Brawl odds Friday morning, Domi says thanks, Strom gets paid, Colby dinner in Boston, and other Black Hawk bullets

It’s been a long week, friends. Eight days ago, we were exiting the first round of the NHL Draft after completing two great deals, and trying to comprehend how the Blackhawks had added three first-round picks to their asset pool. Today, the Hawks are closing their development camp for the summer and we can all move out of season (in theory).

We won’t stop covering everything about the Blackhawks, but the past few weeks have given us a lot of insight into the future of the organization. We’ve learned more about who Kyle Davidson, General Manager, is, and where he takes the franchise. The future has some brightness, but we need to be patient.

Let’s move on to today’s news…

  • Teams will brawl at Blackhawks development camp at 10:15 a.m. Friday morning. It will be broadcast on YouTube, Blackhawks.com and the Chicago Blackhawks app with Chris Fosters and Colby Cohen on the call. They will skate in two periods of 25 minutes each.
  • Davidson spoke with the media Thursday and discussed a range of topics, including how and why they specifically targeted players signed into free agency this week.
  • Max Domy thanked Carolina for his time with the Hurricanes after the organization wished him good luck in Chicago. Both played well.
  • I hopped on TSN 690 in Montreal Thursday morning to talk a little bit about baseball and some blackhawk hockey. You can listen to the clip here.
  • Dylan Strom found a new home on Thursday, signing a one-year contract with Washington Capitals. His $3.5 million ceiling, as Dominic Kopalek’s bid, was less than his eligible bid ($3.6 million).
  • One has to wonder, though, that if Strom’s QO was only going to be $100,000 less than what happened in Washington, and there was “great interest” as Friedman noted in his tweet above, how could Blackhawk not find a business partner for him? Maybe he found more action as an unrestricted free agent which helped raise his price enough that he got close to the QO number? He feels as if something had to be done regarding his rights.
  • With that being said, as we noted when Davidson talked about their free proxy add-ons, Black Hawks are targeting speed in everything they do going forward. And the biggest thing missing from Strome is…speed. So it makes sense that the Hawks wouldn’t bring him back.
  • Colby Cohen apparently shared a meal with a few kids on Thursday night. Boston University is a proud hockey tradition, and there are a few connections between BU and Chicago, including Drew Commesso and Alex Vlasic. There is no information about who handled the check…
  • Speaking of Vlasic, he had a really good development camp. Patrick wrote of his growing confidence on the ice with young prospects this week.
  • How important has sales volume been in Chicago over the past two years? Ben Bob from Chicago Sun Times Note that it was an almost complete overhaul.
  • The coronavirus has halted the 2019-20 season and everything else. But having only three players left on the roster just two years ago is ironic. It was even more ridiculous when System Stan Bowman told fans that they were going to rebuild in October 2020. There’s a lot more to it, right?
  • Finally, that sinking feeling I had on the north side of town was amplified by a team in Cincinnati that had turned a very dangerous corner.

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