Corey Crawford is injury. Brent Seabrook has slipped, Marian Hossa suffered a career-ending skin condition . . . a lot happened to the Blackahawks all at once. Actually they have done a nice job retooling with kids this season. They will need to get a lot more stout on the blue line, however.
Well, he has been one of the NHL's best players since entering the league. He has shouldered a big burden for the franchise. Can he get frustrated? Will he suffer lulls? Did he get sick of Hitchcock? Does he get banged up and play on? Yes, yes, yes and yes. But I don't see a huge crisis here.
Not at a rate that is alarming. Tarasenko has had some pretty sharp assists lately. I don't see why there is so much panic.
That will be a big factor for Armstrong because he values team chemistry. He is old school that way. Some of these younger GMs lean more on analytics. Armstrong uses those tools, but he really is old school when it comes to assessing player makeup.
Yeah, those guys have a chance. Quick is playing great, Kopitar is back and Doughty is a beast. Not sure their scoring depth holds up for a deep playoff run, but they won't be fun to face.
Doughty has the more assertive reputation I suppose but Pietrangelo also logs big minutes in the toughest scenarios and he cleans up his own zone. He is more efficient than assertive. Neither guy ranks among the top offensive defensemen, but both can produce on the power play. Doughty is Cup-proven, so he has higher standing in the league.
Quick. Having a Cup-proven goaltender gives the whole group confidence. When he is on his game, he can steal win after win.
I agree with the premise of holding on to elite talent to take a big run in the following seasons, but I don't believe they will risk missing the playoffs by hanging on to their Big 3 forward prospects.
Vegas has a terrible AHL team and that hasn't helped Walman in Chicago. The Blues can't wait to have their own farm team and their own coaches. Then we'll have a better idea of where Jake is.
The salary cap forces great teams like the Blackhawks to unload good players. Two words: Artemi Panarin. Chicago was never going to fit him under the cap on his next deal. And he and Kane were magic together.
Pretty surprising. Their playoff run last year was a high wire act. And this year and they hit the pavement.
Yeah, I imagine Armstrong will add somebody once the trade spigot is flowing. I don't expect a blockbuster.
Shout out to both LA and Chicago for sustained excellence before Pittsburgh's run. Even one Cup run will lead to a lot of roster turnover due to the cap and such. Great organizations.
The last two games have no impact on potential trades. Lack for forward depth dictates that.
There is a good vibe with Yeo, this staff and this team. It would take a total collapse IMO to put Armstrong back on the market.
Most of that post-hit reaction falls short of a real fight. More message-sending than real fisticuffs. If the two guys do end up going for real, then, yes, I agree that the instigator should be called -- especially when guys flat out jump the hit-deliverer and then punch for real.
Stempniak is off IR. Let's see if actually plays . . . and if he can get it done at 34 after a hip problem. But that is the type of player that could make sense.
Given the adversity faced this season, Yeo's results to this point have been very good on balance. He is building a pretty good framework to fill in with good young talent.