Wild Too Much For Short-Handed Blackhawks

The clock continues to tick toward the trade deadline, but the Chicago Blackhawks had a game on the calendar on Saturday afternoon in Minnesota. Brandon Hagel wasn’t there, but Taylor Raddysh and Boris Katchouk were in the lineup — as two of the 11 forwards who dressed for Chicago.

Kevin Lankinen got the nod in net as the Blackhawks continue considering their trade options for another one of their netminders. Alex Vlasic made his NHL debut for the Hawks as well.

As has been the trend for most of this season when the Hawks play good teams, shots from Blackhawks reaching the net were hard to come by. Frederick Gaudreau’s ninth of the year late in the first period gave the Wild a 1-0 lead. Minnesota out-shot the Hawks 11-7 in the opening 20 minutes. Both teams had an unsuccessful power play in the first.

Minnesota out-shot the Hawks 12-7 in a second period that was spent completely at full strength for both sides. Lankinen was doing well to keep his team in the game.

Almost nine minutes into the third period, Patrick Kane reminded us that he’s a special talent. He set up Seth Jones for the tying goal.

Unfortunately, that was the end of the offense for Chicago. Ryan Hartman scored into a wide open net almost eight minutes after the Jones goal to give the Wild a lead. Chicago pulled Lankinen for the extra attacker with almost three minutes left in regulation but could barely get the puck into their offensive zone. The Wild added an empty net goal with six seconds left in the game to make the final score 3-1.

In his debut, Vlasic skated 6:03 with one blocked shot. We’ll see if there are seven defensemen on the ice on Sunday, and if he’s one of them.

Lankinen was really good, stopping 31 of 33 in the game.

The two news guys were… okay. Katchouk was credited with two shots on net and two hits in 12:24. Raddysh blocked one shot and was credited with five hits in 15:03.

Dylan Strome won 10 of 13 faceoffs. Jonathan Toews won 13 of 21. Neither was credited with a shot on net, however.

40 thoughts on “Wild Too Much For Short-Handed Blackhawks

  • March 19, 2022 at 3:53 pm

    can we trade Dach? wait no he doesnt have any upside, maybe a half roll of tape and a use jockstrap.

    KD killed on the last trade, lets see if there is any magic left.

    KD goals
    1. trade Dach ASAP kid is useless like a bull with tatas
    2. get the scouting team up to par.
    3. get a development coach ASAP for both AHL and NHL
    4. trade DACH
    5. remove the “C” from toews. the time is now. send a clear fawking message to everyone.
    6. scouting team upgrade

  • March 19, 2022 at 4:37 pm

    I am all in for moving Dach ,Toews,and Kubalik. What a useless impotent and lifeless line. At least Lafferty,Raddysh,Kochouk, Entwistle and Carpenter engage and skate hard. Instead of playing an excited kid 6 minutes,Vlasic,why don’t you sit Gus and DeHaan down. This Hawks coaching staff will just suck the life right out of any young kid that just wants to play. Very few teams put players in the lineup that play 6 minutes. Whats the point? What are they learning? If Kubalik,DeHaan,and Gus are being traded,why are they in the lineup 2 days before the deadline? Hopefully a kid like McBain is not watching how this organization handles young talented players.

  • March 19, 2022 at 5:02 pm

    Gus and Dehann, are playing because they are trade bait, let the yanking begin, maybe the Hawks can end up with a top 2 pick ….plus….and this is a big one, why didn’t Blowman make this year’s 1st end pick a conditional pick if it was a top 10 pick, the Hawks keep it ?? No….Bowman is and always was an f-ing idiot.

  • March 19, 2022 at 5:33 pm

    Ahh, those dog days of spring. Best to wait until the dust settles and see what’s left after the weekend.

  • March 19, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    Really tough to watch a game knowing these guys are playing for a spot on a team that is going to be bad for years and that 95% or maybe 100% of them aren’t going to be around when this team is good again. Who cares who has a bad game at this point. The new guys look good enough to fill a spot for a couple of years. Vlassic was ok in a very small sample, no need to rush him and mess with his confidence. Hopefully a few more moves by tdl closing.

