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Tomas Jurco Has Made Adjustments With The Chicago Blackhawks

from Chris Hine of the Chicago Tribune,

"There's more speed to his game, more pace, more puck possession, more puck time," Quenneville said. "He has some skills that didn't quite show last year. Getting him some exhibition games, we'll get a better read and he'll get some confidence as well. There's some skill there, and we're looking for him to add an element to our team."

Jurco said there has been a world of difference coming into his second season with the Hawks. He admitted last season was difficult coming over at the deadline and trying to fit in with an established group.

"It's way easier right now," Jurco said. "I get time to get used to things and when I came in March, I had to adjust so quick, I had some difficulties with that. But I'm excited for the season and I feel good. It's much more calm right now."

Even though Jurco said it was difficult for him to adjust to the Hawks' style of play, he thinks it suits his. In Detroit, Jurco couldn't carve out playing time because he was asked to play a more physical style.

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The Chicago Blackhawks Are Waiting On A Decision Regarding Marian Hossa

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

The NHL has yet to rule if Marian Hossa is eligible for long-term injured reserve — and if the Blackhawks are eligible for the $5.275 million in salary-cap relief that comes with it. But an answer is expected soon.

‘‘Marian Hossa underwent an independent medical evaluation several days ago,’’ NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an email to the Sun-Times. ‘‘We are waiting for the report. Once we have that, we should be in a position to determine his proper status.’’

Hossa announced in June that he will sit out the 2017-18 season because of a skin disorder and the side effects of the medication he had to take for it. The Hawks are expected to put Hossa on LTIR once the NHL season begins Oct. 4, possibly in time to use his cap space by their season opener Oct. 5.

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Video- Pat Foley With A Health Update On Eddie Olczyk

via CSNChicago,

 

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All Scotty Bowman

from Dave Stubbs of NHL.com,

This is your seventh decade of attending NHL training camps since your first with the Canadiens in the 1950s. What's been the biggest change you've seen during that time?

"The length of the camps, which were four to six weeks when I began coaching, and the first week of practice - let's use Montreal - that went from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. because they had so many guys. There was no time limit. They had four teams and they scrimmaged twice a day, each one for an hour and a half. Some guys would finish at 10:30 and come back and go again at 1, based on the schedule of the week. There were no preseason games. Chicago goalie Glenn Hall didn't want to practice for a month at camp, having guys like (Bobby) Hull and (Stan) Mikita shooting at him two or three hours a day. He'd always report two weeks late. He did the same thing with us in St. Louis."

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Afternoon Line- Tommy Wingels

“This is a championship-caliber team. If you want to join a team that has the best chance of winning the Stanley Cup, this is the place to do it. The guys in this locker room believe it. The guys in this organization believe it. The coaches believe it. And anything but a championship is a failure.”

-Tommy Wingels of the Chicago Blackhawks.  Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times has more on Chicago.

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Hockey Hall Of Fame Member Pierre Pilote Dies At Age 85

from Dave Stubbs of NHL.com,

Pierre Pilote, a cornerstone defenseman for the Chicago Black Hawks and member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, died at 85 Saturday in a hospital in Barrie, Ontario, following a battle with cancer that he had waged the past several months.

Pilote played 890 regular-season games in the NHL, 821 for Chicago between 1955-56 and 1967-68, skating his final 69 for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1968-69.

The 5-foot-10, 178-pound native of Jonquiere, Quebec, was a pillar on defense for the Black Hawks during the 1961 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Chicago winning the championship by defeating the Detroit Red Wings in a six-game Final. The Black Hawks had advanced after having eliminated the heavily favored, regular season-leading Montreal Canadiens, who had finished 17 points ahead of Chicago, in a six-game semifinal.

He was a three-time winner of the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman, in 1963, 1964 and 1965.

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Cody Franson On A PTO With The Chicago Blackhawks

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

The Blackhawks have signed veteran defenseman Cody Franson to a professional tryout contract, a source confirmed, which could give them a much-needed boost on the back end of their back end....

The Hawks are desperate for help on the blue line after trading Niklas Hjalmarsson to Arizona and losing Brian Campbell to retirement and Johnny Oduya to free agency. Franson will compete for a spot on the right side of the third-pairing with Czech import Jan Rutta and minor-leaguers Ville Pokka and Erik Gustafsson. While Franson had three productive seasons in Toronto, including 33- and 32-point campaigns, the 6-5 234-pounder is a slower, lumbering skater.

But if he pans out — and there’s no guarantee he will, as previous veterans on PTOs such as Daniel Paille, Jan Hejda and Lubomir Visnovsky haven’t stuck in the past — he’d still be a probable upgrade over any of the other options. Veteran Michal Rozsival, if healthy, is likely to be the seventh defenseman.

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Video- Jonathan Toews On A Few Topics Today

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews joined the Jeff Blair Show to talk about all the extra hockey he has played in his career and being reunited with Brandon Saad.

 

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Thoughts Go Out For Eddie Olczyk

 

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Brian Campbell Announced His Retirement This Morning

 

 

added 9:06am, Chicago press release is below...

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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