Reichel Gets on the Board, Minor Front Office News, Mikita's Birthday, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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Reichel Gets on the Board, Minor Front Office News, Mikita’s Birthday, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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What did we learn on Thursday night? The Avalanche aren’t going to sweep their way through the Western Conference and the Florida Panthers are in a world of trouble. But there were a few other noteworthy items from the hockey world yesterday. So let’s dig in.

Here’s tonight’s playoff schedule:

Rangers @ Hurricanes — 7 PM CT — ESPN
Oilers @ Flames — 9:30 PM CT — ESPN

•   We’re thinking about the family of the late Stan Mikita today on what would have been his 82nd birthday. Stosh is, in my estimation, the greatest Blackhawk ever — Patrick Kane and Co. are still chasing his records and may never catch them. He wore only one sweater during his entire Hall of Fame career.

•   Lukas Reichel has joined Germany’s team at the World Championship tournament in Finland. He was a scratch on Thursday. Reichel was in action on Friday morning and picked up a secondary assist for his first point for Germany. Then he scored his first goal of the tournament. Reichel added a primary assist for a three-point game.

•   The Blackhawks reportedly made a couple minor changes to their front office staff. Pierre Gauthier, who was a senior advisor of player personnel, and Russian scout Andre Nikolishin are no longer with the organization. Neither is listed on the team’s website any longer. Gauthier was previously the general manager of the Canadiens. The departure of Gauthier isn’t a shock, but Nikolishin’s departure does raise some questions about the future of Hawks prospects in Russia.

•   Ross Colton was the hero for Tampa last night, scoring the game-winning goal with 3.8 seconds remaining in regulation.

•   The Nashville Predators announced their coaching staff has received two-year extensions on Thursday. So cross John Hynes off your coaching bingo card.

•   Now we know when the NHL Award winners will be announced. As we previously noted, the Central Division is loaded with finalists.


•   Apparently LL Cool J is influencing the Cubs’ offense this year. Don’t call it a comeback… because there haven’t been many this season.

Author: Tab Bamford

Tab is the Lead Blackhawks voice for BN. He is the author of two books about the Blackhawks, most recently "Chicago Blackhawks: An Illustrated Timeline" (Reedy Press, 2021). Find him on Twitter at @The1Tab