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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



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The 3rd And 4th Lines For The Chicago Blackhawks

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Already holding a glut of bottom-six guys in Ryan Hartman, Vinnie Hinostroza, John Hayden, Jordin Tootoo, Tomas Jurco and Tanner Kero, Bowman added Laurent Dauphin in a trade and Bouma and Tommy Wingels in free agency. Nick Schmaltz or Patrick Sharp will be a third-liner next season, too, depending on which gets to be Patrick Kane’s left wing.

Even with Andrew Desjardins and Dennis Rasmussen becoming unrestricted free agents and Marcus Kruger having been traded to the expansion Golden Knights, the Hawks have loaded up on fringe players. Some are fast and skilled and some are big and physical, but only Hartman has showed much of a knack for scoring goals.

Throw in prospects knocking on the NHL door, such as Alex DeBrincat, Alexandre Fortin, Kyle Baun and David Kampf, and there’s no telling what the Hawks’ third and fourth lines will look like.
That’s a problem because what has separated the Hawks from the pack in their best seasons has been their depth. Their third line in 2015 featured Patrick Sharp, Antoine Vermette and Teuvo Teravainen. Their fourth line had Andrew Shaw. In 2013, their fourth line was Michael Frolik, Dave Bolland and Kruger. In 2010, their third line was Andrew Ladd, Bolland and Kris Versteeg.

The 2017-18 Hawks have nothing resembling those lines.


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Chicago Sends Marcus Kruger To The Vegas Golden Knights

Wiil they in turn trade him?


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Breaking Down The Chicago Trades

from Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune,

If you’re talking production and value right now, the Hawks acquired the better five-on-five player in the Saad deal, but lost the Hjalmarsson trade....

The Hawks traded two players they wouldn’t be able to re-sign in two years. Hjlamarsson has two years at $4.1 million per remaining on his deal. Panarin has two years and $6 million per left on his contract.

By comparison, Saad has four years and $6 million per left on his deal and is younger than Panarin. Murphy has five years at $3.85 per remaining on his contract and at 24, he helps the Hawks move to a younger defense with some balance via the right-handed shot he brings.

The constantly salary-cap strapped Hawks needed contract certainty if they were going to make the most of this Stanley Cup window.

That’s the money part of Friday’s action. What about the actual play on the ice?

The Saad trade moves the Hawks back to weakening the second line in order to strengthen the first line.

Kane and Panarin formed one of the most dangerous combinations in the league. They knew where the other was and found each other with rink-wide passes that somehow got through. I realize Kane is incredibly talented and makes other players better, but Panarin made Kane more dangerous because his ability to convert one-timers allowed Kane to find more space.


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Brandon Saad For Artemi Panarin Looks Like It Is Happening



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Chicago Ships Niklas Hjalmarsson To Arizona


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“The Gunk”

Former Red Wings goalie Gilles Gilbert described a debilitating skin condition that eventually drove him to retirement as something he wouldn't wish on "my worst enemy."

"Maybe broken legs, but not the rash," he told the New York Times in 1982. "You need boxing gloves when you go to sleep. It's worse than a sunburn. It really, really itches. It drives you crazy. When you start sweating, it's worse."

Hockey players in the 1970s and '80s referred to this simply as "the gunk" during a time when the mysterious condition afflicted many of them. More recently, there have been few publicized cases in the NHL.

In announcing Wednesday that Marian Hossa will sit out the 2017-18 season because of side effects from medication to treat a "progressive skin disorder," the Blackhawks declined to specify Hossa's condition or treatment.from Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune,


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Statements From Marian Hossa, Stan Bowman And Chicago Team Physician

via the Chicago Blackhawks,

Statement from Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa:

Over the course of the last few years, under the supervision of the Blackhawks medical staff, I have been privately undergoing treatment for a progressive skin disorder and the side effects of the medications involved to treat the disorder. Due to the severe side effects associated with those medications, playing hockey is not possible for me during the upcoming 2017-18 season. While I am disappointed that I will not be able to play, I have to consider the severity of my condition and how the treatments have impacted my life both on and off the ice.

The Chicago Blackhawks organization, including Rocky Wirtz, John McDonough and Stan Bowman, and my agent, Ritch Winter, have been very supportive throughout this entire process. I would also like to thank my teammates and the amazing Blackhawks fans for their understanding. With respect to the privacy of my family, I will not be commenting any further on my health.

Statement from Chicago Blackhawks Senior Vice President and General Manager Stan Bowman:

The Chicago Blackhawks are in full support of Marian Hossa as he addresses his medical issues. This is extremely difficult for us because we all know the incredible person and player that Marian Hossa is - competitive, loyal and humble. He has played a major role in the success our franchise has experienced in recent years, which makes his departure from our lineup a significant loss. His teammates and coaches know he battled through some very tough physical difficulties but never complained or missed games despite the challenges he faced. The organization will continue to provide him every resource he needs to maintain his health.

Statement from Chicago Blackhawks Team Physician Dr. Michael Terry:

Marian has been dealing with the effects of a progressive skin disorder that is becoming more and more difficult to treat and control with conventional medications while he plays hockey. Because of the dramatic nature of the medications required and their decreasing effectiveness, we strongly support his decision not to play during the 2017-18 season. We feel in the most certain terms this is the appropriate approach for Marian in order to keep him functional and healthy in the short term and throughout his life.

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