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Town Hall Meeting Goes Bad For The Chicago Blackhawks

from Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Rocky Wirtz dropped a nuclear bomb on the concept of accountability Wednesday.

And just like that, he decimated any semblance of goodwill, forgiveness and positive change the Blackhawks might’ve built up in the months since Kyle Beach’s sexual assault allegations arose.

Asked by a reporter about the Hawks’ work to ensure another assault will never occur — part of a heavily scripted, so-called “townhall meeting” — the Hawks chairman delivered arguably the most unprofessional and shameful outburst ever heard within the walls of the United Center.

“We’re not going to talk about Kyle Beach,” Wirtz said with fury. “We’re not going to talk about anything that happened. We’re moving on.

“What we’re going to do today is our business. I don’t think it’s any of your business. You don’t work for the company. If somebody in the company asks that question, we’ll answer it.”

Asked the same question again minutes later, Wirtz’s anger was joined by a tone-deaf undercurrent of exasperation.

“I told you to get off the subject,” he said. “I’m not going to bring up the [Jenner & Block report]. I know you’re talking about what the report was talking about, and I told you we’re moving on. It’s out of line to ask this line of questions. Why don’t you ask about something else? Why don’t you ask about the [general manager] search? Why do you bring up old business?”

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Video- Who’s Available From The Chicago Blackhawks?

Or may be better to ask who isn't available?

 

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The Price For Marc-Andre Fleury

from Scott Powers of The Athletic,

There’s an assumption by many around the league that the Blackhawks will move Fleury this season. They’ll have to get his blessing and abide by his 10-team no-trade clause, but many believe Fleury will finish the season elsewhere.

If that’s true, the question becomes what could the Blackhawks get for Fleury. The common thought is probably a second-rounder because Fleury may be an insurance rental for someone down the stretch.

But with the way Fleury has been playing lately, two league sources said Monday that they think the Blackhawks could get a first-round pick for him. It would have to be the right situation, but Fleury might just be an option for a team that believes it can make the playoffs and could use an upgrade in net. Fleury would have to be seen as the No. 1 coming in to warrant a first-round pick. In that scenario, it would also make sense for the Blackhawks to explore the market well before the trade deadline. The Blackhawks may also have to eat some of Fleury’s $7 million cap hit. But if a team is willing to exchange a first-round pick, something the Blackhawks probably will be without because of the Seth Jones trade, Blackhawks interim general manager Kyle Davidson would probably be fine with doing that.

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Video- A Hearing Today For Brett Connolly

 

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added 7:50pm, 4 games for interference, watch belo.

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Imagine Patrick Kane Playing For The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

If the Rangers could somehow make the cap numbers work for next year, perhaps by bringing a third team (Arizona) into it, would you do whatever it takes to acquire Patrick Kane from the Blackhawks?

Would you get Kane if it cost you Kaapo Kakko (but not Alexis Lafreniere), Nils Lundqvist (or Zac Jones or Matthew Robertson but not Braden Schneider), Vitali Kravtsov (but not Will Cuylle or Brennan Othmann) and a 2022 first-rounder?

Would you go for it if you were general manager Chris Drury, knowing that acquiring Kane would give the Rangers a Super Line with one-time running mate and old BFF Artemi Panarin on the left and No. 10’s new BFF Ryan Strome in the middle?

Would you push your chips into the middle and go for it off of what you have seen through this getaway that hit a speed bump in Wednesday’s 7-3 defeat to the potent and dazzling Avalanche at the Garden in front of fourth-string goaltender Adam Huska in an effort that was not becoming of a 17-5-3 team.

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Video- Jujhar Khaira Taken Off On A Stretcher

Clean hit, his head hits the ice hard.

 

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The Chicago Blackhawks Have Not Lost Under New Coach Derek King

from Andy Eide at NHL.com,

Seth Jones scored a goal for his 300th NHL point, helping the Chicago Blackhawks to their fourth win in a row under new coach Derek King, 4-2 against the Seattle Kraken at Climate Pledge Arena on Wednesday.

Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane each scored and had an assist, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves for the Blackhawks (5-9-2), who won for the first time in seven road games this season. They have not lost since King replaced Jeremy Colliton on Nov. 6.

"[Jones] is awesome. I mean, he's very skilled," DeBrincat said. "He's really fast, as you guys saw. It just brings a whole new dynamic to it. You can get four guys in the rush rather than three. I think he's helped us a lot this year."

Philipp Grubauer made 15 saves making his 200th NHL start, and Jared McCann and Yanni Gourde scored for the Kraken (4-11-1), who have lost five straight.

"Wish I had an answer for it," McCann said. "It's frustrating. We need to clean it up. I'm frustrated. I want to win. I think everybody does on our team. You know, things aren't going our way right now. But we're shooting ourselves in the foot. That's the way it is."

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Talking ‘Tanking” Early In The Season

from Damien Cox at the Toronto Star,

Montreal probably needs to tank.

Chicago can’t really risk it.

These, of course, are the kinds of NHL conversations generated by the dumpster-fire starts the two Original Six teams are experiencing. With Shane Wright — believed to be a Connor McDavid/Auston Matthews-type generational talent — expected to be the first overall pick in the 2022 draft, it’s only natural that the worst teams in the NHL would start to imagine the difference a player such as Wright could make.

That the Canadiens and Blackhawks are among the worst teams is a surprise to some, and not much of a surprise to others. Chicago’s disastrous 2-9-2 start has been exacerbated by scandal, and has resulted in not only humiliation across the sport but also thousands of empty seats at the cavernous United Center.

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Jeremy Colliton Done With The Chicago Blackhawks

via a media release from the Chicago Blackhawks,

The Chicago Blackhawks have relieved Jeremy Colliton, Tomas Mitell and Sheldon Brookbank of their coaching duties and have named Derek King Interim Head Coach, effective immediately. Anders Sorensen will serve as Interim Head Coach of the Rockford IceHogs beginning tonight.

Marc Crawford, Jimmy Waite, Matt Meacham and Dylan Crawford will remain on the Blackhawks coaching staff in their current positions. Additionally, Chris Kunitz will remain in his role as Player Development Advisor with the Blackhawks.

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Finally A Win For The Chicago Blackhawks

from Phil Thompson of the Chicago Tribune,

Patrick Kane couldn’t have scripted a better comeback story for himself or the Chicago Blackhawks if he tried.

Kane returned from a four-game absence while in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol — and all he did was notch his seventh career hat trick, pass Steve Larmer for third place on the franchise goals list and help the Hawks secure their first win of the season, a 5-1 blowout of the Ottawa Senators on Monday night at the United Center.

“It’s a monkey off our shoulders and we can build on that,” Kane said.

Hawks goalie Marc-André Fleury said, “It’s more (like) a big gorilla, not just a small monkey.”

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