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Blackhawks walk away from Niemi arbitration; what now for Niemi?

Ever since winning the Stanley Cup less than two months ago, the Chicago Blackhawks have steadily stripped away a large number of players that skated around the ice with the trophy overhead. Fan favorites, each in their own way, for a team that was overloaded with depth - some through trades, some allowed to walk as their contracts expired: Byfuglien. Eager. Sopel. Versteeg. Fraser. Burish. Madden. Boynton. Ladd. The latest casualty: Antti Niemi, the quiet Finnish rookie who backstopped the team to their first Cup win in 49 years. It's a strange ending to Niemi's Cinderella story, one that played out only through a handful of comments to the media via Niemi's agent, Bill Zito, and thr...

Big Buff Chicago's Cap Victim

The Chicago Blackhawks have made the first step in fixing their cap issues by trading Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager, Brent Sopel and a prospect to the Atlanta Thrashers for a 1st-round pick, a 2nd-round pick, prospect Jeremy Morin and Marty Reasoner. Not a fan of this at all since Byfuglien was arguably their most valuable player in the playoffs. I would have traded Kris Versteeg before getting rid of Buff. TSN's Article [quote]Dustin Byfuglien, one of the breakout players for the Stanley Cup-winning Blackhawks last season, is in the process of being traded to the Thrashers, pending league approval. Byfuglien, along with Brent Sopel, Ben Eager and Akim Aliu, will be headed to A...

Chicago celebrates its first Stanley Cup in 49 years with a very long weekend

Chicago woke up on Sunday with the mother of all party hangovers, but the city is not done partying yet - not by a long shot. In a city that has 475 years' worth of collective sports history, it only has 25 championships to its name, adding its most recent triumph to the record books last Wednesday night while on the road in Philadelphia. The men - the Blackhawks - who won the city its championship - the Stanley Cup - started their party on the ice at the Wachovia Center on Wednesday night, and they haven't stopped, nor have their fans. This victory has been cathartic for Chicago for many reasons: a 49-year trophy drought snapped; a young, talented team poised to lead their team to ...

Your 2009-10 Stanley Cup Champions!

After 49 LONG years, the Stanley Cup has FINALLY come back to Chicago! An exciting game which Philadelphia managed to take to overtime despite being outshot 41-24 was ended somewhat anti-climatically when a Patrick Kane shot was lost in Michael Leighton's equipment. It was, however a goal, and turned out to be the Stanley Cup winning that would put the season in the books and finally return the Stanley Cup to the Blackhawks after the longest cup drought in NHL history. There will be plenty of post-game analysis, post-mortems, celebrations and aggravations, and TCL will have them all for you right here in the coming days, weeks, and months heading into the 2010-11 season! On beha...

Why Hawks Will Struggle in Game Six

The Stanley Cup has arrived in Philadelphia for game six tonight. However, it is the Chicago Blackhawks that have the opportunity to win it in front of the sea of orange. After a 7-4 pounding of the Flyers in game 5, Chicago hopes to avoid a game seven and win Lord Stanley tonight. Regardless of who the better team is, Chicago is going to have a tough time against Philadelphia tonight. Even with the goaltender situation in Philly, the Flyers will be all over Niemi and the Blackhawks. With their backs against the wall in front of their home crowd, there is no reason Philadelphia shouldn't win tonight's game. The Flyers will be desperate, and if they want tonight's game more than Chicago...

Blackhawks take game 5 as a decisive 7-4 victory; lead series 3-2

Sportscasters and hockey fans alike have wondered the same thing throughout the Stanley Cup Final round: would the real Chicago Blackhawks please stand up? We've already seen the first four games, and the closest we've seen to "Blackhawks hockey" was game 2, a solid battle by both sides that was a tight 2-1 win at the UC and went scoreless for nearly two full periods before Marian hossa put the first one home. After Chicago headed to Philadelphia with a 2-0 lead and then headed home with the series tied 2-2, the sports media shifted their focus heavily to the Philadelphia Flyers. After Chris Pronger's attitude and antics, the series was clearly being painted as the Chicago "good guys"...

Flyers get Game 3 win in overtime (4-3) to make series Blackhawks 2, Flyers 1

Unlike regular reason hockey, if a Stanley Cup Final (or playoffs) game goes into overtime, overtime consists of a full 20-minute sudden-death period. It makes for THE most exciting, heart-stopping wins in sports; who can score first? In Game 3 in Philadelphia, the Flyers won their first game of the series, 4-3, in OT. The game started off solid, with the Hawks looking sharp and clean, playing their kind of hockey: fast. They looked really good for the first ten minutes or so; they had some solid shots on goal, including one by Kane that managed to clang off the post. Then the Flyers started turning up the physicality, and unfortunately the Blackhawks responded in the wrong way, r...