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The Best In The West

from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

It’s time to start thinking differently about the Blackhawks.

Defenseman Duncan Keith was asked following Wednesday’s 7-2 rout of the Sharks, who still have the best record in the NHL, if beating San Jose meant the Hawks had passed some sort of test.

It should be the other way around. Playing the Hawks now is a test for other clubs. The Hawks are the best team in the Western Conference at the moment, not San Jose. The Hawks went farther than the Sharks in the playoffs last spring and have beaten them twice in two games this season.

If it weren’t for Pittsburgh, the Hawks would be the best team in the NHL. The Penguins still rule because they have the Stanley Cup and are 16-8-0.

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Game Of The Night Turns Into A Dud

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

The Marian Hossa era has officially begun. And by the looks of things, it could be something special for the Blackhawks.

The veteran winger made his debut with the Hawks on Wednesday night and helped them thoroughly dismantle the San Jose Sharks 7-2 in front of a crowd of 17,562 at HP Pavilion….

“It was a bonus to score two goals,” said Hossa, who played his first game after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery. “I was looking to try to get into game shape and try to make good plays, keep it simple. Who would say we’d beat them 7-2? We played a great game overall. It’s huge.”

more on the game…

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Dealing With The Blackhawks

from Spector of Spector’s Hockey,

It appears there are conflicting reports regarding potential talks between the Blackhawks and Maple Leafs. Both teams however seem keen to make a move, if not with each other then with other clubs so their respective situations will continue to attract attention

more and my question is- Why would any team be willing to help Chicago get out of their salary cap situation?  Unless the deal is too good to pass up and I don’t think what is being tossed around is good enough. then teams should wait.

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Hossa Likes The Blackhawks Atmosphere

from Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Hossa knows his way around. This is his fourth NHL team in three seasons. He started with the Ottawa Senators, then was with the Atlanta Thrashers before his failed championship bids with the Penguins and Red Wings. He also played for Slovakia in two Winter Olympics. So the Hawks won’t be his first contender, but they might turn out to be the best team he has played on.

‘‘I’ve been on quite a few, and this one is right there,’’ he said. ‘‘The advantage of this team is it’s mostly young guys who are just getting better and stronger in their understanding of the game.’‘

Last year he played for an old team in Detroit. The Hawks are the exact opposite.

‘‘This is the youngest group of guys I’ve ever played with,’’ Hossa said. ‘‘It’s been fun in the dressing room. It’s a different crowd than in Detroit. They were a little more mature there.’‘

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Fighting Words

via Ben Kuzma of The White Towel,

“Obviously, there’s a rivalry,” understated (Alex) Burrows. “I know a lot of guys in this lockerroom don’t really like their players and we’re not big fans of them. But at the same time we’ve got to play smart.”

Puck drops just after 10:00pm ET tonight, Chicago vs. Vancouver, I’ll be watching, need a hockey fix quick…

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Blackhawks Play Both Sides Of The Ice

from John MacKinnon of the Edmonton Journal,

Chicago ran the streak to 6-1-3 with a 5-2 victory and left Alberta 2-0 for the trip. Again.

When a team can blow out the opposition like that, the temptation is to pigeonhole the Hawks as a squadron of gunners, what with Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Kris Versteeg, Dustin Byfuglien and others able to light it up.

It gets worse for NHL opponents, presumably, considering the fact that free-agent sniper Marian Hossa is set to make his Blackhawks debut next week after recovering from off-season surgery.

But the young Hawks aren’t one-way offensive divas; far from it. They’re defensively responsible, ranked third in the NHL in goals against and second overall on the penalty kill.

read on

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“This Is A Bailout”

So says Mike Milbury speaking about Patrick O’Sullivan of the Edmonton Oilers.  Scroll to about the 2:20 mark on the video and David Staples of The Cult of Hockey chimes in…

I thought hockey fans could be tough and nasty in their player critiques on the Oilogosphere, but CBC announcers Mike Milbury and Kelly Hrudey just got as harsh as any anonymous Internet hater. The two CBC announcers thrashed and trashed Oilers forward Patrick O’Sullivan after the first period of the Oilers-Hawks game on Saturday night,  bashing him for not going hard after a puck along the boards, evidently so he could avoid body contact with Hawks defender Duncan Keith.

At least that’s how it looked to me, and that’s certainly how it looked to both Hrudey and Milbury. Hrudey started off the hammering, then tagged off and Milbury utterly put the boots to the young Oilers forward.

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Hossa Debut Getting Closer

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

With Marian Hossa’s debut with the Blackhawks looming, coach Joel Quenneville is formulating plans on how to utilize the high-scoring winger.

Hossa participated in the Hawks’ morning skate before Thursday night’s game against the Flames and is on track to play during the Hawks’ six-game trip, most likely Wednesday against the Sharks in San Jose.

“There are going to be a lot of options for a coach to have,” Quenneville said. “He’s going to get a lot of ice time. We’re looking forward to him being useful in a lot of ways.”

Hossa has begun doing line drills in practice and Wednesday skated with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

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The Latest On Chicago Signing Kane, Toews & Keith

via the Twitter of Bob McKenzie,

Chicago cannot finalize Kane, Toews, Keith contracts just yet because there is, for now, a “tagging” room issue. A move will need to be made

read more Tweets from Bob on this topic and Elliotte Friedman chimes in via Twitter too.

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The ‘Skinny’ On The Chicago Signings

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Sources tell TSN the Hawks are in the process of finalizing long-term contract extensions for Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith.

Kane and Toews are believed to be getting five-year extensions, with each of them worth in excess of $6 million per year. An announcement on those two deals appears to be imminent.

Keith’s deal is said to be more complicated, perhaps as long as 13 years, and worth less than what the Hawks will pay their two star forwards, which is to suggest it will likely average less than $6 million per year. Because the NHL is so closely scrutinizing the ultra long-term contracts, it may take longer to dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s on the Keith extension.

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