Blackhawks Sign Ian Mitchell

On Monday morning the Blackhawks officially announced the team has agreed to terms on a three-year entry-level contract with University of Denver captain Ian Mitchell. Interestingly, according to the release, the start date and AAV of the contract have yet to be determined.


Mitchell, 21, was a second round pick (#57 overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft. He posted 32 points (10 goals, 22 assists) in 36 games during his junior season at DU before the sports world shut down. Mitchell also led the team with 43 blocked shots and scored two game-winning goals. He scored three power play goals and once short-handed during his third and final collegiate season.

How important is this deal? Our opinion: Mitchell is the best blue line prospect the Blackhawks have had since Niklas Hjalmarsson. Yes, that list includes this season’s rookie, Adam Boqvist, and Nick Leddy.

As a college freshman, Mitchell skated into the lineup for the defending national champions in Denver and quickly assumed an important role on both special teams and skated heavy minutes. He’s been decorated as one of the best defenseman in the NCHC and the NCAA during his three collegiate seasons, and has shown good leadership for the Pioneers as well.

Earlier this year, Mitchell represented Canada in the Spengler Cup. He had one goal and one assist in four games in the tournament.

Mitchell is listed at 5-11 and 179 pounds and is a right-handed shot.

138 thoughts on “Blackhawks Sign Ian Mitchell

  • April 11, 2020 at 10:49 am

    Great news. Would seem to say no chance Blackhawks be involved in any possible resumption of season or Nhl will allow him to burn a year if they do, unless some ruling coming covering that issue for the way season ended.

  • April 11, 2020 at 10:51 am

    Congrats to Ian and the hawks.

  • April 11, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    Best news since the stoppage. Mitchell is going to a stud.

  • April 11, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    Of course he signed. He said all along that the org treated him well and that he intended to sign and he never said anything to the contrary. The Ian-Mitchell-is-not-going-to-sign meme was just fake news. There was no reason for it other than to smear Bowman (he’s already got that covered).

  • April 11, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    When do we start the silly season and start throwing out crazy trades?

    Seabrook 30% retained and a pick for Brandon Sutter.

    Strome and Murphy for Nugent Hopkins and Puljujarvi

  • April 11, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    Great signing. The Hawks have added a top pairing DEF. This is fabulous news.

    The DEF to me has been rebuilt

    Dehaan or Maata and Mitchell

    I think next year we could lose Maata, Shaw, or DeHaan if I am not mistaken with Seattle coming in the league. I am too lazy to look up no trade/movement clauses. Regula or Moberg could replace murphy in a few years. I guess we could eventually use another Top LH Def.

    On the forward front having this guys signed in Teply, Barrett, Andrei Altybarmakyan, Entwistle, and Kurashev gives us promise. We just need 1 or 2 to step up.

    My hope is in the draft this year we get the Goalie of the future but could see the hawks taking a wing especially if they get a top 3 that is a no brainer. Hull65, did u hear that, I would like to see the Hawks grab Yaroslav Askarov or if not a forward not going to college. It will be interesting to see but the Hawks DEF is looking like it could be a strength in a few years if not next year. October cant come soon enough.

    Be Safe, Be well fellow Hawks.

  • April 11, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    Hallelujah!! I was one of the culprits that thought Mitchell would not sign. I am glad that I was wrrrrr….not the most right I’ve ever been. I now think that Beaudin, Boqvist, Mitchell and Carlsson will pair with Murphy, Keith and DeHaan…the others will get traded or bought out. Also, this means that we are drafting another offensive player.

  • April 11, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    This is a good idea.

    One move i would like to see as a roster tweak would be moving Smith and using his caphit to resign Cagguila and sign a Kyle Clifford. Think this roster needs that element and Smith just doesn’t bring enough of it anymore.

  • April 11, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    Fukking Beauty eh.

    Yea thats a real live beauty, you hoser.

  • April 11, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    For anybody who doubted Micth,

    as Bolly says

    Suck on thaaaaaaat!

  • April 11, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    @Morrison…sucking on that! I have to take my punishment; gladly though because I’m thrilled Mitchel signed!

  • April 11, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    I was wrong.I did not think he would sign here especially after Elliot Friedmans report a few days ago that he was going back to Denver and really wanted to go to Toronto after his college season next year.Lets hope Colliton takes a liking to him so we do not get a repeat of the Jokiharu disaster.MO-I like your thinking on Clifford but I think we can do better and go after Matt Martin or Cal Clutterbuck from the Islanders.Jake Debrusk from the Bruins could also be available.Maybe Demantha from Detroit.

  • April 11, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    The Four Horsemen are on their way.

    BoQ and Mitch are locks to be top 4 quality.

    Noon, you were right its all about the young wave that is going to get us back to top 5 team, We have to have that kind of base.

    Half and 2/3 of your top 6/top 4 core players, right here.
    BoQ, Mitch
    Dach, top 5/10 pick this draft

  • April 11, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    Rusty I would actually love if the Hawks took a chance on Puljujarvi especially since the Oilers may see Strome and reminisce about the good ole days of McDavid and him in Erie. Oilers have a horrible track record of botching prospect development and Yakupov and Puljujarvi are perfect examples. I thought Puljujarvi could’ve been taken before Laine, plus this kid finished second in scoring in the Liiga this year and is just gaining confidence after horrendous deployment in Edmonton.

    I would be good with a Strome trade to get him however idk bat getting Nuge also just by adding in Murphy though the Oilers could use help on the blue line.

  • April 11, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    Another good news for the Hawks
    I wish I could see a few other young kids signing and Strome at 3.6 millions. On a 3 or 4 years.
    Then Kabulik at 3.75 to 4 m/ 4-5 years
    Crow at 3.5 mi/2-3 years.

  • April 11, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    Time to move on from Crawford… He will be blocking the Hawks from ever stumbling onto the next Jordan Binnington.

    Thanks for the memories Corey…Time for Hawks fans to quit living in the past.

  • April 11, 2020 at 4:27 pm

    Such sexy thoughts going through my head.


    De Hann/Murphy


    Krys/Osipov (Ahl Deal)

    Boom. Compliance buyout Seabrook. Maybe trade Maatta but I would rather hold onto for now just because of de Hann shoulder history. If not Carlsson is ready to roll.

    Pk1 Keith/Murphy
    Pk2 De Hann/Maatta

    Pp1 Boqvist as the quarterback
    Pp2 Mitchell as the quarterback

  • April 11, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    so this will be a little (knowing me, maybe a lot) rambling and disjointed, but it makes sense (at least in my convoluted mind).

    i once was a die hard bulls fan and although i loved the championship era teams my favorite bulls teams were the ones of the van lier, sloan, love, walker, boerwinkle, awtrey, ray and others era in the seventies. those guys were hockey players in gym shoes and shorts. they would, not just play hard every night, but fight tooth and nail for every inch on the basketball court. winning was never enough. they wanted to kick the opponents ass as well.

    there was never a “me” player on those teams. no jordan spouting his bullshit about his “supporting cast.” and of course we all know how many championships jordan won when the supporting cast was the three stooges, mutt and jeff, and abbot and costello. jordan won nothing but scoring titles until jerry krause, who jordan routinely mocked, brought pippen on board and then built two entirely different rosters of outstanding players around the two of them that resulted in six championships.

    moving forward. i no longer watch as much as a minute of basketball on any level because it has become a “me” sport from the playgrounds of early youth through the nba. almost any interview will result in the player being interviewed more than happy to talk about his contributions to that game. has anyone ever seen a hockey player talk about himself in a post game interview? any player could be the number one star in a game, have a microphone shoved in his face afterwards, and the first thing out of his mouth would be the praise of his teammates who made it easy for him. hockey players don’t know how to spell the word “me,” which is just one of the reasons i love hockey players.

    moving forward once more. i just passed my 55th year as a hawks fan and remain just as much in love with them as the first game i saw at the stadium lo those many years ago. i believe the hawks scored a goal in each period, but the wings scored two in the first and third and won 4-3. i couldn’t understand why the hawks lost since they scored in all of the periods.

