Malcolm Subban Carries Blackhawks To Shootout Win

Friday was a long day for the Chicago Blackhawks players, the organization and the fans.

After losing with 0.1 on the clock on Thursday night, Friday morning brought the news that Brent Seabrook will never lace up his skates for an NHL game again. The heartbreaking news took the headlines away from the late loss and led to a day of tributes from fans and former teammates on social media.

But, at 7 o’clock in Chicago, the puck dropped on another important game between the Blackhawks and Lightning.

Malcolm Subban got the start. He got torched the first time he faced the Lightning in the season opener, and his last appearance against the Detroit Red Wings wasn’t great. In between he had a nice stretch of hockey, however. So which version of Subban would we see in net on this night?

It took less than three minutes for Tampa to get on the board. Anthony Cirelli opened the scoring at 2:51 and it appeared the effort the Bolts brought to the third period and overtime on Thursday night was there from the opening puck drop on Friday.

Over the opening ten minutes of the game Tampa was attacking and Subban was struggling with rebound control. Alex Killorn scored a second Tampa goal 21 seconds into a power play with Ian Mitchell in the box. It was starting to feel like a long night was coming.

However, the Lightning returned the favor and gave the Blackhawks a power play opportunity quickly after the Killorn goal.

Alex DeBrincat scored on the power play, the 100th regular season goal of his career.

Patrick Kane and Adam Boqvist picked up the helpers on DeBrincat’s 200th career regular season point in his 255th game.

At the end of 20 minutes, the Lightning had an 11-10 shot advantage and 2-1 lead on the scoreboard. To his credit, Subban settled down after the Killorn goal and was solid for the second half of the opening period.

During a television timeout during the first period the Blackhawks played a tribute video for Seabrook. His former teammates (damn that hurts to type) applauded from the bench.

The Tampa Bay Lightning tapped their sticks as well. And the officials applauded him, too. Both class moves to show respect to one of the great leaders in the NHL over the past 15 years.

The second period started similarly to the first. Tampa was all over Subban but he came up with some huge saves to keep the Hawks within one. Unlike his first start in Tampa, Subban rebounded from a tough start to keep his team in the mix.

And the skaters in front of him responded.

Kane set up DeBrincat for his second goal of the night 17 seconds after a Nikita Zadorov penalty expired. DeBrincat’s shot was true, and the game was tied.

The Hawks tied the game but they weren’t generating much more offense. Dominik Kubalik got a shot on net on the first shift after DeBrincat’s goal and Chicago would then wait almost five full minutes until their next shot on net (4:43 officially).

But in the final minute of the period the Blackhawks got a two-man advantage for 25 seconds with Mikhail Sergachev and Blake Coleman in the box.

The Sergachev penalty expired and the Blackhawks showed absolutely no sense of urgency in the final 30 seconds of the period. Chicago would have 61 seconds of power play time to start the third period, a similar scenario to Thursday night.

Tampa out-shot the Hawks 11-5 in the second period. The Hawks weren’t great but Subban was terrific.

The third period started almost the same way on Friday that it did on Thursday. Ryan McDonagh got a breakaway chance short-handed but Subban was able to make the save and keep the game tied.

Kubalik compounded the issue by cutting the Hawks’ advantage short when he guilty of tripping. Under siege early, the Hawks would go from advantage to a crucial kill quickly. Tampa had the only two shots on net while the Blackhawks were on the power play.

In the middle of the power play Calvin de Haan blocked a shot and couldn’t put much weight on what appeared to be his left leg. He stayed on the ice for about 30 seconds after the injury. When he was able to get off he went straight to the room.

Chicago got a change but McDonagh got another chance to change the score and wasn’t denied. Tampa took a 3-2 lead with an even strength goal at 3:20 into the third.

The Blackhawks continued struggling to get a shot on net. Their first shot was credited six minutes into the third. A blocked shot in front of the net found the stick of Kubalik who slammed it home to tie the game.

Duncan Keith picked up a significant assist on the goal.

Let this serve as this week’s reminder that the Blackhawks should retire Steve Larmer’s jersey.

Keith was getting extra run on the ice because de Haan had not returned from the room after the shot block early in the period.

At 8:03 into the period Ryan Carpenter got Victor Hedman to take a dumb penalty, giving the Hawks a great power play opportunity. Unfortunately, the Hawks “advantage” was a clown show filled with turnovers. Adam Boqvist successfully excecuted the rare “drop pass to your opponent on your blue line” move twice in the first 50 seconds of the power play.

With six minutes left in regulation, Cirelli unloaded a missile that hit the crossbar but stayed out. Soon after Kubalik went to the box for tripping for the second time in the third period.

Carpenter and David Kampf got a good short-handed chance but were denied. Steven Stamkos posted up in the circle per usual and unloaded a few big blasts that were turned away. As the penalty expired the Hawks were caught in their defensive zone and could not get the puck out to save their lives. Nikata Zadorov and Connor Murphy were going on almost two minute shifts when they iced the puck.

Chicago won the faceoff and were able to get out long enough to change. Subban made a couple huge saves in the sequence with three minutes left in regulation.

Sixty minutes of hockey expired with the scored tied at three. Subban stopped 32 of 35 in regulation; his teammates generated only 23 shots on net in three periods. Curtis McElhinney wasn’t tested as often but was as good for Tampa.

The pace of overtime was ridiculous. Both teams had breakaways, 2-on-1s and great looks at the net turned away. Keith scrambled to break up a chance for Killorn but went to the box for the final 1:56 of overtime. This was an even bigger problem because de Haan never returned form his injury early in the third period.

Coach Jeremy Colliton sent our Nikita Zadorov and Connor Murphy… for the entire penalty kill. With the only other two options on the blue line being Ian Mitchell and Boqvist, Colliton opted to ride with the veterans.

With four seconds left in the overtime period, Kampf tied up Stamkos’ stick to do what the Hawks failed to do on Thursday: finish the extra session tied.

Subban made five more saves in overtime. He was magnificent. Chicago pout four shots on net in the overtime but they all came in the opening three minutes of the extra frame.

So we went to a shootout.

DeBrincat was denied to start the skills competition. Victor Hedman went first for Tampa and was rejected by Subban.

Kane failed, and Subban denied Brayden Point.

Philipp Kurashev got the call third and was able to beat McElhinney. Subban stoned Stamkos’ attempt to pick up the second point.

To be absolutely clear: this was a goalie win. Malcolm Subban carried the Blackhawks to two huge points in the standings tonight. He stopped 37 of 40 in the 65 minutes and all three in the shootout.

Kane (six) and DeBrincat (five) led Chicago’s shooters. Connor Murphy (five) and Carl Soderberg (four) led the shot blocking for the Hawks.

84 thoughts on “Malcolm Subban Carries Blackhawks To Shootout Win

  • March 5, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    Since the first few games in there NHL careers/first 20 games the young wavers are 13-4-5.

