Seth Jones Out Of COVID Protocol, 4 Sent To Rockford

The Blackhawks are off until Friday, but they made a few roster moves on Tuesday morning.

Most importantly, Seth Jones was removed from COVID protocol. This means the Hawks’ blue line is at full strength, though there are still far too many bodies for the six available spots.

Because of Jones coming off the COVID list and the long week off, Chicago sent Jakub Galvas, Mike Hardman, Cale Morris and Josiah Slavin to Rockford.

Also out of COVID protocol: head athletic trainer Mike Gapski and head equipment manager Troy Parchman.

65 thoughts on “Seth Jones Out Of COVID Protocol, 4 Sent To Rockford

  • January 18, 2022 at 11:31 am

    Let’s face it need a hard core coach the effort put out by this team is just appalling everyone on this team should be available no pride at all coach sugar coats very thing guys we’re tired long flight wow tell the truth not prepared to play same results don’t care if team loses at least put forth an honest effort kings scared of his own shadow probably figures at end of year end of road this team is in free fall rocky doesn’t seem to care I’m sure team will be just like bears no hope at all

  • January 18, 2022 at 11:40 am

    Galvas deserves to play but I understand this move for now as long as Caleb doesn’t play – one Jones in one Jones out

    Believe it or not Gus right now is playing way better than 82 who has been a dumpster fire for at least 3 games in a row

    When deHaan and Gus are moved at TDL there should be room for Galvas Mitchell Kalnyuk to fight it out for TOI with C Jones as the 7th and drawing in occasionally

  • January 18, 2022 at 11:54 am

    Who says DeHaan and Gus will be moved at TDL?? My opinion is that they will keep the status quo at the TDL and try to win. Rocky’s giving TWO beers away now to buy a cheap seat. Seems to me Ownership is more concerned with putting bodies in the seats than what’s on the ice. They should rent a mini bus for the season with all the shuffling back and forth between Chicago-Rockford. This organization is totally clueless right now. Hire that Vosters kid to replace Foley. Would have been nice to hear him work with Eddie O but he got stuck with Cohen again.

  • January 18, 2022 at 12:15 pm

    The two best defensemen in Rockford are Phillips and Regula. Let’s not forget about Beaudin, as I think he’s better than Galvas. We have a glut of defensemen: Seth Jones, McCabe, Murphy, DeHaan, Gustafson, Stillman, Caleb Jones, Galvas, Mitchell, Kalynuk, Beaudin, Phillips, and Regula. I count 13 defensemen that deserve an opportunity to play regular minutes.

  • January 18, 2022 at 12:57 pm

    The last time Phillips was up he looked totally he out of his depth – unless he’s improved a lot I don’t think he deserves regular NHL minutes yet and I haven’t seen anything from Beaudin’s last NHL games that would suggest that either and the way Caleb is playing now he also doesn’t deserve regular minutes

    Galvas Mitchell Kalynuk definitely deserve a look probably Regula too

  • January 18, 2022 at 1:05 pm

    @Wrap – I just watched Phillips play and he is going to be an absolute monster in the back. He has great size, that’s the first thing you notice about him. Then, he is an excellent defender, is great with the puck, is super smart, is a great skater, and is getting better going forward. He reminds me a bit of a young Seth Jones! The kid has the “IT” factor as he is so poised and has a great attitude.

    Also, like I said before, the other defensemen that really impressed me was Alec Regula. He has great size, his poise and intelligence is clearly evident, great skater, great passer, getting better by leaps and bounds, this kid reminds me so much of Chris Pronger!

    We have two absolute studs in the system! They are both A+ talents, and the others, Galvas included are B+ or at best A- talent.

  • January 18, 2022 at 2:03 pm

    Tommy – I’ll take your word on that so that’s good news on Phillips

    I think he had a couple of NHL games early on and still looked very green but if he’s improved that’s great

    I think he was a late starter so maybe his upward trajectory is steeper – let’s hope so – the Hawks could use someone with his attributes

  • January 18, 2022 at 2:21 pm

    @Wrap – I am a very harsh critic, and someone has to be elite to impress me. Which is why I wasn’t all that impressed with Galvas when I watched him play for Rockford. I said he was good, in fact, he probably played better with us than I thought he would. But, he is not in the same class as Phillips and Regula. Plus, Kalynuk needs to come up and play, so does Mitchell. I am really done with McCabe, DeHaan, and Caleb Jones. I will say that defensive play and pass by Gus to Kubalik was a thing of beauty. That play alone should get him traded to a contender!

