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From the RosenBlog at the Chicago Tribune:
But still, this is a deal the Hawks have to press for. San Jose is looking at him, too, yet another reason the Hawks must make this happen.
The Hawks brought up Jack Skille for obvious trade showcasing and they also have some depth at young defensemen that should interest the Ducks, who apparently realized the window’s closed, they got their ring, time to reload.
The Hawks have made it clear that winning the Cup is why they’re here. From Rocky Wirtz and John McDonough on down, the object of the exercise is to win the Cup. NOW.
[Chris] Pronger would get this team closer than anyone might’ve believed. And whoa, look who’s coming into the United Center for a game Tuesday.
from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,
...So could the Hawks be this season’s version of the Penguins?
“Absolutely,” Hawks defenseman Brent Seabrook said. “They had a young team last year, and they did great things. We’re a team that’s right there, and we have to have a good finish to the season and have a good start to the playoffs.”
Last season’s Penguins relied on Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to provide the offense along with veteran Marian Hossa. Sergei Gonchar was a scoring threat from the defensive corps, and Marc-Andre Fleury came on strong in goal.
The Hawks have second-year forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane along with Martin Havlat as forces up front and Brian Campbell as the point producer on the back end. When Nikolai Khabibulin is healthy, he joins Cristobal Huet to form one of the strongest goalie tandems in the NHL.
NHL off-ice official Gary Steffenhagen shows Blackhawks TV the process of keeping the pucks at a suitable game temperature.
via Tim Sassone of Between the Circles at the Daily Herald,
Maybe this latest injury has the Hawks thinking hard again about trading Khabibulin before the deadline and going with Cristobal Huet, especially with Khabibulin set to walk in July as a free agent.
While the Hawks are better with Khabibulin in net, what good is he if he’s not on the ice?
Who needs a goalie? Philadelphia, for one. The Flyers are talking with Atlanta about Kari Lehtonen, but wouldn’t they rather have the playoff-tested Khabibulin?
Washington is looking for a goalie. So is Detroit, but the Hawks couldn’t do that. Could they?
Does Anaheim need a goalie? Just asking. The Ducks need some jolt.
Are the Canadiens happy with Carey Price?
I am really not sure where some of these “Detroit needs a goalie” rumors are coming from. Sort of makes you wonder how ‘connected’ writers are.
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today Patrick Sharp will miss 2-3 weeks with a lower-body injury and Nikolai Khabibulin will not travel with Chicago on their Florida road swing.
via Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,
Hawks leading goal scorer Patrick Sharp left Saturday’s game with Dallas 39 seconds into the first period with what appeared to be a left knee injury.
Sharp was unable to put any pressure on his leg as he was helped to the dressing room.
Coach Joel Quenneville said after the Hawks’ 6-2 win that Sharp would not be going on the road trip this week to Tampa, South Florida and Dallas and that more details would be announced on Monday. Several Hawks acted as if Sharp would be out for a long period of time.
from Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times,
Nikolai Khabibulin, who sparked the Blackhawks’ 3-1 victory at Atlanta on Wednesday night, suffered what the club termed a “lower body injury” in the late stages of that game and isn’t able to practice today….
The Hawks list Khabibulin as day-to-day and said that Cristobal Huet would start in goal on Friday when the Hawks visit the Blues to conclude at eight-game road trip. Whether Khabibulin will be available for Saturday’s home game against Dallas is uncertain.
from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,
The teams that need Khabibulin are Stanley Cup contenders, so its unlikely they are going to give up a top player in return. The Capitals might love to have Khabibulin for the playoffs, but they want to win a Cup, so who would they give up? Nylander? You make that call. I’d pass.
All of a sudden it looks as if Montreal might need a goalie. Do the Red Wings feel confident with Chris Osgood? But no way I deal Nik to Detroit, unless they want to give up Franzen.
Khabibulin might sign with the Wings in the off-season, though.
a bit more...
From Tim Sassone at the Daily Herald:
According to the blog and comments posted on stories at our Web site, these are the 10 hottest issues on the minds of Hawks fans:
1. Dustin Byfuglien: There are a lot of fans unhappy with the big guy and want to see him packaged in a deal.
There are two problems: One, Byfuglien has two years and $6 million left on a contract general manager Dale Tallon never should have offered last summer. Two, he is a wide body on a team that is somewhat small and needs all the size it can get for the playoffs.
read on for the rest of Chicago’s wish list
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