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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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Game highlights are below.

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Gary Bettman And Bill Daly On The Investigation With The Chicago Blackhawks

The video is 28 1/2 minutes long.

 

added 5:27pm, or watch a 53 minute version below which includes questions from the media...

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Someone Could Have Fixed This

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

It sometimes seems that hockey is one long scandal, interrupted by the occasional game.

On-ice assaults. Sexual assaults. Coverups. Financial shenanigans. Greedy players locked out by greedier owners. Player safety working to endanger players.

It’s endless. But the Brad Aldrich abuse of Kyle Beach and Chicago’s collective refusal to deal with it has left the Blackhawks dynasty forever tainted, some of the biggest names in the game permanently disgraced, even their brightest stars now under a cloud for their conspicuous failure to remember.

Put it this way: when John Tortorella is telling you how to behave and Torts is the one who is right, you’ve got a problem.

“This wasn’t a one-man decision,” Tortorella said on ESPN. “It’s multiple people. I just don’t get why one guy couldn’t just stand up and say, ‘You know what? No. This is wrong.’

“This is sexual assault, which casts a shadow over the game of hockey. That’s what’s crazy to me, that one man couldn’t stand up and say, ‘You know what? No way. We have to get this straightened out right now.’ ”

One man. That’s all it would have taken.

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Chicago Blackhawks And Arizona Coyotes Still Without A Win This Season

from Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times,

The Blackhawks are playing like a hockey team without belief.

They’re still saying all the right things, at least when it comes to their on-ice performance. But in a 6-3 loss to the Hurricanes on Friday that extended the Hawks’ season-opening losing streak, they simply didn’t seem confident enough to turn the tide when things started going badly.

“Eight games in and we don’t have a win — it’s terrible,” Brandon Hagel said. “Early on, it’s like, ‘Let’s keep playing the same way. We’re going to get out of this. We’re going to get out of this.’ We’re still trying to do that, we’re still trying to stay positive... But obviously, the first win is in the back of everyone’s mind.”

After setting a league record by not leading once through their first six games, the Hawks have actually shown early jump and scored the first goal in each of their last two.

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from Jose M. Romero of the Arizona Republic,

Friday night found the Arizona Coyotes in an unfamiliar position this season — scoreless and tied through two periods with their best chance to win their first game of the season since a shootout loss at Buffalo on Oct. 16.

But John Carlson scored on a power play with 7:58 to play in the game, and Alex Ovechkin sealed the Washington Capitals' 2-0 win with an empty net goal in the final seconds. Prior to the first goal, the Coyotes had gone 5 for 5 on the penalty kill, but a holding penalty to Liam O'Brien gave the Capitals another man advantage, and they cashed it in.

Goaltender Karel Vejmelka gave the Coyotes a lift with his play. With the Coyotes unable to generate much offense putting up only 16 shots on goal for the game, Vejmelka and the penalty kill, until late, loomed large for the team against the Capitals in the Coyotes' third game of a six-game road trip.

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They Failed To Help Kyle Beach

from Mark Spector of Sportnet,

Joel Quenneville was among the first to learn about what happened to Kyle Beach, while Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews says he heard about it at the following training camp, back in the fall of 2010.

Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith both put a much longer timeline on when they began to hear “rumours” about what had precipitated the departure of video coach Brad Aldrich.

But when you piece together the timeline of the three pillars of that dynastic Chicago Blackhawks club and their head coach, what emerges is a clear picture of the final, most organic level of failure, in an organization that failed Kyle Beach at every level possible.

The dressing room.

After the team president, the general manager, ownership, and the head coach failed to immediately report or investigate the allegations, some Blackhawks player leaders — even a decade later — failed one of their own in not reaching out in support of Beach.

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Joel Quenneville Should Not Coach Again This Season

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Joel Quenneville’s season should come to an abrupt end on Thursday.

And when it resumes – assuming it resumes – should be in the hands of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

Quenneville was coach of the eventual Stanley Cup winning Chicago Blackhawks of 2010, and he like general manager Stan Bowman, like senior director of hockey administration Al MacIsaac, like then team president John McDonough was made aware of the sexual assault allegations against video coach Brad Aldrich.

And all of them chose to look the other way.

Bowman has since resigned or been fired, often there is little difference between the two in professional sports. MacIsaac is out as well as every other front office Blackhawks employee who was part of the team in 2010. Quenneville was the head coach, he worked closest with Aldrich, and he now plays the part of Roger Clemens among witnesses – remembering next to nothing when interviewed by the law firm of Jenner and Block.

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Kyle Beach Is John Doe

from TSN,

After playing major junior hockey with the Everett Silvertips and Lethbridge Hurricanes in the Western Hockey League, Kyle Beach was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round, 11th overall, in the 2008 NHL entry draft.

Kyle was recalled during the 2010 playoffs as a Black Ace with the NHL team, practicing alongside the Blackhawks regulars. Over subsequent seasons, Beach played mostly in the American Hockey League and in European hockey leagues.

Beach is now 31 and playing pro hockey in Germany. On Wednesday, Beach joined TSN’s SportsCentre to discuss the sexual abuse allegations he has made against former Blackhawks video coach Brad Aldrich.

Watch and/or read the transcript at TSN.

added 6:34pm, you can watch it below too.

added 7:07pm, below is a statement from the Chicago Blackhawks.

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More Answers Needed

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

It’s not over yet. There are a lot of questions that need answers.

First because it’s the most time-sensitive: shouldn’t everyone involved get on a call and agree it’s a good idea to give Joel Quenneville the night off? The coach said this morning he will meet with commissioner Gary Bettman Thursday in the aftermath of the painful Chicago investigation released Tuesday.

The Boston Globe’s Matt Porter reported that Quenneville was asked if he stood by the statement he released in July — that he first learned of the Chicago allegations last summer? Quenneville answered yes, but wouldn’t comment further.

That is in direct disagreement with the investigation, which stated he was worried about it becoming a distraction prior to the 2010 Stanley Cup Final, and wrote a positive performance evaluation for Brad Aldrich after the victory.

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