  • January 18, 2022 at 2:28 pm

    @tommy ivan

    there are a glut of bodies who play defense. among the veterans the only guy worth having on the roster next year is seth jones. and if the deal would be right he and his forever cap hit can move on as well. as with all rookies you can throw whatever letter you want on their performance at rockford, but nothing counts until that performance is in the nhl. i hope you are right in your assessments and truly i have more faith in you than i ever had in bowman or currently have in kyle davidson. and as always i hope for the best. at least we don’t know what the limit is on any of the rookies. we already know what bums we have in mc cabe, de haan, stillman, c. jones, murphy and gustafsson. a bunch of 5th, 6th, and 7th d-men on a team that would be good enough to challenge for a cup.

  • January 18, 2022 at 2:39 pm

    @Hawk29 –

    Thanks for having faith in me. I was always a big fan of Forsling and Lucas Carlsson when they were with us and they just needed confidence and a real opportunity. I think when given the opportunity in FLA, these two young defensemen are playing well.

    I will say that Stillman has gotten better, and Seth and Stillman are the ONLY two that I would keep. I am all for trading Murphy too. Regula and Phillips are better hockey players!

    You are right, you have to do it on the big stage. I do see Mitchell and Kalynuk replacing Gus and DeHaan, while Phillips and Regula replace McCabe and Murphy! Galvas and Beaudin can fight it out for the 7th spot.

  • January 18, 2022 at 2:58 pm

    This covid thing is still a mess ! Here in Canada we have empty arenas ! Many Arenas for kids are now closed ! We have to find a creek somewhere to go for a skate ! Bays on Lake Ontario were full of hundreds of people taking in the beautiful winter Air ! In Chicago everyone should get behind the retiring of #28 ! If anyone of you saw LARMS play you’ll know why ! A great Canadian Blackhawk , best, pops 4

  • January 18, 2022 at 5:47 pm

    Another opinion for all of you. Check out the Athletic’s Wheeler article on hawk prospects under 23. It is a comprehensive look at a lot of the defensemen you are discussing plus some others. He rates the hawks 25th for propects. So curb your enthusiasm

  • January 18, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    @phillip pops

    larms. my favorite athlete in any sport.

  • January 19, 2022 at 12:16 am

    I’m glad Seth is back in the lineup. S. Jones-R. Stillman, C. Murphy-J. McCabe, C. de Haan-N. Beaudin.
    Like a lot of you, I would rather have other defensemen, from Rockford, instead of what we have. Just for fun…what about this: S. Jones-I. Phillips, C. Murphy-I. Mitchell, R. Stillman-A. Regula. What about Galvas and Beaudin? A little more seasoning in Rockford.
    There is a decided glut of defensemen because…well…Bowman. What there is NOT is a glut of forwards that can get anywhere near the top 6, outside of Reichel. So…this coming TDL is really important. Picks and Players are what the team needs. Are the scouts keen enough to find those Pavel Datsyuk’s or Jamie Benn’s? A Joe Pavelski? These are all guys who were late round draft picks. The names should be familiar.
    Do the Blackhawks have an unpolished top 6 gem in Rockford or still in college or the minors? A forward? A defensman? A goalie?
    The team, as it is, is not good. While the bottom 6 has a plethora of potential, the top 6 is filled with questions. Strome? Dach? Kubalik? All have had their moments. Toews and Kane? I honestly don’t know. Hagel is all heart. Is he a top 6? The one sure thing is DeBrincat. Where does Reichel slot in? Center or LW?
    This year is the year of unloading in order to load up for 22-23. As the organ-I-zation make up currently stands…I want to be optimistic…but…I’m not. Let’s see what happens.

  • January 19, 2022 at 9:00 am

    does anyone remember the old message board “WIRTZSUCKS.COM” and along with “BLACKHAWKZONE.COM” and does anyone remeber the little newspaper/flyer that they sold outside of the UC? Man the memerios of horrible times where the AHL had little to-no talent (see today), the organization hired horrible staff (see today), the organization promoted within (see today), over signing FA pass their prime (not yet but soon to get fans back), horrible draft picks that didnt amount to much (see today), and this seems like history is repeating itself once again for the Hawks.
    once it was 49 years for a cup but lets make it longer than the maple leafs quest.
    again a player can dominate the AHL, but still can crap the bed once he is in the NHL.
    Players can play but a coach can develop a good player to a great player. till we can fix the system from the minors to majors and to scouting department we are still in a world of shit.

