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No Timeline For A Return By Brent Seabrook

from Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Brent Seabrook is still far from returning from a back injury, leaving the Blackhawks “very concerned” about the 35-year-old defenseman’s accumulating ailments and physical longevity.

This back issue follows three surgeries for Seabrook last winter on his hip and shoulder, meaning he has suffered trauma to three major regions of his body since he last played an NHL game in November 2019.

Hawks general manager Stan Bowman provided long-awaited clarity on Seabrook’s situation in an interview Sunday. Is he concerned?

“We’re very concerned for him,” Bowman said. “He’s been a warrior for us. Think of his time in Chicago — he never really missed any games. But now we’re realizing he was playing through a lot of pain those years, and it’s caught up to him.

“He was dealing with his shoulders and his hips to the point where he probably should have had [the surgeries] done years ago, but that’s how he’s always been driven — to keep moving forward, don’t worry about injuries, play through it. So, yeah, we are concerned for him. We certainly hope he can get past it.”

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Bad Start To The Rebuild In Chicago

from Phil Thompson of the Chicago Tribune,

The Chicago Blackhawks’ season hasn’t started, and already their rebuild needs a restart.

Captain Jonathan Toews will miss training camp and likely the start of the season because of an unspecified illness, as first reported by TSN....

Toews’ absence could be temporary, but the more devastating developments happened to forwards Kirby Dach and Alex Nylander.

Dach broke his wrist trying to check an opponent during an IIHF World Junior Championships game in Edmonton, Ontario, and will miss four to five months.

Nylander injured his left knee during this summer’s playoffs and will need four to six months to recuperate from surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

The season starts Jan. 13 at Tampa Bay and ends May 8, a little more than four months from now. So two key pieces of the Hawks reboot likely will miss what was supposed to be a critical developmental season.

Missing a player for a season always is bad, but it’s worse when you’re working within the limited window the Hawks apparently have.

Unlike the Detroit Red Wings, who aren’t looking to be truly competitive for another four or five years, the Hawks didn’t go the route of a complete teardown of the roster.

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Statement From Jonathan Toews

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Stan Bowman Lives On

from Phil Thompson of the Chicago Tribune,

In one of the greatest feats of his 19 years with the Chicago Blackhawks, Stan Bowman somehow has become one and the same: predecessor and successor.

Who was the first general manager to win three Stanley Cup titles in the salary-cap era but since the last one in 2015 presided over a team that was eliminated in the first round or missed the playoffs entirely until the NHL’s COVID-19 reset gifted them a berth in this summer’s 24-team play-in field?

Bowman.

And as former interim president and newly minted CEO Danny Wirtz set out to establish a new “vision” for the franchise, who would be his hire to “re-imagine the potential of hockey” on and off the ice as president of hockey operations?

Bowman.

How can that be? John McDonough was cast aside in April because his philosophies and ideas, though innovative for their time, represented a traditional way of thinking — or at least rooted in the present — and the Wirtz family wanted to cast their gaze on the future.

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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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