Rocky Wirtz Embarrassed The Blackhawks

Before Wednesday night’s game against the Minnesota Wild, the Chicago Blackhawks hosted what they called a “townhall meeting.”

In theory, the individuals asked to represent the organization would talk about where the franchise is headed and answer a few questions.

On the stage were Eddie Olczyk, Danny Wirtz, Jaime Faulkner and Rocky Wirtz.

Edzo, Danny and Jaimie spoke.

Nobody will remember a word they said.

Because Rocky Wirtz morphed into an angry, bitter, tone-deaf owner who cared about his future earnings more than anything — anything — else.

Rocky didn’t want to talk about the past. He only wanted to focus on the future. Well, that’s too damn bad. Because the worst parts of the history of the Blackhawks organization — the disconnect between an owner on in his ivory tower and the fans paying his bills — were painfully obvious again.

The Wirtz family name was represented in a very on-brand way. And it wasn’t by Danny, who actually tried to change the subject and answer the question.

And some are rightfully wondering if Rocky is still fit to lead the organization. Or be any part of it for that matter.

Here’s where the town hall went off the rails:

And here’s the follow-up:

You can actually see the shock on the faces of the other three people on the stage as Rocky shut Danny up and went back to tearing into the local media members who, for too long, have allowed the organization to spoon feed what is shared and isn’t shared about and from the organization. The tyrannical control of Bill Wirtz was reborn under John McDonough, and we painfully watched it play out again through Rocky on this night.

Rocky didn’t want to talk about the attendance issues. Leave that for his ticket department. Well, based on social media I’m guessing his ticket sales department is going to be buzzing… on LinkedIn… soon.

Rocky didn’t want to talk about the past. Only the present and future. Well, Mr. Wirtz, the present sucks. It’s a complete disaster on and off the ice. Fans are embarrassed to be fans… if they can even call themselves that any more.

And the future?

What legit, viable candidate for an NHL general manager job is going to want that as a boss? We’ve watched professional and college sports programs get ripped apart by culture issues, and on Wednesday Rocky Wirtz screamed to the world that the Chicago Blackhawks are moving forward into a new era where the culture is as toxic as anywhere in sports.

What fan with enough income to consider season tickets is going to want to put the money up to support an organization that doesn’t care about answering questions about the transparency they’ve sworn to be installing?

What free agent would want to play for this team? Why would a player like Marc-Andre Fleury, when he sees the video, want to stay here and be associated with this?

Many of us praised Rocky for rebuilding the brand of the Chicago Blackhawks after everything his father did to tear it down. He brought the city three championships — but at what cost? And, now, any/all of the brand he worked so hard to build crumbled, ironically, because of his words.

Someone in the organization needs to make clear to Rocky that his performance was, at best, a debacle. At worst, it disenfranchised a fan base that was barely hanging on before his childish display.

117 thoughts on “Rocky Wirtz Embarrassed The Blackhawks

  • February 2, 2022 at 8:52 pm
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    It was a real snoozefest, pat everybody on the back town hall. Then the 1st media question. BAM!!!! They should have just had the Hockey Mom there for the info that the town hall gave us.

  • February 2, 2022 at 8:53 pm
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    Wow.

  • February 2, 2022 at 8:54 pm
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    Hawks Fans , embarrassing, tonight it was all over every sports net work in Canada ! I am just shocked by the outburst! Inappropriate, Uncalled for ! Reminds me of Dollar Bill telling the players to get out to the coast on that road trip that he makes more money off the circus than he does off those Canadian kids playing hockey ! I’ve heard everything all about the Wirtz family from all the players I’ve played with in the 60’s and 70’s ! It’s disgusting ! I’ve been a fan for 60 years and I’m just shocked at that big shot attitude ! There will be a lot of Canadian players that won’t be coming to the chihawks ! Very disappointed ?, POPS 4

  • February 2, 2022 at 8:58 pm
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    Embarassing, wonder if nhl and the board of directors have any reaction.

  • February 2, 2022 at 9:10 pm
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    Here we go again ,another 1/2 century drought of winning a cup ! A mouthpiece spouting off Corporately ! Just another Narcissist , Bully ! I’ve just watched a longer version on Canada TSN and then SN . I know we’re Canadians and we really don’t matter but we still provide 50% of the players on any full roster of an NHL team ! I sit back and watch and listen and I’m very disappointed with Chicago ! Learn the game Mr Wirtz ! POPS 4

  • February 2, 2022 at 9:32 pm
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    Boy am I glad I didn’t renew!

  • February 2, 2022 at 9:42 pm
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    The Great One….”Does any parent want their son drafted by the Hawks now
    not knowing that they will protect their 18 year old son”

    It’s embarrassing to no end who the Hawks have become! The Wirtz’s need
    to sell the franchise like yesterday

  • February 2, 2022 at 9:44 pm
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    Well, he’s still a Wirtz.

  • February 2, 2022 at 9:46 pm
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    Good comment from Gretzky, I’m betting when Rocky spewed, Danny had a stroke. See how they put the toothpaste back on this one.

  • February 2, 2022 at 9:46 pm
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    Kyle Beach must’ve really dug deep into Rocky’s pocket with that kind of response. What the hell did he expect them to ask about? In that one instance Rocky destroyed all the good that he had done, lost all respect for him and his pitiful hockey team.

  • February 2, 2022 at 9:47 pm
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    TNT aired it. Not a good look. As in all sports the dollars will dictate who plays for this franchise. An athlete’s will and maturity plus now that the organization is under a microscope I do not see anything like that happening again. The new leadership will see to that. I just do not want the leadership to focus on that that they forget about the playing and putting a hockey product on the ice. We need a hockey guy.

  • February 2, 2022 at 9:48 pm
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    NHL must demand the sale of the team, otherwise, it will be empty seats….. everywhere. Kind of difficult to be a supporter of this team anymore….not because of the team, BECAUSE of ownership and their obvious lack of giving a shit about anything except revenue receipts. Just sickening.
    And I was asked to play in the 2022 Legends Cup Alumni tournament, I told them to pound Sand, I refuse to give this organization anymore of my money.

