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from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
On a steely cold December morning, Blackhawks defenceman Brent Seabrook stumbled out of bed at 4:45 and quickly made his way to a TV station in downtown Chicago for a peculiar assignment: sharing a recipe for penne and chicken with pink vodka sauce – and winning new hockey converts.
The 22-year-old Seabrook has since appeared on the ABC affiliate station for a segment about New Year’s Eve fashions, while several of his teammates in recent weeks have been guests of a rival channel to tout holiday gift ideas.
“It’s pretty early, but that’s morning TV,” says Seabrook, in his third season with the Blackhawks. “I got a chance to sleep later in the day. Hey, it’s just nice being recognized around the city these days.”
That the networks would covet appearances by Seabrook and other Blackhawks players speaks to the team’s startling reversal of fortunes. Suddenly in Chicago, where, in recent years, news about the Blackhawks was relegated to the last page of the sports section when it was covered at all, the Blackhawks are surging both on and off the ice.
via the Chicago Blackhawks,
General Manager Dale Tallon announced this afternoon that the Blackhawks have signed Patrick Sharp to a 4-year contract extension.
“We’re very excited about having Patrick Sharp in the fold for the next four years,” said General Manager Dale Tallon. “His play and his attitude have been outstanding and he has taken on a real leadership role with our team. We feel that Patrick is an integral part of the future of our team. We feel that in making this commitment to Patrick Sharp we have also made a commitment to our organization and our fans in trying to achieve our goal which is to win the Stanley Cup.”
“I’m very excited about the opportunity to continue my career with the Blackhawks” said Sharp. “I love the city of Chicago and the Chicago fans and I want to be here for a long time. I feel that our team has improved and continues to get better. Team success is a product of individual success and I will do everything I can to help bring a championship to the city of Chicago.”
added 4:26pm, Link now available from the Blackhawks.
from the Chicago Daily Herald,
My only question is this: On that glorious night when NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman places the Stanley Cup into Hawks captain Jonathan Toews’ arms, who is going to be the goalie?
The point is, the Hawks would appear to have goalie issues that reach beyond the struggles of Nikolai Khabiublin.
It’s likely not going to be Khabibulin who leads the Hawks to that Cup predicted by Savard.
Khabibulin might not even be around when this season ends if the whispers going around the league are true that the Hawks are trying to deal him.
via the Chicago Daily Herald,
Hawks assistant general manager Rick Dudley was seen watching Tampa Bay play Monday.
With rumors of Nikolai Khabibulin being available, it’s only natural to connect the dots with the Lightning—Khabibulin’s former team and one that is last in the Eastern Conference largely because of poor goaltending.
via the Chicago Tribune,
General manager Dale Tallon said Monday he’s still working on a deal to bring in a veteran defenseman.
“I’m hitting the phones here trying to do something,” Tallon said. “Our young guys possibly need a veteran guy to take some minutes away from some of the kids. I’m always looking to find someone who can help and can fit into our big picture too.”
Tallon, who said, “I’m talking to a few different teams,” indicated the Hawks’ eight-game skid that dropped them to 14th in the Western Conference isn’t a factor in making a trade.
from the Chicago Tribune,
Bobby Hull created a roar from Blackhawks fans during his playing days, and he’s thrilled to put hard feelings behind and be part of a new roar building around the team.
“Thirty-five years away from there, and it’s just wonderful to be home again,” Hull said last week while wearing his familiar No. 9 Hawks sweater with the “A” on the chest as he took part in a Montreal ceremony honoring Hawks and Canadiens greats.
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from Lynn Zinser of the New York Times,
As fans stood for the national anthem before a game last weekend, clapping and cheering while the singer belted out the last words, they filled the United Center with noise, something that had been sorely missing during years of dismal Blackhawks games. It was excited, hopeful, vibrant, this-game-is-going-to-be-fun noise.
It rained down on a Blackhawks team perhaps too young to appreciate how remarkable this is, but most Chicago hockey fans over age 20 understand. The Blackhawks had been mired in misery for most of the last decade. Crowds had dwindled to 6,000 on some nights.
from Icing at the Chicago Tribune,
Blackhawks general manager Dale Tallon said Friday he’s still working on a trade but the timetable has been pushed back a few days. He still believes it will get done, just not until after the weekend.
Tallon said Thursday he’s looking for a veteran defenseman to help solidify the defense, help out younger players and still fit into the team’s plans for the future.
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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.
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