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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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Goal Or Not

from the Daily Herald,

Ryan Shannon scored the only goal in the shootout on a spin move that saw him bump Hawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin.

Referees Paul Devorski and Wes McCauley appeared confused but allowed the goal to stand, much to the dismay of Hawks general manager Dale Tallon, who exploded in anger in the press box and immediately got on his cell phone and called the NHL office in Toronto.

“To me, that’s interference,” said Hawks coach Denis Savard. “The goaltender shouldn’t be able to get bumped.”

more on the Hawks shootout loss to Vancouver….

Watch the Shannon SO goal…

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Forsberg Has Interest In Chicago

from the Daily Herald,

OK, this is no joke.

According to an NHL source with inside knowledge of the situation, the Blackhawks are among a handful of teams still in the picture to sign Peter Forsberg.

According to sources, Forsberg likes the direction the Hawks are going and he is intrigued about the possibility of playing with talented rookies Jonathon Toews and Patrick Kane.

Hawks general manager Dale Tallon did not want to comment extensively on the Forsberg situation.

“We’re in the mix,” was all Tallon wanted to say Saturday morning.

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Mini-Crib Of Patrick Kane

via WGRZ,

You might think he’s living large; mansions, starlets, fast cars? Not quite. He’s living in the basement bedroom of the team’s assistant General Manager. He takes out the garbage, helps with household chores and is beginning to learn to do his own laundry.

Patrick’s off-ice life is more college freshman than NHL superstar, but that may be what has made him so good on the ice.


watch the video (will open wmp video)...

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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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