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Boychuk, Bruins Use Strong Third Period To Down Sabres 3-1 At TD Garden

Boychuk, Bruins Use Strong Third Period To Down Sabres 3-1 At TD Garden

 BOSTON – On Thursday evening the Boston Bruins played host to the Buffalo Sabres in the fifth of six meetings between these two Northeast division foes for the 2011-’12 campaign. The B’s were out to put a stop to a streaking Sabres team that has caught fire recently, in hopes of putting together a last [...]

Shaw and Stalberg Make an Impact

Shaw and Stalberg Make an Impact

The Blackhawks stayed determined, played a solid sixty minutes of hockey and came away with another home ice victory. The 4-3 score was flattering to the San Jose Sharks. If not for some spectacular saves by Antti Niemi and a soft goal allowed by Corey Crawford the outcome would not have been close. In the [...]

How Will Blackhawks Replace 79 Goals?

How Will Blackhawks Replace 79 Goals?

When training camp ended last year Joel Quenneville was left with a young but NHL ready group. One of the only untested big league players was Antti Niemi. Quenneville was able to compile a complete crew. They were offensively and defensively talented and the team was balanced. This time around the Hawks brain trust won’t [...]

Good For Q. and Watch Crawford and Stalberg

Good For Q. and Watch Crawford and Stalberg

Giving Joel Quenneville a contract extension was a no-brainer for Blackhawk brass. Signing Q. to a three year extension, which means he is under contract for another four seasons was a well deserved reward. Stan Bowman did the right thing by not letting Quenneville dangle and be open to any speculation concerning his Chicago coaching [...]

Bowman Deals Versteeg

Bowman Deals Versteeg

As was the case in last weekend’s draft the Hawks acquired big, fast players, this time in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Stan Bowman’s significant transaction since becoming general manager have had a common thread. He has traded potential All-Stars, which were already paid as if they were, for young talent which will [...]

Versteeg Just the Beginning

Versteeg Just the Beginning

On the eve of the Free Agent Frenzy, Brian Burke has once again stole the headlines with the acquisition of Kris Versteeg to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Burke has added a player who can legitimately play as a top-six forward. The 24-year-old has two 20+ goal seasons under his belt in his first two years [...]

Stan The Man

Stan The Man

The Hawks would be in fine form if Stan Bowman can retain his top restricted free agents and not have to deal Kris Versteeg. To survive this summer by making only one big salary dumping trade would be an outstanding accomplishment.   If that’s the case the NHL should hand Bowman the award for the Top [...]

Friday's Thoughts....Will Hawks Move Campbell?

Friday’s Thoughts….Will Hawks Move Campbell?

Yesterday a confident Stan Bowman explained a little about where the Blackhawks are at concerning their salary cap predicament. He commented it was sad to see players go but they have been preparing for this situation for many months. Maybe Hawks management had a contingency plan in place for the all the bonuses which were [...]

Post Parade and Some Salary Cap Reality

Post Parade and Some Salary Cap Reality

The parade and Stanley Cup rally are over and it was some show. I have been at many events involving huge crowds including the gigantic July 3 fireworks display at the lakefront. At no time has there been a larger crowd gathering in downtown Chicago than for the Hawks Cup celebration.  On Friday morning the [...]

From Hero to Goat and Goat to Hero

From Hero to Goat and Goat to Hero

This game will go down in Blackhawk history as an unbelievable playoff comeback. It will be a memorable game which featured good fortune and some very costly mistakes.  As much as anything else it was a case of which team made the biggest blunders.  In Game 5 the Hawks proved they have regained their will [...]

Blackhawks Can't Solve The Red Wings Again

Blackhawks Can’t Solve The Red Wings Again

Maybe it won’t matter, or possibly the Hawks will get another chance at beating the Red Wings in the playoffs. But if Chicago were to play a healthy Detroit team in a seven game series the boys from the Windy City would be an underdog. Regardless of Sunday’s loss the Blackhawks had an outstanding regular [...]

Partially Engaged and Cycle Paralyzed

Partially Engaged and Cycle Paralyzed

The best news from last night for Chicago fans is the Hawks played one good period.  The other positive was Ben Eager answered the bell against Blues tough guy Cam Janssen. Eager probably wishes he never had to drop the gloves. I’m sure he would rather fight only a couple times a year and play [...]

Pssssssss........

Pssssssss……..

With my eyes shut I listened intently but couldn’t hear the air coming out of the Blackhawks season. But last night it sure felt like things were slipping away.  Most of the 22,043 in attendance were just happy to be there but some did show displeasure with a few boos.  The Hawks hit an exacta against [...]

Is Huet Broken Beyond Repair?

Is Huet Broken Beyond Repair?

The Columbus Blue Jackets aren’t a very good hockey team but they don’t get paid in beer and pizza. The Blackhawks are much better but not good enough to survive a terrible goal tending performance.  Simply put Cristobal Huet was in goal last night because he has to play some games before the end of [...]

Flyers Edge Hawks....Goalies, Goalies, Goalies???

Flyers Edge Hawks….Goalies, Goalies, Goalies???

Hawks-Flyers The Blackhawks were the better team for most of the contest against the Flyers but Philadelphia was opportunistic and deserved the 3-2 victory.  The Flyers defense was strong and made fewer mistakes which were the difference between a win and a loss for the Hawks. Defensive miscues weren’t the Hawks only shortcoming as Patrick [...]

Wings For Brunch After Hawks Feast On Canucks

Wings For Brunch After Hawks Feast On Canucks

On Friday night, for the first time in it what seemed like a few months the Blackhawks wave attack was in full force. They put “pretty” away and overwhelmed the Canucks in the opening 20 minutes. When the dust settled the Hawks put a five spot on Roberto Luongo and the game was never in [...]

Will Bowman Give Until It Hurts?

Will Bowman Give Until It Hurts?

Tuesday night the Hawks played keep away from the Islanders in the first period and then were scorched in the middle frame. This one then turned ugly.  If you thought the Hawks needed an upgrade in goal tending before last night….  I don’t know if Antti Niemi spent time in Jamaica like some of the [...]

Kane's Talent is Being Wasted

Kane’s Talent is Being Wasted

When Ron Wilson commented last week about Patrick Kane playing wing as if he was a center I thought trouble might be coming for the US offense.  Kane wasn’t noticeable for the most part in the opening game, a 3-1 victory over Switzerland. Actually the US was effective but it wasn’t a great performance in [...]

Trade Timing....Plus XM Home Ice Interview

Trade Timing….Plus XM Home Ice Interview

There is no reason to believe the rumored trade involving Cristobal Huet and Tomas Vokoun is any closer to happening today than it was yesterday or the day before.  Some believe there were never such a trade on the table and the belief of others lies some where in between. My take is closer to [...]

Vokoun to Chicago....Why and Why Not

Vokoun to Chicago….Why and Why Not

As mentioned in my blog from February 17 , there were whispers around concerning a Blackhawk- Panther trade. With the main components of the transaction being Cristobal Huet and Tomas Vokoun.  As the story has progressed Kris Versteeg has been added to the mix with a defenseman coming back to the Hawks. My thinking is Vokoun [...]