Two Hat Tricks Leads Blackhawks Past Devils

With the New Jersey Devils coming into the United Center on Friday night — after playing in Pittsburgh on Thursday — the Hawks had a great opportunity to take advantage of a young team with many issues that mirror those Chicago is suffering.

For example: among skaters in the entire NHL who have taken at least 200 faceoffs this season, three of the four worst at the dot in the league were appearing in this game. Jack Hughes (29.4 percent) is the worst overall. Kirby Dach (33.6) is third from the bottom, barely ahead of Dawson Mercer (34.9).

Kevin Lankinen returned to the net for the first time in a month. Brandon Hagel was appearing in his 100th career regular season game. And… Erik Gustafsson was dressed. Calvin de Haan (groin) was out so both Jakub Galvas and Alec Regula were active as well.

At 7:34 into the first period, Hagel celebrated his milestone appearance with the game’s first goal. It came off a terrible, ugly turnover by the Devils and he made no mistake with the snipe.

That was a nice way to start the game, but the rest of the first period wasn’t pretty for the Hawks. After not having a lead in 192:34 of game-time, Chicago held the lead for 2:07 in this game. Hughes scored the Devils’ first. Nine minutes later, Yegor Sharangovich — also playing his 100th career regular season game — gave Jersey the 2-1 lead. The Hughes line was getting whatever they wanted; Chicago had no answer for them.

After 20 minutes of hockey, the Devils were out-shooting the Blackhawks 15-8 and had a 2-1 lead. Hughes had two points and hadn’t lost a faceoff. Go figure.

The second period didn’t start in a good way… but turned into momentum. Just 30 seconds into the second period, Michael McLeod caught Connor Murphy high with a hit behind the net. It didn’t look bad initially, but the replay shows Murphy reacted badly to the hit.

Ryan Carpenter dropped the gloves with McLeod. McLeod was hit for boarding in addition to the matching five-minute majors for fighting, so Chicago got a power play. Unfortunately, Murphy went straight to the room. On the broadcast, Pat Foley mentioned there was more energy on New Jersey’s bench during the fight than Chicago’s… he was clearly being critical of the Blackhawks’ bench responding to Carpenter stepping up for a teammate.

Thankfully, the energy was there on the power play. The Blackhawks made the advantage count. Patrick Kane ripped home his 14th of the season for the power play goal.

The Hawks kept the pressure on pretty well for the first half of the period and were rewarded. Ty Smith went to the box at 10:52 into the period and Chicago made them pay again. And it was Kaner again with the goal.

The help goes to the defender’s stick half-way to the net, but Kaner will take the goal — his second of the night.

The Blackhawks got a fourth power play in the period when Ryan Graves tripped Henrik Borgstrom less than 90 seconds after the Smith infraction. And Chicago made it count again. This time it was Hagel again.

We aren’t allowed to have nice things in this town, unfortunately. So after scoring three power play goals in one period, the Hawks gave half of their two-goal lead back. Jesper Bratt received a long outlet pass and beat Lankinen to cut the score to 4-3, which is where the period would end.

Chicago out-shot New Jersey 16-9 in the second period. Alex DeBrincat had an assist on all three goals. Seth Jones had two helpers. Kane added an assist to his two goals. But the Hawks took just a one-goal lead to the third period.

And Hughes had won six of seven faceoffs in the first 40 minutes. Because of course.

Good news: Connor Murphy returned for the third period.

Bad news: the Blackhawks’ one-goal lead lasted less than nine minutes into the third period. Jonas Siegenthaler’s first goal of the season tied the game at four at 8:36 into the third.

With just under six minutes left in regulation, we finally got something we’ve all be begging for since… the bubble in Edmonton two years ago? Kirby Dach showed the skill to embarrass the defense and undress the goalie and he actually finished the play with the score.

And then the flood gates appeared to open. Entwistle set up Carpenter for a goal 41 seconds after the Dach goal to give Chicago a two-goal lead.

Once again, sadly, we were reminded that Blackhawks fans aren’t allowed to enjoy anything this year. Bratt scored his second of the night 60 seconds after the Carpenter goal and we were back to a one-goal game with 4:15 remaining in regulation. He was all alone on the right side of the net… and had a second teammate over there with him. The defensive coverage was less than ideal with a two-goal lead.

New Jersey pulled their netminder for the extra attacker with two minutes left.

