The Cat's Goodbye, Captain Colton, Darling Returns, Talkin' Rivals, New College Rankings, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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The Cat’s Goodbye, Captain Colton, Darling Returns, Talkin’ Rivals, New College Rankings, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

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Another day without a game means we’re watching for some practice lines to be more defined and health updates on some key guys. Based on the roster published by CapFriendly, it looks like Caleb Jones, Jake McCabe and Boris Katchouk will start the season on IR and Jason Dickinson is still working on his visa. We’ll see when Jarred Tinordi, claimed off waivers on Monday, joins the team as well.

  • One guy who won’t be in Chicago this year is Alex DeBrincat. But he made me cry early on a Tuesday morning. Thank you for everything, Alex. And good luck in Ottawa!
  • This is the kind of talk you love to hear from a captain. Colton Dach, named the captain in Kelowna on Monday, is on a mission to not only improve himself as a player, but get Kelowna deeper in the playoffs.
  • Dach and Ethan Del Mastro were a couple prospects who impressed during their training camps with the Blackhawks this year and during the summer with other prospects. Both will be captains of their respective junior clubs this year, which is equally impressive.
  • On Monday NBC Sports Chicago announced a new addition to their Blackhawks pre and post-game shows. And he’s a local boy who’s done some things on the ice in Chicago as well.
  • Forward Buddy Robinson cleared waivers but he’s still with the team in Denver. Because of the aforementioned visa issues, it looks like Dickinson won’t be able to join the team until San Jose at the earliest, meaning he’ll miss at least two games while working out his visa issues. So Robinson will hang out for a few more days is appears.
  • Defenseman Caleb Jones joined the team on the ice in Denver on Monday but was wearing a non-contact jersey. Connor Murphy and McCabe were wearing normal jerseys and rotating through the skate.
  • Head coach Luke Richardson sat down with Mark Berman of NBC Chicago to talk about his first training camp and heading into the start of his “rookie” season as a head coach in the NHL.
  • He opened with something he’s said repeatedly when asked by various media during training camp. Will he be nervous? Nope. Reminder: he played more than 1,400 games as a player — a number I cannot stress enough. His experience as a player is huge. Richardson gets it. And he confirms that reality every time I listen to him speak about his perspective heading into the new year.
  • We’ve started this week with some Central Division previews. We’ve called the series Know The Enemy, and there have been some significant changes all over the division since the end of last season. So far we have looked at six of the seven teams; we left Colorado for last. Here are the links:
  • On Monday we got a new set of NCAA hockey rankings from USCHO. Denver retains the top spot with Blackhawks prospects all over the top 20 still. Eight of the 15 teams this week have Blackhawks prospects on their rosters.
  • Speaking of which, a recent list of the top college players we should be excited about was published recently and the Blackhawks had their share of players make the list. But a few notable players were missing…
  • A PTO turning into an NHL contract in Ottawa. Veteran forward Derick Brassard inked a one-year deal with the Sens on Monday. It’s nice when a player takes a risk on himself and works hard to win a contract where he thinks might be the right situation and Brassard was able to do that in Ottawa this year. Hope it works out well for both sides of the agreement. More wins for the Sens means one fewer team between the Blackhawks and the top of the draft lottery, right?
  • Finally, I remember when this was people watching hockey in Chicago. Hopefully we get back to that place in the not-too-distant future.

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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