    Philip A Steininger-sucks for you guys, yet again this board for Hockey not covid updates in Canada brah. TAB will have you with a game misconduct with another covide post bro. Molson Ice it baby.

  • January 19, 2022 at 9:31 am


    I don’t need to look at anyone’s list, especially guys who have never played a sport at a high level. I only trust my eyes and see how a guy performs under pressure, what kind of poise he displays, and most importantly, the attitude on the ice and in the box. And, my eyes and intuition tell me Phillips and Regula ooze talent, poise, size, skating ability, can-do attitude, leadership, and are way better than any defensive prospects that I have seen in the Hawks system since Keith, Seabrook, and Hjallmarsson!

  • January 19, 2022 at 9:35 am


    top six forwards a bigger question mark than you indicated. my fallback on any player since the dynasty took a nosedive is would they play on any of the recent cup teams. you are spot on about hagel. unlikely you can find a hawks fan who doesn’t love him, but on any of those teams he is a killer third line winger, not a second liner. dach and kubalik also third line wingers on those teams. de brincat at best a second line winger. my gold standard for forwards has always been do they have as many assists as they do goals scored. i know there are outliers like ovechkin, but he AVERAGES 50 goals and 41 assists per 82 game season and he is +90 in his career, which is twice kane’s number. hard to complain about that. de brincat needs to be better than 30 assists per 82 games and a negative +/- number to be a first line winger. strome likely on the good ship lollipop after this season and a third liner on those cup teams. like what i saw of reichel, but obviously he has proven nothing yet and if he doesn’t put on 10/15# of muscle he will be hard pressed not to get crushed sooner than later. and the worst of it is there is no one else in rockford that projects to top six. NO ONE.

    baby bowman really left the hawks in a hard way. the d-men who were going to be our saviors, jokiharju, boqvist, beaudin, and mitchell ….. well ….. not so much and the next wave has no one who appears to project to a top pairing player.

    other than a very few younger players i would trade any current hawk for any draft choice. it isn’t important if it is a fair exchange. hopefully toews, kane, and fleury would bring more than the rest of the slugs. three quarters of this roster are guys you don’t want around here a year from september. any draft choice and cap relief is better than keeping any of them. just more irons in the drafting fire.

  • January 19, 2022 at 10:15 am

    Put a list of the players you would keep for next year
    1 Hagel
    2 DCat
    3 Lank
    4 Dach
    5 Murphy
    6 $Jones
    7 Wistle
    Maybe Mc Cabe. And Kubalik ..not sure 100%
    We start the new Hawks from those players .what are your top guys you would keep?

  • January 19, 2022 at 10:25 am

    My List…
    1. DCat
    2. Hagel
    3. Kurashev
    4. Dach
    5. Reichel
    6. Entwhistle
    7. Lafferty
    8. Slavin
    9. Kubalik

    1. Jone$
    2. Stillman
    3. Phillips
    4. Regula
    5. Kalynuk
    6. Mitchell
    7. Beaudin
    8. Galvas

    1. Soderblom
    2. Lankinen

    Trade between 02/22 – 10/22
    1. MA Fleury
    2. Kane
    3. Toews
    4. Strome
    5. Carpenter
    6. Khaira
    7. Hardman
    8. Murphy
    9. McCabe
    10. DeHaan
    11. Gustafson
    12. Caleb Jones

  • January 19, 2022 at 10:36 am

    My list later after some analyzing.
    This observation just for a chuckle.
    Only two teams with less points than the Hawks in the Campbell conference. Coyotes & Kracken. Hawks lost to them both.

  • January 19, 2022 at 10:40 am

    @tommy ivan

    right in line with you. i would add borgstom, connolly, and tyler johnson to the “thanks for the memories“ list.

  • January 19, 2022 at 10:59 am


    Tommy Ivan…..well done! …..Like your trade list. I would also add $ Jone$ to the list.

  • January 19, 2022 at 11:21 am

    I didn’t included the kids that played less then 10-12 games like Philips or Regula because they are not part of the Hawks team yet.but I would definitely keep Murphy..Mc Cabe …humm not sure yet I would sell.the rest of your list ..yess bye bye and move on .