    so that preamble sets up the following. it has been nice to see the hawks sign teply and mitchell. there are several other players in the pipeline now who all of us are enthused about to some degree or other. some of us are out over our skis about almost all of these guys, others are cautiously optimist, and still others are “that’s great, but lets not get ahead of ourselves. lets see these kids make it wearing hawks sweaters rather than being talked about on websites.” wherever anyone’s opinion falls is fine it’s just nice to be sharing hope for the future for the first time in a while.

    and now to the point of this diatribe and what does any of this have to do with the bulls. THE BLACKHAWKS CULTURE HAS NOT CHANGED. the same idiots are running the asylum. most of us are waiting to see what player personnel moves are coming in this off season with little or no confidence in those making the decisions. THE BULLS, a team i care nothing about, HAVE CHANGED THEIR CULTURE. there is hope going forward for them. they have set gar/pax aside and hired a new vice president of basketball operations who has total control over everything relating to the performance on the court.

    so while i am happy to be chatting about future players for the hawks, i am now very jealous of the bulls and their fans. they have hired a high powered rising basketball executive who has been instrumental in building the current young, improving denver roster to take over every aspect of the product on the floor. it took reinsdorf in excess of a decade to show gar/pax the door and i am only hoping we are not stuck with the evil twins for anywhere near that long.

    this team needs and the fan base deserves new, fresh, unbiased eyes on every level of the operation involved with the product on the ice. a new corporate flow chart with one mindset on the type of game the team will play, how those players will be coached at every level, and the type of player who fits the mold of that mindset. one vision from the very top of the front office to the worst player at indianapolis.

    so i feel better. i think. and always hope for the best. happy holidays to all.

  • April 11, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    I would be in favour of a knowledgeable VP of Hockey Ops as well but I’m afraid it’s just pissing in the wind for the coming year anyway

  • April 11, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    Great to see Mitchell signed – let’s hope he makes an immediate impact

  • April 11, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    Ivan, thats cool. We got him, thats all that matters.

  • April 11, 2020 at 6:32 pm

    Tim, that was Ian idea and I cut pasted it. Those players are good to and we need some of them.

    I was so excited about Mitch, keeping the Horsemen together, I didnt put Ians name with it.

  • April 11, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    Thank god! I thought bowman was going to blow this. This kid is a stud and the future. I could see him or dach as a captain one day. Lgh!

  • April 11, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    Wasnt worryed about Mitch not signing here, it did give you a similiar feeling when you saw it.

    Like the one when we got the lottery and got the 2nd or 3rd pick. Wasnt a, mean, yell. It was the feeling though of another toppair or 1st line player.

    These two things are superstar and a top pair Defenseman.

  • April 11, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    With BoQ being a yr younger then his draft yr puts him with Dach. Mitch and Beau father ahead age wise and the FW young wavers coming. The whole group, most/a lot of it, will be ready at about the same time. In about 2 yrs from now these guys wil have got 1 or 2 yrs to get feet wet and get established enough, to start to be comfortable with the league and thats when were ready to roll again.

  • April 11, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    Great signing! This kid may be ready as soon as next season. As for Seabs it is an expensive cap hit even with buyout, they would still have to eat most of his salary, he has played hurt for years so maybe let’s see what he can do next year after his surgeries and a good rest for his body. Still think he would be a viable third pairing d man. If that doesn’t work package a prospect and send him to Seattle in expansion draft for cap relief the year after, could be a great leader for an expansion team! Draft Askarov as he is the most highly touted goalie since Carey Price, the kid has led Russia to gold in most tournaments he played at his age U18 and U17.

  • April 11, 2020 at 11:24 pm

    This draft has an amazing crop of forwards in this draft and a rising Jake Sanderson who was ranked 4th among NA skaters, controversially ahead of guys like Perfetti, Rossi and Quinn. If your trying to hit a window in around 2-4 years it doesn’t make any sense to take a goalie who will be ready right around the time when Kane, Toews, Keith are really about to fall off as goalies usually take 5-6 years. Even if this guy is amazing it’s at least 3 years till he’s a starter and that’s still a 21 year old guy who might be inconsistent.

    I say that we gotta get a highly skilled forward with at least one pick, and if we acquire one with Strome, Saad, and whatever assets we move, then a goalie could be a fantastic move. Especially with goal scorers like Holtz and Quinn that could be available while we are picking. Since there are not a lot of D in this draft, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Sanderson slide into the top 7 despite not being a consensus top 10 pick. Just like how the Coyotes picked Hayton at 5 in 2018 for a center.(side not, read recently that the Hawks loved Hayton and were attempting to trade up and get him at the draft and would’ve taken him at 8 instead of Boqvist or Wahlstrom or any other player available). Anyways if Sanderson rises up that just knocks an even better high skilled forward down a notch.

    Great things could be coming for this team on the back end depending on how Mitchell transitions. Let’s See if he can play with the big boys.

  • April 11, 2020 at 11:44 pm

    Good point if Sanderson/other move up that gives us more to choose from, selection wise. I would do goalie if we get two top 15 picks.

    Even though we donot want to wait 6 yrs for a goalie to be ready, when we are in 2 ish yrs. Would be pretty fricken sweet to have a Hall in net with the young wavers.

    This is why its fine to trade 17 20 other, because we can give one get two back by adding same style player ufa wise and we get another top draft player.

    We, have, to do that. Right?

  • April 11, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    Buckaroo others Dach BoQ looked like rookie in 1st 40 games, Mitch others should to. Its when they get those first 80/160-200 games in, we ll really know what we got.

    I am giving every rookie a, hall pass, for hte first 80 games.

    Then so me what you got kid.

  • April 12, 2020 at 1:38 am

    Happy for Mitchell. He is a talented hockey player. I thought he would go for a more talented team in TO, but maybe he was given a roster spot in Chicago and tons of bonuses, right Santa?
    But, I’m still waiting for the next 6’3″ dman stud like Seabs and the Hammer were for the CUP teams to actually make the playoffs and not get run out of town. Murphy is not the guy!!!

    Mitchell has a good hockey IQ and is tougher than Boqvist. But again, Beaudin, Mitchell and Boqvist on the same team is very easy to play against. It still doesn’t get me thinking about a playoff or cup run. Toews and Kane need to win now.

    And please, can we stop talking about resigning players ,with all due respect, like Cagg or Clifford or Klutterbuck or Matt Martin? And sign them for millions?
    Let’s get serious! How many more 4th line players do you want on this team.
    I just watched playoff hockey, Game 1 2010 Hawks vs Flyers? So if anyone on this board thinks we are big and fast enough to get into the playoffs, then you haven’t noticed any of the teams who have won cups the last decade. If Teply can be a 3rd line player like Brouwer and score goals, great. But Brouwer was tough as nails. Bolland at 6’1″ was nasty and a pest unlike Strome at 6’3″ who is slow and weak.
    I will get excited once we talk about signing or drafting players that bring speed, talent and toughness like Hossa, Sharp, Ladd and of course BIG BUFF!
    In fact, I would roll the dice on bringing BUFF back if his ankle is healthy unless he wants to go back home to Minnesota. He has lots of hockey left. Do any of you remember what teams did to Karlsson in Ottawa and last season in San Jose. Imagine what teams in the west will do to Boqvist and Beaudin?

    An Evander Kane type player which is a forward like a young Dustin BUFF is what the HAWKS need. How nasty were the Blues against the Bruins last season?
    Happy for Micthell but I am not excited about our forward top 9 for next season.
    Only Kubalik deserves to stay because he has Stalberg type speed and size. But, this team needs a huge upgrade from Nylander & Cagg. I never liked Strome but unless they trade or sign for a bonifide 2nd line center and let Dach play as a number 3, I guess you give him another chance with DCat but he is just too slow.

    Get rid of Smith and Carpenter, please!!! Get some fresh young legs from Rockford who can skate and play on a 4th line. Maybe Cagg can take a discount but he also has 3 concussions while Shaw, an overpaid 4th liner has 4 or 5?