A turnover found Kane at the blue line going in with 90 seconds left in regulation and he finished off the hat trick — and a four-point night. It’s the eighth regular season hat trick of his career. And Kane is up to 16 goals on the season.

For good measure, Hagel picked off a puck and scored into the empty net to give him a hat trick as well. He is now up to 17 goals on the season.

On the play, PK Subban took the skates out from under Hagel — a blatantly dirty play. So the boys on the ice dropped the gloves and got together. And after the initial conversations were broken up, Hagel went after Subban and got an early trip to the shower after scoring his third of the night.

This was the first time since March 9, 2003 that the Blackhawks got two hat tricks in one game.

The Blackhawks’ last win on home ice was Jan. 15.

43 thoughts on “Two Hat Tricks Leads Blackhawks Past Devils

  • February 25, 2022 at 10:43 pm
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    Very nice game for Brandon Hagel and some guys here wants to trade the 23 years old guy who is at the beginning off his career for a first round pick …OMB …what a huge mistake Hawks would do trading the heart off the team.
    Anyway it won’t hapend
    Glad to see Lankinen playing and Kane getting also a hat trick .
    I think it was a stupid play by Suban at the end of the period and Hagel was a bit lucky not to get hurt .I hope Suban get a 1-2 games suspension. Because he does try to hurt opponents very often .

  • February 25, 2022 at 10:46 pm
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    Well…I’m happy for the win. I suppose I should stop right there. But…nope. Carpenter led the team at the dot at 67%. Strome was 2nd with 50%. Everyone else…ugh. Oddly enough, Borgstrom was worse than Dach with a great big doughnut. 0-5. While Dach was 3-11. It’s disheartening when NJ beats you in the FO%. Okay, the Blackhawks won. But, put it in perspective. It’s NJ. I think we all want Dach to move to the RW. I would put him with Strome and Kubalik. The problem is, who centers Kane and DeBrincat? Who, on this team, can win consistently enough that their FO% will consistently utilize those two?
    Defensively, I thought King mismanaged the players. C. Jones does not warrant leading all defensemen in TOI. That’s just asinine. If McCabe and de Haan are injured, bring up Phillips, Mitchell, or Kalynuk and send Gustafsson down to Rockford. The team would be better off.
    Last thing. I harp on this a lot but it needs to be said. King is an absolute disaster when it comes to managing 4 lines of ice time. Reichel, Kubalik, and Kurashev all had under 10 minutes of TOI. That’s just not utilizing 4 lines. King goes to the blender too fast and too often.
    Here’s hoping the the Blackhawks hire the guy from Tampa Bay as GM and let’s see what he can do to acquire talent through trade and the draft. It’s not an either/or proposition. It has to be both.
    Like I said…happy for the win but so many things are glaring. OUT!!!

  • February 25, 2022 at 10:51 pm
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    @Hawks2010- if the Blackhawks weren’t a squillion pieces away from being a playoff caliber team, I wouldn’t even entertain the thought of trading him, but if another GM makes a ridiculous offer, they’d have to consider it.

  • February 25, 2022 at 11:01 pm
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    @ okie

    this team isn’t in need of adding one or two players to be competitive to challenge to win the championship.

    the hawks should be listening to every offer for every player. some should have a high price tag, but very few. a young, productive player like hagel on a cheap contract is obviously going to have a higher price tag than a guy like de haan, but there should be a price for everyone and anyone. everyone of them will be ex hawks some day. at the end of the day no real hawks fan cares which players they win with. only that they win

  • February 25, 2022 at 11:06 pm
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    Easier game to watch than have seen lately. The 2 hat tricks, right on, Hagel celebrating his 1ooth game, why would anybody want to trade him, head scratcher. Kane looking like he’s feeling pretty good tonight. All points for Kane on pp, plus en goal, and Cats 3 helpers on pp, not alot happening 5 on 5 for 12, 17, 88.
    Lankinen for first game in awhile and only couple of starts in last 2 months played a strong game. Considering coming off a hand injury, being rusty and lack of defense being played in front of him alot of the game. Aggressive pk showed up again with good results as well, need a special team effort against Blues no doubt.

  • February 25, 2022 at 11:19 pm
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    Just 1 A short of a third hat trick – was really hoping Carpy could complete the Gordie Howe hat trick – gotta appreciate what you can in a season like this

  • February 25, 2022 at 11:24 pm
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    Reichel not very engaged tonight, wouldn’ t be surprised if he goes to Rfd. for 2 games this weekend and T. Johnson is activated. Yes agree gotta give Carpenter a deserved shoutout.

