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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.
By Nick Tranfaglia of TiqIQ,
Hockey fans shouldn't blink, -training camp is right around the corner and that means the start of the regular season as well.
If the Chicago Blackhawks are done celebrating their 2nd championship in 4 years, they'll notice they have 82 tough matchups on their way to a 5th.
What that translates to is not only a frenzy in Chicago, but also more expensive seats at the United Center, where ticket prices are up 56 percent since the Hawks' victory. Team execs will bank on a hangover from fans who are still drunk with excitement from last season, because at $369 for a seat this season Hawks fans will need to shell out. Last year the Hawks' season average at the United Center was $236, which must seem paltry in comparison.
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