    That is top 10 team worthy/were not a top 10 yet though without 77 19 and not a full roster yet were close. I would say after going 0-3 to the games before DET were at the top of the mid tier teams right now/20 games in there rookie yr. Really this 655 games is a half a season so from that stant point the young players still have the 1st 40 games next yr to call/be part of rookie yrs.

    Greyhorn rookies first 20 games and were this good. Remember we split all the games with other top teams to. Really only those first few games/and we wernt really ready to play yet/kind of. It always takes 5ish games to get up to speed. Hoss always said taht and 10-15 to get rhythm with lines.

  • March 5, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    What a nice come back from those kids against their future rivals in the playoff

    Coaching is everything with this young team ….

  • March 5, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    I got a nice laugh when they announced Subban as the #3 star. Perhaps the people that make those selections should actually watch the game. Subban was incredible tonight.

  • March 5, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    Subban was great, especially late in the 3rd when all hell broke loose in the crease..then he saved the best for last-a complete stonewall in the OT and the shootout..

    Boqvist had quite the adventures during our power play time between the turnover, the entry issues, and missing his one timer by at least a foot(he just rushed his shot)- but Tampa is the number one pk in the league for a reason..they press the point man, jump into passing lanes and they press on entries to try and create short handed opportunities..a good learning experience for Boqvist getting some experience dealing with a pk like that-now glass half full, during 5v5, I thought he played well defensively-and during ot, he got left to deal with two 2 on 1’s back to back and I thought he did fine on both-add two assists and I think Boqvist had a solid game. 10 points in 14 games..solid 20 year old season so far..

    Overall, a good team win..getting 3 points in the first two games against the cup winners while being down our top 3 centers is really a testament to the team game the Hawks are playing right now..enjoying the Zadorov-Murphy pairing more and more too..both were noticeable all night..partially because they were killing penalties most of the evening but even at even strength, they were solid all night. At the beginning of the season, I was hoping to see these two big bodies develop some chemistry and it looks like it’s happening.

    If DeHaan gets a few days rest, who gets the call on Sunday? Bowey so there is a big body to throw around or does Kalynuk get his first look of the season? Or Beaudin/Carlsson? Nice to have some options on the blueline..

  • March 5, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    Zadorov has the talent and skills to be a top 4 guy but he seems to lose focus several times a game that inevitably causes problems. If he can improve in that area I think he can be a nice piece. He has a great opportunity to play significant minutes with this team in a contract year so let’s hope he can step up the mental side of his game.

    The Kurashev shootout goal was a big time snipe. Glad to see JC put him out there in a big situation.

  • March 5, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    What a game of extremes. The first few minutes saw the Blackhawks down 2-1. I was thinking…it’s early…and…oh crap. They woke the sleeping giant. The good: Debrincat is not snakebit like last year. The pucks are going in. Carpenter is really showing a versatility in his game. I thought it was always there but, this year, he’s being given the chance to flourish. He may very well be a 3rd line guy. Which is good. Subban was superb. I really don’t want to hear how the team should ship him out. He is playing a very solid backup roll. The team FO% was really good. I was stunned. It makes a difference. Ian Mitchell, from what I can see, is focusing on his defense and solidifying his play. He was definitely more offensive minded when Beaudin was up with the team. I don’t mind that he is laying off the offense, for now. I pick on Zadorov A LOT!!! However, tonight, he was that physical force that he was traded for. I hope that is a more consistent sight. Tonight, he was solid.
    The not so good: The team was outshot by a huge margin. I know it was Tampa Bay. Still…the opposition was constantly on the attack. The penalties were too much. Against the caliber of opposition, that can’t happen. It was luck that the post was the Blackhawks friend. De Haan being injured. I hope it’s nothing serious. Bowey can fill-in on the 3rd defensive pairing. He does bring another big body. Now that Seabrook is officially done…sigh…Bowey’s 6′-2″ and 202 lbs will be a good fit. Tab did point out the Boqvist blunder. But, the kid is only 20 y/o. Defensemen take time to really understand all the nuances of the game. He’s getting there. I wonder who has the better overall defensive game, right now. Is it Boqvist or Mitchell? I know Boqvist is a 1st rd guy. But if Mitchell is a bit more well rounded, perhaps he should QB the PP. At least, give him a chance every now and then.
    Overall, not a really bad game, for the Blackhawks against the Stanley Cup Champion Lightning.

  • March 6, 2021 at 12:07 am

    MS< yea I was going to post that and forgot. Everybody talking about how good SUb ban has been since first couple starts.

    Was thinking the penalty shot goal by Kurachev could get him streaking goals. How about Kurachev on right and 12 on left for PP one timers.

    Baby Hoss.

  • March 6, 2021 at 12:09 am

    The vagaries of sport – the Hawks should have won last night and TB should have won tonight but in the end it all evens out.

    Happy to see Subban play so well. He’s probably not going to play that well all the time but hopefully he won’t have to stop that many grade-A chances because the team will play better in front of him. He and Lankinen are turning out to be a pretty good duo.

    Happy to see Kurashev get that SO goal – hopefully it gives him confidence to start lighting the lamp because it’s been a while and maybe he was pressing a bit. Imagine how much better the Hawks would be if Kurashev and Hagel start finding the back of the net. They’re doing about everything else except scoring goals.

    Zadorov has grown on me. He’s not without a poor play now and then but overall he seems to be better now than earlier in the year. Loved seeing him carry the puck up the ice. Once he gets going he’s really not a bad skater. I agree with the comment that he and Murphy make a pretty good pair.

    Don’t look now but Kane is 3 points behind McDavid with the same number of games played … and DCat is 7th in points and tied for 2nd in goals scored behind Matthews.

    Can’t wait till Sunday afternoon. With 3 points in the bank anything more is gravy.

  • March 6, 2021 at 12:21 am

    The only reason I can think of for Subban not getting 1st Star is that DCat got his milestone 100th goal.

  • March 6, 2021 at 12:24 am

    After a few particularly bad passes, some bad puck handling episodes, and not much drive in the O-zone, I started worrying that Kane was hurt – he definitely didn’t look like his supercharged self; but when I saw that energy beast Hagel was missing a step too, I remembered it was back to back games … so hopefully just tired on both their parts

  • March 6, 2021 at 12:32 am

    That was insane – how was Subban not first star – that was theft

    As others have said Hawks played better last night but they really wanted the win tonight blocking shots etc

    Big kudos to Murphy and Zadorov on the OT PK and Z without a stick for 1/2 of it

    Glad someone brought up what was a good game from Boquist except for that one horrendous PP shift – he’ll learn

    Interesting to see who plays if DeHaan can’t

    Well done boyz!

  • March 6, 2021 at 2:23 am

    One of the smartest things the Hawks have done is put Soderberg on the PP. We see him screening in front of the net on goals with regularity.