  • February 25, 2022 at 11:58 pm
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    Good game to attend. Attendance was good probably because of Friday. Hughes is very good. Made $40 on Hawks +150. Bet the $50 but bought 2 hats. One is on the ice wore it for probably 15 minutes. At least second one came 20% off. Luckily didn’t get the second one til after the game or would have only pocketed $10.
    Some good response when NJ got chippy. Still will take NJ’s #1 in 23 plus a prospect for Hagel. Maybe we can add a #2 this year from them with his performance tonight.

  • February 26, 2022 at 3:18 am
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    Caught parts of the game via radio and TV. Really enjoy the radio team tonight, caught start of game. 2nd was tv. Saw intermission with some outdoor skating and some of the video watchers brought to us by Pat Foley. Player interviews were fun. Hagel for mcdavid. Maybe I am mixing people up but that one guy does a way better intermission than during the game. Overall a good show. This team needs depth.

    So how many 4 goal games does kane have? Any playoff ones? How many does the coach have?

  • February 26, 2022 at 7:46 am
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    Put Gus on a wing
    It worked many many years ago with dick Redmond
    It’s worth a try
    He can skate and pass
    He just can’t play d

  • February 26, 2022 at 8:42 am
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    watched the game tonite, welcomed the offense, and enjoyed seeing the young guys on d getting some valuable time with the team and move the puck out of our end with some pace, they are big bodies, agree with the comments on gus, the team needs to move on from him. lets hope reichel who i agree was invisible tonite does not end up with a great ahl career that never acheieves that nhl status, we seem to have our fair share of them right now with strome and dach both being 3 overall picks not playing to their draft potential, as i looked at dach tonite is it possible the ease and skill that kane plays this game for our hawks is too intimidating for a young player like dach, he wants to be the next kane and not just be himself and let his own skills develop and not try to be kane II. our hawks team need more of what hagel, entwistle, lafferty bring every nite, hard work, and a bit less of kubalik, and borgstrom who appear to be a pair of warm bodies securing a paycheck for showing up.

  • February 26, 2022 at 9:28 am
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    dach actually looked like a hockey player on his goal, which was scored attacking as a right winger. three shots on goal as well to go along with three out of eleven face offs wins.

    until proven otherwise i maintain this guy is not smart enough to play in the middle. it wouldn’t surprise me that his miserable face off performance effects (affects?) his play. time to put him on the wing and let him play with abandon. no face offs ….. no penalty kill either. let him learn to be a top six right wing for now.

  • February 26, 2022 at 10:22 am
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    It was a breath of fresh air to not have McCabe on the back end – I would be fine if they could find someone to take him in a trade – he’s taking up a roster spot – the younger guys move the puck and skate better

    Looking ahead to next year’s D if you could trade McCabe leaving Seth, Stillman, Murphy and Caleb then you have Regula, Mitchell, Galvas, and Kalynuk competing for the final 2 or 3 spots

    But if McCabe is still there then there is only 1 or 2 spots available – probably only one because you’d rather players get big minutes in RKF than be a 7th D in CHI

    I looked up TOI and was surprised to see Gus at just over 10 minutes – it seemed every time NJ had something going on Gus was on the ice and contributing to NJ’s offense with his lacklustre D

  • February 26, 2022 at 10:25 am
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    Unfortunately Dach does not have the skill set of a top six forward. If a forward is not a great skater not a physical player not a great passer and has no real goal scoring finish how will they play as a top six forward unless your team is useless or your coaching staff is incompetent.
    Dach should be playing on the third line.

  • February 26, 2022 at 10:50 am
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    Hawks 29- Totally agree… HAGEL is my favorite… but reality check- Hawks are many pieces and severl years away at best…. DON’T want to trade him… But if silly good package comes along w/ Multiple pieces… Hawks met get a “Lucky lotto- type player” Kane / Crosby or luck into drafting a Kucherov / Point type player- w extra picks.

    Plus- It is gives Hagel a chance to be a “Bolland-type” on a Stanley cup team… NO chance here!

    Caley Chelios in booth… I really liked her… Please no more of the Colby kid… hard to listen to his voice and input

  • February 26, 2022 at 10:57 am
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    Dash’s comment in the post game regarding his goal was that he had every intention of passing but only took the opportunity to shoot the puck when the passing lane clogged up.
    That kid has got to have someone scream in his face that he needs to use whatever skills and reach he has to try and score goals.