  • February 2, 2022 at 10:01 pm
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    The team survived Dollar Bill it will survive Raucous Rocky. Delicate Danny will become Chairman.

  • February 2, 2022 at 10:03 pm
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    They get more dysfunctional all the time. What an incredible meltdown to witness. I don’t know what else to say at this point. I’ve already made a promise to myself not to believe a word the big wigs say. Screw em I say. That’s why it’s important to not be phony. You end up looking stupid. If that sounds harsh, good, because it’s obvious they don’t get it on many different levels.

  • February 2, 2022 at 10:08 pm
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    Ya know what
    …im 60 yrs old and I am embarrassed that I influenced my 2 boys to be Blackhawk fans. That’s pretty sad. Goddamn you Hawks.

  • February 2, 2022 at 10:12 pm
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    Rocky is just getting roasted in the Chicago media tonight. Good!

  • February 2, 2022 at 10:34 pm
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    JR Roman: You got that right, yeah, it’ll take years, Rocky will move on and let the kid swim with the team. Might be a period where you’ll have low attendance but around 2035 I’m betting (I’ll probably never see it) they’ll have a chance to be relevant again.

  • February 2, 2022 at 10:56 pm
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    Well Tab,

    If anyone ever doubted your huevos, they don’t any more: Absolutely dead center bull’s eye description of Rocky’s performance today and where we are as a franchise.

  • February 2, 2022 at 11:17 pm
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    I’m embarrassed for the players, former players and fans. This organization is a shell of a legit NHL club. Good look accruing or keeping talent Dollar Bill JR. You just poured gas on what was already a dumpster fire.

  • February 2, 2022 at 11:37 pm
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    rocky is cut of the same cloth as his father and grandfather. and he is only slightly less of a fool than they were.

    he did two right things ….. put the games on television and hired mc donough to sell seats and organize the operation. game, set match. he then allowed mc donough to con him into thinking mc donough was good at anything else other than selling seats and being an office manager, made him president, and everything went to hell. and now rocky is making things even worse.

    i will always be a fan of the players and the team on the ice. not changing my loyalties after sixty five years. but they have seen the last of my money supporting the organization. it would be great if the season ticket holders told them to shove their tickets where the sun don’t shine until they are forced to sell the franchise. losing money will always speak to a wirtz.

  • February 2, 2022 at 11:46 pm
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    WHAT A COMPLETE ASSHOLE ROCKY HAS TURNED INTO !!!!!!! EDDIE O looked like he was looking for a rock to crawl under.

  • February 3, 2022 at 12:24 am
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    First time poster. Long timer reader of the posts from Tab and the many commenters on the posts. Been a life long hawks fan. I grew up in the dark days of the hawks and these absolutely ridiculous responses from our owner tonight puts the organization in worse light than our dark days imho. Our on ice product right now doesn’t help matters at all. The ownership keeps stacking the s**t and making it more and more embarrassing to be a fan between the Kyle Beach situation then the terrible town hall meeting and capping it with the on ice product of the previous regime thought would actually be contenders.

  • February 3, 2022 at 12:26 am
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    Ummmm wow WTH was that?

    Going way out on a limb here – I seriously doubt that “apology” wins anyone back.

    The team played like they watched the meeting.

    Thank God for the break. Getting real hard to watch this any more.

  • February 3, 2022 at 12:26 am
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    Shame on Rocky Wirtz! Is he too good to answer a reporter’s legit question? He came across as an arrogant, entitled ass*ole. Get going! Ppl pay good money for their Blackhawk tickets. His rant was unprofessional and disgraceful. SMH.

  • February 3, 2022 at 5:52 am
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    Nothing else to say but, Wow!

    They found a way to dig deeper than rock bottom.

  • February 3, 2022 at 6:16 am
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    Question was fair and about future. At this point moving on to become a fan of different team. Will not watch or attend anymore Hawks games.

  • February 3, 2022 at 6:38 am
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    Rocky Wirtz – Colossal Douchebag!

  • February 3, 2022 at 6:39 am
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    Can this team be more pathetic? Embarrassing. How about that game vs The Wild?

  • February 3, 2022 at 6:43 am
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    Another sad and embarrassing day in Hawks history…..

  • February 3, 2022 at 6:49 am
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    So last night’s Town Hall fiasco exposed Rocky Wirtz as a fraud all along. Given the intensity of his anger,I believe not only did he get hit hard by Kyle Beech the dwindling attendance,and his pathetic product on the ice but also that he knew about the Beech incident and others shortly after they occurred. The NHL should step in and force a sale of the team. This train wreck is just beginning.

  • February 3, 2022 at 6:59 am
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    I didn’t watch the game but I’m assuming the players are no more interested in being Hawks now than we are in being Hawk fans

    The only silver lining in all this may be if Bettman and the NHL insist Rocky sell the team – this is an extraordinarily bad look for the NHL – obviously for the Hawks but also for the entire league

    It seems Rocky is pissed that the Beach cover up took the shine off of his 3 Cups – well his behaviour last night has done far more to take the shine off of those Cups than that

    I expect him to apologize (after Bettman calls) but that won’t repair much – he’s made it very clear that whenever he found out about Beach’s allegations (in 2010 or 2021) that he wasn’t interested and he’s still engaged in trying to sweep it under the rug – if you thought the Hawks were run by wokesters …ahhh no!!

    If you work for the Hawks be it a player, coach, management, office admin why would you put in your best effort for this dbag

    If you’re a UFA or a drafted player why would you want to play in CHI

    If you’re a player why wouldn’t you want out and if you’re a potential GM why would you work for the Hawks right now

    This is the Rock(y) bottom – pathetic!!