    Oh yeah, yes….of course…. draft a goalie in 2nd or 3rd round but this is Stan Bowman, remember? 10 years of drafting nothing behind the net except a soccer goalie from Belgium! My all time favourite draft pick of embarassment.
    Be safe everyone and R.I.P. young Mr. Case. Sad news for his family and the hockey community in Edmonton.

  • April 12, 2020 at 1:57 am

    I apologize for the spelling mistake.

    R.I.P. Colby Cave.

  • April 12, 2020 at 2:36 am

    Come on HULL.You don’t have to drop a ton of money to grab a couple bangers with some speed for the 3rd and 4th Lines.You don’t want Martin or Clutterbuck but you want to bring BUFF back.Does not make sense.You need a couple of forwards to do the dirty work when you need to dump and chase and send messages. Guys from Rockford are not getting that done.Nylander gets a short leash and I would get rid of Strome,Smith,Cagguila,Shaw,Maata,and either Carpenter or Kamph.This team does not have the Draft picks to draft a goalie this year.I would go get Khudobin from Dallas.

  • April 12, 2020 at 6:27 am

    Sunday morning and Blackhawks NHL didn’t confirm that Mitchell is signed yet .
    Where can we see the confirmation ?
    Not on Cap-friendly
    Not on NHL .com
    Not on Tsn
    Where ?

  • April 12, 2020 at 8:13 am

    tim w

    if you don’t have to dump a ton of money to grab a couple of bangers with speed for the 3rd and 4th liner why did bowman drop $12 million over three years plus draft choices for shaw?

    getting rid of shaw and maatta would be admitting mistakes. getting rid of strome would be admitting a humiliating mistake. and i can’t believe de haan is not on your “getting rid of” list. do you really want to go into next season with $9 million on the line for two years and bet on him to stay healthy? maybe they can move him to a gm who is just as stupid as bowman is for the bag of practice pucks the hawks paid for him and get out from under that contract. one more injury and that contract is theirs until the end of it. i am on board for moving smith in the same practice puck deal as de haan or separately as well. i am definitely offering caggiula a one year deal for low money. at least he has a pair of balls. if he takes it great. if not………..move on. nylander is also on the move list for me. it sends a terrible message to wingers of the future to see the hawks allow that bum to play without urgency or guts and get to dress every night.

  • April 12, 2020 at 8:13 am

    Mitchell confirmed himself releasing a statement what i saw. There has been no denial release so could be just a case of not be able to offiicially file it with league yet. Considering it’s Easter weekend and pandemic may cause a delay on that end.

    Mitchell will see Nhl time next season, if not right away be recalled before mid season. Obviously won’t become a game changer immediately but hopefully gives him lots of minutes and responsibility when his time comes..

    Tim W not sure on Kudobin, 34 trs old, never been a starter only played 40 games in a season once in his career.

  • April 12, 2020 at 8:58 am

    hull 65

    caggiula for one year at $1.5 million i can live with.

    you are absolutely spot on with the smurf d-men. if there isn’t a #4 type to play with them and protect them it will be ugly defensively.

    i agree on buff as well. if healthy i would even overpay if they could get him for one year. i would then rotate every forward prospect the hawks have at rockford through chicago for two or three weeks during the season to see first hand how to play the game with toughness and enthusiasm.

    there is no winning now for toews and kane. this team is a minimum three years away from competing for the cup and that is if most of these young kids turn into quality nhl players and bowman makes some very strategic positive moves. are you playing those odds with your money?

    kane will likely still be an elite scorer in three years, but the “elite performance” ship has sailed on toews and keith already. lets not forget the hawks won the first cup with toews and keith turning the corner to being elite players in the league. cups two and three were won with them being among the top two or three players at their positions in the entire league. three years from now toews is a strong, not elite, second line center and keith the same kind of second pairing d-man.

    keith was a pretty good young player his first two years in the league and a very good player his third year in the league. his elite level of play didn’t start until his fourth year in the league. AND….. he played next to seabrook. he didn’t play for the hawks until he was 22 and his elite play began when he was 25. a real leap of faith to expect that any one of mitchell, boqvist, and beaudin will be an elite nhl player in three years when mitchell and beaudin will be 24 and boqvist 23. and the #4 type players to balance them don’t appear to be in the system.

    all of the above and more are reasons i believe it is past time for a total tear down and rebuild. who on the CURRENT roster do you want to see in a hawks sweater in the fall of 2022? for me:

    for sure: kubalik, kane, toews, dach, boqvist, keith
    probably: saad, de brincat
    maybe: highmore, hagel, beaudin. kampf, carlsson

    that leaves a lot of holes to fill including a starting goalie. mitchell hopefully will fill one of those holes (hopefully in the first d-man pair), but what forward currently in their system projects out to a difference making top six forward?

    the hawks are fighting an uphill battle for respectability and respectability is nice and maybe gets you into the second round of the tournament, but it doesn’t win cups.

    this team has a long road to hoe to challenge for a cup again.

  • April 12, 2020 at 9:20 am

    Mitchell would have gotten the same contract regardless of where he signed. The only difference being a 2 yr deal vs 3. Don’t let your bias get in the way of a stupid narrative

  • April 12, 2020 at 10:26 am

    Buff is still under contract to Jets next season, so to acquire him comes with a 7.6m caphit. Kinda going from sublime to ridiculous here.

    Rusty very true good point Mitchell was getting the same anywhere. Tim W good point on bangers. The point of Clifford and Cagguila was to get 2 4th liners for Smiths hit, which upset alot of people being so high, vs moving him and paying same or more which seems ok puzzlingly.

  • April 12, 2020 at 11:02 am

    Bye Bye Bowman-You are right about DeHaan.That was an oversight on my part.I have been posting all along that I thought he was not coming back after shoulder surgery #5 so I guess I just pushed him and Seabrook out of my equations.

  • April 12, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    Good thing 19 88 have 7? more yrs until 40. 88 could play to 43, not a physical style as 19 and 7. Same goes for 2, could.

  • April 12, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    Hard to know with Seabrook Mo, will come back and play full time for few more years or is this a forerunner to ltir. May be healthier than he has been in a long time, not saying he will be Seabrook of old but may be able to play at a sustainable level for a while after his surgeries.

  • April 12, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    It, seems, like everyone here is on the same page for the most part and want/know what we need to add and not keep.

    The salary cap space is not the problem, those players added will not be kept-by the time it matters. Same for Crow if he stays for another 3 yrs. Other then adding an elite top pair Defensemen ufa wise or maybe top 3 LW/RW FW, we donot need the space-entirely now.

    Just enough to add some positions we do, like the ones Ian said. The rest will take care of itself and if need be some of those caphits can run out on there own.

    The concern is, what BB/Tm/others said, the identity and team system and new regime needs to happen at some point in next 36 mths.

    I mean we can win another Cup with McDonalds Bowman and this Collitan team system. It would be harder though to do it that way. The young wave will be that good and 19 88 will still be able to walk when they are 37-40 age. Then 88 will actually be the ‘benefish’ like Bicks called him in 2013 playoffs.

    What we should be happy about is what we can control right now and that is getting as many top 5 skill draft players as we can because once we start winning 40-25 record season, theres no more difference makers coming from drat. Then its time to add those Souys Hosss Odyuas Maddens Hands Vermettes Rickys kind of players to balance our pair and lines.

    In the mean time,
    Get out there and stick em!

  • April 12, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    Bionic Seabsy boy could play better then last few yrs and be a good 3rd pair player. Would be sweet if he is and have a good 3rd pair of 2 7 with the elite top pair Defensemen we have drafted and the top 4 Defensemen we drafted and add ufa/trade wise. Seasby boy has the size to clear the net front pressence.

    When hes fully 100% healthy he might have a little, wakey wakey, time left for karma to those who got away with-for now/then, to those who thaought they could do it and did it to our players last yr or so. Karma is coming to you douchebaggs.

  • April 12, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    I’ve also kind of written deHaan off. I don’t think it’s a given he’s coming back. I thought it was a potential career ender when it happened. His last surgery was pretty major. This one was on the same shoulder. Shoulders are tricky. Look at baseball pitchers. You hear of guys getting Tommy John 2 and 3 times and able to come back. But once they have shoulder surgery, they’re just not effective. Little different than hockey I know.

