Patrick Kane, Blackhawks Edge Wings In OT

As we inch closer to the NHL trade deadline the Blackhawks continue to inch closer to a playoff spot in the Western Conference. And, after hanging eight on Ottawa at home in their last game, Chicago looked to stay hot in Detroit in front of a national television audience.

One of the players whose name has been mentioned in trade rumors is Artem Anisimov. If he is indeed on the market, he helped increase his value with his tenth goal of the season 99 seconds into the game.

The goal was unassisted.

Dylan Larkin tied the game five minutes later for Detroit, but then the Blackhawks started to take control of the first period.

Brandon Saad gave the Hawks a 2-1 lead with a sweet snipe at 12:04.

Dylan Sikura and Cam Ward picked up the assists on Saad’s 21st of the season.

Patrick Kane was still looking to extend his assist and point streak, and was one pass away from doing so later in the first. Kane gave the puck to Erik Gustafsson, who found Dylan Strome. Strome did what he’s done so many times since coming to Chicago: set up Alex DeBrincat.

DeBrincat’s 33rd of the season gave Chicago a 3-1 lead.

Unfortunately Drake Cagguila was hit in the face by friendly fire late in the first period. He suffered an injury near his eye and did not return for the beginning of the second period.

Detroit out-shot Chicago 15-7 in the first period but trailed by two.

Kane made history 77 seconds into the second period.

The goal, Kane’s 37th of the season, extended his point streak to 19 games.

Detroit starter Jimmy Howard got the hook after Kane’s goal, calling it a night after allowing four goals against only eight shots. Jonathan Bernier would work the rest of the night for Detroit.

The remaining 18-plus minutes of the second period could have cured insomnia. Chicago and Detroit were credited with five shots on net each in the second period and the Hawks took a 4-1 lead to the third.

Things escalated quickly early in the third, however. Larkin scored his second of the night 4:19 into the period. Andreas Athanasiou scored a power play goal 64 seconds later to cut the Blackhawks’ lead to one. And Detroit had the momentum.

Athanasiou tied the game with 86 seconds left in regulation and we headed to overtime.

The Hawks put it in neutral after Kane scored and coasted into overtime. Bernier faced eight shots in 38 minutes in regulation – not good enough.

Chicago opened overtime with Kane, Toews and Gustafsson. That line got one good look early in the extra session and ended the game later.

Toews powerfully attacked the net and got the attention of all three Detroit skaters. He got the puck to Gustafsson who politely passed to a wide open Kane for the game-winner.

Kane’s assist streak came to an end.

Gustafsson had three assists in the game.

DeBrincat led the Hawks with three hits.

66 thoughts on “Patrick Kane, Blackhawks Edge Wings In OT

  • February 20, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    Vintage Toews 0n the ot goal making something out of nothing, and the skill of Gus and Kane finish.
    Can’ t wait to see this defensive system start paying dividends though, looking worse as time goes on.

    Prospects Chl
    Kurashev 2a 2nd star

    Johnson gwg
    Tuulola 1g
    Jokiharju 2a call him up please
    Holland 2a
    Knott 1a

  • February 20, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    Forsling is an unmitigated disaster. He cannot defend. He plays scared. He has no defensive instincts. He was thrown down like a rag doll on Detroit’s first goal, and what in God’s name was he doing on the ice when Detroit pulled the goalie? That’s on the coach 1000%. If the coach thinks Forsling is a better defender than Gustafsson, he is denser than Forsling is.

    Speaking of Gustafsson, as I’ve stated before, he is a major force. You don’t trade players like him. No one can predict that the last four D men (top picks last two drafts) Bowman drafted will be solid NHL D men, let alone make the NHL.

    Dylan Olsen anyone?

  • February 20, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    Yea as we add some good players with the 20/21m cap space we ll have without 15 and 50 on ltir. Sure we got to have a caphits for De bob lee swagger cat and Stromer. Still will have some change left after that. To get the D better across the board. Have the young wave come in, who everyone is fast skaters fit the system good.