  • February 3, 2022 at 7:04 am
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    so can we now say the new GM and coach will be hired within the hawks. like i said before all hires will be from the in.
    no one will touch this with a 100 foot pole.
    Rocky could have touched on this briefly and tried to change the subject but he went ape shit.

    ah back to the dark ages

  • February 3, 2022 at 7:06 am
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    Just shows that Rocky is out of touch-felt for the others on the stage with him.
    Sometimes old school is OK, but this was embarrassing to all fans-agree with Tim above about the train wreck.
    So many reasons not to be invested in this club!

  • February 3, 2022 at 7:50 am
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    i loved how rocky responded! true emotion of being taken to the bank from Beach. TRUMP would have been better and would have soon a little emotion.

    the old school approach is just a smoke bomb to make OLE DANNY BOY the knight and shiny armor.

    just wait and see, this will be the best PR the hawks get in 3-5 years

  • February 3, 2022 at 8:18 am
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    No matter what, I’m still staying true to my team! Not every organization is perfect.

  • February 3, 2022 at 8:20 am
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    Goose was thinking similar in that, what this did was unite everybody involved, public, media, the rest of the organization against Rocky and his position on this. Wasn’t a polarizing incident rather the opposite, may be some short term pain but have to wait and see what the long term effects are.

  • February 3, 2022 at 8:31 am
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    @Hammer….no toothpaste yet discovered will fix this disaster.

    I’ve never seen such an own goal in my 68 year old body.

    Does anyone now believe that Rocky didn’t know about Beach
    in real time?

  • February 3, 2022 at 9:00 am
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    when are they gunna fire Colliton and let him go?
    Oh, thats right.. He is gone… WONDER what the problem is….
    LMFAOOOOOO…

  • February 3, 2022 at 9:02 am
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    @Dollar

    There is not an executive that would hide that kind of damning allegations from his boss. McDonut was not a novice executive! He was extremely astute about what this alleged bombshell would do to the organization if it ever got out, but he followed Rocky’s orders and fell on the sword for the organization. I’m sure there was a golden parachute at the end of that sword. But, the real villain here is Rocky Wirtz with his gunt! What an absolute POS! I hope the Hawks have the 3rd worst record and the Blue Jackets get the 3rd overall pick, who I am certain will be better than Kirby Dach! Speaking of which, did you see the empty netter that he missed at the beginning of the game? That is a momentum changer, but that kid doesn’t understand nuances like that. Worthless, just like his owner! I don’t care that he’s 21! I was 21 and I never made mistakes like that!

  • February 3, 2022 at 9:19 am
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    Rocky’s actions are that of a person who may be losing his mental faculties. An announcement of the onset of a memory condition would not surprise me.

  • February 3, 2022 at 9:20 am
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    @Tommy Ivan

    I agree totally with your summation, of course Rocky buried it and he is nothing but the
    sociopath narcissist following his fathers footsteps.

    As for Dach he should’ve been sent to the Rock 20 games ago. He scored all of 2 points
    in January yet he keeps getting 20 minutes of ice time a game. Why?

    As for minutes played, why play Jones 28 minutes and Kalynuk 8 in a game they lost after
    it 2-0, just why?

  • February 3, 2022 at 9:31 am
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    Please sell this team.

  • February 3, 2022 at 9:54 am
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    Anyone believing that Rocky was justified or reasonable in his response needs their heads examined.
    The Hawks are dead to me…

  • February 3, 2022 at 9:56 am
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    Rockie’s response is not that far out of line. Whether this is a stunt for PR is yet to be seen but you can tell he is embarrassed and wants to move on. I am not a Rocky lover or hater but what I am is not sure how he can be compared to dollar bill when the hawks have 2 of the highest paid players in the NHL on their roster? Why is this such a shocking response? As shocking to “wokester’s” this may be it is nothing compared to what is coming if we all do not wake up soon. Our country is getting pretty soft and we need to turn it around in every aspect. The NHL is just another micro version of that. Whether it be salary caps or “wokeness” these are really just restrictions to free business practice, freedom of speech etc. which goes against everything that this great country has been built upon and make no mistake for anyone whom has traveled the world and still has half a brain knows this is still the greatest country in our world and we must keep it that way. What happened to Kyle while wrong and reprehensible should not be a defining moment but a learning one of which Mr Wirt’z no doubt has.

  • February 3, 2022 at 10:06 am
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    Billy Reay: We’ll you can’t blame Duncan Keith anymore can you??

  • February 3, 2022 at 10:16 am
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    Just a comment from the game last night: In true Hawks fashion, nobody had the heart to hold Hartmann accountable for his hit on the Cat. Once again, another team pushed us around and laughed in our faces. For whatever King is trying to do to keep this together, our team has given up once again. Hawks may now be forced to let the “intern” take over because you’d have to offer the moon for a real Hockey Guy to run into this dumpster fire. No sense in keeping the “Advisory Council” around. Edzo is stuck here, but Sharp and Hossa can just jump back on a plane. Good Times. Everybody have a nice All Star break.

  • February 3, 2022 at 10:21 am
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    @Hammer – Keith knew about the incident and pretended that he didn’t know a thing about it. The thing is guys and gals on this site, on all the teams that I played on, we all knew who got laid the night before and with whom they were with. But, if one of our guys got schlepped by the video guy – it would have made the rounds in seconds! Everyone on the Blackhawks knew what happened between Beach and Aldrich! Now, some may have thought it was consensual and kept their mouths shut, but those players like Duncan Keith who claim they didn’t know a thing about it are full of shit, and are absolute liars!

    So, I guess we can still blame Duncan Keith, Johnathan Toews, and Patrick Kane for keeping their collective mouths shut and being less than honorable leaders, just like their boss Rocky!

  • February 3, 2022 at 10:28 am
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    Wow, Rocky continues to screw the pooch. He should step down as chairman. You can not be that narrow minded and run a business in these days. What the Hawks enabled to happen to Beach and the high school student in Michigan is unfathomable. The cover up and stalling by the Hawks organization was horrible. Destroying that sexual predator’s personal file was unethical. Hockey jobs are not gotten without professional references. Bad news does not get better over time, do the right thing Rocky and step down.

