Chicago Blackhawks, Kevin Hayes win Kevin Hayes sweepstakes


Former Chicago Blackhawks prospect Kevin Hayes

The Chicago Blackhawks are the latest team to gain a draft pick by losing one. Over the weekend, the time period to sign 2010 1st round draft pick Kevin Hayes ended with no resolution. Therefore, Hayes is allowed to sign anywhere he wants.

Good for Hayes and good for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Kevin Hayes has every right to bet on himself. He is also allowed to do so based on the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement. Hayes is allowed as a college-bound and graduated player to either sign with the team that took the chance on drafting him, or waits out the time period allotted to sign with another team.

Kevin Hayes is now allowed to sign an entry-level contract with whomever he feels gives to the best chance to play. Winning may not be high on his list of reasons to sign with a team considering two of the favorites to sign Hayes are the Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche. Calgary appears poised for a run at the first overall draft pick in 2015 and Colorado should regress in the arguably the best division in the NHL. [Read more...]

L.A. Kings to meet San Jose Sharks in 49ers new stadium


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The San Jose Sharks will host to the Los Angeles Kings in a regular-season outdoor game at Levi’s Stadium (that’s the new home of San Francisco 49ers NFL football) on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at 7 p.m. the NHL just announced. It will be part of the Stadium Series, televised nationally in the U.S. on NBCSN and in Canada on Hockey Night In Canada and TVA Sports 2.

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Controversial shark hunting show returns, shark activists speak out


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2001 was deemed summer of sharks; at least according to Time magazine. I know, younger readers are like “what’s a magazine?” There were four or five shark attacks that year which got a lot of press. That’s still very very low, and the percentage of sharks that have been know to attack man is miniscule.

Only a handful of species of sharks have ever recorded an attack on a human being. Yet through all the Jaws films and everything else that copied them…sharks are the gangsters of the sea. They’re the villains; that we can’t get enough of.

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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...]

PHOTOS: Hockey star Hilary Knight does ESPN Body Issue


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Hilary Knight is a forward on the United States women’s national hockey team. Knight won a Silver Medal with the U.S. at Vancouver in 2010. Her comments on the U.S.-Canada rivalry were some of the best soundbites of the Olympics:

“Hatred is pretty good. When we get between the glass and it’s the U.S. versus Canada, it’s everything on the line.”

“It is intense, blood boiling. It is physical.”

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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...]

PHOTOS: 10 very attractive Canadian Female Celebrities


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Today is Canadian Independence Day, known as Canada Day, and it’s celebrated every July 1. We also celebrate the opening of the current NHL free agency period every year on this day, and what could be more Canadian than that? We begin with Elisha Cuthbert, perhaps the most famous jersey chaser in history. At least, she’s the world’s most prominent hockey playerophile

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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


 

2014NHLMockDraft

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


patrick kane blackhawks

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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