought Garbut would have caught up by now. I am also pleasantly surprised how few dumb penalties Shaw has taken this year. I don’t think his #’s show what a great year he is having after a rough start.

  • January 16, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Yeah, Jax, I think it was you that posted that you’d like to see the Captain retire with his 2-0 record from fighting this season in reference to Toew’s unusual spate of bouts earlier this year. That was good advice for him. And we could bring Big Buff back to handle that! Man, just the thought of it…
    Andrew’s game has definitely stepped up to a higher level, he’s doing terrific out there w/ 81 and 19. Think Q will keep them together? Everything could be re-mixed when Kruger returns, that’s going to be interesting

  • January 16, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    I think if #1 line keeps improving, you have to keep them together. As Mike the Mook says, they are a incredible defensive line, pretty much lock down. Kruger coming back assures Shaw stays away from center, and gives Q a ton of options on the 3rd + 4th lines. Also helps the penalty kills. Go Hawks.

  • January 16, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    It was Stastny Emelin clobbered.

  • January 17, 2016 at 1:56 am

    WHY do “we” feel the Hawks MUST add something (anything)?

    Shaw/Toews/Hossa, Panarin/Anisimov/Kane. Desjardins/Denault/Teravainen, and Panek/Kruger (or Rasmussen)/Garbutt…Keith/Hjalmarsson, Seabrook/Gustafsson, vanRiemsdyk/Rozsival or Scuderi <<>>tank…?

  • January 17, 2016 at 2:00 am

    *** what?

    I lost half of my post! I was suggesting the team may be good enough as is to win … no need to OVERpay for any rentals … is it a RULE? Compulsion that a team MUST add something (anything)? … unless the Hawks go into a complete tailspin >>> tank, this group may be good enough.

  • January 17, 2016 at 7:58 am

    If Buff (or a big name) is available-and that’s a huge ‘if’-the Hawks won’t be the only team in the running and it will mean more than Hartman–a team like Winnipeg will want a piece like TT, and a 1st, and a ? (probably the best young Hawk prospect on D)
    and Bickell.

    There will be teams that don’t want the hawks to get a piece like that-the bidding would get stupid.

  • January 17, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Noonan96, “…TT, and a 1st, and a ? (probably the best young Hawk prospect on D)
    and -the bidding would get stupid.” — yes. And, remember, we’re speaking of “a RENTAL” — at that price (or anywhere near!!) Winnipeg can keep him or some other (sucker) can OVERpay. Seriously, *that* possible deal ends at “TT”. Again, after moving 1st and 2nd round picks last season, the Hawks may want to use their picvks at the draft – the BIG Picture, trying to ensure continued success/competitiveness.

  • January 17, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Dickie, I would definitely not advocate trading TT or any other significant player off the current team. That defeats the whole purpose, which is to add to what the Hawks have for this year in order to achieve the incredible feat of becoming the first repeat champs since 1999. Can they do it without adding anything? I would say yes, but why not increase the chances and I have always liked Buff and regretted his departure for salary cap reasons. I like the idea of trading a top prospect from Rockford(not the Hawks) and picks to make it happen. Do I think other teams would probably offer more making this speculative discussion moot, probably but as a fan I hope Bowman looks into it.

  • January 18, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    …..the availability of big Buff seems to be popular among Blackhawk fans….and he does replace Bickell perfectly with a bit more size and skill and flexibility ….defense and forward….he is an enforcer but doesn’t fight much and can play a more disciplined hockey without taking too many penalties….would be a bit overpriced…but I like this move he would definitely play better with a winning team in a minor role….but alas it is just a dream…..

  • January 18, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Re: Byfuglien –
    He does not replace Bickell perfectly. He’s more expensive and has been a defensemen since he left Chicago.
    There is absolutely, positively nothing to like about a potential Buff move and there’s a 0 percent chance it happens. No way Bowman moves the young assets required to get him to a division rival for a player he cannot afford to keep after this season.

    Please, anyone in favor of a Byfuglien trade: take the idea, wipe twice, and flush…

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