    No matter what these things are coming until roster is elite again. Moar deepness for 20 season and generated some buzz. The training camp for the 21 season is going to take it to another level. Chills when Chelsea Dagger that yr and on.

  • February 20, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    Two guys that have quietly been very good during this run are Saad and Krueger.

    Looks like the Wild have thrown in the towel. I’m surprised they couldn’t get more for Coyle who is a nice add for the Bruins.

  • February 20, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    I ll vouch for the Four Horsemen. We wont know how good they are until they get to 200 games. Buckaroo is good, we already know that. How good he will become, hes at 40 games now.

  • February 20, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    We should keep Dals, Murf and Gusto. Bowman make room when time is right.

  • February 20, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Luke Johnson with another big night for Rockford. Kampf due back in March. Holland a legitimate depth/first callup type Center now in the system.
    Lots of Centers is a good thing to have. Of course, Stan knows this.

  • February 20, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Sikura is making progress – thought he had a good game

    I thought the Hawks D was relatively tidy in the 3rd until Dahlstrom tried an unnecessary low percentage dangerous cross ice pass from deep in the D zone that eventually got turned over and DET scored

    ..then of course the PK gives one up – if the Hawks had even an average PK they’d probably be a a playoff spot at this point

    …agree that Forsling and shouldn’t have been out there with Keith at the end – Gus actually had a good D game tonight – Colliton should have rode him to the end

    …but it’s a win – a bit of an ugly one but nevertheless a win

  • February 20, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    The last time the Hawks were .500 until now was when Q was fired.

  • February 20, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    We ll people said, if the Blackhawks have a half decent PP like even 15th-25th ranked, we would be a playoff team. We did it. We will have a good PK again, in the coming yrs, when we add good players/role players after we have filled out roster. Were sill playing with a less then a 3/4 full roster.

  • February 20, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Wrap – good call on that terrible pass by Dahlstrom. You would think that with a 3 goal lead in the 3rd period the mindset would be to make the safe play up the boards. It would be nice just once to see us lock down a lead.

  • February 20, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    Think its good for the younger players/everyone thats not Blackhawks Cup champions to experience blowing leads/letting up/setting back/defending lead without scoring. Every type of situation and lose and win in everyone of those kind of situations to learn from it and get batter at it. Be used to having that happen, so they get good at it. Then do not do it/least amount of times possible.

    We wont be top 5 team/roster wise until we can play relentless hooks/holds/interferences the whole game and score net area with a deep roster. I mean 5 lines deep. Thats were we need to reload roster to.


  • February 20, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    If the Hawks solidify their playoff position in the next week, should they think about moving their first round pick? I’m not sure Panarin or Stone, as much as either one of them would be huge for the Hawks, are generally in the cards with Strome, Cat, Kahun and Gus all needing to be re-signed after next season and the way Cat is playing, he is going to cost $7.5M to $8.5M a year.

    So, do you make a move for someone like Dzingel to make a playoff push? Use Forsling and Perlini/Sikura and a pick to make a move?

    Dzingel – Toews -Kane
    Kahun – Strome – Cat
    Caggs – AA – Saad
    Sikura/Perlini – Kruger – Kampf/Hayden

    Bring Jokiharju back up…

    Keith – Murphy
    Gus – Seabs
    Dahlstrom/Koekk – Jokiharju

    That’s really not that bad of a roster. Certainly better (Jokiharju and Dzingel) then they are today. You’d have to figure Bowman at least is giving a move a thought. I’ve been saying all season, the defense will develop organically with all the young guys (Krys, Carlsson, Mitchell, Boqvist, Beaudin, Jokiharju) but it’s going to be a season or two before these guys become a force, in the meantime we desperately need a 1st line winger. Caggs has done well filling in but honestly he’s not a 1st liner. Saad has struggled on the 1st line. Since last summer, I’ve said it; Hawks need a dynamic 1st line winger and maybe the hometown boy Dzingel can fit in a 1st liner? He’s better then Caggs that’s for sure.

  • February 20, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    Dzingel wouldnt be a rental. He would like to sign for 3-5 yrs.