    Subban was tremendous, but you aren’t going to have goalies playing that well very often. The number of Tampa shots was not terribly high but the quality of them was exceptional. You get a win about 1 time in 10 when a team gets that many great opportunities.

    Dcat is smoking. It is fun to watch and we are all happy for him. Especially after the contract extension was looking questionable after last year.

    That OT period was phenomenal. Too often lately you see teams possessing the puck for 90 seconds, just skating around with it and exiting the offensive zone voluntarily to reset over and over. None of that nonsense tonight. Breakaways, two on ones, superb goalies on both ends. Great entertainment. Hopefully, Foley had his blood pressure meds with him.

    The Kurashev snipe in the shoot out was superb.

    A fun game, but the Hawks have to tighten up defensively. Hopefully, deHaan is OK. They need another Seabs tribute if they ever let fans back in.

  • March 6, 2021 at 3:08 am

    The course was set before this season started. The Hawks were to use this season to sort out the young players and get as much experience for those deemed worthy to become the new core group. Playoffs would not be an objective, merely incidental.

    That was then. Could it be different now? Or soon?

    The problem with unexpected success is what to do with it. Julius Caesar contemplated whether or not to cross the Rubicon before he ultimately cast the die and changed the world. Would it have been better if Caesar has a little less success and never got to his Rubicon moment? We’ll never know but if the Hawks keep playing this unexpectedly well Stan nay have to face his own Rubicon decision.

    Sometimes fate intervenes – I kind of hope it does. I want this rebuild to bear fruit and be sustainable and I don’t think that can be rushed, at least not too much.

  • March 6, 2021 at 8:01 am

    Hey ER, the metaphor is relevant and I think they realize that they have caught a bit of lightning in a bottle (no pun intended). They realize that part of the success is due to the energy created by the young guys and some ‘me against the world’ attitude. Other teams use to use that against the mighty Chicago Blackhawks.

    I also think they realize that they will struggle a bit against the Canes and Bolts of the world in (if!) the playoffs and are still a work in progress. Are the younger guys ready for that type of intense mental and physical grind? Tinkering OK, but they need to stay the course. Build the ‘winning’ mentality and continue to develop the younger 19 to 26 crew. They are just starting to believe in themselves.

  • March 6, 2021 at 8:01 am

    Definitely no quit funto watch team. Subban definitely brought his best game last night.

    Been lucky enough to watched some vreat Blackhawks defensive pairings over the years. Starting with Pilote Vasko, then Stapleton White, Wilson Murray, Suter Chelios, Keith Seabrook with some great goaltending behind them Hall, Esposito, Belfour, Ctawford. Ifthese young D and Goalies get anywhere close to that level with way this young forward group is lookind and will look when healthy, alot if good days ahead.

  • March 6, 2021 at 8:16 am

    Meant to mention what a great in game tribute and interview with Seabrook between periods, anybody didn’t realize how tough this is for him just watch that.

  • March 6, 2021 at 8:33 am

    EB both Bowman and Colliton at different times have stressed building a winning tradition that can be sustained for years to come. Can’t see their long term vision, derailed by the fun and success this group is enjoying. Some minor moves may change a little but big picture stays the same.

  • March 6, 2021 at 8:59 am

    Ian/ER – the only thing I see changing is whether they trade all their UFAs at the deadline

    Will they for instance hang on to one or both of Soderberg and Janmark if the playoffs are a realistic goal by then – obviously the return on any trade will influence the decision but the question will be where do you draw the line between giving the team a better chance at competing in playoffs then letting 34 and/or 13 walk for nothing vs a couple of middling assets that you could get in return

    I don’t think Stan will try to add a veteran for a playoff run though

  • March 6, 2021 at 9:01 am

    i witnessed 1980 so i believe in hockey miracles, but this team winning the cup this year will not be the next one. certainly improving at a much better pace than any of us probably even hoped for, but this team is not a tweak or two away from challenging for a cup consistently again.

    i believe they are establishing excellent bottom six forward depth and second and third d-man pairing depth, but the top six forwards need help and i am hoping the top pair d-men are not on the roster yet.

    come 22-23 i look at 77, 88, & 12 as top six forward fixtures. if toews is able to be in that group all the better. perhaps kubalik can find consistency in his game on a game in game out basis to be at that level and maybe nylander learns to play the game like a man. perhaps hagel finds a scoring touch to elevate him to that level. but today they are three forwards short at the top six level.

    on defense i think they have a world of options three through six, but haven’t seen the next iteration of keith and seabrook coming from this group.

    so great start, but much work to be done. hope stan doesn’t get blinded by the new found light at the end of the tunnel. this team needs to be sellers at the tdl. stack up picks and prospects and turn to free agency when the time is right.

  • March 6, 2021 at 9:08 am


    didn’t realize you are as old a fart as i am. cut my teeth on pilote/vasko as well. not necessarily members of great pairings, but favorites of mine as well are doug jarrett, doug mohns, keith brown, and of course hjalmarsson. magnuson not as skilled as many we have listed and never a favorite of mine, but a blackhawk through and through.

  • March 6, 2021 at 9:50 am

    Duncan Keith at 37 is next to retire obviously it feels like this will be his last year. Too much pride to end on a weak note next year. Great Team Effort again, Hawks played a solid game, start to finish a little more physical which slowed the Bolts down a wee-bit. I’d love to see David Kampf get a little more physical, big kid, finish his checks, but he’s so good at the dot and in the greasy corners.

    Reason the power play is so productive is that Carl Soderberg is giving hawks net front presence consistently. Toews just doesn’t provide that consistently and Soderberg is a beast. Glad Colliton has put him in there, Colliton is making some good on ice decisions.

    From the Couch, I did notice one player who just amazed me last night, Nikita Zadorov. Seems going up against Victor Sasquatch Hedman took his game up three notches. They had a few good run in’s – slash and dash – during the game and Nikita just skated with noticeable SPEED up and out of the Hawks D-zone a few times, strong on his skates, aggressive, if he plays like that ( motivated) could be our main man! But his foot speed up and out of the d-zone and psychical play was highly noticeable. Murphy consistent as always.

    Malcolm “don’t call me superman” Subban was out of this world late last night. The close of the third and that OT was simply one of the single best performances I’ve ever seen, high quality stops, in a row, amazing. Not to mention the shoot out, I was six inched off the couch, levitating, like it was the Stanley cup , Congrats to Malcolm! Sunday, Amen!

  • March 6, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Wrap – if the team continues to be in the playoff hunt I can’t see them moving Soderberg. With so little center depth (34 played 21 minutes last night!) trading him would be a terrible message to this group who are working so hard. Likely the same for Janmark. My feeling is we pick up an extra draft pick or prospect by trading one of the left handed d-men after the season.

    Anyone see the latest Tom Wilson hit? I really don’t understand how the NHL has let him get away with so much for so long. He is going to hurt someone very badly one of these days and it might have been last night. Didn’t even get called a penalty on the ice.

