Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The Chicago Blackhawks didn’t make the trade that was supposed to be a done deal, and low and behold it was the rival St. Louis Blues who pulled the trigger for Nail Yakupov.
The Chicago Blackhawks were believed to be ready to trade for the lost 1st round draft pick Nail Yakupov if you believed the rumor mill on Thursday, but I think most Hawks fans almost had a sigh of relief that they didn’t end up making a move to get Yakupov.
Let’s really think about it, the one person that wouldn’t have liked him on the roster is Joel Quenneville which likes puck possession, confidence and speed and Yakupov only has one of those characteristics and oh by the way he doesn’t play defense.
So that being said the big winner in this non-trade has to be the current Chicago Blackhawks prospects who look to be getting one more player on the active roster.
Of course the question has to be which guys stay and which guys go, and the thing is the final Chicago Blackhawks preseason game could be the measuring stick for the Final Exam.
The good news is that the final Chicago Blackhawks preseason game is tonight which of course means that opening night is right around the corner. The other night all the young Blackhawks prospects looked great, the question will be who can carry it over to tonight’s contest.
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Here are some Chicago Blackhawks morning links to start your weekend.
Marian Hossa finally made it back to the Chicago Blackhawks training camp, and he has no idea which line he will be playing on (Blackhawks)
It’s time for the Chicago Blackhawks to give Mark McNeill a real shot at making the roster (Second City)
Ryan Hartman is bringing more bite to his game this year while he tries to replace Andrew Shaw (CSN)
Breaking down the Chicago Blackhawks possible roster moves heading to opening night (Daily Herald)
It appears that 20 year old Gustav Forsling is not heading back to Sweden but here to stay (Sun-Times)
Getting traded to the St. Louis Blues is exciting for Yakupov because he says he doesn’t know what winning is like (Pro Hockey Talk)
Check out the Colorado Avalanche’s pretty wild roster move (Mile High Sticking)
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Here is a preview of the Tampa Bay Lightning (Puck Daddy)