In this Wednesday edition of Hawks Headlines, we take a look at Bryan Bickell’s response to being inserted back into the Chicago Blackhawks’ lineup, what Brandon Pirri’s return to the Hawks means from a statistical perspective, and what happens when a fan wears Los Angeles Kings gear to the United Center.
-We start out with the news that had a lot of fans talking over the weekend after Bickell was benched by Joel Quenneville before Sunday’s tilt with the Jets. Bickell said he wasn’t angry about being scratched, but conceded that he was “frustrated” to watch the game from the press box. [CSN Chicago]
-The Blackhawks can be legitimately said to be in a slump right now, having lost four games in a row. Is that due to boredom or fatigue? Sam Fels examines this question. [Real Fans Program]
-Should the Blackhawks consider trading Bickell, who is in the first year of a four year contract extension that he signed after an excellent playoff performance for Chicago? One writer thinks it’s worth exploring. [The Hockey Writers]
-Could this be Pirri’s final chance to make an impression on the Blackhawks’ coaching staff and front office? As weird as it sounds, it very well could be. [Daily Herald]
-What does Pirri bring to the table from an advanced statistical perspective? Jen has your answers in this informative piece. [Second City Hockey]
-Speaking of Pirri, Scott Powers chatted up his coach in the AHL, Ted Dent, about what he had Pirri doing during his stint with the Rockford IceHogs. [ESPN Chicago]
-Finally, what would happen if you were to wear opposing team’s colors to the United Center for a Blackhawks game? As a magazine columnist found out, the answer is, boringly enough, not much. [Chicago Magazine]