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The Toronto Sun's Mike Zeisberger suggests that five members of the Chicago Blackhawks are Hockey Hall of Fame-worthy candidates already:
Joel Quenneville, the man who is third on the all-time regular-season coaching wins list and the owner of three Stanley Cup rings as head coach.
Duncan Keith, the Canadian defenceman whose trophy case continues to balloon, thanks to three Cups, the 2015 Conn Smythe as playoff MVP, two Norris Trophies as the NHL’s top defenceman, and two Olympic gold medals.
Patrick Kane, who has been a key cog in the Hawks Cup runs, scoring the title-winning goal against Philly in 2010, then setting up Keith for exact same thing in Chicago’s 2-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday.
Jonathan Toews, the valiant captain of this dynasty who himself has hoisted the Cup three times and has two Olympic gold medals as well.
And Marian Hossa, three-time Cup champion and supremely skilled two-way player who has 1,056 career points and is just 14 goals shy of 500.
With these five, along with defenceman Brent Seabrook, making up the heart-and-soul core of this team, how can anyone be surprised at the renewed success these Hawks continue to have?
USA Today's Kevin Allen makes quite the assertion this evening...
We don't have to debate whether the Chicago Blackhawks are a dynasty because Gary Bettman made them one by commissioner's decree. He referred to them as a "dynasty" in his remarks leading up to presenting the Stanley Cup to Jonathan Toews after the Blackhawks won the Cup with a 2-0 triumph against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.
"I don't know what (dynasty) means," Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane said. "We've got three in six years. I know that's pretty good."
That makes the Blackhawks the most decorated team in the post-salary cap era, and deserving to be called one of the top teams in NHL history.
Their current run doesn't measure up statistically to the great Montreal Canadiens teams from 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Toe Blake coached the Canadiens to five consecutive Stanley Cups from 1956-60. Scotty Bowman, who is an adviser for the Blackhawks, guided the Canadiens to four consecutive titles from 1976-79. The Canadiens had a 16-3 record in those four Stanley Cup Finals. Now Scotty's son, Stan, has been general manager of the three Stanley Cup winners in Chicago.
Chicago's run also isn't as lengthy as the New York Islanders run of four consecutive championships from 1980-83. The Edmonton Oilers also have their own distinction by winning five Stanley Cups over seven seasons from 1984 to 1990.
But the Blackhawks are now in the conversation to be called one of the great teams because they have won three titles at a time when the league is in a period of undeniable competitive balance. The statistical difference between the No. 1 team in the league and the No. 16 isn't as pronounced as it once was.
from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
"It's a chance for this organization to do something special," Kane said after today's morning skate in the United Center. "It's one of things where you're tossing and turning, your mind is racing. At this time of year, everybody is thinking about what's going to happen. The best thing is go out and play, let your mind rest."
Easier said than done. Kane said Chicago players talked about all the distractions surrounding this game when they met here yesterday and took care of families, tickets and the like on Sunday. Today is all business.
"We know this is the game we could win the Cup and it would be special to win it here at home," Kane said. "But let's focus on winning one hockey game and all the other storylines will stick out."
But Kane admitted that's no small task.
"It's tough to put your mind off that and think about other things that don't include the end result of winning here tonight. It's going to be in your mind no matter what," he said. "When you're away from the rink, you try to shut your mind off and try not to worry about everything that could happen. When you get to rink, turn it back on and try to get yourself as ready as possible. It's a great situation to be in. We'd rather be in this situation having our minds racing and thinking about all the things that can happen tonight than not. It's a pretty fun day."
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Chicago’s win sets up an intriguing final against the Tampa Bay Lightning, a young up-and-coming team that probably reminds the Blackhawks of where they were back in, say, 2009, when their extraordinary run of playoff success started. Back then, Kane and Toews were just a couple of newbies, highly touted young players who had their whole professional lives in front of them.
How would that go? Who could really say?
But now, eight years into their respective careers, the answers have flooded in, and they are among the most decorated players of their generation. Toews, at 27, has two Olympic gold medals on his résumé, a world junior championship, plus two Stanley Cup championships, with a decent chance at winning a third. Kane, 26, took home silver Olympic medals when Toews won gold, but has been integral in the Blackhawks’ rise too – from a sorry, poorly run organization to one that hums along on all cylinders, willing to take bold steps and big chances to win in the now, because championships are what matters in pro sports, not close calls.
Next year, Toews’s and Kane’s salaries rise by about $4-million (U.S.), which will create new salary-cap headaches for general manager Stan Bowman. So time may be of the essence.
“We’ve had some good accomplishments in here, some things to be proud of, but at the same time, who knows if these opportunities are going to come around this often?” Kane acknowledged. “We thought we were right there last year and didn’t get the job done. This team learns from different experiences and different mistakes and tries to incorporate that.”
