The Chicago hockey team scheduled a press conference for 1PM today to detail the findings from the investigation surrounding the Brad Aldrich case. Expectations are low, overall, in terms of how they will handle it, but ESPN’s Emily Kaplan suggests that organizational changes could be coming:
The Blackhawks have really locked things down ahead of today’s 1pm CT press conference, announcing the findings of the investigation into the team’s handling of Brad Aldrich.— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) October 26, 2021
However one source told me not to be surprised by big organizational changes in Chicago’s front office.
Hearing #Blackhawks Sr. VP of Hockey Ops Al MacIsaac will be departing the organization as part of the investigation findings.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) October 26, 2021
Weak. https://t.co/5bIrh4snML— Adam Gretz (@AGretz) October 26, 2021
Stan Bowman: "I relied on the direction of my superior that he would take appropriate action. Looking back, now knowing he did not handle the matter promptly, I regret assuming he would do so." pic.twitter.com/yxbFQQ0AKR— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) October 26, 2021
Fuck them, and fuck everyone else who was party to this. I’m talking staff, coaches, players — looking at you, Duncan — media, everyone. Fuck every single one of them and, lastly, fuck the NHL.
In Oilers news, SN’s Mark Spector wrote another absolute classic this morning. It’s unbelievable. Very ‘Adam Larsson’s Oilers winning games Taylor Hall’s never could’ vibes.
Otherwise, the Oilers have one more sleep — I know — before they return to action tomorrow night at home against the Philadelphia Flyers. Jeff had a chat with Kelly of SBN’s Broad Street Hockey to get the low down.
The Podcast crew faced some scheduling issues ahead of this week’s episode, but have just released their latest episode — The Quest for 82-0-0. Have a listen when you’ve got a few minutes.
Copper & Blue Podcast: The Quest for 82-0-0
Preston & Corey are unusually chipper as they talk about an undefeated Oilers club.
Frontline Research: Philadelphia Flyers (Copper and Blue)
Tippett: Goaltender Mike Smith “Very Doubtful” For Flyers On Wednesday (Copper and Blue)
Connor McDavid Named NHL’s Second Star Of The Week (Copper and Blue)
Brunch Links: Monday, October 25 (Copper and Blue)
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