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from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald,
In what might be a preview of things to come this season, Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa has aggravated an upper body injury and will miss at least the next four games.
It's believed to be Hossa's back, which sidelined him for Game 3 in the Stanley Cup Final. He participated in the first scrimmages of camp at Notre Dame last weekend and was one of the best players in the ice.
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville hopes Hossa can play in the final preseason game Sept. 28 against Washington and be ready to start the season on Oct. 1 against the Capitals.
from Nicholas L. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
Patrick Sharp is no LeBron James. First, he said it after the Chicago Blackhawks had won two championships, not before. Second, he said it in a quiet conference room at an NHL media event last week in New York, not in an arena at a pep rally like James once did in Miami. But the dream is the same, and the belief is the same, if not the bravado.
Not two, not three, not four …
“It was huge to win the first one,” Sharp said. “And then you win the second one, and it’s like, ‘Man, we could do this three times, four times …’ I don’t want to start sounding like the Miami Heat here. I’m careful when I talk like that. But we’ve got a core group, and the organization, it seems like everything’s coming in line. We re-signed our goaltender. We’re re-signing all these key pieces. It’s like, ‘Let’s stay together and try to do this again.’ ”
from Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune,
Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville entered a media room Wednesday and sat in front of a Notre Dame backdrop, with an unmistakable verve and a smile curled beneath his insuperable mustache.
"I'm just going to say right off the bat: What a place," Quenneville said. "It's amazing."...
Having camp open at Notre Dame was the brainchild of Hawks general manager Stan Bowman, Class of 1995, and Notre Dame hockey personnel. Not a shift of training camp had been skated Wednesday, but Bowman left open the possibility of return trips.
"We're not going to rule anything out," Bowman said. "We talked about seeing how this goes. But there's a lot of excitement, I can tell you that, from our players' perspective. I've talked to some of them, and a few comments they made were, 'Normally I don't get that excited about the start of camp. But this year I'm actually pretty interested to see what it's all about.'
from the Chicago Blackhawks,
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today a two-year contract extension for Vice President and General Manager Stan Bowman, which will run through the 2017-18 National Hockey League season.
“Stan has been an integral part of our organizational success and we are proud to reward him with a well-deserved extension,” said Blackhawks President and CEO John McDonough. “From the amateur levels to our team in Chicago, Stan has a great system in place as we all strive for consistent excellence throughout the organization.”
Bowman, 40, is entering his 13th season with the Blackhawks organization and fourth as the team’s vice president and general manager, a position he was appointed to on Sept. 7, 2010. He was originally named the ninth general manager in franchise history on July 14, 2009 and has overseen two Stanley Cup champion teams since that time (2010 and 2013).
“Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane will be here forever. I can’t predict what the salary cap will be in the near future, but I can tell you that Jonathan and Patrick will be on this team. Those two players put the Blackhawks back on the map, they’re up in a couple years, and whatever the numbers are, we’ll figure out the details. The notion that the money we’re spending now will affect our ability to keep Jonathan and Kane…it’s a non-issue. They will be here no matter what.”
-Stan Bowman, GM of the Chicago Blackhawks. More from Bob Verdi at the Blackhawks' website.
"There's always been something special the past four or five years with our leadership group, that whenever others come in and be part of that group we just become a really tough team to get rid of. We're tough to beat. A lot of things have to go wrong for us to lose in a playoff series. If we can keep leading that same way, find that same belief and will to win, then there is no reason we can't find ourselves back in the Stanley Cup Final and competing for the Stanley Cup again. That's always the goal. I think any time you win the Stanley Cup and then are sitting at home watching someone else wheel off with it, that is a bad feeling. It feels like it is still yours and you don't want to give it up."
-Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks while on the NHL media tour today. Much more NHL talk from numerous players who are on the tour.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
After being forced into dismantling nearly half of his championship roster throughout the summer of 2010,Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman has made all the moves necessary to build a team that could be the NHL's first cap-era dynasty.
"He continues to keep the core of his team together and he's got good contracts," NHL Network analyst and former general manager Craig Button told NHL.com. "I think they're in position now to be that team for the next five, six, maybe seven years, somewhere in that range, that is in the conversation as Stanley Cup contenders. Can they win two, three, four, five? I don't know. But I do know that they're positioned perfectly."
In case you missed the news, Corey Crawford signed for $36M over 6 years.
With the talk of the salary cap hitting the $80M mark in 3-4 years, I think the contract is a little over-priced, but not a bad signing at all.
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