If you watched Saturday afternoon’s NBC Sports Chicago’s broadcast of the game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins, you heard Pat Foley and Ed Olczyk speak very highly of Tommy Wingels before the puck dropped.
Wingels only played 57 games in a Blackhawks uniform, scoring seven goals and 12 points, before being dealt to the Bruins at the trade deadline last month, but the Blackhawks broadcast team acted as if this was the first game against a player who had been in Chicago for a decade.
That spoke volumes to the type of player Wingels is. While he is never going to compete for any scoring titles or play in any All-Star Games, he is the exact type of depth player a serious Stanley Cup contender needs on their bottom six. He plays both center and wing, kills penalties, is not afraid to throw a hit or get to the dirty areas of the ice all while gladly accepting whatever role his coach asks of him.
Since the season did not go as planned in Chicago, the Evanston, IL native can now focus on a potential deep playoff run with the Bruins. Wingels, who turns 30 next month, will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. John Dietz of the Daily Herald asked Wingels on Sunday if he would consider signing with the Blackhawks again this summer.
"My focus right now is the Bruins," Wingels replied. "I mean, it has to be. It would be a disservice to them and unfair to (think about that).
"Who knows what happens? I live in the moment, so I'm enjoying this right now. I'm having a blast playing with the Bruins, and we'll leave it at that."
Would you like to see Tommy Wingels back with the Blackhawks next season?