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Robin Lehner Deserves A Long-Term Contract Somewhere

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

The Blackhawks should have a pretty good idea of their playoff chances by the time the trade deadline rolls around Feb. 24. They have a gruelling schedule in February, with all but three of their 14 games away from the United Center. But they’ve actually been a better team on the road than at home this season. Not including tonight’s game, they have 11 more games, eight of them on the road.

So the picture should become a little clearer in the coming weeks. If the Blackhawks are still in playoff contention, there’s no way they even think of trading Lehner. They might not be able to trade him even if they want to make a deal because as enticing as a top-tier goaltender would be for the playoffs, there are precious few teams that are playoff bound that need a goaltender. The Edmonton Oilers, who are getting good, but not great goaltending, are one of those teams. The last time they made a deadline deal to get a goalie was 2006 and it worked out pretty well. They made a deal for Dwayne Roloson, who carried them to the Stanley Cup final and might have won it for them had he not gotten hurt in Game 1 of the final.

Regardless of whether Lehner is dealt by the Blackhawks, it’s impossible to argue that he doesn’t deserve the long-term deal he was seeking from the New York Islanders over the summer. There have been a total of 37 goaltenders in the NHL who have played at least 60 games over the past two seasons and of those goalies, Lehner is second in save percentage to Ben Bishop.

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Video- Chicago Welcomes Back Joel Quenneville

 

 

 

added 9:25pm, Official video below.

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Video- Patrick Kane Now Has 1000 Points In The NHL

 

Video below.

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Medical Update For The Chicago Blackhawks

via the Chicago Blackhawks,

Chicago Blackhawks team physician Dr. Michael Terry today released the following medical update:

Forward Brandon Saad will be out approximately three weeks (right ankle).

Defenseman Calvin de Haan will undergo surgery tomorrow (right shoulder) and will be out for the remainder of the 2019-20 season.

Defenseman Brent Seabrook will undergo surgery tomorrow (right shoulder) and will be out for the remainder of the 2019-20 season. Seabrook is also scheduled to have surgery in early January (right hip) and in early February (left hip).

The team announced that de Haan and Seabrook were today placed on Long Term Injured Reserve.

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The Chicago Blackhawks Play Better As A Grinding Team

from Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times,

After a hideous 7-1 loss Monday to the Devils, the Hawks have lost five of their last six games at the United Center and are 8-9-3 at home this season. Only the Red Wings and Devils — the NHL’s two worst teams — have fewer home victories....

The Hawks are one of the few teams in the NHL with roughly equal home and road records. But their 7-8-3 road record ranks in the middle of the pack leaguewide, so it’s their play at home that most needs improvement.

Breaking down the first 20 home dates so far, coach Jeremy Colliton on Monday explained a pattern he had noticed: When playing fatigued hockey on the latter end of a back-to-back, which forces them to use the simplified, straightforward style they typically employ on the road, the Hawks are 4-0-0 on Madison Street. Take out those results, and they’re 4-9-3 with rest at home.

‘‘What we do on the road is we [play] a simple game,’’ Colliton said. ‘‘We understand we’re going to have to be simple and hard-working and competitive to survive, and that’s the case. We’ve gone into some rinks that are pretty tough to win in, against teams that are really good, and we’ve grinded it out.

‘‘The success we’ve had at home is on back-to-backs. You understand it’s going to be a grind, and you just grind it out. You’re willing to play 0-0 for a while. . . . [When] we have rest, it seems like we come in and think it’s just going to happen. That’s obviously far from the case.’’

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Evening Line- Jonathan Toews

After a 7-1 home loss to the Devils.

 

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Marc Crawford Will Serve A Suspension Until January 2, 2020

A statement from Bill Daly is added below.

The Chicago Blackhawks and assistant coach Marc Crawford have released the following statements:

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS:

The Chicago Blackhawks, and independent legal counsel, conducted a thorough review of assistant coach Marc Crawford in response to allegations of misconduct in previous coaching positions. During this process, we engaged with many of Marc's former players, colleagues, and executive management.

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The Chicago Blackhawks Will Have Cap Issues

from Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Right now, the Hawks have roughly $70.1 million tied in just 16 players for the 2020-21 season. If the salary cap rises by $2 million again (as it did last summer), the Hawks would have $13.4 million to work with next summer, although Sportsnet recently reported a larger cap increase — perhaps in the $4 million range — could occur.

Regardless, Bowman will have his work cut out for him.

Dylan Strome will be a restricted free agent and will presumably ask for a salary approaching the $6.4 million Alex DeBrincat will annually receive on his extension. Strome alone could eat up half the Hawks’ space.

Robin Lehner and Corey Crawford — who currently tout $6 and $5 million hits, respectively — will both be unrestricted free agents, and the Hawks will almost certainly only have the room to retain one. That will be a painful choice to make.

Erik Gustafsson will also be a UFA and his asking price should well exceed what the Hawks can afford, thus making it very likely he’ll be dealt in February if the Hawks aren’t in close playoff contention.

Koekkoek, Dominik Kubalik and Drake Caggiula will be RFAs, as well. Even if they aren’t retained, the Hawks will need to sign some depth pieces simply to fill out the roster.

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Marc Crawford Under Review By The Chicago Blackhawks

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Morning Line- Robin Lehner

"It was a tough one, but way to battle together and get the two points."

-Robin Lehner, goaltender for the Chicago Blackhawks after making 53 saves in a 5-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Scott King at NHL.com has more on the game.

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