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Chicago Blackhawks – medals, signings, national honors and rumors this week

 

Even though this is the slow part of the NHL season unless your team is in the Stanley Cup Finals that is.  The Blackhawks are giving us plenty of things to write and talk about until draft day which will be in about another month. Below is a summary of everything I heard this past week surrounding this team.

Medals - As I wrote about before Michael Frolik was the sole Blackhawk left in the IIHF World Championships. He was playing for his homeland team of the Czech Republic who ended up winning the bronze medal after defeating Finland. Frolik did not score in this game but ended the tournament with 2 goals and 1 assist in 10 games. Congratulations you represented t...

Blackhawks take on the World

 

Although the Chicago Blackhawks season may have ended some Blackhawks were  not ready to put their hockey sticks down just yet. Several Blackhawks decided to represent their countries teams at the IIHF World Championships held simultaneously in Helsinki, FIN and Stockholm, SWE.

Duncan Keith D and Patrick Sharp LW played for team Canada while Viktor Stalberg RW, Niklas Hjalmarsson D and Marcus Kruger C donned the Swedish team jersey. Michael Frolik also is playing for the Czech Republic team.

Unfortunately, on Thursday both Team Canada and Team Sweden were knocked out of the quarterfinal rounds by Slovakia and Czech Republic respectively. Michael Frolik is the...

Blackhawks script this week– Promotions, Firings & Rumors!

 

The Blackhawks players’ season may have ended on the ice but it appears the Hawks will be keeping us entertained in the off season with more drama off the ice. They say that soap operas are dead now that popular day time dramas All my Children, The Guiding Light and One life to Live are off the air. Well not to worry melodrama fans, the Blackhawks front office will be replacing this programming this season with some speculation, scheming and gossip of their own it appears.

In just one weeks time the Hawks promoted an assistant GM from within the club, fired a beloved assistant coach and had to squelch rumors that its Stanley Cup winning future HOF coach would be l...

Welcome To The Jungle, Marc Bergevin

 

Jeff Goldblum called, he wants his glasses and face back. It's been a long month since the Montreal Canadiens fired General Manager Pierre Gauthier at the end of March, with only a handful of games left in a regular season that was and felt much, much longer. The firing opened the organization up to a lot of speculation, as owner and team president Geoff Molson and special adviser (a former GM of the team himself) Serge Savard entered a long process to pick the person who would take this team forward in what can only be described as a rebuild. At the very least, a retooling. There were plenty of names mentioned, including just about ever Francophone assistant ...

Phoenix win their first series in 25 years; Chicago's season is over

The Chicago Blackhawks finally found their game.

Unfortunately, it came in game 6 in a first-round series where they were down 3-2, and they were up against a goaltender who was having the game of his life.

On Monday night in Chicago, the Blackhawks came out on fire. They grabbed a hold of the game, and put a stranglehold on it. They nearly had shots on goal into the double digits before the Coyotes registered their first; they blocked shots; they scooped the puck away from Phoenix with such ease that it was almost like watching an NHL team play against an AHL one.

This is the team that Blackhawks fans have been looking ...

Blackhawks push to extend their series life tonight

The last time the Blackhawks and Coyotes faced each other at the United Center, it was game 4 of the series. Phoenix took that game in overtime, just one of five OT games that this series has seen so far. Prospect Brandon Saad made his playoffs debut. Andrew Shaw was still suspended, Marian Hossa was out from the injury inflicted by Raffi Torres's reckless hit in game 3.

When Brendan Shanahan laid down the suspension for Torres last Saturday, it was the second-longest in NHL history. (The current record is 30 games for NYI's Chris Simon in 2007 for stomping on PIT's Jarrko Ruutu's ankle.) The message was clear, not only to Torres but to the rest of the league: we'...

The Capt gets serious as Hawks win in OT 2-1 to force game 6

As the sun was setting in Arizona and we were heading into the early hours of Sunday morning back in Chicago, a familiar hero took out his six shooter and blazed it in the desert. Jonathan Toews never ceases to amaze me and leaves me in awe. On a team that is filled with stars that shine so bright they could probably scorch the desert, he always manages to shine the brightest and reminds us why he is the one wearing the C on this team. I would follow this kid into anything. I would have loved to have been a puck on the ice when he gave his speech to the team minus the coaching staff following their morning skate. It must have been inspiring as the entire team played with focus and purpose...

Hawks must find another gear in the desert

 

Arizona is home of the Grand Canyon. One of the most thrilling adventures in the world is rock climbing in the 6000’ deep canyon. Most sane people would steer clear of this for fear of too many things going wrong and plunging to their deaths except for adrenaline junkies who live for this type of rush. The Blackhawks must feel right at home then with these adrenaline junkies. Down 3-1 in the series they are holding on by their fingernail tips with no rope tie offs as they face an uphill climb that must seem as large as the Grand Canyon.

The Blackhawks season is in jeopardy of ending and hangs in the balance tonight at Jobing arena in Phoenix. In a series where not...

Blackhawks get dramatic OT win to split series with Coyotes 1-1

The Chicago Blackhawks made a lot of mistakes in the first game of their series versus the Phoenix Coyotes, and corrected most of those in their second game on Saturday night.

It was an exciting game, starting with Bryan Bickell of the Blackhawks opening the scoring 3:05 into the first period, proving that Chicago's power play isn't entirely impotent.  Raffi Torres tied it up for Phoenix just under 6 minutes later. When Jonathan Toews of the Blackhawks closed in on Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith, the puck on his stick, Smith put his hands up and made first contact. Yet Toews was the one who ended up with a penalty for interference, and then the Coyotes took the lead...

Phoenix Coyotes take series opening vs Chicago Blackhawks

Going into the Thursday opener between Chicago and Phoenix, most analysts were split on their predictions. Several pointed out that the Coyotes had owned the season series between the two, 3-1; but just as many acknowledged that those games were not some of the Blackhawks' best hockey of the year. Mike Smith has been the difference-maker for Phoenix, while the Chicago goalies have had their share of struggles.

At the end of the day, however, these two teams have always battled strongly against one another, their different styles making for some interesting games.

After four high-paced opening minutes, Chicago captain Jonathan Toews put the first goal of the night...