Tag: Jonathan Toews

Blackhawks no longer dodging bullets

Scotty Bowman, the Blackhawks senior advisor of hockey operations, said he thought the Blackhawks “dodged a few bullets” during October. They won a few games they shouldn’t have or earned two points thanks to the shootout. That will always catch up with a team (the same can be said when you’re losing.)  And it came... Read more »

What Toews wants to see on the Blackhawks power play

“What’s up with the power play?  I used to be excited when we got a power play in the past.  Now I feel like we’re not gonna score.” That was the first call of the night on the WGN postgame show after Saturday’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins. Other than Patrick Kane’s move... Read more »

This will be a topic every year with Toews

Lots of headlines lately about Jonathan Toews as a candidate for the Hart Trophy (MVP) in the NHL.   The Blackhawks captain has made a serious run.  Every goal he scores seems to be a timely one.  He, along with the other top-end guys on the team, have helped resuscitate the Hawks season. But this... Read more »

Toews tested as captain

Tomorrow, we’ll head “on the breakaway” with Jonathan Toews during the Blackhawks Central pregame show (WGN 720AM, 7:10 p.m.) before the Blackhawks and Blue Jackets square off.  Here are two things No. 19 covers. This year has tested Toews’ ability as the Blackhawks captain.     “There are so many different things being thrown at you, everything... Read more »

Officiating out of Blackhawks control

The officials haven’t done the Blackhawks any favors lately.  And while that can rattle teams, the cold reality is they have to find the resolve to play through it. The Blackhawks could have had a 4-0 first period lead in Dallas, but the officials on the ice (and the hockey operations department in Toronto) denied... Read more »

Thoughts about the Frolik deal

A few things to keep in mind about the Michael Frolik deal (in no particular order). Frolik gives the Blackhawks, potentially, a second line center.  Frolik has been playing almost exclusively on the wing with the Panthers.  He can play all three positions and Joel Quenneville loves versatility.   This team desperately needs someone who... Read more »


It was just a snapshot.   But, it typified what ailed the Blackhawks in the first half and what it will take to change things in the second half. There was Duncan Keith — the reigning Norris Trophy winner — quietly sitting in the Staples Center box last night serving his delay of game penalty... Read more »