  • March 19, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    Agreed dach is totally useless looks like a deer in the headlights if you keep him and pay more than 1.5 you need your head examined he’s not even worth that two thirds of this team is dead wood good luck Kyle the task at hand isn’t going to be easy and toews should be stripped of caption he sure isn’t serious loafing for 6 years put him in press box next year he’s been stealing for 5 years

  • March 19, 2022 at 10:32 pm

    Ian, What messes with a players confidence is when a coach plays you an entire 6 minutes in a NHL game. I would also submit that these are the times that you find out about players character and if you want them around your up and coming players. I am with Neil. Captain Serious can have a seat in the press box the rest of the year or just go home to Manitoba and let the rebuild begin. How do you think that Raddysh and Kochouk feel when they see Toews comments on the trade?

  • March 19, 2022 at 11:42 pm

    Agree that Toews’ comments are not helping and he’s the captain – he also has to take a share of the blame along with Gus for going for a pleasure skate in the D zone while MIN scores the GWG with 3 minutes left

    Dach I thought was one of the better Hawks – certainly more dangerous than 19 or 8

    I assume Gus is only playing in hopes that someone gives up a Walmart gift card for him but I don’t want to see him in a Hawk uniform after Monday even if he doesn’t get traded – then it’s time to play the kids

    Plus why is Gus taking PP1 time and not Seth – maybe again it’s in hopes of a trade because there couldn’t possibly be another reason

    Beautiful snipe by Seth and a ridiculous sequence from Kane on that goal

    Good to see Lank play well – hopefully he’s the #1 come Monday

  • March 19, 2022 at 11:45 pm

    TimW, Vlassic is a 20 yr old not like alot of Ncaa signings who are 22 or 23. Burning his first elc year now for signing and likely spend time in Rfd. to start next year. Throwing him into the fire first game probably isn’t best for his development or gives him a chance to give you his best showing.

    I’m sure Raddysh and Katchouk will tell you like most young players say, Toews is one the first to meet them and make them feel welcome. Oh yeah but how dare him have an opinion though lol.

  • March 20, 2022 at 6:58 am

    Toews’ remarks might have been better unsaid, but they probably did no harm. The new guys certainly didn’t take them personally. It sounded like Toews advocating for a guy who had played hard, played great and gave the team everything he had to give. Why wouldn’t you want to build around that guy? That said, it’s a business and Toews knows that. The Hawks might be in a better position if he and Kane had been less focused on business with their contracts. Most would not have offered huge discounts because it’s a business, so this is not to denigrate them. Just to state obvious facts.

    There is still a lot of bitching about Kirby. I think he looks good on many nights, except for that “finish” thing.

    The new guys looked decent last night. That said, when the Hawks get manhandled statistically as bad as they did, it’s hard to know.

    It’s always distasteful when Hartman scores a goal. The NHL Network announcers were praising him for being “annoying” after his little skirmish with Kane. However, his team would have been on the PP if not for his petty little attempted trip of Kane after their bump. The fact that he is having a very good year mitigates stuff like that, I guess.

    Watched Hagel in Tampa last night. He dug some pucks out that he had no business winning and the Bolts’ fans got a bit of a taste of what he will be bringing.

    Time is running short for the Hawks to “blow it up.” The fact that MAF did not play might be an encouraging sign to those of us that would like to get something for him. The Giroux and Lindholm returns for rentals look really high. Not sure what it would be for a HOF goalie. VGK needs Fleury back badly. That may be untenable. Toronto keeps coming up as well.

  • March 20, 2022 at 8:27 am

    Dach – is he a top 5 pick or player… NO!

    Has he looked better since some one — sat him down and said– “You are Not Kane/Panarin” -stop stick handling and move the puck forward- and get to the net? YES

    Keep doing this… and maybe he becomes a 20 goal scorer on a regular basis… Glad someone got the kid’s attention.

  • March 20, 2022 at 9:18 am

    The only team I am aware that has expressed an interest in Fleury and Fleury has apparently agreed to is Minnesota. Not a lot of leverage for KD to pull off a 1st unless Minnesota stops getting good goaltending. Pitt possible but they have been saying no. Canada is out with another round of Covid coming and the inevitable border issues.

