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Chicago Blackhawks Roundtable: Circus Trip Goodbyes And Newcomers

By Colin Likas
Feb 2, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks fans react to a goal by Chicago Blackhawks right wing Richard Panik (not pictured) in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 2, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks fans react to a goal by Chicago Blackhawks right wing Richard Panik (not pictured) in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 21, 2016; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks forward Vinnie Hinostroza (48) skates against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports /

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Question 1: I think most everyone — from the front office, to the beat writers and fans — is happy that the Circus Trip is coming to an end in some capacity. Blackhawks players and media members will now be able to have a semi-normal Thanksgiving holiday, as well as a more balanced regular-season schedule.

As for for the impact on the fans, the Circus Trip often stacked home games on top of each other later in the season, making it difficult for fans to attend the games due to cost and time constraints. Of course, I don’t think anyone will miss trying to fight off sleep while watching a 1 a.m. OT result multiple times in the two-week stretch.

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  • Question 2: I’m a big fan of Vinnie Hinostroza so far. An Illinois native and a University of Notre Dame graduate, he broke into the mix in a big way against the Canucks on this past Circus Trip.

    Since then, he has looked like a different player, he has looked more confident in his stickhandling ability as well as his comfort level with taking shots, and making better decisions. I think that Hinostroza has a bright future ahead of him in the near future.

    Sean Fitzgerald

    Question 1: I think it is a bad thing that the Circus Trip is ending. In years past, it has been a chance for the entire team to bond over their shared experience on the road. It forces the entire team to get to know each other and benefits the team come playoff time.

    The Blackhawks also tend to thrive on the Circus Trip. They have not had a losing record since 2006 on the trip. The Blackhawks also judge themselves against a harsh schedule to see what they are made of.

    Question 2: The newcomer with the the brightest future is Tyler Motte. Motte has been stalled by injury, but before his injury he was showing the scoring prowess he had in college.

    With Ryan Hartman starting to score more as of late, the early play of Motte has been overshadowed. Motte seems to have top-line scoring talent. He currently has three goals and three assists.

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