  • March 6, 2021 at 10:08 am

    Focusing on the Trade Deadlines as some has mentioned is a big mistake. This team of upstarts deserves a shot, if they continue to play this hard over the next 3 or 4 weeks they will not be Sellers. Just wrong, GM’s don’t get this type of production, turn around and pull the plug, PLAYOFF experience for a young team like this is GOLD. The players know the rumors and that alone can and will effect play and make Colliton’s job difficult at best. No Gretzky is on the horizon.

    Pretty funny how much chatter about drafts choices, AHL. European players’, prospects etc. Young talent in the NHL is the hardest to finding and identifying NHL potential and talent has the worse odds in any sport. Seeing a great player in college or AHL or in Sweden is a crap shoot, long shoot, the top 5% prospects we can google, but developing talent in our minor leagues just doesn’t really work. The game down there is too slow, the talent too thin, the competition too weak to determine who’s who in the zoo. Then ya have ye ole salary cap mumbo jumbo.

    Stan Bowman is one of the best at it. But to pull the plug at deadline time to me is a weak move, sends the wrong message, so hold tight, get Kirby and Jonathan back and roll the dice. Support Colliton so far coach of the year by a long shot.

  • March 6, 2021 at 10:49 am

    ER, when it comes to points and goals for that matter they better factor in thet the North division is very weak and the central is the hardest/or tied for hardest.

    But I am sure they like to suck for Crosby east caost bias and now Mcjesus is the new pretty boy.

  • March 6, 2021 at 10:55 am

    3rd start 2nd star 1st star selections goes hand in hand with pretty boys bias like Mcdavid and east coast bias Crosby and why there is no DEF Defensemen Norris trophy. The same people must be in charge of these thing hand in hand.

    Sounds kind of fishy guys.

  • March 6, 2021 at 10:57 am

    If, by the end of March, things stay relatively close to what they are now with the Hawks in playoff position – Stan will have a decision to make. His options are sell, buy, or stand pat. Each option has it’s pro and con wrapped up as much in messaging as in on-ice impact.

    The sell option comports with the stated objective for the season, but the messaging to the players does not comport with the winning culture they want to build.

    The buy option changes the course mid-stream which could have long term consequences for short term gain.

    The stand pat option would ordinarily not be something I’m in favor of because I believe in proactively forging your own destiny as much as possible rather than just letting things happen as they will. But, in this case I think I prefer the stand pat option because I think letting this team fight for a playoff is as important from a messaging perspective as acquiring a couple draft picks that most likely wouldn’t be first round picks.

  • March 6, 2021 at 11:01 am

    Last night’s broadcast, in case you missed it:

    ‘What an incredible Cinderella story! This unknown, comes out of nowhere, to the NHL.

    The regular crowd isn’t here at the UC. The tape of the crowd is going wild… [pauses] for this young Cinderella who’s came out of nowhere.

    They’re going to a shootout. Kurasev is the last to go… [skates in, shoots] That’s- Oh, he got all of that one! He’s gotta be pleased with that! The crowd that isn’t there is on its feet here. He’s a Cinderella boy. Tears in his eyes,

    Cinderella story, out of nowhere, former IceHog, now, a Blackhawk. It looks like a mirac- Blackhawks win! Blackhawks win!

  • March 6, 2021 at 11:16 am

    “Stan will have a decision to make. His options are sell, buy, or stand pat.”

    Sell and stand pat can be done simultaneously, to shorten the rotation and bench around a team that you’d be comfortable taking into the playoffs. Trading some of the guys who have known from the beginning a TDL move might affect them doesn’t signal white-flags or anything else. On the contrary, it could be messaged and spun that JC/Stan have confidence in the shortened rotation that includes more kids and more Bowey time as 3rd pair.

    So who are those guys?
    Keep: Z, Janmark, Soda
    Trade: Wallmark, Strome, CdH—unfortunately

    No buying.

  • March 6, 2021 at 11:25 am

    This. ER/NOON.

    We see regualr season style games and are this good already withoiut 77 19 not full roster yet. Playoff style is both worlds. Look at teams like COL STL they are only 5 games over .500 and they are top 5 teams/they are doing that classic LA or NAS build for the playoffs regualr season record thing

    When we get our asses kicked again like VEG last yr and TB/or if CAR FLR can have higher record in 1st round again then we ll realize hey were close but not yet NEED more top 5/10 skill draft players to add to young wave.

    Young wave is good very good this good without 77 19 and full roster. So lets add to it and make it.

    Even better.

    March 6, 2021 at 8:01 am
    Hey ER, the metaphor is relevant and I think they realize that they have caught a bit of lightning in a bottle (no pun intended). They realize that part of the success is due to the energy created by the young guys and some ‘me against the world’ attitude. Other teams use to use that against the mighty Chicago Blackhawks.

    I also think they realize that they will struggle a bit against the Canes and Bolts of the world in (if!) the playoffs and are still a work in progress. Are the younger guys ready for that type of intense mental and physical grind? Tinkering OK, but they need to stay the course. Build the ‘winning’ mentality and continue to develop the younger 19 to 26 crew. They are just starting to believe in themselves.

  • March 6, 2021 at 11:29 am

    What an incredible last 10 minutes, OT, and shoot-out! Subban is an awesome backup! We have some great chemistry, and I’d hate to ruin it with a trade!

    Subban – 10
    DeBrincat – 9
    Kane – 9
    Zadarov – 9
    Murphy – 9
    Soderberg – 9
    Hagel – 9
    Boqvist – 8
    Kurashev – 8
    Kubalik – 8

  • March 6, 2021 at 11:37 am

    How tuff is it for us to watch. We were all there for every game practice interview for the decade and the 5 yrs preparing for that dynasty decade.

    Makes me think of how TB and other teams we beat see videos and players things like that and realize hey were the top team in league right now fro last 5 yrs and were only a one hit wonder team. Those guys 2 7 are dynasty players/team that we couldnt touch/just hope to stay close in 2015 even though younger then.

    March 6, 2021 at 8:16 am
    Meant to mention what a great in game tribute and interview with Seabrook between periods, anybody didn’t realize how tough this is for him just watch that.

  • March 6, 2021 at 12:02 pm

    They must realize they are Cup winners but one hit wonders and will always look up during that yr/those yrs/there careers/and the rest of there lives/and for eternity to the Blackhawks. Same for SAN-PHI LA-BOS ANA-TB.

    God is there anything worse then being second best. ‘Prefontaine’

  • March 6, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    Subban was on god mode last night. Good win for the boys.
    Way to win for seabs.

    10 points in 14 games for Boqvist

  • March 6, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    Hawks29 thosr guys were all very good defensemen for sure.

    MS, Wilson going for in person zoom meeting likely means longer than 5 game suspension, 15 or 20 hopefully.