Among the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' Sunday notes:
Word is that Mike Babcock is pushing for [Mark] Hunter to be named general manager of the Leafs. Brendan Shanahan would be wise to look elsewhere. Shanahan needs Hunter to find players. A general manager won’t be able to spend the kind of time scouting that the Leafs require to properly rebuild. Hunter may want the job but the practicality of it doesn’t make sense...
Those who say this is the last shot for the Chicago Blackhawks aren’t really paying attention. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith — the best 1-2-3 in hockey — are signed through 2023. Corey Crawford is signed until 2020. Marian Hossa is signed through 2021. Niklas Hjarmalsson is signed until 2019. So if you lose a Patrick Sharp here, a Brad Richards there and sign Johnny Oduya, Brandon Saad and Brent Seabrook to new deals, there’s no reason this kind of success can’t continue for several more years...
Two more things on Keith: 1) His cap hit is $5.5 million, making his contract one of the best in hockey. By comparison, the Dion Phaneuf contract looks ridiculous. 2) Should the Blackhawks win Saturday night, Keith may be the leading candidate to win the Conn Smythe Trophy, but he’s not a Norris Trophy finalist. For the record, he was on my ballot, ahead of both P.K. Subban and Erik Karlsson, who are up for the award.
If Steve Yzerman can juggle the salary cap prudently, the Tampa Bay Lightning will be Stanley Cup contenders for years. Steven Stamkos, Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov, Ondrej Palat, Victor Hedman and Alex Killorn are all 25 and under. And figuring they pick up some assets for the disappointing Jonathan Drouin, that should make them even stronger...
When Brian Lawton tried to acquire defenceman Tomas Kaberle when he was general manager in Tampa, the Leafs first asked for college kid Alex Killorn. That conversation didn’t last long.
Simmons continues, discussing the usual potpourri of sports topics...
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The Chicago Blachkawks defeated the Minnesota Wild 4-3--hanging on to squeeze out what was at one point a 4-1 win--on Thursday night, sweeping the Wild and advancing to the Western Conference Final.
This goal by Patrick Kane summarizes the Blackhawks' mastery of the Wild--and Devan Dubnyk, who twisted and turned slinkily but could not stop this 2-on-1 opportunity by Bryan Bickell and Kane:
From Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika:
Patrick Kane suffered a broken left collarbone Feb. 24. He had surgery the next day, and the Chicago Blackhawks released a statement quoting a team doctor. “We anticipate a full recovery in approximately 12 weeks,” the doctor said.
Kane was supposed to be out until about May 20 – after the start of the Western Conference final, if the Blackhawks made it that far without him.
Well, Tuesday was May 5.
Still more than two weeks before he was supposed to have made a full recovery, Kane scored the lone goal as the Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild, 1-0, and took a 3-0 lead in their second-round series. He has five goals and six points in his past four games. He has six goals and 11 points in nine playoff games.
The ’Hawks are one win from their third consecutive conference final – and fifth in seven years – not without him but largely because of him.
from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,
Patrick Kane will indeed play in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs Wednesday in Nashville, a mere seven weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a broken clavicle suffered Feb. 24, when he was cross-checked into the boards by Florida’s Alex Petrovic. Kane took some contact over the weekend, practiced with the team on Monday, had an X-ray later in the day and was cleared by team doctors.
Now, with his hair long in the back and the trademark three steps shaved into his temples, Kane is ready to go.
“It’s exciting,” he said after Tuesday’s practice at Johnny’s IceHouse West. “It’s been a long 50 days here, so it’s a credit to a lot of hard work from the doctors and the trainers, and just listening to them and trying to heal as fast as possible.”
from Tracey Myers of CSNChicago,
“We’ll see how he does again tomorrow but I thought he had real good progress. He got cleared for contact and handled everything pretty well,” Quenneville said. “That line looked good as well, so we’ll see how he is tomorrow but we’re encouraged by today.”
Kane was speaking in more cautious terms than his coach but he said he has felt better with each passing day.
“Yeah, I hope so,” Kane said when asked if he could play in this series. “Where I’m at right now is just to kind of go through practice today and get as ready as possible and try to feel what it’s like to be in a game simulation. I thought it was a good day, a good practice for the team overall. Overall, I feel pretty good. I just have to take it day by day right now.”
from John Dietz of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
"I've kind of moved on from it now, but at the same time it was definitely a tough couple of days after you hear the news of the injury and the extent of how long you'll be out," Kane said. "Especially when you're in the groove of playing games and looking forward to finishing the season strong and get into the playoffs, it definitely hurts. I'll try to do the best I can to get as ready as I can for playoffs and be ready to go when I come back."
