Happy Victory Monday to those who are celebrating! The Bears shut up a lot of their critics on Sunday with a lovely, wet win against the Niners. Hmm… a team everyone picked to be last with a new coach surprises people?
- Max Domi felt the vibe after the Bears’ win yesterday. We’re all in for the new guys in town getting a sense for how it feels to win in Chicago.
- The greatest anthem singer in professional sports did the thing on Sunday. Jim Cornelison handled the anthem on 9/11 at Soldier Field and knocked it out of the park — as he always does. And some Bears alumni showed appreciation for the effort during the game. Love to see it.
- The Tom Kurvers Prospect Showcase is this week! We’ve got hockey on the calendar folks. But we want to know if you’re excited for this week’s games against the Minnesota Wild’s prospects on Friday and Sunday.
- ICYMI Ben Pope at the Chicago Sun-Times dropped his top 20 prospect rankings this weekend. We looked at how our rankings differ from his view of the next wave of Blackhawks before the Bears game on Sunday.
- The New York Rangers are reportedly looking for depth on their blue line. There are a few intriguing names out there as PTO candidates (see the tweet below) but if they want something more — or someone they can feel more comfortable about playing regularly — a trade might need to happen. (Looks at the Blackhawks’ depth chart…)
- The rich got richer on Monday (because of course). The defending champion Colorado Avalanche signed forward Evan Rodrigues to a one-year, $2 million deal. Another really nice player going to a great situation. Remember when the Blackhawks did this kinda stuff back in the day?
- The Montreal Canadiens named Nick Suzuki the 31st captain in team history on Monday morning. Suzuki, 23, was the 13th overall pick in the 2017 draft by Vegas; the Golden Knights traded him to Montreal in the Max Pacioretty deal.
- How do trades sometimes pay dividends? Montreal traded their captain for a kid with zero professional games on his resume and… four years later, that kid is their captain after a 61-point season. Sometimes patience is a virtue for fans when a player they’ve become attached to get moved in a deal for younger players/picks.
- Oh, by the way, the Golden Knights are still in cap hell and traded Pacioretty for nothing this summer. Literally nothing (they got “future considerations” officially). So, in review, Vegas got 97 goals in 224 regular season games and 15 goals in 36 postseason games from Patches for the now-23-year-old captain of the Montreal Canadiens.
- Finally, Bear Down!
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