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Another New Fan In Chicago

from Alex Quigley of All Q’d Up at ChicagoNow,

Three years ago I hardly cared that Chicago owned one of the Original Six franchises—and I probably would’ve had to cheat to guess who the other five were. So I guess I gotta come clean: I am a bandwagon jumper….

And in the midst of the biggest collective letdown amongst our pro teams—the Blackhawks shine alone, exceeding already-high expectations. And hey, home games are actually on TV now! I thank Blackhawks fans for not hitting us bandwagon-jumpers with the typical hockey fan response: “Doooood, hockey for life! You’re too late!” Instead, every lifelong Hawks fan I know has been incredibly kind and generous in sharing their hockey knowledge. I even got Blackhawks tickets for Christmas. I laughed and smiled like it was a Red Ryder BB gun.

Now, if one of you could explain to me what that blue line is for, I would appreciate it.

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Kovalchuk To Chicago- Not That Easy

from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Kovalchuk wants a lot of money, like $9 million or $10 million a year, and it’s hard to believe the Thrashers wouldn’t give him what he wants. Isn’t that a no-brainer, given the state of hockey in Atlanta? If Kovalchuk goes maybe the team does too.

Face it, the Hawks are going to be mentioned in every trade rumor from now well into until next summer because of their salary cap problems, so it’s easy for an exec to speculate he wouldn’t be surprised if the Hawks get involved in the Kovalchuk stuff once there is something to get involved with.

The Hawks do have a lot of assets, but how many of them would it take to get an elite player such as Kovalchuk?  I’m thinking possibly two top-nine forwards, a defenseman and maybe a high draft pick or two. That’s a lot to give up for a guy who might be just a rental.

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Talking Blackhawks

Jesse Rogers of the Chicago Blackhawks Blog at ESPN has a few questions for Pierre LeBrun,

Is there a prevailing thought outside of Chicago that Cristobal Huet can or can’t be the man come April, May, and June?

PL: I can’t speak for other media around the league, but the way I look at it is the way I saw Chris Osgood over the years in Detroit. The Wings when they were doing their thing didn’t need great goaltending, they just needed their goalie to be decent and not give up bad goals. They were so stacked on defense and up front and controlled the puck that having a Vezina-worthy goalie wasn’t necessary. I think if Huet just does his job and stays within himself next spring, the Hawks have a shot at the Cup. He doesn’t need to be as good as the top goalies in the league for the Hawks to win.

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The Blackhawks Now Have A Team Historian

via the Chicago Blackhawks,

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today the hiring of veteran journalist Bob Verdi as Team Historian, a newly created position. In his role, Verdi will use his five decades of sports journalism for periodical feature stories on the team’s website and in its publications along with a variety of other roles.

“We are privileged to add such a true Chicago sports legend in Bob to our staff,” Blackhawks Senior Vice President of Business Operations Jay Blunk said. “As Team Historian, he will give our organization perspective and depth in a number of different roles, which includes contributing on chicagoblackhawks.com. His 40-plus years of sports journalism in Chicago will serve as a great link to our franchise’s rich history.”

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Chicago’s Time Is Now

from Edward Fraser of The Hockey News,

There’s no doubt the Hawks are capital-S screwed this summer with, according to the incredibly informative capgeek.com, more than $60 million committed to just 15 players, not including burgeoning blueline star Niklas Hjalmarsson and future No. 1 Niemi, but none of that matters. Chicago’s only concern should be snapping the league’s longest current Cup drought of 47 seasons, not how best to position the club for next season and beyond.

If anything, the Blackhawks should be looking to add salary in the form of a rental player to aid their run. Why not do exactly what the Penguins did last season with Miro Satan when they acquired Bill Guerin at the deadline? Bury a player in the minors for the final two months of the season in order to free up more cap room and then recall him prior to the playoffs when salaries don’t mean one iota.

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Toews In His Comfort Zone

from Judy Hevrdejs of the Chicago Tribune,

At the moment, though, Toews is sitting in his new condo, 30-plus floors above the hustle and grind and noise of the city on a cafe au lait-toned sectional, its long, comfortable stretches big enough for his 6-foot-2-inch, 210-pound frame.

The sofa — its view-blocking chaise relegated to another room by Toews — faces a 12-foot-tall wall of windows, offering up picture-perfect vistas of Trump Tower, the Wrigley Building, the Chicago River, Navy Pier and Lake Michigan.

“It’s kind of like your cave on top of the world with a view,” says Toews (pronounced tayvz). “It’s all very modern, it’s new, it’s young. I just really felt it fit my personality.”

It’s also quiet, peaceful and big — three bedrooms, three baths, 2,700 square feet — big enough for family and close friends. And exactly what the Chicago Blackhawks’ captain — one of the youngest in NHL history — wanted when he searched for his first home.

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Game Of The Night

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Once in a while, there’s a game on the NHL docket that makes your spine tingle, and that’s exactly what you’ve got tonight when the San Jose Sharks visit the Chicago Blackhawks.

Two Western Conference powerhouse teams with Stanley Cup aspirations meet at the United Center with a little recent history to spice things up. Just a little under a month ago, the Hawks blew into San Jose and pounded the hosts 7-2 at the Shark Tank, a game that had me muttering “Wow” several times from my couch in Toronto.

You know the Sharks will be a little hungry after a rare embarrassment like that on Nov. 25, and the Blackhawks are fully aware they’ll be facing a different team.

continued and for those of us that have Directv, maybe we can have a pity party since the game is on Versus, the channel we don’t get…

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Mikita’s Identity Stolen

from CBS2Chicago,

More than $100,000 in two weeks—gone. A Chicago sports legend, the victim of identity theft. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports that Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita has won virtually everything there is to win. But he thought he lost big, too, when cyber thieves created an online account and started paying themselves with his money.

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Bryan Bickell Up & Down Like A Yo-Yo

Bryan Bickell was assigned to Rockford again today.

We know the Blackhawks are trying to save cap money any way they can so I guess Bickell is probably thankful only 90 miles separates Chicago and Rockford.

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To see more stats on Bickell, head to TSN Player Page.

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More Praise For The Blackhawks

via Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

Another win by the Blackhawks Friday night was followed by yet another coach heaping praise on them.

“You need a perfect game to beat Chicago,” Bruins coach Claude Julien after the Hawks’ 5-4 win in a shootout at the United Center. “We made some mistakes and they capitalized on them. At least we salvaged a point, because we knew coming in here that Chicago’s a tough team to play at home.”

The Hawks improved to 22-8-3 and moved into a tie for first place in the Western Conference with San Jose and Los Angeles with 47 points.

“Chicago’s a great team with a lot of talent, and right now they’re probably playing the best in the NHL,” Bruins goalie Tim Thomas said.

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