Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links: Rooting Interest In Tommy Wingels

LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 13: Tommy Wingels
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 13: Tommy Wingels /

The Chicago Blackhawks have several former players in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but Tommy Wingels and the Boston Bruins’ success can benefit the Blackhawks

Earlier this season, the Chicago Blackhawks sent forward Tommy Wingels to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.  The conditions were if the Bruins won one round in this year’s playoffs or if the Bruins re-signed Wingels, the fifth-round pick would turn into a fourth-round pick.

Boston currently leads its playoff series with Toronto 2-1, and the Bruins will play Game 4 tonight in Toronto.

At age 30, Wingels was everything the ‘Hawks could’ve asked for and more.  The Evanston native provided a veteran presence in the locker room and gave depth to a very young roster.  He scored seven goals and five assists in 57 games with the Blackhawks this season and tallied 150 hits.

On a line with John Hayden and Lance Bouma, the ‘Hawks’ fourth line provided some much-needed effort and entertainment in a season that at times was hard to watch.  Hopefully there is the possibility that Wingels returns to Chicago next season.

In NHL news, the Los Angeles Kings were eliminated Tuesday night by the Vegas Golden Knights after being swept four straight games and only scoring three total goals.  Blackhawks fans are far too familiar with that scenario.

Olympic gold medal winner Hilary Knight was on hand for Wednesday’s Cubs game,. Unfortunately, the game was rained out.  Hopefully she’s in town for another day to get another chance to throw out the game’s first pitch.

Indy Fuel update

The Fuel lost their third game of the series against Toledo in Indianapolis on Wednesday night and have their backs up against the wall.  They will need to win four straight games in order to advance to the next round of the ECHL playoffs.

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