  • January 19, 2022 at 11:59 am

    Hawks 29, that ‘s what i’m waiting for to hear from whoever permanent Gm is, head of hockey Ops and Owners, who do pay the bills, which will mean they rightfully have a say on what they expect to happen, saying what they expect this team is going to look like in next few years. Until there is a solid off ice team in place with a solid plan for the on ice group happening the rest is a big question mark.

  • January 19, 2022 at 12:35 pm


    I forgot to add Borgstrom, Connolly, and Tyler Johnson because in my mind they should just be released and no reason to trade them because we aren’t getting anything for them anyways.

  • January 19, 2022 at 1:19 pm

    @tommy ivan

    i do not use “lol” because, among other reasons, i am old and have a nasty attitude. but “lol” appropriate to your last post and i certainly did laugh out loud. i also have a particular loathing for stupid so currently rocky and baby rocky, davidson, and king are all getting on my last nerve.


    agree on seth. do not dislike him, but he did take advantage of having his agent negotiate with an incompetent moron. too many dollars, too many years, not the right time for the hawks to be making that move. adding seth was like putting a rolex watch on a donkey. improves the look, but when all is said and done still a donkey.


    i am a very big structure of management guy and i totally agree with you. i am just afraid rocky junior is not going to do the right thing, which is to hire a vice president of player acquisition and development who hires a gm, and together they hire a head coach and a real head coach for rocckford, which i do not believe has ever existed. vp, gm, and head coach all of the same mindset for the development of the team, the style of hockey they want to play, and the types of players they pursue. AND ….. I fervently hope the vp, gm, and head coach are from outside this organization with the free hand to dispose of any of the current players. icons of the franchise or not.

  • January 19, 2022 at 2:09 pm

    Hawks 29 agree i am concerned too about how office structure will look.

    What would you think if 19 and 88 who certainly don ‘ t appear to be enjoying this year too much did agree to waive their nmcs and were moved. You end up with a group of young forwards starting with the usuals Dach, Cat, Reichel, Hagel, sign rfas Strome, Kubalik and Kurashev, maybe the Kane to Nyr you mentioned gets picks and Kravatsov to add, plus maybe if MAF ends up with Avs who lack high picks a Shane Bowers is landed. Would that forward group to grow together and add/ subtract to over next couple years be enough.

    Kubalik Strome Cat
    Kurashev Reichel Dach
    Hagel Bowers Kravtsov
    Slavin Lafferty Entwistle

    McaCabe Jones
    Youngster Murphy
    Stillman Youngster

    Soderblom Lankinen

    Give a chance to the young forwards, whatever lines you like and young goalies supported by a veteran D to grow together, while developing more of the current D to be Nhlers and using acquired picks to stock forward pool and become Nhlers too along with Commesso hopefully realizing his potential too. Is that a starting point that works.

  • January 19, 2022 at 2:22 pm

    I’m not sure what Jones situation is about trades-I personally don’t think that’s a good idea. Two reasons-we finally have a number one. People have been crying for one.
    #2 Who would want to join the Hawks in the future, as a free agent, or thru trade if they feel they are nothing more than a future chip or piece. Yes Fleury is in the similar situation but he at least might want to go for one more shot at a Cup at 37, not in the prime of your career like Jones.

  • January 19, 2022 at 5:43 pm

    I like Coach Ivan’s list. For a heavy package I would trade Kane. He is the only one that we can get a team to over pay for. Also keep Strome Hardman and Borgstrom. I know I’m in the minority on those.

    Now for this to work we still need the right Coach.

  • January 19, 2022 at 8:51 pm


    i have been advocating for the hawks to rebuild and have the “trade talk” with keith, toews, and kane since 2017. all sports are a business and i flat out would have informed them the team was going into rebuild and if they wanted a chance to play for additional stanley cups it would be in their best interests to wave their nmcs. five years later i am of the same mind. i don’t want to see kane, toews, or fleury in chicago come september. come this tdl i am taking the best offers i get for them. if it is two second round picks for kane and a third and fourth for toews then that is what it is. the purchasers determine the market, not the hawks brass. but keeping them another year and letting them walk for no return is madness. and resigning them is greater madness.

    i would never resign strome to a real contract ever. i would not trust him to come to play every night if he was sitting on a three year, fifteen million dollar deal. you don’t learn to hustle every shift, every game at the age of 24. in my mind his improved recent play is merely a money grab. you will see the same old strome before the ink is dry on the new contract. if hawks management continues to put band aids on this roster chasing a playoff spot then mediocre hockey is what we will have.

    i am good with your lineup above sans strome, but i have real concerns playing reichel until he puts on at least ten pounds of muscle. and if i am hawks management i would make that very plain and easy for him to understand. i also would be more comfortable moving either mc cabe or murphy from your backline. i also would try to trade seth for a big return. they get the big return they let him go. no big return and he stays. it will be a couple , three years of bad results, but a whole lot of toi for youngsters. and high draft choices from which to build. i am all good with an all in rebuild managed by a new management team from outside the organization.