  • February 20, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    I respectfully disagree about Forsling tonight. I thought it was a very good effort on his part. Yes, he got knocked down. That happens in a hockey game, especially when you are a Dman that DOESN’T shy away from the contact by skating 5 feet aside from the puck and reach out with your stick to play it. I sincerely hope I don’t need to name those Dmen for you, and they have been on the team for years. Our Dmen haven’t taken contact in the regular season since our first cup of the 3. Well, once in a while a new guy comes in and doesn’t understand how it works, but after a few games he sees he is the only getting hit. It’s easier to turn it over and not get hit than to take the hit and make the play. As long as you are a vet – it was OK under Q. Playoff games were a bit different.

    Sikura showed me more tonight than I have seen before. I caught him covering for pinching Dmen a couple of times and hustling to be in the play defensively several times. Those are all good things. He looks more comfortable. Now he needs to light the lamp for some confidence.

    Krueger did well with his extra minutes. Hope Caggiula isn’t in a serious situation.

    No way Gus gets moved at TDL unless it is a major trade (big time winger or Dman). I would be shocked. If we can get 3 other Dmen to improve in 40 games the way he has, we may not need to buy one.

    What’s the over/under on the amount of games we win the rest of the season when we score 3 or less goals?

  • February 20, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    Were not deep this yr. We need 64 and 91 back in 10 games from now to compete with top 10 teams. Those guys are the kind we need more of, not less.

  • February 20, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    Gustafsson not on ice for any of Detroit’s goals and 4/5 Hawks’ goals. Will he make some miscues on D @ times? Absolutely. But on a good team he won’t be counted on to play shutdown role. He is a PP specialist, offensively gifted, has a rocket of a shot that is accurate as well, and he will make strides defensively. He will mature and grow more confident as well. Lastly, he is not a sissy like Forsling. He has thick skin. He got demoted for an entire season plus after Q lost faith in him; look how far he has come.

    This is a player with both high end ability and fortitude. I don’t know if Kempny and him shoot different ways (R L), if they do that would have been a hell of a pairing. Q cost the Hawks Kempny, so be it. Bowman cannot trade Gustafsson, no way.

  • February 20, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    I think Koekkoek is nailing down a spot. He moves well and plays pretty consistent. I thought Forsling had one of his better games tonight. Nice to have a game where our goalie was the better goalie on the night – none of the Detroit goals were soft/bad goals.

    Nice to see Kane pick up a couple points in the scoring race after Kucherov got skunked yesterday. It’s now 99-92 – still a pretty big gap but still lots of games to play.

    Obviously a big game against Colorado on Friday. Winner gets the 2nd wild card position.

    With 3 assists tonight, Gustafsson is now the 11th highest scoring d-man with 41 points. Nice!

  • February 20, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    COL is ‘playing’ again and we havnt been that good last few games we won and those two BOS/CLB. Doesnt look good for that game.

    Really STL took COL spot/the 6 seed, with COL collapse. Now COL or CHI can take MIN spot/the 8 seed. DAL though could still nosedive and both COL and CHI could take the 7 and 8 seed away from DAL and MIN, who have had those two spots basically since game 10.

    We have pretty good (3-2) after the pushback of winning 7 games in a row. It alwasy happens when long win or lose streak. So in a couple games we prob start playing good again and in time for the better teams.

    If we donot make it, we could still lose a few in last 5 or so games and still get around 6th pick depending on other teams.

  • February 20, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    Back when it was unrealistic to think the Hawks had a shot at making the playoffs, we focused on the draft and the play of individual players. Then when we won a bunch in a row the focus was still on the draft so it felt like we were blowing our chance at getting one of the top picks. But now that that the playoffs are a real possibility my mindset has changed and I rooting for them the make the playoffs. I still don’t think they can beat the top teams in a 7-game series but for this flawed team just making the playoffs is an accomplishment and I’m rooting for them to do so. It’s good to see Tazer and the boys having fun again. This is fun. Go Hawks!

