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Blackhawks trade Brandon Manning to Oilers in multi-player deal

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Blackhawks trade Brandon Manning to Oilers in multi-player deal

The Blackhawks have shuffled the cards on defense over the last several weeks, and now they're slowly trying to clear the decks and make room for their prospects to play bigger roles.

After being a healthy scratch for the past eight games, Brandon Manning was traded to the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday along with defenseman prospect Robin Norell in exchange for 24-year-old forward Drake Caggiula and 34-year-old defenseman Jason Garrison.

It's a move largely motivated to clear Manning's $2.25 million cap hit next season, and the Blackhawks successfully did so without having to retain salary or attach a noted prospect — Norell spent three seasons with the Rockford IceHogs in the American Hockey League from 2015-18 before getting sent back to Djurgardens IF in Sweden this year. It also gives Manning a fresh start elsewhere on a less crowded blue line.

As far as the return, Caggiula is the most noteworthy player coming to Chicago. He has 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in 29 games with the Oilers this season, spending a good amount of time playing on a line with two-time Art Ross Trophy winner Connor McDavid.

The two of them played 144:21 minutes together at even strength and controlled 56.5 percent of the shot attempts when they were both on the ice, according to naturalstattrick.com. When Caggiula was away from McDavid, that percentage dropped to 45.3.

Caggiula, who led North Dakota to the 2016 NCAA Championship and was named the Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player, is capable of playing in the top-six and he's clearly more effective playing with skilled players, but is better suited in a third-line role on a good team. He can also play wing or center, making him a versatile option in the lineup. He carries a $1.5 million cap hit, which runs through the 2019-20 season when he becomes a restricted free agent.

Garisson has played in only 25 NHL games over the last two seasons with the Vegas Golden Knights and Oilers after playing 58 games in the AHL with the Chicago Wolves last year. He has one point in 17 games this season and has seen his ice time dip to an average of 12:42 per game, which is a career low.

Garrison, who has a cap hit of $650,000, is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. He is likely to end up in Rockford with Brandon Davidson (knee) nearing a return and Henri Jokiharju coming back after the IIHF World Junior Championship wraps up.

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Eddie Olczyk joins to discuss the NHL return to play plan

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Eddie Olczyk joins to discuss the NHL return to play plan

Laurence Holmes, David Haugh and Gordon Wittenmyer join Kap on the panel.

0:00 - The animosity between MLB owners and players continues. Does it now seem less likely that we will have baseball in 2020?

10:00 - Eddie Olczyk joins Kap to talk about the NHL’s restart plan and the Blackhawks chances once the games resume.

19:00 - The NBA is still working on its restart plan. So the Bulls be a part of it when the league resumes?
 

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How Blackhawks are impacted by NHL counting play-in results as playoff stats

How Blackhawks are impacted by NHL counting play-in results as playoff stats

When the NHL announced its new 24-team playoff format, it also declared the regular season completed. That means that the 189 games remaining on the regular season calendar will not be played, and all regular season statistics are final.

The league also announced that the qualifying round and round robin games are not technically playoff games, creating a kind of limbo between the regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs. 

A lot of questions have been raised about the stats in these purgatorial games for record-keeping purposes. It seems we now have an answer:

 

The NHL announced the Art Ross, Rocket Richard and Jennings Trophy winners on Thursday, officially marking the end of regular season stat-keeping. So while the play-in and round robin games will not officially count as playoff games, any points, saves or other statistics accrued will officially count as playoff stats for players. 

What does this all mean for the Blackhawks? A few things.

For one, it means that Jonathan Toews’ streak of consecutive seasons with 20 or more goals is now over at 12, as he finishes the 2019-20 campaign with a career-low 18 goals. 

Entering this season, the only three players who had scored 20 or more goals in each of the last 12 seasons were Toews, Patrick Kane and Alex Ovechkin. Kane (13 seasons) and Ovechkin (15), who extended their streaks in 2019-20, are now the only two remaining on the list. 

It also means that Kane’s 84 points in 70 games gives him a point-per-game total of 1.20 for the season, the third best in his illustrious career. Kane finished with five goals in the final five games of the regular season, surpassing the 30-goal plateau for the fifth time in his career. That ties Jeremy Roenick for the sixth most in Blackhawks franchise history. 

It means that Dominik Kubalik’s late Calder Trophy push comes to an early end, as well. He finishes his rookie season with 30 goals, tied with Artemi Panarin and Eric Daze for the third most by a Blackhawks rookie in franchise history. 

It means that Alex DeBrincat will not reach the 20-goal plateau for the first time in his young NHL career. After his 28-goal rookie season, DeBrincat followed up with 41 goals in 2018-19. But a 10% drop in his shooting percentage this season left him with just 18 — with a fresh three-year extension kicking in next season. 

The good news? While the Blackhawks’ play-in contests against the Edmonton Oilers won’t officially count as playoff games, youngsters like DeBrincat, Kubalik, Kirby Dach and others will get a crack at accumulating playoff points for the first time in their career. 

And for legends like Kane and Toews, it’s an opportunity to climb the all-time leaderboards.

Kane’s 123 playoff points ranks fourth in Blackhawks franchise history — six behind third-ranked Bobby Hull. Three more points also propels Kane into the top-50 all-time in NHL playoff points. Toews’ 110 points ranks sixth in Blackhawks franchise history, just a single point shy of Steve Larmer in fifth. 

One stat that might remain in limbo? Playoff wins by a goaltender.

Corey Crawford already owns the Blackhawks franchise record with 48 playoff wins, which ranks 22nd all-time in NHL history. However, if he’s able to lead the Blackhawks to three wins and an upset of the Oilers in the best-of-five qualifying round, will those count towards his playoff win total? That remains to be seen. Only 19 goalies in league history have ever amassed 50 or more playoff wins.

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