    Agree 100% Stan pat at tdl if playoff picture still looking as optimistic as it does presently.

  • March 6, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    Aurora Hawk – yep, you’re right, sell and stand part can more or less be done at the same time but to what end? Trading Janmark or Soderberg cuts into the group of contributing players which would not be considered standing pat, at least in my definition of standing pat, and trading Walmark or Highmore probably wouldn’t return enough to make it worth messing with the locker room chemistry. The only possible trade that I can see would be justifiable from a messaging perspective and could get a return worth possibly upsetting the apple cart would be deHaan because Beaudin and Carlsson are in Rockford because deHaan is still playing in Chicago – at least that would be a plausible reason to message the team.

  • March 6, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    Dehaan is team leader in blocked shots, which is a big deal on this team, plus he has fit nicely, helping Mitchell at first and now Boqvist as they learn the ropes. Think they have to move from him at some point before next season but wouldn’t sell short his contributions this year as a steady contributor as he has been.

  • March 6, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    Heard two periods watched 3rd and OT and Shoot Out. Great to watch. If we win tomorrow maybe we can hang with them in a 7 game series.

    Soderberg working well between DCat and Kane. Maybe Lowry or Laughton there next year. Bennett or Reinhart, should I dare say Eichel, only if JT does not return. Could possibly stay Swedish with Wennberg.

    Hopefully deHaan is okay. Could lose a trading chip if he is not. Also not afraid of giving Soderberg or Janmark up for assets due to we have a chance of resigning them in the off season.

  • March 6, 2021 at 1:52 pm

    I’m on the fence with moving DeHann – It’ll in big part depend on the offer being reasonable but if it is I think you have to take it considering his age injury history and the fact that Carlsson and Beaudin could take those minutes- it would set back the D little but it’s an opportunity for another young player if he’s dealt

    Having said that there may not be enough interest given he’s not an expiring contract to make the offer a reasonably good one in which hang on to him and try to deal with after the season ends

    Keep in mind if they don’t trade him he could be lost for nothing to Seattle

  • March 6, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    The above post refers to the possibility of moving DeHaan at TDL – to be clear if he doesn’t go then I think he needs to go before next season if he’s not a Kraken

  • March 6, 2021 at 2:12 pm

    Wrap, good point about deHaan having another year on his contract making him a less desirable TDL asset, especially with the impending Seattle expansion draft.

    There are so many aspects to this season that it’s near impossible to take a stand and stay there, at least for me.

    What is the most effective ratio of veterans/rookies? Effective from the perspective of developing young players in a well structured system. Playing too many inexperienced players probably results in the team structure not being optimal for learning the right way to play, while playing too few inexperienced players doesn’t move the rebuild along at the clip you want.

    Maybe the Hawks are right where they should be. Considering Boqvist is essentially a rookie with his age and less than a season played, that means 2 rookie d-men with him and Mitchell and 3 rookie forwards with Suter, Kurashev and Hagel. Lankinen is technically a rookie but the goalie position is not applicable in a veteran/rookie ratio context. Obviously there have been other rookies play but at this point the Hawks have more or less settled in to the 5 rookies playing every game.

    Is that optimal? I can’t say that it isn’t. would swapping out deHaan for Beaudin be too much and a net negative effect? Maybe? I don’t know. That would mean 3 of the 6 d-men are inexperienced rookies. Good thing the only thing I have to do is opine on a message board. :-)

  • March 6, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    Lots of comments about what the Hawks should do with this team come’s something to keep in mind..if the NHL standings were to stay as is- as of today, the Hawks would face Tampa bay in the first round of 7, then the winner of Carolina/Florida for the next round of 7, then presumably one of Colorado/St. Louis/Vegas in the division finals, and then finally a team like Toronto for the cup (this is an imperfect example because the division winners will be re-seeded based on total points but it gives us an idea of how a playoff run would look), can the Hawks compete with any of those teams? For a night or two, absolutely. Over a seven game series where there isn’t any 3 on 3 overtime(meaning that it becomes more difficult to limit errors, limit odd man rushes, and keep stars off the scoreboard the more full periods of hockey you play)? No. I don’t think the Hawks have the upper echelon talent or depth needed to sustain a deep playoff run this year. It’s no one’s fault. This is a very young team coupled with the fact that we have multiple injuries keeping players out for the year. And if you think the Hawks chase pucks too often currently because we can’t win faceoffs, wait until you see centermen like Tavares, Matthews, O’Reilly, etc. in the playoffs..we don’t have Toews to neutralize those elite faceoff centers..

    The point is, I would still be taking offers on any of my UFA’s and/or reasonably contracted players such as Janmark, Soderberg, Carpenter, etc..and I disagree with the notion that moving those players at the TDL sends the wrong message to this young Hawks team..if anything, I think that it shows great appreciation for everything that the above three players have contributed to our team this year..if Stan moves one or two of them, it means that they’re being rewarded for the incredible effort they’ve put forth and they’re being sent to a deeper team where they can possibly win a’s not like Stan is going to trade them to Ottawa or Detroit..they would be moved to a Toronto, a Boston, etc..I see no issue with that and I would continue to make sure I see the forest for the trees..and in case anyone thinks that a fourth or fifth rounder in return isn’t worth the trade, just keep in mind that the Hawks found both Kruger and Shaw in the fifth round and Kurashev in the fourth..if a team is offering picks or prospects, you take them. Young, cost effective players are going to drive this team’s rebuild over the next couple of years..gather as many as you can.

  • March 6, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    ER – I think if the offer is good for deHaan at TDL regardless of the fact that another rookie (say Beaudin) probably takes deHaan’s spot in the line up then I think you make the trade

    Losing DeHaan may not even be a short term negative but if it is I don’t think it would be that big a negative impact – I don’t think losing deHaan and replacing him with Beaudin/Carlsson would impact whether they make the playoffs or not or whether or not they beat whoever their first round opponent would be – quite possibly TB

    Whatever short term loss there could be would be outweighed by Beaudin’s maturation and the beginning of the Boquist, Mitchell,Beaudin era on defense

    And there’s also the possibilty that Beaudin (or Carlsson) brings things to the table that DeHaan doesn’t like foot speed and better passing and offensive instincts and the team is actually better after a DeHaan trade

  • March 6, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    A couple of wishes for the Sunday matinee, will 1 of the Hawk forwards please pick up the Bolt in the high slot and will somebody please knock Kilorn on his ass.He stands around the Hawk net front like he owns it.I know the Boqvist people will be upset but against this Bolt penalty kill can we please not have Boqvist out as the lone defensman.It has negatively turned 2 games in a row around.The Hawks goaltending has been outstanding the last 2 games.

  • March 6, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    PLayoffs are 100% garentuee unless DAL or CLB or NAS win 8 games in a row/or we lose 4 or 5 in a row or any combination of that. And for the looks of 25? games those teams donot look like there going to do it/can but donot look like it. So for tradeline is at what? game were in the front runners position for 4 seed.

