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via the Chicago Blackhawks,
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today the hiring of veteran journalist Bob Verdi as Team Historian, a newly created position. In his role, Verdi will use his five decades of sports journalism for periodical feature stories on the team’s website and in its publications along with a variety of other roles.
“We are privileged to add such a true Chicago sports legend in Bob to our staff,” Blackhawks Senior Vice President of Business Operations Jay Blunk said. “As Team Historian, he will give our organization perspective and depth in a number of different roles, which includes contributing on chicagoblackhawks.com. His 40-plus years of sports journalism in Chicago will serve as a great link to our franchise’s rich history.”
from Edward Fraser of The Hockey News,
There’s no doubt the Hawks are capital-S screwed this summer with, according to the incredibly informative capgeek.com, more than $60 million committed to just 15 players, not including burgeoning blueline star Niklas Hjalmarsson and future No. 1 Niemi, but none of that matters. Chicago’s only concern should be snapping the league’s longest current Cup drought of 47 seasons, not how best to position the club for next season and beyond.
If anything, the Blackhawks should be looking to add salary in the form of a rental player to aid their run. Why not do exactly what the Penguins did last season with Miro Satan when they acquired Bill Guerin at the deadline? Bury a player in the minors for the final two months of the season in order to free up more cap room and then recall him prior to the playoffs when salaries don’t mean one iota.
from Judy Hevrdejs of the Chicago Tribune,
At the moment, though, Toews is sitting in his new condo, 30-plus floors above the hustle and grind and noise of the city on a cafe au lait-toned sectional, its long, comfortable stretches big enough for his 6-foot-2-inch, 210-pound frame.
The sofa — its view-blocking chaise relegated to another room by Toews — faces a 12-foot-tall wall of windows, offering up picture-perfect vistas of Trump Tower, the Wrigley Building, the Chicago River, Navy Pier and Lake Michigan.
“It’s kind of like your cave on top of the world with a view,” says Toews (pronounced tayvz). “It’s all very modern, it’s new, it’s young. I just really felt it fit my personality.”
It’s also quiet, peaceful and big — three bedrooms, three baths, 2,700 square feet — big enough for family and close friends. And exactly what the Chicago Blackhawks’ captain — one of the youngest in NHL history — wanted when he searched for his first home.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Once in a while, there’s a game on the NHL docket that makes your spine tingle, and that’s exactly what you’ve got tonight when the San Jose Sharks visit the Chicago Blackhawks.
Two Western Conference powerhouse teams with Stanley Cup aspirations meet at the United Center with a little recent history to spice things up. Just a little under a month ago, the Hawks blew into San Jose and pounded the hosts 7-2 at the Shark Tank, a game that had me muttering “Wow” several times from my couch in Toronto.
You know the Sharks will be a little hungry after a rare embarrassment like that on Nov. 25, and the Blackhawks are fully aware they’ll be facing a different team.
continued and for those of us that have Directv, maybe we can have a pity party since the game is on Versus, the channel we don’t get…
More than $100,000 in two weeks—gone. A Chicago sports legend, the victim of identity theft. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports that Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita has won virtually everything there is to win. But he thought he lost big, too, when cyber thieves created an online account and started paying themselves with his money.
Bryan Bickell was assigned to Rockford again today.
We know the Blackhawks are trying to save cap money any way they can so I guess Bickell is probably thankful only 90 miles separates Chicago and Rockford.
To see more stats on Bickell, head to TSN Player Page.
via Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,
Another win by the Blackhawks Friday night was followed by yet another coach heaping praise on them.
“You need a perfect game to beat Chicago,” Bruins coach Claude Julien after the Hawks’ 5-4 win in a shootout at the United Center. “We made some mistakes and they capitalized on them. At least we salvaged a point, because we knew coming in here that Chicago’s a tough team to play at home.”
The Hawks improved to 22-8-3 and moved into a tie for first place in the Western Conference with San Jose and Los Angeles with 47 points.
“Chicago’s a great team with a lot of talent, and right now they’re probably playing the best in the NHL,” Bruins goalie Tim Thomas said.
from Chris Kuc at Chicago Breaking Sports News,
There aren’t many Blackhawks who are as picky about their equipment as defenseman Brian Campbell.
So when the veteran received a new batch of sticks Wednesday morning and promptly went out and snapped a 29-game goalless skid a few hours later during the Hawks’ 3-0 victory over the Blues at the United Center, you know he is one happy hockey player.
“I got some new ones in (Wednesday),” Campbell said with a smile about his new sticks. “They came off pretty good.
“They’re a little bit different, a little bit stronger. You’re picky with everything but it’s nice to have some new weapons. The puck was zipping off them pretty good ... so it was nice.”
from Mike Kiley of Blackhawks Confidential,
There is no logical reason to drop the Hawks from 1st to 6th other than the sheer pleasure of being obstinate and a pain in the ass, a quality of which I was often accused (sometimes quite accurately) when I was a member of that august group of lummoxes.
For instance, ESPN’s Scott Burnside (who undoubtedly must be related to Union Gen. Ambrose Burnside, who bungled a few Civil War battles) decides to rank Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and Colorado ahead of the 6th-rated Hawks.
Even though Chicago slapped the Penguins 2-1 in overtime, tipped the Avalanche 2-1 in three shootouts and split home-and-home with L. A. in November, including a 2-1 loss in L. A. at the end of a taxing trip west when the Kings had a physical advantage if nothing else.
Explain to me how the Kings are better than the Hawks? Bet you can’t.
from Mike Kiley of Blackhawks Confidential,
Individual Hawks are succeeding, but no one has stood out singly more than others. The mug shot has been replaced by the mass hysteria of team harmony, where the monster lumbers and looms ominously as one.
If that’s a cliche, so be it. But the Hawks are a collective nightmare with a very diverse group of stars coalescing rather than being a star-driven team that needs a few guys to be at their best or else fail day after day.
That’s why there should be no goalie controversy now or ever this season. It matters not whether it’s Cristobal Huet or Antti Niemi in goal, because the team defense rules. It matters not that Dave Bolland and Adam Burish are healing, the defense is driving the momentum game-in, game-out.
Do we miss Bolland and Burish? Hell, yeah. But the tumor of terror waits for no man.
Put them together and Cris and Andy spell C-Andy in net, but they aren’t as sweet as Tony Esposito or even the demented Ed Belfour by themselves. They don’t have to be. They have help unlike previous Blackhawks’ clubs where it was every man for himself.
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