Rank #1: Ep. 121: Hawks Talk Podcast with special guest Mike Tirico
On this episode of Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle talks with Mike Tirico, who is doing play-by-play for the Blackhawks-Red Wings game on Wednesday night.
0:45 - Mike Tirico on how he got the call to call hockey
1:30 - Tirico's preparation for his first NHL play-by-play broadcast
4:15 - Patrick Kane continue's to impress as a veteran
6:20 - Can Tirico fit more NHL into his busy schedule?
8:20 - Will Tirico get nervous for his first NHL broadcast?
Rank #2: Ep. 129: Were the Blackhawks ever a playoff team?
On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle, Slavko Bekovic and Charlie Roumeliotis debate whether this Blackhawks team ever had a playoff roster. The guys also wonder if fatigue became an issue, where the season really turned and what’s at stake in the final three games. They wrap up by summarizing the season, looking ahead to this summer in free agency and the NHL draft lottery.
1:00 - Were the Hawks a playoff roster?
4:20 - Simply put: the Hawks defense is awful
9:00 - Where could Hawks add Top-4 d-man?
15:45 - Did the Hawks overperform this year?
20:20 - Where did this season go wrong?
25:00 - Is there fatigue for the top players?
32:05 - Erik Gustafsson's breakout season
35:10 - Draft lottery around the corner
37:00 - Who will lead the Hawks in goals?
38:40 - What's at stake in the final three games?
40:15 - Kevin Hayes to the Hawks?!
46:20 - How do you sum up this season?
48:30 - Keith/Seabrook legacy
Rank #3: Ep. 152: Reacting to Robin Lehner signing, Andrew Shaw trade and what's next for Blackhawks
On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle, Slavko Bekovic and Charlie Roumeliotis talk about the Blackhawks' surprise free-agency splash with Vezina Trophy finalist Robin Lehner. What was the reasoning behind it?
The guys also discuss the trade for Andrew Shaw, a busy day in the Central Division and what could be next for Stan Bowman and the Blackhawks this summer.
0:55 – Robin Lehner a surprise splash in free agency
5:35 – Lehner’s messy situation with Islanders
8:21 – Is Lehner product of Isles’ great defense?
11:13 – Stan Bowman on the Blackhawks cap situation
12:23 – Great 1-2 punch with Crawford & Lehner
15:39 – Andrew Shaw back with Blackhawks
18:31 – Shaw can help Hawks in many ways
20:58 – Bowman addressing Hawks’ biggest problems
25:53 – Busy day for the Central Division
30:48 – Finally…an offer sheet!
32:53 – Biggest move the Hawks have made so far
37:04 – What move is next for Bowman?
Rank #4: Ep. 133: Evaluating Blackhawks defensemen prospects with Mark Eaton
On the latest edition of the Hawks Talk Podcast, Blackhawks director of player development Mark Eaton joins the show to evaluate the organization’s top defensemen prospects and where each of them are at in their developments. Which ones could make the NHL jump next season?
Pat Boyle and Charlie Roumeliotis offer their takeaways from the Eaton interview and outlook the Blackhawks blue line group as a whole.
1:00 – Eaton on Henri Jokiharju’s development
3:30 – Adam Boqvist’s growth in North America
6:50 – Evaluating Nicolas Beaudin’s progression
8:15 – Surprised about Ian Mitchell’s decision to return to college?
10:55 – Assessing Chad Krys in college and AHL
13:10 – Challenge between stressing defensive side of game but not taking away from who the player is
15:55 – Which defensemen prospects could be in NHL next season?
18:25 – The message Erik Gustafsson’s breakout season sends to prospects
21:15 – Takeaways from Eaton interview
31:25 – Reviewing Blackhawks defensemen contracts
33:35 – Thoughts on Gustav Forsling
35:20 – The challenge for Blackhawks defense this offseason
Rank #5: Ep. 68: Attempting to rebuild the Blackhawks into a Stanley Cup contender
On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Adam Burish joins Pat Boyle to answer your mailbag questions. Among the questions they tackle: What was your favorite moment from the Blackhawks’ past season and were you surprised that Joel Quenneville didn’t make any changes to his coaching staff?
They also discuss re-signing Vinnie Hinostroza, backup goalie options for Corey Crawford and who do they like in the Jets/Predators second-round series?
Plus, Burish looks at the Penguins roster and sees some similarities to the Blackhawks’ situation and attempts to rebuild a Stanley Cup contender.
