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via a release from the NHL,
Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin has won the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League,” as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.
Panarin received votes on all 150 ballots and was the top choice on 88 for 1,258 voting points, ahead ofShayne Gostisbehere of the Philadelphia Flyers (955) and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers (858).
from Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune,
Joel Quenneville wanted Andrew Shaw a lot more than he wanted Teravainen, for instance. Wanted to use him in a lot more situations. Trusted Shaw more than Teravainen. Right after the season ended, remember, Quenneville called Shaw "irreplaceable.''...
That’s the way it has to work. No ego, no possessiveness, no piddling on trees to mark territory. This is not a power struggle as I see it, it’s a working relationship, and it works. It has produced three championships in seven seasons, this relationship between the logical, unemotional Bowman and the dynamic, demanding Quenneville. If you’re a Trekkie, Bowman is Spock and Quenneville is Capt. Kirk.
Some GMs couldn’t handle it, but Bowman does because it works and because it’s the only way he could rightly fire Quenneville, if it ever came to that. The only fair way to evaluate a coach is by giving him what he wants.
If the coach can’t deliver another banner or two with the players he wants in what feels like a quickly closing window, then the GM has to find somebody else.
Carolina release is below...
Bowman’s trades didn’t pay off. But they don’t have to kneecap the entire team. Smart drafting, savvy scouting and the willingness of free agents to take less money to play in Chicago should keep the Hawks contending for the near future, no matter how ugly their cap situation is (and it’s ugly).
-Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times. Lazerus answered a few questions regarding the Blackhawks including some of the issues they face this summer.
Former NHL all-star Tom Lysiak has died of leukemia. He was 63.
Lysiak's daughter confirmed his death on her Twitter account.
The native of High Prairie, Alta., played 13 seasons in the NHL with the Atlanta Flames and Chicago Blackhawks, scoring 292 goals and adding 551 assists over 919 games.
from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,
“Every guy’s merits are stronger than others, and Shawzie’s argument is as tough as you’re ever going to get, because he brings so much to the table that you appreciate,” Quenneville said as the vanquished Blackhawks went their separate ways on Wednesday. “He’s irreplaceable in that regard.”
Quenneville might not have much of a choice. While everyone (including Shaw himself) would like the feisty winger to return next season, the odds are slim.
Shaw will be a restricted free agent on July 1, and as a two-time Stanley Cup champion, a former 20-goal scorer, and a proven playoff performer, he’d have to leave millions on the table in order to stay with the cap-strapped Hawks. A qualifying offer, which would keep Shaw from being an unrestricted free agent, would be worth $2.5 million. On the open market (or maybe even in arbitration), he could command more than $4 million.
While Quenneville deemed Shaw “irreplaceable,” Bowman was far more measured with his words as he awaits the official salary-cap number.
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 26, 2016 – Monday night’s Game 7 presentation of the Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues on NBCSN averaged 1.353 million viewers to rank as the most-watched first-round game in the network’s history, as the Blues defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 to win the series and eliminate the defending Stanley Cup Champions. The game peaked at 2.0 million viewers in the final full quarter hour (11-11:15 p.m. ET). Digitally, the game finished with 11.6 million minutes streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra to rank fourth all-time among NHL games.
Locally, CSN Chicago’s presentation of Hawks-Blues Game 7 delivered a 19.1 HH rating in Chicago to rank as the most-watched telecast ever in the history of the network, dating back to 2004. Last night’s rating shattered CSN Chicago’s previous all-time high of a 13.7 HH rating for a Bulls-Pacers first-round NBA Playoff telecast (April 21, 2011).
In addition, NBC’s presentation of Game 6 of the Blackhawks-Blues series on Saturday night (8-11 p.m. ET) averaged 2.822 million viewers to rank as NBC’s most-watched first-round game in four years (BOS-WSH, 4/22/12; 3.519 million), and the fourth-best on record.
Through 13 days, the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs on cable have averaged 500,000 viewers (38 games), up 5% vs. 2015 through the same period (474,000). Digitally, the Stanley Cup Playoffs have produced 753,000 uniques and 126.4 million minutes across all Live Extra platforms, increases of 33% and 99%, respectively, vs. 2015 (566k uniques; 63k minutes).
via Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
The Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup three times since 2010, the Kings twice since 2012. Neither were able to repeat as champions. But the Blackhawks claim to the word "dynasty" remains strong, while the Kings seem suddenly adrift.
In Chicago, there's a great deal of faith in GM Stan Bowman, who is able to remake his team each year around his core. The master of the salary cap world. He may have a couple of issues to deal with: the ages of Brent Seabrook, who has a lot of miles for a 31-year-old, and Marian Hossa, who at 37 may not be around much longer.
In Los Angeles, there is less faith in GM Dean Lombardi, who squandered his chance to make Mike Richards a compliance buyout a few years ago -- i.e., get him off the salary cap altogether. Instead, by waiting, Richards will cost the Kings $1.32 million in cap space until 2020. The Kings are a cap team with an aging core. Their time may have past.
from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times,
Sometimes hockey is indecipherable. Monday was one of those times. How do you explain the Hawks looking so sluggish and the Blues looking so invincible in the first period? How do you explain the complete role reversal in the second period?
You don’t. You just say, “That’s hockey,’’ and it will suffice. Two great teams playing hard and momentum wildly swinging back and forth.
There were a lot of compliments flowing afterward.
“You find yourself on bench just in awe of some of the things they can do,’’ Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said of the Hawks.
For the Hawks, it was win and advance, or lose and listen to the sort of analysis normally reserved for geopolitics. The three Stanley Cup titles in six years will be forgotten temporarily as people scream about the team getting older, about Quenneville losing his touch, about the roster lacking depth, about Toews going scoreless against the Blues.
Sometimes the easiest answer is the right one. This wasn’t about what was wrong with the Hawks. This was about everything that was right with the Blues.
from David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune,
The handshake line beween the Blues and Blackhawks and below, it is a game of inches and bounces.
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