Terrible Blackhawks Hammered By Awful Coyotes

I mean…

The Blackhawks visited the Arizona (for now) Coyotes in the desert on Thursday night.

The Coyotes were 2-11-1 at home coming in. They had six wins in their first 31 games. They had a minus-56 goal differential coming in. They ranked dead last in the NHL offensively, averaging 2.06 goals per game. They were dead last in the NHL defensively, allowing 3.77 goals per game.

Arizona is awful.

And they absolutely took it to the Blackhawks.

First, let’s be real: we have no clue what NHL officials define as a “high stick” because what they were — and weren’t — calling in this game (and other recent games) is clear as mud. But blaming the officials exclusively is too easy. The Blackhawks had to win this game. The Coyotes are terrible and Chicago desperately needed two points.

And the Hawks got their asses kicked.

Look, the Hawks out-shot the Coyotes in the first period but they allowed two goals. Again, the Coyotes are barely averaging two goals per game (even after scoring seven against the Sharks a couple games ago) and they had two in the first period.

Oh, and the Blackhawks had the only two power plays of the first period. And were down two scores when the frame ended.

While we’re pointing out the list of WTF issues with the first period, let’s take a step back and look at the roster Derek King put on the ice. He dressed seven defensemen and 11 forwards on Thursday night. Nicolas Beaudin was elevated from the taxi squad and dressed for the game.

However, Beaudin did not get a single shift in the first period.

The second period started well for Chicago. Kirby Dach scored a highlight reel goal to cut the lead in half 61 seconds into the period.

And then MacKenzie Entwistle tied the game at 5:24 into the second.

So that’s good, right? Things were coming back to normal. The terrible team was going to lose again and the Blackhawks would finally win their first game of the new calendar year. Right?

Nope. This is when the wheels totally came off and the broadcast spent more time focused on the garbage officiating than the Blackhawks being bad.

Henrik Borgstom went to the box at 6:26. The Blackhawks survived the penalty.

Connor Murphy went to the box at 9:47. Arizona took the lead back nine seconds into the power play on a Travis Boyd goal.

Dach then went to the box at 12:38. Chicago survived that penalty in part because Lawson Crouse was sent off with 17 seconds left in the advantage.

Because he hadn’t had a turn in the penalty box yet, Riley Stillman took a seat 41 seconds after the Crouse penalty ended. The Blackhawks killed that penalty, but spent almost eight minutes of the second period down a man.

How bad are the Coyotes? They spent 40 percent of the period on the power play and were still out-shot 12-10 in the period. But they took a 3-2 lead to the third period.

After 40 minutes of hockey, Beaudin had taken one shift that lasted 40 seconds.

Borrowing from the iconic “Slam” by Onyx, bu bu but wait it gets worse!

Clayton Keller scored 3:10 into the third to make it 4-2.

The Blackhawks went back on penalty kill duty immediately following the Keller goal because King challenged that Marc-André Fleury was interfered with on the play. Video review failed to see what King did and Chicago was short-handed. And, of course, the Coyotes scored a second power play goal. This one from Johan Larsson.

The Arizona Coyotes, who came in averaging two goals per game, had a three-goal lead in the third period. They had two power play goals. And five for the night.

Chicago didn’t just roll over… though there were moments when you wondered if they wanted to be there at all. Jonathan Toews redirected a Jake McCabe shot into the net to get the Hawks back within two.

Then the whistles started going the Hawks’ way. Chicago got back-to-back power plays and finally got one to click. Alex DeBrincat unloaded and got the Hawks back to within one.

So here we were, watching a game that was blackout drunk. This wasn’t good hockey. It was two bad teams doing everything they could to lose a game and the other side being too polite to let it look easy. With six minutes left in regulation two bad teams had combined to score nine goals.

Unfortunately, Larsson completed his hat trick into the empty net with 28.8 seconds left in regulation and the Coyotes took a 6-4 lead to the house.

Dach won two of 12 faceoffs against the Arizona Coyotes. King kept sending him out there; he led Chicago forwards in ice time. But we can’t keep saying “he needs to be better at the dot” any more. Either he figures something out or move him to wing and give someone else some run.

Speaking of which, Dylan Strome won 10 of 15 and had an assist. The kid’s playing hard when they give him a chance.

Toews won 14 of 21 at the dot and had a goal and an assist. He competed his ass off.

Seth Jones led all Blackhawks with seven shots on net in more than 26 minutes of ice time.

Beaudin got two shifts and 1:11 on the ice, which begs the question why the hell they dressed him. Can they not adjust their game plan late and find a way to include a player? Or would they rather play down a man and look bad against the worst team in the NHL? Because that’s what happened, and Beaudin isn’t getting any “valuable experience” watching from that close to the ice.

The Blackhawks are really, really bad right now. We’ll see how long it takes for Kyle Davidson to start selling veterans to make room for the kids who were supposed to be part of the alleged rebuild to get on the NHL ice.

74 thoughts on “Terrible Blackhawks Hammered By Awful Coyotes

  • January 6, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    it makes perfect sense that beaudin barely saw the ice tonight. wonder if he showered after the game. the hawks backline is so strong and brings so much creativity and skill to the offense there simply was no opportunity to find time for him.

    king is doing his best to make the case that the next gm never considers him for the position after this abysmal season.

    last year was at least fun. the many rookies they trotted out last year during the rebuilding year were enjoyable to watch. this cast of characters bowman put together to eschew the rebuild and make the playoffs …… not so much.

  • January 6, 2022 at 11:24 pm

    Jones gets 26 minutes in ice time and Beaudin gets 1:11
    Is that really how young players are supposed to be developed? Real confidence builder for Beaudin.
    How would this coaching staff be able to coach in a rebuild?