As for the play itself, Kane called it "kind of flukey."
"I remember during the play I thought our defenseman was going to come down and pinch, so I kind of let up a little bit and tried to skate fast to the puck," Kane said. "And as I was skating, (he) kind of cross-checked me in the back there and I lost my balance. As I was losing my balance, it looked like I was trying to either make a play or chip it back to the point, so I couldn't really protect myself going into the boards."
Watch the injury below if you missed it or just want to see it again...
The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch's second-to-last trade column of the pre-deadline season dovetails nicely with Sportsnet's Cox and Friedman's Headlines and the Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline's most recent Tweets about the Bruins having interest in Cam Atkinson. So:
Talks have heated up for Arizona defenceman Keith Yandle because teams see the possibility they can have him for two playoff runs before he becomes a UFA. There’s a belief the Detroit Red Wings, who have been looking for a blueliner all year, are making a hard push on Yandle because he fits the bill to what they’re looking at ... Don’t scoff at those rumours about Chicago centre Patrick Sharp being available. Sure, they’ve been denied in the past, but teams are certainly talking about him and there’s a belief the Capitals are the ones pushing the buttons of Hawks’ GM Stan Bowman to see if they can entice him to make a deal. Sharp’s name is out there. A Sharp deal might make sense in the summer, especially with Patrick Kane gone for three months, but if the Hawks are listening they’re going to have plenty of interest. Sharp would be the kind of guy Ottawa GM Bryan Murray would show interest because he fits the bill of what the Senators want in a top-six forward.
St. Louis GM Doug Armstrong is in the category where he’d like to do something before the deadline. It might not be anything major, but the Blues wouldn’t mind adding some forward depth. He made a tour through the New York area last week which had people buzzing. While there are still those who wonder about the club’s goaltending, it appears St. Louis will go into the playoffs with Brian Elliott and give him the chance to prove himself last year after the experiment to get Ryan Miller didn’t work last year. Make no mistake, there’s a lot of pressure and expectations on Armstrong to get past the first round this spring and that’s why the name of centre Patrik Berglund is out there. The issue is he has two years left at $3.7 million and teams aren’t big on term.
Garrioch continues, discussing Curtis Glencross, Atkinson, Erik Cole and the Senators' blueliners...
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The Chicago Blackhawks announced today forward Patrick Kane underwent successful surgery to repair a left clavicle fracture. The procedure was performed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital by Blackhawks Head Team Physician Dr. Michael Terry and Dr. Bradley Merk.
“Patrick underwent successful surgery today to repair his left clavicle fracture,” Terry said. “The procedure went very well and we anticipate a full recovery in approximately 12 weeks.”
In case you missed how the injury happened, watch below...
The Blackhawks did place Kane on LTIR today...
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
So, with only rumours, tips, and our keen sports writer’s eye — having watched nearly every player who ever hurt his collarbone skate off the ice bent over just like Patrick Kane did on Tuesday night — we are ready to pronounce that Kane is out with some sort of shoulder/collarbone (clavicle) malady.
So, here’s what that means:
If the clavicle is broken, which is very rare in hockey according to a former NHL trainer we reached out to Wednesday, Kane is looking at eight to 10 weeks on the shelf. The good news is that bones mend, and although a broken collarbone means more recovery time, the injury would not linger with Kane for the remainder of his career.
If the collarbone has separated from where it joins the shoulder — the far more popular AC or Acromioclavicular joint injury — that means the ligaments which hold the clavicle to the shoulder have been stretched. Doctors simply put the clavicle back in place, and wait six-to-eight weeks until the ligaments tighten up around the joint once more.
There are two issues with that however. One, it never tightens up like it used to be; and two, Kane would return with a much more painful shoulder than he would if he waited the requisite time for a broken bone to heal.
gif below, via @myregularface....
added 9:18pm, video of the hit below...
USA Today's Ted Berg spoke with the producers of Epix' version of The Road to the Winter Classic, and I guess this was inevitable...
In a small, dark room in lower Manhattan, Fritz Mitchell stares at a computer monitor as video editors tap away on computer keyboards, cuing up footage of Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis.
Leonsis, interviewed in an otherwise empty hockey arena, is discussing the progress of his team's most recognizable star — forward Alex Ovechkin — and so animatedly sings the veteran's praises that Mitchell and his crew struggle to find "room tone," the arena's background hum, a note necessary for seamlessly splicing together the highlights of the interview.
"(Leonsis) seems approachable, like a regular guy," says Mitchell, a producer on the fourth season of Road to the NHL Winter Classic, which debuts [Tuesday] on Epix at 10 ET.