  • February 20, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    I’m happy for Kane! (“Kah-rosby? McJesus? NO. Kane is the best player right. No disrespect to Kucherov(!), but compare their teams…)

    “If the Hawks solidify their playoff position in the next week, should they think about moving their first round pick?” (a LOT of canned laughter…) NO. Does ANYONE *really* believe “…just make the playoffs and *anything* can happen”? Well, it doesn’t. It sort of happened ONCE – the Kings, 8th seed, 2012. As much as I appreciate the way the Hawks have been playing – entertaining, worth watching, I don’t see this team winning a playoff series against a 1st (or 2nd) seed. I know that players and coaches do not tank, but I’m hoping they get a good draft pick rather than a first round loss or near miss at a wild card. They need to build a younger core. Maybe with experience – Colliton’s system, young players development, fixing the PK – they have a legitimate shot next season?

    Go Hawks.

  • February 20, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    “Kane is the best player right now.” (above)

    Props to d’cat. And, I really like Gustafsson – that level of offensive skill outweighs the turnovers, and he could improve defensively.

  • February 20, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    Once again Toews puts on a clinic in back-to-back OT. Used his body to block out the defender while getting a great shot on goal, collects his own rebound and delivers a perfect pass to Gus. Deserved 2 points on Kane’s goal. Playing at the highest level.

    KK continues to look good. Great use of his stick to prevent a close-range shot in the 3rd. If he keeps playing this way, please keep him. Would he, Gus, or Dahl be playing under Q?

    Hawks should not be buyers after barely beating two weak teams.

  • February 21, 2019 at 12:28 am

    Dickie, LA in 12 and NAS in 17 were not 8 seeds. They were top 5 teams, they just wernt teams build for regular season and they played a style that had them with ok records. Those teams were really 2 or 3 seeds in conference/roster wise.

  • February 21, 2019 at 12:32 am

    This yr, with half to 3/4 roster, the Blackhawks are just like the 2008 Blackhawks. Playing without a full roster, and know theres lots of good players coming. And their fast to. And were going to add some good players to with 81 and 4 cap space.

  • February 21, 2019 at 12:40 am

    Dickie, I to think Kaner is the best player this yr, among other yrs. Kucherov is awesome and plays an easier sch. (OTT 5 times vs 2) and is on a team with a full roster, and TAM is best team last couple yrs and this yr. Then TAM and TOR are ready to unload a bunch of players and wont have the depth theyve had anymore.

    He is the generational player/Gretzky/Datsyuk/Kane most wicked skilled player. Not the 50 goal scorers.

  • February 21, 2019 at 1:00 am

    Some stats for thought. Since the beginning of the 7 game win streak the Hawks have the third worst CF% 5v5 below 47%. They have the highest PDO at almost 103.

    They are winning because their shot percentage is comically and unsustainably high. It will come crashing down. But until then, wheeeeeee!

    I’d like to see us sign 2 top 9 forwards to bridge deals this offseason. We also desperately need a top defensive pair but hopefully we develop that on the cheap.

  • February 21, 2019 at 1:20 am

    Gustafsson is too skilled to trade and his chemistry with Kane is obvious. These players that have IQ type chemistry like Panarin and Schmaltz had with #88, Bowman needs to keep. Kane needs those guys around him. Looking forward to seeing Crawford back in goal!!!
    Hayden needs to pass the puck! Everytime he gets to the blue line he has no idea what to and just hangs on and skates around before dumping in the corner. Several times he has a teammate calling for a drop pass and he ignores it. His hockey IQ is low but if he just made a simple pass, it would help. Shaw recognized that very early in his career. Kookoo plays hard, physical and pretty calm with the puck. Murphy is a nervous wreck.

  • February 21, 2019 at 6:08 am

    Travis, wonder what shot % it is taking out PP goals and those shots.

  • February 21, 2019 at 6:46 am

    Hull, Agree about Gus-
    problem with this recent offensive upswing is that D-Cat, Strome, Gus and to lesser extent Kahun, will be in line for bigger future raises than thought.
    Gus is unique because he does get caught out of position a lot and has a poor plus minus, but guys that can lead power plays, rushes and put up points are valued-$-today.

