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The Life Of Fred Sasakamoose

via TSN,

Fred Sasakamoose, one of the first Indigenous players in the NHL's history, has died after battling a presumed case of COVID-19. He was 86. Sasakamoose played 11 games with the Blackhawks in 1953-54 and had a storied junior career with the Moose Jaw Canucks of the Western Canadian Junior Hockey League.

Watch The life and legacy of Fred Sasakamoose at TSN.

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Malcolm Subban Has A Chance To Be The Starting Goaltender In Chicago

from Phil Thompson of the Chicago Tribune,

Bowman said Crawford’s replacement will be a competition among Subban, Collin Delia and Kevin Lankinen and will play out throughout next season.

Each contender likely will get several starts regardless of how well his rivals play.

“When we made the decision we’re not going to bring Corey back, we (knew we) have these young goalies,” Bowman said. “They’re never going to get a better chance than this to prove they’re the No. 1 guy. They don’t have a guy that’s blocking them out or that is going to get the majority of the starts.

“Whether it’s Delia or Lankinen or Subban, they all have a lot of potential, and we want to translate that potential into actuality.”

Coach Jeremy Colliton added it’s difficult to develop young goalies when they’re mostly relegated to spelling the starter in the second game of a back-to-back.

“You don’t get many consecutive starts,” Colliton said. “Over the course of the year, you may get 10, 15, 20 games. It’s always when your team is traveling, the No. 1 guy will get the first game and the backup — in this case Malcolm — they just don’t get much of a chance to get into a rhythm.


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Morning Line- Jeremy Colliton

...We have had a focus on development, since I got here, anyway. When I look at our team and trying to look forward, I'm not that interested in being a bottom-half team, being a bubble team, hoping to sneak in, catch lightning in a bottle, win a couple rounds. It does happen; we can all point to the success stories and things where teams go on a run, but it's not sustainable. We are more interested in, we want to be an elite team, we want to be a Top 10 team where every year we're in the mix to go deep into the playoffs, so everything we do here should be with that end in mind.

So as a coach, we're still trying to win. Part of the development is being in competitive situations and playing in big games. Our playoff experience in Edmonton was tremendously valuable for our young players, and so we want to get ourselves in those situations as much as possible but we want to do it while playing young players. And I think this past season was a perfect example where we had a lot of young guys in the lineup, a lot of them played big roles. At times it looked like they weren't ready but we give them feedback and help them along, and I think a lot of those guys were huge parts of the success we did have and that's how we're looking at things.

-Jeremy Colliton, head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks.  More from Colliton in a Q & A by Charlie Roumeliotis of NBCSports Chicago.

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Afternoon Line- The Chicago Blackhawks

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Morning Line- Jonathan Toews

“Bottom line is, I want to win. The expectation for the other leaders on this team and myself is to come ready to training camp every year to be a playoff team. We prepare ourselves to win a Cup for our fans. I’ve never been told that we were going through a rebuild. That has never been communicated to me, for that matter. A lot of this comes as a shock because it’s a completely different direction than we expected.”

-Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks.  Mark Lazerus of The Athtetic has more ($$$).

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Chicago/Colorado Trade Coming

added 7:11pm,


added 7:17pm, Avs release is below.

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Olli Maatta Now A Member Of The LA Kings

LOS ANGELES (Oct. 4, 2020) - The LA Kings have acquired defenseman Olli Maatta from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forward Brad Morrison. "Olli is a well-rounded player who will fit well with our group of defensemen," said Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake. "He is a young player that already has a lot of valuable NHL experience, including a pair of Stanley Cups, and we look forward to having him join our organization."

Maatta, 26, tallied 17 points (4-13=17) in 65 games last season with the Blackhawks, while averaging 18:25 time on ice. In nine playoff games, he led the team with a plus-seven rating and paced the defensemen with three goals and six points (3-3=6), while managing 18:17 TOI.

Prior to joining Chicago, Maatta spent six seasons with Pittsburgh from 2013-19 after being selected by the Penguins in the first round, 22nd overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft.

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Chicago/Vegas Trade

from the Chicago Blackhawks,

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have acquired forward Brandon Pirri (PIHR-ee) from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for forward Dylan Sikura. Pirri's contract has a salary cap hit of $775,000 and he is signed through the 2020-21 season.

Originally selected by the Blackhawks in the second round (59th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft, Pirri split last season between Vegas and the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. He tallied two assists in 16 regular-season contests with Vegas and notched 35 points (15G, 20A) in 38 games with Chicago this season. His 35 points ranked fourth among Chicago skaters.

Over 10 seasons in the NHL with Chicago (2010-14), Florida (2014-16), Anaheim (2015-16), New York Rangers (2016-17) and Vegas (2017-20), the 29-year-old forward has tallied 121 points (72G, 49A) in 275 contests. He scored a career-high 22 goals with the Panthers during the 2014-15 season and a career-high 29 points (14G, 15A) during the 2015-16 season split between Florida and Anaheim.


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The Season Ends For The Chicago Blackhawks

from Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times,

After the Blackhawks’ 4-3 season-ending loss late Tuesday night, after the handshake line with the Golden Knights, after the rest of the Hawks left the ice for good, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane exchanged a quick fist bump.

Toews put his arm around Kane for a brief moment. Then the Hawks’ two leaders went down the tunnel for the final time in the 2019-20 season.

The Hawks were thoroughly outplayed over the past week by the top-seeded Golden Knights, who won the series 4-1 and eliminated the Hawks with Tuesday’s Game 5 victory....

But a sense of positivity and growth nonetheless permeated through Toews, Kane, Duncan Keith and coach Jeremy Colliton’s postgame press conference, the team’s last in this strange yet strangely effective Edmonton, Alberta, bubble setting.

“If things had gone the way they were supposed to, before this entire situation, we wouldn’t have had a chance to play in the playoffs,” Toews said. “So it was a great opportunity for us to come in and play some meaningful hockey, and a lot of guys stepped up the plate and showed what they can do.”

“I just like that we never gave up. That’s been kind of our motto all year,” Kane added. “Just feels weird to be done, you know? Tough to be done with the season.”

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The Edmonton Oilers Are A Loss Away From Elimination

from the CP at Sportsnet,

The Chicago Blackhawks dressed in the Edmonton Oilers dressing room then proceeded to eat their lunch, pushing the Oilers to the edge of the abyss in the NHL playoffs with a stunning 4-3 comeback win Wednesday night.

With a victory Friday the Hawks, the bottom-seeded Western Conference team, can knock out the fifth-seeded Oilers and send home the NHL’s two top scorers, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.

The Blackhawks lead the best-of-five qualifying series 2-1, but late in the game Wednesday it looked like they would be the ones facing elimination.

The Hawks were down 3-2 in the penalty-filled affair at Rogers Place, when they blitzed the Oilers for two goals with less than six minutes left in the game.


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