Rank #6: Ep. 51: How do the Blackhawks fix their broken power play?
A disappointing week for the Blackhawks and a disappointing power play, to boot.
On the latest edition of the Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle, Jamal Mayers and Brian Campbell share their solutions for the struggling power play.
Plus, who should replace Richard Panik on the top line alongside Jonathan Toews? And the guys make bold predictions for the remainder of 2017.
Rank #7: Ep. 35: What's next for Blackhawks as free agency looms?
They also weigh in on whether the Blackhawks are done trading, preview free agency, and toy with the idea of a potential Patrick Sharp reunion.
Rank #8: Ep. 52: Which Hawks have impressed most during five game win streak?
On this episode of the Blackhawks Talk Pat Boyle is joined by Jamal Mayers and Brian Campbell. The guys discuss which Blackhawks are on the top of their game. Patrick Kane is certainly on the list after he scored two goals against the Wild, and Corey Crawford has been lights out since his return from injury.
Plus, If Erik Karlsson is on the trade block, how aggressive should Hawks be in acquiring him?
Rank #9: Ep. 135: Dimitri Filipovic on the state of the Blackhawks
On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Dimitri Filipovic from Yahoo, ESPN and The Hockey PDOcast joins Pat Boyle, Slavko Bekovic and Charlie Roumeliotis to discuss the state of the Blackhawks. How far away are they from contending?
Filipovic also talks about the Blackhawks' defensive struggles, what they can do to turn it around, how they should spend their money this summer and which NHL prospects jump out at No. 3 overall.
1:00 - How far are the Blackhawks from contenting?
1:45 – Did the Blackhawks miss a golden chance in this year’s playoffs?
3:45 – Are the Avalanche an example for the Blackhawks to follow?
4:50 – How badly do the Hawks need a top-4 defenseman?
6:15 – How good (really) is Erik Gustafsson?
8:30 – Evaluating the Blackhawks’ defensive personnel
10:15 – Is this defensive system right for the Blackhawks?
13:45 – What franchise are the Blackhawks modeling?
15:00 – Did the Hawks wait too long to move on from Quenneville?
16:20 – Going worst-to-first like the Islanders
18:20 – Blackhawks need to beef up
20:20 – Building the Blackhawks with a Bruins outline
22:00 – The need for more secondary scoring
22:50 – Finding the right line for Patrick Kane
24:50 – Draft prospects that the Blackhawks should consider at No. 3
28:50 – Could Artemi Panarin stay in Columbus?
30:20 – Spending on top-end players or filling multiple needs
32:10 – Extensions for Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome
33:35 – Should Kane have been a Hart finalist?
Rank #10: Ep. 40: Jonathan Toews reveals changes to his offseason training program
The crew also plays the game, forward lines roulette. They also discuss Eddie Olczyk’s medical battle and they answer some listener questions.
Rank #11: Ep. 69: Is Dustin Byfuglien the one that got away?
On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Jamal Mayers joins Pat Boyle to discuss the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They go over the controversial no goal in the Penguins-Capitals series and a solution for when there isn’t conclusive video of the puck in relation to the goal line.
They also weigh in on Dustin Byfuglien’s game and whether Big Buff is the biggest cap casualty loss for the Blackhawks in the Cup era.
Plus, with the World Championships starting this week in Denmark will the international experience help Connor Murphy’s and Jordan Oesterle’s NHL game?
Finally, the guys dive into the mailbag for your questions regarding the Blackhawks selecting eighth in the upcoming NHL draft.
Rank #12: Ep. 53: Are the Blackhawks a playoff team in 2018?
On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast Jamal Mayers and Pat Boyle discuss the Blackhawks 1-1-1 road trip to end 2017.
What players are trending up and which players need to get back on track in the new year?
The guys also discuss the playoff chances in 2018 and they share their New Years Resolutions for Q’s crew.
Rank #13: Ep. 154: Reaction to Artem Anisimov trade and Development Camp standouts
On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Charlie Roumeliotis react to the trade of Artem Anisimov to the Senators for Zack Smith. The guys discuss the role Smith could have with the Hawks and the areas where he has an edge over Anisimov. They also discuss the first couple days of Development Camp and how this year’s top two draft picks - Kirby Dach and Alex Vlasic - have looked so far. Plus, a breakdown of the other top blue-liners and how Adam Boqvist, Nicolas Beaudin and Chad Krys have progressed and why they agree with Ian Mitchell’s decision to return to Denver for his junior year.
