Chicago Coaching Hire Close (or Not), Barkley Talks Puck, Canucks Sign a Comrade, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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Chicago Coaching Hire Close (or Not), Barkley Talks Puck, Canucks Sign a Comrade, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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Well, if you were wondering if the Lightning had an answer for the Avalanche’s attack, Game Three was a resounding yes. The Avs scored first, but the goal was taken off the board because they were offside (thanks to a lengthy review). And Colorado got to within 3-2 before Tampa took off and won the game 6-2.

  • So the Blackhawks diiiiiidn’t hire a new head coach… yet. Even though ESPN’s Kevin Weekes tweeted the Hawks were hiring Calgary assistant Ryan Huska, he quickly retracted that and others confirmed to us and elsewhere that, though Huska is on Chicago’s list, no offer has been made.
  • When I grow up, I want to be Charles Barkley. The level to which the man gives no you-know-whats and lives his own life is just lovely. Last night he was a guest of Gary Bettman at the game and made a guest appearance on both ESPN and Sportsnet during the game.
  • His Sportsnet interview was amazing.
  • Scott Powers got in the throwback machine on Tuesday and brought back the story of Dirk Graham’s hat trick against Pittsburgh. That series was a dud, but his performance in that first period defined why he wore the “C” in Chicago.
  • Ben Pope at the Chicago Sun-Times wrote a nice story about Dale Dach, the father of Blackhawks’ Kirby and Colton. This quote from Kirby is your daily reminder that it’s impossible to not be romantic about hockey.

‘‘But when you’re able to fall in love with the game on your own, that’s what really drives you as a kid to get to the NHL. It’s what sparks that initial dream of playing pro hockey for the rest of your life.”

  • The Vancouver Canucks have won the bidding for Russian forward Andrei Kuzmenko. The 26-year-old (who shares a birthday with yours truly) posted 52 points in 45 games for SKA St. Petersburg in the KHL last season.
  • The guys from The Fourth Period are in Tampa for the Stanley Cup Final. They discussed Johnny Hockey and Filip Forsberg — two key free agents in the Western Conference whose free agency could be impacted by a trade of Alex DeBrincat — from a perfectly scenic location.
  • The NHL Awards show is tonight on ESPN at 6 PM CT. We’ll find out if one of the top defensemen in this series — Cale Makar of Victor Hedman — wins the Norris Trophy and the other top awards.
  • Finally, the Pirates whooped the Cubs’ tails last night but their Twitter team took the L in our book for their attempt at social media jokes.

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