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from Scott Powere of ESPNChicago,
Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane was celebrating his own milestone after reaching 500 career points on Sunday, but he preferred to divert the attention to what teammate Marian Hossa was on the verge of accomplishing.
“I think a couple games or next game we’ll get an even better milestone when big Hoss reaches a 1,000,” Kane said on Sunday.
Kane’s statement was partially about Hossa being two points shy of 1,000 career points, but it was also about how much respect he possesses for Hossa. It’s a feeling that’s shared by most of the Blackhawks. While the numbers Hossa has put up throughout his 17-year career are impressive, it’s his work ethic in all zones and how he is as a teammate that has made him so revered in the locker room.
from Chris Peters of CBSSports,
As a familiar horn sounded to let Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling know he just earned his first win in his first NHL game, the emotion was obvious. The 6-foot-6 goalie became a little smaller as he crouched and rattled his hands in celebration. It was probably part joy, part relief and part realization of both a dream and the seizing of a second chance.
Chicago is the 13th different team that Darling has played for since the 2010-11 season, a winding road that started with a closed door. After two seasons at the vaunted University of Maine hockey program, Darling was released from the team and decided to try the pros at 21 years old.
A sixth-round pick of the Arizona Coyotes three years prior, he remained unsigned, but they continued to control his rights. Instead of trying to catch on with another college program via transfer, Darling decided to embark on his pro career.
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“We’ll know more in the next day or so but he’s not playing (Sunday),” said Quenneville, referring to the Blackhawks’ game against the Ottawa Senators. “It could be a little bit more than (a week or two). I don’t think it’s that bad.”
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.
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