However, despite his great talent, he was never able to establish himself as a key player in the Blackhawks’ lineup.
The young man admits that he had a difficult time in Chicago… Mainly because he didn’t know where to turn.
The Hawks moved him to the center of the third trio, telling him he was more of a “shutdown player”, without necessarily being a talented player who could create things offensively.
Dach just happened to be on Chris Nilan’s excellent podcast, and he emptied his heart about his time in the Windy City:
There were too many things going on at the same time. They were dark moments and I wondered if I could go on. Hockey was flat because it’s not the player I am. I’m not just a defensive center. – Kirby Dach
Here’s Dach’s episode of the Knuckles Podcast:
You can really feel in Dach’s words that he’s been through hell in Chicago.
He talks about those moments with a lot of emotion, and I find it sad to hear him say he didn’t feel like playing anymore, because we know how charismatic he is.
At least things have settled down…
He admits that this feeling was echoed by several of the team’s players… And they were right in the end, because the following summer, the club cleaned house by trading him and letting Alex DeBrincat go via the trade market.
2. He’s not the first to say so openly…
It’s special because St-Louis is able to put himself in any player’s shoes because of his experience in the National League.
Dach admits he likes his coach ‘s way of doing things because it gives him more freedom on the ice. It’s night and day, basically, compared to when he was in Chicago.
Dach talks about the moment when Martin St-Louis paired him on the wing of the first trio, alongside Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield… And he confided to Chris Nilan that it helped him a lot, but a lot to regain confidence.
4. It’s a cliché, but the game really is different from above.
Dach has had the opportunity to watch a few games from the bridge since his injury and says he doesn’t understand how much space there is on the ice.
That said, he enjoys getting an outside view of the games and doesn’t hesitate to give his team-mates a few pointers when needed.
He even goes on to say that the Slovak should be one of the NHL’s best players in a few years’ time, if Slaf continues to improve in leaps and bounds…
But when it comes to being serious… Caufield is one of the most dedicated guys in the Habs’ room. And Dach feels that not enough credit is given to his teammate, because Caufield works hard to become the best version of himself on the ice.
In closing, Kirby Dach shared his love for the city of Montreal and the team’s fans because they “are incredible”.
I invite you once again to watch the recent episode of the “Knuckles Podcast” hosted by Chris Nilan.
It’s well worth the detour… And as usual, it allows us to learn a little more about a Habs player.
– Great news for the LPHF.
The game between Montreal and Toronto moved to the Maple Leafs’ home https://t.co/AYQapye9Da
– Radio-Canada Sports (@RC_Sports) January 25, 2024
– It’s crazy too.
– Guillaume Lepage (@GLepageLNH) January 25, 2024
– I love it!
Patrick Roy as the hot girl on the dance floor and the Islanders are the guy who frenched him? While the Senators watched on the bench with a bag of chips… cc @stephgonzz @GeorgesLaraque pic.twitter.com/mzB5NF55tW
– BPM Sports (@BPMSportsRadio) January 25, 2024
Going to be a good one tonight at the Bell Centre. pic.twitter.com/fg8KZLCH0g
– Mike Kelly (@MikeKellyNHL) January 25, 2024
– It should be quite a fight if it comes to fruition.