0:35 – Initial reaction to Anisimov/Smith trade
2:02 – Smith adds faceoff and penalty kill abilities
3:38 – Candidates for bottom-six center spots
4:57 – Edge a common theme among new Blackhawks
6:08 – Alex Nylander’s presence at Development Camp
8:20 – Kirby Dach has an open door to a roster spot
10:38 – Alex Vlasic holding his own against Dach
11:46 – Adam Boqvist wants to play in the NHL now
13:23 – Were Blackhawks recent moves scripted before NHL Draft?
15:28 – Ian Mitchell’s decision to return to college
18:57 – Young defenseman make decisions tough down the road
20:21 – Keeping an eye on Philipp Kurashev at camp
21:20 – Is Stan Bowman done making moves?
22:34 – Salary cap outlook with DeBrincat/Strome extensions coming
Rank #14: Ep. 47: The Blackhawks really miss Marian Hossa
This edition of the Blackhawks Talk Podcast features Pat Boyle, Jamal Mayers and Tracey Myers. The crew discusses the one topic everyone's been talking about for the past few weeks -- the Hawks continued struggles on offense. Obviously Marian Hossa was a force on the ice, but do the Blackhawks miss him beyond his offensive contributions?
Rank #15: Ep. 26: Does a core member of the Blackhawks need to be moved this summer?
Why did the top seed go down in four games? Was it more compete level or roster makeup?
The guys discuss if a member of the core group needs to be moved this summer, to free up salary for a playoff proven player.
They also rundown the young Hawks players on the roster and tell us if they are part of the team’s plan or if their future is unclear.
Rank #16: Ep. 34: How do Friday's blockbuster deals impact the Blackhawks going forward?
They also discuss what it means for the team going forward and whether it's a precursor to bigger deals to come.
Rank #17: Ep. 46: Is it time for the Blackhawks to call up players from Rockford?
On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Tracey Myers discuss the Hawks 1-4-1 stretch and why they’ve struggled to score. Is DeBrincat close to being sent to Rockford and how is Patrick Sharp dealing with his role in his second stint with the Hawks?
They also dive into the power play issues and the revamped defensive pairings. Plus, with Halloween here they discuss their favorite costumes and candy.
Rank #18: Ep. 36: Will Sharp replace Panarin on Kane’s line?
They also weigh in on how the Blackhawks may utilize Marian Hossa's cap space during the season, and which positions they could look to strengthen as the year progresses.
Rank #19: Ep. 94: Saad and Blackhawks bounce back, but will it last?
On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Charlie Roumeliotis discuss Corey Crawford’s immediate impact on a Blackhawks team that has been struggling defensively. They chronicle the wild week that Brandon Saad experienced, from being a possible healthy scratch, to joining Patrick Kane’s line and having his first multi-goal game in more than a year. The guys break down Erik Gustafsson’s shot-pass effect on the offense and the Art Of Patrick Kane’s one-timer. The boys also join in with the rest of Alex DeBrincat’s teammates for a chuckle after Feisty Cat faced off with Josh Manson. Lastly, they give a shout out to the Blackhawks fans who listen to the podcast from all over the world.
0:50 - Corey Crawford’s immediate impact in return to lineup
2:40 - On overall team game improving from Tampa Bay game to Anaheim
3:55 - Brandon Saad breaks out
5:11 - Thoughts on separating Patrick Kane and Nick Schmaltz
6:52 - Jonathan Toews continues to look like his old self
9:06 - Alex DeBrincat gets scrappy
10:51 - DeBrincat, Toews, Kane and Joel Quenneville on Feisty Cat
15:45 - The effect of Erik Gustafsson’s slap-pass on offense
20:18 - Why Kane adjusted the flex on his stick
24:11 - The crowded race in the Central Division
25:42 - Hawks Talk country roll call
Rank #20: EP. 93: Thoughts on Corey Crawford’s season debut
In the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle, Jamal Mayers and Charlie Roumeliotis recap Corey Crawford’s season debut after missing nearly 10 months with a concussion. Mayers talks about the Kitty system that Niklas Hjalmarsson and Vinnie Hinostroza probably dealt with in their returns to Chicago. The guys also discuss what’s next for Crawford, the upcoming matchup against Artemi Panarin and the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Blackhawks’ biggest areas for improvement.