Bowman, Colliton and Blackhawks Players Speak to Media
Stan Bowman, Jeremy Colliton and players Patrick Kane, Alex DeBrincat, and Connor Murphy spoke to the media Thursday for the first time since the season pause.
Stan Bowman began the Zoom meeting with media members discussing the recent firing of John McDonough. Stan also mentioned how interim President Danny Wirtz has “a lot of ideas.”
Stan then went on to explain players’ responses to being granted the opportunity to make the playoffs in the league’s 24-team playoff format.
Stan then confirmed earlier injury reports on certain players who missed time before the season pause. Drake Cagguila and Adam Boqvist are healthy and ready to play, while Calvin de Haan is considered likely. Brent Seabrook, Andrew Shaw, and Zack Smith are still deemed questionable to play.
Stan also addressed the upcoming contracts that will need to be dealt with this offseason for Corey Crawford, Dylan Strome, and Dominik Kubalik.
Lastly, Stan spoke about newly-signed Matej Chalupa, who the Blackhawks inked to a two-year contract on May 29.
Jeremy Colliton then fielded questions, focusing mostly on preparation for the Qualifying Round matchup with Edmonton.
Colliton also briefly discussed plans for training camp that is slated to begin July 10th.
Kane, DeBrincat, and Murphy Speak Up
After Stan Bowman and Jeremy Colliton finished, Blackhawks players Patrick Kane, Alex Debrincat, and Connor Murphy answered questions revealing their mindset and opinions surrounding the league’s pursuit to finish the 2019-20 season.
Interestingly, Kane seemed to have a very different response to the league’s determination to resume play than Blackhawks’ management.
This comment by Kane is surprising in a way, due to it being drastically different than the positivity from Stan and Colliton when asked about the league working towards resuming play.
Kane then dove deeper into the topic, stating the importance of players being able to take part in the decision making process.
Next, Alex DeBrincat gave his thoughts on the Blackhawks’ five-game series matchup with Edmonton, specifically the prospect of playing in front of an empty arena.
Lastly, Blackhawks’ defenseman Connor Murphy gave his opinion on returning to play which offered a much more optimistic stance than Kane’s.
What We’ve Learned
Though there are more questions, such as the team’s search for a new president, today’s meeting with reporters did help confirm reports and gave fans a chance to hear from some of their favorite players.
It is interesting that Patrick Kane was much more realistic about the prospect of playing again, while everyone else on the call was quite optimistic and ready to move forward to a July 10th training camp.
It was also nice to hear confirmation on Calvin de Haan’s status which could have him in the lineup and can help tremendously, especially against Oilers’ Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl.
Though Phase 2 of the league’s “Return to Play” plan began on Monday, most of the team has yet to return to Chicago. Players will continue to move back and prepare for training camp to begin on July 10th.