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Bettman Talks Blackhawks

from the Chicago Tribune,

“The rich, historical, traditional feelings [Chicago] fans have may be among the deepest in the league,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman told the Tribune on Wednesday via phone from Anaheim, where the expansion Ducks and Ottawa Senators were skating in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals. “There has always been something special about all of the Original Six clubs.”

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Chicago Plans

from the Chicago Tribune,

One of the worst-kept secrets around the NHL is that the cap is going to rise next season, likely to $48 million. The Hawks, however, probably will be somewhere between $42 million and $44 million.
That means, barring trades involving significant salaries, the Hawks may not be very active when the July 1 free-agent signing period begins.
With Toews signing, the Hawks have just below $38 million committed in salaries for next season. Tallon said he expects to use the No. 1 pick in the June 22 entry draft and hopes whomever the team selects will be able to play this upcoming season in Chicago.
Tallon said he hasn’t had any discussion about trading the pick and it appears the Hawks will choose from either Patrick Kane, James VanRiemsdyk or Kyle Turris.

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Check out the video profiles on Kane, Van Riemsdyk and Turris.

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Toews Ready For The Show

from the Chicago Tribune,

After starring for the Canadian junior team in its gold medal performance last winter and now the World Championship’s experience, Toews appears to be the kind of “big game” player the Hawks need.
Now the Hawks just need to play some big games.
Savard said Wednesday he wouldn’t hesitate to put Toews on the first line as Martin Havlat’s center.
“If we don’t do anything else [in free agency or via trade] and from what I saw in the World Championships, I don’t see any reason why he can’t play with Havlat,” Savard said. “He has to play with good players and he will.”

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Toews Signs

from the Chicago Blackhawks,

General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have agreed to terms with center Jonathan Toews on a 3-year entry level contract.

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Wirtz Worried About NHLPA Direction

from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

Now, more than 40 years on, Wirtz says he’s poised to sever ties to the NHL charter member. One of the most vilified owners in sports – he’s been nicknamed “Dollar Bill” for his alleged thriftiness when it came to player salaries – Wirtz says he’s worried about who the NHL Players’ Association hires as its next leader.
After losing $31 million (all figures U.S.) this season and $191 million over the past 10 on the beleaguered Blackhawks, Wirtz said if the players union hires someone cut out of the mould of Bob Goodenow as executive director, he’ll hang up a for-sale sign on the Blackhawks.

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Patrick Lalime Re-Signed by Blackhawks

From ChicagoBlackhawks.com,

Chicago Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have agreed to terms with goaltender Patrick Lalime on a 1-year contract.
Lalime, 32, 6’3”, 189 pound netminder appeared in 12 games with the Blackhawks this past season posting a record of 4-5-1 with one shutout, a 3.07 goals against average and a .896 save percentage. Lalime made his Blackhawks debut on February 7th when he shutout the Vancouver Canucks by the score of 3-0. The last time a Blackhawks goaltender had a shutout in his debut and won the game was back on October 8, 1957 when Glenn Hall defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs by the score of 1-0.

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*Hat-Tip to Spector where I stumbled across this news

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Blackhawks Owner Bill Wirtz and Bad Press

From the WSJ,

Sitting in $80 seats just behind the net at a recent Chicago Blackhawks hockey game, Anthony Molinaro and his girlfriend could see the sweat roll down the goalie’s face and hear the grunts of the skaters as they battled for the puck along the boards.
The seats were freebies, courtesy of owner Bill Wirtz, as part of a “fan appreciation” program. So was Mr. Molinaro, a 39-year-old community-college employee and lifelong fan, grateful? Not quite.
“He should be giving the seats away,” said Mr. Molinaro. “There’s no way I’d pay for them.”

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* Read more here from Eric McErlain

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When They Were Good

from the Chicago Daily Herald,

Today, in the first installment of our three-part series on the Hawks, we look back on a time when the franchise meant something in the city — and Chicagoans overflowed with pride when wearing that Indian head sweater.
’60s and the last Cup
It has been 46 years since the Hawks won the Stanley Cup.
That’s three years before the Beatles came to America, three years before the Ford Mustang hit the roads, eight years before man walked on the moon.
Yes, it has been a long time.
Newspapers looked different, too. Today there are special sections when a team reaches the playoffs — back then The Chicago Daily Tribune devoted only about 60 percent of its front page to the Hawks when they clinched the Cup with a 5-1 victory over Detroit.

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Giveaways Don’t Interest Chicago Fans

from the Chicago Tribune,

Here’s how far big-league hockey has fallen in Chicago: The Blackhawks can’t give away their tickets.
One of the National Hockey League’s charter franchises, the Blackhawks have been so desperate to attract fans to a half-empty United Center that the organization has been offering free seats through numerous promotions, including an e-mail campaign that put top-notch freebies the length of a hockey stick from the ice.
For Friday night’s game at the United Center, “I bought 40 tickets for $3.06 each,” said 25-year-old Jason, a part-time ticket broker and full-time culinary student. That small sum accounted for the fees Ticketmaster charged to process the seats.
These weren’t in the nosebleeds, either.

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What Can Chicago Do

from Spector at his Fox Sports blog,

Once upon a time, the Chicago Blackhawks were considered among the elite teams in the NHL and a perennial favorite to contend for the Stanley Cup. But over the past decade they’ve only made the playoffs once.
The Blackhawks have been on a rebuilding path for some time but have little to show for their efforts, frustrating their long-suffering fans.

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I am old enough to remember some great Chicago teams, I do hope one day soon this team puts it all together and makes a serious playoff run.  The fans deserve it and then some.

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