    Rocky, do you remember the attendance at the stadium during early to mid 2000 the Aucoin, Zhamnov, and Lapointe days. Fans do know how to make our displeasure known.

  • February 3, 2022 at 10:30 am
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    The idiot has to move out off there and get a young group to take care off business .
    Reminds me off the pass before the death of the owner a few millions years ago
    He is a unhappy and bitter man with no future ahead off him that wish to erase the pass . You can see when he talk that he his very close to explose . He wants to control everything,reminds me a bit of an xpresident in the states
    It’s is going to be difficult to get a good team with this angry man around .very bad vibe and not a lot of positive things getting out off that person.
    After listening to that I think we are in a bad position to get a nice future for our team .
    Very very disappointed .

  • February 3, 2022 at 10:40 am
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    That telling statement from last fall….
    “To our fans, employees, players, partners,
    sponsors, and the entire Blackhawks community – Thank you for standing by us. As we move forward, we are committed to continuing to earn your trust and support both on and off the ice “
    …combined with Wirtz’s behaviour this week speaks volumes about a) his complete lack of respect & sincerity and b) confirms in my mind he knew ALL about the Kyle Beach situation in 2010- and chose to sweep it under the rug!
    What an arrogant, egotistical, self-centred tyrant! His day will come….
    Wonderful to hear how others consistently abhor Wirtz’s behaviour.

  • February 3, 2022 at 10:59 am
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    Tommy Ivan: The comment regarding Keith to Billy Reay was about his blaming Keith as the reason the team sucked the last couple of years, not about this current fiasco that your right about.

  • February 3, 2022 at 10:59 am
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    The reality of this organization, is that for most of the past 50 years it has been bad. The 70’s were abysmal. We had a couple of run in the mid 80’s but anyone who thinks we were close to the Oilers is dreaming. The Keenan years were good for a short time and then it was back to hockey hell which is where we are once again.

    The one constant throughout this has been the Wirtz family. They gave us, what, 30 years of Pully?
    Then there was Smithov, and Molleken, and Suphonen, and more recently Stanbo who should have been canned after we lost to the Preds and eventually only was due to the same scandal that was Rocky’s undoing last night. In this organization poor performance is the rule, not the exception.

    I hope the fanbase abandons the team until it is sold. Stay home, read, make a box, do something better with your time than trotting on down to the UC to give your money to the Wirtz family. I doubt there enough season ticket holders willing to boycott to make it work, but as individuals everyone can make the decision not to give their money to the Wirtzs and at least feel good about that.

  • February 3, 2022 at 11:02 am
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    @Hammer! I know what you meant, but I was just defending my coach, Billy Reay! You are right, we can’t blame this season on Duncan Keith, who is playing well in EDM, just like we knew he would. Who wouldn’t play well with McDavid, Draisaitl, Hymen, Nugent-Hopkings, Nurse, Kane, etc…

  • February 3, 2022 at 11:14 am
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    … Blackhawks hosted what they called a “townhall meeting.” In theory, the individuals asked to represent the organization would talk about where the franchise is headed and answer a few questions.

    “Kyle Beach … What the hell did he expect them to ask about?” – Earl Well, maybe ask about “where the franchise is headed”? I don’t know how relevant what happened to Kyle Beach is to that. Wirtz’s over reaction seems to be conclusive evidence that he’s a World Class DICK. But, maybe Mark Lazerus could have set focus more on the GM search, the coach, and the players/the on-ice product in the upcoming seasons?

  • February 3, 2022 at 11:37 am
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    Wayne Gretzky’s comment crystallized the essence of how Rocky Wirtz is out of touch with the entire Beach scenario, and how it related to the Blackhawks in real time. The question was not about 2010, the question was about now and how the Blackhawks will function in this era of sports, which is REALITY, and not some abstract subject Rocky can duck.

    Gretzky saying that an 18 year old’s parents might have questions about the kid being drafted by the Blackhawks said a lot.

    Without trying to be too dramatic, the Blackhawks have become like a relationship gone bad, where you thought you knew someone and they turned out to disappoint you.
    We were continually told that everything with them was “first class” by folks like Eddie O and Pat Foley. The winning and player comments seemed to support that. But there were always the suspicions about McDonough etc. and problems and dysfunction.

    Then, the Beach situation came to light and the bubble was burst. Things weren’t totally as the seemed, and with other scenarios getting bad (not winning) no more looking aside could be done.

    Then, with the “Town Hall” outburst (and the second question, to me, was even a poorer performance by Rocky than the first) we see that the organization is out of touch out the very top. Dysfunction still reigns, and that is going to impact how this team performs in the front office and on the ice.

    I’ll bet Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa want their names out of the list of those helping to find a new GM now! Tab is spot on.

    For me, I’m a season ticket holder. I’ve paid the last installment on this year’s plan. I love the Blackhawks and hockey. But do I really want to re-up on my tickets for next year? To support THIS outfit? It’s a personal ethics decision as well as a financial decision. I attend almost every single game. I do not sell my tickets on the secondary market. But right now I’m spending way more as a STH than I would if I was just buying tickets off the secondary market, even with fees.

    Also, I don’t even know what the hell Jaimie Faulkner is doing. The “in game experience” which she is supposed to be involved with formulating is pretty much crap. Minor league hockey atmosphere with “John and Genna Rose” jabbering away mindlessly with silly games and dancing, with mostly stuff that is distracting from the game on the ice.
    Updated stats on the “big board” are often wrong, and even lately have players listed who aren’t even in the roster for that night. Wrong goalies listed! AT LEAST we don’t have a public address guy who is a buffoon like so many organizations have. We have maintained some class there.

    But all in all this franchise is a wreck. They’re doing nothing to keep or gain STH’s. They’re driving them away in general. And with Rocky’s outburst they are really putting thoughts into people’s mind that this is far from a “noble” franchise that means well. All of the community stuff etc. comes across as pure window dressing without merit when the people at the top are, or have become, so out of touch.

    It’s sad, and I’m disappointed. To say the least.