    With Seabrook its also a little murky. He could very well end up like joffrey lupul. Lupul was never seen again after a sports hernia surgery. Seabrook was more banged up and obviously fell out of favor when he disappeared. There’s no doubt the injuries were painful and slowing him down. But the bionic man didn’t suddenly fall apart. Why decide in December? That’s always seemed peculiar. To me, with absolutely zero insight, that looks like a guy that has finally realized father time isnt gonna lose this one either. We’ve seen players get a few more good years after hip surgeries. Sharp, Crawford, Jamie Benn, Brayden Point. But to what degree of improvement could one expect from Seabrook. And more importantly, what improvement could Seabrook expect from himself. As a prideful guy that’s what looks like the driving force. Coming to the realization that he wasn’t one of the best 6 on the roster.

    Now, regarding the insanity surrounding the infatuation with Dustin Byfuglien. Let’s look at what happened between he and Winnipeg. After the season ended he and the team doctor had to sign off on his health both parties agreed he was healthy enough to play without medical intervention. He had 2 years left on his deal. After relaxing all summer he decided before training camp he wasn’t sure he wanted to play anymore. The Jets gave him space but ultimately were forced to suspend him without pay. Again, this is after all he was deemed healthy enough to play at exit interviews. At this time Byfuglien goes on his own and has ankle surgery without notifying the team. He also says his foot was broken as well.

    It wasn’t until after he got suspended, (and wasn’t being paid)that he suddenly said he wasn’t healthy enough to play. So then everyone forgets he wanted to retire and assumes he wants to play due to having surgery. That’s not the case. The surgery was all he had to show he wasn’t capable of playing due to injury…but he already signed off on not being injured He didn’t want to play when his base salary was 8 million. Why would you think he’d take less?! And what exactly would an overpayment be if he was already scheduled to make 8? His cap hit was 7.6m but his base salary last year was 8m. He never asked for a trade, which would indicate he wanted to continue to play. Stick a fork in him

  • April 12, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    For the record, I’d love to have a player like Dustin Byfuglien. But I highly doubt he’s interested in playing. And wouldn’t be interested for what at best would be a borderline playoff team for what the Hawks could offer. Now, if Minnesota called… That might be a different story simply because of geography. But again, I really doubt he plays again.

  • April 12, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    Rusty, we both posted bionic seasby boy at the same time without reading each others posts. What does that tell you.

  • April 12, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    Didnt Buff get fat and slow like a wagyu. Seabs with two broken hips is faster then dusty wagyu.

    Who was it that had 500 pounds of Steak in a cooler. You put a dent in that yet.

  • April 12, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    Yeah Mo reportedly he never got into playing shape last summer either and hasn’t made any attempt to since. So have to agree he is unlikely to pkay bext year.

    Rusty the biggest issue with Seabrook could be how athritic his joints are, if there is alot of arthritis then the procedures may possibly not make alot of difference. Which would probably indicate ltir sooner than later. If not much arthritis possibly he plays for a few years.

  • April 12, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    Morrison, karma would be putting be putting Seabrook, deHaan, and Shaw on LTIR. Either buying out Smith or dumping him to a team that could use him to get to the floor or that has a lot of UFA forwards. A late pick from Buffalo for a Smith and a mid round pick?

    Then signing Pietrangelo. He’s gonna want 7×8.75per. With that you’d have an abundance of right shots. One of the underappreciated guys on this team is Connor Murphy. He’s not fleet of foot, but he’s the best defensive defenseman the team has. Trade Murphy and Strome for RNH(who has 1 year left and Edmonton can’t resign) and Puljujarvi. Resign Kubalik not sure what that would look like. 3×3.75??



    As constructed there you’d have roughly 12m if the cap goes to 84m to sign a goalie. Would Crawford take 3 yrs at 4.5 per? The left side of the D is a little precarious. TJ Brodie would look pretty good.

  • April 12, 2020 at 2:57 pm

    300lbs of elk steaks spread across 3 freezers and 275lbs of elk sausage in another freezer. My colon can only take so much.

  • April 12, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    Rusty – nice posts. I also believe that Buff is only a fantasy at this point in his career. In his prime he was an absolute monster who could turn the tide of a game in a couple of shifts. That guy left the building before last year. I also am missing the love for Kyle Clifford. I got to see him regularly during the Kings run. He is a great team player but there are a lot of miles on that 29 year old body. Maybe a couple of years ago but not now – need to find a younger version of that guy.

  • April 12, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    MS after Clifford went to Leafs i was watching him, he played great for them, added alot to their roster. Still seemed like there was hockey left in him yet. In a year or 2 when some bigger forwards in the system come up won’t be needed but a cheap fix until then.

    Rusty doubt that ltir be available this season but on another year see how it plays out. Be very surprised if Seabrook and Dehaan don’t givve it a shot next year and maybe Shaw too. Also performance bonuses and ltir kinda work against each other over a full year, could be an issue too.

  • April 12, 2020 at 4:27 pm

    To the negative living people.

  • April 12, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    Regarding the insanity surrounding the infatuation with Corey Crawford. Let’s look at his age 35 and the injuries that he has sustained in the last few years. To suggest 3 years at 4.5 per seems like another Shaw, De haan type move. Let’s roll the dice and hope that Crawford stays healthy and also give up his cap space for the next 3 years. Why not a one year contract? Better still why not pick up a young goalie and actually give him chance?

  • April 12, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    Just read that the Russian goalie Sorokin is expected to sign any day with the Islanders. He was the guy that Dreger announced was traded to the Hawks on deadline day and then had to retract. Has anyone (Craig?) ever heard anything about what happened on deadline day regarding this guy?

  • April 12, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    From my understanding of sorokin, the deal was in place. Sorokin’s teammates leaked the trade. Dreger reported it. Sorokin’s contract demands were what faceplanted the deal. A and B bonuses as well as a European assignment clause. Assignment clauses are difficult to have with Russians. The 2 leagues don’t have an agreement in place. So a team could sign him. Then put him in the ahl. He exercises the clause and then the NHL club would be unable to call him back when that season ends like they could any other league.

    Panarin did have a European assignment clause. But goalies are a little different

  • April 12, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    The Sorokin thing was wierd. MS, I received very little intel on any of that. I was contacting people up to the deadline and it was all about Gustafson and Lehner, especially when both goalies for Carolina got hurt. Monday was the trade deadline and that’s when the two underwhelming trades were made.

    Scuttlebutt tonight is Shalunov is coming. There are all sorts reports on Twitter.
    Spoke with somebody who told me the Hawks are eager to get Nalimov to North America also. Hmmm.

    File this under a long way away, but I was told the Hawks are really happy with Alex Vlasic and how well he played at as a freshman at BU.

  • April 12, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    Rusty European clause only works with a league with agreement with Nhl. Player is loaned to that league instead of going to Ahl. With Khl that doesn’t apply, what Panarin had was an out clause that if he didn’t make Nhl roster that Bowman basically terminates his contract and he goes back to Khl, only difference is he doesn’t become a ufa to sign with another Nhl team until the season ends. That is what Sorokin wanted and what Shalunov wanted. Now Shalunov will be 27 and the Blackhawks lose his signing rights after this season, so no reason not to give him his out and try him as he will ufa next summer either way.

    Stape one reason for resigning Crawford could be to give a Nalimov, Lankinen or maybe if they draft an Askarov time to morph into no.1 goalie, figure in 3 years he should be ready.

  • April 12, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    I’d be eyeballing Spencer Knight. Florida drafted him, then signed Bobrovski to a massive contract.

    Out close, assignment clause. Same thing. The leagues dont play nice.

    Shalunov is dead to me. He’s a product of the Scott powers hype machine. Sikura is on as well. He had a year and a half of production and has been just average since. Jiri Sekac had the same offensive production in fewer games.

  • April 12, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    Spencer Knight be great if they willing to part with him for reasonable return.

    Difference is an assignment clause you retain players rights along as he still qualifies as a rfa, out clause is giving up rights and they return to Khl the rest of season.

