The 2021-22 NHL season was arguably the hardest in the history of the Chicago Blackhawks for so many reasons.

Last summer, the team had legit cap space for the first time in a decade and spent like drunk sailors just a few months removed from telling fans they were going to rebuild. The moves made noise and, for some, created a sense of hope that this could be a somewhat successful season (read: maybe at least make a playoff push?).

The off-ice issues that clouded the franchise led to the release of the organization’s internal investigation into the sexual assault of Kyle Beach and subsequent termination of Stan Bowman (yeah, he resigned but…). Rearranging the front office led to the departure of head coach Jeremy Colliton. Derek King got the run at head coach and Kyle Davidson was eventually named the permanent general manager.

The team on the ice was bad. The mix of players Bowman brought in didn’t work, and the coaching wasn’t good enough (especially Colliton). So we went into a deadline as sellers and Davidson made some hard decisions with players fans really liked.

Now, we enter a summer with more questions than answers. What does the coaching staff look like next year? What is the future of the remaining players from the dynasty core? And which young players are viewed as part of the solution by the new front office?

What we do know is the future always offers more opportunity for optimism. And changes are inevitable.

Indeed, significant changes are coming. And some are already here.

I started writing about the Chicago Blackhawks at a young start-up site named Bleacher Report back in 2008. After a season of grinding away on their platform, I decided to make the bold step to go out on my own and start a site where the passion for the Chicago Blackhawks could live and grow.

On Oct. 1, 2009, the first post was published on It was a preview of the 2009-10 season, which closed with the following:

But all of the speculation, magazine and video game covers now mean nothing. On October 2, the Blackhawks begin their quest to bring the Stanley Cup to Chicago for the first time in nearly 50 years.

What we know now is the Blackhawks embarked on a dynasty that brought them more magazine covers, more league-wide attention and three Stanley Cup championships. They won. And they sold tickets… and jerseys, hats, shirts, hoodies and just about anything and everything that could have the iconic Blackhawks logo on it.

What we also now know is they made many decisions behind closed doors that, unfortunately, put winning above all else.

But for 13 years, this has been the primary home of my writing about the Chicago Blackhawks. I’ve written two books about the Blackhawks since starting this site as well, and have been credentialed for multiple Stanley Cup Finals — a dream come true.

The last couple years haven’t been easy. With the pandemic impacting every aspect of life and the organization’s trials, the seasons of change have reached the entirety of the Blackhawks’ fan base.

Now, change has reached this site’s future as well.

Starting today, I am thrilled to announce my full-time coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks is moving. I have accepted that invitation to serve as the lead Blackhawks writer at Bleacher Nation, and am thrilled to join their outstanding team.

It’s bittersweet writing this because of the community we’ve built and developed here over those 13 wonderful, fun, exciting years.

This has been our home to talk about the Blackhawks.

And I’ve loved (almost) every minute of it.

I’ve met so many of you at the United Center, watch parties, bars, cigar shops, book signings and three parades. We’ve developed relationships offline that will move with me from this site to BN.

There are more than 107,000 comments on this site, and fans have clicked to the posts on this site millions of times. Millions. It is truly humbling to look around at the home this has become for fans of the Chicago Blackhawks.

I want to thank everyone who has visited this site, commented, sent a text, DM’d me on Twitter, bought a round or shared a stogie with me over the past 13 years. Through the ups and downs, this site has been a place to share your fandom — happiness, frustration and everything in between. It’s been about us — it always has been.

My invitation to everyone here today is to bring your Blackhawks conversation over to Bleacher Nation. This is far from goodbye. We’re just moving to a new address.

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55 thoughts on “MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT

  • May 4, 2022 at 8:41 am

    thanks for the memories.see ya BN.go panthers.

  • May 4, 2022 at 8:47 am

    Congrats Tab!
    I just tried searching for the app Bleacher Nation for my iPhone. I have to Google it to read articles. Is there another way to keep it without always Googling it?

  • May 4, 2022 at 8:51 am

    @Greyhawk – maybe bookmark the site? That’s a good, easy first step…

  • May 4, 2022 at 8:56 am

    Thanks for keeping us United- particularly over the past few years when both a devastating pandemic and anemic product on the ice ( and in the front office!) dampened our spirits.
    Best of luck with the new gig!

