It’s quiet time in the West Loop, where afternoon cocktails have replaced the buzz around the United Center after an eventful two weeks. Welcome to late-July in the NHL with your favorite team rebuilding. But Monday will provide our first opportunity to welcome one of the new faces in town.
- Max Domi will meet the media in Chicago for the first time on Monday. He’s looking to remind people that he’s a top-six forward while with the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks are banking on his production and $3 million cap hit are attractive to teams chasing a postseason berth when the trade deadline arrives. We’ll see how this relationship works out.
- We saw a few folks from the Rockford IceHogs in attendance last week at the Blackhawks’ development camp, and can understand why they might be the most excited part of the organization about the direction of the rebuild. Here’s their recap of the camp, which figures to have at least a few players wearing an IceHogs sweater this season.
- Alex DeBrincat was in Ottawa this weekend. Yeah, we’re sad too. But here’s hoping he enjoys a long, successful career.
- Defenseman Jeremy Davies signed a lovely one-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres last week. Well, he had to actually sign the contract. And apparently that was an issue because, you know, not everyone has an actual printer at home.
- Spoiler: there isn’t a Blackhawk on the list of players headed to arbitration this summer. That shouldn’t be a surprise, but the list of 24 players who have elected to venture down that path is now public. Caleb Jones was the only player in Chicago that could have elected arbitration this year.
- Finally, the first two rounds of the Major League Baseball Draft were on Sunday night. Since MLB doesn’t allow teams to trade most picks, we didn’t have a situation where a team went for it like the Blackhawks did ten days ago. But the Cubs made a couple selections last night they’re saying were their top targets at their spots.