    Don’t expect much from Shalunov either, except he might fill a 3rd line role until a Barrett or somebody ready. He would be playing on a 1 year elc next season for his next contract, so maybe get a decent season out of him at least.

  • April 12, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    Just want to say, the boys of the Blackhawks. Stick to the system and we ll get there.

    You guys on on top of shit. Bueaty eh.

    Who needs reporter, of the flatlander kind. Tell it how it is, like Craig.

    Ya Fukk, as Prefontaine says to Bowerman.

    I know Pre personally.

  • April 12, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    Ian, Are you confident Crawford can stay healthy for a full season because I am not.
    What I am saying is It’s time to find a replacement for Crawford and I definitely would not give a 35 year old goalie with history of being injured a 3 year deal.
    I would sign Crawford to a 1 year deal and not attach any type of no trade clause.

  • April 12, 2020 at 11:24 pm

    Stape not disagreeing on that point, at this stage, one year at time, 2 tops be plenty. If hoping for some younger goalie to develop. Crawford fills the bill when healthy. If you have to find someone because of health cross that bridge then. Even if fa is long term plan for goalie, going with Crawford next season and sign somebody then even, he isn’t blocking anybody by playing next season. As long a capable replacement is in place in a couple of years, where he comes from isn’t important i guess.

  • April 12, 2020 at 11:50 pm

    Ya wanna go for an easy ten.

  • April 13, 2020 at 12:18 am

    As long a Crawford is in Chicago he will be blocking the other goaltender just ask Robin Lehner. Crawford had already said that he does not want to be the backup.
    Colliton will never make Crawford the backup no matter how good the other goalie plays. Do you remember when Lehner was standing on his head start after start.

  • April 13, 2020 at 1:23 am

    This years Draft is too Forward heavy for the Hawks to even think about drafting the Russian Goalie.There are going to be a lot of high quality Forwards on the board when the Hawks pick and if Craig is right about the Hawks loving Jake Sanderson that might be available to them also.

  • April 13, 2020 at 2:40 am

    Tim, why would you want to sign more 4th line players like Martin and Klutterbuck of 5 years ago? Those guys are done and have never won a cup anyway. How much money do you want our idiotic GM to spend on more 4th line players!!!
    We are already have a half a dozen 4th line players on this team. Buff, he can play defence or third line forward, spot him up front with Toews in the playoffs. Play alongside Dach for instance. What I we all know is Nylander is a bust! He is not Sharp nor Versteeg, good old Canadian boys with balls and talent! Cagg is too small but lots of heart with 3-4 concussions already. Will have to retire soon like Shaw. And again,
    Boqvist, Beaudin and Mitchell are smart little dmen who will get abused in the NHL and cannot be on a roster all together. Boqvist or Beaudin need to be traded in a package deal to land a top winger!!!
    Because the 2014 to 2020 draft years by Bowman (except for Dach) has not produced any Hossa or Sharp or Ladd or Buff type players (Tkachuk , Evander Kane, Pasternak, DeBrusk), we are far from making the playoffs. And 2, 7, 19, 88, 20, 50 are not the problem, the GM and this silly coach are.
    Peter Laviolette is still available! 3 Cup finals!

  • April 13, 2020 at 7:12 am

    Rusty’s been isolated too long. And apparently stocked up on *strong stuff* before the lockdown.

  • April 13, 2020 at 7:15 am

    Re: This year’s draft class – last year everyone published their mock drafts before the lottery. And the Hawks jumped to 3 overall and everyone had to re-write their mock drafts. And only one person – yours truly – had the Hawks taking Dach.

    So for all of the rumors people want to throw around like Sanderson or a goalie or whatever else, keep in mind the lottery hasn’t happened yet. Hell, we don’t even know if they’re gonna try to finish the regular season, if they’re going to go to a 24-team playoff bracket, or if the entire 19-20 season/postseason is banged.

    This sucks, but let’s hit the pause button on who a team wants in the draft and what the cap is going to be for next year (and the ridiculous lineups that follow) because we know NOTHING about any of that yet. Speculation is fun but it isn’t worth getting our undies in a bunch over needing more old defenseman vs going completely young on the blue line yet because there are so many variable that are still waiting for definition.

  • April 13, 2020 at 9:04 am

    FYI, Yaroslav Askarov’s .959 save percentage at the Hlinka was a tournament record for goalies with 3+ starts.

    That’s where Canada sends their absolute best. He single-handedly beat Perfetti, Byfield, Jarvis, Drysdale for gold.

    But muh WJC


  • April 13, 2020 at 11:05 am

    @GK…I don’t understand why teams do not usually select elite goal keepers in the 1st round. If all of the guys that we have targeted are off the board, I would select the best GK in the draft. I’d rather take the guy who is as close to a sure thing than a guy who needs several years and then might not make it. I’m done with drafting those guys like Cam Barker and Mark McNeil. Take the GK and make everyone else regret not picking the best GK in the draft in years.

  • April 13, 2020 at 11:39 am

    Anybody that would give Crawford a 3 year contract is crazy, that’s how they got into the shit show they’re in now. Big forward and big defense with skill.

  • April 13, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    Boys….been reading the posts. It’s all good. Forgive my repeating again (early sign of infirmaties of aging)…BUT-(1) I’m for all in rebuild, all youth NOW cuz of Bownhead cap nightmare (2) we already have one protector for Boqs, Beaudin, Mitch in Gilbert. We need one more on D & 2 FWS (3) we don’t need to pay big bucks for protectors. In cup yrs guys like Eager, Fraser, stepped up. They weren’t goons, they didn’t always win & fights were not always noteworthy…BUT-those low cap hit guys let the other teams know not to go after our skill guys. Then there’s the Wendell Clark tact of skating to the opponents bench and telling it their skill guys are next. Q always knew this. Frustrated!

  • April 13, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    PS- Gilbert…if you read these posts, just know i watched you play at Notre Dame . I knew a teammate of yours @ ND. I read about you. You know the game, you have always been a team leader, have a lethal sense of humor & have the heart to stick up for teammates. These are things gravely lacking on the hawks. You have to be scratching your head. This summer-work playing forward. It will sharpen your stick skills. I’d hate to lose you cuz the team that plays you is going to get a keeper!

  • April 13, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    Earl the reason for Lehners talks going south was Bowman wasn’t willing to go beyond 2 years, so that would be a good indication of what kind of term Crawford may be looking at. Maybe one byt might get a lower caphit if he wants a 2 year deal.

  • April 13, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    Echoing others-A 3 year contract makes little sense-yes it would be nice to have Crow around, but three years of a moderate but significant cap hit is wrong.
    The reverse of that is he is owed a longer contract if he can get it elsewhere.

  • April 13, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    1029 post, was a drinking post, waugh. Funny reading it now.

  • April 13, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    Crow can stay for a yr/two at a time until younger/next goalie is ready. He can teach/tips on things for younger goalies. He get hurt for 20 games, does it really matter, were not winning next yr or two. Were not deep enough yet, in two yrs when the young wavers are NHL ready and established enough then we need a healthy goalie, sure.

    Seeing that were not HHNL quality deep for 24 mths, we can have Crow until then or so.

    Shalunov is fine even if he doesnt score as many pts as we want him to, he can balance a line/the 4 lines and see what players work better with his style. Then if he is still low on the pts stuff then get another player like him style wise that scores more. He could then be Entwhistle a yr later.

  • April 13, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    Hull, we have to have players like that or we ll get hit in face/helmet/head like we did like 15 times this yr and noone payed the price for it.

    Sure no overpaid Mike Tysons on the 4th line.

  • April 13, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    Re Corey Crawford “The reverse of this is he is owed a longer contract if he can get it elsewhere”

    This logic is why you don’t fall in love with your players. In this case to actually believe the need to match any other teams offers is idiotic.

  • April 13, 2020 at 6:39 pm


    eloquent. truthful. words to live by.
    “don’t fall in love with your players.”

    and may i add…….when their trade value exceeds the value of their anticipated performance on the ice, trade them. i don’t care who they are.

