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Hawk Talk - Kane at Center Stage

The recent hubub surrounding Blackhawks' star right winger, Patrick Kane, has nothing to do with indulging in the fruits of Chicago's night life, nor does it concern Kane's encounters with any Buffalo cab drivers. This Patrick Kane tale mostly has to do with the recent Hawks experiment of placing him between two wingers.

Kane was recently approached by Blackhawks' brass about the idea of moving to the center position, most likely on the first line. Now, before you throw your bowler hat to the floor and flatten it with the bottom of your shoe in disgust, know that this is merely an experiment to see how Kane fits into one of many di...

Hawks-Capitals Recap; Hawks Preseason Gameday @ Red Wings

 

Friday night's Hawks' victory over the Washington Capitals provided a thrilling show for nearly 20,000 Chicagoans at the UC. Hawks received goals from Viktor Stalberg (2) and the gamewinner from youngster Brandon Saad (plus 1 assist). Jonathan Toews finished the game with two assists.

I had the privilege of viewing the Hawks' game from Row 4 behind Corey Crawford for two periods of play. It was thrilling action, but obviously made it a little challenging trying to keep up with the gameplay at the opposite end of the ice in order to analyze some of the Chicago young guns.

Capitals opened the scoring midway through the first period with Joel Ward's t...

Hawks vs Caps - Preseason Game 3 Notes

 

Pittsburgh area native Brandon Saad will be playing in his 3rd straight Hawks preseason game tonight against Washington at the UC. Now, let's not read into this too much. Saad has had a very impressive camp for an 18 year-old just out of his first season in the OHL, but it's highly unlikely that he will not be returning to his junior team. It's safe to say that Saad will need an additional season in the OHL to further his development and hopefully become more than a point-per-game player at the junior level.

However, getting multiple appreciative comments from your head coach on your play at this level is nothing to sneeze at. Saad...

Key to the Season: Two & Seven

You can talk all you want about Patrick Kane’s wrist. You can talk all you want about Corey Crawford’s glove. Heck, you can talk all you want about Dan Carcillo’s fists. But if you want to know the true key to the Blackhawks season, then you need look no further than two numbers.

Two and Seven.

Those are of course the numbers Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook wear on their sweaters. And the difference between the last two seasons is night and day.

When the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup two years ago, it was because of tremendous play by the defenseman. Sure, Antti Niemi had himself a nice little playoff run. But his job...

Do The Montreal Canadiens Need Quebecers On The Team?

 

Any casual sports fan would think that Montreal's hockey team is named the Canadiens because they are Canada’s team, or that they have fans all across Canada.  To be honest, only the last statement is true.

Les Habitants have always spelled Canadiens with an ‘E’ , so maybe that should give some the idea that the team itself doesn’t represent all of Canada. For now, the team represents all of Quebec, whether it be English or French, Catholic or Jewish.  I say for now, because even the most die hard fan of the Habs cannot wait for the return of the Quebec Nordiques. 

So understanding that the Montreal Canadiens are as ...

Uphill Climb

For those of you who haven't looked at the Dallas Stars' schedule, the beginning of the season is approaching soon.  Thing is, it's going to be a tough start for the new-look team.

The 2011-12 season begins within the confines of the American Airlines Center, but against the team that The Hockey News picked as the Western Conference finalist--the Chicago Blackhawks.  Not only one game against the Hawks.  Two.  October 7 and 8, prepare yourself for a home-and-home with one of the strongest teams in the entire National Hockey League. 

Not all is lost.  Last season, the Stars romped over not just the Chicago Blackhawks, but the Central Di...

Greatest Comeback of All-Time!

Greatest Comeback of All-Time!

Guest Writer: Daniel Mercer

One of the most enjoyable facts surrounding sports is that there will always be a new debate.  The fun part about these debates is that they have no parameters and at the end of the day, maybe there isn’t a right answer.  Who is the better boxer, Ali or Pacquiao?  If LeBron James and Michael Jordan were in the dunk contest, who would win?  If the great Wayne Gretzky played for the Edmonton Oilers, would they be any better?

Wouldn’t it be amazing if we actually knew all of the answers?  I would pay big money to watch Ali step into the ring versus Pacquiao.  I would definitely buy...

Breaking Down the San Jose Sharks' Offseason-Part Two

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I thought I would start this blog off with the first picture of newly acquired Sharks' defenseman Brent Burns in San Jose gear, via Brodie Brazil:

 

 

While the Sharks didn't go after any of this year's big-name free agents, it is probably for the best, as many of those players were grossly overpaid and will almost certainly be disappointments to their respective clubs. The Shark...

Blackhawks Goalie Situation a Win-Win-Win

Often times in sports, the rich get richer.

Teams categorized as “contenders” often have the luxury of taking chances on certain guys, or even just getting a quality player at a discounted rate (see: Vokoun, Tomas).

Oddly enough, the Blackhawks' circle of goalies starts with Vokoun. At the deadline in 2010, he was rumored to be Stan Bowman’s primary trade target as many believed the tandem of Antti Niemi and Cristobal Huet would not be enough to make the Hawks a serious Stanley Cup contender.The Hawks and Panthers could never find a deal and Niemi’s wonderful run proved the doubters wrong anyhow.

Niemi&rsquo...

Top 10 must-see games on the 2011-12 Chicago Blackhawks schedule

As the days march on towards Opening Night, and the bulk of trades and free agency acquisitions have been completed; the Draft and prospect camps are over; and the opening of Training Camps are still a few weeks away; as the weeks left until the new season drop into the single digits, there's one date circled on every fan's calendar to make it through the August doldrums: the date that their team's tickets go on sale. The Chicago Blackhawks have plenty of exciting matchups to choose from this year.

Five years ago, getting 14,000 fans in the seats at the United Center would've been considered a special night. Now, after three h...