Chicago Blackhawks will benefit from minor moves

Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks were linked to a handful of familiar names heading towards the NHL trade deadline Wednesday afternoon. Ryan Kesler, Martin Brodeur, and David Legwand were all attached to trade talks involving the Hawks. In the spirit of not rocking the boat, general manager Stan Bowman made trades that made minimal ripples to the roster.

Draft picks, Peter Regin, Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Mathieu Brisebois, and David Rundblad join the team. Gone are Brandon Pirri and more draft picks. [Read more...]

Blackhawks vs Penguins NHL Stadium Series: VERY in-depth preview


For my NHL Stadium Series preview, Chicago Blackhawks versus Pittsburgh Penguins at Solider Field, I recruited an All-Star team of analysts to form the first line of Stadium Series game previews. There will be other Stadium Series game previews out there, but mine is going live first (so I’ve got that going for me, which is nice). More importantly, try to find a NHL Stadium Series preview that includes insight from this lineup:

Blackhawks legend and NBC hockey Analyst Jeremy Roenick, NBC NHL Analyst Mike Milbury,  Scott King, Contributing writer for The Wall Street Journal, RedEye Chicago (Facebook Hawk Crazy) Penguins star Sidney Crosby, icon of the NHL and Team Canada, and Kevin Cross Comcast SportsNet Chicago News Director.

So let’s drop the puck on this NHL Stadium Series Preview!

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Blackhawks-Penguins Stadium Series: eight things to know

Blackhawks-Peguins Stadium Series

Saturday night is another big night for the NHL as the Stadium Series heads to Chicago for a matchup between the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins. The Blackhawks-Penguins tilt will feature two of the best teams in the league today.

Here are some things to know heading into Saturday night’s game at Soldier Field.

“I think it’s going to be a great day,” said Comcast SportsNet Chicago News Director Kevin Cross.

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Chicago Blackhawks: What to expect going forward

Patrick Sharp

Thank God the Chicago Blackhawks and NHL are back. The lackluster Winter Olympics hockey tournament will give way to what really matters: the push towards the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Blackhawks are in very good position to make another run at the Cup, but there are a few things to take note of prior to the postseason.

The Hawks head to the Big Apple to take on the New York Rangers in an Original Six matchup Thursday evening. The game will be Chicago’s first game since breaking for the Olympics. The one thing to watch for in this game is how well the 10 Chicago Blackhawks who went to Sochi look back on North American soil. The Rangers will be without Olympian winger Mats Zuccarello because of a hand injury he sustained in Russia. [Read more...]

Blackhawks Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook appearing on NBC Drama


Chicago Blackhawks Duncan Keith (#2) and Brent Seabrook (#7) play will appear on the NBC drama “Chicago Fire” tonight. This is not to be confused with the local soccer team of the same name. Star defenders Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith guest star on tonight’s installment of the NBC show, which returns to its 9 p.m. CST Tuesday slot tonight after an Olympics-induced hiatus.

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Blackhawks Legend Jeremy Roenick talks Olympic Hockey


Chicago Blackhawks legend Jeremy Roenick was on conference call with the media to promote the Sochi Winter Olympics. Therefore I was privileged enough to talk some winter games with J.R. Here’s some of the highlights from Jeremy Roenick.

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2014 Olympic Hockey: Previews of every team Competing in Sochi

olympic hockey

By far the most favorite sport of the Winter Olympics among men, we’ve previewed all the Olympic hockey teams. Remember the classic Gold Medal game between the U.S. and Canada in 2010 in Vancouver? Maybe Olympic hockey will give us another classic in Sochi this time.

The Sports Bank’s Jeff Hicks skated extra shifts to bring us a team preview for every Olympic hockey team.

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10 former Chicago Blackhawks going to Sochi


The Chicago Blackhawks are sending ten current players to Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics, but 10 former Hawks will be lacing up the skates, as well.

The list is a mix of established NHL players and players not cut out for playing in the premier league in the world. Of the 10 heading to Sochi, four were Blackhawks draft picks, and four have won a Stanley Cup wearing the Indian head sweater.

Without further ado, let’s look at and enjoy (or cringe) at the names that should be familiar to Chicago Blackhawks fans once the round-robin tournament starts February 12.

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With offense sputtering, Chicago Blackhawks recall Brandon Pirri

Phoenix Coyotes v Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks recalled Brandon Pirri from the IceHogs Monday. With the team looking bored and/or uninterested during their current woes, the addition of the offensive-minded 22-year old could be what the Hawks need. Chicago is about to embark on a west coast road trip in which they play four opponents that could make noise in the playoffs.

Three of the teams are in California. Anaheim, San Jose, and Los Angeles all hold playoff spots at the moment and have all taken much needed points from the Chicago Blackhawks.

Hawks head coach Joel Quenneville has watched his club score nine goals against their last five opponents, and Brandon Pirri has scored his fair share when he is in the lineup. The rookie has 10 goals in 40 games with Chicago and Rockford in varying roles. [Read more...]

Chicago Blackhawks playing with no…anything

Breant Seabrook

The headline is correct. The Chicago Blackhawks are in the midst of a stretch of ugly, nasty, suck-filled hockey. If the Hawks are playing in remembrance of Warren Zevon, who would have been 67 today, then try to not replicate “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead.”

Why, you ask?

That means the team is sleeping and sleeping well.

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Have Pat Foley and Eddie Olczyk lost their magic?

Pat and Eddie

Cue the voice of Pat Foley in your head.

“He shoots, he scores!!!! Hawks win! Hawks win!”

As a child of Chicago’s south suburbs I was raised to love and cherish that phrase as well as anything else that came from the voice of Pat Foley. For nearly 30 years, Foley has been calling Chicago Blackhawks games on television and for a number of years simulcasting on radio. During his tenure famous former Hawks players such as Dale Tallon, Bill Gardner, Steve Konroyd, and most notably Ed Olczyk have manned the booth.

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NHL Central Division pre-Olympic power rankings

Drunk Fans

The Chicago Blackhawks is just weeks away from breaking for the 2014 Winter Olympics, and look to be in a dogfight for division supremacy until the last day of the season.

The St. Louis Blues have been the improved team they were expected to be, and appear to be poised as a favorite to win the Stanley Cup in June. The still-surprising Colorado Avalanche are in the picture for the NHL Central Division crown. The Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars have had their fair share of issues but remain in the playoff picture. [Read more...]