Frequent Game Time newspaper contributor Kevin Lorenz composed this look at what could've been had the Blues drafted with the hindsight that we now have. Kris Letang and Jonathan Toews? Yes, please. - Hildy The NHL Draft is upcoming. And with it comes one of the more influential sources of optimism for Blues fans. Remember how great Lars Eller would be? Or Erik Johnson's future partner for the next ten years, Ian Cole. Uh, or just Erik Johnson? Fast forward to draft steal Ty Rattie, or hidden gem Tommy Vannelli and we have a long list of players who provided Blues fans with enthusiasm for the future… and who may not have lived up to sometimes overly-lofty expectations. But what if we could get
Despite holding the No. 8 selection in this weekend's NHL draft, the highest the Blackhawks have picked since taking Patrick Kane first in 2007, general manager Stan Bowman has been exploring trades to move up as high as No. 3. Consensus among NHL analysts is that the Sabres and Hurricanes will take defenseman Rasmus Dahlin and winger Andrei Svechnikov, respectively, with the first two picks Friday night, but beyond those prospects there's not much certainty. "A lot of the teams in that range 3 through 7, they aren't sure they want to move down because they think they might get someone they value highly at that spot," Bowman said Thursday in a conference call with reporters. The Hawks own eight picks in the two-day draft — Rounds 2-7 are Saturday — including a second first-round selection at No. 27 and two third-round picks.
Last night was the 2018 NHL Awards, and while it was every bit the glorious gong show we expected (how about those card tricks, huh?), there was something missing: the Blues. Yes, the Blues were in several of the highlight-reel clips being scored on, but none of them were up for an award. The highest that any Blue ranked was Alex Pietrangelo coming in 9th in Norris voting. So, to make up for the lack of Blues last night, Tyler and Adam have given you their picks for a very Blues-centric awards. Not every award applies (obviously the Jennings probably isn't appropriate here), but regardless, Tyler and Adam have done their best to choose who on the team would win hardware if the Blues were the
When the 2017-18 season ended, one of the many thoughts on Chicago Blackhawks fans' minds was which free agents would be returning for the 2018-19 season. John Hayden and Vinnie Hinostroza were without a doubt the two players fans wanted to return the most. On June 15, the Hawks released statements that both Hayden and Hinostroza signed two-year contract extensions. Many fans breathed a sigh of relief when the news was released, mainly because of what these two young players bring to the table and the potential they have to help the Hawks get back to being playoff contenders. What Hayden Brings Hayden played 47 games with the Hawks this season and tallied four goals and nine assists. He spent
Scott Foster came out of nowhere and immediately returned there after serving as an emergency goalie for the Blackhawks in March. Instead of milking his fleeting fame, the 36-year-old Foster went back to his day job as an accountant at Golub Capital and hadn't been heard from until Wednesday night, when he was called onto the stage at the NHL awards show in Las Vegas. Foster and nominal comedian Jim Belushi were co-presenters of the Vezina Trophy, which honors the league's top goalie. Displaying the same sense of calm confidence he showed in his flawless relief appearance at the United Center, Foster got the better of the banter with Belushi, who once again inexplicably served as a representative of Chicago despite the city's repeated efforts to disown him.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are a very weird team. I read this tweet the other day and the few that preceded it mentioning the other teams in a similar comfortably flexible position: When people say Lou Lamoriello did nothing as GM of the Leafs, I want to print that out, roll up the paper and bop them on the nose. With the paper. Honest. A perusal of Cap Friendly's front page shows that most of the teams with low numbers of roster players, a low cap hit and good SPC space are teams just beginning a rebuild like the Rangers and Canucks or are perennial cap floor teams like Carolina or the Devils, who are at least a year behind the Leafs in building back up. The only playoff teams in a similar spot
On June 19, Elliotte Friedman tweeted: “There is word today that Artemi Panarin has told CLB that he is not ready to consider an extension 'at this time'” (UFA July 2019.) As a result, the Blue Jackets are testing the market for him.” Friedman is a Canadian sports journalist who serves as a hockey reporter for Sportsnet, an insider for The NHL Network and a regular on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada. He is perhaps the most knowledgeable and trusted pundit in hockey today. When he has something to report, it can be taken to the bank. This earthquake of an announcement has to have every team in the league re-assessing their trade, draft and salary cap plans. Reliable scoring from a plus player is
Claude Giroux did receive some love Wednesday night, but his finish in the Hart Memorial Trophy race may be even more painful than before. By Jordan Hall