  • May 4, 2022 at 9:01 am

    Congrats. Plus Bleacher Nation uses Disqus!!! Seeing I have a Disqus Acct already, Hammer Time will now be lvmra!!! See you on the Flip. I’m guessing this website will be discontinued??

  • May 4, 2022 at 9:06 am

    Hammer+Time – I’m not shutting CI down immediately. It’ll still be around for a while but there won’t be new content here — everything new will be at Bleacher Nation

  • May 4, 2022 at 9:08 am

    Congratulations Tab, thanks for the memories here and hope to see you and everybody at BN.

  • May 4, 2022 at 9:10 am

    Beyond stoked for you my friend.
    Don’t lose the snark, ok?
    What a ride it’s been. So much fun and crap.

  • May 4, 2022 at 9:15 am

    Congratulations and will follow you over to Bleacher Nation! Keep up the great work.

  • May 4, 2022 at 9:18 am

    Congratulations ?

  • May 4, 2022 at 9:58 am

    Its always nice to see hard work pay off, congrats Tab.

    I have appreciated a place to voice an opinion or two, vent when frustrated, and a site to cheer on my favorite team paying the best damn sport.

    Thank you

  • May 4, 2022 at 10:20 am

    I am going to miss this site a lot. However, I can only assume that this is better for Tab personally and for that I am glad. He worked his ass off for us on this site. I hope Bleacher Nation gives him the same leeway that he has had here. I also hope that all the posters here (well, most of the posters) will move over there and post on Disqus.

  • May 4, 2022 at 10:21 am

    Congratulations Tab.
    I’ll be over at Bleacher Nation. It’s a wonderful opportunity for you. Good luck and God bless.

  • May 4, 2022 at 10:42 am

    Congratulations Tab!

  • May 4, 2022 at 10:49 am

    Good luck, keep up the good work, congrats. Always enjoyed your work & insight, see ya on the other side.

  • May 4, 2022 at 11:36 am

    Congrats Tab! and thanks for hosting this site and good luck with your new gig – I’ll definitely miss it – it was the best Hawk poster commentary that I’ve come across

    I’ll give BN a shot and hope to see many of you there

    After a quick read on some of the comments to the article introducing Tab
    I think CI alum can raise the bar a bit over there

  • May 4, 2022 at 12:45 pm

    Congratulations Tab
    Thanks for everything.
    Continue to enjoy what you love to do .
    Good luck
    Life is beautiful.

  • May 4, 2022 at 12:48 pm

    Really, truly hope to see all of you flooding the comments over at Bleacher Nation the way we have always had great conversation here!

  • May 4, 2022 at 2:45 pm

    Tab, congratulations ,I’m sure you’ll put together some great stories ,articles ! In the last few years I feel the club has been poorly run . I’ll make the 500 mile drive from Canada and sit in one of those nose bleed 20 buck seats with the boo birds and watch who wants to play for the Hawks and it will be hard as I will remember 2,4, and 7 and pair of good goalers ! This will be a decade of a turnstile club ! Players coming and going ! They must build the club with the draft and some young guns that want to stay in Chitown and enjoy all it has to offer ! I’m sure 19 and 88 will show them around ! Pops 4

  • May 4, 2022 at 3:37 pm

    Congratulations Tab. Best wishes for the new gig.

  • May 4, 2022 at 4:43 pm

    Congratulations for your work and the memories, some interesting ones from time to time. lol Hopefully many of us can get together to talk Hawks. It’s been a long go and the site will be missed.

  • May 4, 2022 at 6:07 pm

    Thanks Tab…..see ya on the BN side

  • May 4, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    Congrats Tab and thanks for giving us this great forum

  • May 4, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    i am a technological wasteland. some help if someone would be so kind. i would like to interact on bleacher nation as i have on committed indians.

    1) will we be able to post comments on “bleacher nation?”
    2) if so, do we have to join some format that facilitates that? someone referred to disqus. i briefly checked disqus out and saw several membership plans. which would be the plan that would enable the give and take we have had on committed indians?

    any other advice would be greatly appreciated.

    thanks so much.