  • February 3, 2022 at 11:43 am
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    What a embarrassing crap show. The Hawks need what the US president has—a PR/press department that brings out the hook when the ranting or mumbling starts.

  • February 3, 2022 at 11:43 am
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    Not only Did Keith know, the entire team knew, that includes, Seabs, Hossa, Sharp…. EVERYONE….and not a single one of them did anything to stop the harassment Beach received from the other players. Think about it.
    As for the game last night….it was indictive of the organization, shit poor, no heart…..MAF will ask for a trade after what happened yesterday and what team he has in front of him. Can you imagine the looks on the face of the kids getting drafted by the Hawks , certainly not excitement…..but hey….I heard from Lazerus that Rocky said he was sorry….lol….more empty words.

  • February 3, 2022 at 12:03 pm
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    All of this because a supposed “power” forward was better as a power bottom in his quest for increased playing time…and Gretzky talking about protecting the youth is laughable. Look at your own spawn before taking that high road Wayne. Can’t wait for Ovi to pass him.

  • February 3, 2022 at 12:52 pm
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    Absolutely Rocky did not. I applaud his response. I like this “empower” baloney. Empower what? The kid should have left the deviate video coach’s place the minute things got kinky. Where are the meaningful questions and answers from Beach ?

  • February 3, 2022 at 1:05 pm
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    Big Indian – Had a conversation today with my son about how many uppers are going for $10 a seat, and lowers are now hitting less than $100 in many areas. This, of course, is resale without fees. But why anyone would pay full price now only comes down to what Wirtz can give away with the ticket purchase versus the customer’s desire to pay for an experience. Announced crowds of 17,000 when people attending is clearly far less just tells us that Wirtz already has gotten his money from season ticket holders. I feel for those of you who have chosen to put out decent money to be loyal to the team, with the expectation that the product would be entertaining and worthy of your loyalty. Personally, last night’s debacle would put me over the edge and make my decision to not be a season ticket holder any longer a whole lot easier.

    So thank you to you and all the other season ticket holders who have helped those of us on the outside because of distance or financial reasons who are not STHs. Your loyalty has allowed us to see the games on TV and have a product that was exciting and enjoyable to be a part of, even if mostly from the other side of a television. Unfortunately, it appears that ownership is no longer willing to hold up their side of the “deal” with STHs.

    I certainly wouldn’t blame you for jumping off the sinking ship. I suspect there will be many reaching for the life boats.

    The past 2 years have been difficult for everyone, including owners of most of the professional sports teams. But what the Hawks are going to get going forward in the way of financial pain, is 100% self inflicted. The fan base deserves better than what we got from ownership last night. I can deal with a poor product – been a Cubs and BlackHawks fan all my 64 years. But the Wirtz family makes the Wrigleys seem like good owners.

    Many have said it. Tone-deaf arrogance just isn’t appealing.

  • February 3, 2022 at 2:08 pm
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    I am NOT a season ticket holder. I have gone to 2-3 games this year. I actually received a call from the Blackhawks marketing department asking me if I wanted to purchase any upcoming game tickets and if I had any friends who would like to attend the game with me. The incentive was that the Hawks would give me(and my friends) a $40 food voucher for each person at the game.

    Sounds a little desperate to me.

  • February 3, 2022 at 2:12 pm
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    I commented a couple times in the early stages as the WIRTZ show was on between periods last night in Canada on our sports net works that show Hockey ! Now I see there are 61 comments ! How would you like to work for this guy ? Corporate Big Shot or what ? I know what those Canadian Rookies from the Icehogs are saying ! I’ve been a Hawks fan since 1957 and I played at college and then Senior A with several guys that played with the Hawks ! I’ve heard stories like this about Dollar Bill with lots of insults and accusations so I’m not surprised ! He’s not apologizing as those big shots never do , they are Narcissistic buffoons , POPS 4

  • February 3, 2022 at 2:27 pm
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    Rocky Wirtz’s outburst was unacceptable- full stop!
    That the outburst was in response to a question from Lazerus is not surprising. He has been going after Wirtz quite often in his Athletic columns (it ** seems like** twice a week, but actually not) regarding the Beech fiasco. The fact it was a “softball” question makes the lashing out seem personal. Lazerus wrote a book about the 2010 team, claims in the book to know everything that went on, yet now he didn’t know anything about the Beech story, but the entire team and Wirtz did.

    Someone above suggested Hossa & Sharp likely will distance themselves from the advisory board. Not only would that not be a surprise, if Faulkner jumped ship (regardless of how anyone views her contributions so far) no one should be surprised. Same goes for others in less visible positions (not players).

    Attended a 1961 Stanley Cup series game and have been a fan ever since. Lots of missteps by ownership over the years, but not like this. Sad day.

  • February 3, 2022 at 3:58 pm
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    Dollar Bill Jr just summed up the entire problem with the hawks in one sit down ! I hope absolutely nobody renews season tickets.Only way to get the attention of such ignorant owner is to hurt him in his wallet. His father & now him will forever be known as tyrant owner of a original 6 . All things end badly or they wouldn’t end ! THE END of this franchise . Beach took a bite out of Rocks ass and Now Rocky will lose his ass !

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    Eugene……you applaud the response from Rocky ?? Really ?? His response is one of a guilty person…..PERIOD !!
    As for Kyle, I agree he should have left once it got weird and kinky, but he didn’t because he was young and stupid and believed Aldrich could black list him out of the NHL….the issue is…..the Blackhawks organization and players and staff hid this hoping it would go away. They were ALL complicit and abandon their teammate….but I guess you don’t understand what being part of a team means do you ?? Especially a Professional team…..YES …they are to be held to higher standards.

