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from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,
The Hawks need another top-six forward, preferably a center, and possibly another defenseman. Dale knows this, but he’s right up to the salary cap and has no money to make anything happen without disrupting the roster.
Sending Nikolai Khabibulin ($6.75 million cap hit) or Cam Barker ($2.7 million hit) to the minors would open up cap space, but Nik has been the best goalie so far and Barker is an upgrade over Jordan Hendry, so he has to stay for now with little other options until either Wisniewski comes back or Hjalmarsson is ready to return from Rockford.
Most guys don’t want to fight every night so they won’t take those cheap shots. It’s really like a big playground in middle school. Once you let the bully whose playing pick on one kid, he’s going to run around and keep picking on other kids until somebody stands up to him. Well, at our playground at the United Center, we don’t let bullies play very long….
-Adam Burish of the Chicago Blackhawks in his blog at the Chicago Sun-Times, where you can read more...
from Craig Kanalley of Hawkey Central,
The Frenchman, Huet, is 1-2-1. The Russian, Khabibulin, is 2-1-2. For those keeping score at home, that’s 3 points for Cris and 6 for Nik….
This situation needs to be resolved, and it needs to be resolved quick. It’s just a distraction, and it doesn’t need to be. The players shouldn’t have to be looking over their shoulders wondering who’s in net one night to the next. Especially when one goalie is clearly struggling compared to the other.
My recommendation is to unload Huet real cheap - he should have never been here to begin with. Ottawa needs a goalie. Give him to them for a draft pick. Hopefully this mess is resolved sooner rather than later.
via Chris Kuc of Icing at the Chicago Tribune,
The NHL and the Blackhawks will release ticket information to Hawks season ticket-holders Tuesday afternoon regarding the Winter Classic on Jan. 1 at Wrigley Field.
There are three price ranges for tickets: $75, $225 and $325.
On Monday, the NHL will announce more information regarding ticket sales to non-season ticket-holders.
from Tim Sassone at Between The Circles,
Now the Hawks are rumored to be one of the teams interested in Ottawa center Jason Spezza, who is said to be on the block.
Spezza is a nice player, but he’s going to make $8 million a year through 2013. The question is, could the Hawks take on that salary with Brian Campbell set to make $7 million for the next seven years and Toews and Kane’s deals up in two years? They’re going to get somewhere in the neighborhood of $6.5 million a year each.
And the Hawks also have Duncan Keith to pay soon and he’s going to require at least $5 million, likely more.
The Winter Classic jerseys are now available. Here’s the Blackhawks sweater:
Update 9:24pm ET (Alanah): And now here’s the Wings jersey for the event:
added 10:57am on 10/29/08, If you are interested in purchasing these sweaters, they can be found here.
Full press release below.
NEW YORK (October 24, 2008) – The NHL Winter Classic 2009 jerseys will be unveiled during the broadcast of the game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, Oct. 25. WGN-TV and FSN Detroit will broadcast the game, which begins at 7:30 p.m. CT (8:30pm ET) and marks the first time the two clubs will meet this season.
The Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings each will wear a unique, one-time-only jersey while playing in the NHL Winter Classic 2009 at Chicago’s historic Wrigley Field on New Year’s Day.
from NHL Media via the Chicago Blackhawks,
Dan Craig isn’t pumped up just yet, but as the man in charge of every inch of ice in the NHL, he already has more than just a few things on his plate to temper any brewing enthusiasm for the upcoming Winter Classic.
Come Thanksgiving, Craig expects to be overcome by anticipation.
“I want to see it,” Craig, the League’s Facilities Operations Manager, told NHL.com. “I want to feel it. I want to see the players enjoy it and for all of us to put on a good show for TV and the people that are in the stadium.”
via Tim Sassone of Between the Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald,
The deal wasn’t finalized until Wednesday, but Hawks GM Dale Tallon said after the 3-0 win over Edmonton at the United Center that Joel Quenneville signed a three-year contract earlier in the day.
Quenneville’s deal will keep him behind the bench at least through the 2010-11 season while Tallon is signed only through next year.
“Maybe it should have been a five-year deal,” Tallon joked after watching the Hawks dominate the Oilers
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