In Wednesday’s edition of Hawks Headlines, we take a look at a couple of trades that divisional rivals made on Monday, the Blackhawks’ struggles this season against the Colorado Avalanche, and the player that the Hawks will be looking for help from as they play without Marian Hossa.
-We’ll start with that player, as Brandon Saad got the first crack at the top line spot alongside Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews on Tuesday. He will play a key role on the Hawks as they try to ride out Hossa’s absence, but his versatility in terms of being able to play any forward position should be an asset. [CSN Chicago]
-The Blackhawks are currently in a tight race with the Avalanche and the St. Louis Blues, and it doesn’t appear that will change any time soon after the Hawks dropped a 4-2 decision to Colorado on Tuesday. [Daily Herald]
-The Blackhawks have now lost three out of four to the Avs this season, and with a potential match-up against Colorado looming under the new playoff format, the Hawks have got to try to figure something out. [ESPN Chicago]
-Chicago has made several moves over the past few days, but what do they all mean to the team’s future? Greg Boysen has an answer for you. [Second City Hockey]
-Finally, on Tuesday the league gave fans a nice appetizer for what could be a chaotic trade deadline. One move saw Roberto Luongo head from Vancouver down to Florda. [Chicago Tribune]
-The Minnesota Wild got some goaltending help after the team announced that Niklas Backstrom was going to be out for the rest of the season, acquiring Ilya Bryzgalov from the Edmonton Oilers. [USA Today]
-Finally, the Dallas Stars dealt away Stephane Robidas to the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday. It only cost the Ducks a conditional fourth round pick, since Robidas is still recovering from a broken bone in his leg. [CBS Sports]