  • February 3, 2022 at 4:33 pm
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    Ditto on many of the above comments concerning this full core meltdown, especially “…they found a way to dig deeper than rock bottom”.
    I am a life long Blackhawk’s fan going back to late 1960’s…saw first hand every reiteration of this franchise since #’s 9, 21, 1, 35, 18, 3’s, not to mention #7’s,10’s, 12’s, 20’s, 4’s, 28, 81, 88, 19, 50 etc etc. Living on the west coast for many years now, I would wear my favorite Blackhawks custom made cardigan sweater to games in L.A., Anaheim, and Vegas. It’s been in the closet for two whole seasons now. I took the Hawks license plate frame off of my car. And you know, I was just thinking about maybe it’s time to resume my love affair with the Blackhawks, pull out that beautiful sweater with the colorful emblem and tomahawks. Now this. So, NO

  • February 3, 2022 at 5:19 pm
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    Washington will try to get Fleury after his number 1 goalie got hurt 1-2 days ago but Fleury is not sure he want to go against is old team .
    I wonder what can the Hawks get from a team who really go far in playoff.
    First rd pick for sure specially iff it’s a number 22or 27 .
    No rush ,more team will get in line to get Fleury …maybe Bruins, Oilers, and more to come .

  • February 3, 2022 at 7:06 pm
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    peter chiarelli before the weekend is over

  • February 3, 2022 at 7:32 pm
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    To all – do you think that Bettman does anything to punish Rocky Racoon’?

  • February 3, 2022 at 10:04 pm
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    @Eugene, I do not make it a practice to negatively comment on other people’s options however you are so off base that I feel obligated to give rebuttal. The question posed by Lazerus was concerning what the Blackhawks were going to do moving forward in order to best prevent such a horrible act from occurring again. This sexual pervert not only was employed by the Hawks but his misconducted occurred as both people (Beach and the prev) were conducting official Hawks hockey business. An employer is response for what occurs during business hours. An employer must provide a safe and secure work place. The Hawks also committed to a “earning out trust” REALY? Telling and report in not some many word to F-off will not earn trust. What happened to being transparent. Owners of companies lead their organization. If something bad happens on your watch, don’t plead ignorance, own it and lead your team forward and ensure that it will not happen again. Lazerus’s question was appropriate, Rocky’s response was completely unacceptable.

    I am incapable of following your logic concerning ask Beach questions about why he did not leave when things got kinky. Do you think that a person shot on a street corner should be questioned as to why they were at that corner or why they did not seek cover when they saw the gun? Beach was working with a coach who reports to the head coach and can either comment positively or negatively on his play. Beach has devoted his life to making the NHL and this piece of kaka used that as leverage to play grab ass. Tell me Eugene, what question would you ask if it had been one of your family members?

    Rocky does not deserve to lead the Black Hawks. He does not deserve our respect or patronage. It would be in Bettman’s and the NHL’s best interest to reprimand Rocky. He needs to step down.

  • February 3, 2022 at 10:36 pm
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    Henley
    I agree with your post and also think Mr Wirtz should be intelligent enough to recognize that he has to leave NOW.
    Hawks players ,coaches ,all the peoples in the organization,prospects in the system and the fans should be respected .bye bye mr Wirtz .

  • February 3, 2022 at 10:49 pm
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    Rocky should be forced to sell the team. However, I disagree that players knew. If Beach stayed silent then no one would have known. Beach was a victim, no doubt. Thinking that the team knew is just spreading the blame. The team will not recover from this as long as the Wirtz name is attached to it. I hope that Bettman sees it that way. That there can be a positive from all this? Sell the team to a worthy ownership and let’s go from there. I don’t blame any player. I blame leadership and that begins and ends with Rocky Wirtz.

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    Tab, well spelled out on That Hockey Show discussion. Going to take time to get beyond this, not surprisingly more lawsuits pending too. Totally agree moving forward without Rocky Wirtz having any day to day interaction with running of organization is a must. Time will heal some wounds, dealing with the issues embarassing the organization right now head on and not running from them is a must, less pressing right now putting a decent product on the ice will go a long way if Jaime Faulkner gets the full ability to what’s it right from here on with Danny Wirtz’s blessing if team is not sold. Wonder what Bettman says to media today.

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    Also agree there is no reason to think the players knew anything. There is no indication Kyle Beach took this to the team leaders or discussed it with any players. No way Bowman or Q is discussing it with the players, eventually hearing a rumor is not knowing about or it being in a position to do something about it. Tab also agree with your take that the reason Rocky Wirtz can say he knew nothing is likely because McDonough’s job was to protect him from knowing anything that could hurt him and deal with the consequences for him.

  • February 4, 2022 at 7:01 am
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    Awww – Rocky apologized, we should just bend over and take it! Sorry Rocky! You have fk’d up this entire organization with your lies, deceptions, and cover-up. Sell Sell Sell…

  • February 4, 2022 at 7:21 am
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    I find it hard to believe that some (at least) of the players didn’t know something was up, a couple of them seem to indicate there was some knowledge or rumour. Once a dressing room is aware, it spreads pretty quickly.
    Regardless the last couple of years have been tough for Hawk fans, and it seems to be going in the wrong direction , if that’s even possible.

  • February 4, 2022 at 7:34 am
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    @Noonan – I am 99.99% certain that the players all knew! There were two guys there the night it happened. The one guy left because things were getting weird, yet Beach stayed. If one other guy knows about it, the next day more than half the team knows, and the second day – everybody knows. Plus, the coaches were all aware of it. Coaches talk to their players, especially the veterans and told them to keep this thing quiet because they didn’t need any distractions from the media. After writing this…I am 100% certain EVERYONE, all players included knew what happened. The point is Rocky knew and he didn’t do anything about it; the players weren’t going to risk their reputations and livelihood to speak out. That’s really all they had to say. I knew, but since the organization covered it up, I didn’t think it was my place to out Kyle!

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    Tommy if the one guy lefy what did he actualky know for sure unless he was told about it.