  • January 19, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    From Edmonton MAF for Koskinen and two of either #1 pick in ’23. Ryan McLeod, Holloway, Lavoie or Puljujarvi.

    From Colorado MAF for Kuemper, #1 in ’23 plus either Newhook or Bryan.

    You can always throw in a sweetener with MAF.

  • January 19, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    Who is going to give Chicago a big return for $ Jone$? “NOBODY”
    8 years at 76 million and a full no-movement throughout starting at age 28.

    Just another Stan Blowman overpay.

  • January 19, 2022 at 10:53 pm

    don’t disagree with you stape. hoping there is one gm out there who is as stupid as bowman was to make the original deal. only only takes the second moron out of 32, not a bevy of them.

  • January 20, 2022 at 6:59 am

    Can you argue term-most definitely yes-but the price is right for a number one.
    It was a good deal at the wrong time/circumstance.

    I too was an early proponent of the tear it down, and re start it better–but they didn’t. That’s on GM and senior management. They tried to have their cake and eat it to.

    But they have Jones and there are reasons not to trade him–88, 19 if they would go–yes, as I’ve been saying for several years.

  • January 20, 2022 at 9:33 am

    Sweetener ,
    We can give Gustafson…hahahah .
    Ok with one third round 22 ( we have 3 )

  • January 20, 2022 at 10:37 am

    Just read an article on Hockey about S.Jones. saying his first few games were tough because of Colliton, D men did not know where they should be on the ice in his system. I find that interesting since these are PROS, played most of their lives and is considered on of the top D men in the league, and yet according to this writer, Seth did not know how to play D….sounds like a boatload of excuses to me. Forget the system, play D, make good plays, protect the house, and get shots on goal in the O zone and all will be ok….. seriously.

  • January 20, 2022 at 11:04 am

    Coaches make a difference otherwise we could have just kept JC

  • January 20, 2022 at 3:20 pm

    Kid Coach was also named an assistant to the Head Coach Claude Julien for the 2022 Canadian Men’s Hockey Team. I’m betting he won’t be the defensive assistant.

  • January 20, 2022 at 3:36 pm

    Here’s my list of who I would keep in the event of a firesale.
    1. Dach
    2. DeBrincat(A)
    3. Entwistle
    4. Hagel
    5. Kubalik
    6. Lafferty
    7. Strome

    1. S. Jones(A)
    2. C. Murphy(C)
    3. R. Stillman

    1. K. Lankinen

    1. L. Reichel
    2. J. Slavin
    3. M. Hardman
    4. I. Phillips
    5. W. Kalynuk
    6. I. Mitchell
    7. N. Beaudin
    8. A. Regula
    9. J. Galvas

    Why Strome? I honesly don’t know. Defense? I keep Murphy because he is solid. He’s not a superstar but he solidifies the blueline. S. Jones because he’s going to be here.
    Everyone else is in Rockford. I want to see who is worth keeping and who the team can move on from.
    Ideologically, I want, whoever is going to put the team together, to deal for guys that are hustlers…ala the 1st year Las Vegas Knights. A team of skilled grinders that can bring it to the opposition on all 4 lines. Beat ’em up, wear ’em down, and win with solid defense and goaltending. It is my opinion that there is a bluechip goaltender in the system. Lankinen? Morris? Commesso? Soderblom?
    The college and minor league kids, outside of Rockford, may also have some good players. I truly hope so.

  • January 20, 2022 at 3:58 pm

    Edman 68
    You are also With ( T Ivan )in keeping Lafferty
    That’s interesting
    I need to ask why ( I have no clue ) ( I don’t know him at all )
    What do you guys see in him ?
    I like your choice .

