Rocky Road... Again

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Rocky Road... Again

A slump is one thing. Not executing the steps needed to snap out of it - and repeating the same errors - starts to create something more than a frightening coincidence.

Turnovers, poor puck management and being caught out of position defensively have been what's burned the Blackhawks during this losing streak. Yet, despite focusing on it since last week's embarrassment in Edmonton, it's really gotten no better.

There was a slight step forward in Calgary, but a huge step back in Denver. The Avalanche is a team that hadn't been scoring goals - but they found a way against the Hawks. They would have scored even more if not for Ray Emery, who probably should've had the David Jones goal that made it 4-2. Still, he more than did his part.

The offense has averaged two goals during this slide, and Tuesday night, the power play was helping the Avs more than it helped themselves, with at least three or four short-handed odd-man rushes.

Instead of narrowing down the problems that have been the root of these difficult times, they seem, instead, to be growing. And it's the first time this group is going through anything close to this since the core accomplished so much.

The longer this goes, it's getting to the point where the doubts and questions about the team outside the locker room may start to be matched within those walls.

Blackhawks trade back, select Henri Jokiharju at No. 29

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Blackhawks trade back, select Henri Jokiharju at No. 29

The Blackhawks made their third trade of the day Friday night, but this one didn't have the same magnitude as the first two.

Gary Bettman announced the first trade of the NHL Draft involving Chicago, which shipped its No. 26 overall pick (goaltender Jake Oettinger) to Dallas in exchange for the No. 29 overall pick and a third-rounder (No. 70 overall).

And to make the Blackhawks' pick, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews welcomed their newest teammate by announcing the selection of Finnish defenseman Henri Jokiharju at No. 29 overall

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: How do Friday's blockbuster deals impact the Blackhawks going forward

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: How do Friday's blockbuster deals impact the Blackhawks going forward

On the latest edition of the Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle, Tracey Myers and Charlie Roumeliotis break down the Blackhawks' blockbuster deals involving Niklas Hjalmarsson being dealt to Arizona and re-acquiring Brandon Saad from Columbus in exchange for Artemi Panarin.

They also discuss what it means for the team going forward, and whether it's a precursor to bigger deals to come.

Listen to the latest episode of the Hawks Talk Podcast below.