  • January 6, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    Tab, you nailed just about every point I had notes on. The only thing missing is giving Entwistle some good press. That kid competes and contributes.
    Beaudin just got treated raw. WTF? He has skills. I would have loved to have seen him play. Nope. This is telling me why Coach King had a garbage team at Rockford. He’s not too terribly inventive. It’s coming out more and more. He has a chubby for Khaira. Why? He brings nothing to the ice. Sure, he tied Kane with 4 SOG, but…is that what we want to see from him? Not really. No. While Strome had a strong FO% he had 0 SOG. Was he feeding Khaira and that’s why King moved him up? Dach is a RW. Put him there from now on. He can work on his FO% in practice. If King wants to keep Borgstrom at 1C then keep Toews at 2C with Dach on the RW and DeBrincat on the LW. Strome at 3C with Entwistle and Kubalik. Hopefully, Hagel will be back soon. This might be a good time to bring up Reichel and, if he is going to be slated in at LW than why not Reichel-Borgstrom-Kane? I’d rather Reichel get a shot at center and put Borgstrom on the wing. Reichel, while in Europe had his coach try him at center and he excelled. The pedigree is there. But…the organ-I-zation.
    The team acquired a 4th line center, from Pittsburgh. Okay. Sit Khaira and have him center Carpenter and Hardman. I’d rather have Slavin up, but I don’t run this organ-I-zation. Khaira is on my dump list so that’s why I am not a fan. Glad he’s healthy but he can be healthy elsewhere.

    Defensively. Beaudin got jobbed…and for what? A steady diet of McCabe and Stillman? I have no problem with the other 4, but Beaudin is an offensive defenseman. We saw his game last year and he was pretty good. Good enough to make Boqvist expendable. Then the organ-I-zation crapped on him and sent him to Rockford. I have to wonder if his poor play there is because he feels dejected.
    There’s talent at Rockford. Had good ol’ Stanny Boy not acquired any defensemen, aside from the Jones Bros. It’s quite possible we would be treated to Kalynuk, Murphy, and possibly Beaudin or Phillips. SB could have offloaded de Haan. But…woulda, coulda, shoulda. Stillman is a 7th defenseman.
    This game keeps exposing just how bad the team is as a whole. There are good players that should be on the ice. But…they’re not. The GM in training and the HC in training is not where you want to be and it’s not what fans should be subjected to.

  • January 6, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    Ptetty frustrating loss, not playing Beaudin more a puzzler. Outshot them, out chanced them and out high danger chanced. Coyotes goaltending was a little better and pp a little better, thatcwas enough to have Blackhawks chasing the game the whole way. Wonder who starts Saturday in Vegas, MAF or if he stays to pattern Soderblom or maybe Lankinein if he’s ready.

  • January 6, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    Watched as much as I could of this game which meant about 15 minutes – the benefits of a streaming package

    It seems like that was a good choice – I couldn’t believe my eyes when Stillman started on LW with 88 and 13 WTF – wasn’t there a forward on the taxi squad??

    King is a good quote but clearly in over his head – what a dumpster fire

    I probably won’t watch many more games at least in full until Reichel comes up

    What happened to the defensive structure they played with when King first arrived ? it’s gone along with PK

    Happy for Entwistle who continues to make King look like a fool for scratching him

    Maybe EDM will pay a first for Fleury – that’s where this season is at now other than waiting to get the kids like Mitchell and Reichel in

  • January 7, 2022 at 12:33 am

    As I’ve said in the past, Colliton wasn’t the problem. Now that the “new coach high” has worn off, they’re back to reality. Can only win so many overtime games and shootouts thanks to good goaltending. It’s gonna be ugly for a few years.

  • January 7, 2022 at 12:36 am

    Wrap their still using the man and a half in Dzone, but the offensive zone forecheck trap is hardly noticeable anymore. They don’t seem to be taking the center ice zone away at all now when other team rushing.

  • January 7, 2022 at 1:01 am

    King dresses 7 dmen and Beaudin gets 2, TWO freaking shifts the entire game (1 in the second period and 1 in the 3rd) for a little over a minute of ice time. Just flat out stupid and pointless.

  • January 7, 2022 at 1:25 am

    This has now transformed into a team that wants no part of playing a defensively responsible system and will finish whats left of the season playing Pond Hockey to buildup stats. In a way its good to see how quickly the King magic wore off and the team went back to taking shortcuts . Maybe this will force Rocky into going way outside of this disastrous organization to bring in hockey people who wont tolerate half ass lazy play for a shift let alone a season. Just when you think it doesn’t get any lower they set a new bar. Beaudin should be begging to be traded. Felt angry and bad that a talented kid was stapled to the bench against the league,s worst.

  • January 7, 2022 at 6:28 am

    Can’t add anything more that hasn’t been posted already except I turned down the sound a bit because of “nasal drip” Cohen’s whining about the penalties….and promptly fell asleep midway thru the 3rd period and woke up during the post-game show. Good thing I got a lot of shows on the DVR because this is going to be a long winter here. I’m curious as to what King said to the team after the 1st period to fire them up for the 2nd period and then what happened with the players closed door meeting after the game. Still crickets from the Wirtz family.

  • January 7, 2022 at 6:45 am

    Think Entwistle has shown he can be part of the future roster, best option for a middle 6 power forward right now. He can really be a bottom 6 anchor at worst.

    Nick Ritchie on waivers, a 23 year old, good size, power forward potential, worth a waiver claim if he isn’t claimed before Hawks get a shot at him.

  • January 7, 2022 at 7:13 am

    Wow – we got our ass handed to us by the worst team in the league. Our team defense just sucks! There it is! If we had a solid core of defenders and forwards willing to play defense, with the keeper that we have, we would be in every game. We are so stupid defensively and lack the necessary cahones to be an effective team in the NHL. No Reichel, no Nylander, none of the defensive rookies are going to help this team. What we need are warriors like Hjallmarsson, Oduya, a young Keith and Seabrook…guys who laid it on the line every night. Man, I am so tired of watching that vaginal discharge – aka, the Blackhawks defense! Except for Seth – they all need to go! Murphy too!! McCabe – pathetic! Stillman – AHL! DeHaan – bye bye! Caleb – 6th,7th guy!