    Noonan the Blackhawks as an organization is without a doubt guilty for allowing Aldrich to stay part of the team and enjoy in cup celebrations without any repercussions for his actions after Beach brought them forward. Then alliw him to go on to victimize others, that is disgusting and undeniable. By your logic though of how rumours spread, isn’t fair to assume there was dressing room knowledge of what Aldrich was like when he was drinking prior to this incident, and the players advised each other to avoid him unless necessary, similar to what many have said their interactions with Aldrich were. Thats how dressing rooms work as well, we don’t know for sure they knew. Regardless i still say the players were not in a position when this happened to help if nobody informed them what actually happened, which is doubtful.

  • February 4, 2022 at 9:00 am
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    @Tommy

    Rocky’s new apology…..imho it’s not really an apology

    ” First of all, I acknowledge that I was not asked this question, and if I could do it over again, I would let Danny share the incredible work he, Jaime and our staff have done to improve our culture and team.

    However, what I would also say if given another opportunity is that the first step is putting the right people in place. Danny and Jaime have spent the past year understanding how this happened and where it is happening – not just in our locker rooms but in youth locker rooms as well. And they are fully empowered to put the right things in place not just at the Chicago Blackhawks, but also at the Rockford IceHogs and Fifth Third Arena.

    Again, I regret the outburst. I suddenly felt incredibly frustrated as I perceived we were looking back instead of looking forward.”

    If he really put the right people in place i.e. Danny and Jamie why not let them answer the question that was directed to Danny in the first place?

    Rocky you’re no better than your Father, maybe even worse. You lucked into a great period of Hawk hockey but you had nothing to do with it besides inheriting it. You’ll never see a nickel of my money ever again.

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    Peter Chiarelli? Can they actually be that dumb? If they are interviewing him, I guess they can.

    If Rocky pulls the trigger on that, I wonder what the re-up rate will be for seasons tickets next year.

    Anyone who spends a dime on this shitshow is overspending. Boycott time.

  • February 4, 2022 at 9:37 am
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    @Jordy – When I saw Chiarelli, I laughed so hard. He was the ONLY GM in the NHL dumber than Stan! What a clown-show! He’s the perfect conductor for the Rocky Horror Shit-Show!

  • February 4, 2022 at 4:54 pm
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    What Bettman said today about Rocky’s outburst was bulls$!@. Poor guy is frustrated? Is he really? Awww, well, why didn’t you just say so to begin with?

    I’m sure everyone on this thread understands. I think we should all pitch in to buy a sympathy card for Rocky.

  • February 4, 2022 at 7:15 pm
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    @AB+56 That’s funny!

    Do we get it at Hallmark?

  • February 4, 2022 at 9:17 pm
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    Bettman’s response WAS weak.

  • February 4, 2022 at 10:33 pm
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    Bettman’s response pathetic, what a pile of crap. Rocky is frustrated because his business got busted harboring a sexual predator. Covered it up and kicked him down the road so that Aldrich could abuse a minor. Now the rich dude has to pay and pay. Its not going away. He may not be able to buy his way out of this. Sure Rocky the spoiled rich bitch is frustrated. They are not earning my trust!!!!!

  • February 4, 2022 at 10:46 pm
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    Eric Tulsty is an interesting GM candidate-
    Asst GM in CAR worked there for 8 years and has been pioneering in analytics

    Also has a PhD in physics I think – worked in nanotechnology for 12 years

  • February 5, 2022 at 8:20 am
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    The card should read…Sorry you’re having a Fat-Ass Douche-bag Day!

  • February 5, 2022 at 8:51 am
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    Bettman could’ve/should’ve demanded Rocky Wirtz step away from the day to day operations for time being anyways. Easily could have sighted the work Jamie Faulkner and Danny Wirtz are doing and need to ensure it has autonomy to do it, plus the fact they had the answers to the questions asked, when Rocky Wirtz opted to become the village idiot over them as the reasons.

    Wrap agree Tulsty sounds like a very capable Gm candidate.

  • February 5, 2022 at 9:10 am
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    Has anyone noticed the USA women’s Olympic team is playing “chelsea dagger” after each goal they score? I wonder if thats a nod to their captains affiliation with the hawks organization (Coyne Schofield)

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    Ian – would be delighted to see Tulsky as GM (perhaps KD could stay as Asst GM) – seems like they would make a good pairing

    I still think KD could be a capable GM one day but if the Hawks just leave him as GM after interviewing someone like Tulsky then we’ll know it was a rigged process

    Tulsky is bright, has experience and made substantial contributions (albiet as Asst GM) with a successful team, is a pioneer in analytics and will almost certaintly be a GM before much longer either with the Hawks or someone else – plus he’s from outside the organization

    For the modern culture that Danny is trying (or so he says) to implement he seems a perfect fit and it’s stretches credulity to think that KD is a better candidate

    Maybe there are better candidates out there than Tulsky but not from the ones the Hawks have listed so far that they are interviewing

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    Wrap, my pick so far too is Tuksky, agree with KD as his right hand, could be a legitimately good combo to take them in the right direction on the ice. As you say put together a strong analytics department, MacIsaac was still co-ordinating that area before I believe, so that fits in good. Charelli would be a disaster move from PR stance, as fans would have zero confidence in his ability to run the team, his track record says it all there.

  • February 6, 2022 at 10:49 pm
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    The hits just keep coming.

  • February 6, 2022 at 11:32 pm
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    Here we go again. This time at the AHL level. Wonder if Rocky wants to comment on this???

  • February 7, 2022 at 12:22 am
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    If this were a stock, I would be selling…

    Get the feeling we haven’t hit bottom yet.

  • February 7, 2022 at 6:07 am
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    Maybe if they handled Aldrich the way this last one looks like it was handled, things would be alot better today.

  • February 7, 2022 at 7:21 am
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    I guess that original “investigation” only covered the parent club and didn’t include the minor league club. Makes you wonder if there’s any OTHER skeletons in the closet for this organization. Now’s the time to get it ALL out there. Can’t get any worse.