"We're going to make him a character," says executive producer Ross Greenburg from a couch a few feet away.
But the fact that Epix' folks claim that they want the players and coaches to "forget the cameras" after the level of--if you'll pardon me for being a blunt Red Wings fan--"embedded" journalism in HBO's 24/7 had become post-Bryzgalov guerilla journalism, i.e., "Let's try to find someone else who's wild" to the point that Mike Babcock and Ken Holland finishing each other's sentences and Todd Bertuzzi drinking beer may have been the most "human" moments of a 247 that had the Wings and Leafs stumbling their way through a December spent trying not to embarrass themselves, or be embarrassed for exploitative purposes:
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
You're still a young guy but not a young player anymore, so do you still get that nervous feeling as camp approaches?
"Yeah, absolutely. It's always exciting to start the season. You always want to show up in good shape and prove that you're ready for the season. I think that's important. It's pretty crazy to think I'm going into my eighth year of playing in the NHL. That's unbelievable how fast it has gone by, but every year is a new challenge and you're always trying to prove yourself. It's always exciting when you can start the season off good and kind of get into the zone where you're going strong. That's what I hope to do this year."
You mention the eighth season. Does it feel like eight seasons on your body?
"No, it feels like it's my third or fourth. It's crazy. But they always say it goes by fast and I'm realizing that now. I still feel really good. I feel like I'm in the best shape I have been. I probably worked the hardest I have this summer as far as working out. It's probably the most I've skated any summer, for sure. I think it's beneficial for me to skate a lot, be on the ice, improve on certain things. I have always felt I'm a better player when I skate more. I just got into it this summer, kept skating. I have always enjoyed the game, love to play, so it's fun for me to go out there and skate and play, like you saw in these certain leagues. It's fun to get out there and work on your craft."
from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet,
Kessel will turn 27 in October, while Kane hits 26 in November. Which player would you consider a bigger gift to your team?
The case for Kane: In addition to his sublime skills, Kane loves the spotlight. The guy is a star, pure and simple, a fact exemplified by his Cup-winning goal in 2010 and his Conn Smythe performance in 2013. On the ice, his playmaking and vision are what really set Kane apart. Just seven NHLers have registered more total assists than Kane since he entered the league in 2007–08 and only three of those players—Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Marty St. Louis—also have more goals. The Buffalo native may possess the softest hands on earth and when you combine that with the audacity to attempt ridiculous plays, you get things like his shootout winner against poor Niklas Backstrom of the Minnesota Wild. A born showman with talent to match; sometimes Kane makes it seem like things just aren’t fair.
The case for Kessel: It really starts during the 2011–12 campaign, when Kessel became the point-per-game player he’s been for the past three seasons. He also hasn’t missed a game since the beginning of the 2009–10 season, his first year with Toronto. That ability to avoid injury contributes to Kessel’s standing as one of the surest things in the league. With the Leafs the past few years, you’ve really never known what might happen from one moment to the next. But the one thing you could count on was Kessel showing up to the rink, skating really fast down the right side of the ice and firing deadly wrist shots to all parts of the net. In the past three seasons, the list of guys who’ve scored more total goals than “Phil the Thrill” is limited to Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos and Corey Perry....
from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times,
Let’s not get too nostalgic here, lest we look like sentimental fools. Let’s just say that this is nice, that it feels right, that it’s too bad it can’t be this way more often in sports. Nothing wrong with LeBron James getting to orchestrate his future, but if there’s one thing the San Antonio Spurs have taught us hardheaded types, it’s that very good players playing together for a long time can do great things.
And if there’s one thing that Toews and Kane have taught us, it’s that two great players are capable of giving a franchise a chance to win a championship every season. What more could a fan base want?
The surprise these days is when athletes stick around. LeBron’s talk about “four, five, six’’ NBA titles with the Heat is silenced now that he has bolted back to Cleveland after four seasons in Miami. Carmelo Anthony’s decision to stay with the Knicks wasn’t out of feelings of loyalty. It was because the Knicks could allow him to stack more Maseratis atop each other than other teams could. Winning? A secondary consideration, by about 30 lengths.
Toews and Kane are winners. Two Stanley Cups each. Both with a Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs’ most valuable player. A rookie-of-the-year award for Kane and more dramatic game-winning goals than anyone has a right to have. International success for both, but especially for Toews and that country to the north. Canada’s two gold medals the last two Olympics didn’t feel so painful here, not with the Hawks’ captain playing such a prominent role.
Patience is a Virtue: Minnesota Wild forward Dany Heatley and former Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone may have to be patient in free agency according to Dreger. Dreger says their willingness to take one-year contracts will draw attention from more teams. The Lightning used their second compliance buyout on Malone on Tuesday while Heatley will become an unrestricted free-agent on July 1.