  • April 13, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    Funny, I remember an interview years ago Bowman did. He said one of the hardest things as a GM is to not fall in love with your prospects. And look at the prospects he’s traded. Jokiharju, Teravainen, Danault, Hinostroza, Schmaltz.

    Never touched the wacky tobacky…alcohol on the other hand…Well, that’s the cause of and solution to all of life’s problems. Add that into a little vitamin D deficiency and going stir crazy and you get some pretty hair brained thoughts.

  • April 13, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    Its all in your head.

  • April 14, 2020 at 9:41 am

    Tim 2-

    Well said on Gilbert…

    He’s a keeper…

    Not afraid to stand up for teammates…

    Keeps the crease clear…

    And he’s young…

  • April 14, 2020 at 9:57 am

    With Boqvist and Mitchell key to the future of the blueline, the rightside looks set. Murphy a top 4 talent who can certainly be a mainstay but on flip side if moving a veteran defenseman, would bring best return and no clauses to waive. Seabrook a question mark but Regula’ s development could be big part of the future.

    The leftside looks less clear. Keith 3 more years and no reason to think he couldn’t sign for another 2 or 3 years after that. The way he plays he could continue to be a solid 2nd or 3rd pair guy until then. Dehaan with health issues is a big question mark. Maatta when paired with right partner is a capable defenseman but a 4m caphit for what is basically an insurance policy with consistency issues, doesn’t seem likely to stay for long haul. Koekkoek could stay around as a depth guy to fill in when needed but not a mainstay to build around. Carlsson and Beaudin in very small sample, showed they deserve a chance to play and one of them developing into a top 4 player would be huge. Not sure if anybody left in Rfd. will be in Nhl picture, Vlassic showed well in Ncaa in his first season shows some promise. Possiblity of somebody on rightside moving over in a top 4 role is there also.

    Looking forward to next season to Boqvist after a year to get accustomed to Nhl to taking it to next level. Mitchell as well as Carlsson and Beaudin showing that they have potential be a big part of the future with Blackhawks. Regula in Rfd. building his case to show what he can do at Nhl level in another year. Plus Vlassic continuing his progression and looking like somebody we are hollering to be signed next year to an elc. Then somewhere in top 2 or 3 picks a good chance a defenseman added who could add to that picture too.

  • April 14, 2020 at 10:00 am

    Sorry forgot to say Gilbert could develop into a solid 3rd pair physical defenseman also.

  • April 14, 2020 at 10:46 am

    Re: Duncan Keith….”Keith 3 more years and no reason to think that he couldn’t sign for another 2 or 3 years after that.”

    In case you did not know Duncan Keith is 36 years old and getting older and worse every year. I don’t want want to see Keith play in 3 years let alone 4 or 5 years.

    This is another perfect reason why you don’t fall in love with your players…You actually believe your heroes can play forever.

    You lose all site of reality!

  • April 14, 2020 at 10:50 am

    Stape that is actually the opinion of most knowledgeable hockey people outside the organization, based on his fitness he maintains, combined with level he still plays at and not just my opinion.

  • April 14, 2020 at 11:16 am

    Gilbert’s skating reminds my of Dylan Olsen (i.e. an awfully big hurdle).

  • April 14, 2020 at 11:26 am

    Hull why the hell would we wanna get Byfuglien. He’s only getting older, his cap hit sucks, he isn’t in any kind of shape to play, and he probably doesn’t even want to play the game ever again. That is exactly the kind of player the Hawks don’t need to go after. Thank God that even if they tried to get him Bowman probably wouldn’t be able to. I don’t understand the rationale at all behind looking at an overweight and unmotivated player who just sat out an entire year. I love Buff and I am happy for him, I would take my cup ring and retire if I were him. Obviously he doesn’t want to play.

    And we need a young forward who can come up and play with Dach, and this draft is perfect for that. Kane came up with Toews, Crosby came up with Malkin, Ovechkin with Backstrom. Sure we have a lot of young forwards, but no one with potential like Dach to grow with him. Nylander got better as the season went on, Kubalik was amazing, and guys like Kurashev and Teply are great but the Hawks need another elite forward prospect in their pool.

  • April 14, 2020 at 11:30 am

    Sure donot need those guys already that many times hurt. Need exactly those kind of players though. 1 m caphit for 4th line players is good and when it someone like Krugs 1-1.75 m is fine.

    People would complain and say too top heavy if we had Bread Man, but your right justodonot have Smith-Aminsov, Haan or Maatta and theres the caphit. Would need to do elc for enough spots, but there is a way to make that work andits the same way if we add a top pari Defensemen ufa/trade wuse. You just have to have enough elc players.

    Nowpeople complain/say too top heavy, but thats the way. Only thing is once those elc players become stars, now you have to make some moves like not keeping players like we didnt with, Leddy, Bolland, Shaw, others when we needed to do that.

    Also we needed Defensmen so we added that and traded Bread Man 11 m? If you could see the next 3 yrs, yea be better to have Bread Man and wait for the Horsemen to be NHL ready. We d be a team like TOR, but with good young core players Defensemen coming and then were talking.

  • April 14, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    Jordy agree Gilbert will always struggle against speed, that showed in Ncaa too when up against faster forwards. For what it’s worth when watching Vlassic in beanpot tournanent this year that wasn’ta noticeable issue.

  • April 14, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    BUT…”IF” Gilbert plays a stay at home defenseman, limit him to going no further than opponents blue, leave rushes to Boqs, Beaudin, Michell…THEN-his limitation ( speed) is less harmful. Gilbert ain’t no goon. He can play. He is a character teammate that will look out for his teammates. P.S.-one more thing. All who post here know more about hockey than a great number of so called “experts”. PSPS-in December, with Gilbert stepping up, the Hawks played better. Cat& others thanked him. IT DOES make a difference. Anyways…sure miss the game. PSPSPS Mitchell wants to play next year . Play him Colliton BUT you’d better have Gilbert & 3 like Gilbert to protect our skill guys. Otherwise… we’ll get run out of the rink which happens a lot under “Socrates” colliton.

  • April 14, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    Tim 2-You hit on something key with your thoughts on Gilbert.He was valuable initially as an unknown quantity.After a few games he was targeted by other teams not just physically,it looked like he hurt his shoulder in a couple of the fights,but strategically as teams took advantage of his running out of position to make the big hit.Your point is on the money in that you can not have just 1 guy doing the physical work.You need 3 to 4 of them spread throughout your lineup.Ideally you would like them to be your forwards so when they get taken off of the ice for a fighting major or an aggressive play penalty you do not screw up your D-pairings.This team needs a solid 3rd line that can put pressure on and contribute offensively.You can’t have both your 3rd and 4th Lines not scoring.

  • April 14, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    I concur DR. Tim W!!!

  • April 14, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    You think Philly would do a Couturier and Gostisbehere for Strome Smith Beaudin and a 3rd?

  • April 14, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    Tab B- 1st- thank you for creating this vehicle ( Committed Indians) for all of us to post on. 2nd-you may be correct about using Gilbert as 7th D. Here’s my pitch-every player in any sport ( who gives a shit) wants to & does get better against better competition. Gilbert has juice. He cares, he wants to be in the show. Cuz of that- he is going to get better. The pattern is-after a while, his presence will give his teammates more space ( like Wilson does for the Caps). He already made his point with Simmons & Landeskog. When Boqs got elbowed, Gilbert would have (1) wiped the smirk off the guy & (2)… eaten spaghetti off the top of his head! Jus sayin…

  • April 14, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    Watching the 2010 ScF game 2 against the flyers on NBC Chicago. Man, was that team relentless. Everyone could hit, they chased the puck and controlled the game. They were also tough as a team. I miss that brand of hockey.

  • April 14, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    Check that, Game 5

  • April 14, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    Pure will doesn’t make one automatically better. Does it help? Absolutely. His possession numbers suck. One of his downfalls going back to college was that he’d go out of his way to make a hit. I like the guy. He’ll be 24 in October. His 6th year in the organization so he’s not a young kid anymore. Tab’s got it right with him being a 7th D. The league today averages less than 1 fight every 5th game. Go back 10 years and the league averages 3 fights every 5 games. Unfortunately that’s where Gilbert’s game is. He’s not great defensively. He’s not good offensively. But he’s physical. You can use that sparingly against a select few teams. Against faster skilled teams that aren’t as physical it provides very little.

