Links, News, and Notes: Kucherov Reaches 100, Kane Returns to Chicago, Chelios retired, and more!

Links, news, and notes about Nikita Kucherov's point markers, Chris Chelios' number getting retired, Patrick Kane returning to Chicago, and more!

Links, News, and Notes: Kucherov Reaches 100, Kane Returns to Chicago, Chelios retired, and more!
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Starting your week off with some links, news, and notes:

  • 25 years after last playing there, the Chicago Blackhawks finally retired Chris Chelios' number 7. He played there for nine seasons, although he also played in Montreal for seven and Detroit for nine+ as well, as his career spanned 27 seasons. It's rare for three fanbases to have such a strong connection to one player.
  • With the trade deadline coming up soon, writers at The Athletic gave a bold prediction for all 32 teams. Ian Mendes boldly predicts that the Ottawa Senators will deal one of Thomas Chabot or Jakob Chychrun—now that would be quite the shake-up.
  • Nikita Kucherov posted a goal and three assists on Sunday, giving him 100 points on the season in just 59 games. His previous fastest to 100 points was 62 games in 2018-19, and it seems like he just keeps getting better somehow. It'll be fascinating to see who wins the Hart Trophy this year with many deserving candidates.
  • Patrick Kane returned to the United Center in Chicago for the first time since leaving the Blackhawks, and he received a long standing ovation and video tribute. Then he had the perfect ending imaginable, getting the overtime winner, with the final score being 3-2. Even some Blackhawks fans were cheering for him on that final goal.
  • Dallas Stars rookie Logan Stankoven made his NHL debut over the weekend. The 21-year-old (his birthday today, happy birthday!) has a whopping 57 points in 47 games in the AHL this year with the Texas Stars, leading the entire league in points alongside his teammate Mavrik Bourque, who also has 57. The Stars are already scary and somehow still have more talent coming.
  • Wayne Scanlan has a great piece at Sportsnet about how badly Thomas Chabot wants to make the playoffs as soon as possible. Chabot has been playing incredibly well of late, and he deserves a chance to be on the biggest stage.
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs won their seventh straight game on Saturday, which is somehow their longest streak since an 8-game streak in 2003-04. Tyler Bertuzzi got a hat-trick after going 19 in a row without a goal, and Luke Fox recaps how well the team has been playing of late. Maybe it's not your favourite read, but you can "hate" read it.
  • Lastly, how can I not finish it off by showing the Ridly Greig effect? Phenomenal.

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