An inside look at the Chicago Blackhawks

NHL.com provides detailed roster, prospect and fantasy analysis for each of its 32 teams from August 8 through September 1. 8. Today, the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Chicago Blackhawks are rebuilding, a message made abundantly clear in an offseason that saw them remake their roster, with the exception of veteran forwards. patrick kane Y jonathan toewsand defenders seth jones Y connormurphy.

The Blackhawks signed unrestricted free agent forwards Max Domi, Andreas Athanasius Y Colin Blackwelland goalkeeper alex stalock. they acquired goalkeeper Petr Mrazek in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs and hired Luke Richardson as coach.

Addition is one thing, but subtraction has been at the forefront. The Blackhawks traded forward Alex De Brincat to the Senators from Ottawa and beyond kirby dach to the Montreal Canadians. They didn’t extend qualifying offers to restricted free agent forwards dylan strome Y Dominic Kubalik; Strome signed with the Washington Capitals and Kubalik signed with the Detroit Red Wings. Unrestricted free agent defenders Calvin de Haan (unsigned) and erik gustafson (Caps) are also gone.

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It’s all part of a shakeup for the Blackhawks, who have missed the playoffs in four of the last five seasons, including last season when they went 28-42-12 to finish second-to-last in the Central Division, and they’re hoping it will take some time. before they’re in the postseason again.

“I think it’s very difficult to determine right now, to be honest,” general manager Kyle Davidson said, “because going into last season, a lot of the preseason projections probably made us a lot better than we did. And I’m Assuming it goes into this season, a lot of people will doubt us.”

Mrazek said he wasn’t worried about joining a rebuilding team.

“It’s always hard to hear that news and get excited, but I see it as a business, as an opportunity to be healthy and play a lot of games. That’s all that matters,” said Mrazek, who was limited to 20 games (18 starts). last season due to a groin injury. He was 12-6-0 with a goals-against average of 3.34 and a save percentage of .888.

“I will try to do my best to support the team, the fans and everything around me. The news was difficult; you sign a three-year contract in Toronto. But the first thing for me is to stay healthy. I am happy to be here.” in Chicago and I hope to see a lot of games.

Video: Max Domi joins the Chicago Blackhawks

Domi scored 32 points (nine goals, 23 assists) in 53 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets before being traded to the Carolina Hurricanes. He scored seven points (two goals, five assists) for Carolina in 19 regular season games and six points (three goals, three assists) in 14 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He is familiar with Richardson, who was hired on June 27. Richardson was an assistant for the Canadiens when Domi played for them for two seasons (2018-2020).

“Personally, I hope it works out and I’ll be there for a long, long time,” said Domi, who signed a one-year deal. “But obviously I understand that it’s a business and they’re trying to do certain things. All you can really do is be a professional every day, right? Try to do your best on the track, be the best teammate you can be. you can be.” and hopefully be the best there is.”

As long as Toews and Kane are in the fold, they will be trusted on and off the ice. Each is entering the final season of an eight-year deal signed on July 9, 2014. Kane led the Blackhawks with 92 points (26 goals, 66 assists) in 78 games. He’s gotten used to having different linemates each season (he mostly played with DeBrincat last season) and will again.

Toews, who had 37 points (12 goals, 25 assists) in 71 games, expressed concern about the rebuild.

“At the end of the day, we’re talking about a five-plus-year process, according to Kyle Davidson, so that part doesn’t seem appealing to me at all,” Toews, the Chicago captain, told The Athletic in July. 26

The Blackhawks are trying to get back to their winning ways, having won the Stanley Cup in 2010, 2013 and 2015. Davidson said time will tell what this season brings.

“It’s up to the players that are on the ice to determine where that ends and the coaching staff to come up with a good game plan and strategy every night, so I think that remains to be seen,” Davidson said. “When the puck drops, we’ll see how things go, but that’s why you play the game. You don’t determine the standings in September or October. We’ll figure it out in April.”

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