    Still trade for picks/prospects and use that to tradeup at draft. We want three 1st half of 2nd round picks please.

  • March 6, 2021 at 2:41 pm

    Wrap think Dehaans biggest assets are his shot blocking, which this team needs and steadying veteran presence. The others may add more in certain areas but they won’t replace that. Agree as i mentioned to you on different occasions his would be a hockey trade type deal, not a tdl rental, but if there is an offer too good to refuse have to take it. Buyout another less likely option on Dehaan in off season too if they want to move on before next season and market is dry, Seattle aren’t takers either.

  • March 6, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    Mo that’s another question around moving draft back a year, having this years picks still tradeable at next years tdl would add another wrinkle to it.

  • March 6, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    @wrap..agreed..DeHaan is tough to analyze given that he and Boqvist really seem like they’ve developed some easy chemistry. And that’s difficult to find, even with experienced blueliners, but let alone a vet and a 20 year old kid..I think, like you said, it would depend on the offer. His value diminishes this year because he has one more year under contract, and if a team acquires him at the TDL this year, they have to find a way to protect him in the expansion draft or they wouldn’t even get to take advantage of having him on their team the following year. For those reasons, I don’t think he’s moved this year. Maybe Seattle selects him during the expansion draft. But even if they don’t, I think minutes are found next year for Beaudin and Kalynuk. Or perhaps the Hawks retain some salary for one year to make DeHaan more attractive in the off season to a trade partner. I could easily see that happening too. Then you could have Beaudin and Kalynuk up for the entire year as your sixth and seventh defensemen.

  • March 6, 2021 at 3:15 pm

    ER, theres not a set number on vet/rookie per yr thing I would go with as many as you can at once though they have to be ready. Sure yuor not looking to have thins many on one yr but who cares were not a top 5 team/yet. Without 77 19 that 33% of your top 6 so were looking to get the best 10 FW and 6 D guys and starter/back goalies as we can by the time young wave is ready.

    Then add ufas.

    So still want/we need to to add to young wave. Since were not getting a top 3 gem or top 5/10 draft skill player this draft or any draft in the next decade because were too good/this young wave has only just begun-first 20 games. Were going to have to go to plan B and get that top 3 gem 5/10 quality player ufa wise.

    That is ini addition to getting a top pair Defensemen which now has to be ufa wise since were not drafting top 5/10 player. Caphit would be same anyways once that prospect got to 27 age anyways. Plus we have Seabs caphit to do so in a coupl eyrs when that runs on its own anyways so we have the space then and thats when were really ready and would want to bank space.

    Until we want to bank space we could add a 7m or higher/or lower caphit player elite player just cant bank space. Then once Seabs contract is good we can bank space and ad tradeline prorated players for Cup deepness. And that is when its about time anyways.

    Were are right where we want to be just keep adding to young wave were not there yet.

  • March 6, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    Excellent example it was the Hartman tradeline trade that got us Beau and Kurachev. More of that please.

    and in case anyone thinks that a fourth or fifth rounder in return isn’t worth the trade, just keep in mind that the Hawks found both Kruger and Shaw in the fifth round and Kurashev in the fourth..if a team is offering picks or prospects, you take them. Young, cost effective players are going to drive this team’s rebuild over the next couple of years..gather as many as you can.

  • March 6, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    You are a very good writer with a dynamic turn of phrase. You brought the game to life and I easily accessed the scenes from last night with your words as the key.

    However, several sentences weren’t structured properly, sometimes missing a connecting word, and disrupted this reader. A little more care on the editing and I would enjoy anything you write.

  • March 6, 2021 at 3:48 pm

    English is a second language to me eh if thats what your writing about.

  • March 6, 2021 at 4:24 pm

    I think if there uncertainity around when draft is happening it could have big impact on tdl. If going ahead as normal then business as usual, if held in December as was one suggestion, then using draft picks for them in off season to get roster in order for teams with cap issues to start next season may best time to pick up some. If pushed back a full year, another suggestion made, could mean teams would be willing to part with picks for help sooner rather than waiting another year. Maybe next tdl teams have a couple of firsts and couple if 2nds be willing to part with a first and 2nd for immediate help and keep a couple for future help. Until theres a known direction hard to know where a Dehaan or an rfa or 2 that aren’t in long term plans be most valuable move.

  • March 6, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    With Hawks only protecting 7 forwards and 3 defensemen, Strome and deHaan most certainly would be vulnerable to being moved near or at the deadline.

    This team is so darn fun to watch, Strome adds very little to mission of “being relentless”

    DeHaan is a heart and soul type player. But realistically he is one shoulder injury from being pretty much done. He is playing on borrowed time. Move him to a contender like Boston or Toronto, try to get a 2 nd rounder back.

  • March 6, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    Kalynuk and Carlsdon recalled to Nhl roster not playing with Rfd. tonight. Think one at least be in for Dehaan tomorrow.

    Craig if Strome was actually to be moved at by tdl, that would put to rest any thought of Toews not playing next year. He would likely be insurance if nothing else if that really is an issue.

  • March 6, 2021 at 6:41 pm

    I’d like to see Kalynuk but playing against TB for his NHL debut might not be the best way to break in to the NHL. Carlsson is probably the safer choice given the circumstance of the rubber game against TB.

  • March 6, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    @ebony..going against Tampa normally wouldn’t be the best idea if the Hawks want to debut Kalynuk..but I think given that the Hawks are playing three games in four days, plus the fact that Murphy, Keith, and Zadorov have logged a ton of minutes for the first two games, leads me to believe that Colliton will go with 11 forwards and 7 defensemen..especially with the quick turnaround..Sunday matinee..we’ll see 10-11 min apiece from Carlsson and Kalynuk and they’ll probably be paired with Boqvist..

    Colliton has talked a lot in the past about how, depending on roster health and matchups, he likes the idea of going with 7 d, and he has even referenced Tampa as a team that utilizes this strategy, even though he’ll never admit it, I think Colliton knows he’s playing with a little bit of house money tomorrow double shift Kane and maybe even Janmark a little with the Wallmark-Carpenter pairing..I don’t mind that for one game if it means we’ll get a look at Kalynuk..

  • March 6, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    Ebony. Kalynuk is in tomorrow.

  • March 6, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    Thanks Craig. I’m anxious to see his NHL debut. Hopefully the moment isn’t too big for him.

    Slayerse7en, that’s a good point – 2/5/16 have logged some heavy minutes the last couple games. We’ll see – either way it should be fun. Like playing with house money after taking 3 points the first two games.

  • March 6, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    Ian,If Toews is not coming back,and I would plan as if he was not,I would be getting a top line center.Strone would not factor in the equation at all.He is not a #1 or #2 Center.Truly a man without a position on this team.

