The Independent

Dissecting Alex DeBrincat’s slow start

Matthew Rago, Managing Editor

December 28, 2019

Alex DeBrincat put the hockey world on notice last season with his sophomore 41-goal, 76-point campaign. You see, DeBrincat wasn't supposed to light the lamp with the same regularity he enjoyed during his junior career. Sure, his timing is impeccable and his hands soft as butter, but according to the critics, he was just too...

Brent Seabrook to undergo three surgeries, placed on long-term injury reserve

Matthew Rago, Managing Editor

December 26, 2019

The Chicago Blackhawks placed defenseman Brent Seabrook on long-term injury reserve (LTIR) Thursday after announcing that Seabrook would miss the remainder of the 2019-2020 regular season. Seabrook, who helped pioneer the 'Hawks to three Stanley Cup Championships in a five-year span between 2010 and 2015, is scheduled to undergo...

NBCSports writer omits Patrick Kane from Top 10 list, Twitter laughs

Matthew Rago, Managing Editor

December 24, 2019

Adam Gretz of NHLonNBCSports and Yardbreaker constructed a top-10 players of the decade list which omitted Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks, causing both confusion and subsequent ridicule. Gretz' list reads as follows: Sidney Crosby Alex Ovechkin Erik Karlsson Patrice Bergeron Connor McDavid Evge...

Have the Blackhawks moved on from Brent Seabrook?

Matthew Rago, Managing Editor

November 1, 2019

Brent Seabrook was a healthy scratch Tuesday for the second consecutive game. As expected, he’s unhappy about the decision, even offering a subtle hint that he may seek a trade. However, Head Coach Jeremy Colliton maintains that team success takes precedence over individual appeasement. At one point in time, Seabrook ranked among ...

Robin Lehner has solved the Hawks’ Crawford question

Matthew Rago, Managing Editor

October 29, 2019

It might be time for Corey Crawford to relinquish the starting goaltending position. That’s not to diminish all that “Crow”, as Chicagoans fondly refer to Crawford as, has done for the Chicago Blackhawks franchise. However, an unfortunate spate of injuries and inconsistencies had led to instability at the goaltending...

Are Bowman and Colliton on the hot seat?

Matthew Rago, Managing Editor

October 22, 2019

This offseason, the Chicago Blackhawks emphasized the importance of getting off to a good start. Instead, the team sits at 2-3-1 while allowing 3.33 goals per game. After finishing the first half of 2018-19 in 13th place, the ‘Hawks admirably battled their way back into playoff contention, finishing just six points out...

Examining Jonathan Toews’ legacy

Matthew Rago, Managing Editor

October 8, 2019

Let’s flashback to 2010. The Chicago Blackhawks, captained by 22-year-old Jonathan Toews, have just won their first Stanley Cup Championship since the 1960-1961 season. A dormant fanbase is reinvigorated by a long overdue infusion of youth and financial investment. Chicago hockey fans flock to their newfound hero, one wor...

Blackhawks offseason review

Matthew Rago, Managing Editor

September 24, 2019

The Chicago Blackhawks grossly underachieved during the 2018-2019 season.  Despite featuring both Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews in their respective primes, the Blackhawks finished sixth in their division and six points out of a playoff berth.  On the surface, it may seem difficult to comprehend how a team with so much offensi...

Gary Bettman doesn’t speak for us fans

Gary Bettman doesn’t speak for us fans

April 29, 2017

On April 3, the NHL announced that it would not be disrupting their 2017-2018 season to participate in the Ol...

Chicago Blackhawks make top 100 list

Chicago Blackhawks make top 100 list

February 7, 2017

The NHL is celebrating its centennial season this year and hockey went to Hollywood for an epic all-st...

Chicago Blackhawks 2016-2017 season preview

Chicago Blackhawks 2016-2017 season preview

October 11, 2016

This offseason wasn’t much different than previous years for the Blackhawks. Again, they were forced to trad...

Quest for Cup #3

Andrew Pappas, Writer

October 7, 2014

Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are now locked up on long-term contracts and it’s time for them to get down to business. It’s very rare in modern sports for a dynamic duo like 19 and 88 to come up together and continue their careers with the same team; the Blackhawks have made that happen. With two Stanley Cups already on...

Northeastern Illinois University's student-run newspaper