Canucks Complex Dealings: The Vancouver Canucks are still trying to trade Ryan Kesler but this is a complicated negotiation. It's believed Kesler has identified just two teams in the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks. That puts rookie general manager Jim Benning and the management of the Canucks in a tough spot because they're just negiotioation with the two teams. Maybe it's possible that the Canucks try to pull in their horns in an effort to encourage Kelser to expand his list.
Blackhawks Hope to Keep the Band Together: GM Stan Bowman and the Chicago Blackhawks are very eager to make sure the star component remains intact for a lengthy period of time. We're talking about how the new CBA is going to impact the superstar model of player and certainly Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews qualify as such. No longer is it allowed to frontload and go with that 10, 12 or 15-year mega-deal. Now we know it's a maximum of eight years so it's not inconceivable that, as long as the salary cap climbs to around $75 million in 2016 that Kane and Toews could come in around $11-12 million each.
The "Off-Season Watch" continues, and Dreger reports that Daniel Alfredsson's going to be "flexible" with his decision-making timeline. It is possible that, should the Boston Bruins don't re-sign Jarome Iginla, both Iginla and Alfredsson could be Wings next season.
From the Chicago Sun-Times' Mark Lazerus, presented without comment:
Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are going to sign massive contract extensions this summer, possibly as early as July 1. That’s basically a given. It’s also highly likely they’ll do so on the same day, as they did in 2009.
“We’ve been kind of going hand-in-hand almost our entire careers,” Toews said Monday. “When we came in as rookies, and we’ve just been included in the same discussion for a lot of things, namely our second contract, and probably this time again. The chances of that are good. But at the end of the day, he’s got his own needs and his own family, and you have to respect that, as well.”
Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman told the Sun-Times earlier this month that he planned to have the deals done by July 1, the first day the two stars and franchise cornerstones are eligible to sign them. Toews didn’t want to put a timetable on it, saying, “We’re in discussions right now, but as far as I know, nothing is concrete.” Both Toews and Kane are represented by agent Pat Brisson.
Updated 2x at 9:19 PM: Paul did a helluva job of covering the "gist" of the GM's meetings, but here are some items that I noticed on Twitter and feel merit mentioning, starting with Craig Custance's chat with Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman...
In Penguins and Maple Leafs news, from Sportsnet's Chris Johnston...
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Having a 2 AM-conversation with Franklin Steele on Twitter, I had to amend my take as to why the Chicago Blackhawks weren't able to defend their Stanley Cup championship. As a Red Wings fan, I would argue that a team needs Vladimir Konstantinov and Sergei Mnatsakanov-sized motivation to repeat, and I would point out that the Blackhawks played until June 24th of 2013--and sometimes forget that 90% of the players who didn't make the Conference Final are already beginning their summertime workouts to prepare physically and mentally for the next season.
Chicago played so very late into the lockout-marred 2013 season that the mental and physical challenges the speedy Hawks faced had to feel insurmountable, and then Franklin reminded me that on top of having perhaps nine weeks to re-focus, TEN Blackhawks participated in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.
Even as a Wings fan, I have to applaud the hell out of the Hawks for getting to Game 7 of the Western Conference Final given the challenges they faced.
ESPN's Craig Custance penned an Insider-only entry as to what the Blackhawks need to do to "reload for 2014-2015," and while I'm sure that you'd argue point 1 of 3, inking Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to contract extensions ahead of the pair qualifying for unrestricted free agency next summer, is job #1, I'd suggest that Custance's second point may matter more than the guaranteed first occurring:
“I don’t think there’s a player in the league that has the puck on his stick, time of possession over the course of a game, more. He sees plays, makes plays. The bigger the stage, the more he likes that challenge.”
-Joel Quenneville, head coach of the Chicago Blackhaws on Patrick Kane. More on Kane from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.
I might be the only person to think as much, but between WOW Cable going in and out throughout Bob Cole's second-to-last game and perhaps some personal preference...The Chicago Blackhawks most certainly earned their 4-3 win (Game 7 of the Western Conference Final is on Sunday), and Patrick Kane scored two pretty goals...
But I thought the game was an ugly one, with really sloppy defensive mistakes and poor goaltending yielding the vast majority of the game's goals. Did Drew Doughty and Kane have fantastic games? Sure. Did Corey Crawford and Jonathan Quick make some highlight-reel saves? Sure. But I saw two prize-fighters stumbling and bumbling their way through a series of missed punches, metaphorically speaking, or more sport-specifically-speaking, some really lazy plays and inattentiveness to detail by both sides.