  • March 6, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    Craig if true about Kalynuk I like every one else am really looking forward to see where he’s at – if in fact he’s NHL ready or close to

    Is his development on a par with. Beaudin?
    Even though he’s older it would be exciting in terms of defensive depth if he was

  • March 6, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    Seems like most of our wins over big gun teams comes from individual herculean efforts. That will not last.
    And yes to Larmer. He should be in the HOF, but the gods who decide are blind idiots.

  • March 6, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    @timw..I think Toews will be just fine for the beginning of next one has said anything about his career potentially being over. Now, if I’m wrong, and he remains absent from the Hawks into the beginning of next season, then the bad news is that there’s no real solution to that problem. There aren’t any number one centers available via ufa and teams tend not to trade the ones that are under contract. You either draft them, or overpay for them like Toronto did with Tavares. The Hawks, in that case, would only have 3 options for the next two years until Toews contract was over..

    1. Hope you get lucky in this year’s draft and you can draft a center that would be ready for the nhl within a season or so. This is unlikely given that there aren’t any franchise centers at the top of this year’s draft class and the hawks may not even be in the lottery this year.

    2. Reach out to a team with an abundance of center prospects like the LA Kings and see if you can trade a defenseman for a center. This is slightly more likely, although it could end up costing a Beaudin or a Mitchell to get a Kupari or Turcotte back. And, if the Kings know that the Hawks are desperate for center depth, it would probably cost even more.

    3. This would be my choice. You sign one or two cost effective 3rd line centers like an Adam Lowry or even bring back Soderberg and you try to attack the position with your centers would be Dach, Soderberg, Lowry, Kampf..this could be a solution for at least a couple of years while you try to obtain a number one center. Or, perhaps Dach, Kurashev, Lowry, wouldn’t have a true number two center with either option, but each allows you to keep developing your prospects and doesn’t force you to overpay a ufa. This is what I would do if Toews is really out for a long time.

  • March 6, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Slayerse7en, I make the opposite assumption regarding Toews. I think the absolute silence more likely means he isn’t coming back ever. I hope I’m wrong, but it seems to keep something this quiet takes a concerted effort and if it were truly a benign mystery why go to the extreme to keep it this quiet. Again, I hope I’m wrong, obviously.

    I’m probably in the minority but I think Strome is a very gifted offensive player that can be the Hawks #2C – IF – he can play at the level he played earlier this season, especially with line mates that can (1) score and (2) that play good defensively. Maybe that’s Suter and Kubalik? I’m just not ready to write Strome off like he’s a total useless bust because he is not that – not even close.

  • March 6, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    Following up with more thoughts on Strome versus other options – keep in mind the objective of this season and how the transition to next season should play out. There is no reason to bring back 35/36 year old Soderberg when 24 year old Strome can still prove he’s worthy to be part of the new core. Why is there a rush to get rid of Strome and replace him with a guy who will be collecting Social Security when the Hawks are ready to compete for the Cup. Doesn’t make sense to me.

  • March 7, 2021 at 6:37 am

    TimW, never said Strome was long term answer. Number 1 your assuming without any concrete facts that Toews won’t be back, like many did with Crawford when we went about a year without hearing anything on his progress. Number 2 if that was the case as Slayer said drafting a no. 2C behind Dach if they to replace him would likely be done with Strome under contract as insurance as i said for next season until he was ready. One thing on Strome, years ago the Blackhawks were all too happy to unload a tall skinny center because he was too soft and slow skater, named Esposito at similar age who turned out to be pretty good player after the trade.

    If Kalynuk is in this afternoon, makes you wonder what pairings may be. Would Colliton pair Boqvist and Kalynuk together, not really sure where Kalynuk is defensively, may still be learning there, may not want to. Could either split up Zadorov and Murphy, put one with each of them, but they been pretty good shutdown pairing so may want to keep them together. Other possibility is putting Boqvist with Keith and Mitchell with Kalynuk. Keith and Mitchell have struggled with pissession numbers last few games, could look to try changing them up also.

  • March 7, 2021 at 7:38 am

    It would be great to see 19 again but doubt that happens. I’m 100% in the camp that he deserves our patience and respect but the silence is tough for the fans. Strome will be a target, unless he totally changes his frame, style and stride-simple, lol

    Love what Haan brings but agree he is the most tradeable asset. Losing him or Soderberg wouldn’t be the best dressing room move, but we have to trust that coach and management know what their doing and why they are. Really tough decisions for all teams over the next year.

  • March 7, 2021 at 9:03 am

    Agree that it’s too early to assume that Strome should be on his way out

    While it’s true he’s running out of track to prove himself capable of being part of the next core in CHI he still does have some track left – I’m not overly optimistic but there still is a chance that the light goes on for him yet

    Let’s see how he plays for the rest of the year and unless there’s a ridiculous offer at TDL or in the summer (I doubt it) also into next year – if you move on from Strome you want to be sure about what you’re giving up

    I’d give him until TDL 2022 at the earliest to prove himself

  • March 7, 2021 at 9:19 am

    Regarding Toews – of course they should have a back plan in case Toews career is over but there is no indication that it is even though we’d all like to hear positive news

    No news doesn’t mean the worst case scenario is about to happen- be patient

    Even if it’s something like CFS that can take a relatively long time to recover from

    I think the next news we hear about Toews is either he’s coming back or that things are more serious than expected – until then we wait

  • March 7, 2021 at 10:23 am

    Colliton gave no lineup news to press this morning, said depends on how Dehaan feels at the rink before game if he plays. He mentioned Carlsson and Kalynuk were called up to go on upcoming 6 game road trip to Dallas and Florida, just called up a day early. One of them would get in if Dehaan can’t go was all he would reveal.

    Wrap that’s how i look at Toews situation for now is the old adage no news is good news, until we hear different, like you said i’m going with that.

  • March 7, 2021 at 11:25 am

    About the Center man…we won 3 cups and the team was searching for a Center now this year we are not desperate to find a Center.
    We still have Dach coming in in 6-8 weeks
    we loose often the faceoff But the kid still find a way to get the job done .
    I prefer to let the time take care of everything…no rush
    For 4-5-6 years we where talking about getting more Dmen in the system now we have them and we don’t have to let them go before knowing who they became with all the months and years of playing to get better . Beaudin is a natural….hope they will not let the kid go …we will need him in 1-2 years from now .
    Just let the kids play the JC games and see what hapend.

  • March 7, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    DCat Eichel Kane
    Suter Dach Kubalik
    Kurashev Lowry Hagel
    Barrett Kampf Entwhistle

  • March 7, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    I’ll admit I’m impatient. Not proud of it but there it is. Being impatient is not only about having something sooner than later, it’s also the other side of that coin where I want to plan for the future sooner than later. This is the reason I want to know how the Toews situation gets resolved sooner than later – for not only knowing how his situation affects the Hawks today but also how it affects plans for the future.

