On the Beat: Silly season has begun, and the Blackhawks are poised to act

SHARE On the Beat: Silly season has begun, and the Blackhawks are poised to act

Brandon Saad had just 18 goals and 17 assists in 82 games last season. (AP Photo)

The Stanley Cup playoffs are over and the NHL’s silly season has begun. Mark Lazerus of the Sun-Times and Tracey Myers, fresh off covering the Stanley Cup Final for NHL.com, dive into the trade speculation and what big changes could be in store ahead of next week’s draft. Historically, the Hawks have made big moves around draft time. Most of those moves were salary-cap casualties. This year, they have cap space to burn and plenty of holes to fill, so it should be a particularly interesting few weeks. Here’s a rundown of what Mark and Tracey discuss on this week’s episode of On The Beat:

0:00 The Capitals and Alex Ovechkin finally win the big one

10:45 Rocky Wirtz’s warning

13:15 Speculation season has begun; are the Hawks willing to move Brandon Saad?

17:15 Should we pump the brakes on Henri Jokiharju?

21:00 Sifting through listener trade proposals

29:30 Michal Kempny is a Stanley Cup champion

32:50 More trade proposals, free agency talk

46:52: Previewing next weekend’s NHL Draft.

Subscribe to On The Beat on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, or via RSS.

The Latest
In a signal that U.S. officials see the coronavirus as less dire, the virus will be treated as an endemic threat to health that can be managed by normal agency authorities.
The shootings occurred about five minutes apart in North Lawndale and New City.
After rallying at Federal Plaza the group went on a brief march through the Loop, carrying signs and chanting the names of others killed by police in recent years.
The Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes and the Eagles’ Jalen Hurts will bring their distinctive styles into the big game Feb. 12.