    The novelty act is headed for near forty goals-I was told I was crazy for suggesting that he would possibly get that many if put in the right circumstance-
    then came Strome and power play time with Gus, Strome and Kaner and Toews.
    What is a 35-40 goal scorer worth is today’s NHL, and how does this impact ability to get another player?

  • February 21, 2019 at 6:52 am

    Mo, defensively not much has improved, but all the shots and bad puck luck last year is evening out this season. Last season where behind Crawford goaltending was atrocious, this season has been very good for the most part. A pp that couldn’t score is now lighting it up.
    Kane needing some mobile bodies and putting Toews and a buzz saw Cagguila instead of this AA works well with him crap, speaks for itself. Debrincat and Strome together has worked good and Kahun has good chemistry and style to compliment then, forming elite top 6. Just gotta work on bottom 6 and develop the D, with some tweaking top 6. Goaltender questions after this season to be answered too, but looking better than at start of season.

  • February 21, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Forget about Panarin……We got Dcat

  • February 21, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Should have said all the shots of the post and crossbar in 1st paragraph.

  • February 21, 2019 at 8:14 am

    Ok boys, I’m glad everyone is now agreeing with my opinion of Gus. He’s an incredibly talented Off Dman. He has put the go in our PP. Think about it, we always had Kane and Toews on the PP and it was shit for years. The Cat has replaced Panarin with lightening one timers, Strome is a rock in front with his size and great passing but Gus is the QB. Gus Might be the best in the league. Stan signed Gus and Rutta to two year deals last year. He hit the jackpot on both as Rutta has turned into Slater K.K. The more I see of KK the more I like him. Big upside to him. Might be a top 4 Dman. Saad is now playing like the Saad we traded. Still only 26 yrs old. 20-30 goals from a third line winger who is a fast bull that can play D. For you oldsters out there like me, he reminds me of the great Frank Mahovolich busting up wing. Worried about Craw and the goalies as a whole. That my 2 cents for today.

  • February 21, 2019 at 8:48 am

    Good call Greyhawk, “The Big M”.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • February 21, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Be nice to see the third period collapse come to an end.
    Kane is the man.

  • February 21, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Anyone else notice that with #7 out for the last 2 games the Hawks give up 11 goals…?

    The next game should have a playoff feel to it, so I’m interested in seeing if the Hawks can play in this type of game.

    I have no illusions that this team will go anywhere if they make it to the post season, however it will be a great learning experience for the young guys who have never been there.

  • February 21, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Agree that Forsling had a pretty good game generally but so did Gus (at both ends of the ice) so in the empty net situation Colliton had Keith out there and his partner all night had been Gus – so why not stick with him?

    I get why in a way (to answer my own question – he has a history of being a defensive liability although Forsling’s recent history is not any better)

    In the end it maybe it doesn’t make a difference but maybe it does – anyway it would have been nice for Gus’s developing D game to close that game out in regulation (and I thought he deserved the chance)

  • February 21, 2019 at 9:43 am

    It was nice to beat a team that they should beat, but the defensive effort is more than a little disconcerting. I’m not sure how much of it is the scheme related or if the team is just not interested in playing defense. It seems that under Quenneville everyone on the team had to be defensive minded first. Under Colliton either the players don’t feel that urgency or they are still trying to figure out how. The team is very entertaining to watch, the scoring is impressive. But closing out games is a problem that needs to be fixed.

    Looking forward to seeing how the Hawks respond as a group to playing for a playoff spot against Colorado. I’m not sure if I am optimistic or pessimistic about Fridays game. The Hawks historically do not do well against fast, forechecking, swarming teams. This game is going to be a challenge. The Avalanche however, are not exactly killing it right now. They re 3-4-3 in their last ten games and the Hawks confidence (on offense at least) has to be pretty good. It should prove to be an interesting affair…

  • February 21, 2019 at 9:58 am


    Are all better options next year… than hayden kunitz and sikura… imo- i think 2 or 3 of these guys will be pretty damn good… 1 or 2 years? ?? Idk

    + any ufa/trade s… Hawks should be much better

  • February 21, 2019 at 10:23 am

    My guess is that Beaudin is ahead of Boqvist at this point playing a two way game-I realize both are gifted with the puck-
    does anyone have updates on Beaudin’s defensive play?

