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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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Chicago Waiting On Handzus

from the Daily Herald,

Those fans expecting the Hawks to sign a top unrestricted free-agent center such as Scott Gomez, Daniel Briere or Chris Drury might be disappointed to learn that Handzus is the guy Savard and general manager Dale Tallon envision skating with Havlat come training camp.
The Hawks have offered Handzus a contract that the injured center is in no hurry to sign. Tallon said he has been promised an answer one way or another by Handzus and his agent by the end of April.
There has been speculation that Handzus wants a salary of $4 million a year, which is almost double what he made while missing most of this season with a torn ACL in his knee.

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Chicago Thinking Tougher

from the Chicago Tribune,

But as the Hawks begin a four-game trip Saturday in Phoenix, that number could rise. The Hawks are expected to recall defensemen Dustin Byfuglien and Dave Koci on Thursday.
In the case of Byfuglien, he likely will replace James Wisniewski, who will have surgery Thursday to repair his right ACL, which he injured Tuesday. Wisniewski is out for the season.
Koci, on the other hand, won’t be asked to carry the puck out of the Hawks’ zone. According to the Web site hockeyfights.com, Koci has had 85 fights in four seasons in the American Hockey League, including 20 this season through Tuesday.
“He’s a big boy,” Savard said of the 6-foot-6-inch, 238-pound native of the Czech Republic.
“We’ll see next week. We may have to dance, I don’t know.”

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The Future Captain

from the Chicago Blackhawks,

In case you’ve missed it, there is a Blackhawk well on his way to becoming the next Chris Chelios.
Do I have your attention? I thought so.
Brent Seabrook is that Hawk, and I say he’s a future captain who is becoming a stalwart of the blue line. Maybe the Chelios comparison is a bit much, but that’s how much I have come to like this kid. At the ripe old age of 21 we are seeing the second-year defenseman mature before our very eyes.

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Fixing The Blackhawks

from Wayne Scanlan at Canada.com,

What will it take to turn things around? Probably, the club will have to leave the hands of Wirtz, a man so despised by hardcore ‘Hawks fans, they relished a trashy book by one of their own entitled: Career Misconduct: The Story of Bill Wirtz’s Greed, Corruption and the Betrayal of Blackhawks’ Fans.
In that book, lawyer and author Mark Weinberg sets out the pattern of Wirtz’s ownership, designed to make money and engage his offspring in family business. Winning a championship for loyal fans doesn’t enter into the picture….
“You don’t have to be winning the Cup all the time,” Hull says. “But you have to be in contention.”
To a ‘Hawks fan, contention seems a distant dream as long as people named Wirtz and Pulford are running—some say ruining—the show.

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