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from the Chicago Tribune,
Tallon could pull the trigger on a deal for a defenseman as soon as Friday, and it likely would be more significant than Thursday’s deal in which he sent seldom-used defenseman Magnus Johansson to the Florida Panthers for a seventh-round draft selection in 2009.
“We’re excited about where we’re going, and we’re going to try to get better every day,” Tallon said. “That’s the bottom line. We’re not going to sit.”
In his quest to ride the momentum this season has generated, Tallon likely will continue to seek deals and could venture into big-name territory closer to the NHL’s Feb. 26 trade deadline.
“We’re looking at our options,” Tallon said. “Whether it’s a big deal or not, it has to make sense for us. We’re building something for the future here.”
via the Chicago Blackhawks,
Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have obtained a late round draft choice in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft from the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenseman Magnus Johansson.
Johansson, 34, has played in 18 games for the Blackhawks this season, picking up four assists and four penalty minutes. Johansson was originally acquired by the Blackhawks when he was signed as a free agent on June 4, 2007
via the Daily Herald,
The Blackhawks and Brent Sopel have agreed on a three-year contract extension that will keep the veteran defenseman from becoming an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Financial terms of the deal were being finalized. Sopel is being paid $1.5 million this season.
The Carolina Hurricanes have claimed forward Sergei Samsonov off re-entry waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks. Samsonov has appeared in 23 of Chicago’s games without scoring a goal. He has four assists, and a minus-seven plus-minus rating.
Update 12:41pm ET:
From the Carolina Hurricanes,
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager for the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has claimed right wing Sergei Samsonov on re-entry waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks. Samsonov is expected to join the Hurricanes in Boston for the team’s game tonight against the Bruins.
“Sergei brings NHL experience to add depth to our forwards,” said Rutherford.
from Icing at the Chicago Tribune,
The Blackhawks left the ice a little while ago following their morning skate in preparation for tonight’s game against the Detroit Red Wings.
There may be a surprise return of injured star Martin Havlat. The winger, who has missed the last six games with a groin injury, said his groin is “getting better. We’ll see how it feels tonight and we’ll go from there. We’ll probably make a game-time decision.”
“I just want to be back playing hockey again,” Havlat added. “That’s my goal right now and help the team. It felt pretty good yesterday and today, I just didn’t get a real test during a practice but we’ll see how it goes.”
more on Chicago…
from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,
His contract expires at the end of this season and if he wants to continue playing next season, it’ll likely be in his Russian homeland.
Where did it all go wrong for Samsonov, the NHL’s rookie of the year in 1997-98? It’s hard to believe there was actually a time when people thought the Bruins lucked out at getting him eighth overall in 1997 at a time when first overall pick Thornton was stumbling out of the gate.
Samsonov outpointed Thornton 47 to seven that first season and 143 to 108 their first three seasons. It wasn’t until their sixth year in the league that Thornton passed the injured Samsonov in points.
Samsonov went scoreless in 23 games with Chicago this season.
The Chicago Blackhawks received some good news Thursday as an MRI revealed that Jonathan Toews’ knee injury is a sprain and no surgery will be required.
Hawks’ General manager Dale Tallon expected the 19-year old Toews to miss the next three to four weeks.
The electrifying rookie suffered the injury in the first period of Tuesday’s Blackhawks’ loss to the Kings. Toews said he felt as though he “changed directions too quickly” after going hard into the boards.
from the Chicago Tribune,
...rookie Jonathan Toews suffered a knee injury during the first period. The standout center will return to Chicago to have the injury evaluated further, but head coach Denis Savard believes it’s a second degree strain to Toews’ MCL, saying he could be out “two to four weeks, but we’ll find out a little more this week.”
From the AP and TSN,
Sergei Samsonov cleared NHL waivers on Monday, and was put on re-entry waivers by the Blackhawks on Tuesday.
Samsonov has appeared in 23 of Chicago’s games without scoring a goal. He has four assists, and a minus-seven plus-minus rating. He was acquired last June from Montreal for Jassen Cullimore and Tony Salmelainen. Samsonov is under contract for US$3.525 million this season and can become an unrestricted free agent next July 1.
If a team claims him, they will only have to pay half of his remaining salary, with Chicago paying the rest.
The Blackhawks have placed Sergei Samsonov on waivers
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