    Drummondville seems to be a great offensive team-Veleno, Joseph, Comtois and Beaudin is +55 (Veleno +51)
    Joseph another first round pick on defense.

  • February 21, 2019 at 10:58 am

    I have not been an opponent of the switch from zone to M2M defense – not because I think it will reduce scoring chances and goals against – but more because they stink at zone so let’s try something different. I still don’t have a preference for the same reason – they stink at M2M as much as they do playing zone. However, I noticed something last night that may have been happening all along but it was very much pronounced last night so I couldn’t not notice it – I’m referring to Detroit playing the best way to beat M2M defense which is by running your man into interference/picks and the defense not switching efficiently. M2M defense has to handle switching a whole lot better to be effective than the Hawks were doing last night. M2M defense may not be the best way to go, but playing it poorly is certainly not good.

  • February 21, 2019 at 11:47 am

    I did not see the game, but good to hear that Forsling played well and I hope all the visiting scouts took notice and are ready to buy high on him. AA + Forsling + Krys (+ any of the Russian prospects if there is interest) to highest bidder and we’ll be in solid shape cap wise. I always had high hopes for Forsling, but it’s one step forward one step back with him. It’s fun to be in the hunt but the big picture hasn’t changed — sell, sell, sell.

  • February 21, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    Reports: Hawks trying to trade AA. Will need to package him with another player and possibly take back some salary. AA will need to waive NMC if not one of the 10 teams excluded.

  • February 21, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    If AA doesn’t go at tdl on july 1st he has no trade restrictions, plus Blackhawks pay his 2m signing bonus and a team would only have to 5m over next 2 seasons in actual salary. Would make him alot easier to package.

  • February 21, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    With the year Dcat is having, looks like he will be a costly option for us come ante time. Which begs the question, most believe we are two years out. Do you dangle him if it brings you a top 5 pick this year and a top offensive prospect? By the time those two are ramping we could be back in the window. Also, Dcat could also play out his deal and resign here.

  • February 21, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    Re the above. PO teams are generally bumping up against the cap. Someone like the Cat will prolly never have more value than he does now. I love the guy but our window is two years out.

  • February 21, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    DCat is 21 years old and already a proven 30 goal scorer – why would you trade him?

    If the window is 2 years out he’ll be only 23 and even better

  • February 21, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    Understood wrap, but in 2 years he’ll be $8.5m per. Don’t want to trade him but realistically we are 3-6 guys away. Some are in the pipe, this would add a couple of more cost controlled assets.

  • February 21, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    Hawk One, the short answer “NO”. If the Cat gets “too expensive” then get rid of someone else and pay the man. At 33 goals and 21 games left it would be more of a surprise if he doesn’t hit 40 than if he hits 50. Trade Saad or anyone not named Kane and Toews to keep DCat in a Hawks jersey.

    Also, the idea that he could play out his contract and return to the Hawks is not possible because the team he would be traded to would still own his RFA rights for another 4 or 5 years after his ELC is done.

  • February 21, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Read a silly rumor about Taylor Hall going back to Edmonton. LOL. But if against all odds he becomes available, we should at least kick the tires. He’s in the same tier as Stone and Panarin, but won’t be nearly as expensive next year. Plus if we suck next year, we have a marquis rental player to collect picks and prospects at the deadline.

    27 years old, bona fide 1LW, with 1.5 years left at $6M cap hit. Elite possession numbers. His cap is up when Dcat, Strome, and Kahun are due for a raises. Also he’s hurt, so we’re buying a bit lower on him than the past few years. He is expected back by the end of the year, should we pick him up by the deadline (though his signing alone doesn’t make us a serious contender).

    The real question is whether he’s available and what the asking price is. Unfortunately NJ doesn’t have Chiarelli as GM and we don’t have Adam Larsson as a tantalizing trade chip (LOL). But NJ does have holes at center and the blue line. We have AA and a cornucopia of intriguing young D prospects, at least some of whom need to be moved.

    Dunno if I advocate pursuing him, or if he’s available, but I do prefer him to Panarin or Stone.

