Question 1: I would like to see Mark McNeill get a real shot, like a 10-game look with some talent around him to see if he’s just an AHL player or has the skills to play in the NHL.
He is the second leading scorer in Rockford, and he’s paid his dues and I feel like he deserves a legit shot to get a long look in the NHL to at least get traded at worst.
Question 2: The Red Wings are still rivals, but I think the Blues have taken over as the Blackhawks’ chief rivals since the Red Wings move to the Eastern Conference, especially after the Blues defeated the Blackhawks in the opening round last year.
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I mean, if the two teams ended up in the Stanley Cup Final during this era it would be pretty big, but the Wings look to be falling off so this may be a rival like Vancouver is right now.
Question 1: The Blackhawks have surprisingly made a small amount of AHL to NHL moves this season. But as the schedule has worn on, Nick Schmaltz, Tyler Motte and Tanner Kero have all made moves one way or another.
If the Blackhawks and IceHogs were to make another move, which they will at some point, I would love to see Mark McNeill get a more extended crack at the NHL to see if he has what it takes to hang in the big league. If McNeill has good NHL tape, he can be a trade piece at the deadline.
Question 2: No doubt the Red Wings are still a rival of the Blackhawks. There are no more Original Six teams in the Western Conference besides the Blackhawks, and the Red Wings have always been one of the main adversaries to Chicago.
No other team can change the verbage of an in-stadium chant like a team that is a true rival. Watching Darren Helm in the 2009 WCF still hurts, but I still love to go back and watch Brent Seabrook’s 2013 OT winner in Game 7 as the lasting image of the modern rivalry.
I’m still just a tiny bit miffed that Marian Hossa came to Chicago from Detroit. But I can forgive that. Forever and always, DE-TROIT SUCKS!