    I still have seen no indication of a good scenario for a Fleury trade, but am hopeful. If still here, one start every 10 days would be a hopeful outcome for me.

  • March 20, 2022 at 9:35 am

    Dach is playing good hockey lately and is growing slowly like many kids that you start playing in NHL at 19 years old .
    He should be at his best in 2 years ,then we will see the real Kirby Dach..
    Now let see what Davidson can get for the next trade .

  • March 20, 2022 at 9:45 am

    I heard Guerin doesn’t want to give up a 1st but he must for MAF. We should probably be able to coax him for ’23’s #1 by taking Talbot and Rask. All we want is that #1. If we do the trade early enough we could probably flip Rask for a pick retaining $2mil. Talbot will be our next year’s 50% playing veteran.

  • March 20, 2022 at 9:46 am

    Regarding the Tampa first rounders being in latter portion of the round

    Hawks own 1st round picks in recent times include Ryan Hartman at #30 and Phillip Danault at #26

    Not unrealistic then that the Hawks get 4 NHLers for one in this trade

  • March 20, 2022 at 10:04 am

    Kaiser stepping up for UMD this weekend to get them to regionals. Shows uo for the big games, big goal yesterday after a complete performance Friday. Last year in a 5 ot period elimination game, logged 60 mins and had only 2 shotsagainst or something ridiculous loke that. Alot to like about him, should be signing elc in next year or 2.

  • March 20, 2022 at 10:31 am

    Exactly Wrap. A first round pick is a first round pick. You are picking from the Top 32 players five times so far in the next 3 years.

    Look at this line

    Pasta pick 25
    Bergeron pick 45
    Marchand pick 71

    Talent evaluation should be a top priority.

  • March 20, 2022 at 11:04 am

    JR- scouting IS priority

    to add-
    Kucherov, Point, Palat– Tampa’s scouting– Elite– making that team – SC contenders
    TT- mid 1st
    D Cat

  • March 20, 2022 at 11:04 am

    Add Reichel and Allen coming from 2nd half of draft, should be some urgency to get their shit together on development and drafting.

  • March 20, 2022 at 11:52 am

    Good post Wraparound. Totally agree. Much like the NFL, the tried and true way to build a franchise is through drafting : see Toews, Kane, Keith, Seabrook, Crawford, Nik H.

    Ian – sick goal by Kaiser last night. What skating and skill.

  • March 20, 2022 at 12:34 pm

    A lot of interesting comments, many emotional regarding moving Hagel. I like Hagel, but I see him as a big fish in a small pond on the Hawks. When a team is going through a rebuild you move the guys who are the most in demand and who can give you the greatest return. Hagel, for what he is, got the Hawks a great return.

    This sets up the Hawks to be bad next year which should increase their chances for their own pick being a lottery pick. If they can move more assets before the deadline, this increases their “tankability” next season. If the Hawks own 2023 draft pick doesn’t end up being a top five pick or better, I will be disappointed.

    The extra draft capital with Tampas picks gives the Hawks options. Hawks can keep the pick(s) and rely on their decent history of finding late 1st round gems. They could bundle one or both of them with their own pick to try and move up in the draft. They could bundle with other picks and their bevy of blue line prospects to move the second pick into the top 10 or 15. Imagine the Hawks pick being a lottery pick and then turn the Tampa pick into a top ten pick in what is supposed to be a deep draft…

    Who knows what will happen, but the reaility is that keeping Hagel wouldn’t make the Hawks a playoff team or a contender in the next five years. Trading him improves that chance. A lot. Time will tell if Davidson is the man who can turn this team around.

    Again, this is what a rebuild looks like. You can’t have it both ways. Time will tell if the Hawks have the right man for the job, but he got the first step right. Draft Capital in the best looking draft in awhile. Fingers crossed the Hawks don’t win a top two pick in the 2022 draft…

  • March 20, 2022 at 1:26 pm

    Craig hope your right but Blackhawks were bad for a long before that happened. I look at teams like Bolts and Pens getting back to the top by finding and developing young talent, even Caps hung on and finally won, without going the draft lotto game route for years. I see teams, we all know had fans drooling over lottery picks and not alot of playoff success, maybe they will. Even Devils and Red Wings wanted to make a noise going for a playoff spot this season and stumbled, now at tdl most of their rosters available as they try to figure out the next step. Most likely my thoughts is being a strong playoff team won’t happen in this decade for the Blackhawks but next one could be good one. Although even then expecting another run like we saw from 2009-15 is probably pretty unlikely.

