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From Len Ziehm at the Chicago Sun-Times:
The third day of the Blackhawks’ prospects camp ended early Wednesday when defenseman Simon Danis-Papin hit the ice face-first with a scary neck injury.
Danis-Papin, at 6-7 the tallest player in the Hawks’ organization, collided with a teammate early in the third period of a scrimmage. He was largely motionless while trainer Mike Gapski and his staff administered medical treatment for about 20 minutes.
Fortunately, good news today. Blackhawks team physician Dr. Michael Terry issued this statement this morning:
“Simon was involved in an inadvertent, high-energy collision yesterday and as a normal precautionary measure we brought him in to further examine the severity of his injury. All tests performed were negative and confirmed he suffered a strain and contusion to his neck. He was released from the hospital and will miss the remainder of the prospect camp but we expect him to be fully recovered soon.”
“I’m really excited about what this club can do,” (Brian) Campbell said. “The main thing for me was going to a place that loves hockey and sells out their building and wants to win. I think the [Hawks] organization has proven that.
“This town is going to embrace us. I can’t wait for that [and] I can’t wait to show my personality to my teammates … to the fans and the media and get the excitement going in the city for the Blackhawks.”
via Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune
via press release:
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today the team has signed free agent defenseman Matt Walker (6-3, 213) to a one-year contract.
Update 12:36pm ET: Release available at Blackhawks website.
via Russo’s Rants,
According to a knowledgeable source, it’s official. The NHL’s second outdoor Winter Classic will take place New Year’s Day at the storied Wrigley Field when the Blackhawks take on the Stanley Cup-champion Detroit Red Wings.
An announcement is expected next week in the days leading up to the three-day inaugural “Blackhawks Convention” at the Chicago Hilton.
from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,
The fact of the matter is if I’m an NHL GM and I’m starting up a team and I have one year to win a championship, Huet is not among the top 10 goalies I’d pick to be my starter.
Here are 10 goalies I wouldn’t hesitate picking before Huet: Martin Brodeur, Roberto Luongo, Miikka Kiprusoff, Evgeni Nabokov, Henrik Lundqvist, J-S Giguere, Ryan Miller, Ilya Bryzgalov, Tomas Vokoun and Marty Turco.
I’d probably even pick some of this next tier of goalies before Huet: Niklas Backstrom, Vesa Toskala, Marc-Andre Fleury, Rick DiPietro, Tim Thomas, Chris Osgood, Carey Price, Cam Ward, Martin Biron and Kari Lehtonen. That’s why Huet may not be among my top 15.
from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
“We have a pretty good 1-2 punch now with Campbell and Dunc,” said Savard. “One of them is going to be on the ice every other shift.
“Campbell gives us a lot of options now. I don’t care how many good forwards you have, it takes a good defenseman to get the puck to the forwards. He fits in with us perfectly. He’s got great skill, but he’s also good in his own end.”
As for how Campbell will fit in on the power play, Savard envisions the two-time all-star playing the point on the right side.
“We’ll see where he fits best, but I know he’s going to be out there with (Jonathan) Toews, (Patrick) Kane and (Martin) Havlat,” said Savard.
“We’ll make adjustments, but he gives us a lot more options. He’ll bring it up the ice on the power play, which will have us spending less time going back for pucks.”
more on Chicago…
via press release from the Chicago Blackhawks:
James Wisniewski to Undergo Knee Surgery
The following statement was issued today by Chicago Blackhawks Head Team Physician Dr. Michael Terry of University of Chicago Medical Center:
“James reinjured his right knee while training for the upcoming season. He has torn his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and will undergo surgery this week. We anticipate full recovery and his return during the 2008-09 season.”
from Mike Downey of the Chicago Tribune,
The whole organization is going through what Savard might call a great spin-o-rama.
That’s what his signature move was called during his playing days. And this is what Savvy wants from his team, a little old-time hockey, a little regard for the face on that blouse. “Commit to the Indian,” as the coach put it last season.
Campbell is a commit-to-the-Indian kind of guy.
“I love him,” Savard said. “He and Duncan Keith together as a 1-2 punch are going to make a huge difference.”
via Icing at the Chicago Tribune,- A fan question…
“The idea of a $12 million goaltender tandem is hard to believe. Publicly, the Hawks say they’re going to stick with both, but I think this is posturing until a deal is in place. What do you think?”
Having two top goalies is a luxury, indeed, and puts the Hawks over the salary cap, but general manager Dale Tallon seems sincere in keeping both. He firmly believes that to win in the NHL you need great goaltending. With Nikolai Khabibulin’s contract up following the season it will pave the way for Huet to take over the No. 1 job in 2009-10 and at less than Khabibulin’s salary. I have no doubt Tallon would trade Khabibulin if the right deal comes around. Certainly at the trade deadline in February,
from Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times, ‘
‘Huet was the No. 1 goaltender in this [free-agent market],’’ Tallon said. ‘‘We like Nik, but we wanted to make sure we were good in the net. Khabby’s contract is up at the end of the year, and we’ve got a lot of young goalies who aren’t ready yet.’‘
That’s not the stance Tallon took after last season, when he declared that Corey Crawford ‘‘deserves a shot’’ after two good seasons in the minors. And Finland’s Antti Niemi came with rave reviews when Tallon signed him in the offseason.
More to the point, the Hawks probably couldn’t find a taker for the last $6.75 million on Khabibulin’s contract. They might find one as the season winds down, though, and by then Huet will be the solid starter and either Crawford or Niemi the up-and-coming backup.
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