  • January 20, 2022 at 4:45 pm

    Hawks2010, Lafferty is no game changer but so far he has been a decent bottom 6 guy who does a good job killing penalties and shown he might be able to win some fos. Brings a physical presence needed and seems to be a decent skater. Too early to give up on him, some playersrespond to change positively, on the other hand no guarantees he won’t fall by the wayside either by the time next season rolls around.

  • January 20, 2022 at 5:34 pm

    Well according to this KD is the new GM, the Hawks are wiiling to part with anyone not named Toews, Kane and S.Jones. Both Cat and Dach could be moved

    Added to this like Stan said we are not rebuilding but retooling

    “In other words, the Blackhawks seem to have subtly let everyone know they are not rebuilding. They are retooling and their veterans are staying put. ”

    What a clusterf**k, another Chicago franchise goes full insane

  • January 20, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    Dolkar Bill thats pretty vague article, have to wait and see. I mean the 3 untouchables have the full no movement clauses, obviously they are untouchable until they agree to waive them. Fleury basically too, he has a 10 team list he would go to, not hard to to put 10 teams who wouldn’t be interested if he wants to stay. I guess for right price rest could be had, if Mcdavid wanted to come and play with Strome and Cat again, Dach might be available then, sarcasm. Maybe some blockbusters coming though, who knows, as i said have to wait and see

  • January 20, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    Ian – MAF has a 10 team no trade list according to Cap Friendly – that’s different that what you seem to be suggesting – he still has some control but it leaves 21 other teams that are not on his list that he could be traded to

  • January 20, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    Wrap, I thought his was 10 teams he ‘d afree to be traded to, my bad. Atill pretty sure there isn’t more than 10 teams be interested in acguiring at tdl, so hardly matters he can still make a trade impossible.

  • January 20, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    Sorry dog was jumping up on me and posted without spell checking.

  • January 20, 2022 at 10:31 pm

    $9mil the going rate for a #1 DMan..
    Pieterangelo 37. Doughty 37. McAvoy 32. Karlsson 36. Hamikton 34. Nurse 34, Werenski 30. Josi 37, Jones 35 and Makar 28. Those are the ages when their contract ends.

    Makar’s agent is smart. All those contract have a minimum of 5 years left. Makar only took a 5 year at $9mil. His next one will probably be $12 -$15mil a year for probably 7 years.

    So I don’t think we over paid. I also think if someone needs a #1 DMan pretty sure they won’t mind Jones at $9mil.

    Edmonton lost 6-0 with Koskinen in net. They will be calling soon.

  • January 20, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    j. r

    the hawks overpaid because they are a lousy team and jones only makes them somewhat better. likely to be this way another three/four years IF they draft and trade well. if they don’t this crap could go on another 5, 6, 7 years. so what is the point of paying a #1 d-man that kind of money to be the best player on a garbage team? especially giving up the draft capital they did.

  • January 20, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    Gotta ya 29 Hawks are a lousy team. As you say he makes them better. That’s what you do with a lousy team. You try and make it better. #1 DMan needed on a hockey team, check. Now true Power Forward needed, true #1 center needed. Trading Fluery will replenish our draft capital we lost. Need a #1 goalie? Resign Fluery 3yrs @ $5mil per. Looking at ’25 season to be contending again.

  • January 21, 2022 at 7:10 am

    they lost 6-0 and they let in 6 of 28 shots. Oilers had 40 and got none–they need more than MAF, so if they are going to do it (a rental) it better be soon. They might need Jones, Toews and Debrincat as well. lol

    Lafferty has played honest, gritty hockey, with just enough skill to be a valuable bottom 6.

    Hawks 29 you hit the dilemma about Jones right on the head-but you can’t go back in time. (It would be nice to be able to do that once or twice in life)

  • January 21, 2022 at 7:27 am

    @Hawk2010 – In regards to Lafferty, I would keep him because in the couple of games that he has played, he reminds me of a hybrid Brouwer/Bolland type, and we need those types of players too. I must say that Carpenter is winning me over as well. I just love his intangibles.

  • January 21, 2022 at 7:50 am

    Ian – not sure how these things work but don’t those lists (say MAF’s in this case) have to be submitted at the start of the year so MAF can’t decide at TDL who to put on his list because he’s already made it at the start of the season

    If that’s true it’s much more likely that EDM would not be on his no trade list list – just sayin…

    You probably know the answer as to when lists are submitted

  • January 21, 2022 at 8:15 am

    You would think a good GM would be proactive and poke the the fire while the flames are still burning. Once the flames turn into smoldering sparks could be too late.
    If Edmonton is not on that no trade list, KD pick up the phone and call KH. Start with #1 in ’23 a must. Lavoie and or Holloway. If not both add Puljujarvi. I would take RNH but I think his heart is with Edmonton.

