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Watch The Cup Parade In Chicago

The Chicago Blackhawks victory parade is scheduled to begin at 11:30am EDT today.

watch it below via CSN Chicago…

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Blackhawks Make History

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Pronger On Burish Remarks

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Adam Burish sure picked a funny time to start a rivalry with one of the best defenceman in the NHL.

While his teammates were celebrating their thrilling Stanley Cup victory on the ice at the Wachovia Center Thursday, the fringe NHLer was more worried about dissing Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Chris Pronger. Asked by a reporter what he thought of Pronger, whom many believe could have won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs even though his team lost, Burish called Pronger and idiot and added if he saw him on the ice he might punch him.

“He had his chance during the series, didn’t he” Pronger said. “Why is he worrying about me instead of celebrating winning the Cup? Boy, it just goes to show how much I was in his kitchen for him to be talking about me five minutes after he wins the Cup.”

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What A Feeling

from Dan McNeil of the Chicago Tribune,

You’re not supposed to cheer in the press box. That’s the biggest reason I avoid them if I can.

What the Blackhawks Stanley Cup thrill ride did for me was give me access to the wide-eyed child inside the 48-year-old man. I’m grateful for that because the Hawks were my first love.

That Indian head and the crossing tomahawks over the gold “C” were my world. In grammar school, I skipped lunch for several weeks, pocketing 40 cents a day so I could buy an envelope stuffed with 5 x 7 glossies.

continued and watch a video below as the Cup makes an appearance on the streets of Chicago…

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Talking Chicago Salary Cap Issues

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Huet represents the greatest challenge. Two years remain on his contract, and he will almost certainly be pushed out, either through a buyout or, more likely, through assignment to the team’s minor-league affiliate in Rockford, Ill., where he can collect his full NHL salary but not count against the salary cap. That step would require the blessing of ownership, but this new Blackhawk crew is not overly sentimental, nor is it afraid to make a hard business choice as needed.

Even if Huet has played his final game for the Blackhawks, they will also need to move out one or more contributing players to make the numbers work. Will it be Kris Versteeg? Patrick Sharp? Maybe Dustin Byfuglien makes the most sense – a sometimes inconsistent performer whose value on the trade market will likely never be higher than it is right now.

It was little more than a year ago, during the 2009 Western Conference final, when Red Wings coach Mike Babcock warned the improving Blackhawks that they would soon be facing the same difficult roster decisions that Detroit deals with annually.

It is a balancing act, trying to win consecutive Stanley Cups in the postlockout era, which has featured five different champions in five years

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President Obama Calls Coach Q

from Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times, In the wake of the Blackhawks Stanley Cup victory, President Obama on Thursday called Head Coach Joel Quenneville to congratulate him and invite the team to the White House. Obama asked Quenneville to “let team owner Rocky Wirtz and President John McDonough know how impressed he was with their ability to turn the team around so quickly.”

Obama watched some of the playoffs, I was told. The Blackhawks bested the Philadelphia Flyers; Obama and Quenneville joked that Obama has some “bragging rights” over Vice President Biden, a Flyers fan.

Here’s the briefing about the phone call I just got from the White House:

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Late Afternoon Line

The Blackhawks will surely enjoy a summer full of celebration, but there are also some well-known financial pressure points. The team has a multitude of stars, several of them coming off entry-level contracts, and is reported to have some $57 million committed to just 14 players for next season. There are contracts the team likely would love to unload—Brian Campbell and Cristobal Huet come immediately to mind—but it will be difficult. The most likely not to be renewed is Marian Hossa, a quality player who has been living off a succession of one-year deals in an attempt to find a spot on a Cup-champion (mission accomplished). Look for the Hawks to shop his rights as soon as the parade is complete.

-Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated.  More hockey talk from Jim…

thanks to a KK reader for the pointer on this relaxing day

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Dallas May Have Interest In A Few Chicago Players

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

There are some solutions being kicked around, which include sending goalie Cristobal Huet to the minors (where his $5.6 million salary has to be paid but will not count against the cap) and trading defenseman Brian Campbell along with either a top prospect or solid draft pick so that another team would pick up the six years and $7.1 million a season that is left on Campbell’s contract.

The Stars don’t have the money to make the Campbell situation work, but it would be an interesting option. Obviously, the commitment to Campbell would be ridiculous, but he still is a solid puck-moving defenseman and if the Blackhawks really are desperate you could get them to toss in Dylan Olsen or Niklas Hjalmarsson (think what it would mean to Chicago to be rid of Campbell’s contract and you see just how much negotiating strength you would have in this situation). If you were willing to take that kind of money commitment, you could make over your defense in one fell swoop and probably with very little going in the other direction.

The other players who are probably up on the trade market are Patrick Sharp and Kris Versteeg . I would say the Stars would love Dave Bolland _ a right-handed center who has the offensive upside to be a No. 2 center _ but I just don’t think the Blackhawks would let him go.

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Watching Game 6 SCF On NBC

NEW YORK – June 10, 2010 – Last night’s series-clinching Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers registered a 5.8/10 overnight rating (8:15-11:15 p.m. ET), the best overnight for any Stanley Cup Final game in 36 years (7.6/27, Boston-Philadelphia, Game 6, 1974 on NBC).

The rating peaked for the final 15 minutes of the game (11-11:15 p.m. ET) with an 8.0 rating and 14 share. The 5.8 overnight is up 41 percent vs. last year’s 4.1/7 overnight for Game 6 between the then-defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins, featuring Sidney Crosby.

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Hossa Finally Has The Cup

from Dave Lozo of NHL.com,

Following Chicago’s series-clinching 4-3 win against the Philadelphia Flyers, Hossa finally let down the guard he’s had up for nearly three years and admitted he truly was afraid of leaving the ice a loser once again.

“Oh my God,” said Hossa, who was grinning ear-to-ear on the Wachovia Center ice. “When we go to the Finals again, I was so happy to be in the Finals, but at the same time, it was scary. I’m so glad, what a relief. Third time’s the lucky charm. I won it and I got a Stanley Cup and ... what a feeling. This is unbelievable.”

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