  • February 7, 2022 at 7:27 am
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    The only GM in this group with the cajones to trade Patrick Kane is Peter Chiarelli. We need a re-build around Reichel and DeBrincat, and a top tier prospect and a #1 pick for Kane would really help. Coupled with the expected #1 for Fluery, and the Hawks can start rebuilding in earnest. Plus, in my opinion, I think Toews will retire after this season, and with trading Kane would give us an extra $21M in cap space. If he can trade Dach for a #1 pick as well, then bring on Stan 2.0, for at least a year or so!

  • February 7, 2022 at 8:10 am
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    Hammer there is no mention if an original investigator or investigation of it and Blackhawks didn’t purchase Rfd. until 2021, only an affliation agreement prior to that. If that is so that looks like a positive reaction this time.

  • February 7, 2022 at 9:14 am
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    Ian: That is true, and they do have an “out” for that. You just have to wonder thou, if there’s anything else out there that they know about and have been “quiet” about. Another dart in the board.

  • February 7, 2022 at 9:18 am
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    You don’t want Chiarelli as your GM. I’d take the “intern” before I’d take him. They had a chance to get a decent GM but they were doing “exercises”. Rather them check out Tulsky or Mellanby.

  • February 7, 2022 at 12:08 pm
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    Saying Jeff Greenberg is a Gm of interest, if they go that route, one would have to think KD would have alot of control over on ice personnel in that type of combo.

  • February 7, 2022 at 12:17 pm
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    KD have alot of influence on the on ice personnel in that type of combo, likely a better way to say it.

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    It’s hard for me to believe that jeff Greenberg is a better candidate than Tulsky – Greenberg may in fact have something akin to Tulsky’s rep except in baseball not hockey!!

    Why would you hire Greenberg when you could hire Tulsky or even Mellanby – if Danny goes this route it has disaster written all over it – Danny seems to be overtly trying to be seen as thinking outside the box and that’s good but you get too far outside the box and you lose sight of it all together

    I would like a bright GM with hockey experience from outside the organization – so that’s Tulsky or maybe Mellanby – not Greenberg!

  • February 7, 2022 at 3:21 pm
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    Yeah Wrap almost like a sports director as top guy and Gm. Where it appears KD would have alot of influence and Greenberg is accountable for product on the ice. Kinda different alright.

  • February 7, 2022 at 4:15 pm
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    I just saw that they interviewed the Cubs Asst. GM for the Blackhawks GM position. I think I will throw my hat in the ring. I, at least was GM of the Blackhawks in the 60’s and 70’s, I will not mention that I traded Phil Esposito! Maybe they won’t remember! Holy crap – are they interviewing everybody?

  • February 7, 2022 at 4:43 pm
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    @Wrap

    Nice comment, going too far outside the box is just as bad as stayin in house.
    Greenberg is the son of Chuck Greenberg who is meant to be very close
    to Mario Lemieux and has wanted to get into Hockey for quite sometime.

    @Tommy

    It’s all PR to try to show Danny is running the show, that is until Rocky opens
    his yap once again

  • February 7, 2022 at 5:32 pm
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    Wrap almost seems, hopefully anyways in a way that they want a Gm who is going to run the hockey business end of things, with accountability to Danny Wirtz. His job will be to hire the right team rather than old school way of hiring a hockey mind/ talent evaluator. Coach and his staff, Almost get the feeling Crawford is auditioning for that more than King. Have right assistant Gm/vp to manage on ice personnel under his overseeing, KD a likely candidate for part of that, maybe somebody else for certain areas, analytics, scouting, development could have their own leaders under him and the Gm will be a General Manager who can bring those things all together with capable individuals under him who know there areas of responsibility. Have to wait and see but doesn’t like the usual Gm type of role we are used to with Danny Wirtz retaining the President title.

  • February 7, 2022 at 5:53 pm
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    Maybe thats part of what the finding out they have alot of good people in the organization meant.

  • February 7, 2022 at 10:07 pm
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    I read that they interviewed a guy from the Cubs. For real? If that’s true it’s absolutely mental. Embarrassing. What a shit show.

  • February 8, 2022 at 9:39 am
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    Ian – the structure you outline is interesting – not sure it would work the best but at least it gives a justifiable reason for interviewing Greenberg

    If that’s the way Danny is going I’d rather it be Greenberg and Tulsky not Greenberg and KD however

  • February 8, 2022 at 10:14 am
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    @Jordy – The last time the Blackhawks hired from the Cubs it worked out so well. I know – total shit show! I am not kidding when I say that I would rather have several guys on this board be the next Hawks GM. Tim W – you have my vote!!

  • February 8, 2022 at 12:54 pm
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    Eliotte Freidman today saying not to be surprised if more than one of these 5 GM candidates gets a role with Hawks – that could include Greenberg and KD for example
    Or Tulsky and KD

    Or Greenberg Tulsky and KD

    He didn’t mention those examples specifically – I’m just spitballin

    Of course Chiarelli and Mellanby are also in the running

    I hope they make a good choice – a bad choice will set the franchise back several years

    He also mentioned that he believes that Tulsky will be an NHL GM somewhere soon – he’s the guy I like but I’m afraid Danny is going to hire Greenberg just because plus Jamie Faulkner’s husband works for the Cubs – that shouldn’t make a difference but we all know how these things work

  • February 8, 2022 at 1:16 pm
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    Wrap thats pretty much what I expect to happen, try to get the right people completely responsible for their own areas of the team. KD seems likely to get alot of responsibility regarding on ice personnel, maybe if a Greenberg type hiring for GM, Tulsky can get a role that adds strength, plus helps his resume for a couple of years as well too.

  • February 8, 2022 at 4:50 pm
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    Ian – the Hawks will passing up a golden opportunity to not hire Tulsky in some capacity

    My fear is he won’t leave CAR unless it’s the GM position and the Hawks won’t offer it to him

  • February 8, 2022 at 5:34 pm
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    Wrap, agree Tulsky be the best choice of ones named and be a mistake to let him getaway. Would like to see Hossa get some sort of role in front office too, maybe not GM yet but maybe groom him for that role.

  • February 11, 2022 at 12:38 pm
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    a good search is to bring in bad, marginal, good, and excellent prospects to be interview.

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