    Barrie looks like he got injured yesterday so a Gus might be needed. If deHaan is needed so be it but I want him for another trade to possibly bring us back another high pick. You can give them back a #3 pick but not theirs. Their pick could turn into a #2.

    Let’s start horse trading!

  • January 21, 2022 at 8:56 am

    @ jr roman

    we all have our ideas of how to rebuild this team. i do not disagree with you that we need a #1 d-man or power forward or center. but my feeling is that starting with a bankrupt roster and adding s. jones at his term and dollars is like putting a chimney on a house before the roof and foundation were built.
    other than jones there isn’t one d-man on this roster or in the system who appears to project to a player who would have played top 4 d-man on any of the cup winning teams. of the forwards other than kane and toews (who are not players for the future of this team) only maybe de brincat could have played top six on those teams. and de brincat is a scorer only. he does not make his linemates better and his defense is mediocre.

    i look at acquiring s. jones as akin to acquiring hossa except there was a world of young talent on the hawks when hossa was signed and there are bottom six forwards and third pairing d-men now. hossa and his large term and contract (for that time) was the finishing touch. s. jones was the beginning and much of his contract is going to be wasted while the management builds the foundation for jones to lead.

    fleury as well. he has won many games for the hawks this year that would have been losses and put the hawks in better drafting position. he has also put a full stop on the development of lankinen and delia to a lesser extent. lankinen started 37 games last year, but only 11 so far this year. this was a year he should have started 55/60 games, gained valuable experience, and given the hawks a pretty good idea of his value going forward. they know nothing more about him now than they did last may. and he is out of contract. how do they evaluate paying him?

    you either rebuild or you don’t. last season was a great start in playing many rookies to see where they were in terms of potential for the future. baby bowman shit all over that with his moves in the 2021 offseason. now with this rumor that the whole team is for sale except s. jones, toews, and kane it would seem they are looking to put another patch job on the roster around toews and kane with s. jones now thrown in. how have the patch jobs worked since the summer of 2015?

    i am starting to feel the hawks management is even worse than the bears. very sad.

  • January 21, 2022 at 9:05 am

    @Ian….what concerns me about that article is that it appears that KD is the new GM. I can’t think of
    any reason why the Hawks would think a Stan protege can fix a mess that Stan created.

    All the trade speculation is just that speculation, we have no clue as to who’s on the the trading block.

    As far as Lafferty goes, didn’t Stan bring in Jujar to be the 4th line guy who’s tough to play against but
    can’t score. We already have Carpenter/Jujar/Gabriel and now Lafferty. Make a line with any combo of the 3 and they still can’t score.

  • January 21, 2022 at 9:40 am

    Think ER’s words of patience needs to ring through. Looking back at Stanley Cup winners with a revamped team only come up with 4. Pitt 7yrs, Det 6yrs, NJ Colo 5yrs. TB took 16yrs. I left off the back to back teams and obviously the 3 in 6 years team. So what I’m saying if we win in 4 years it’s a good run we are taking with the Hawks. Watching four Stanley Cups and winning 3 is a great ride that is still going on and looking forward to few more in the next 10 years.

  • January 21, 2022 at 9:49 am

    Dollar Bill agree it is looking more like KD is going to get a shot as next Gm. Wirtz’s serm to have alot of confidence in him.

    I have no problem giving Lafferty a fair look, 4th line, 3rd pair backup goalies are usually moving parts that only take up so many roster spots at a minimal caphit. Maybe he becomes a solid player, maybe he doesn’t.

    Wrap you often hear that Gms when ready to trade a player, request a 10 team or whatever list from player at that point. He may have already given the list, not sure but usually the best writers no that and mention that if he did. Still say bottom line is Fleury can block being traded if so wishes.

    Hawks29, usually I try to speculate what the team will do vs what I would do as much as possible. I really don’t expect a full rebuild to happen, but not disagreeing that would be a good way to go. Jones is a number 1D, not building around him is a waste, if you move him no guarantees when that void gets filled again, same people who advised Bowman on all those picks you dislike are still advising whoever is the next Gm on who to pick. The Gm wears the picks but support staff are the ones who influence who he picks.