  • April 14, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    JR, no way the Flyers give up a player like coots for that package. Beaudin is too much of an unknown. Zack Smith is pretty much a buyout candidate to a team like Philly. Id be interested to see if Philly would listen on Nolan Patrick.

  • April 14, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    And we need a young forward who can come up and play with Dach, and this draft is perfect for that.


    Dunks is a Scottish Warrior. The Lindstrom of these 20 yrs, though league is faster then it was for him 35-40. Still Dunks can be a Rozy for 1 m caphit from 38-41.

  • April 14, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    Oh I don’t know Rusty… it. Sure seems to me physical teams sure slow down/ negate- run out of the rink “ speed “ teams ( including the Hawks.) Tom Wilson is a heat seeking search & destroy missile. as are others on the caps. They look to hit. Seems it’s worked for caps & blues! I don’t want Gilbert to be goon. I want him to be a hockey player WHICH is what he is. He was East defensive defenseman of year as sophomore. He hits people. He stands up for teammates.Gilbert is what is lacking on the hawks. I changed my mind… he is not a 7th D only to be played against select teams. I put him 5-6 and have him wreck havoc while doing what he has heart to do- stand up for his teammates.

  • April 14, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    Seems that there was some energy/momentum when Gilbert was in. I’d rather have him in than Murphy, Matta or Seabrook.

    Fast, physical and skill are all standards for playoff style hockey. Hawks 2010 cup run has been on cable the last few weeks. This current team is no where close to that level of play. It’s amazing Stan seems to over-tinker with 1sr round rejects when its more of a formula that allows the skilled guys get space. Where big wingers can wear down opposing D and force them to make mistakes. This is where Buff, Brouwer, Ladd came in. Further, the Hawks 4th line was hard to play against. Then you had Bolland who was brave, crafty and skilled enough to understand the nuance of the game. Sad how far it’s dropped off.

  • April 14, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    Thank you Trips & Joey Z & Ian. Gilbert did make the hawks better. I don’t have Murphy or Maata on team next year. My pairings are Keith Boqs… Beaudin Seabs….Michell Gilbert. If Seabs doesn’t protect Beaudin- bench him! (See my post on hawks changing outlets in D zone for Boqs-Beaudin-Mitchell like bruins did with Orr.)

  • April 14, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    Hawk one, not watching but I remember Q switch the lines for game 5 and we had Kopy and Hoss with Tazer. We got up like 3-0 and 5-2 because we blitz them with an onslaught of 4 good balanced lines. Rmemeber after the game they asked Sharpy if the lines is why we hammered them like taht. He said no, it didnt matter what the lines were, the way we played.

  • April 14, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    When Gilbert is by himself he looks slow. We get 4 or 5 players that can play like that, now you got some balance.

    Remember it was the slower Rozy that played the important min in the 3rd periods not the fast-really fast Leddy. Being good at Defense is key here, sure.

    Problem is league is faster now/last 5 yrs then it was 10 yrs before.

    With WAS STL being allowed to cheat that much in playoffs. BOS does it to. Then we should get 4 or 5 players like that.

    Not just go all speed and one Mike Tyson. We need the kind of 3rd and 4th lines we had in 2009 2010 2013 2014 2015. Speed with physical.

  • April 14, 2020 at 11:18 pm

    Amen Mo. Hard to do that in today’s game with the cap and all. But it should reinforce the need to bring on some grinders. Kane, Toews, Keith and Seabs never could wear out out an opponent but they had the grinders that could which opened up the ice for them to drive the stake in the opponents heart.

  • April 14, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    Mo if Gilbert can be a 6 or 7 guy, Regula and Vlassic coming, both in 6’4″ or over and they’re still filling out, plus have a higher ceiling. Stay at home defensemen with offensive potential. That gives good size to pair and compliment Boqvist and Mitchell someday hopefully.

  • April 14, 2020 at 11:58 pm

    Music to my ears, Moors, Hawk One. We just need a couple Eagers, Fraser’s, Brouwers @ forward. With cap errors, we’re stuck with Dunc & Seabs. But if Seabs steps ( not goon it- just step up) then a combo of Boqs-Beaudin-Mitchell – Gilbert- Duncs-Seabs works. The last three stay at home D & Boqs/ Beaudin-Mitchell lead the rush while their D mate ( Gilbert-Dunc-Seabs stay at home ( “ only” going as far as blue on rushes. I posted the other day- no more predictable stupid reversing along boards. Scheme it Orr like where Boqs-Beaudin-Mitchell skate it out on transition….OR….take pass in middle to lead rush. These D pairing combine speed skill with a grit in Gilbert & a maybe in Seabs.

  • April 15, 2020 at 12:26 am

    When will Wirtz announce new coach (Peter Laviolette), New GM (Mark Hunter (and new President (Eddie O or D. Sutter)? Time is now Mr. W!
    Again nothing wrong with Keith and Seabs still on this team because they have high hockey IQ on defence. If Webber and Chara are still effective, no reason why they can’t play a couple of more seasons. The problem remains the forward position. We can’t wait for Barratt, Entwhistle or Kurashev. Yes, one or may get a spot on the roster but the top 9 need to be elite for the Hawks to make any noise what so ever. And this means signing a free agent top six forward that fits a big need,; size, speed and talent!!!
    Trade Carpenter, Zach Smith, Murphy and Maatta. Throw in Bowman’s rag doll Sikura.

  • April 15, 2020 at 1:20 am

    This for Stan:
    Tonight we saw the best of the 3 cup teams against the Flyers in 2010.
    Tonight, on NHL rewind the 2013 Game 6 against the Bruins.


    Keith Seabs Oduya Hammer, Roszival Leddy

    So, we have 3 smallish forwards in Kane the superstar, Shaw and Kruger 4th line players.
    The rest are big, fast and skilled.

    On defence, no one under 6′ tall. And Leddy, the fastest skater on the team was over 200 pounds and built like a rock.

    I don’t see any Cagg, Nylander, Hagel, Highmore, Sikura, Carpenter, Strome, Kampf AHL type players on that 2013 roster?

  • April 15, 2020 at 8:11 am

    Boys-I hope Andrew Shaw retires ( love him but for him & his family- CTE looms), we trade Saad ( way overpaid, doesn’t hit) to anyone for anything to get rid of 6 mil, tradeNylander ( a big body finesse guy on a team with too many finesse guys who should not be on roster cuz of “ potential), trade Sikura, Kampf, Carpenter, DeHaan, Maata, Murphy. Thanks to GM, we are stuck with Dunc & Seabs. I worry about Cags-a& CTE. Still have questions on Highmore. Take a look at Tom Wilson hit stats, pims & Washington record. Nice correlation. Wilson “ average” skater per his profile a& to the eye. Most posting here see the need for a few hitters. Wilson described as contemporary enforcer. Translation- hits, disrupts, drop gloves. I am lobbying for total rebuild playing right now Teply, Barratt, Mitchell, Kurashev, Entwhistle. Gilbert @ 5-6 on D. Then add a few character guys as noted by others above….and voila-speed- skill team with enough characters guys to hit- protect Cat & Kane& Strome & Cat& young D. Why? With Bownhead cap mess & who he has drafted- that’s the hand we have been dealt.

  • April 15, 2020 at 9:21 am

    Tim2, moving Saad and try to sign Toffoli in that role works for me. Play him with Toews and Kubalik. Dach, Kane and Kurashev, gives Kane a right and left shot who can score and play offense with him, plus both can take fos and play defense too. That would leave Debrincat, Strome and Nylander which would be too much of a liability. Maybe a role a Shalunov could fill until Barrett or Teply ready if Strome or Nylander moved. After the big improvement in pk, for a minimal caphit, don’t get the rush to tear it down, improving other areas is pointless if you lose the major gains there. a grinder or 2 can be added, Entwistle should help there and likely will.

