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Kyle Davidson Named GM Of The Chicago Blackhawks

from the Chicago Blackhawks,

The Chicago Blackhawks today have named Kyle Davidson the 10th General Manager in franchise history. Davidson is in his 12th season with the Chicago Blackhawks organization and was a member of the front office when they won the Stanley Cup in 2013 and 2015.

Davidson was named Interim General Manager on October 26, 2021. Prior to that, Davidson most recently oversaw all aspects of the Blackhawks salary cap management. In addition, he has spent time throughout his career across all functional departments of Hockey Operations. He assisted with day-to-day hockey operations tasks including player contract negotiations, entry draft, salary arbitration, collective bargaining agreement administration as well as scouting at the professional and amateur levels.

In the summer of 2021, he helped establish, build and manage an integrated strategy and analytics department within Hockey Operations that included diverse perspectives and views on decision-making as it relates to the team on the ice.

Davidson, 33, began his career with the Blackhawks as a Hockey Operations Intern in the summer of 2010 and quickly moved up the ranks within the organization. He was promoted to a full-time position as a Hockey Analytics/Video Analyst the next season. In the summer of 2011, he was named Hockey Administration Coordinator and was elevated to Hockey Operations Manager in 2015 following the Blackhawks run to their sixth Stanley Cup in franchise history.

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Can You See Marc-Andre Fleury With The Leafs?

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Sand is rapidly running through the hourglass that has been Jack Campbell’s storybook career in goal for the Maple Leafs and time is now of the essence.

There are just three weeks to the NHL’s trade deadline and the Leafs are caught in a dilemma: What to do with their failing goaltending and whether they believe that the very likable Campbell can find his way again in time for the post-season.

There is another factor in all of this and that is the availability of Marc-Andre Fleury, who is having a rather spectacular season with the highly unspectacular Chicago Blackhawks. Fleury wouldn’t mind being traded to a contending team. He wouldn’t mind another shot at a Stanley Cup. There may be a lineup of teams looking to acquire him in the coming weeks — a lineup that should include the Leafs, Edmonton, Boston, Washington and Colorado.

Not all of them will have interest in the veteran. But right now, playing as he has all season in Chicago, Fleury would enhance the fortunes of any of those teams.

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MAF has a 10 team no trade list.

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The Vegas Golden Knights Have Interest In Marc-Andre Fleury

from Frank Seravalli of the Daily Faceoff,

While all eyes are fixed on Jack Eichel, who is set to make his Golden Knights debut on Wednesday against the best-in-West Colorado Avalanche thanks in part to a timely injury, there is perhaps a more interesting situation brewing in the Vegas crease.

GM Kelly McCrimmon indicated on Monday that goaltender Robin Lehner has an “upper-body” injury, which sources say is a torn labrum in his shoulder that will eventually require surgery. Lehner underwent a procedure in the same shoulder in Oct. 2020. He may be able to battle through to finish this season, though that much is not certain.

Because of that uncertainty, McCrimmon and the Golden Knights have been working the phones to gauge the availability of goaltenders around the league.

And that’s where it gets juicy.

Team sources say the Golden Knights have expressed interest in a potential reunion with goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

Yes, you read that correctly. The same Vezina Trophy-winning netminder that the Golden Knights traded for nothing last July, unceremoniously dumping the face of the franchise.

Will it happen?

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added 4:25pm. VGK GM responds...

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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

 

Video is below.

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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