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Zach Parise Rumors: No Decision Yet for The Free Agent

According to a report from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune, unrestricted free agent Zach Parise has returned to his native Minnesota and has not yet made a decision on where he will sign.

It had been assumed that Parise's decision had been made when it was announced that he would meet with reporters on Monday afternoon. Parise merely told reporters that a decision had not been made and that he would not put a deadline on when he would choose.

The teams rumored to be in the running for Parise are the New Jersey Devils, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Detroit Red Wings, and his hometown Minnesota Wild.

Free Agency 2012: Philadelphia Flyers Sign Michael Leighton To 1-Year Deal

In their first move during the free agency period, the Philadelphia Flyers brought back a familiar face to fill their backup goaltender position, signing Michael Leighton to a 1-year, $900k contract. Leighton replaces Sergei Bobrovsky, who was traded from the Flyers to the Columbus Blue Jackets on June 22 in return for three draft picks.

Chicago Blackhawks select Teuvo Teravainen with the 18th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft

With the 18th overall pick, the Blackhawks selected Teuvo Teravainen.

 

Teravainen, 17, earned a promotion to the SM-liiga with Jokerit in the 2011-12 season and produced a respectable 11 goals and 18 points in 40 games against older competition. The promotion came on the heels of a dominating performance in the junior league, in which he produced 12 goals and 20 points in 11 games with Jokerit.

The 5-11, 165-pound offensive left winger doesn’t play a physical game due to his size, but he’s said to possess patience to his game which allows him to anticipate play and remain a consistent offensive threat.

The Helsinki-native is a left-handed shooter ...

With the 18th pick in the 2012 NHL entry draft the Chicago Blackhawks select …

Yes it is that time of year again folks. That time when eternal optimism rises no matter how poorly one’s hockey team has performed in the past. It’s springtime - when budding flowers are awaiting to be picked so they can be nurtured and blossom into beauties. In other words it is the week of the 2012 NHL entry draft. The time when hockey clubs and their fan bases are hoping to hit the jackpot with player(s) that will vault their teams into Stanley Cup Champions.

This year the Chicago Blackhawks find themselves in unfamiliar territory. For the first time in quite awhile they only have their own draft picks to consider. They have no multiple picks until the 5th round sinc...

Hawks finding the right fit

This past week Hawks GM Stan Bowman was a busy man. He was signing players left and right which, I’m sure some Hawk fans are happy about and others are not. You can’t please everyone. In any event the Blackhawks are sure active this off season and it appears are gearing up for something. This week the Hawks inked two returning veterans in Jamal Mayers RW/C and Johnny Oduya D which I think were solid returns.

Jamal Mayers was signed to a one year deal for approximately $600,000. Like I mentioned in a previous blog this signing is a little surprising because Mayers sat on the bench for most of the playoffs. Still Mayers brings veteran experience and grit that the Hawks are...

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 ...