  • April 15, 2020 at 9:47 am

    Wow…so funny to read all the post here…hahaha
    Csnt beleive what i read sometime….
    Dont stop trading all the players guys …..its really funny to read the team some of you guys are building snd all the trades made .cant stop laughing …
    Thank you

  • April 15, 2020 at 9:54 am

    Get rid of old useless slow players.. Dehann,Shaw,Seabrook,Keith,Saad… They are spent.. the game is speed.. Not slow turnover machines that are Overpriced…

  • April 15, 2020 at 10:01 am

    Tom Wilson is a very unique player – there are 30 other teams that would like to find a copy, don’t blame that on SB.

  • April 15, 2020 at 10:09 am

    The Hawks have built a really nice future foundation on the blue line for sure, lot to like :

    2015 draft : Gilbert
    2016 draft : Carlsson
    2017 draft : Mitchell
    2018 draft: Boqvist, Beaudin; Regula(added via trade), Demin(added via trade)
    2019 draft : Vlasic

  • April 15, 2020 at 10:29 am

    Ian- I can live with your plan. I do want Strome to stay but….MS- yeah- Wilson is unique but he didn’t start scoring until last couple yrs. he just leads in hits… he an Ovi. Ian- who are your 3rd & 4th lines? PS- I haven’t researched all prospects this year but….Wilson was drafted to hit, for his grit @ 16. There “has” to be some prospects in 2020 that fit his profile. Ovechkin often leads in hits. IF Shalunov & or Newly signed Arty hit half as much as Ovi ( 2-3 hits per game) it would be an improvement. If they can score 20-30 goals, that would be even better. I want to play Barratt right away. Any thoughts? PSPS- ok Hawks 20100- I am awaiting the pounding you are going to give me. Let me have it.

  • April 15, 2020 at 10:58 am

    Tim2 my 3rd line next if Shalunov comes would him at C or wing with Debrincat and either Strome or Nylander. He is very good pk guy who is big and fast with skill. Can handle physical game but not a Wilson by any stretch, try him next season on an elc.

    Wouldn’t need to keep both Kampf and Carpenter as Entwistle is a good pk guy too and Dach most likely becomes a fixture there too. So a 4th line with Entwistle, Highmore, Cagguila on wings with either 22 or 64 at C. Barrett need awhile in Rfd most likely. Another low hit grinder could be added if Smith is moved.

  • April 15, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    April 14, 2020 at 11:18 pm
    Amen Mo. Hard to do that in today’s game with the cap and all. But it should reinforce the need to bring on some grinders. Kane, Toews, Keith and Seabs never could wear out out an opponent but they had the grinders that could which opened up the ice for them to drive the stake in the opponents heart.

    You mean like this.

  • April 15, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    Ian, yea were lined up good for future Defensemen wise and balance wise. If there are any spots still needed once they are ready and established, we just ufa/trade for one then. Bingo Bango.

  • April 15, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    That is video of Keith saying toughness is a choice, not sure if it opens, not good on that stuff.

    Yeah Mo should be okay, few holes to fill, i know people not big on Shalunov, but even if got a few years as big fast 4th line pk guy who can bring a little offense, Entwistle another big pk grinder with him, give good looking base for a 4th line for awhile.

  • April 15, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    In a couple of years if you get something like
    High pick Toews Kubalik
    Kurashev Dach Kane
    Debrincat Barrett Teply
    Shalunov Entwistle with Carpenter, Kampf, Highmore with them, not to shabby, may need to top it up.

    Let your young D develop properly and keep veterans around as needed until they are ready. Find a goalie!

  • April 15, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    Ian- can can see your lines. It’s just that Barrett has puck & leadership skills, shows willingness in corners & with puck pursuit …..& he could learn on job like Dach did- just on 4th line. FORGIVE me boys… here comes my broken record speech again… I am convinced Gilbert will be an important part of the Hawks as 5-6 D man. WHAT IF…Colliton ( we’re stuck with him) plays Gilbert @ forward on occasion like Q did with Buff???? Gilbert could cause so much chaos. I have watched the 2010 Hawks- Canucks playoff 10-15 times on youtube. Geez- did Buff raise Kane ( forgive the pun)in the crease!!!!’ I see Wilson in Gilbert. An occasional shift @ forward Is what I’d do with Gilbert just for momentum….or when a Wilson type is on the ice. Wilson IS a momentum changer. I don’t want Dennis concussed….but he can get those types off the ice…even if the fight is a grab & hold. That’s ok with me if I’m a coach. It gives my team more space & time. Jus sayin…

  • April 15, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    Shalunov can be a larger sized Kopy then thats what we had on 4th line in 2010. How many goals/pts did Kopy score anyways.

  • April 15, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    As much as I like Barratt and have his back. Playing the 1st 40 games in Rockford makes him better, gets him adjusted, takes one step at a time. Hes older in the way hes not 19, so he wont need to stay there long. Just get into the system for a bit there and then let him go.

    He is a Shawzer kind of player.

    Wind up and release.

  • April 15, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    Moors- you’re probably right. Here’s my pitch to let Barratt & Michell play up here day 1: (1) these guys have played hockey all their lives and know a defensive game , an attack game, a dump & chase game, etc; (2)the problem with Colliton ( & Rfd) is-a guy like Barratt, Mitchell ( hell- Teply, Kurashev, Entwhistle) will overthink the game ( due to Colliton-Rfd schemes) instead of just playing. Hockey is a fluid game. 2 examples- Panarin & Kubalik. They saw the game & just played. Indoctrination of stupid paint by numbers hockey did NOT limit them. They played right away & obviously didn’t allow system play to override what their instincts & skill were telling them. Kane & Panarin were always talking, sometimes argued…But look at the result of a hockey player NOT THINKING the game…. just playing. That was Panarin & Kubalik. I know you’re probably right… but I want a rebuild so bad…I want them up here right now. Frustrated & impatient.

  • April 15, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    I am not sure on Barratt defense but Penn State is the top college OFF team every yr I think. So he might need a little DEF training, then hes good to go.

  • April 15, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    Not saying Barratt is a 50 goal scorer (in east conference) and not good at DFE. Just that ths system at Penn State is prob better then TOR offense system is.

    Barratt I tihnk is a two way style player with physical style. Hes a little like Bolly in that he will check a player when there is a good check opp, doesnt go around only doing that, can score and assist. Maybe a clash between a Bolly and a Shawzer.

  • April 16, 2020 at 11:02 am

    Lots of talk now of summer playoff hockey at a neutral site with no fans. 24 teams involved is one option being thrown out there. Meaning Blackhawks be involved. Hopefully that doesn’t mean just the 7 non playoff teams take part in draft lottery. Could be first 8 teams eliminated in it too, but if teams ranked 9 thru 24 to play in first round likely in that scenario, would it create a losing be better atmosphere maybe for that 1st round. A team sure to have top ten pick could end up out of the lottery. Not to crazy about that idea.

  • April 16, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    College hockey offensive numbers are really difficult to project. The talent is really watered down. The parody the NHL has simply isn’t in the NCAA. Look at Dylan Sikura. Look at all the Hobey Baker winners that shit the bed in the show. Vesey, Drew Leblanc, Jack Connolly, Andy Miele, Blake Geoffrion all won the Hobey Baker. Not quite stellar NHL careers.

    Barratt has skating issues, but Pronman and others gave him a 1st round grade. He belongs in the AHL. Prove he belongs first.

  • April 16, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    Whatever they do they cant change the draft stuff. Thats would like changing the ping pong balls selections to 5 or 7 picks, so DET could get 8th pick.

    They want to do ever team thats not math out yet, makes some sense, but you cant screw teams 7-15 because they want to give the Cup away.

    Every round has to be 7 game series or its a *Cup, that doesnt count.

  • April 18, 2020 at 8:29 am

    Hate to see young good promising players come play for the Hawks and overthink by playing position hockey and be responsible.. They should copy Keiths play (& Saad) and just roam all over the ice causing others to cover for them and total breakdown…. yea, thats the ticket…lol …. its Working good.

  • April 19, 2020 at 4:45 am

    Just finished reading all the posts. Reason I love this “site” is… the passion for hockey demonstrated…& the Hawks. F’ing A!

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