Whoever is the first team to two goals seems to prevail in this series, and the Hawks were the first to two--and when the Kings were rallying to tie it up 3-3, they looked more like a team too preoccupied with trying to minimize mistakes, like it was overtime, and as such, their lack of urgency bit 'em in the ass.
Lots of players chasing after players and getting way out of position on both sides, some very soft goals against and what is, at this point, a cavalcade of mental mistakes yielding a bunch of goals from sixty to eighty feet out, sent into traffic jams.
This is the best part of the game for me--an openly biased Wings fan:
Otherwise, I saw a lot of sloppy hockey from two mentally and physically exhausted teams, teams that got burned due to puck-chasing and very mediocre goaltending. But that's just me.
The CBC's Elliotte Friedman just posted his "30 Thoughts" column, and after wondering how the Penguins will be able to keep all of their unrestricted free agents-to-be, even with the rising cap (they won't be able to do so--a trade will be necessary or people will walk), he offers more than a few intriguing observations. Among them:
1. Just for comparison: the 2012-13 cap was $70.2 million, similar to what we're expecting next season. Chicago won with its top-three salaried players (Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews) taking 26 per cent. Kane and Toews can be extended this summer, with the new deals beginning in 2015-16. That percentage is going to go up, but by how much? They took almost $5 million less than Crosby/Malkin per season on their second deals, critical to their second Stanley Cup (and maybe more). Western Conference opponents are expecting to deal with them for eight additional years. "I hope [their salary number] starts with a nine," one rival exec laughed.
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The Minnesota Wild certainly played well in forcing the Blackhawks to six games and an overtime period, but Patrick Kane scoring in overtime has become something of a team-killing cliche. With Ryan Suter chasing his check behind the net and Jonas Brodin engaging in a "fly-by," Matt Cooke needed to try to neutralize Kane as a weird bounce off the back-boards got Ilya Bryzgalov moving, and Cooke whiffed, while Kane did not:
The result? A 2-1 OT win for Chicago, who will wait for the winner of the Ducks-Kings series in the Western Conference Finals, and all of one playoff-winning round for Craig Leipold and his $196 million investment in Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, though it's assumed that it's all but inevitable that Austrian-turned-Minnesotan Thomas Vanek will sign with the Wild this summer (as ESPN's Craig Custance suggests in an Insider-only entry). I wonder what excuse Leipold will use if or when he tries to lock out the players and fans again?
Patrick Kane goes short-side on Ryan Miller to even up the series at two games...
Here is the leg injury Patrick Kane suffered about midway into the 2nd period tonight.
Reports are surfacing Kane will be out a mininum of two weeks but the Blackhawks have not issued any statement.
Patrick Kane with a nice move and a great backhand. The Blackhawks did lose 3-2 to the Avalanche.
from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
There was a time when Patrick Kane dreamed of playing in his hometown of Buffalo for the Sabres.
That was before his life changed in 2007 when the Blackhawks made him the first pick in the draft.
Kane has won two Stanley Cups here and the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP this year, and he was rookie of the year in 2008.
Now Kane says even his buddies back in Buffalo would prefer it if he stayed in Chicago when his contract expires after next season.
"I think they like making the trip out to Chicago and coming to some games here, being in front of great crowds at the United Center," Kane said. "It's different for them. They're pretty much saying don't come back to Buffalo, stay in Chicago."
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from James Neveau of NBC Chicago,
The truth of the matter is that when you combine the flair with which he plays the game, the quality of his playoff performances, and the emerging maturity that is redefining his image in the minds of Chicago fans (and is catching nationwide notice, for that matter), then there is no other conclusion than to say that Kane is the face of hockey in the United States.
Guys like Parise and Quick may be able to match Kane if this were a question simply of ability, but when you factor in the star power, as well as the allure of playing for one of the game’s most storied franchises, then Kane is without equal in this discussion. At only 24 years of age, Kane is (hopefully) far from finished in this league, but when all is said and done, then he may end up usurping guys like Mike Modano and others as the most legendary American to ever lace up a pair of skates.
from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
You can say Patrick Kane’s hockey career has been a wild ride, so it’s fitting the South Buffalo native opted for a trio of crazy rides Saturday.
To celebrate his day with the Stanley Cup, the Chicago Blackhawks winger toured Western New York in a limousine bus and emerged from a military humvee and a Zamboni holding hockey’s holy grail aloft for adoring fans to see.
“Any time you can come back to Buffalo and bring the Stanley Cup, it’s a great thing for me,” Kane said Saturday morning during a visit to the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.
From No. 1 overall draft pick to two-time Stanley Cup champion to Olympic silver medalist to Conn Smythe Trophy winner — and all by age 24 — Kane has become one of the biggest names in the NHL. Each player on the winning team gets the Cup for a 24-hour period and Kane made a big entrance with it at Hangar 907 in Niagara Falls.
