In this edition of Hawks Headlines, we take a look at a batch of stories about where the Chicago Blackhawks stand after their season was ended on Sunday by the Los Angeles Kings. Brandon Saad, Patrick Kane, and Nick Leddy all will be featured in this edition, as will a basketball legend that was in the stands for the Game 7 loss.
-We start out with our friend Sam Fels, who discusses in detail the history of the relationship between GM Stan Bowman and head coach Joel Quenneville. It is a relationship that has seen plenty of success, but also some serious moments of contention between the two. [Committed Indian]
-Brandon Saad just finished his second full NHL season, but he’s already making some big strides toward becoming an important player for Chicago moving forward. (CSN Chicago]
-Nick Leddy has the unfortunate distinction of being the player that the game-winning goal in Game 7 deflected off of, and he’s still upset about the play. [Daily Herald]
-Could Patrick Kane have found his future linemates with Saad and Andrew Shaw? Quenneville didn’t rule out the possibility on Tuesday during the team’s final press conferences of the year. [ESPN Chicago]
-Bowman is going to have some work to do in tinkering with the roster, but what will he end up doing? [Second City Hockey]
-Despite his struggles during the postseason, the Blackhawks still seem to be high on Kris Versteeg, perhaps buying into the optimism that being able to heal from an injury will be just what the doctor ordered for his quality of play. [Chicago Sun-Times]
-Finally, Charles Barkley was at the Hawks’ game on Sunday, and he described the experience in glowing terms. [Chicago Tribune]