  • January 21, 2022 at 9:54 am

    @Hawk29 – you are spot on about Seth Jones being a Stan mistake, but it is just a compounding mistake on previous trades and poor drafting. He trades Jokiraju for a waste of talent, and then Boqvist is too small to be the physical “Big” defensemen, did not draft big D like Evan Bouchard or Noah Dobson, and then passed on Bowen Byrum, plus Mitchell is relatively small and was not ready, Kalynuk is a finesse defensemen, Stillman too raw, Phillips and Regula at least a year away, Vlasic 2 years away, so he forced himself into having to overpay with trade capital and dollars to secure Seth Jones, who did not have a very good year in 2020. There were other defensemen available like Ekman-Larsson who was traded along with Conor Garland for the 9th overall and a 2nd rounder in 2022, plus 3 stiffs. Why didn’t Stan explore that trade, it was less draft capital and Garland is a very good top 6 type that we could have used and not overpaid.

    So, this is all a Stan Blo Snowball Effect…I hate to trade Kane, but right now his value is at its highest because some team is so close to the Cup and Kane can deliver. Plus, we can use that $10.5 million on a couple of forwards, acquire a top end talent, and a #1 pick. So in essence, we get 4 high end players for one Patrick Kane. I think we owe it to him to get another ring, and we owe it to our franchise to rebuild. The question now is, is the intern crafty enough to get a team to overpay and set us up for future success, or is he going to be Jarmo Kekalainen’s bitch in waiting. I really am not sure, and that is why I wish the Wirtz’ had a plan before handing the keys to the Ferrari to Ferris Buehler!

  • January 21, 2022 at 10:29 am

    @ Ian
    @Tommy Ivan

    It appears as the the Stan protege is going to be GM for the next year. What is beyond pathetic is they are claiming since he’s not married to Stan because he traded Nylander and that gives him the bonafides to be GM…..smfh

    “As far as Davidson goes, he hasn’t had a “major” move since firing Jeremy Colliton, but that move has worked out so far with Derek King replacing Colliton in the interim. If Davidson is going to control the team at this year’s NHL Trade Deadline, you might as well give him the 2022-23 season to oversee his own work. He’s been with the organization for ten years and has already shown no loyalties to Bowman’s previous projects (i.e. Alex Nylander), so maybe it’s worth seeing where he can take Chicago.”

  • January 21, 2022 at 11:49 am

    Also…with the Wild coming to town today, let’s not forget the Ryan Hartman trade that netted us some slow-ass Swedish bloke and Nicholas Beaudin. Another Stanism! Boy, Hartman would have looked so good with linemates Nick Schmaltz and Vinnie Hinostroza…wait…Oh Stan!

  • January 21, 2022 at 2:02 pm

    do any of you think the Wirtz would go outside the box for a new gm….hahaha no they would not; not how they will work anymore. Wirtz took in the Blowmans and company(smith) and look what happened,,,a scandel with a homo coach trying to sex on a player.
    Wirtz will now go into soft mode just like how dollar bill was with BOB PULFORD.

    we can go into how Blowman didnt draft well(50/50) but what did he do to help his draft picks out? what the coaching there in the AHL? development starts with players and coaches but those coaches need to be accounted for.

    i loved how so many had a hard on for Mitchell coming from college and then you all turned on him. but gets you thinking did the hawk rush him just like Dach because they have no one to develop them? think about it.
    King is developing these kids on a fly to save the organIzation from further failures, which the next 4-7 will be darkness.
    How about blame on mark kelley and his group of scouts. heads should of rolled in this department once Blowman was gone.

    too many holes to fix for this organIzation….scouts, farm team, farm team coaches, gm, upper management, players, and fan base.
    just another Chicago BEARS 2.0 in chicago…..Go PACK Go

  • January 21, 2022 at 2:13 pm

    @Goose Maverick

    Hands down, you are the Top Gun on this site…as I bow to the Master! Black and White are the only two colors I know, and you painted it perfectly.


  • January 21, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    Not giving Lankinen time in the net . Why ?
    Hope MAF will not get hurt And can’t trade him for a good pick .
    Can’t believe they don’t rest him and give ice time to Lank
    Lose lose situation ..grrrr

  • January 21, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    Agree Lanks should have started. They look terrible (use Charles Barkley voice)

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