  • February 21, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    Wow-Travis what a pickle Edmonton is in-best player in the world and they’re a mess–
    the former GM of the Oilers shouldn’t work again in the NHL but it’s a league that recycles so he will.
    Could you imagine if Hull 65 was an Edmonton fan? lol

  • February 21, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    HAWK ONE, DCat would never bring in both a 5th pick and top prospect. He is great offensively but lacking in other areas, much of it because of his size. You may be right about his big pay-day coming and that we need additional high-quality players to become a serious PO team.

  • February 21, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    Travis and Noonan, I looked up Edmonton’s GM when they had three #1 picks in a row. It was Steve Tambellini. 2010: Hall – no-brainer; 2011: Nugent-Hopkins – no-brainer; 2011: Yakupov – terrible selection. After selecting two great forwards, most experts said they should trade down and grab a couple of d-men. Yakupov was not rated nearly as high as Hall and N-H at draft-time.

    Most thought Edmonton did not get enough when trading Hall for Larsson.

    I was in the Hull65 camp until a 2-3 years ago, when Stan began making excellent trades. It is beginning to show positive results with both the parent team and the pipeline. Let’s hope he make some smart moves the next few days.

  • February 21, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    Yeah earlier this year I was bummed that we suck. Then I remembered Chiarelli in Edmonton and the sadness became schadenfreud.

  • February 21, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    Miro, havnt read threw every post yet, COL is ‘playing’ again and they have won 3 of 4. They were terrible after they started 19-10, wen to even and 1 under I think and were around that for about 5 games? So they are playing again recent games and I do not like this game, since we havnt played good even in the wins these last 5, since playing good and winning 7 in a row.

    That always happens after winning/or losing a lot, pushback. So I think no matter what happens this game/and I do not like it already. In a couple games from now, were going to start playing good again.

    Yes BOS and CLB are two of the best 5-10 ranked teams but we didnt play good against them. Their good and our not ok was why it looked they way it did in those. Were wernt that bad compared to those teams, we just ddnt play good, they did, and they have close to full rosters and we have a little less then a 3/4 roster.

    Think we can go on another run/little like 5 games after these next one or two games.

  • February 21, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Miro, what I mean is I am nit liking this one game. If we play COL again in the last 20 games, then I would go by that one. not this one. We need to get playing good again, good habits.

  • February 21, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Wall, besides those players being better then those players, theres the trickle down effect. That would give us about a 3/4 roster. Caint wait until 21 season when we have a full roster.

  • February 21, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    Not sure what fair for 12. Sharpy was a 30 goal scorer for 10 yrs and got 6m/6yrs. Bread Man is a ppg player but only scores around 30, he gets 9 or 10m. I would guess 12 get 6 or 7m/how ever many yrs he wants. Its his contract when hes 26 or so where he ll get what Bread Man is getting this time. Its not just about the goals for caphits.

    I would have De bob lee swagger cat at same as Sharpy (6/6)/based on inflation.

  • February 21, 2019 at 8:28 pm


    De bob lee swagger cat isint going anywhere for a very long time.

    I believe, now, that 19 88 12 17 are the core for future. Others are to just not sure who are locks like these guys.

  • February 21, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    Prospects: Chl
    Boqvist 1a
    Beaudin 1a

    Hakkarainen 4a
    Forget last night Forsberg 35 saves on 39 shots.

  • February 21, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    You can just put that in your signature.

    Boqvist 1a
    Beaudin 1a

  • February 22, 2019 at 7:11 am

    Ian-if Hakkarainen pans out it might be in the Hjalmarsson area of tough names.

    Hakkarainen to Altybarmakyan would be a mouth full for Foley. Some of these guys need nicknames.

  • February 22, 2019 at 7:34 am

    Noonan lol, maybe they’ll draft Podkolzin too.

  • February 22, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Enough with the trade Dcat bullshit. How does it make sense to trade a 21 year old scoring machine for a unproven draft pick? Major money will be coming off the books in a few years so just take it easy. Everytime we get a quality young player we can’t trade him because he’s to good, that’s nonsense.

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