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“I know we expect a lot from Toews because he has delivered a lot, but don’t overlook this example of his remarkable maturity. A kid who’s captain of one of the best teams in the NHL, a kid who centers the top line, a kid who leads off almost every shootout—- this kid is doing the scut work for his country, doing all the selfless, thankless stuff, and he’s still managing to stand out. Special kid. Lucky us.”

-Steve Rosenbloom on Jonathan Toews.  More on Toews at RosenBlog.

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  Tags: jonathan+toews, team+canada

NBC Picks Chicago/Detroit Game

NEW YORK - Feb. 18, 2010 - The Sunday, March 7, Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks game has been flexed as NBC Sports’ “Game of the Week” and will be played at the United Center at 12:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. CT, the National Hockey League and NBC Sports announced today. 

This rivalry - no two NHL teams have played more regular-season games against each other - is once again in full bloom after Detroit got the better of Chicago last year in both the 2009 Western Conference Final and 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field

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Stralman Hit On Kane

via Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

What did you think of the hit?

Did you like what Troy Brouwer did, stepping up and fighting Stralman and earning 19 minutes in penalties? Hawks coach Joel Quenneville did.

“I thought he did exactly what we’d want him to do,” Quenneville said.

Watch the hit below…

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  Tags: anton+stralman, patrick+kane

Hossa Doubtful For Game Today

from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

For the second time this season the Blackhawks watched one of their best players knocked out of a game by shot to the head.

Atlanta’s Colby Armstrong laid out Marian Hossa early in the third period of Saturday’s game at the United Center, sending the Hawks winger to the dressing room for the rest of the night.

Was it a clean hit or not? Armstrong led with his shoulder, which is fine, but he caught Hossa on the chin.

The point here isn’t clean or dirty, however, it’s how much longer Hawks general manager Stan Bowman is going to let his best players be targets?

Maybe this isn’t a problem that can be solved this season with the March 3 trade deadline so close, but next year the Hawks darn well better have someone tough enough and nasty enough to show other teams they better not be going after Hossa, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith.

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  Tags: colby+armstrong, marian+hossa

Talking Kim Johnsson

Chicago GM Stan Bowman discusses the acquisition of Kim Johnsson.

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Blackhawks Willing To Make A Move

via Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

While the Hurricanes and Panthers have clearly established themselves as the sellers as the trade freeze countdown continues (3 p.m. today), the Chicago Blackhawks have been busy trying to make an addition for the stretch run.

An NHL source tells SportingNews.com that the Blackhawks have had “lots of conversations” today in an attempt to bolster their lineup for a long playoff run. None of the discussions have centered around a goalie.

added 1:57pm, via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Hearing about a lot of chatter between Minnesota and Chicago. Interesting to see if they get something done before 3 pm eastern

added 2:57pm, Another McKenzie tweet,

If Chi-Min deal goes down, I believe Kim Johnsson ends up in Chicago and Cam Barker goes to Minny but it may be bigger and it isn’t done yet

added 3:14pm, Bob McKenzie tweeted the deal got done, will have info shortly.

added 3:19pm, via Darren Dreger tweet,

as per tsn. The Minnesota Wild have traded D Kim Johnsson and 2009 first round pick Nick Leddy to Chicago for D Cam Barker.

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Patrick Kane’s Introduction To The World

from Mike Kiley of Blackhawks Confidential,

Are you ready, Chicago? Are you ready, world? Kane appeals to all ages, gossipy old nags that like sniffing the scandal sheets and bright-eyed girls and boys who can relate to a fella that’s part Huckleberry Finn, part Eminem, part Joe Namath, part Denis Savard, and pretty much three-quarters Bobby Hull, except for the hair. All live wire.

Kid Galahad could be the belle of this ball, because he so enjoys scrambling those letters to read KID HAD-A-GAL or simply KID GALA, a rollicking roustabout coming straight to your stage and the wide, wide world of sports (I know, I’m mixing networks) from Al Capone’s rootin’-tootin’ hometown, which is still how much of the world identifies Chicago….

Team USA’s Olympic opener is a 12 p. m. puck drop in Vancouver, so Kane still has time to gather the girl scout troop for a Monday night reprise in the party limo, get John Madden and Kris Versteeg on the laptop webcam, try reverse-role playing and have the gals be the ones that take off their shirts this time round for the paparazzi shoot, roast them a few marshmallows, drown them with Jagermeister shooters for the international spirit, park at Lover’s Leap in Stanley Park for belated Valentine canoodling under the moonlight and hit the hay without the need of a police escort to help him say his evening prayers.

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  Tags: patrick+kane, team+usa, winter+olympics

Will The Chicago Goalie Please Stand Up

from Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog at the Chicago Tribune,

Well, they have a couple goalies, just not one you’d stake your Stanley Cup life on right now. I realize that the Blues beat the Hawks on deflected shots, so I’m not hanging that specific loss on Cristobal Huet. But that position remains the biggest question because Huet has never won a playoff series and Niemi has never played so much as a postseason minute in the NHL.

And now, Huet can’t handle a small workload. The Hawks’ game of keepaway means their goalies see fewer shots than other netminders, but the quality of the chances against them might be just as high. The last few times that Huet has faced 20 shots or so, he has not given anyone confidence that he can be trusted in the heat of spring. Anyone in the Hawks organ-I-zation, I mean.

Maybe that changes soon. Maybe one of these two guys—- nobody cares which, at this point—- gets it together before April. It appears one of them will have to because this isn’t your father’s NHL trading deadline, where 100 bodies change teams. Nope, this is a salary-cap era that is hamstringing the   Hawks—thank you, Billfold Wirtz—- so Huet or Niemi will need to be Roy or Brodeur.

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Do Blackhawks Want Jay McKee?

via Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

Are the Blackhawks stepping up their efforts to acquire a defenseman for the stretch run?

There were plenty of rumors Monday pointing in that direction.

There were eyebrows raised in Pittsburgh on Monday night when defenseman Jay McKee was a healthy scratch against Buffalo. Could McKee be headed to the Hawks?

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  Tags: jay+mckee

San Jose & Chicago Have Flaws

from Ross McKeon of Yahoo,

Don’t make too much out of the recently completed season series between the San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks if you’re trying to project what might happen if the two teams meet in the playoffs, likely to represent the West in the Stanley Cup Finals.

San Jose and Chicago may have figured out ways to, in the least, mask fatal flaws – defensive personnel for the Sharks and goaltending for the Blackhawks.

In the Blackhawks’ 4-3 overtime victory on Thursday, the Sharks’ defensive corps featured their shortcomings. There was a 40-year-old who is basically a power-play specialist when he’s not skating a step behind, or taking that annoying hook or hold at a critical time. Sorry, Rob Blake(notes). Yes, you’re a future Hall-of-Famer, but a No. 1 defenseman no longer fits….

On the flip side, the Blackhawks can’t feel good about putting all their Stanley Cup hopes on Cristobal Huet(notes) – and don’t try to float the idea of turning to the untested Antti Niemi(notes)....

Just the same, is anyone else concerned about the way Huet seems perfectly content to just bat pucks aside, rebounds be damned? He’s not a goalie who has the reputation of controlling things in his end. It’s more like someone battling and hoping his team just outscores the opposition.

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