    Post game radio guys talking about Hagel being a trade option.
    They would piss off a lot of fans. You already have a young guy in him to build around. Don’t give him up. Teams are offering for a reason, but you don’t just take an offer to take on. Fleury makes sense in moving. Hagel doesn’t.

  • February 26, 2022 at 11:20 am
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    @HAWKS29-

    Agree 100%. Nobody on this roster should be considered off limits right now.

  • February 26, 2022 at 12:07 pm
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    @Hawks29

    I also agree 100%, nobody should be untradeable.

    In scoring 8 goals on might think everyone in the lineup would be + for the
    game but only C Jones was and he was a +4

    The first 4 goals that the Devils scored had the mighty Strome line on the ice
    as was the $9.5mil D man.

    Did Kane looked frustrated tonight? Did he look injured? He had a lot of get up
    and go once they had possession of the puck but otherwise not so much.

    Should Darche not be the new GM, look out below.

  • February 26, 2022 at 12:32 pm
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    Reichel and Galvas back to Rfd. for todays game. T. Johnson between 8 and 23. Toews on ice with them, if as it would seem, he gets back in lineup soon, looks like as King inferred he plays between Hagel and Dach to the wing, Lafferty there for now. Of course if a Strome trade were to happen, that would change things, 12, 17 & 88 still together. It was 13, 22, 58 the other line.

    Wanting to shop somebody and being untouchable are not the same thing. Agree if somebody wants to overpay for Hagel, have to look at it.

  • February 26, 2022 at 1:06 pm
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    Guess Johnson won’t be activated until Thursday game, Reichel could be back tomorrow, or somebody else recalled. Dehaan game time decision so another Dman could be recalled as well.

  • February 26, 2022 at 1:19 pm
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    Hey all ,i am seeing lots of positive comments on our goal production but absolutely nothing about the play of our goalie of the future Lankinen . I see he let in another 5 goals and save percent avg. around 8.65 … how`s that working ? If you think we have growing pains now wait till Fleury gets traded .
    Carpenter has a heart ,it will be sad to see him go , Hagel should be untouchable IMO .
    P.S Columbus got better when they let Seth Jones walk , another very large Stan anchor .

  • February 26, 2022 at 2:11 pm
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    Off course everybody knows that nobody is untradeabel.
    Iff a team is willing to give a lot more then the value of a very good young player like Hagel
    But who wants to trade 2-3 pieces of the future of their organization for a good player ?
    Maybe their will be a team willing to pay a crazy price to get him now to be able to get a cup ,possibility are thin I think .maybe we can get 1-2 top prospects and a first round pick for Hagel .maybe their is another Bowman type of GM who will give the Max to get him …who knows ?
    Iff I was in charge the other teams would have to pay a huge crazy amount to get him .
    Hope to see Lankinen play more. Fleury 2 games then Lankinen 1 game

  • February 26, 2022 at 2:32 pm
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    @Beaver – Mickey and Dickey Redmond – old time hockey…Chico Maki and Eric Nesterenko too!

    All I have to say is Alec Regula…A Star is Born!

  • February 26, 2022 at 2:56 pm
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    Unfortunately it appears that Interim GM Davidson will be handed the job this week as any strong candidate was removed from the final list by Edzo Hoss,and Sharpie with Woke Danny,s blessing. They came to the conclusion that Darche doesn’t have enough experience and the Cubs executive would be too much of a McDonough type of thing. Oh Well. Welcome to Chicago Blue Notes!

  • February 26, 2022 at 3:01 pm
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    stape

    agree with you about dach as third line winger, but they are not going to go directly from drafted to be first line center to third line winger. so the interim step will be failing as a top six winger.

  • February 26, 2022 at 3:04 pm
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    Tim +
    This is a bad news ,where did you get your information?
    Let us know .

  • February 26, 2022 at 4:00 pm
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    Concerning possibly trading Hagel, I suppose it comes down to A) what kind of offers they receive and B) what you think his ceiling is. I absolutely LOVE what he Hagel brings to the game, but is he really the type of player a team builds around? To me, he’s more a “missing piece” type of a guy for a Cup contender (which the Hawks won’t be for a while). Does anyone really believe he can score 25+ goals/50-60 points per season on a regular basis? His shooting % this season so far is a ridiculous 21.3%. That’s just not sustainable. He’s not really a playmaker, either. What he does do is bust his butt every shift, does the dirty work and gets greasy goals. He reminds me of Shaw without the stupid penalties and not as much as an agitator. I just don’t see him being one of the focal points of a legitimate championship caliber team, and if another GM makes an insane offer the Hawks would almost be silly to decline. Of course, the attractiveness of Hagel is he’s still young, his game might still be evolving, and he’s dirt cheap for the next two seasons. Who knows, maybe he turns into the next Martin St Louis. A HUGE stretch, I know, but maybe there’s even more there than what we’ve seen through his first 100 games.

