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From the AP and TSN,
Sergei Samsonov cleared NHL waivers on Monday, and was put on re-entry waivers by the Blackhawks on Tuesday.
Samsonov has appeared in 23 of Chicago’s games without scoring a goal. He has four assists, and a minus-seven plus-minus rating. He was acquired last June from Montreal for Jassen Cullimore and Tony Salmelainen. Samsonov is under contract for US$3.525 million this season and can become an unrestricted free agent next July 1.
If a team claims him, they will only have to pay half of his remaining salary, with Chicago paying the rest.
The Blackhawks have placed Sergei Samsonov on waivers
from the Chicago Sun-Times,
The Hawks have called up eight players from Rockford, including Dave Bolland and Petri Kontiola twice each. In 37 games, they have used a league-high 33 players; they used 41 all last season.
‘‘It’s frustrating because it’d be nice to see what we really have,’’ Tallon said. ‘‘But our guys are playing with character, and the younger guys are doing the job.
‘‘Our farm system is working. We’re very fortunate that we have depth now, and the younger guys are a year closer than they were last year at this time. That’s probably why we’re hanging in there.’‘
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
via the Chicago Blackhawks,
General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have recalled forwards Martin St.Pierre and Michael Blunden from the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL. The Blackhawks have also placed forwards Martin Havlat (groin), Dave Bolland (broken finger), and Ben Eager (mild concussion) on injured reserve.
Hopefully for the Blackhawks, the moving of Havlat to the IR is just a short term issue.
from the Chicago Daily Herald,
You see it every hockey season, when teams suddenly find a strong chemistry within the dressing room that helps carry them to great things. The Hawks have that look.
“We’re just finding ways and gutting things out,” Savard said. “They’re giving their bodies and sacrificing and getting good results.
“There’s a good atmosphere. They’re playing for each other, playing for the guy next to them. They don’t care what it’s going to take, they’re going to keep bringing it.”
A sell-out in Chicago last night to watch the Blackhawks defeat the Oilers.
from the Edmonton Journal,
With seven minutes left in the second period their star winger was drilled on his left knee by Blackhawks forward Martin Lapointe. Hemsky hobbled off the ice, in enough trouble that he was not able to return….
“It was a dirty hit,” said Edmonton head coach Craig MacTavish. “He threw his knee out at him. It should have easily been (a five-minute major). It’s interference. It’s kneeing. How do you even brace yourself for that type of hit? There’s no need for a guy to do that. We have one of our best players taken out by a guy who plays 10 minutes a game.”
“I was just going to go around him,” Hemsky said. “I don’t know if he stuck out his knee or not but I hit it. It was knee-on-knee.”
watch the video of the hit…
from the Ottawa Sun,
Once the Blackhawks winger found out Chicago was playing in Ottawa, he purchased a private box at Scotiabank Place for all his close buddies in the capital….
“It’s going to be special to come back there and play in my first game,” said Havlat, 26, the Senators’ top pick in 1999 with the No. 26 selection. “I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. There were so many good nights in that building, so many special moments and the thing I enjoyed the most was that we always had a team that made the playoffs.
“We always had a chance ever year. The winning, and having the chance to win, was always something I enjoyed. That’s what every hockey player wants to have in his career.”
from the Chicago Blackhawks,
Former Chicago Blackhawks players and Hockey Hall of Fame members Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita have rejoined the Chicago Blackhawks family and have been named as official Blackhawks ambassadors. Hull and Mikita will represent the Blackhawks at events at the United Center and throughout the Chicagoland area.
continued with response from both Hull and Mikita.
from the Chicago Tribune,
The Hawks have a 1-6 record and just three power-play goals in 30 chances this month….
“We get in there for some reason and, myself included, we all make the first pass way too complicated,” said veteran center Robert Lang, who has three power-play goals this season. “We have to go back to basics. Get guys in front of the net and put pucks on the net and good things happen. If you look for too major of a change it never really works. Just get the pucks on net and get the ugly goals.”
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