  • January 7, 2022 at 7:24 am

    Rock Bottom.

    Was told the team views Beudin in the same light they viewed Nylander. They don’t think he is an NHLer and he has no trade value.

  • January 7, 2022 at 7:25 am

    no way a new GM can turn this around in 3-5 years, more like 6-10 yrs. have to start from the ground, draft, draft, draft and draft. this might be worst than the 1999-2006 era for minor league talent and NHL talent. start to hire for the AHL and then the club.
    since Beach deal is done, and KD and King is still here, what makes you think they will hire new personal. true hawks fans can read between the lines, and nothing is going to change. might as well bring back Pulford for GM and HC.

    In other words, it’s a huge shit sandwich, and we’re all gonna have to take a bite.

  • January 7, 2022 at 7:37 am

    Garbage ! When you see a game with 8 or more goals it’s poorly played ! It’s Shinny ! Beer league ,full of holes ! No fundemental play ! Back to a new plan ! These are supposed to be the pros ! Some of them have a lot to learn ! It looks like the Hawks are going back to what the team looked like in parts of the last century ! I remember some players referring to the club as the turnstile team ! Players came in through Chicago and left to either coast within the next year ! And so it went ,thousands of empty seats in the balcony with a few boo birds , POPS 4

  • January 7, 2022 at 7:37 am

    A trade that gets them a top two (young) defenseman who can play both ends a good starting point.
    This years Hagel is Entwistle.
    There seemed to be so many young D in the system but for the most part they were misses, trade bait? or not given a chance. (Forsling– 17 assists plus 13)
    The Hawks need a sleeper D to emerge.

  • January 7, 2022 at 7:47 am

    The clown show continues. These guys mirror American society today. Let’s go Brandon and I don’t mean Saad. It should be let’s go Bowman. Thank God that pompous arrogant self-righteous prick is gone; a man who ran this team into the ground. It’s going to take five years to clean up this mess. Now tell me how you really feel.

  • January 7, 2022 at 8:10 am

    Great comments all. I remember a few years back when the Rangers came out, about this point in the season, and said the entire roster was up for consideration. Hopefully the Asshats that run this franchise were listening. Sell the entire roster, or at least any parts that anyone is interested in. Accumulate picks and start over. Between the Wirtz family, the Halas family and the ass clowns running the Cubs, Chicago has exclusive rights to the worst ownership groups in all of sports.

  • January 7, 2022 at 8:32 am

    Nick Ritchie – I’d take him! He’s better than Kurtis “Effing” Gabriel. Let’s get some toughness in here, and Mike Milbury was spot on about this coach. Who was it that said that he lacks the mental facilities to be a Head Coach? Just look at the guys in Rockford, he didn’t develop anyone! I want Tortorella in here to kick some ass!

  • January 7, 2022 at 8:36 am

    “Smothered by the Forecheck: The Story of the Blackhawks D-Zone Play in 2022”
    Even the lowly Yotes figured this out
    A positive kernel – a few forwards are winning more puck battles behind and around the opponents’ net: Toews and Entwistle with power and Kurashev by going in with speed

  • January 7, 2022 at 8:45 am

    Kudos to all the Blackhawks fans who left there comments tonight you all are true diehard Blackhawks fans that truly know the strengths and weakness on the ice behind the bench and in upper management.

    My assessments are pretty much the same as all of yours it is an honor to be a part of this website comment section. So I salute us the fans for speaking out about this atrocious hockey that we are witnessing this year and since 2017

  • January 7, 2022 at 8:55 am

    Great website Tab only the real Blackhawks fans come her to blow off steam at what we are seeing on the ice. Everyone here gets it I wish the Hawks management would. I believe all here could run this team better than the present management team that is in place now.

    They had their chance a few weeks ago to snatch Gorton the new GM of the Canadians he practically built the New York Rangers before departing sound familiar ( DALE Tallon) Gorton would have brought instant credibility to the teams upper management and have time during this season to assess what the Hawks have and quickly and shrewdly make the changes to make this team competitive once again.

    I hope there is someone out there from another organization that is an up and comer with vision will see.

  • January 7, 2022 at 9:09 am

    First off the pluses, Toews value in a trade is improving, we might be able to get a 1st for him now. Second Entwhistle is playing like a kid who enjoys playing and his hustle reminds me of Hagel last year.

    The party is over…..fairly soon we will start seeing 4-5 thousand ardent supporters at the UC. As so many have concluded except for Tab and Derek who think the Hawks are “desperate for points” the Hawk organization is in even worse shit then the Bears, now who would’ve thought that.

    Getting Jones while not a terrible thing to do, not waiting a year and giving away the house was a horrible thing to do. If Stan’s father was anyone not named Scotty he’d be an accountant at H&R Block getting ready for Tax season not the Trade Deadline.

    I have no faith in KD now that the luster of Derek the magnificent is wearing thin. Yes KD might’ve paid his dues but what on earth would make Danny the Woke or Dollar Rocky believe he’s the man to
    turn this sinking ship around…….And please no to Eddie O as Prez of Hockey Op’s

  • January 7, 2022 at 9:24 am

    Wonder if management believes that healthy scratching or giving minimal minutes to players really helps the players confidence or trade value?
    They wanted to trade Nylander..Look at how they show cased him this year. If anything it looked like management was killing any trade value the player could possibly have. Coaching staff was doing the same thing to Dylan Strome how does that add to Stromes trade value? I would have to believe if the player knows that the coaches don’t believe in them that will not lead to success.
    Impossible to have success if you are not being put in a position to succeed.

