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from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
Tallon is well aware of the work that lies ahead keeping the core of the team together.
“You never know what can happen with this group,” Kane said. “If they can keep it together somehow or someway. We have a great group here.”
Toews, Kane and Keith all will need new contracts after next season, and negotiations could start at $6 million a year for each of them.
But first things first. The Hawks must decide quickly if they want to re-sign unrestricted free agents Martin Havlat, Sammy Pahlsson and Matt Walker before they hit the open market on July 1.
Tallon has said he wants Havlat back, and the injury the veteran winger suffered in Game 3 against Detroit on the hit from Niklas Kronwall shouldn’t change anything. It’s going to come down to how much money Havlat wants, and for how many years.
from Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times,
It was one of the most memorable seasons in Blackhawks history. Rest in Peace. It will be remembered more for the stunning, franchise-wide turnaround that spurred a hockey renaissance in Chicago than for the Red Wings celebrating before towel-waving fans.
That’s why if Wednesday night’s loss was a indeed a funeral than it should be New Orleans style, with a brass band and parasols and much singing and dancing.
Seasons that fall short of a Stanley Cup championship won’t always end this way. In fact, the Hawks can assume that no season will end this way in coming years. Winning raises expectations. Won’t anything but a triumph over these Red Wings in next year’s playoffs be a disappointment?
That’s because the team’s youth is no longer a story. The only story line that remains is: Can the Hawks beat Detroit?
from Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog at the Chicago Tribune,
The Hawks could not beat a Detroit team that again played without Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom and MVP candidate Pavel Datsyuk.
The Hawks, of course, were missing No. 1 goalie Nikolai Khabibulin and sniper Martin Havlat, who led the team in scoring in the regular season and playoffs. But injuries happen in the playoffs. Tough noogies. Play through it. Depth matters. Guys like Darren Helm score series winners.
The Hawks also were missing experience. Oh, they looked experienced for most of the spring. They displayed character beyond. But the Wings had more. The Wings had more of everything.
So, we have a barometer on these young, dynamic Hawks. They are ready to play with the best in the NHL. They just are not ready to beat them.
added 11:11pm, The post game press conference is over, but they may loop the video overnight, so you can watch that after the jump.
I have also added the great penalty-kill by Helm below…
Now, the first video is game highlights via Versus.
Darren Helm with the OT, series clinching game winner.
via Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner,
Coach Joel Quenneville just announced that neither goalie Nikolai Khabibulin nor forward Martin Havlat will play in tonight’s Game 5 against Detroit. Khabibulin skated today, but isn’t ready to play. He left Game 3 after the second period and hasn’t played since.
from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
By the time he retired as Red Wings coach in 2002, he had brought the organization three Stanley Cups. His success earned him a lifetime contract with the Red Wings, where everyone thought he’d wind down his career as a consultant to Detroit G.M. Ken Holland, an arrangement that allowed him to scout games from his home in Tampa. It was a sweet deal.
But Devellano got a phone call last summer that he says shocked him.
“Jimmy,” Bowman told him, “I love the Red Wings. I love Detroit. However, I’ve had a request from my son wanting me to join him in Chicago.”
Scotty’s lifetime deal with the Red Wings ended—at age 74.
Stan’s wife, Sue, remembers her husband struggling with how to express his desire to work together in Chicago with his dad. He didn’t want to pressure his father, but at the same time he wanted him to know how much it would mean to him.
“You kind of have to tell him something,” Sue says. “Don’t beg him or anything. Tell him what you’re thinking.”
from Chris Kuc of hte Chicago Tribune,
“The biggest thing is knowing in the first four games we’ve yet to play a good game,” forward Adam Burish said. “If we win a game here, things can turn. The fact it’s an elimination game and that there’s no more pressure because nobody’s giving us a chance anymore, that may give us a little bit of a lift.
“Everybody’s aware they’ve kind of written us off. You saw the way [the Wings] skated around during the end of [Game 4], kind of laughing at us and joking around. You saw the fans leaving early. It’s like, here’s a chance for us to prove some people wrong and try to climb back into this.”
more on the Blackhawks…
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
Troy Brouwer has a very good idea of the player he’d like to become.
In the last four games, the Chicago Blackhawks right winger has had a first-hand view.
It’s Johan Franzen, Detroit’s scoring machine.
“He’s a big power-forward who gets in the corners, grinds it out, has the scoring abilities and is one of the go-to guys,” Brouwer said. “That’s what I’m going for. I’ve got the big part. Now, I just need the scoring part. Hopefully, within the next season or two, I can find my scoring touch again.”
Q. Will Marty and Nik be game-day decisions?
JOEL QUENNEVILLE: They’re day-to-day. They’re both coming on the trip. We’ll get a better assessment tomorrow’s skate.
Q. How do you personally approach this game tomorrow night? We’ve heard the players say you can only win one game at a time. After what happened Sunday, how do you approach it?
JOEL QUENNEVILLE: Well, I think our focus is that we have to play our best game going forward. There are some areas as we progress in the series where we’ve had good stretches against them.
But at the start of the series, we’re talking about we have to play perfect hockey. We have to be at our best. All elements of our game have to be in order and effective. We’re looking at it as small picture, shift to shift. Only the one game is our approach. I just think that for the last game, it’s easy to get excited about the next game because not much happened that was good in our favor.
I just think that we had a couple of strong games in Detroit where we were close and we know we got to be better. So I think there’s a little bit of excitement going in there tomorrow. But we’re only looking at the small picture.
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