How do Toews, Kane extensions affect the Hawks big picture?


Chicago Blackhawks forwards Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews

As expected, the Chicago Blackhawks locked up their future. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane agreed to contract extensions that will last eight years and are worth a reported $10.5 million annually. The contract extensions will go into effect at the start of the 2015-16 season.

Toews and Kane were asking for as much as $12 million per season and were also reported to sign on the dotted line for $10.8 million. That being said, their extensions will make them the two highest paid players in the National Hockey League. [Read more...]

Chicago Blackhawks add Richards, re-sign Regin


New Chicago Blackhawks center Brad Richards

The Chicago Blackhawks may have a second-line center. The NHL’s first day of free agency included Chicago’s addition of center Brad Ricahrds, who was bought outby the New York Rangers. His one-year, $2-million deal is exactly what Chicago needed to address a glaring need while keeping their salary cap total close to the $69-million limit.

Richards may not have been the best option, but NHL.com’s Dan Rosen reported that Richards was a okay with a one year deal for less money. The former Stanley Cup champion with Tampa Bay made $6.7 million last season with the New York Rangers. [Read more...]

2014 NHL Mock Draft Final


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It’s time for the final update to our NHL Mock Draft.  We look to fill each team’s biggest need heading into the NHL Draft on June 27-28 in Philadelphia, PA.

The 2014 NHL Entry Draft has a lot of intrigue at the top 3 picks.  No one knows what Florida will do at #1, or if they will even keep the pick.  Aaron Ekblad, Sam Reinhart, and Sam Bennett have been jockeying for top prospects for the last year, and nearly every NHL mock draft has them as the first three off the board.  The other big factor will likely be the interest in American born or American university players.  Many will likely go early as the quality of play has increased at this level over the years. (Here’s what we have our hometown Blackhawks doing on draft night)

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Chicago Blackhawks 2014 NHL Draft Preview


Chicago Blackhawks 2014 NHL Draft prospect

The Chicago Blackhawks will be adding to the farm system this weekend when the 2014 NHL Draft takes place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This year’s crop of prospects is low on immediate impact, making it a draft worth taking chances. Chicago drafts 27th overall in the first round, and will have eight total picks. That could change with the usual influx of trades before/during the draft. Let’s not waste any time and get to the players to watch for Friday and as the draft continues into Saturday.

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NHL Awards Predictions 2014


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It’s time for NHL Awards predictions, so it’s time for the 2014 NHL Awards Spectacular, which predicts the winner for each award handed out, as well as who should win all the awards. To see my NHL Awards predictions for who will take home the hardware, continue reading.

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2014 NHL Mock Draft 6-23-14


 

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It’s time for an update to our NHL Mock Draft.  We look to fill each team’s biggest need heading into the NHL Draft on June 27-28 in Philadelphia, PA.

(FINAL UPDATE of our mock draft linked here)

The 2014 NHL Entry Draft has a lot of intrigue at the top 3 picks.  No one knows what Florida will do at #1, or if they will even keep the pick.  Aaron Ekblad, Sam Reinhart, and Sam Bennett have been jockeying for top prospects for the last year.  The other big factor will likely be the interest in American born or American university players.  Many will likely go early as the quality of play has increased at this level over the years. (Here’s what we have our hometown Blackhawks doing on draft night)

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Chicago Blackhawks: 10 Years, 10 Draft Picks


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The Chicago Blackhawks are days away from hopefully adding to their already deep farm system. The 2014 NHL Entry Draft does not appear to offer a lot of high-end, “can’t-miss” talent, but offers teams that are not drafting towards the top like Chicago the opportunity to continue fortifying their depth.

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Looking ahead to the Blackhawks off-season, NHL Draft choice


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A lot of decisions to be made this summer for the Chicago Blackhawks.

The offseason will lead to more storylines regarding Chicago’s only sports team with some sustainable success. The Chicago Blackhawks are in the Golden Age of Chicago hockey. Fans should enjoy this, because the Hawks will be competitive next year. Remeber Teuvo Teravainen? Yeah, it’s Teuvo time, my frents.

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LA Kings among 8 GREAT teams that NO ONE READS about


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The best teams should get the most coverage; in a perfect sporting world. Almost all the teams on this list do get some coverage. Most of them sell tickets to their games, and have a decent sized fanbase. Only one team, the program in the #1 slot, is a program that nobody cares about. Even though that program is solid and consistent.

The market is saturated- that’s what all these teams have in common. For a whole host of different reasons. Basically, there is really no demand for any more coverage. Current supply is excess. The LA Kings, like the other seven teams on this list, would deserve the coverage they receive, maybe even more (they’re that good)…..if all media outlets were non-profit; serving the public interest only.

We’ll look at why these teams are all great, and the reasons why you just don’t click on stories about them. We’ll explain why

a.) more people should care about these teams and/or

b.) why those that do care, don’t read.

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Patrick Kane has cemented his place in Chicago sports history


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Regardless of the way the Chicago Blackhawks season ended, Patrick Kane has still solidified his place in Chicago sports history. I mean look at the picture above of one of my Facebook friends, that says it all.

No seriously, once you’ve been compared to Michael Jordan, as Kaner was in numerous Chicago sports media treatments, you’ve arrived. You haven’t just arrived; your at the head of the table. Forever.

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Chicago Blackhawks eliminated in part by themselves


L.A. Kings vs Chicago Blackhawks

The heart-pounding is over, but the pain is just settling in for Chicago Blackhawks fans. The Los Angeles Kings saved themselves the trouble of fighting from behind in a third consecutive series by taking a commanding 3-1 series lead and took care of business during the 11th hour. There is enough to think about in the immediate aftermath of Chicago’s elimination just short of another Stanley Cup Final appearance.

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Blackhawks Postseason Analysis Podcast with ABC 7′s Rafer Weigel


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It’s a Chicago Blackhawks podcast with a “California Love” theme. Rafer Weigel of ABC 7 Chicago did this podcast from Los Angeles where he’s covering the Western Conference Finals from Long Beach to Rosecrans; it’s west side so you know he won’t bow down to no man. We did this spot right after Rafer got back from the L.A. Kings practice facility in El Segundo.

Thankfully, Mr. Weigel did not leave his wallet there…..but the Blackhawks “got to get it, got got to get it” in game four. Down 2-1 to the Kings, the Stanley Cup hopes live and die in L.A. It’s the place to be. You got to be there to know it, and everybody want to see.

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