  • January 7, 2022 at 9:37 am

    This team does not have the talent to compete , period. And there may not be much in Rockford. So it is time to play the youngsters to see what they have. Thanks to SB instead of having Bouchard or Dobson and Bowen on D to start the rebuild we have what we have. For those who think Danny and Rocky will do the right thing by hiring good hockey people to run this organization I have this question. If not for the Beach fallout , would SB and Coalition still be with the hawks. I think the answer is yes.

  • January 7, 2022 at 9:40 am

    Great point Bobby! The answer is a resounding YES! Shit-Show continues!

  • January 7, 2022 at 9:44 am

    Nick Richie is absolutely useless and will only be remembered for sucker punching an aging Michal Rosaval.
    What is the logic behind trying to obtain more fourth line plugs?

  • January 7, 2022 at 9:45 am

    Disappointing and Ugly.

    The Hawks do not seem interested in playing hockey at all. They look like a group who thinks they don’t have to outwork the opposition every game, every shift, to be successful. It’s frustrating watching guys float around the ice, waiting for someone else to make a play.

    Davidson, who appears to be the guy in charge of fixing this mess (until the Hawks Brass says otherwise) clearly has his work cut out for him. This roster is in shambles, the team in disarray, the future going to Columbus.


  • January 7, 2022 at 10:06 am

    Time to trade some of the supposed big guns.This team looks for the same players to make the big plays. Let’s turn the page and write a new chapter. Top to bottom I’d say.

  • January 7, 2022 at 10:08 am

    @Stape – I just want him to sucker punch Jacob Trouba and then we can cut him!

  • January 7, 2022 at 10:15 am

    @Tommy – Lol

  • January 7, 2022 at 10:40 am

    King needs to go back to Rockford or Indy, it’s obvious he has no clue. Dress 7 d men and play only 6 ?? This latest stretch shows this team is horrible, D is beyond horrible and there is zero offensive depth…..Kane is in full ready for retirement glide mode….MAF needs to ask for a trade, he has too much to offer and the team in front of him now is not going to support him. Up next Vegas and another loss for Chicago. Adios muchachos.

  • January 7, 2022 at 10:47 am

    Orval never got another coaching job after the heart transplant line and Stan won’t get one either (even though he was seen as the guy by the owners for over 10 years). Don’t get your hopes up for any real decisive action any time soon.

  • January 7, 2022 at 10:48 am

    The Chicago Bulls were in this same position and they went out and got a genuine GM and a quality head coach. They are now rising to the top through aggressive management through trades and drafts. Time for the Hawks to do the same, cut ties with the old and move forward with a different set of goals.

  • January 7, 2022 at 10:56 am

    with you 100% on entwhistle. i would also like to give slavin a shot on a regular basis.

    de brincat – reichel – dach
    kubalik – toews – kane
    hagel – slavin – entwhistle
    kurashev – strome – hardman

    to play to win likely better to switch slavin and strome, but strome won’t be around long term. rather see what slavin can do on a third line with two guys who work their asses off.

  • January 7, 2022 at 12:10 pm

    Kirby Dach – I`ve beat the drum on putting him on the wing to help reduce his responsibilities and focus on his confidence and skills. I still have faith in him that he will be a valuable black hawk for a long time ( as long as the hawks don`t trade him like all our other young high draft picks i.e. Terravainen, Danault, Schmaltz, Hartman, and even Saad ). I thought offensively last night Dach made some better decisions with the puck that led to some good chances for Kane and Debrincat. With more confidence he`ll only get better and at this rate we get to keep signing him for cheap vs the stupid deal that Jack Hughes just got from the Devils.
    King – I agree with other posters thoughts above in that he lacks any creative inventiveness and might be in over his head now. Development is obviously not his strength either because he`s not developed any players for us over the past few years in Rockford either so hopefully he`s here as a placeholder only. The worrying part is that he might have Davidson`s ear now and his focus seems to be on 4th line pluggers / hustlers with no skill. The Gabriel and Lafferty Trades could be linked here which is bad for the team going forward.
    Asset Management – This organization can no longer afford to throw away young assets ( i.e. Duclair and Forsling are prime examples and the jury might soon be out on Nylander ). They need to start drafting better and develop hockey players going forward. Our record here speaks for itself. It`s been atrocious for years now. No young Kid today is going to be excited about being drafted and developed by the Blackhawks. This kinda shit trickles down when it comes to re-signing your RFA`s and UFA`s.
    Center Position in the system – as other posters have noted……. it`s bad. Really bad. I think they thought Dach would be the next JT for the hawks. Again, it `s not his fault he was drafted third overall but in hindsight with the depth of that 2019 Draft, if the hawks really wanted Dach or Cozens or Turcotte or even Boldy, Newhook or Shane Pinto , it might have been a better idea to get a little creative and trade back some spots where you had some other options. Heck, Dach might still have been there but if not , any of these other guys might have helped our center position depth and we would have had another pick later in the first round or early second round. I know hindsight is 20/20…..but the lack of creativeness or perhaps the lack of obvious needs for the organizational needs is astonishing. Only in the last couple of years have they started to draft bigger defensemen for gods sake.

    Not sure we see a plan here to get better on the ice now or in the future but remain a blackhawks fan forever.

  • January 7, 2022 at 12:55 pm

    Things can turn around faster than we might expect but in order for that to happen there has to be good people hired at the management level starting with VP of Hockey Ops who then needs an asst VP and a competent GM (preferably experienced) and finally a head coach and his assistants – that’s a lot of hiring that has yet to happen

    So far nothing has happened on any of those fronts and until they do it’s impossible to be optimistic but if these jobs get filled by the right people there could be hope again – right now there’s no hope except hoping that Danny hires one good person and lets that person do his job

    Kyle Davidson may one day be a permanent GM either in CHI or elsewhere but right now the Hawks need someone from outside the organization – I also don’t think I would trust Eddie O as VP of Hockey Ops (as has been rumoured) to hire that GM – I could be wrong but he seems too tied to the current Blackhawks so not independent enough to make the hard and perhaps unpopular decisions

    Danny should hire his VP from outside then get out of the way – then I could be optimistic but not until then

    If Mike Forde recommends hiring KD (which again has been rumoured) it’ll be very hard to be optimistic

  • January 7, 2022 at 1:16 pm

    It is hard to watch this team’s flickering embers from the great 2010-2015 run: It is hard to read this site cause so many commenters here are so well informed and passionate, that the nauseous truth comes thru in comment after comment. But I can’t help myself, I have loved the Hawks since the early 60’s.

