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Creating a Power Forward

From Tim Sassone in the Daily Herald,

“Power forwards are tough to find, and I think [Dustin Byfuglien] fits that position,” Savard said Wednesday. “Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t think I am. I think I’ve got a pretty good eye on hockey players and really strongly feel he’s going to become a good power forward in this league.

“We’re still tweaking with him. We know he can play defense, but I believe he’s going to be a strong power forward in this league. He’s had some good games on defense, too. I’m not saying we’ll never use him there again, but for now he fits up front, and we’ll evaluate everything as we go on.”

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A New Chicago Ambassador

from the Chicago Blackhawks,

Former Chicago Blackhawks goaltender and Hockey Hall of Fame member Tony Esposito has joined the Chicago Blackhawks family as an official Blackhawks Ambassador. Esposito will join Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita in representing the Chicago Blackhawks at events at the United Center and throughout the Chicagoland area.

“It is a great honor to be asked back into the Blackhawks family,” said Esposito. “In my heart, I have always been and always will be a Blackhawk. I want to thank Rocky Wirtz and John McDonough for giving me the opportunity to come back to the Blackhawks organization. I love the new approach the team is taking. Everything about the Blackhawks is very upbeat and I am proud to be a part of this new beginning.”

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Chicago Keeping Their Options Open

from the Chicago Tribune,

Tallon added he’s still working the phones to improve the club before the trade deadline.

“Until Feb. 26 we’re going to put our nose to the grindstone every day to improve,” he said. “If it makes us better, we’ll do it. If it doesn’t, then we’ll move on and let our kids develop.”

Tallon said trade talks “are starting to pick up. There’s a lot more conversation.” But he acknowledged it’s difficult to make trades in the NHL and that teams are asking for some of the Hawks’ top prospects.

“With the [salary] cap, terms, lengths of contracts and all that stuff it is difficult,” he said. “We have to find a way around it….

more on Chicago…

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Chicago Looks To Improve Through Trades

from the Daily Herald,

Tallon hopes to make a trade or two before the deadline to strengthen the team, with his focus still on defense and scoring. This is where it could get tricky for Tallon, since he wants to add people that also can be part of the team next season….

It’s one of the worst-kept secrets in the league that the Hawks covet defensemen Brian Campbell of the Sabres and Dan Boyle of the Lightning.

Both offensive-minded defensemen may be available in the coming weeks, so the dilemma for Tallon is, does he try to get one or the other now or wait until July when he might be able to sign one or both as unrestricted free agents without giving up any assets?

The talk out of Buffalo is getting stronger that the Sabres want to move Campbell rather than risk losing him this summer and getting nothing in return, which is what happened in July when Daniel Briere and Chris Drury walked away.

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Forget The Trade Rumor

via Icing at the Chicago Tribune,

I don’t buy into too many trade rumors, but one I read today said the Blackhawks were shopping Martin Havlat. Being a semi-diligent reporter I put in a call to general manager Dale Tallon and he said he’d heard the same rumor.

Turns out it’s not true.

“I’m not shopping him at all,” Tallon said.

Tallon also said he’s not close to any other deal.

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Nix The Slogan

from the Chicago Tribune,

Created by a mixture of passion, anger and frustration over a close defeat, the phrase “Commit to the Indian” wasn’t something Blackhawks coach Denis Savard planned on becoming the team’s official slogan.

And it won’t be.

Club President John McDonough said Tuesday the organization won’t pursue using the phrase Savard uttered during a postgame rant Thursday night after the Hawks’ 1-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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Commit To The Indian

from the Chicago Tribune,

Commit to the Indian” has caught the eye and ear of one of the Blackhawks’ chiefs.

The phrase, uttered by Hawks coach Denis Savard during his postgame rant Thursday night, has popped up on T-shirts. Its popularity has made team President John McDonough take notice.

“It’s amazing how much life it’s got,” McDonough said Sunday. “I’m getting e-mails from all over the place.”

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If you missed the Savard rant…

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ASG Memories: 1991 Chicago

1991 All-Star Game – January 19, 1991, Chicago Stadium: Just days into the Persian Gulf war, the Chicago faithful saluted their country during the U.S. anthem.

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Savard Rips Team After Loss To Columbus

from the Daily Herald,

An angry Savard ripped into his team for failing to deliver the proper effort in what was an important game for the Hawks on so many levels.

“I’m disappointed and (ticked) off about the effort,” Savard said. “This is a divisional game, we’re fighting for our lives here, we want to get in the playoffs, we have a nice crowd, and this is what they give us?

“I think they forgot last summer or two summers ago or three summers ago what we gave them. We commit to them and they’re very happy when they sign it … well, commit to us, commit to the jersey, commit to the people here.”

Savard refused to name names, saying to reporters that they know who he’s talking about.

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Will UFAs Think Chicago

from the Daily Herald,

Patrick Sharp was only too happy to re-sign with the Blackhawks for four more years.

Now, Sharp will be interested to see what happens this summer and if free agents feel as he does, that the Hawks are a franchise on the rise, making Chicago a prime destination.

“The way the organization treats the players is first class, and anyone that’s been to the city of Chicago knows what it’s all about,” Sharp said. “Attendance is growing at the United Center, the Hawks are on the way up, and hopefully that attracts some free agents that want to come to Chicago.”

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