  • March 20, 2022 at 1:38 pm

    Wrap, Leafs just put Mzarek on waivers, oddly enough with ltir space available and burying max amount of his salary if he clears. That would be just enough to fit your MAF-Dehaan scrnario id Blackhawks retain max salary and Leafs send a defenseman down. Long shot, maybe something else but kinda of a coincidence.

  • March 20, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    Freidman on Fleury to MIN rumours – apparently CHI wants a 1st and MIN doesn’t want to give one up – not surprising on either end

    Maybe McBain and 2nd is a compromise that both teams can live with

  • March 20, 2022 at 1:45 pm

    Ian – yeah I just saw that – Freidman also reports that a Hagel-MAF combo deal was close with TOR with Matthew Knies part of package coming back so I wasn’t far off

    Interesting that MAF was part of that proposed deal so he must be OK with move to TOR – maybe the CDH-MAF combo could still happen

    It would be good for KD and Hawks if both TOR and MIN want the Flower

    Now that Hagel is gone you get the feeling that Fleury would agree to a trade

  • March 20, 2022 at 2:23 pm

    Giordano to Leafs
    Are we gonna be stuck with Dehaan? Teams that need his type are dwindling down.

  • March 20, 2022 at 2:25 pm

    Saying Giordano to Leafs that makes MAF just barely fit if Kraken retain half of Giordano unless a contract moving from Leafs.

  • March 20, 2022 at 2:28 pm

    Leafs have to get Fleury now.

  • March 20, 2022 at 2:30 pm

    Hope to see MAF leaving today …not waiting at last minute and risk to see the deal not valid because time out.
    I think after yesterday loss Toronto wants to make the playoffs and a long run …so they need MAF .

  • March 20, 2022 at 2:42 pm

    Watched the Leafs against Preds last night. Just my opinion but I don’t think they are deep enough to even make it through a round in the east. I have been wrong before so who knows.

  • March 20, 2022 at 3:07 pm

    Story I read about the Fleury/Hagel to Toronto said Toronto backed out before Fleury was even asked.

    Lookit – Love to see him go somewhere. Anywhere. Not holding my breath. Nobody wants to give up a first for a rental goalie. Be happy with a third. Take a 2nd in a beat.

  • March 20, 2022 at 3:33 pm

    SS i’d be happy with MAF for MacBain from the Wild if thats what it took.
    TimW maybe a chance the Dehaan for Monohan and a sweeter happens yet.

  • March 20, 2022 at 3:45 pm

    Fleury is in net tonight against the Jets.

  • March 20, 2022 at 3:52 pm

    TW – not a promising sign re: Fleury being traded but…

  • March 20, 2022 at 4:37 pm

    We sent a 3rd round and a 4th round pick to Tampa as well as Hagel …details some are failing to mention , in return we received 2 forth line players…. just what we have a stock pile of and 2 late first round picks possibly .

  • March 20, 2022 at 4:59 pm

    Tony we moved up 64 and 96 picks and one body. With one of the two bodies having previous great chemistry with two of our current players.

  • March 20, 2022 at 5:07 pm

    Walldogs are always Walldogs.

  • March 20, 2022 at 5:11 pm

    Clutterbuck and Greene scratched tonite for Isles, pushing Dehaan and Carpenter further out it looks. Bright side Friedman says better than 50/50 MAF goes to Wild.

  • March 20, 2022 at 5:44 pm

    DeHaan I think will be a last minute deal for whoever is left without a LHD chair

  • March 20, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    Rebuild , Raddysh is good player ! Entwhistle knows him and played against him in Junior ! That’s a good acquisition! He played for Soo Greyhound’s, strong player ! Welcome ! POPS ,4

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