    First, Rocky would have to fire Danny his son for any meaningful change now cause Danny is running the show and has compounded a lot of prior Bowman mistakes: Just take the broadcasting for example. DW cans long time knowledgable loyal capable broadcasters like Jamal, Steve Konroyd, Foley etc and only kept Troy Murray and John Weideman to provide any talent or continuity for long time fans. This Cohen gentleman has an ego that is way past his knowledge or accomplishments: He keeps going to the “homer” club in his bag and is a complete turnoff in every way. Chelios is a pleasant surprise and the jury is still out but pretty good so far. I hope they give her a chance. I heard Konroyd on Serius Radio recently and he was his usual understated classy knowledgable self: It was pleasure just to hear him talk compared to what I have had to endure from the likes of Cohen and others I don’t even recognize.

    To my chagrin, Hammer was traded partly cause he had the lowest % of plays getting it out of our zone starting with clear possession behind Hawks net to center ice WITH POSSESSION of any hawk D man at the time at 40%. Now in the Coliton/King era the goal is to get it out of the zone regardless of retaining possession so players who don’t want to get in trouble just hoist it out to the opponent and begin the rest of the play chasing possession. That is the most ass backwards breakout plan on the planet unless you are a high school team playing NHL all stars and even then it is assinine.

    Hawks need D to emerge: how about Forsling, top 4 and even 2 in cup last year holding his own against eventual champ TBL in the FLA series. He gets rewarded with 3 year 8M$ contract that I predict will look cheap for FLA very soon. Jocu, now at Buff will prove the same with any development/seasoning IMO: Both were Hawks property, both are very young with promising careers ahead and they are gone and we have zero, that’s ZERO for them. Even Nick Leddy in his dotage could probably come from DET and be top 4 on this team.

    We need Torts to come kick ass? Problem is, there are NO ASSES to kick! Hagel and DCat and pups like Erntwhistle don’t need it, Kane wouldn’t be bothered and no one else has any ability or any ability left (Toews can win face-offs I give you that).

    We have zero NHL goalies in the system much less NHL backups with the possible exception of Lanks but I am not sure his body could even hold up as a number 2. Let’s call hospice on the net and let the classy HOF shoe in MAF have his just deserts and a crack at a last cup somewhere this spring no matter what we get for him.

    Speaking of available competence, anyone have the Hunter brothers’ cell numbers, or maybe that Dale Tallon guy….Problem is the old one we used to have in Chicago: No one in their right mind wants to come to this franchise without Total control for an extended period and I don’t think R and D Wirtz have realized that yet. Till they do, we will be in “Awful’s Ville” getting waxed by the league doormat some nights, giving a game to a good team some nights after they all went out for 12 packs the night before cause they were only playing Chicago the next day….sad but true.

    I cherish what Rocky gave us esp 2010-2015, but resting on your past success is a recipe for rot and we are there: I only have one or two dog lives left in me Rocky, how bout cleaning house and trying to put the band back together one more time with some competent hockey people who have the resources and nothing and no one in their way? Happy 2022 to all and go Hawks!

  • January 7, 2022 at 1:18 pm

    I don’t even have the words anymore, which is why I haven’t been posting.

    How can they look great for 2 periods against a crazy good team like the Avs, and then just garbage against the Yotes?
    This is my escape & when this is a sh*tshow, it really is frustrating for me. Endlessly frustrating.

    Thanks for being a voice of reason and a place to vent.

  • January 7, 2022 at 2:30 pm

    Wrap agree that getting the right off ice pieces in place is the biggest priority first. Then get a clear direction for the on ice product for fans, the players all ready in place, to get behind. To say Commesso or Soderblom can’t be a legitimate no. 1 goalie is crazy, likewise to guarantee they will be is crazy also. Give them a couple years to see what they can bring. The defense isn’t what it needs to be for sure, there is help on the way. The younger D are at the point where a change over in personnel will start to happen for next few years, things should alot better there in next couple of years with what is on system and maybe good add or 2 if right deal comes along. Forwards a big question, Cat, Dach, Reichel along with Hagel and Entwistle give a starting point. A good trade or 2 plus some ufa adds over next year or 2 can bolster that group. As far as Toews and Kane they control their own destiny, so have see what that means. Like was said prior, need to have capable off ice people running things to make the right things happen.

  • January 7, 2022 at 3:43 pm

    @Wrap, what does “being too tied to the current Blackhawks” mean in regards to Eddie O? What tough decisions is he incapable of making?

    I’m not looking to pick a fight, but rather try to understand what makes him a bad choice in your mind.

    When I look at Eddie O, I see a very smart Hockey guy, who likes to build consensus, great contacts throughout the NHL, and someone who absolutely loves the Blackhawks organization. My only concern with him is that he may be too old school to truly be effective at leveraging analytics in the modern NHL.

  • January 7, 2022 at 3:58 pm

    Terrible Blackhawks, Awful Coyotes…that just about sums it up. I was aghast watching this freaking game last night. As Stefani said, how can they play the way they did against the Avs the other night and then offer up this pile of steaming excrement? I would say unbelievable, but it’s not, unfortunately. Hawks29 – I like your lines listed above. It would be nice if King read this thread and gave it a try. Otherwise, I am at a complete loss of anything else to offer at this point.

