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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: The Blackhawks losing streak extends to 8

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: The Blackhawks losing streak extends to 8

The Blackhawks losing streak extended to eight games with an overtime loss in Carolina, but there were some signs of improvement with the team. Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd discuss Jeremy Colliton going to the “nuclear option,” pairing Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane on the same line. It seemed to work, but how did the other lines fare?

Plus, how close are we to seeing some calls made to Rockford and how important are the next two “winnable” games?

0:45 - Mindset of the team after their 8th straight loss

2:00 - Opposition getting quality chances against hawks goalies

4:00 - Toews and Kane playing on the same line

5:00 - Nick Schmaltz needs to take more shots

5:45 - Colliton's lines during overtime

8:00 - DeBrincat playing on a line with Kampf and Kahun

9:45 - Debrincat with more goals than Kane or Roenick through 100 career games

11:45 -  How close are the Blackhawks to making some callups from Rockford to give the team a boost?

14:00 - Hawks get a chance against 2 other struggling teams in Blues and Knights

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Blackhawks players react and accept responsibility for Joel Quenneville's firing

Blackhawks players react and accept responsibility for Joel Quenneville's firing

The Blackhawks arrived at MB Ice Arena on Tuesday morning to find out that three-time Stanley Cup winner Joel Quenneville was relieved of his head coaching duties. Not only did it shock the hockey world, but it surprised players inside the locker room.

While they all understand it's a results-oriented business, the theme was consistent. The Blackhawks all took ownership of missing out on the playoffs last season and the recent five-game skid after a 6-2-2 start that played a role in their head coach losing his job.

"It was a shock to wake up to the news this morning for sure," Jonathan Toews said. "I think everyone, as players in the locker room, you take responsibilities. But at the end of the day, whether it's trades, changes, coaches being relieved of duties, those decisions are above your head and you have to respect them and you have to acknowledge them and move on with the decisions that have been made. But there's no doubt that there's going to be some shock there especially for guys like myself and the other guys in this room who have played for him for a long time."

Patrick Kane, who missed the first of three road games last week because of an illness, admitted he started playing the "what if" game in his head after learning on the news.

"To be honest with you, this is just kind of a me thing, but when I first heard the news I'm just kind of thinking I wish I wasn't sick in Vancouver or I wish I maybe felt better on the road trip and could have played better and then maybe something like this doesn't happen," Kane said. "Just thoughts running through your head. Also, [Duncan Keith] got kicked out two minutes into the game in Calgary. Maybe that makes a difference in the game as well. Different things run through your head as players.

"I think Joel actually got a lot out of this group as players the last couple years. He's done a great job of bringing the younger guys along and developing them. Same thing for this year as well. Obviously, missing the playoffs didn't help. A lot of answers I don't have. Definitely a tough morning for everyone for sure."

The core leadership group has been here for all 11 years of Quenneville's tenure in Chicago, which included three Stanley Cups, five Conference Final appearances, two Central Division titles and a Presidents' Trophy. But it's the personal bond they each developed that will never be forgotten.

"He means the world to me," Brent Seabrook said. "10 years, three Stanley Cups. What was I, 23, 24, when I came here? He taught me a lot as a young man, as a young player. Little things he always harped on that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. Just the way he was with us, how he treated us professionally and as individuals. He was always a guy who liked to have some fun and what-not, but gave us our space and allowed us to be players. It was just a tough day today and you cherish the days and memories and all the stuff we did together."

Said Corey Crawford: "We spent a lot of time here with Joel as the coach, and the team has had three championships, obviously. You never want to see a guy leave, including the coaches. We’ve been through so much together. For me, personally, he’s had a ton of confidence in me from the start, and it’s hard to hear that news. In this business, those things happen sometimes. It seems like coaches are maybe the first ones to go most of the time. It’s just hard to see him go."

These four legends make up the Blackhawks Mount Rushmore

These four legends make up the Blackhawks Mount Rushmore

Who is the Greatest of All Time? Inspired by Sunday Night Football's promo featuring Bulls legend Michael Jordan, we've put together a Mount Rushmore of the greatest players in the history of all five of Chicago's teams. These are Chicago's GOATs.

There have been many Hall of Fame players to don an Indianhead sweater over the course of the Blackhawks' 92-year Original Six history, making it difficult to single out only four players for this exercise. But these are the four that immediately come to mind when factoring in just how much each of them impacted the franchise upon their arrivals.

Stan Mikita

Nobody resembled what it means to be a Blackhawk better than "Stosh." He spent 22 seasons in the NHL and all of them came in an Indianhead sweater for a total of 1,551 games, including playoffs. His 1,467 points ranks first in franchise history along with his 150 points in the postseason. Mikita is a two-time Hart Trophy winner, two-time Lady Byng Trophy winner, four-time Art Ross Trophy winner, a nine-time All-Star and helped lead the Blackhawks to their third Stanley Cup in 1961. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983.

Bobby Hull

Known as "The Golden Jet" for his ability to skate like the wind, Hull became the first player in Blackhawks history to score at least 50 goals in a season during the 1961-62 campaign and would end up doing it four more times in his 15 years in Chicago. Hull sits atop the franchise leaderboard in goals (604), game-winning goals (98) and ranks second in games played (1,036). He and Mikita teammed up to lead the Blackhawks to a Stanley Cup in 1961 and their contributions to the team led to the organization putting statues of the two legends outside the United Center. 

Jonathan Toews

Drafted third overall by the Blackhawks in 2006, it didn't take long for the organization to realize they had selected a franchise-changing player. Toews was named the youngest captain in Blackhawks history on July 18, 2008 at 20 years and 79 days, which was the third-youngest in NHL history at the time. He's scored at least 20 goals in each of his first 11 seasons with the Blackhawks, but has also been a consistent finalist for the Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward and won it 2012-13. Toews etched his place in Blackhawks history when he compiled 29 points (seven goals, 21 assists) in 22 postseason contests in 2010 to help the Blackhawks break a 49-year Stanley Cup drought and was awarded the Conn Smythe for playoff MVP. He's the only captain in Blackhawks history to hoist the Stanley Cup multiple times (three).

Patrick Kane

The Blackhawks have held the No. 1 overall pick just once in team history, which came in 2007. And they haven't looked back since after selecting Kane, who won the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie in 2008. He already ranks fifth in franchise history with 846 points, fourth in postseason points with 123 and is tied with Hull and Mikita for most game-winning goals in Blackhawks playoff history with 11, which has included a Stanley Cup-clinching overtime winner and a double overtime winner to send Chicago back to the Stanley Cup Final. After a history 106-point season in 2015-16, Kane became the first player to win the Art Ross Trophy and Hart Trophy since Stan Mikita did it in 1967-68. He has consistently delivered in the biggest moments, which has led to three Stanley Cups for the Blackhawks in a six-year span from 2010-15, which included a Conn Smythe Trophy for the Buffalo native in 2013. Kane is arguably the clutchest player in Blackhawks history. One day, Kane and Toews will have statues just like Hull and Mikita.

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