Kane visited the Late Show with David Letterman today.
The show is taped eariler in the day so here is Kane with Letterman.
The Conn Smythe Trophy is an annual award given to the most valuable player for his team in the playoffs. The winner is selected by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association at the conclusion of the final game in the Stanley Cup finals.
Would you have awarded Kane the Conn Smythe Trophy? If not, as a member of Kukla's Korner expert fan union, who would have received your vote?
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
Denis Savard fathered Patrick Kane’s style, so it’s no surprise that he loves the player like a son.
“You get to meet him, you get to know him, and you’re gonna love him like he’s your son or your brother. He’s a great kid. He’s done a lot of great things for Chicago,” says Savard, a 52-year-old Hall of Famer. “And I always remind people of this: Patrick Kane comes to play every night.”
For the first time since the Chicago Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup-winning season of 2009-10, Kane produced at better than a point-per-game rate in the 47 games he came to play in 2013. His 23 goals and 32 assists in this chopped-short season were good enough for fifth overall in NHL scoring — and Kane averaged at least 50 seconds less ice time per game (20:03) than the four guys ahead of him in the race.
While Chicago’s multidimensional captain, Jonathan Toews, has taken some heat this postseason for producing nary a goal and only three assists in the team’s first eight playoff contests, Kane’s output has maintained. No. 88 has eight in eight.
Another typical Patrick Kane SO goal and the game winner against Columbus.
To the goalies out there, how do you stop it?
So says Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls when asked by ESPN Chicago who his top 3 Chicago athletes are at the one minute mark of this video…
via Ben Meyer-Abbott of the Chicago Sun-Times,
Patrick Kane said Friday he was embarrassed by the photos that emerged after a party-filled weekend less than two weeks after the Blackhawks were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The pictures—which appeared to show an intoxicated Kane in Madison, Wis., including one in which it appeared he was passed out at a bar—were published in an article on Deadspin.com and the Hawks star winger has kept out of the media since the story broke.
“It was embarrassing,” Kane said before participating in the opening ceremonies of the Blackhawks’ annual convention. “That’s the first thing I can say. From all the pictures that came out, everything, from the Hawks organization, to my family, to myself personally, it’s embarrassing. I try to pride myself on being involved with the fans and taking pictures when they’re asked for because I know I was a little kid one day that really looked up to stars like myself and try to give them that on behalf. But like I said, hopefully it’s something I can learn and mature from. It’s still part of my maturation process and something I’m still trying to get better at and the biggest thing, it was embarrassing.”
from Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune,
Nothing from the Hawks. No matter how many times the Hawks are asked. Nothing.
So, Kane gets the same kind of defense off the ice that he provides on it. That says the problem child is guilty.
It’s also might say something else: that someone at every level of the organ-I-zation is trying to trade Kane.
Think about it: Someone at every level would have reason to want Kane’s immature, image-staining, overrated, playoff-failing backside out of here.
This is like “Clue,’’ only the board game is played on ice, or face down in a bar.
People up and down the flow chart would have a motive to dump Kane, starting with owner Rocky Wirtz. It’s his team that Kane continually embarrasses going back those limo photos in Vancouver. It’s his franchise that looks stupid going back to Kane’s abuse of a senior citizen driving a taxi in Buffalo. It’s his name on the checks that average $5 million for below-average seasons from Kane. You wouldn’t just understand Wirtz’s demand to run Kane out of town, geez, you’d applaud.
from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times,
Twenty-three-year-olds still have some wild oats to sow. I was 23 once and so were many of you. But we weren’t representing an NHL hockey team. We didn’t score the goal that won the Stanley Cup for the Hawks. Our lives weren’t very public….
If you Googled “Patrick Kane’’ on Saturday, the first item that came up was “Patrick Kane’s drunken weekend.’’ That’s not something the image-conscious Blackhawks want when they’re trying to sell themselves to families. That’s not what you want 8-year-old Timmy seeing when he’s researching his favorite player for a school report.
Athletes are role models, whether they want to be or not. It comes with the money and the fame. Your every move is watched, analyzed and judged. Some of those moves are emulated, even the stumbling-drunk ones.
I don’t want to go all Puritan on Kane here. It can’t be overstated that he’s 23. But does his, um, enthusiasm have to be so public? Is it really necessary for him to dance on a bar top with a bottle in his hand (see YouTube)? Is taking off your shirt in a club a prerequisite to having a good time?
from Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times,
On paper, the 2011-12 season was Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane’s worst in his five-year career. Even his wide-eyed rookie campaign was better statistically.