  • January 7, 2022 at 5:06 pm

    Was Beaudin excused from last nights closed door players only meeting???? Which of his 2 shifts led to last nights collapse? When is the last time Kane has scored a goal? Are Mitchell and Kalynuk still playing professional hockey ? Who in their right mind would want to come here to clean up this disaster? Too many questions with so many disturbing answers.

  • January 7, 2022 at 5:16 pm

    Miro – what I mean with Eddie O is that as an analyst on Blackhawk broadcasts he’s being paid by the Blackhawks is he not? Maybe I’m wrong but if he is then he has ties to the current organization- friends in the organization that he could have tough time disagreeing with or overruling

    He could be fine in that role but I don’t trust him to put the best interests of the team over the feelings of friends he’s made in the organization

    Shanahan has been good in TOR in a similar role but I don’t think he had the same sort of personal connections coming in that Eddie seems to – again I could be wrong but I would prefer someone with a clean slate

  • January 7, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    Problem with going with a guy like Eddie Olczyk is do you really believe that he would be able to trade one of his long term buddies like Patrick Kane or Jonathan Toews for much needed assets.
    Personally I don’t believe that he would trade either player. 1 whoever trades these former stars will look like a villain to many hawks fans.
    2 It will be much easier for a friend to just try to resign these guys for big money long term deals. “Brent Seabrook”. Unfortunately resigning these guys will not help the rebuild whatsoever.

    Bowman was buddies with these guys and couldn’t help himself from continually bringing back former hawks players.
    If Olczyk was hired would his friends in upper management be willing to fire Eddie if he wasn’t doing a good job?
    We don’t need to see Olczyk bringing in former Black hawks to be on the coaching staff or making them scouts.
    An outsider with no ties to former hawks players would definitely be welcome from this Hawks fan.

  • January 7, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    TimW, thats what makes good Gms, where we see despair they see opportunity. Has to be somebody whoever it is, with the right vision who will do what they have to do to get it done right without restrictions from above. How would Olcyck do as vp of Hockey, maybe he wouldn’t want to be the guy who moving 19 and 88 as part of his legacy, good point. On the other hand he could be the guy that the Wirtz’s trust make moves an outsider wouldn’t have same freedom to do, hard to say.

  • January 7, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    Would Eddie turn down VP of Hockey Ops if it came with the pre-conditions of keeping KD as GM and not asking T and/or K to waive their NMCs?

    Asking for a friend ; )

  • January 7, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    Wrap that’s the reason I said before they may go with President in the mold of McDonough, if KD is Wirtz’s pick as Gm, to run hockey business. Be tough to come as Vp of hockey ops with those type of conditions coming with the job, unless it was somebody familiar with KD and comfortable with hom in that role. Toews and Kane is likely more do they want to stay and be part of it, if they want to move on, then it wouldn’t be the Gm or Vp forcing the issue, rather than doing for them. I don’t think if the new Gm/Vp indicates he doesn’t intend on re-signing them that they would want to stay and not waive their nmcs, but rather ask for a trade in that case.

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  • January 7, 2022 at 11:32 pm

    Reichel 2 goals 4 pts tonight in a 8-0 win over Chicago wolves.

  • January 8, 2022 at 2:39 am

    It’s so hard to say exactly what is wrong because it seems so many things are. Toews …..I think is better than most can appreciate. Contract be damned I see plenty of good things from him on the ice, even without considering the year off circumstances.

    No legitimate depth at forward is an absolute ending for any team, it is impossible to compete. Poor drafting over a decade is a disaster. A lucky bounce drafted dach.

    Maf is great and would be a welcome resigning. Goalies like him aren’t available often. Look at how many teams searching.
    For God’s sake just move Gustavsson to wing if he must play. I tell ya people bust dehanna and I see his numbers aren’t good but whenever I notice him he’s doing something pretty good, must be my luck.

    I dont get the beaudin thing. Maybe he was hurt or not feeling well. Sometimes things are not worth reading into too much. Lots of trades available. I’d like to see strome stick around. I would do powerplay time third line defensive duty. Maybe sooner or later he figures how to start a defensive zone faceoff winning it is a start, losing and playing right even better. Heck put him on the penalty kill. He wants to be a first line center let’s see it.

    Kunalik kane or absolutely ANYONE scoring would be the difference in at least…..two wins maybe.

    Maybe I do not know how coaching works…..look forward to Connolly in the lineup at least he tries.

  • January 8, 2022 at 4:37 am

    For the Blackhawks Fleury has one valve going forward at this stage of his career…. his trade value.
    When a Hawks fan is looking forward to being able to watch Connolly in the lineup because at least he tries is pretty sad.

    Every Nhl player should show up and play hard every game and if players are not working hard the coach needs to address the situation ….very telling comment.

  • January 8, 2022 at 8:10 am

    Nobody here or anywhere thought this team was a finished product or cup contender going into this season. Some didn’t think it was a playoff team, others like myself thought it was if enough things went their way. Obviously that and alot more hasn’t been the case. This was a thrown together in a hurry crew to make a run for playoffs without hurting the future. Really has the sky fallen that bad from what we said we were expecting this season. Fleury started slow, rebounded, coaching change, Toews looking more like himself lately but had to battle to get there. Guys like Borgstrom, Kubs, Kurashev and Strome have been ok at times but never stepped up their games as needed. Kane shown flashes but not the Kane we are used too. Jones obviously a long term move, not a this year one, has been good but team defense overall hasn’t been what was hoped, pretty good some games, pretty shaky too often too though. Has been some bright spots though, Cat showing he can be a leader for years, Hagel and now Entwistle look like long term pieces to keep around, Jones as mentioned. Some emerging defensive help in the system bodes well for future, as does some real potential in goal as well, don’t forget Reichel. Big thing now is getting the off personnel ice in order with the right direction from them.

