After being relieved of his duties in April, former Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Kitchen was reportedly offered the same position with the Minnesota Wild but turned it down, according to Sportsnet's John Shannon.
The move would have kept Kitchen within the Central Divison, and perhaps it played a role in his decision. Kitchen spent seven seasons behind the bench with Joel Quenneville in Chicago, where he was part of two Stanley Cup runs in 2013 and 2015.
John Stevens stepped down as an assistant this summer after one season in Minnesota, creating an opening on Bruce Boudreau's staff. Stevens was in charge of the team's penalty kill unit and defensemen, responsibilities that Kitchen also held during his time with the Blackhawks.
The fit was there for both sides, but the timing of it could have been a factor for Kitchen as well.
The Wild are hoping to round out their coaching staff before the NHL Draft next weekend, per the Star Tribune's Michael Russo; Sabres assistant coach Bob Woods has emerged as the new front-runner to land the job.
On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Adam Burish joins Pat Boyle to answer your mailbag questions. Among the questions they tackle: What was your favorite moment from the Blackhawks’ past season and were you surprised that Joel Quenneville didn’t make any changes to his coaching staff?
They also discuss re-signing Vinnie Hinostroza, backup goalie options for Corey Crawford and who do they like in the Jets-Predators second-round series?
Plus, Burish looks at the Penguins roster and sees some similarities to the Blackhawks’ situation and attempts to rebuild a Stanley Cup contender.
Listen to the full podcast right here:
The NHL announced their final jersey sales from the 2017-18 regular season, and there's a new name at No. 1.
Reigning Calder Trophy winner Auston Matthews edged out last season's winner Sidney Crosby as the top-selling jersey after finishing fourth in 2016-17.
The Blackhawks may have missed the playoffs for the first time since Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews were rookies, but that's not stopping fans from purchasing their merchandise.
Each of them stayed inside the top 10, although it's a drop-off from a year ago when Kane was second and Toews was third.
Here what the rest of the Top 15 looked like: