Thoughts on a hodge podge of Blackhawks + IceHogs goings-ons during a recently busy news cycle: Associate GM and coaching roles, Sam Lafferty, Artur Kayumov, Nolan Allan, Colton Dach, Rockford playoff lineup and team awards, and draft lottery. Plus, summaries of the Hawks + Hogs final regular season games.
Thoughts on how the Blackhawks may have it within the system already to begin the rebuild from the ground floor, i.e. the 4th line. Plus, a look at whether GM Kyle Davidson is truly on the same wavelength as veteran icons Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.
A summary of the IceHogs 2-1 victory to kick off their AHL Calder Cup campaign + notes on Michal Teply, Ian Mitchell, Alec Regula, and Arvid Soderblom.
A summary of Arvid Soderblom's 1-0 shutout to propel the IceHogs to a sweep of the Stars in the 1st round of the AHL playoffs + notes on Lukas Reichel, Ian Mitchell, Wyatt Kalynuk, and Jakub Galvas. Plus, a quick thought on the Blackhawks Jones Brothers representing Team USA in the IIHF World Championship.
A look at the Blackhawks Big 4 on defense and how that has evolved from last summer to today and where the team could be headed for next season.
A look at how a powerful tool like a hiring profile can serve the Blackhawks well as they search for a head coach and even select the "best player available" in the entry draft.
Thoughts on the results of the 2022 NHL draft lottery and where the Blackhawks could go from here to possibly recoup a 1st round pick.
My responses to Blackhawks mailbag questions from readers! Topics: tradability of Seth Jones, blueline composition, goalie options, hurry-up rebuild, and more. Also, IceHogs start Round 2 vs Wolves tonight.
Thoughts on one way the Blackhawks could formulate the goalie tandem for next season and notes on the Jones Brothers at the IIHF World Championship. Plus, a look at how the IceHogs offseason could shape up now that their Calder Cup drive is over.
Thoughts on why the Blackhawks need to think twice about who they may consider trading from the cadre of high-profile players like Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Alex DeBrincat, Dylan Strome, Kirby Dach, and Seth Jones.