Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! The NHL trade winds started blowing early on Monday when Stan Bowman got to work.
It looked like if there was a player to get moved at the trade deadline it could be Michal Kempny since he never really could get out of Joel Quenneville‘s dog house. Even when he did see action he never seemed unleashed.
As stated in earlier posts yesterday, Stan Bowman doesn’t like to wait until the last second to make a move. He always likes firing the first shot of the trade deadline. Even when he got Antoine Vermette a few years ago it was nowhere near the trade deadline.
Getting a conditional third round pick is alright I guess, the thing is Stan Bowman’s drafting hasn’t been that great so getting more picks is better than fewer ones since he struggles to find the target on talent.
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The interesting thing out there is the notion that teams are calling Stan Bowman about Artem Anisimov. I guess the only interesting thing is the fact that the rumor is Bowman has said he’s untouchable right now. He could be off the table or that could just be a smokescreen to get something better than what’s being offered right now.
Even with the Ryan Hartman trade rumor the words “kicking the tires” only means that the winds are just starting to pick up. Should be fun heading to the deadline!
Here are some morning links to start your Tuesday.
The Chicago Blackhawks have notified the racist fans from the Washington Capitals game that they are no longer welcome to attend games at the United Center (Blackhawks)
There are some that want to know the names of the fans (Tribune)
The window may be shut this year but it’s not necessarily closed all the way for years to come (Washington Post)
What’s new up in Rockford with the IceHogs (Faxes From Uncle Dale)
Las Vegas says Vegas is the odds on favorite to win the Stanley Cup (Vegas Review Journal)
Are the Dallas Stars getting too comfortable (Blackout Dallas)
Will injuries change the Colorado Avalanche view of the trade deadline (Mile High Sticking)
Should the Winnipeg Jets stand pat or make a move at the deadline (Pro Hockey Talk)
Anaheim Ducks doing it differently to avoid the Vegas Flu (Puck Daddy)