Sharp Broadcast News, Two Cover Stars for NHL23, Mullett Arena? and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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Sharp Broadcast News, Two Cover Stars for NHL23, Mullett Arena? and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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For late-August before a tank season, there sure is a lot going on for the Blackhawks. Rumors are flying, prospects are getting ranked and then the organization throws us a curveball with a major announcement about this season’s broadcast crew.

  • Who will replace Edzo on the mic for the Blackhawks this season? The Blackhawks announced Patrick Sharp will join Troy Murray in the booth(s) to provide color commentary for the coming season with Chris Vosters and John Wiedeman on play-by-play duty. We love to see the inclusion of the Spanish language broadcast team as well here. This is a good looking group (Sharp pun definitely intended).
  • There’s a lot of Patrick Kane-to-Edmonton buzz right now. We broke down the rumor mill earlier today.
  • Elliotte Friedman said on his “32 Thoughts” Podcast on Thursday morning that things are progressing between Kirby Dach and the Canadiens on a bridge deal but they aren’t near the finish line yet. Term appears to be the issue right now between Montreal and the former Blackhawk third-overall pick.
  • Bob Stauffer hosted Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times on his podcast Wednesday and asked if he’s surprised with the recent course of action from Chicago’s new front office. Pope, understandably (and consistent with what he’s written over the past months) noted that Kyle Davidson inherited a team that didn’t have much of a prospect pool. “Stan Bowman had kind of gutted that in the past few years trying to beef up to get back to the playoffs” may be the understatement of the summer.
  • Pope didn’t fully buy Stauffer saying he believes Kirby Dach has a future as a second-line center, noting the lack of consistency. Pope did say he does think Dach could get there, but he said the sense around the league was that Chicago couldn’t get a top-15 pick for him at the draft. Davidson got No. 13 overall (Frank Nazar) and a third-rounder (Gavin Hayes).
  • Both parties are intrigued with what Max Domi could bring to the Blackhawks this season.
  • Pope doesn’t think attendance at the United Center is going to be as bad as it was in the early-2000s. We’re going to be very interested to see how many butts they have in the seats this season.
  • We updated our top 20 Blackhawks prospects list on Wednesday, and Corey Pronman offered up his own rankings of Chicago’s future. So how do the two lists compare?
  • EA Sports announced Trevor Zegras and Sarah Nurse will be on the cover of their NHL23 video game. He’s an exciting player who has brought “The Michigan” to the league with frequency and style. And, importantly, this is the first time the game will have two cover athletes. We’ll see if the game play backs up the cover athletes’ games on the real ice.
  • The Arizona Coyotes’ new arena — which they’ll share with Arizona State — has a new name. We’re waiting for the signage to confirm if there is indeed all business in front and party in back. You would think the Nashville Predators would have called dibs on naming their home after the Tennessee Tophat!
  • We opened today’s bullets in the broadcast booth so we’ll end them in the same place — except at Wrigley Field. The Cubs made a wonderful moment last night when they surprised Pat Hughes on the air with some special news.

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