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‘Hawks Pirri unsure about his future in Chicago

Feb 14, 2014, 10:40 PM EDT

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Chicago Blackhawks prospect forward Brandon Pirri may have an interesting few weeks ahead of him.

The 22-year-old center has been up and down between Chicago and AHL Rockford this season and just recently was named MVP of the AHL All-Star Game.

Despite his success in the minors and showing glimpses of his offensive capabilities with the Blackhawks, he could be traded before the March 5 deadline. As Scott Powers at ESPNChicago.com shares, Pirri isn’t sure what to make of the trade rumors that have popped up lately.

“I don’t know how to feel,” said Pirri. “It’s the first time I’ve been involved in something like this where there have been rumors flying around. But at the same time, I’m not worrying about it. Just come down and help this team win.

“It’s out of my control. It’s up to the management in Chicago to do what they feel is right. I’m just looking for that opportunity wherever it may be.”

Pirri’s hopes of getting back to Chicago may have been derailed after the team acquired center Peter Regin from the New York Islanders before the Olympic break. Adding another center to the mix with Jonathan Toews, Michal Handzus, and Marcus Kruger likely squeezes Pirri out.

Pirri was the leading scorer in the AHL last season, but the team believes his defensive skills need work.

  1. jacketsfan7 - Feb 14, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    He’s a bright young man with a great road in front of him , only problem is , it’s Chicago , a team in which the 4th line is stacked even

  2. esracerx46 - Feb 14, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    I have always liked him. I think the injury he had in camp has hindered his ability to show what he can do with the Hawks. It was an injury he re-aggravated almost immediately from being sent down in early December. He stayed in Chicago this summer to everyone how bad he wanted it. If he is traded, I hope he looks at it like somebody else wanting him rather than the Hawks not wanting him. If he was a right handed shot, or was a smidge better on faceoffs, or was a little better defensively he would he in Chicago. His defensive game has come a long way in the last year.

    Good luck Brandon. Hope to see you in Chicago full time. If not my little sister needs to find another guy to root for.

  3. blackhawks2013 - Feb 15, 2014 at 4:57 AM

    Hawks need to trade Pirri while he has value. He doesn’t fit and will just waste away in the minors.

    • dadawg77 - Feb 15, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      Pirri is a much better pair with Kane than Handzus. Handzus just slows down Kane while Pirri can keep up much better. However he needs to work on faceoff wins which is the only area Handzus is batter at.

  4. bullwinkle88 - Feb 15, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Buffalo would be a good home for him.

  5. slysipops - Feb 16, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    HANDZUS is getting slower all the time.hopefully the HAWKS are figuring on PIRRI replacing him! i hate to see the team give away these upandcomers like they did with OLSEN AND HAYES to FLORIDA for VERSTEEG. he sure isn’t making a big deal with his presence in CHICAGO !

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