David Haugh and Charlie Roumeliotis join David Kaplan on the panel.
0:00- The Blackhawks sign former Islanders goalie Robin Lehner. What does this say about Corey Crawford's future?
5:20- The Blackhawks re-acquire Andrew Shaw. Are they good enough to be a cup contender once again?
7:30- The Bulls sign veteran forward Thaddeus Young and acquire Tomas Satoransky in a sign-and-trade. Will they make the playoffs next season?
10:00- The Cubs start their road trip by dropping 2 out of 3 in Cincinnati. The guys debate how bold Theo and Jed need to be to make this team a World Series contender again.
15:00- Chicagoland Speedway president Scott Paddock drops by to recap Alex Bowman's 1st career Cup series win and another close race in Joliet.
20:00- Kap gives out his plays on a "Money Monday"
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On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle catches up with Senior VP of Hockey Operations, Al MacIsaac. They discuss the process the Blackhawks took in transforming the roster this off-season. MacIsaac is entering his 20th year with the Blackhawks and talks about the organizational changes over the last two decades. He also weighs in on the role analytics plays in evaluating current or potential Blackhawks and he explains why the team made a commitment to make its new practice facility the “gold standard” of the NHL.
0:45 – MacIsaac on changes within the Blackhawks organization in the last 20 years
4:00 – How the Blackhawks have added great depth this summer
5:25 – A good problem to have with two good goaltenders
6:23 – How the hockey ops meeting went at the end of last season
8:45 – How much the Blackhawks use and rely on analytics
10:27 – The importance of the Blackhawks strength and conditioning programs
12:24 – The planning behind Fifth Third Arena’s development
14:40 – The dynamic between hockey ops and business ops
16:37 – Agreements and disagreements within the hockey ops group
18:32 – MacIsaac’s longtime relationship with Mark Bernard
20:27 – Looking ahead to training camp and the regular season
22:42 – Tough decisions will need to be made when the season starts
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Blackhawks Talk Podcast
Andrew Shaw had a terrific 2018-19 season with the Montreal Canadiens. He set a career high with 47 points (19 goals, 28 assists) despite missing 19 games due to injuries and averaged 15:55 of ice time, which was the highest of his NHL career.
When asked to explain why he believes he had the best offensive output of his career, Shaw pointed to one thing.
“Honestly I just think it was the hunger for the game," Shaw said in an interview with NBC Sports Chicago. "I missed nine months with knee surgery and concussions. I battled back to get back to where I needed to be and just started having fun again. Maybe I’m bigger, stronger, older. I think I’ve been in situations in games so many times that you’re better at reacting to them so I think that maybe that has a little bit to do with it.”
The Blackhawks reacquired Shaw because they've lacked some jam in their game over the past couple seasons. And looking at the other moves GM Stan Bowman has made this summer, it's clear that's an area they prioritized.
Shaw noticed it too and he's excited to see how it'll all come together this coming season.
“I still have to be me," Shaw said. "I still have to go out there and work and compete and bring the energy I’ve always brought. I think it’s the intensity and the love of the game that pushes me to do that so I think it’s something that others feed off of. With a couple other guys they brought in, too, we got a little bit more grit, a little bit more defensive game. I think it’s going to be a really good year.”
Check out the interview in the video above.
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