  • May 4, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    I would say this is great news.
    Some people will follow you anywhere.
    I’d say, pretty exciting!
    Way to go !
    Much to do about everything.
    You will hear from me!

  • May 4, 2022 at 10:03 pm

    Congrats and I have enjoyed the CI site for years. I’m in the same boat as HAWKS29. I’m a technological Luddite. Any info on how to get on BN would be appreciated.

  • May 5, 2022 at 12:29 am

    Congrats Tab. Fantastic site here and very much appreciate what you have done for us by giving us this place to vent, annoy, discuss, disagree and even agree from time to time.

    Best to ya big guy!

    Congrats to Hagel for netting one tonight.

  • May 5, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    “Any info on how to get on BN would be appreciated.”


  • May 5, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    Thank you for everything Tab and to all of us Blackhawks Fans we will see you on the flip flop. Great job! Let’s hope 2022-2023 will be something to get excited about!

  • May 5, 2022 at 9:10 pm

    Congratulations, Tab. And thank you very much for all of the very hard work you’ve put in to allow us bums to voice our thoughts and opinions here. It has been much appreciated.
    Looking forward to visiting over at Bleacher Nation.

    Best Regards, Big Indian

  • May 6, 2022 at 2:37 am

    Congrat’s and best of luck to you at BN

  • May 6, 2022 at 3:19 am

    I have only submitted a few comments over the past several years but at least a few times each week I visited this site for information and insights on my favourite team. Living in central Ontario made finding news about the Blackhawks a real challenge in days past. Your books helped me relive many memories from my childhood going back to the 60s and through the highs and lows since.

    Thank you for everything and best wishes for much success with your next adventure!!!

  • May 6, 2022 at 7:00 am

    Tab thank you for all the hard work you put into the site. Not a day went by that I didn’t check in to see if anyone posted something. From the intelligent and from the not so much.

    Congratulations and all the best to you.


  • May 6, 2022 at 7:57 am

    Congrats and good luck

  • May 6, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    Rockford blank Texas and win the series 2-0.

    MAF play’s in is third games

  • May 7, 2022 at 5:54 am

    2nd win for MAF. Does he need to win any games in round 2? As long as Minny makes it to the WCF we get a #1, correct?

    Not that we needed him. With EKane’s play he would have brought in a nice haul at a TDL if he was ours.
    Copp we could have kept.

    Rumblings that Winnipeg is going to make some moves. Wouldn’t mind getting some of their big bodies. Could be the landing spot for our Captain at TDL or sooner without a sweetener just retention.

  • May 7, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    MAF needs to be winning goalie in 4 games and Wild make it to Conference Finals for pick upgrade.

  • May 9, 2022 at 9:23 am

    There is your stop gap coach for possibly 3 yrs Trotz available

  • May 9, 2022 at 3:03 pm

    B A R R Y T R O T Z

  • May 10, 2022 at 12:59 am

    Trotz is a win-now coach and may end up in his hometown of Winnipeg. Several other teams may be interested. At this stage Hawks need a good development coach who will give youngsters minutes, let them learn from mistakes, and experiment mixing lines and pairings.

  • May 10, 2022 at 6:15 am

    Don’t think we have a chance at that first round pick. Colorado looks just so good. Hopefully that 3rd rounder turns into a 2nd rounder.

  • May 10, 2022 at 5:51 pm

    Columbus gets our 6th place pick.

  • May 10, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    Montreal New Jersey Arizona

  • May 10, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    6th for top pair defensemen. Need two more to get to dynasty level one more to be a top team. It all started with dunks and Seabs. Then we drafted good/hammer. Got good fw sharp hoss others from trade/ufa.

    Load young wave.

    Be better to have bottom 5 records then win with trotz too soon. But when do you get the top notch coaches gm team system. You have to at some point. Just makes sure we get three top 3/5 elites then were back. The rest will follow.

  • May 10, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    I came to ck and see we won the lottery. Then saw this. I think I posted here first in 2011 or 12 can’t remember. Wow dynasty’s go fast that’s 10 yrs like that. Enjoy them there’s only been 7 teams that have done it so far in history of nhl.

