Tag: Stan Bowman

NHL Free Agency: The Central Division Cap Situations

NHL Free Agency: The Central Division Cap Situations
With the retirement of Nicklas Lidstrom in Detroit becoming official, there should be two immediate responses from Blackhawks fans: Respect. He was the best of his era. Fear. The Wings now have an enormous amount of cap space. Looking around the Central Division, this will be an interesting summer. And teams will have some money... Read more »

Blackhawks Bring Back Mayers, Oduya: What Does It Mean?

Blackhawks Bring Back Mayers, Oduya: What Does It Mean?
The Blackhawks announced a number of roster moves on Tuesday, including four prospects getting entry-level deals and the organization re-signing veterans Jamal Mayers (one year, $650,000) and Johnny Oduya (three years at $3.375M cap hit). Of course, the next question for fans is simple: what does bringing back Mayers and Oduya mean in 2012-13? Let’s take... Read more »

Chicago Blackhawks: Dale Hunter Resigns In Washington, Hawks Should Call Him

Chicago Blackhawks: Dale Hunter Resigns In Washington, Hawks Should Call Him
On Monday morning, Dale Hunter stepped down as the head coach of the Washington Capitals. He needs to now become the top candidate to replace Mike Haviland on the Chicago Blackhawks bench. There are a number of factors to consider when thinking about adding Hunter to the Blackhawks bench. First, Hunter was an exceptional head... Read more »
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NHL Free Agency: 10 Unrestricted Targets For The Chicago Blackhawks

NHL Free Agency: 10 Unrestricted Targets For The Chicago Blackhawks
On Sunday, the third team from the Central Division was bounced out of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs when the LA Kings swept the division-winning St. Louis Blues. What we’ve seen is the Kings, who were the eight seed, hammer the top two teams in the Western Conference with ease; they have needed only nine... Read more »

Chicago Blackhawks: Grading Stan Bowman's Trades

Chicago Blackhawks: Grading Stan Bowman's Trades
Earlier this week we looked back at and evaluated the free agent moves Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman made between the end of the 2010-11 season and the final horn sounding against Phoenix. Now, let’s consider the trades Bowman made when shaping the 2011-12 Blackhawks roster Bowman made four trades in June last summer,... Read more »

Chicago Blackhawks Summer Fixes: Blue Line Help Possible

Chicago Blackhawks Summer Fixes: Blue Line Help Possible
Now that we’ve looked back at the free agents Stan Bowman signed last summer, let’s look at a guy they should spend some of the Brian Campbell-created cap space on this summer. There were some obvious issues with the group of defensemen available to coach Joel Quenneville at the end of the year, and both... Read more »
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Chicago Blackhawks: Grading Stan Bowman’s Free Agent Moves

Chicago Blackhawks: Grading Stan Bowman’s Free Agent Moves
Before we can look ahead to potential summer shopping, it’s a worthy exercise to look back at the past performance of Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman. Bowman made a number of moves before and during the 2011-12 season that he hoped would put the team a position to win. Ultimately, the roster he gave... Read more »

Chicago Blackhawks: Roster Decisions Needed Saturday

Chicago Blackhawks: Roster Decisions Needed Saturday
While meeting the media on Friday, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville confirmed that the coaching staff will have a conversation about whether they turn to Ray Emery in net for Game Five in Phoenix. That’s just one of a number of decisions the team needs to make to improve their chances of winning on Saturday, and... Read more »

Blackhawks-Coyotes: THE Playoff Preview

Blackhawks-Coyotes: THE Playoff Preview
With their win on Saturday night, the Phoenix Coyotes clinched the Pacific Division title and a first round playoff matchup with the Chicago Blackhawks. So how do the two teams stack up? We have already talked about how the Blackhawks performed in the regular season games against the Coyotes, noting the Hawks 1-2-1 record against... Read more »
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Chicago Blackhawks vs. Pacific Division: Why Regular Season Means Nothing

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Pacific Division: Why Regular Season Means Nothing
Fans in Chicago is looking at Phoenix, Los Angeles and San Jose and picking which team they would prefer the Blackhawks face in the first round of the playoffs. This, of course, is living under the assumption that the Hawks don’t win in regulation on Sunday in Detroit and face Nashville. But I digress… On... Read more »