    Concerning the GM position- if it ends up being Davidson then it’s painfully obvious he was Danny’s guy all along, and the GM “search” was nothing but a charade. The fact that’s its taken them this long to even conduct interviews is pretty telling, too. They should’ve started that process immediately after Bowman “resigned”.

  • February 26, 2022 at 5:05 pm
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    Hawks2010,It started out as a rumor in between periods monday night on a Hockey night in Canada broadcast. Then it took them awhile but on this mornings hawks radio show on ESPN 100 with Brian Hanley,Pat Boyle,and guest Charlie Roumeliotis they pretty much said the same same thing with Roumeliotis saying that it should be announced tuesday or wednesday. It is terrible news if accurate and makes a mockery of the supposed advisory board. Some things with this organization never change.

  • February 26, 2022 at 5:18 pm
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    TW – I’m depressed just thinking that that is true ; (

  • February 26, 2022 at 5:23 pm
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    Entertaining win.

    Reichel and Galvas down to Rockford.
    Josiah Slavin and Isaac Phillips up from Rockford.

    Johnson skating. Might play tomorrow, but will be back by Thursday for sure.

    McCabe game time decision.

    de Hann to miss tomorrow

  • February 26, 2022 at 5:37 pm
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    lets discuss the hagel trade options, he works hard is some offense and grit nd can pretty much play throughout the lineup, if we were to get 2 or three pieces back, unless they are player currently on the team being traded to, we gain bodies possibly but are they possibly going to be as good or as hard working, and as we have seen from our current draft scouts those picks are not panning out very well, and for hagel being a sixth round pick having him stay with us makes for a good solid player for a few years, hopefully his stock goes up. we still have some pieces we will get back for fleury when he leaves. as for davidson being the new gm possibly, lets hope he as recognized where the team needs to go but has been somewhat limited in decison making while stuck as a gm in limbo. he should know the team by now and should know what we need as a hockey insider regardless of his limited ontributions to date.

  • February 26, 2022 at 5:38 pm
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    @Tim W.

    Jobs depend on the advisory board being nice to the Wirtz’s
    Edzo and Sharpie for sure won’t rock the boat, Hossa who knows.

    Bowman was let go 4 months ago

  • February 26, 2022 at 9:02 pm
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    Regardless who it is, nothing we can do about it, let’s hope they have people around new Gm giving him good advice and the right decisions are made. Almost certain none of us will agree with all the decisions, for sure, but a better product on the ice with a plan for the future that works is all we can hope for . Time to shut the pr machine down on this process and get down to business with whoever it is as Gm though, way overdo on that.

  • February 26, 2022 at 9:52 pm
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    Ian
    Agree
    It’s time to say loud who is the new GM …not in 2-3 weeks …. NOW
    Stop playing games and just confirm NOW .

  • February 26, 2022 at 10:57 pm
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    I think there is a strong case to be made for trading Hagel right now.

    1) The Hawks would be selling high and they could command a huge package for him. Teams are already offering a 1st round pick and a prospect. How much more in demand is he going to be after his hat trick? If a team offered the Hawks consecutive 1st round draft picks and multiple blue chip prospects, could the Hawks say no? Is it a stretch to imagine a couple of teams going all in to win now getting into a bidding war for him? I think it is possible.

    2) His biggest value is that he is out performing his cap hit. That won’t be the case when the HAwks are good again in (hopefully) 3-5 years. The Hawks aren’t going to be a playoff team in less than 3 years and by then he is going to be paid a lot more than he is likely going to be worth. When Hagel has a cap hit over 7 mil and is struggling to score 20 goals a year, are the Hawks fans going to be as enamored with him when he only has a 1.5 mil cap hit?

    Personally I would not trade him for less than 2 first round draft picks and a teams highest rated prospects. I f the Hawks get the equivalent of a Danault or Teravainan (when they were traded from the Hawks) and another highly touted prospect plus two first round draft picks (in consecutive years). Wouldn’t that be worth it for Hagel?

