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Chicago Targets Pronger

from the OC Register,

Pronger wore a football-style faceguard — necessitated by the injury suffered Feb. 24 when the follow-through of a shot by Patrick Sharp of the Blackhawks struck him in the face during a 6-3 Ducks triumph — and became a focal point early in the rematch.

“One of their players, to start the whole thing, somebody punched Chris Pronger in the head, with a facemask on,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “That escalated other things that took place.”

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Chicago Still Thinking Playoffs

from the Daily-Herald,

So, earlier this week, Savard pulled out the markers, pulled out the big sheets of paper and went to work—a la “A Beautiful Mind,” devouring every last detail.

“I wrote everything,” he said. “I put all the six teams—Vancouver, Nashville, Colorado, St. Louis, Columbus and us. There’s two spots open. Not that we can’t get the sixth (spot) if Minnesota falls apart or somebody else does.

“Realistically, though, there’s two spots open for those six teams. You look at everybody’s schedule … Colorado has to play Vancouver four times, Nashville’s on a six-game road trip, St. Louis has to go on a nine-game road trip … our schedule favors us.

“We have to win our games, no question, but we hope that Colorado or Vancouver—that one of them—sweeps those games and, if we win our games, we’ve got a shot.

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We’ll Take Your Goalies, You Take Ours

from the Ottawa Sun,

Senators coach and GM Bryan Murray is never afraid to think outside the box.

That’s why one of the best stories post-trade deadline is how he tried to package both his goaltenders, Martin Gerber and Ray Emery, put them in the box, and try a 2-for-2 deal.

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Havlat Expected To Miss Significant Time

from the Daily Herald,

Whether he’s out a week, two weeks or the rest of the season, chalk it up as yet another lost season for injury-prone Blackhawks forward Martin Havlat.

Havlat injured his left shoulder again on his first shift of the second period in Wednesday’s home victory over Phoenix and underwent an MRI on Thursday afternoon. The results won’t be announced until today.

Hopes aren’t high, though, considering it’s the same shoulder Havlat hurt in an opening-night scrum in Minnesota, causing him to miss the next 22 games, and also the same one he had surgery on in Ottawa.

“I don’t think he’ll be back in the next week or two weeks,” Hawks coach Denis Savard said. “It’s pretty much the same type of injury he got in Minnesota.”

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This guy just can’t stay healthy, hopefully next year will be different.

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Blackhawks Send Ruutu to Hurricanes for Ladd

According to Sportsnet television, the Chicago Blackhawks have traded Tuomu Ruutu to Carolina for Andrew Ladd.

Update 12:22pm ET: From TSN now confirms with the same information,

Update12:32pm ET: From the Chicago Blackhawks,

“Andrew Ladd is a very good young forward who won a Stanley Cup with Carolina as a 20-year old,” said General manager Dale Tallon. “We acquired a very good young player in Andrew Ladd and in doing so had to give up good young player in Tuomo Ruutu.”

 

 

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Chicago In Building Mode

from the Daily Herald,

“We’re not buyers or sellers—we’re building,” Tallon said Saturday before the Hawks went out and beat the Kings 6-5 in overtime.

The Hawks have three veterans scheduled to be unrestricted free agents in Martin Lapointe, Yanic Perreault and Andrei Zyuzin, and they all are available.

“We’ll get some things done,” said Tallon, who has assistant GM Rick Dudley and director of pro scouting Marc Bergevin with him here on the trip. “We know what we want to do.”

Lapointe is believed to be coveted by two teams (Ottawa and Detroit) needing more of a physical presence.

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Chicago in the Race

From Len Ziehm at the Chicago Sun-Times,

With every game now, it seems the Blackhawks’ goal of reaching the Stanley Cup playoffs isn’t a pipe dream anymore.

On Sunday, the Hawks responded to a raucous sellout crowd of 21,715 with a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche at the United Center. The Hawks aren’t in playoff position yet, but they’re closing in after winning three consecutive games in regulation time and going 4-0-1 in their last five.

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Blackhawks Extend Seabrook

via TSN,

The Chicago Blackhawks have secured a big piece of their blueline as they have signed defenceman Brent Seabrook to a three-year, $10.5 million contact.

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Blackhawks Could Pay Forsberg

from Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald,

While it’s believed Forsberg would prefer to sign with a team that has a chance to win the Stanley Cup right now—if he decides to even play again—the Hawks are in the picture because of their financial flexibility beyond this season.

Forsberg has told the Hawks he hopes to play for a few more years if he can skate on his gimpy feet and ankles, and it’s likely the deal Tallon has presented Forsberg is for at least two years past this one, perhaps in the neighborhood of $5 million a year.

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Raising Kane

From Len Ziehm at the Chicago Sun-Times,

‘‘Things came pretty easy at the start,’’ Savard said Tuesday. ‘‘Now teams are fighting to make the playoffs, and the games are getting tougher to play in—but he’s capable of doing that.’‘

Kane’s smallish 170-pound frame may be wearing down, and the absence of center Jonathan Toews for 16 games didn’t help. They had been jelling as linemates.

‘‘With Toews not being around, that made things a little tougher for him,’’ Savard said. ‘‘It takes a [good] centerman to make a line, and not having Toews makes a difference. But they’ll get back to it.

‘’[Kane] has to come with a good work ethic in practice and get in the gym a little more to get stronger.’‘

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