Kane’s 66 points marked his lowest output yet. His 23 goals were just two more than his rookie-year total. It would seem that he took a step back after being a point-per-game player the last two seasons.
It’s deceiving, though. While he’s paid to score, assist and spring fans from their seats, what Kane truly did this season might be underrated.
Kane is more of a team player than many give him credit for, and the idea of trading him is foolish.
“As far as my season personally, you want to put up some more points and some more goals,” Kane said this week. “But I’m excited about the challenge next year.”
from Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune,
But since the Cup winner, Kane has scored one goal in his last 13 playoff games.
Maybe Kane becomes that kind of player again. Maybe he becomes a big-time goal-scorer if the Hawks bring in that No. 2 center.
Or maybe Kane brings that dangerous second-line center in return.
It would be worth boycotting the team if the Hawks hockey operations department wanted to trade Kane but couldn’t because the marketing wonks have made him and Toews the faces of the franchise.
I know the Hawks are big on marketing and branding, but when the hucksters in a hockey organ-I-zation dictate to the hockey people in a hockey organ-I-zation, it’s over. You’re dead. Welcome to Loserville. That’s thumbsucker stuff. That’s the old Cubs blueprint, or even the new Cubs blueprint. Isn’t that right, Kerry Wood?
I’m not saying that would be the case, just that it had better not be. Look, here’s the deal: Hawks fans deserve more, certainly more than an increase in season-ticket prices. I presume “One Goal’’ remains the point. I also presume Kane shouldn’t be outscored by an ad campaign.
The free-falling Chicago Blackhawks need a goaltender, and they can afford to trade All-Star Patrick Kane to get one, former Hawk and current NBC analyst Jeremy Roenick said Wednesday….
“Everybody knows I am a huge Patrick Kane fan, but when you’re talking something of this nature, is Patrick Kane dealable? As much as I don’t want to say it, they can afford to get rid of Patrick Kane,” Roenick said Wednesday on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “They can afford to—with the season he’s having—maybe with his off-ice reputation, maybe with the skill they have on their team—it’s doable.
“Do I like it? No, because I love Patrick Kane. He is one of the most talented and one of the best players in the NHL. But if you really want a top-end goaltender you’re going to have to give up somebody.”
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
After developing a reputation as a party boy—especially after scoring the Stanley Cup-winning goal in Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup finals—Kane appears to have embraced a more pastoral lifestyle.
It’s a small thing, but with his parents and a friend in town for the All-Star proceedings, Kane insisted that team staff working over the weekend join them for dinner.
“He’s not the kid in that way that he used to be,” Bowman said.
For a period of time, photos of Kane out on the town would regularly pop up in various places on the Internet, but those occasions seem to have waned. There are few reports of excessive socializing in Chicago or on the road.
“I don’t know. I think as time goes on you start to grow up a little bit,” Kane said Friday. “I probably learned that ever since I was 18 ‘til 23, now every year, I think I get a little bit more mature and start focusing on the things that really matter in life.
“For me, I think I’m still a kid. I mean everyone likes to have their fun and do some different things away from the rink. I’ve always kind of prided myself on being myself and trying to stick true to who I am and how I was raised.”
from Steve Rosenbloom of the Chicago Tribune,
Kane finally reached double figures last week. His 10 goals for the season rank outside the top 100 in the league. Excuse me, but is he getting paid like, I don’t know, the 109th-best player in the NHL? I’ll hang up and listen for the cursing.
Kane hasn’t scored a goal in his last three games, has one goal in his last 10, two in his last 15, and three in his last 24, one of which came on the power play. He has 13 assists in that time and is a minus-7.
Kid forward Jimmy Hayes has more goals than Kane in the last three weeks, and Hayes hasn’t even been here that long.
This sounds like a rant leading to a demand that the Hawks trade Kane. But no, that is not what this is leading to. That’s not the point.
The point is that Kane either show up or be sat down.
Kane absolutely must make a difference. He has to scare teams. Too often, he looks like a peewee out there. Too often, he’s just not dangerous.
“Ever since I’ve been here, we’ve maybe beat them in the regular season and obviously lost (to them) in the (2009) playoffs, but we’ve never really dominated them or got the chance to say that we’re officially a better team than them. Even though we’ve had some ups against them in the regular season, we’ve never beaten them in the playoffs. So, it’s always fun to keep proving ourselves in games like (Friday).”
-Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks. More on tonight’s Detroit/Chicago game from Brian Hedger of NHL.com.
“I know the fans love it. It’ll be Friday night, late December. There should be a pretty rowdy crowd so it will be fun to play in front of them.”
-Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks talking about Friday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings. More on the Blackhakwks from Jesse Rogers of ESPNChicago.