  • January 8, 2022 at 8:37 am

    This is what it is and has been. While the performance was an all time low it’s dangerously close to the level of play I’ve witnessed over the last three years. Note to those who think a “rescue squad” of young players is hiding in the wings or AHL or at a rink in Bridgeview, THERE ARE NONE – Toews needs to be traded ASAP if we want any young player or players in return. We have no on else to trade, Kane ain’t going anywhere nor is the Cat nor Hagel. This is an team of just okay players. Weak in the corners, weak on finishing checks weak on the fore check = lot’s of time in our own zone. This team 5 on 5 is horrendous, They have no SPEED north to south which is what you need to draw penalties consistently. NO big break outs on the wings, always looking back, side ways, or caught from behind. but i still watch.

  • January 8, 2022 at 9:18 am

    Whether or not you like the contract or hate the move because it was a Bowman move, the good thing from the Jones move means a number one D man isn’t needed only the supporting cast. That was a major theme of posts here last couple of years, the big complaint was the supporting cast was there but not a top guy. There is a handful of forwards to build a long term group around, yes its lacking but development is happening now on roster and in minors to provide some of supporting cast, patience needed there to make the right major adds to bolster it.
    Potential for future no. 1 goalie in system, if it doesn’t workout your always just 1 player away there to fill the void. Is the on ice glass as full as we’d like it, definitely not, but its not empty either.

  • January 8, 2022 at 9:30 am

    “This was a thrown together in a hurry crew to make a run for playoffs without hurting the future”.

    Unfortunately their will be no playoff run and it definitely will hurt the future.

    When you give up what was the 10th overall pick and a second round pick in 2021 draft in exchange for the 32 pick.
    Add in Chicago’s first round pick in 2022 which will another top 10 pick in exchange for a 6th round draft pick from Columbus in 2020. Throw in the hawks 2018 eighth overall pick.
    Then add in the huge dollars from the Jones long term no-movement overpay.
    Anyone using common sense knows losing high draft picks plus adding big dollars that will eat up a large portion of the hawks cap space for many years is going to hurt the future hawks teams.
    This was a desperate attempt by Blowman to make the playoffs to save his job with total disregard for future Blackhawks teams.

  • January 8, 2022 at 9:34 am

    In 3-4 years time Byram, Bouchard, and Dobson will be studs with years of runway ahead of them. In 3-4 years time Jones will be exhausted with $50 million left on his contract.

  • January 8, 2022 at 9:44 am

    I know that Eddie O. Wants the job of President. He and Wirtz would then hire a GM.

    We should almost be grateful that water is finding its level with this current team.
    Derek King is not NHL head coaching material. He was overjoyed to get the Rockford job. He’s way out of his league.

    This season is over except for a few young players such as Entwistle, Slavic and perhaps Ian Mitchell showing they will be part of the future.

    Hopefully we have an experienced GM in place by late March and get something for Fleury, Kubalik, deHaan, Carpenter at the deadline.

  • January 8, 2022 at 10:20 am

    Craig good perspective, if Eddie O were to take over, putting a new Gm and head coach in place would definitely best route. KD can remain asst Gm or take on Al Macisaacs responsibilities, King would likely return to Rfd. as no full time replacement named there yet.

  • January 8, 2022 at 11:02 am

    How do we know that Eddie O wants the job?? You would think if he really wanted it, Rocky would have named him long ago to keep the ticket sales up.

  • January 8, 2022 at 12:05 pm

    Olczyk was 31-64-8-10 as an NHL coach. He’s spent most of the rest of his post playing time in the booth. What exactly is it that makes him such a glittering management prospect? I don’t see it.

    This org CLEARLY needs new blood from the outside. Anything short of blowing it ALL up will fail.

  • January 8, 2022 at 2:16 pm

    Well, at least it wasn’t me this time pointing out the outstanding success Edzo was as a head coach, in the era of MAF being drafted (mentioned most every time Edzo does a Hawks broadcast these days) and SQuidney joined the Pens. There was such strong faith in Edzo that he was jettisoned before those players were even developed. Even the most horrific of coaches to ever be behind the Hawks’ bench (that would be Jeremy Colliton – 86-83-24 NHL record prior to this season – according to this board) had a record far more favorable to that of the Iconic Edzo.

    That’s history – not opinion.

    Having said that, being an analyst on TV and describing what goes right or wrong during a play is far easier to determine than TEACHING or COACHING players to do those things. I agree, Edzo does a good job of breaking down plays in the aftermath. But does that mean he is qualified to run a professional hockey organeyezation? Me dunno – me not smart enough to make that determination. As for why Wirtz wouldn’t run with that announcement now if it’s inevitable – well considering Edzo currently has a few jobs with what I assume is a fairly decent paycheck, he (and Wirtz) may not be in a hurry to alienate those employers. Perhaps a more timely announcement of say late March or early April, or even after all other entities are on board with the change, we may get the announcement. Like Edzo or not, he has a huge part in the NHL and undoing the new contracts could be an ugly and unpleasant experience, that may be a one way process for Ed. I doubt the networks and NHL would be please with the chaos/void left for them if Ed jumps ship. I am definitely in the top 10 or 5 of cynical people on this board, and I won’t blame Wirtz, Bowman, Colliton or anyone else for trying to save their own jobs, or businesses. Isn’t that what most of do, most of the time?

    If Edzo ends up in the organeyezation, I hope everyone here holds him to the same standards they have held everyone else to when talking about him. Just remember – the rip on most of the same people who have been in the organeyezation is that they had no successful experience in the job they have/had.

    It’s probably only fair to hold Ed to that same standard. Show me the bonafides that make him QUALIFIED for the job of running the Chicago Blackhawks Hockey Operations. I am willing to listen/read about those FACTS as you enlighten us on why his case is better than any other.

    Believe it or not, I am open to be convinced he is. But I, like many others, have said and think someone without Hawks ties would be a smarter move. I believe clean and fresh eyes and ideas are needed.

