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Patrick Sharp Close To The End Of His Career

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Then, it became more obvious. There was a “Thank You, Sharpy” tribute video late in the third period — with Sharp getting a lengthy standing ovation, pounding his chest and waving to the largest crowd of the season, 22,218. Then the Hawks stayed out on the ice after the game, waited for Sharp to shake hands with the departing Blues, and sent him on a solo lap around the ice, one last chance to say goodbye to the city he never wanted to leave.

Sharp’s career will end Saturday night in Winnipeg. But this was the emotional one, the last home game.

“It was a tough game out there, tough to concentrate with what was going on inside my head,” Sharp said after the 4-1 loss. “But thankful that I was able to do that. . . . The guys staying out on the ice and making me do a lap was something I’ll always remember. It was a special night.”

Sharp had been shrugging off the question about his future for months, but admitted Friday night that he always knew somewhere in the back of his mind that this homecoming season would probably be his last.

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Below, watch as the Chicago fans salute Patrick Sharp and he does the same.

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The St. Louis Blues Dropped An Important Game To The Chicago Blackhawks

from Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

In a game the Blues absolutely had to have Wednesday, they squandered a 3-1 lead and then squandered the game and perhaps a playoff berth with a 4-3 loss before 18,935 at Scottrade Center.

Duncan Keith's power play goal with just 8.5 seconds remaining in the third period did in the Blues, who stayed at 92 points _ one point behind Colorado for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Both Colorado and St. Louis have just two games to play, with the Avalanche playing at San Jose on Thursday and the Blues traveling to Chicago on Friday.

The Avalanche and Blues then close out their regular seasons on Saturday in Denver.

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Video- Chris Chelios On Hometown Hockey

via Sportsnet,

Chris Chelios talked about playing multiple musical instruments before discovering hockey, and then how he went from forward to defence.

 

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Waiting On Joel Quenneville’s Future With The Chicago Blackhawks

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Quenneville has two-years and about $12 million left on his contract, but his future is unclear. While general manager Stan Bowman has hiring and firing power, a decision of this magnitude can really only come from team president John McDonough. McDonough’s not the type to make rash decisions, and Corey Crawford’s injury would seem to give cover for both Quenneville and McDonough; after all, what team could lose its star goaltender for 47 games and still contend?

But McDonough has been conspicuous in his absence lately. He has declined repeated requests from the Sun-Times and other outlets for interviews over the past month, with the team saying this week that he won’t speak publicly until after the season. If Quenneville were definitely returning next season, McDonough could have ended the speculation easily at any point over the past two months. Every day that passes without a vote of confidence only fuels that speculation.

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Videos- The Scott Foster Story

from Tracey Myers of NHL.com,

Scott Foster didn't expect his Thursday to end like this.

The 36-year-old accountant from Oak Park, Illinois has gone to about 15 Chicago Blackhawks games this season as an emergency goaltender.

The first surprise Thursday came when he was about a block away from United Center, when he was told he'd be dressing for the game against the Winnipeg Jets. The second surprise came about six minutes into the third period when starting goaltender Colin Delia was injured and Foster had to go in.

"I don't think I heard anything other than 'Put your helmet on,'" Foster said.

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Video- Emergency Goalie Alert

He is 36 years old, played at Western Michigan Univ.

 

 

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Video- Great News From Eddie Olczyk

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Stan Bowman On The Chicago Blackhawks

Craig Custance of The Athletic talked with a few general managers at the GM Meetings, this from Stan Bowman,

Bowman points out that last year’s team probably wasn’t as good as the record indicated, over-reliant on Crawford and the beneficiary of overtime wins. “This year, we’re not even getting to overtime,” Bowman said. His sense is that the team is the opposite – better than the record shows, although still frustrating coaching and management with its ability to find ways to lose. “We need our best players to play better. There’s no question,” Bowman said. “Our top players are all having their worst years all at the same time. That’s not a recipe for success. The question is, why? It’s not one thing. It’s not like there’s one thing — ‘Aha, I found it, let’s go fix that.’ Why are these guys not playing like they’ve always played? That’s a fair question.”

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from Jeff Arnold of the New York Times,

Reminders of the past hang chronologically in the United Center rafters, where the Chicago Blackhawks’ Indian head logo is displayed on banners bookending the six white flags saluting the team’s Stanley Cup championships.

A new banner will not be added this season, which has produced fewer victories and points than any other since the last time the Blackhawks failed to qualify for the N.H.L. playoffs, a decade ago....

The combination of lost talent, injuries and less production from top-line players has taken its toll on the Blackhawks (30-35-9), who sit in last place in the Central Division. Bowman accepts the hand Chicago has been dealt and refuses to consider what could have been had the Blackhawks been able to remain healthy and maintain the level of excellence that has made Chicago a playoff staple for the better part of the past 10 years.

“The league doesn’t stop when good players get hurt, and other teams go through it too, and you have to find a way to overcome,” Bowman said in a telephone interview.

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So Now What Chicago?

from Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune,

Getting swept in a playoff series was deemed unacceptable last year. People lost jobs. Big verbal fingers were wagged. So, what does missing the playoffs altogether for the first time in 10 years bring?

The firing of GM Stan Bowman?

The end of Joel Quenneville as coach?

Both?

The argument for firing Bowman starts with Brent Seabrook’s inexplicable contract that still has six years and more than $41 million remaining with a no-movement clause that makes it less a playing contract than a prison sentence.

The argument also extends to the no-movement clauses given to former heroes such as Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith. Toews isn’t the No. 1 center on a Cup winner anymore the way Keith isn’t a No. 1 defenseman on a future champion.

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Left Wondering About The Chicago Blackhawks

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Before the season, NBC rightly claimed Bruins-Blackhawks on March 11. The network deployed its varsity team of Mike Emrick, Ed Olczyk, and Pierre McGuire to call the game because of its projected significance. The Blackhawks are rolling on a nine-year run of postseason appearances, with three of their dashes stretching into Stanley Cup-winning marathons. They are a ratings behemoth, the perpetual well the league and NBC seemingly tap as often for Winter Classics (Bruins-Blackhawks at Notre Dame on Jan. 1, 2019) as regular-season matinees.

The nine-year streak will end soon. Only the Oilers, Canucks, and Coyotes are worse than the Blackhawks in the West. It is unfortunate when Chicago fans scream the loudest for anthem singer Jim Cornelison. They are more used to cheering wins and Cups. Instead, they are left to wonder whether GM Stan Bowman can pull enough bunnies out of his bowler to complement stars who are aging.

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