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Kirby Dach returns to Chicago Right off the bat, there’s no way to decide who won or lost the Kirby Dach trade from draft night. Yes, in the moment, Dach is having a great season with the Canadiens. But the Blackhawks have two promising draft picks from that trade in Frank Nazar and Gavin Hayes. Time will have to tell whether or not there actually is a winner in that deal. Dach was put into a no-win situation the moment he was drafted by the Blackhawks in 2019. He was forced to begin his career in the NHL and was forced to be the next great dynamic two-way center. He wasn’t ready to be either. https://twitter.com/CRoumeliotis/status/1596210463385477120?s=20&t=n4O88inSxhkHhm7IgPEwGA Now, playing on the…

Hopefully everyone had a good American Thanksgiving holiday and you have awoken from your turkey and gravy induced comas. The Chicago Blackhawks have seen the proverbial “crash to Earth” in recent weeks, falling from the point in the NHL standings where we asked, “are they too good to tank?” shortly before realizing no, no they are not. At 6-10-3, heading...

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Strong Start, Horrible Finish Tell me if you’ve heard this one before. The Blackhawks actually played pretty well…they just didn’t win. Second verse, same as the first… The Blackhawks did indeed play pretty well, especially in the first period. They outshot Dallas 11-4. In fact, at one point in the period, they were up 10-0 in shots (thanks in part to a pair of power plays) and dictated the play for most of the period. But it was just another moral victory for Chicago. As the first intermission horn sounded, Dallas had a 1-0 lead. But this time, it was different…or so we thought. Luke Richardson discusses the Blackhawks need to finish games after Tuesday’s practice The Blackhawks scored three…

Any time a banner hangs in Chicago, it’s special. Whether it’s a world championship, a conference championship, a division title, or the number of a legendary player, they always feel so meaningful. Maybe it’s the fact that we don’t get many of the things on that list very often in this town. When you look at the nearly 100-year history of the Chicago Blackhawks, only seven numbers (for eight players) have been retired. Glenn Hall’s #1, Keith Magnuson and Pierre Pilote’s #3, Bobby Hull’s #9, Denis Savard’s #18, Stan Mikita’s #21, Tony Esposito’s #35, and now Marián Hossa’s #81. “Something tells me very soon, I’ll be flying back to Chicago to raise a few more of these jerseys,” Hossa said…

The Chicago Blackhawks looked more like the team we saw earlier in the season than the team that got blown out in Boston last night. Yes, they fell behind 3-0 to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but they had that effort and resiliency we saw during their four-game winning streak in October. They came all the way back to tie the game before Sidney Crosby scored his first career goal in the United Center with less than four minutes to play. The effort was there during the 5-3 defeat, it was just another night where the talent level wasn’t enough to get them back in the win column. The Blackhawks will try to end this four-game skid at the Dallas Stars on…

It was about as ugly as we expected it to be. The tanking Blackhawks lost 6-1 to the now 16-2-0 Boston Bruins, and the score was reflective of the play. The Bruins, who have been the NHL’s best team all season, put on a clinic. All the Blackhawks could do was hold on for dear life. There were moments when Petr Mrazek looked like Denis Lemieux in Slap Shot. Boston opened the scoring 4:53 into the first period when David Pastrnak buried a power-play one-timer, assisted by Brad Marchand, behind Mrazek, who stopped fourteen of fifteen first-period shots. The Bruins looked to be on the power play for the majority of the period, which is a trend that would continue…

It’s hard to believe that we are heading into the holiday season with less than a week until Thanksgiving. As the current Chicago Blackhawks try to establish a new culture, we will look back at some of the biggest moments of years past. Once again, let’s hop aboard the CHGO time machine and relive the week that was in franchise history. Nov. 17 1926 – The Blackhawks franchise made its NHL debut by defeating the Toronto St. Patricks 4-1 in a game played before a packed house at the Chicago Coliseum. George Hay scored the first goal in team history, followed up with a Dick Irvin tally one minute later. Hall of Fame goaltender Hugh Lehman picked up the first-ever…

Back-to-back losses by the Chicago Blackhawks have them moving closer to the bottom of the standings than a Stanley Cup Playoff spot. That has been the plan all along. The 2022-23 NHL season is not about results but rather setting up for the future. That is where our prospects experts Mario Tirabassi and Greg Boysen come in. Our weekly Rebuild Report keeps you updated on all of the Blackhawks’ prospects around the globe and how they fared over the past week. Mario takes you around the junior and college ranks across North America while Greg keeps tabs on those playing professionally here and overseas. Mario’s Notebook: Sleepless in Seattle I can’t remember a time, off the top of my head,…

After a historic 5 week run Justin Fields is obviously the best player on the Bears. Roquan Smith and Kahlil Mack are gone. So, who’s the 2nd best guy on the team? Is it too soon to jump on the Cole Kmet bandwagon? We’re talking Chicago sports and things MIGHT go off the rails before it’s over. Join Luke Stuckmeyer, Big Dave, Kacy Standohar and Lawrence Benedetto for this week’s episode of The CHGO Podcast. Watch the show on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySF7Ab1SFBE

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