It’s already been a chaotic week of hockey, and it’s not over yet. With 12 games on the Saturday night schedule, there’s a ton of NHL news to unpack.

Here are some of the top stories you may have missed.

Blackhawks Fire Colliton

 

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In breaking NHL news Saturday afternoon, the Chicago Blackhawks announced head coach Jeremy Colliton had been relieved of his coaching duties three years to the day after he was hired. Chicago is off to a 1-9-2 start following Friday night’s 5-1 road loss to the Winnipeg Jets and has allowed a league-worst 47 goals.

The Blackhawks have promoted Derek King, who was the head coach of Chicago’s AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs.

“Our on-ice goal remains the same: To build an elite system of hockey — and we have not delivered on that,” Blackhawks interim general manager Kyle Davidson said. “The fact is our play and competitiveness must improve. Every game, every shift. Today’s coaching changes are difficult, especially given the incredible personal connections Jeremy and others have made with our players in their development.

“We appreciate Jeremy’s contributions to the organization over the last three seasons, and we wish him and his family the best.”

Colliton was hired to replace Joel Quenneville, who resigned as head coach of the Florida Panthers following revelations of his involvement in the Blackhawks’ sexual assault coverup in 2010. Though Colliton was not a member of the Blackhawks at the time of the assault, everyone involved in the front office from that point has been dismissed from the organization.

As head coach, Colliton amassed an 86-83-24 record and went 4-5 in the playoffs.

Eichel Traded to Vegas

The Jack Eichel-Buffalo Sabres saga has finally come to a close. For months, reporters have touted how Eichel trade talks have been “heating up” but finally, the NHL news broke Thursday morning that the Sabres had traded Eichel to the Vegas Golden Knights.

In all, the trade sends Eichel and a conditional pick to the Golden Knights for Alex Tuch, Peyton Krebs, a future first round pick, and a future second round pick.

The conditions on the pick involve Top 10 protections for 2022. If Vegas ends up with a Top 10 pick in 2022, the first round pick moves to 2023 and the second round pick to 2024. Otherwise, the first rounder would go to Buffalo in 2022 and the second round pick in 2023.

Buffalo did not retain any salary in the deal.

Eichel, the second overall pick in the 2015 Draft, has not played since March while awaiting a neck surgery. The Sabres wanted one procedure for Eichel while Eichel wanted a different procedure which has not been performed on an NHL player before but offers a better long-term prognosis.

Vegas will need to get creative with their salary cap when Eichel is ready to return. They have room for the deal at the moment with Mark Stone and Max Pacioretty on injured reserve, but with those two set to return before the end of the season, the Golden Knights could be in a salary cap crunch.

Tuch will be out until January while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.

McDavid Breaks the Internet… Again

Connor McDavid is no stranger to highlight reel plays. But his goal to force overtime during Edmonton’s 6-5 win over the New York Rangers Friday night was truly something special. Taking on four Rangers defensemen, McDavid dangled through the slot and beat goaltender Alexandar Georgiev with what may already be the goal of the year.

McDavid (eight goals, 14 assists) is one point behind teammate Leon Draisaitl (10 goals, 13 assists) for the league lead in points.

The Oilers are in first place in the Western Conference with a 9-1-0 record.

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Dan Bradley is a hockey broadcaster and sportswriter originally from New Brighton, MN and currently living in Cincinnati. Dan graduated from Bradley University in Peoria, IL, with a B.S. in Sports Communication in 2014. He previously worked in television in Duluth, MN, as well as in youth and adult sports administration in St. Paul. When not watching or writing about sports, Dan enjoys making music, fishing, and watching Jeopardy, where he hopes to someday be a contestant.

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