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Afternoon Line

No matter how many times the Hawks kill off the Wings, it will never be enough to be sure Detroit is dead. Life after death is an idea that appeals to NBC and its viewers. Osgood simply sits and waits like a vulture, awaiting his turn to feast.

In fact, some NBC officials proudly will be rooting for Detroit to jump with Jimmy Howard out of their coffins (Jimmy was declared officially dead earlier this season) and scare the hell out of the Hawks and their fans this Sunday.

-Mike Kiley of Blackhawks Confidential.  More on the Wings and Blackhawks from Mike.

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Chicago Extends Contract Of Team President

from Crain’s Chicago Business,

Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz has given team President John McDonough a long-term contract as a reward for reinvigorating the once-foundering franchise.

Mr. McDonough is in the third year of a five-year contract. The extension runs through 2016, a source said.

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Are The Chicago Blackhawks The New Detroit Red Wings?

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

As they prepare to visit the Boston Bruins in our Game of the Week on Thursday night, the Hawks remind us of another team from recent memory, in terms of their ability to produce wins in a variety of settings: the Detroit Red Wings.

Chicago coach Joel Quenneville, never given to hyperbole, seems flattered by the idea that is the outside view, but points out quickly—and accurately—there’s a long way to go between where the Blackhawks are now and what the Red Wings have accomplished in the last decade (winning Cups in 2002 and 2008, reaching the Cup finals last season and piling up no fewer than 108 points in every season since 2000).

“That’s a heck of a compliment,” Quenneville told ESPN.com this week. “I know how good they’ve been and how long they’ve sustained that, and that’s a greater compliment.”

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Kane With A Good Gesture

from David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune,

From the moment Kane saw the kid wearing his jersey at Fenway Park as part of the Jan. 1 ceremony unveiling the U.S. Olympic hockey team, he got an idea. Kane was traveling to St. Louis with the Hawks but felt so moved by the gesture that he immediately contacted front-office personnel to begin tracking down the boy’s name.

A few phone calls later, and Kane arranged through the family to sign the jersey Thursday so the kid would have more than a memory to mark the occasion of making Kane’s Olympic moment official.

“The whole thing was very cool,” Kane said.

In a sports town where life has been decidedly uncool lately, how nice to see a local hero embrace his status and exceed expectations as a person and player. On the current landscape of Chicago superstars as 2010 begins, there is Kane and there is everybody else.

more about Kane…

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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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