NHL Trade Rumors never really slow down–perhaps the only exception being after the trade deadline passes. The Blackhawks lose another close one, but saw some gains even in defeat.
Welcome to Friday’s Blackhawks Daily.
The Boston Bruins may very well be looking at Noah Hanafin while other trade winds blow throughout the NHL. How about the Calgary Flames, who purportedly are ready to open up shop? Are there teams who need to make a trade now to save some pain later in the way of not giving up more than they should?
Also, how about the Vancouver Canucks all of a sudden? Keep an eye on them.
As for the Blackhawks, trades aren’t likely to be made until closer to the deadline month but if Petr Mrazek continues his stellar play into February and early March, he may be a great pickup for a team should Kyle Davidson want to go that route. Mrazek was stellar again Thursday night, despite the outcome, and really had no chance on the winning goal that banged hard off the boards and right onto Victor Hedman’s stick. It effectively finished off any chance at a Blackhawks comeback.
The Hawks get today and then head off to play Nashville Saturday before seeing Buffalo on Sunday at home. Get ready for a stretch of a lot of hockey–which could be a blessing and a curse all in one full swoop.
Blackhawks In Case You Missed It
- The Blackhawks got a pair of goals from players not named Connor Bedard. Despite some diversity in that goal scoring, Lukas Reichel and Corey Perry think there’s still a lot of room for improvement
- Speaking of Perry, remember the groans, wailing, and gnashing of teeth when the Blackhawks acquired him? Turns out he’s been one of the brightest spots of the youn season so far.
- Petr Mrazek stood out again, and the Blackhawks held their own. But they still fell 4-2 Thursday night, unable to snag the season sweep from the Tampa Bay Lightning
Hockey Now Western Conference Wrap
Colorado Hockey Now: One of the biggest bright spots for the Colorado Avalanche so far? How about Pavel Francouz, who Jared Bednar couldn’t be happier with
San Jose Hockey Now: While the season hasn’t always been a laughing matter for the San Jose Sharks this season, everyone was jovial and joking after a 5-1 win over the St. Louis Blues
Hockey Now Network Hat Trick
Carolina Hockey Now: The Carolina Hurricanes send Ryan Suzuki to the AHL for his conditioning stint, getting him closer to a return
Philly Hockey Now: Sometimes the best trades are the ones never made. A look at the Philadelphia Flyers and the deal they never followed through on
And One for the Road
Detroit Hockey Now: For sure, Tim Stutzle had an insanely great goal. But the Detroit Red Wings roared back from a four-goal deficit to ensure a point–thanks in large part to Lucas Raymond