Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman held court Thursday, for the first time since April, and he really didn’t have much of substance to offer the media or Blackhawks fans
It’s a Joel Quenneville joke, yes, but it’s pretty much accurate for what Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman offered at his latest press event Thursday.
The conference call allowed reporters to ask Bowman about a variety of topics — Corey Crawford’s health, Marian Hossa’s contract, the upcoming NHL draft and possible trades. Bowman skirted pretty much all of it without actually saying “no comment.”
Here’s a tweet-by-tweet recap of Bowman’s presser, courtesy the timeline of Chicago Sun-Times beat man Mark Lazerus.
What does it all mean?
Though Bowman didn’t have much of substance to say, there were some interesting tidbits in here.
First of all, Bowman vaguely said Crow is expected to be back, which would imply he’ll be active for training camp. That’s not explicitly clear, but that is what he’s hinting at.
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The Blackhawks typically are mysterious with their injuries, but Crow’s has been something else entirely. It’s be publicly announced as a number of issues, and then everyone who could have knowledge of the situation just stopped talking about it.
Is he still dealing with vertigo or some other head issue? Is it getting better or worse? Is that not even really the problem, and is he dealing with something else entirely? Bowman did not care to elaborate, but let’s hope Crow is indeed active and healthy for the 2018 training camp.
The tweet of this group that most interested me beyond the Crow stuff was about the Blackhawks’ No. 8 overall draft pick, which they can use Friday. Bowman said there was not a lot of interest among the top seven teams in moving down.
That means the Blackhawks have had discussions about actually moving up in the draft, which is very interesting. At the moment, it doesn’t sound like those have gone anywhere, but trading for something like a top-five pick would certainly shake up the Blackhawks.
Not only would they get a talent who could, theoretically, help the NHL product right away, they’d also likely trade some personnel assets to move up. That could mean Hossa’s contract, or it could mean someone like Artem Anisimov or, in a crazy world, Brent Seabrook.
That’s all speculation … because Bowman said nothing other than phrases that made for more speculation. We’ll get a more clear picture of the Blackhawks’ immediate future come Friday, when the NHL draft begins in Dallas.