Sleepy Starts, The Search Committee, World Juniors Reschedule? and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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Sleepy Starts, The Search Committee, World Juniors Reschedule? and Other Blackhawks Bullets

Chicago Blackhawks

Sorry for the late start for Blackhawks Bullets today. I figured after last night’s game, I would honor the effort given by Chicago by not getting into work until 10 a.m. Fortunately for you, I’m not going to phone-in the rest of the post.

•   Don’t worry, at least the team knew they were flat last night…

•   Sound familiar?

•   Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

•   I don’t know what they need to be ready to play right from the first puck drop. These guys are paid professional athletes, most making seven-figures. They should be ready to go at 7:00, or 7:30, or 6:30, or whatever time the game is set to start.

•   At least they are trying, though…

•   At 16-22-7, last night’s Blackhawks looked like the 16-22-7 club that is destined for the NHL Draft Lottery, for which they don’t own their 2022 first round pick. The illusion that they are good enough to get on a run to get into a postseason chase, not even into the postseason itself, just to chase a spot, should be gone from our mind.

•   To get this Blackhawks squad into the realm of contention, whoever is going to be put into the permanent GM role is going to have their hands full. And that’s not just coming from me, that’s a sentiment coming from the interim head coach who has to mold this current roster into “winners.”

•   Finding that new GM is becoming a big group project. With the “Town Hall” event set for tomorrow night, the Blackhawks announced the addition of three team legends to the search committee. Former players Eddie Olczyk, Marian Hossa, and Patrick Sharp will help Rocky and Danny Wirtz, along with Jaime Faulkner in the GM search and interview process.

•   Olczyk had previously been mentioned as a potential candidate for the potential President of Hockey Operations position, but it appears the team will not be using that role and allowing the new GM role to be the head of all hockey operations, essentially combining what Stan Bowman was previously doing but now under just one title.

•   I do like having the input of more recent players like Sharp and Hossa, and Olczyk is connected to the game outside of the four walls of the Blackhawks due to his national broadcast duties, so I can trust his knowledge, connections, and persepctive around the league to know what works.

•   In the meantime, look! Baby content!

•   That’s adorable.

•   The United Center is going to be adding a new Sportsbook in the arena with a partnership with FanDuel.

•   Count me in!

•   Speaking of new additions, the NHL All-Star skills completion will have two new “Vegas” themed events this weekend.

•   I love how the league didn’t want the Vegas expansion franchise associated with gambling, and then five years later, every NHL game has multiple betting commercials and we’re watching player play blackjack on Las Vegas Boulevard.

•   My, how times change.

•   Ottawa and Edmonton played in front of a sellout crowd last night…

•   *Insert Arizona Coyotes joke here*

•   Want to see a kid who’s better at hockey than you?

•   Somewhere, John Tortorella’s head is exploding.

•   Big news out of the world of Junior hockey as the IIHF is reportedly looking to reschedule the remainder of the Men’s World Junior Championships tournament in August.

•   Not sure if that means the same rosters will be available, but it probably will. So Blackhawks prospects Wyatt Kaiser, Landon Slaggert, and Drew Commesso would be able to re-join Team USA, with Michael Krutil re-joining Team Czechia as well.

•   Is this it? For real this time?

•   Ending today with amazing news from the political realm, intersecting with the hockey realm. U.S. President Joe Biden will honor Willie O’Ree, the first Black player in NHL history, with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor one can receive from the U.S. Congress.

•   O’Ree recently had his No. 22 retired by the Boston Bruins. Two amazing honors for a player like O’Ree with such an impact on the game.

•   That will do it for today. Hope you all enjoy your Tuesday!



Author: Mario Tirabassi

Mario Tirabassi is a writer for Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Mario_Tirabassi.