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Looks Like Luke Richardson Will Be The Head Coach Of The Chicago Blackhawks

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The Chicago Blackhawks Want More Analytics Like MLB

from Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Hockey is a sport of extreme fluidity, of constant movement by a dozen players making in-the-moment decisions that interact -dynamically with each other.

Baseball is a sport of chronological, singular events, hundreds of which combine to complete a game.

The latter is enormously more quantifiable, and the Cubs, for instance, have mastered the systems that most accurately quantify it and use that information for a supposed competitive advantage. But so has nearly every other MLB team, diminishing the advantage.

That’s not the case in the NHL, where some analytics have taken root over the past decade but not nearly to the same degree they have in baseball. That’s a product of the sport’s complexity, not an indictment on the smart minds behind hockey’s analytics movement.

The Blackhawks, who hadn’t exactly been leading the analytics movement, now are attempting to race well ahead of the curve and adopt a more MLB-like -approach.

That’s why they hired Kyle Davidson, who built the Hawks’ new in-house analytics department last summer, as their general manager. Then Davidson took things a step further, hiring longtime Cubs executive Jeff Greenberg as his associate general manager.

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Video- Will Kane And Toews Stay In Chicago?

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The Chicago Blackhawks Are Adjusting Ticket Prices

from Ben Pope of the Chiago Sun-Times,

After months of surveys, studies, focus groups, conversations, brainstorms and fresh ideas, they unveiled a new season-ticket membership program Wednesday — with an emphasis on the “membership” aspect, designed to provide fans far more than a simple ticket to every game.

They hope the program will maintain the energetic atmosphere and relatively large crowds through this transitional era. They also hope it’ll initiate a new relationship between the franchise, which seems to realize its previous sales brand of exclusivity and elitism no longer flies, and its fans.

“The fans have built this program,” Hawks business president Jaime Faulkner told the Sun-Times.

“They are not shy about telling us what they care about. We listened and we’ve incorporated all of their feedback, or as much as we could, into this membership program. We hope they’ll be happy. We hope that they see this program and say, ‘Yes, you heard what we said, and you’ve delivered on that.’”

There’s one aspect of the new ticketing program fans will inevitably care most about: the price. And on that front, Jamie Spencer — the Hawks’ new vice president of revenue — wants to make something very clear.

“They’ve told us this, and we’ve heard them, and we’ve done the research and we agree with them,” he said. “Our tickets are too expensive.”

Therefore, 84% of seats will be cheaper next season. Another 9% will stay roughly the same, leaving just 7% more expensive. Plans no longer require purchasing tickets for preseason games either, further reducing the cost.

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Video- From The Rural First Nations Community To A Pro Scout

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Former Canadian Olympian and current pro scout for the Chicago Blackhawks, Brigette Lacquette discusses her lifelong journey from a rural First Nations community in Manitoba to becoming the first indigenous female to make the Canadian Women’s Olympic hockey team and later becoming a pro scout in the NHL.

 

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Mar-Andre Fleury Headed To Minnesota

added 11:14am, Bob McKenzie on TSN says Chicago may retain 50% salary and it is a 2nd round pick that could be a first with conditions.

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Evening Line- Jonathan Toews

Yeah, if Hags (Brandon Hagel) is the guy to get traded, if he’s not a guy that’s a part of a rebuild, then I don’t know. I don’t know if anyone feels safe at this point, with the way he’s been playing and what he’s meant to our team. I had a hard time thinking in my mind that he would be one of the guys to get shipped off, considering what he brought in. Yeah, that was a tough one to see. I’m pretty shocked, for sure.

-Jonathan Toews, captain of the Chicago Blackhawks.  Mark Lazerus of The Athletic has more ($$$) from Toews.

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Chicago Trades Brandon Hagel To Tampa

 

added 3:18pm, Tampa release is below.

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Video- Connor Murphy Taken Off The Ice On A Stretcher

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Watch as Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Connor Murphy is hit by Ottawa Senators forward Parker Kelly and must be stretchered off the ice after receiving medical attention. Kelly was assessed a major penalty for boarding and game misconduct.

 

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Patrick Kane And Jonathan Toews On The Rebuild In Chicago

from Mark Lazerus of The Athletic,

After all, Toews and Kane — both turning 34 this year, both with three Stanley Cups to their name — are both signed through next season....

Kane, for his part, seems on board, saying it’d be “a privilege and an honor” to finish his career with the Blackhawks. Even if he’s not exactly thrilled at the idea of another few years of losing, he’s saying the right things.

“As a player, you’re always trying to be in the moment, and I think when you’re playing the game you’re not thinking about, well, this is going to take three years or five years or whatever it is,” Kane said. “You’re always thinking about winning that game, right? Or helping the team win that game. That’s really something you don’t think about as players. Whatever the lineup is, whatever the team looks like, you’re going to go on the ice and try to win. That’s something I think as players you don’t worry about too much.”

Toews, on the other hand, has a lousy poker face. Look, Toews loves Chicago. Toews’ legacy in Chicago matters to him. Toews wants nothing more than to win again in Chicago. But Toews has had a hard time stomaching all the losing, more than most. It was Toews who spoke out of school and fumed about the seemingly sudden decision to start a rebuild heading into last season (a season Toews missed because of his health and a rebuild that was short-circuited after about seven months).

And Toews didn’t exactly embrace the idea of another attempt at a rebuild this week.

“I don’t know if I really understand what that means yet,” he said.

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