    Now realistically the Hawks front office don’t need to know how the Toews situation will play right now because it’s not affecting any decisions they may have to make, but that will change no later than when the offseason starts. Obviously the fans won’t need to know, but I sure hope Toews keeps Stan up to date so as to not hinder his ability to make the best decisions for the team.

  • March 7, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    JR, your obsession with Lowry is bordering on the creepy. :-)

    Eichal – just something I don’t like about the guy. Great hockey skills but … can’t put my finger directly on it but I wouldn’t want him on the Hawks. The good news is the Hawks wouldn’t be able to afford him so I won’t have to worry about it.

  • March 7, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    EB agree on Eichal, not getting real good feeling there. Real mess in Buffalo, Eichal and Skinner healthy scratched, Meddlestat to taxi squad. Then Dahlin and Jokihafju scratched, Joki to taxi squad now, dumpster fire in progress for sure.

    Everybody or 99.9% anyways, wants to see Toews return. If the Blackhawks at start of next season, say that Toews is not ready to go yet but we still expect him back at some point and that it could happen, what would you think. They go with Dach and Strome as top 6cs to start year and choice of Kampf, Suter, Wallmark and Kurashev playing the middle now as bottom 6. Maybe a Johnson, Entwistle or somebody else from Rfd. who can win a few fos and add a bit of physical play and size as the center options. Lots of winger choices, especially with Reichel a possibility and Nylander healthy to with Kane, Cat, Hagel, Kubalik and whoever isn’t playing the middle or maybe steps up for top 9. Draft may give some kind if indication but other hand draft may not happen until summer of 22 also. Could be a while before any real answers available.

  • March 7, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    Nailed Craig, Kalynuk in for Dehaan and Lankinen starting.

  • March 7, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    Hana needs to go to TOR they deserve to have good/better defensemen.

  • March 7, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    @ebony…I understand your rational regarding Toews..I’m also afraid of the old adage ”the silence is deafening” being the case here..but in general, I’m a fairly optimistic person, so I’m leaning towards optimism since I haven’t heard anything that would lead me to believe otherwise. I’m also a big believer in Strome’s ability, especially when he has the puck on his stick. He’s a legitimate top six forward in terms of his playmaking skills. However, my concern is that the front office and/or coaches aren’t as enamored with him anymore. That’s the only reason why I didn’t include him in my post about options at center moving forward if Toews can’t play next year. This team is winning games without Strome, Toews, or Dach..and their absence has allowed the Hawks to uncover some nice options down the middle for next year in Suter and Kurashev to go along with Kampf and possibly Wallmark and Carpenter..with Dach healthy next year, I think the Hawks feel o.k. regarding their depth at center. And like @wraparound mentioned, there is still a full year for Strome to improve..but I just get this feeling that the Hawks don’t envision him as a long term answer down the middle. Again, things can change. But it will up to Strome to prove he has a place on this roster. Didn’t Mark Lazerus Tweet or write about how, before Strome went into concussion protocol, the Hawks were going to try him at wing again? I think the Hawks see what us fans excellent playmaking forward who may not have the intangibles to play center..I do like the idea of a Strome-Suter-Kubalik’s funny, I always thought in that scenario, it would be Suter on the wing, but maybe Strome on the wing would work. I know he didn’t look very good at wing last year, but maybe that’s the best way to get him into a position to succeed in a top six role. It will be interesting to see how things unfold for him.

  • March 7, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    re: the search for a center – Dach isn’t going to be a factor this season. It’s a wrist injury. No sense in him hurrying back unless there’s a legit playoff hope there.

    Toews is off the grid, so we shouldn’t bank on 19 being part of the mix at any point this season.

    So what do the Hawks do?

    If you want to start throwing names around, keep in mind the Blackhawks a) DO have a boatload of cap space, but b) most of their top prospects are helping the NHL level stay afloat, and c) they need to keep enough players around for the Seattle expansion draft.

    I know everyone would love to see Eichel in Chicago, but you’re probably starting a package for him with one of Dach or DeBrincat. So let’s just own that right now… you’re not giving them Strome + a throw-in with a couple picks for a $10M #1 center. Sorry.

  • March 7, 2021 at 4:33 pm

    @tab.. you have a lot of replies to comments that I don’t even see or think exist. No one on here suggested Strome plus a couple of firsts for Eichel. And none of these comments have to do with finding a center for this year..a lot of the comments (including a couple of mine) were geared towards next year if Toews is not going to be a part of this team for next season. And if that ends up being the case, how could the Hawks build up their depth at center to compete over an 82 game season without their number one centerman? And, whether Toews is back next year or not, how does Strome fit, or not fit, into the long term plans for the Hawks? So this thread was more geared towards speculation and thought experiments regarding our center depth moving forward..

    I also haven’t seen anyone here even reference adding to our team this year unless it’s to take on cap space from another playoff bound team using our LTIR in exchange for a pick or prospect.

    And I think most of the commenters on this site know that trading for Eichel isn’t feasible since even if there was a player/pick package that enticed the Sabres, the Hawks can’t take on a $10 mil dollar cap’s not like if Toews doesn’t play, the Hawks are $10.5 mil a year more rich in cap space in the same way that Seabrook retiring doesn’t make the Hawks $6.875 mil a year richer either.

    And actually Tab, I’m not a fan of a player, yes, but I’m not a fan of the cap while I can only speak for myself I have zero interest in obtaining him. If I had my pick of Sabres to try to add to the Hawks, it would be Dahlin, not Eichel. Now obviously, the Sabres would be insane to shop Dahlin, but he would be worth discussing.

  • March 7, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    Donot understand the goal tender interference thats twice in two games they run goalie over and no call/even if when its not interference they have to blow whistle when goalie is plowed over.

    That changed the game. Should have been a 5on3 and if they donot call the goalie interference just because they already called two penaltys on them and none on us then they need to let go the first penalty we did after that to even it up then call the other penaltys we did after that/is fine and worst case its still 3-2.

    F BS.

  • March 7, 2021 at 8:36 pm

    It is not a rush to get rid of Strome.He has been in the league over 5 years.At best he is inconsistent with his effort and continues to be soft on the puck with well below average skating.Sound familiar?It should,that has been his description for all 5 years in the NHL.At least he has consistent at that.

  • March 8, 2021 at 12:52 am

    JR,No worries on your LOWRY infatuation.I have a Sam Bennett infatuation but the experts on this site don’t like scary physical players with an edge.For the record,for the last year and a half I had a Hagel/Kurashev infatuation and lone and behold look what happened.My latest infatuation is Kalynuk!Of course you can throw in the entire NY Islanders 4th line.I am also a Barratt/Entwhistle guy.

  • March 8, 2021 at 10:42 am

    One of the other blogs had the 17 1st 2nd for eichel and other trade options. It was a few different ways to do trade.

    Posts do it always only have to about title people posts all sorts of things Blackhawks related that is certain specific info and off the wall info just that all the info is Blackhawks related.

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