    Side note – I would really like to see the plan be made public, like in Toronto and other places, what fix for this mess is to be. I don’t care what the direction is, just be upfront and honest with us – the fans. Personally I think that tear it down is the way to go.

  • January 8, 2022 at 2:43 pm

    Hey Everyone….Great News !! Hawks at # 5 in the in regards to HITS !! So how does that translate into wins ? Ya….Zero !! Let’s sign more idiots like Gabriel and Lafferty……and just keep hitting people, maybe by the end of the year the Hawks will be # 1…..ya baby….ya !!

  • January 8, 2022 at 4:16 pm

    SS, speculating about what could be doesn’t mean i’m all in on Olcyck. The fact remains he likely is in running. As mentor to a green Gm, no i don’t think he would be a good fit. As an overseer to an experienced Gm who was doing those duties independent, he could be effective in working with the owners to sell what Gm is wanting to do if he bought into it.

  • January 8, 2022 at 4:34 pm

    No finger pointing here Ian as to who is tooting what horns. This is a big set of decisions for ownership, and I really am open to here opinions on names and reasons. I’ve pretty much aligned with most of your thoughts on this subject and certainly respect them. With proper protection, perhaps Edzo can work.

    This team and organization are a mess. Understatement of a rather young year!!

    I’m regretting the Jones signing now that the team has fallen apart and am in the school of Jones for 8 years prolly isn’t worth anything to us, and shipping him out may make sense (eat some salary to regain some of what we lost in the trade) unless there is a plan to be competitive in 3 years. And honestly, I don’t know how that happens unless Toews and Kane don’t re-sign, move them for assets that work quickly, and get REAL lucky in the draft this year or next. I thought I understood what Bowman did last off season, but I wasn’t particularly a fan of most moves (except signing Murphy and grabbing McCabe). Thought Suter was a better option than Tyler J. I expressed all that but was willing to watch the changes and see what happened.

    The rest speaks for itself. Just don’t see avoiding a tear down and full rebuild. ALL assets on sale.

  • January 8, 2022 at 4:50 pm

    We need Patrick Roy for GM .
    Or another warrior who knows the game.
    Anyway there is no rush because a guy’s will get kick out from there team before the end of the season and maybe then they will have more choice
    But I would go for Roy iff he refuse the Habs offer.

  • January 8, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    Sounds like Evander Kane is available….

    We could use some grit, right?

    That’s sarcasm folks.

  • January 8, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    I guess I am a little confused as to why the Head of Hockey Ops would be making decisions that a GM would normally make, i.e. sign or trade guys. In the scenario I laid out regarding Edzoa as Head of Hockey Ops, there would be someone else handling the GM duties below him.

    It’s weird that his professionalism would be questioned like that, I haven’t seen anything in any of his actions to indicate that he would not be able to make a tough call if it meant making the team better. Edzo loved the Hawks before Kane and Toews were born, hell before he was drafted by them. He has worked in a lot of capacities for other teams and everywhere he worked, he showed his professionalism.

    Regardless of who the Hawks bring in, I really hope that the goal of the new Head of Hockey Ops is to make the Blackhawks a perennially elite hockey organization. Period. That should essentially be the job description. That person would need to be focused on bringing in a team of people to fix, modernize, upgrade, augment things like Pro and Amateur scouting, Analytics, Player Development, Strength and Training etc… That person needs to be able to get information from many voices, digest it and then formulate a vision and have the team in place to execute that vision.

    If the HOH is thinking about whether or not the org should trade a player, he is not doing his job right. That’s the job of the GM that gets hired by the HOH.

  • January 8, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    @Miro I agree with you that Edzo has loved hockey & the Blackhawks waaaay before 19 & 88.
    Full disclosure: I’m a fan of Edzo; I think he’s one of the best humans in the business of hockey, regardless that he is a Chicagoan. (unlike some here who seem to think any love of a local is being a ‘homer’).
    IMO just because he had poor run as a Head Coach does not mean that he’d be a bad choice as Hockey Ops/Prez. HC and Hockey Ops are different roles, especially in this era. Also, his stint as HC was years ago. Lots of things have changed since then, including Edzo’s life experience & perspective.
    Question is, in this stage of his life–is Edzo willing to give up the positives of being on the lead national broadcast team for TNT for a job that will (most likely) bring him nothing but grief??
    He seems pretty content with his life as husband, father, broadcaster & now grandpa–so we shall see.

  • January 8, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    Didn’t the Hawks help a two time drug offender from Detroit? Had him go to rehab. Helped him get his life together. Served the Blackhawks well for I believe 7 years. Can lightning hit twice? No sarcasm here. Oh and didn’t that player have a mean streak and played a policeman role.

    Thinking a good spin for the organeyezation is trying to help someone instead of hiding the hurt of someone. Worst is you can always let him go. Sign Kane

  • January 8, 2022 at 10:23 pm

    JR Roman
    Interesting post
    Specially after what hapend whit Beach ( they definitely let the kid on his own )
    Maybe you are right but at what price ? That’s the question here ..and for how long ?
    Need a contract for 1-2 years at maybe 2,5/year . Not easy decision specially with a bunch of new kids in Chicago.
    Change of subject.
    Reichel again tonight 1 goal 2 pts in a 6-2 victory Brandon Piri ( yes Piri ) hat trick.

  • January 8, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    Kane offers nothing for the Hawks. He would take up a spot that needs to be developed, unless you feel they are Cup contenders.

    Play the kids. It worked better last year than the “improved” lineup this year. And with a lousy coach.

    We have set back the ability to overhaul this team with the changes from last summer. I understand what was tried, but it failed and the mess is bigger now.

  • January 8, 2022 at 11:40 pm

    Have him as muscle with offensive upside. Yes max a 2yr max $2mil.

  • January 8, 2022 at 11:53 pm

    re: the idea of the Blackhawks signing Evander Kane

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