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Watch the Chicago press conference below which is scheduled to begin around 3:00pm ET.
Or catch the NHL Hour (3-4p ET) with Gary Bettman and guest Brendan Shanahan, also below.
added 3:04pm, from the Chicago Blackhawks,
The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed today to a five-year contract extension with captain Jonathan Toews, a 13-year contract extension with alternate captain Duncan Keith and a five-year contact extension with right wing Patrick Kane.
from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,
The Blackhawks will not need to make a roster move to clear salary cap space in order to sign Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to contract extensions.
The NHL wouldn’t have allowed the Hawks to announce the new deals for the trio if the club did not have the necessary “tagging room” for the 2010-11 season.
“Certainly, Chicago—they have some difficult decisions, but you know what? They have an awesome hockey team this year.”
-Red Wings GM Ken Holland talking about the Chicago salary situation. More on this topic from Craig Custance of the Sporting News.
The Chicago Blackhawks have called a press conference on Thursday where it is expected the team will announce the signings of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith to multi-year contract extensions.
Sources tell TSN that Toews and Kane will sign identical five-year contract extensions worth about $6.3 million per season. Meanwhile Keith’s deal is worth $72 million spread over a whopping 13 years at an annual average of $5.5 million.
note 8:12pm: The text changed from the original TSN story, so I posted it here.
added 10:40pm, Bob McKenzie of TSN discusses what the Blackhawks could do with their salary cap situation.
Blue Jackets and Blackhawks went deep into the shootout last night.
Chicago finally pulled out a 4-3 victory. Watch the shootout below…
I know there is still a lot of regular-season hockey to be played, but I feel pretty comfortable saying that I expect to be spending quite a bit of time in April, May and June in the Windy City
-Craig Simpson of CBC. More from Craig on the Blackhawks.
Last season was fine, with the Hawks surprise participants in the Western Conference finals, but there’s no reason to think this couldn’t be one of those altogether too-rare dream seasons.
-Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times. More from Len on the Blackhawks.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via Faceoff.com,
• Take this to the bank: The Chicago Blackhawks will move Cam Barker’s $3-million US salary this summer because fellow defenceman Bryan Campbell and his $7 million salary is staying put.
The Blackhawks also have hugely underrated Swede Niklas Hjalmarsson playing 20 minutes a game. Barker plays 14 minutes a night and teams are always looking for power-play pointmen.
• Todd Bertuzzi is lighter than ever—he’s on the ice for optional workouts 15 minutes before the other players in Detroit—but you have to wonder whether his hands are gone. That’s what happened to his old Vancouver Canucks teammate, Markus Naslund, who lost his mitts. Bertuzzi is not in the slot like he used to be; he’s on the perimeter. He has just one goal in the last 13 games.
more Western and Eastern Coference notes…
added 10:40am, And even more from Jim at Faceoff.com.
via Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,
It was a great road trip for the Blackhawks despite Saturday night’s 2-1 loss to the Kings in a shootout, which followed Friday’s 3-0 loss at Anaheim.
The Hawks took 9 out of a possible 12 points and come back home still in first place in the Central Division.
“I thought it was a real good road trip,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “You get 9 out of 12 points in six tough buildings. At the beginning of it you would have taken that.”
from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Tribune,
My suggestion is to enjoy the ride and assume it’s going to get even better as the season goes along. Why shouldn’t it?
When the Hawks skated all over the Sharks in a 7-2 road victory Wednesday, you could hear the rest of the league letting out an involuntary “whoa—what is that?” The Sharks have the best record in the NHL, and the Blackhawks made them look like a junior team from Saskatoon.
The game featured the long-awaited debut of Marian Hossa, and he scored two goals as if it were the most natural thing to do after spending four months rehabbing his surgically repaired shoulder.
Before the victory over the Sharks, the Hawks had put together a seven-game winning streak. Now with Hossa in the lineup in San Jose, here came an epiphany like a rush up the ice: Why not this season?
I thought the Hawks were another year away from being a serious threat to win the Stanley Cup, that the Red Wings or the Penguins or the Sharks still would rule, but what we’re seeing now changes everything. Why not this season indeed?
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