    I would separate the first 50 yrs and those three Canadian teams dynasty’s with the others since they had the farms/picks. So when you look at it I would say EDM and CHI had the top dynasty’s of all of them when you look at the background/farms and top picks every yr, 95 m payrolls in mid 90s when every product else was what?

    Maybe we were top two all time but with salary cap and the quality of teams we had to beat I think our dynasty was top two or something one of the better ones of them.

    Now this place is going to other site so seems like this site was a dynasty site. We ll have to go to that one and win there on at a time now.

  • May 11, 2022 at 12:56 am

    Here is what Bleacher Report says one of the losers of this year’s draft lottery:

    Loser: Chicago Blackhawks
    This was the result of bad management. The ‘Hawks went all in last summer and as a result, they gave up that pick in the Jones trade. Former general manager Stan Bowman made a short-sighted decision to try and load up in an attempt to give Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews one more chance at a Stanley Cup. But Bowman resigned amid following the investigation of the sexual assault allegations against Brad Aldrich and the team was bad right from the start. They fired coach Jeremy Colliton and Derek King still has the interim tag.

    The Blackhawks took the interim tag off of general manager Kyle Davidson, and it sure sounds like he’s going to start rebuilding. A first-round pick sure would help jump-start a rebuild, but the ‘Hawks will have to wait until next year to select one.

    So the Hawks took very good player , but with a nine year high-priced contract, for last year’s 11th and now this year’s sixth to Columbus. As I posted last July, I bet more champagne flowed in the CBJ organization than on New Year’s Eve. A trademark StanBo deal trying a quick-fix band-aid approach for a team with MANY needs.

  • May 11, 2022 at 9:32 am

    whoever thinks Trotz is not a good fit for this team, probably thinks like Bob Pulford did when he told us ‘Wayne Gretzky doe not fit in our long term plans’ when 99 was a free agent and the Hawks were still a good playoff team.

    Trotz consistently took undertalented team to the playoffs in Nashville. Consistently.

    Good luck in new gig.

  • May 12, 2022 at 7:31 am

    This news saddens me. I am not one that normally embraces change. I’m thankful for what was offered here and want to wish Tab greater successes ahead. You sure did this place right. Thank you!
    To all the friends without faces, I enjoyed your commentary and wish you well.

  • May 13, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    Grateful to Tab for providing the best forum for Blackhawks fans on the internet for many years. Thanks for all the efforts, great summaries, inside info, and insights. Thanks to many of the posters here for similar info and great insights too and to others for well—um the entertainment of uh entertaining some absurd trade scenarios for example.

    Congrats to Tab and go Hawks!!

  • May 15, 2022 at 11:30 pm

    Not good. Wolves sweep Hogs. WGN sportscaster celebrated. Why not just say the Wolves are more important than the Blackhawks. Lots to be concerned about our pipeline.

  • May 16, 2022 at 3:34 pm

    How do we leave comments on Bleacher ? Do i need to sign up ? I don`t do twitter ..Thanks .

  • May 16, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    The wolf is the best team in the league so I was glad to see some young players getting a taste off winning with 2 victory then meet the best team in AHL . It’s a very good experience for all the kids
    Trotz would transform the Hawks in less then 2 years .but there is a few good coach already available after their team lost. The first round .
    Very Interesting summer ahead.
    Time for e real deep fondation to built a new young,solid and talented team .
    Good LUCK.

  • May 17, 2022 at 8:48 am

    Looking at a win now team. I do not want to trade Kane. But if we can rent him out and resigns with us…..

    Kane on the wing in Toronto. We retain $5.25mil give them a number 3 for the right Nylander and Curtis Douglas.

    Don’t think Minny going to be able to afford Fiala. TJohnson at $2.5mil Kubalik or Kurashev and their #2 back for Fiala we sign him at $6-7mil.

  • May 17, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    JR R
    Ok ..where do I sign to approve the trades
    We could see big move with the Hawks, probably not before Hawks get Stroz and chance tobring the Hawks to another reality .

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