    Maybe none of the teams interested in trading for Hagel has decent enough prospects, and if that is the case, keep Hagel. T he Hawks can always try again next year assuming his value doesn’t crater in the mean time.

    I think the case can be made that the Hawks would be better off trading Hagel, if the return was good enough…

  • February 26, 2022 at 11:41 pm
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    Brian Campbell been seen in the booth with KD, during practices. Makes you wonder if KD is bamed Gm, would he name Campbell the next coach. Even see there in one few scenarios that Crawford could stick around as associate coach as well. Still wouldn’t surprise me if Hossa becomes asst. Gm either.

  • February 27, 2022 at 12:56 am
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    @ Miroslav

    Excellent points. I wish we were a piece or two away from contending even for a playoff spot, but we’re nowhere close. If that were the case, I’d absolutely hang onto him. I think he can be a solid middle 6 winger who can contribute 15-20 goals and a couple dozen assists or so and be like a half point per game player. Of course, he does a lot of other good things that don’t show up in the box score, too. He absolutely adds value for a team looking to make a run. Like you said, we’re likely a few years away and his stock may never be as high as it is now. No way he’s gonna keel shooting 20%. Look at Kubalik. I predicted his regression back in 2020 and Unfortunately was right. He had a ridiculously high shooting % for a guy without a huge shot or elite skill. That 30 goal season he had was an anomaly. Currently, Hagel is at a 30 goal pace over a full 82 game season. I just don’t see that being the standard for him. Even 20 might be a stretch, but I could be wrong.

    We HAVE to load up on picks and/or prospects over the next couple of years. Who knows what’s going to happen with Kane after his contract is up next summer. Does he want to stay, and if he does, what kind of comtract will he be looking for? I don’t envision Toews being here beyond 2023, even if that, and outside of Debrincat, there’s just no elite skill players on this roster or even in the system. Could Reichel become one of those guys? Way too soon to say. Will Dach ever blossom? Who knows? Fleury absolutely has to be traded. He’s not coming back to the Hawks anyway. We have no first round pick unless the ping pong balls bounce our way and we end up in the top two, but then Columbus gets our first in 2023, which is probably gonna be a lottery pick. I believe last I checked we have 13 current roster players signed for about $55 million for next season. That’s 10 spots to fill. Of course, some can be filled cheaply by guys like Reichel, Regula, Kalnyuk, etc, bit as it stands we’ll have around $25 million to spend this off-season. Will the GM, whoever that’s going to be (likely Davidson) try to acquire elite’ high-priced free agents, or fully commit to a rebuild like Stan SHOULD’VE stuck with last year? It’ll be interesting.

  • February 27, 2022 at 7:26 am
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    If somebody comes along and offers a kings ransom for Hagel, that’s a good problem that can be dealt with if it happens. Meantime there are some players that need somebody to be shopping before the tdl. First need to have somebody ( Gm) in charge before anybody is moved.

  • February 27, 2022 at 8:48 am
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    Don’t think someone would give 2 consecutive #1s but definitely take them for Hagel. Thinking a little more realistic is #2 in 22 and #1 in 23. A little more but not much. A pipe dream would be AZ wanting to start their rebuild with Hagel. Get anyone of the 2nds they have this year and their own #1 next year. Now NJ is the team that has been mentioned want Hagel. Getting the same from them wouldn’t be bad either. Let Buffalo throw their hat in the ring too.

    Most likely it’s a bubble playoff team that’s interested so just make a #1 in 23 mandatory with any they offer.

  • February 27, 2022 at 9:06 am
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    Hagel is part of the rebuild in CHI – the offer for him would have to be so high as to be a ridiculous overpayment and it would have to include at minimum a high #1 and a very good young player who can take Hagel’s roster spot

    Nobody is going to pay that and teams in the playoffs don’t have high #1s and teams out of the playoffs like NJ are generally selling not buying at TDL

    Of course in theory anyone can be traded but I just don’t see it happening and if it were it would happen after the season and before the draft not at TDL

  • February 27, 2022 at 9:44 am
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    Looks like I got put in the penalty box for calling an opposing player a “BOOF” Funny stuff.

  • February 27, 2022 at 3:15 pm
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    1st goal on Murphy. About the 3rd time Murphy fails to clear a puck when he has it under control and no one on him.

    Would be ecstatic if we trade all three of deHaan McCabe and Murphy. Great for the rebuild.

  • February 27, 2022 at 4:15 pm
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    JR- yeah Murphy has been dog crap this season.

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