No top pairing Dman
2nd pairing is really a 3rd pairing on a playoff team
3rd pairing should be in the AHL
Have fun with that, Philly!
Go ahead and add Lilja to the list. Reports are saying he can come back by December, others say sooner. He just turned 37 so I can't imagine he'll be a whole lot of good even on the 3rd pairing until the end of the year. Hip surgery for Lilja.
Holmgren has to be shopping aggressively now, even for depth. There may be an opportunity. Tough to believe he would part with a good player though.
According to Icethetics.... the Hawks might be thinking about un-retiring their Winter Classic thirds?
Early reports had the Chicago Blackhawks resurrecting their old black third jersey after retiring their Winter Classic-inspired alternate in 2011. Now, that may no longer be true.
Reebok's message to retailers had indicated the Hawks would have no third jersey, just like last season. But more recent updates list a "black" third jersey for the club. But does that mean the 1996 black or the 2009 Winter Classic black?
There is one potential indication. A video featuring Blackhawks draftee Teuvo Teravainen shows the first-rounder in a couple of behind-the-scenes photo shoots and autograph signings in which he's wearing the Winter Classic-inspired sweater. Why produce marketing materials with your newest star wearing a jersey he'll never wear in a game? Unless he will wear it in a game.
All of these details are kind of circumstantial. We'll have to wait until we hear something from the team or see them take the ice wearing something that's not white or red.
Locking down their young guns certainly is good for them (and I honestly half-expected them to fail doing so), but let's see what else they've done. They've gotten several great forwards the past couple years and have done nothing with them so far, so let's see what they add to compliment them.