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Mike North of the Chicago Daily Herald,
After taking a stick to the groin area, Tyler Myers with a shot to the head of Andrew Shaw.
Below, Erik Johnson with an elbow to the head of Erik Haula...
A Cabbie presentation...
from Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune,
As an agitator, Carcillo seems to agitate with his lack of discipline. As an enforcer, Carcillo is out of place and becoming extinct.
Quenneville believes the Hawks need that guy, the one who's willing to be the shield for the rest of the roster, dropping the gloves to absorb potential punishment.
Nope. Sorry. Disagree. I don't think the Hawks need that one guy. I think they need all 20 players dressed on any given night to be those guys. They need a lineup that can intimidate with speed and skill. They need a power play that exacts the greatest revenge for a rock head opponent who takes physical liberties.
Talent is the NHL's currency. Points in the Western Conference are at a premium. Stressing a penalty-killing unit because of undisciplined penalties, some borne of avenging a hit, might cost a team.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
In the NHL’s age of parity, when the salary cap was supposed to guarantee that teams at the top couldn’t stay at the top, the Kings and Blackhawks are defying expectations. They’ve won two championships apiece over the past five seasons, and they go into 2014-15 as the favourites to win again. The oddsmakers have Chicago opening as a 6-1 pick, L.A. is next at 15-2 and the third-ranked team is the only other one to win a recent championship – the Boston Bruins.
“It’s a tough time to win multiple championships in a row, but I still think it’s possible,” Blackhawks’ winger Patrick Kane said. “I still [think] there are teams out there that can do it, including us. We feel we were close to winning last year, and that would have been a couple in a row, three in five years. So yes, I think it can happen.”
Kane’s Blackhawks were juggling salary-cap questions right up until the moment training camps ended in order to get under the $69-million (U.S.) ceiling for the 2014-15 season. The Blackhawks made little noise this past summer other than signing Kane and captain Jonathan Toews to monster contract extensions that will kick in at the start of next season. Beyond adding Brad Richards as a modestly priced free agent to play on a line with Kane and Brandon Saad and trading away Leddy, the Blackhawks returned essentially the same team.
So, for that matter, did Los Angeles. The Kings signed last year’s key trade-deadline acquisition, Marian Gaborik, to a seven-year contract extension, but they look as if they will go into the new season with no new faces in the lineup.
added 2:46pm, from the Chicago Blackhawks,
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have acquired defensemen T.J. Brennan and Ville Pokka and the rights to restricted free agent goaltender Anders Nilsson from the New York Islanders in exchange for defenseman Nick Leddy and goaltender Kent Simpson. Brennan and Pokka will report directly to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League, while Nilsson will remain with Ak Bars of the Kontinental Hockey League.
from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,
Defenseman Nick Leddy might have played his last game in a Blackhawks sweater.
After the Hawks’ 3-2 shootout loss Friday to the New York Rangers — the second consecutive game in which Leddy was a healthy scratch — coach Joel Quenneville sounded like someone who didn’t expect to have the 23-year-old defenseman on his team for much longer.
‘‘We’ll see,’’ Quenneville said.
The Hawks are above the salary cap and have until Tuesday afternoon to get below it, and Leddy has been at the center of trade discussions all summer.
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Carcillo was added to the Blackhawks roster yesterday after being released from his PTO with Pittsburgh on Thursday.
from Nina Falcone of CSNChicago,
Within the next few days, the Blackhawks will have to deal a player or two to shed the $2.2 million it'll take to get them back under the $69 million cap.
But general manager Stan Bowman has said from the beginning that the team has a good idea of the move they'll make before the start of the season and doesn't want the cap to distract fans from the big season the Blackhawks expect to have in 2014-15.
"(The salary cap's) gotten a lot of attention, and rightfully so," Bowman said on SportsTalk Live. "But what I've tried to say all along is that we're going to get it worked out and we're going to be compliant come (Thursday). It's one of those topics where we've had a lot of discussions internally, we know how we're going to make it work. But I don't want to lose focus of some of the exciting things we're looking forward to next year."...
"We have a very similar group back from last year and we added an elite player in Brad Richards. When you bring someone like that in — he's won a Stanley Cup, he went to the Final just last year — and he doesn't have to be the guy. I think there was a lot of pressure for him in New York and I think he's really relieved in a lot of ways. He's made comments about 'it's just nice to be here, there's a lot of great players on this team and I'm just trying to fit in.'
In case you missed it, the Blackhawks added Dan Carcillo to their training camp roster today.
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