Chicago Blackhawks waive Ryan Spooner and Jake Dotchin
CHICAGO — Chicago Blackhawks General Manager Stan Bowman said he waived forward Ryan Spoonman on Friday.
Bowman also said he would waive defenseman Jake Dotch and forward Jacob Larsson on waivers.
Bowman said his team had a three-game winning streak ended Friday night with a 5-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Blackhawks are 1-2-0 since the All-Star break and are 10-10-3 in their last 11 games.
“We want to get back to our winning ways and start the year right,” Bowman said.
“It’s really tough, the way we are right now.
“There are a lot of things going on with the team right now and we have to be patient and let it play out. “
We want to win. “
There are a lot of things going on with the team right now and we have to be patient and let it play out.
We want to win.
We don’t want to be disappointed in the game.
We just want to go out there and play and go win.”
The Blackhawks have lost four of their last five games.
They also were swept by the Anaheim Ducks in the Stanley Cup Final last season.
“When you have the playoffs, we’ve got to make sure we have a positive mentality and we just try to keep going,” said Spoonman, who scored five goals and nine assists for 22 points in the loss.
“You don’t know how much you’re going to miss, but at the same time, you have to keep pushing to get better.”
Blackhawks goalie Jimmy Howard also was injured against Tampa Bay.
He is day-to-day after undergoing hip surgery.
He was 2-3-1 with a 1.99 goals-against average and .908 save percentage in three games this season.
He has seven shutouts.
The Lightning won three in a row to start the season and have now lost nine straight and six of eight.
“I think we need a lot more than just the fact we’ve had a couple of weeks where we haven’t been able to get into the playoffs,” said Lightning goalie Ben Bishop.
“Obviously, we have been in it for a long time.
We’ll have a lot to learn from this. “
If we get it going, I think we’ll be OK.
We’ll have a lot to learn from this.
We’ve had some injuries, but we’ve still got some guys that can play in the NHL.”
The Sharks are 8-6-1, but are tied for second-last in the Pacific Division and are on pace to finish with a losing record for the first time since a 12-game losing streak in 2010-11.
The Sharks have allowed an average of 1.85 goals per game, the second-worst mark in the League behind the New Jersey Devils.
“Any team in the league is going to be upset if you’re playing poorly,” Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said.