With Jeff Greenberg aboard, Blackhawks seek to ‘close the gap’ between baseball, hockey data systems
MLB teams have surged far ahead of NHL teams in terms of information gathering, processing and utilizing in decision-making. With Greenberg, a former Cubs executive, as their new associate general manager, the Hawks hope to adopt baseball’s advances.
Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and others cited the Rangers and Kings as evidence the Hawks, too, could return to contention soon. But their general manager cautioned it “might take a little longer than they may hope, perhaps.”
The Hawks’ 15.4% chance of winning the No. 1 or 2 overall pick didn’t come to fruition Tuesday, and the pick is now gone for good — completing the regrettable Seth Jones trade package.
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Strome’s massive first- to second-half turnaround validated his trust in his abilities. “You’ve just got to trust yourself, believe in yourself, and ... take your chances and run with it,” he said.
Aimed for an audience of 8- to 12-year-olds, Aliu shares his journey of dealing with the difficulties of assimilating in Ukraine and Canada and the hazing and systemic racism he experienced pursuing his dream of playing pro hockey.
Crawford’s departure is more notable because he had been with the Hawks for three years and had one year left on his contract as associate coach. The head-coaching search, meanwhile, should begin soon.
Lankinen finished his difficult season 8-15-6 with an .891 save percentage, which ranked 60th among 64 NHL goalies, but he insisted he was “pretty happy with the progress” he made.
The Hawks’ 3-2 overtime defeat Friday perfectly exemplified their overall 2021-22 campaign, which they finished 28-42-12 — in 27th place in the NHL standings.
Lafferty signed a two-year contract with a $1.15 million cap hit with the Hawks on Friday. Plus, tidbits on Taylor Raddysh, Kirby Dach and Tyler Johnson heading into the offseason.
Greenberg will join GM Kyle Davidson and fellow associate GM Norm Maciver to complete the three-man group leading the Hawks’ front office.
The Hawks ended up playing a crucial role in the wildest night of the NHL season Wednesday, with Tyler Johnson’s shootout winner giving the Stars the last available playoff spot.
Jones’ accountability when evaluating himself and the Hawks all season has been impressive. He has objectively played better than he has given himself credit for, though.
“I need to be at another level coming into next year,” Kane said Tuesday. “That starts with just having a good summer and getting 100% healthy.”
Kevin Lankinen’s strong 33-save outing helped the Hawks translate a fast start into a 3-1 win Monday. Plus, Dylan Strome was nominated for the Masterton Trophy.
DeBrincat said he’s “open to talking” about a contract extension when he becomes eligible in July, even as another “definitely frustrating” season with the Hawks comes to a close.
The Hawks, losers of 12 of their last 14, have only three games left. “This is just draining right now,” interim coach Derek King said.
Stillman recently played his 100th career NHL game, a meaningful milestone to him. But he expects to multiply that number many times.
Kevin Lankinen was decisively beaten by San Jose’s Kaapo Kahkonen in the goaltending battle Saturday as the Hawks lost 4-1.
Not to tell coach Billy Donovan how to do his job, but we suggest dialing up a game plan that doesn’t involve falling behind by three touchdowns in the first quarter.
The Hawks have squandered 14 straight leads since March 24, during which time they haven’t won a single game in regulation. “Sometimes you need a ‘live to fight another day’ kind of attitude,” interim coach Derek King said.
The rookie defensemen have formed half of the Hawks’ top two defensive pairs in recent weeks, and they’ve handled being thrown into the fire well.
The Hawks tallied a season-low 16 shots on goal and 13 scoring chances in their 4-1 loss Thursday — although they did dodge an injury scare to Collin Delia.
DeBrincat was tied for eighth in the NHL in goals after scoring the overtime winner Wednesday against the Coyotes. He also ranks among the top 15 in shots and scoring chances.
McCabe has gone from one losing team in the Sabres to another in the Hawks, and his individual game hasn’t lived up to expectations this season, either.
Alex DeBrincat’s goal lifted the Hawks to a 4-3 win, their second in their last 12 games, in their last-ever trip to Gila River Arena.
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