There has been more information and assumptions coming out since the firing of John McDonough. I didn't offer my opinion on McDonough yet, so let me offer that, as well as take a look around as to what may be coming in Chicago.
We're back with another Blackhawks Armchair GM blog. Before we jump in though, there was a small piece of news out of Rockford this weekend. Anton Wedin has decided to head back to the SHL. Ok, now on to our Armchair GM – Part 5. This edition features nickmo2699. Let's see what he did as GM.
I felt like the former Blackhawks goalies weren't getting any love they deserved for their randomness, so I'm working in Jocelyn Thibault to this edition of Random Blackhawks Spotlight. Let's take a look at how he came into the Blackhawks organization and where he is today.
I hope everyone is remaining safe and healthy over there! I hope you're staying sane as well. I've been going crazy at times with the kids over here. We've resorted to painting rocks to pass the time. Anyway, I wanted to mix it up with a mailbag edition.
Now, with no other hockey news, let alone Blackhawks news to talk about, let's revisit the 2010 Blackhawks. I have just completed the first 6 games of the Hawks run and they have just defeated Nashville in a tough series, 3 games to 2. I will not be breaking down specific games or goals or plays, but rather players and overall thoughts. Below are the first 10 things that came to my head immediately after watching these games.
I really struggled as to what member of the A-B-C line to cover on the Random Blackhawks Spotlight and I have landed on Kyle Calder. You knew I had to cover one of them. Let's take a look Calder’s career in a snapshot.
We're on episode 6 of our Armchair GMin' and this edition features GM Theo, or as many of you know him AEL_Fox. To set the table, let's look at what Theo was working with to construct this team.
You might be wondering why I went this random with my spotlight. I mean, Adrian Aucoin only played a couple of seasons in Chicago, totaling just 92 games. And those 2 seasons from 2005-2007 were very unforgettable to the Blackhawks Captain as he was marred by injuries and didn't put up the offensive numbers the Hawks needed him too. Stay with me though as this spotlight is a bit of a theme this week, as this Aucoin article is as much a flashback as it is a tale of influence.
I have been thinking about this blog for some time now because while Keith's accomplishments above at extremely impressive and will forever be etched in Blackhawks history, it's his influence now at age 36 (soon-to-be 37) that will live on for years, possibly decades to come with the next wave of Hawks younger players.
I have been relatively quiet on this front since the season was shut down as I awaited some sort of news or direction but this persistent virus has kept us all in limbo. Well, there has appeared to be some progress by the NHL and NHLPA who have agreed on a 24-team format when the season resumes.
Hey, look at that, the Blackhawks are a "playoff team"… well kind of. Note the quotation marks surrounding playoff team. The official Phase 2 has been confirmed by Gary Bettman and the NHL and it has the Hawks as the 12th seed in the West playing the Edmonton Oilers, who are the 5th seed. Let's break it down. *REMINDER* NO POLITICS TALK
It was a wise move by the NHL to jump on announcing a potential return-to-play format before any of the other major sports. I was actually surprised at that as the NHL tends to follow others (like the NBA, NFL) in larger decisions vs. lead the conversation. They have succeeded in one thing that's for sure, and that's creating conversation and a buzz again around the sport. This is why I aptly titled this one "Stuff is happening" because now when I log onto Twitter, there are so many conversations and announcements happening.