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from Terry Frei at ESPN,
The obvious choice as a possible Khabibulin suitor now is Colorado, with Budaj struggling horribly out of the gate in his latest opportunity to nail down the Avalanche’s No. 1 job. Colorado has about $5.5 million in cap room available, so it would take some tinkering or sending the Blackhawks a significant salary in return to make room.
Simply sending Budaj to Chicago to serve as Huet’s backup wouldn’t quite be enough, because Budaj’s cap figure is “only” $800,000 this season. In fact, how’s this for a contrast in allocating resources in the cap age: Chicago’s two goalies are making $12.3 million this season; at Colorado, Budaj and Andrew Raycroft are pulling in a combined $1.6 million. But Colorado could find a way to pull it off.
from Barry Rozner of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
But the truth is he never should have been the head coach of the Hawks.
He didn’t earn the job, he didn’t deserve the job, and he couldn’t do the job.
It changes nothing about his place in Hawks history. It’s merely a chapter to forget.
It might have been different had he gone to the minors to learn his craft, but Savard never wanted to make that commitment, and he only received the position because Bill Wirtz - a decade prior - had promised him a shot someday.
added 3:16pm, Tim Sassone of the Daily-Herald calls the move “gutless”.
added 3:25pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Sometimes, it IS the coach’s fault when a team struggles — and a change inevitably must be made. Other times — and this is one of them — it’s just the expedient thing to do.
Per NHL Live, Denis Savard has been fired as Chicago coach. No replacement named yet, but as E.J. Hradek states, if Bowman takes the job, it will tell you how good Scotty feels the team could be.
Also, Joel Quenneville is within the organization too.
added 12:14pm, Pierre LeBrun at ESPN confirms.
added 12:19pm, Hradek states Bob McKenzie says Quenneville will be named coach.
added 12:21pm, TSN story with Quenneville as the new coach of the Chicago Blackhawks.
added 12:29pm, via the Chicago Blackhawks,
The Chicago Blackhawks have named Joel Quenneville the 37th head coach in franchise history, replacing Denis Savard, who was relieved of his duties earlier on Thursday.
“This was an extremely hard day for this organization and for me personally,” Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon said. “Denis is forever a part of our organization. We made a tough decision that we strongly feel is the right one as we continue to evaluate our team and create a championship caliber organization that can sustain success. Joel brings us a wealth of experience and a winning track record that will have an immediate and lasting impact.”
added 1:01pm, via the Chicago Sun-Times,
“I put our young kids in a position to succeed. I thought we were on the right track.”
“I understand the business,” Savard said. “We made a commitment to our fans, and they’re going for what they think is the best coach available.”
from Anne E. Stein at ChicagoBlackhawks.com,
Last season, rookie Jonathan Toews was known by teammates as “Mr. Serious.” This season, thanks to being named the third-youngest captain ever in the National Hockey League, his nickname’s been upgraded: The Winnipeg native is now known as “Captain Serious.”
“I love it when I hear him called ‘Captain Serious’ because it’s so true,” says his mom, Andrée Gilbert. “Just recently I read an article quoting the hockey coach from Shattuck-St. Mary’s who coached both my sons. He said that hockey-wise they’re very similar, but Jonathan plans his days three or four years ahead of time, and David [drafted by the New York Islanders this year] flies by the seat of his pants. Jonathan’s been serious and dedicated since he was very young.”
from Greg Couch of the Chicago Sun-Times,
It’s probably too early to be this pessimistic. But a few more weeks of this, and I’m going to be feeling awfully gullible.
The Hawks are still that fresh, emerging story. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane can still be Chicago’s iconic combo in a few years.
So the Hawks are still a curiosity. But they have to be more than that now.
They have to be a hockey team.
Time to win. There’s a slogan.
from Brett Ballantini at ChicagoBlackhawks.com,
It’s easy to imagine the grunt from a hard check into a snow bank. Pass a garage, and you’d swear there was the loud thwack! of a tennis ball against the door. And if you listen hard enough, you can hear an argument between brothers over who gets the first half-hour in the basement, practicing slap shots and wristers.
It’s here that the town’s first and only NHL player, Brian Campbell, learned how to outhustle bigger boys, outsmart older players and outhit slower ones.
Strathroy offers a pastoral setting to newcomers. Its vast blue skies, fields blooming with soybeans, corn and wheat, and pastures brimming with cattle, mirror the smaller towns you’ll find on the outskirts of Chicago.
Release from the Chicago Blackhawks:
The Chicago Blackhawks have claimed defenseman Doug Janik on waivers from the Dallas Stars and have traded him back to the Stars in exchange for a conditional draft pick.
Jay Grossman, the agent for Nikolai Khabibulin, told Hockeycentral it might take some time to find a fit for the goaltender with another team. Khabibulin passed through waivers last week and Grossman said he was surprised something didn’t get done with either another NHL team or one in the Continental Hockey League (KHL) in Russia.
Grossman has been granted permission by the Blackhawks to speak with other teams about his client and though he has had talks with several teams, Grossman has been unable to secure a deal. The Blackhawks were hoping Grossman could arrange a loan agreement with a KHL team that would at least alleviate the financial burden.
TORONTO (October 8, 2008) – Chicago Blackhawks left wing Ben Eager has been suspended for three games, without pay, as a result of being assessed a match penalty during NHL pre-season game #81 against the Dallas Stars, October 2, the National Hockey League announced today.
At 9:45 of the third period, Eager was assessed a match penalty for attempt to injure Dallas player Sean Avery. At the time of the incident, Eager was on the players’ bench and swung his stick in the direction of Avery, who was on the ice.
from Bryan Gruley of the Wall Street Journal,
As the NHL season gets underway, Mr. McDonough discussed his plan to get the Blackhawks back on top.
WSJ: Do you have a benchmark in mind? The Detroit Red Wings?
Mr. McDonough: I really don’t want to talk about other elite franchises. At the end of last season, when we missed the playoffs by three points, we gathered the hockey team and the front office together over a luncheon. The message I sent was, we are no longer going to have a hockey operation and a business operation. There is going to be one Chicago Blackhawks. There is going to be a certain type of player that is going to play.
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