NHL Rumors: Wild, Lightning, Blackhawks, More

NHL Rumors: Wild, Lightning, Blackhawks, More

March 30th, 2020 In today's NHL rumor rundown, there is news on the Tampa Bay Lightning likely unwillingness to re-sign Cory Conacher and where he'll wind up as a result. The Minnesota Wild are interested in signing the KHL's third-leading scorer, but they can't do so quite yet. Finally, the Chicago Blackhawks are...
Today in Hockey History: March 29

Today in Hockey History: March 29

March 29th, 2020 This date in hockey history saw the Great One break even more records, including one of his own. Also, one of the league’s “Original 6” franchises had plenty of success on March 29. There was also a good amount of goaltender history made on this date, including some by an accountant....

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March 26th, 2020
Blackhawks History

One of the greatest goaltenders to ever play the game set a record that will likely never be broken on this date. A hockey legend won his first and only scoring title and an American-born player scored 100 points for the first time in National Hockey League history. Tony O Sets the Bar High Tony Esposito was one of the best goaltenders of his generation. During his Hall of Fame career, which spanned from 1968 to 1984, he won 423 games to go along with his 2.93 goals-against average (GAA) and .906 SV%. He was a five-time All-Star and took home three Vezina Trophies for being the league’s top goaltender. After playing 13 games with the Montreal Canadiens during the 1968-69 season, he was claimed by the Chicago Blackhawks in the Intra-League Draft. On March 26, 1970, Esposito shutout the Detroit Red Wings to pick up his 14th shutout of the season, breaking Harry Lumley’s “modern” record for most shutouts in a season. He finished the season with 15 shutouts, which...
March 25th, 2020
NHL Rumors

In today's NHL rumor rundown, could a recently shipped out forward make his way back to the Montreal Canadiens? In Chicago, what does a contract for Dominik Kubalik look like? And, according to NHLPA, the players only want to play for the Stanley Cup under certain conditions. Kovalchuk Back to Canadiens? Sportsnet's Eric Engels believes it’s all but assured winger Ilya Kovalchuk will return to the Montreal Canadiens on a bonus-laden deal next season. Kovalchuk was traded to the Washington Capitals at this season's trade deadline but hasn't built chemistry with anyone or likely grown attached to the city as he's only played seven games there. Ilya Kovalchuk, Montreal Canadiens (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) Engels also believes that Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin will look to the UFA market for a reliable backup goaltender to play behind Carey Price. There were comments made by Bergevin that he wouldn't shy away from offer sheets if he felt there was a good fit, but...
March 25th, 2020
Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks have some of the most historic rivalries in National Hockey League history. Although many of them are in the past, the Blackhawks have earned plenty of enemies in the last decade with their three Stanley Cups in six seasons. Here are the top three current rivals of the Blackhawks. St. Louis Blues Although it can be argued that this is a historic rivalry, the strife between the Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues is alive and well today. Alongside the Detroit Red Wings, the Blues are considered to be one of the Blackhawks' greatest foes. The Blues are the enemy now, and Blackhawks fans love it. Patrick Kane agrees as he told Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times, “I think it’s great. In the past, you could say Detroit was our No. 1 rival, but that’s probably kind of faded away since they moved to the . You see it growing with St. Louis because they are in our division. We’ve had a couple of playoff series against them....
March 25th, 2020
Blackhawks History

Today’s date is one of firsts throughout National Hockey League history. It has given plenty of new marks in both the regular season and in the Stanley Cup Playoffs over the decades. Gretzky Does the Unthinkable On March 25, 1982, Wayne Gretzky accomplished something many thought could never be done; score 200 points in a season. He entered the game against the Calgary Flames with 199 points. Early in the first period, he assisted on Pat Hughes’ goal to become the first player to ever hit the 200-point plateau. Gretzky was far from done that evening as he picked up another assist later in the first period. In the second period, he set another NHL record by scoring two shorthanded goals just 27 seconds apart. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OJemyw7VYg The Great One finished the season with 212 points. He scored 196 points the following season before having three straight seasons with over 200 points. He scored 205 in 1983-84, 208 in 1984-85 and a record 215 in...
March 25th, 2020
Blackhawks Prospects

Drafted in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2019 NHL Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks was a dream come true for Illinois-native Alex Vlasic. The 18-year-old defenseman had just finished two seasons with the United States National Team Development Program where he put up 28 points (6g-22a) from the blueline. He’s projected to be a shutdown defender who consistently makes good first passes coming out of his own zone. For those wondering, yes he is related to 14-year-old NHL veteran Marc-Edouard Vlasic from the San Jose Sharks who also happens to be a shutdown defenseman. They’re cousins. But not the only hockey stars in the family. Hockey Family Alex’s sister Emma Vlasic was a captain during her senior year at Yale University and just completed her first season in the NWHL with the Connecticut Whale. Alex may have the height advantage these days - he’s 6’6” and she is 5’7” - but she is a forward, and older by four-plus years and used to put the moves on her...
March 23rd, 2020
Blackhawks History

While there are still no new hockey games to talk about, we will continue our look back at the rich history of the sport. On this date, the greatest goal scorer to ever play took his spot at the top of the mountain. Also, one of the oldest and most heated rivalries in the National Hockey League had its first big moment. The Great One Becomes the Greatest Wayne Gretzky has held this date in his heart for 26 years. On March 24, 1994, he scored the 802nd goal of his incredible career, breaking Gordie Howe’s record which stood since 1980. Late in the second period, Gretzky received a pass from defenseman Marty McSorley and took advantage of an out-of-position Kirk McLean to make NHL history. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLC-KIDXSmo The Los Angeles Kings lost 6-3 to the Vancouver Canucks, but it is hard to believe anyone who was in attendance at the Great Western Forum that night left disappointed. "Two things separated Gordie from everyday players," Gretzky...
March 21st, 2020
Blackhawks Management

The Chicago Blackhawks could have realistically let both general manager Stan Bowman and head coach Jeremy Colliton go. The fact that the Blackhawks won’t, according to chairman Rocky Wirtz, is nevertheless for the best. Blackhawks in a Bad Way To be clear, there is no denying the Blackhawks are in bad shape. They may have won their third Stanley Cup out of six tries in 2015, but they haven’t been out of the first round since, missing the playoffs altogether in each of the last two seasons. Stan Bowman - (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Furthermore, the Blackhawks were poised to miss them for a third straight time, until the season got abruptly “suspended.” Six points out of the second wild-card spot with one more game played and 12 to go, the Blackhawks would have needed a minor miracle. That’s if the rest of the season does end up getting cancelled outright of course, which isn’t set in stone yet, according to deputy commissioner Bill Daly as recently...
March 20th, 2020
Vancouver Canucks

In today's NHL rumor rundown, there is news the Chicago Blackhawks are keeping all key decision-makers which means the direction of the club is fairly clear. Meanwhile, the Vancouver Canucks are busy trying to sign college free agent and some of their own prospects. Plus, the NHL Coaches Association launched a program today to help develop coaches while the NHL is on pause. Blackhawks to Retain Key Management and Coaching Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun Times is reporting that the Chicago Blackhawks will be retaining all three of their key leaders— president John McDonough, general manager Stan Bowman and coach Jeremy Colliton — in 2020-21. This report comes from Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz, who told The Athletic on Thursday that all three will “absolutely” return next season. Stan Bowman, Chicago Blackhawks, 2019 NHL Draft (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Pope also notes that the organization's strategy to keep all three suggests the team is looking more to...