Center overcomes first-game nerves in performance Joel Quenneville calls “excellent.”
The Hawks scored on their first two shots, three of their first five, and six of their first 15 in their third straight blowout win in Edmonton.
The falling Canadian dollar could force the Hawks to jettison more than one star player from their core to stay under the salary cap next season.
He’s appeared in just three of the first 19 games of the season, and hasn’t played an NHL game since Oct. 25.
Don’t start making the confetti or setting up at Grant Park yet, but …
The Hawks also put Patrick Sharp on long-term injured reserve to open up the salary-cap space, though his timetable isn’t expected to change.