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Mark Lazerus: Kyle Davidson’s next callers should be Kessel, Toews and Jagr

Things are bad in Chicago. No, I’m not talking about the Bears, who were unable to emulate the Lions and play spoiler in Green Bay in Week 18.

I’m talking about the Chicago Blackhawks, who lost most of their players to injury. As a result, Kyle Davidson has to fill jerseys and all solutions are good at this point. Yesterday, the GM acquired Rem Pitlick for nothing and put Zach Sanford’s name forward for the waivers.

As of today, the lineup, which (again) beat the Flames this afternoon, looks like this:

It’s a good way to tank, but if you’re going to lose, you might as well sell as many tickets as possible, right?

That’s why Mark Lazerus, a columnist for The Athletic, suggested (jokingly) that Davidson’s next three call-ups should be Phil Kessel, Jonathan Toews and Jaromir Jagr.

Obviously, this is a humorous proposal and won’t happen.

Kessel would be the most logical call, but I don’t think he’s going to return to the NHL, let alone with a team that isn’t a playoff contender.

In the case of Jonathan Toews, his career is likely over. The Canadian hasn’t played since the 2022-2023 season. And let’s not forget that he missed the shortened 2021 season.

Even at 51, Jaromir Jagr is still playing professional hockey. Despite his legendary longevity, the Czech will not return to the NHL. And in any case, he wouldn’t be any better than the forwards already in place with the Blackhawks. In six games with the Kladno Knights, Jagr has four assists.

Once again, none of these players will be called up, but it’s still funny to know that the Hawks have reached this point (or almost)… One thing’s for sure, it would sell tickets. Without Connor Bedard, it’ll be tough.

In gusto

– “Tonight ‘s game is for 1st place”.

– Transaction in the OHL.

– Too strong.

– What a mess!

– Big news.

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