Was That Dylan Strome in the Stands!? Introduction Day for Coach, NHL Throwback Merch, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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Was That Dylan Strome in the Stands!? Introduction Day for Coach, NHL Throwback Merch, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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Today is a big day for the Chicago Blackhawks. Luke Richardson will be introduced to the media at the Blackhawks Store on Michigan Ave. at 11 AM today. We’ll be there, and I’ll bring you the highlights later on today. But what else is going on in the hockey and/or Blackhawks world?

  • Richardson got us excited for the new era of Blackhawks hockey on Tuesday with this brief video message to fans.
  • Dylan Strome apparently had a good seat for the Blue Jays game last night, and didn’t appreciate Boston’s pitcher going up and in on George Springer. He was caught sharing his feelings about the pitch location.
  • If you’re into throwback clothes and jerseys like me, Wednesday morning’s news should thrill you. Mitchell & Ness, which is now a subsidiary of Fanatics, reached an agreement with the NHL to produce officially-licensed lifestyle apparel, headwear and accessories for the NHL and all 32 NHL teams and some defunct NHL franchises.
  • Mitchell & Ness (acquired by Fanatics in February) also announced a new deal with the NHLPA to include players’ likenesses on products. A separate deal was reached with the NHL Alumni Association to produce items with legends included as well.
  • Scott Powers and Ian Mendes at The Athletic discussed a match between the Ottawa Senators and Blackhawks on an Alex DeBrincat trade. Ottawa owns the seventh overall pick in next week’s 2022 NHL Draft and has a few intriguing young forwards to consider.
  • Our two cents: the article specifically mentions center prospect Ridley Greig and defensemen Lassi Thomson and Jacob Bernard-Docker as being the top player pieces Ottawa might include with the No. 7, but Mendes doubts Ottawa would deal this year’s top pick and next year’s. Respectfully, that isn’t doing it for me. Greig has zero professional games under his belt (he is a solid prospect, however) and the Hawks don’t need more 20-22 year old defensemen. For a superstar like DeBrincat, I would need Greig plus plus and a couple first rounders.
  • One other player who is “available” this summer is Minnesota’s Kevin Fiala, and a trade for him could help accelerate a deal and crystalize the market (and return) for DeBrincat. Early Wednesday morning Elliotte Friedman is reporting the Fiala market is heating up.
  • Everyone loves a parade, but we don’t often talk about the aftermath for the team that finished second. The Tampa Bay Lightning put a cap on their season with media availability yesterday and shared just how proud they were of the journey that team has been on for the past three years.
  • Finally, Baseball is Fun… until it isn’t. And it wasn’t for Mike Trout last night, who telegraphed his feelings about his pitcher getting rocked from centerfield.

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