The Blackhawks suffered some major setbacks this offseason with young star Kirby Dach being out for 4-5 months after needing wrist surgery, franchise staple Jonathan Toews being sidelined indefinitely with an illness, and forward Alex Nylander being out 4-6 months after knee surgery.
In an exclusive interview with Pat Boyle and Charlie Roumeliotis, the President of Hockey Operations and General Manager for the Blackhawks Stan Bowman joins the podcast to provide updates on Toews, Dach, and Nylander and also to discuss the state of the Hawks and how the organization plans to move forward without the 3 forwards. Later in the podcast, Stan discusses Dylan Strome’s negotiations, the signing of Carl Soderberg, and Stan has a message for all Blackhawks fans.
(1:20) - Latest on Jonathan Toews and his undisclosed illness
(6:20) - How significant is losing Toews?
(8:00) - Kirby Dachs injury and the decision to let him play in the World Juniors
(15:20) - Alex Nylander's injury
(19:05) - Updates on Dylan Strome negotiations
(22:20) - Why the Hawks signed Carl Soderberg?
(25:00) - Have expectations changed in the building after suffering so many injuries?
(28:40) - Which young players Hawks fans should keep an eye on this season
(35:25) - How will the Hawks work in their 3 young goalies?
(42:20) - Excitement about new division and schedule
(46:20) - Message to Blackhawks fans