Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The calendar has turned to June which is still a long ways away from October, but it’s a big month on the NHL calendar in 2017.
The Chicago Blackhawks bowed out of the Stanley Cup playoffs for the second consecutive year in the month of April which makes the offseason truly drag on and on and on.
The one thing different than other offseasons will be the expansion draft which is in the month of June which will make month at least interesting with all the trade rumors and protected lists getting announced and talked about.
Of course in Chicago, the two names that will be thrown around the most will be Trevor van Riemsdyk and Marcus Kruger, but when the rumors really get spiced up they will most certainly contain the name Brent Seabrook.
Stan Bowman said he wasn’t happy, and he made a few quick changes on the Hawks and Rockford’s coaching staffs, but the real test on how upset he is will be this month when the real wheeling and dealing starts to happen.
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If Bowman is really upset he will make a move of one of his longtime core players whether or not the salary cap comes into play in my opinion. Seabrook’s contract is the worst of all of the core’s contracts and with his skill set starting to decline is the reason he is the most talked about player getting moved this offseason.
June will be an exciting month, and I’m glad it has finally arrived!
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Here are some morning links to start your day.
For the first time in 5 seasons the Chicago Blackhawks will play all their games indoors (CSN)
Robin Press will be playing for the Rockford Ice Hogs next season (Second City)
Just like 30 other teams in the NHL, The Blackhawks are talking trade with Vegas (Committed Indians)
TVR is horrible and why would the Vegas Golden Knights trade for him (Faxes From Uncle Dale)
Terrible third period dooms the Preds in Game #2 of the Stanley Cup Final (On The Forecheck)
Another quick burst gives the Pens a 2-0 lead in the Final (New York Times)