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...]

Ty Rattie continues to shine, Chicago Wolves add Selleck, Janik


Chicago Wolves forward Ty Rattie

Ty Rattie is arguably the best Chicago Wolves forward prospect. His first full season in the AHL is also making that sentiment hard to argue against. The 21-year old has a team-leading 22 goals for the Wolves and has been a bright spot on a Wolves team firmly entrenched in a playoff spot, having earned a point in 17 straight at home. That streak is a team record. [Read more...]

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...]

Patrick Kane snake-bitten in Sochi


Patrick Kane

Team USA is a great team because of players such as Patrick Kane. When he doesn’t score, it could lead to big problems. Team USA lost the bronze medal game to Finland Saturday. In the first four games of the tournament, the U.S. scored 20 goals. In the two games following, zero.

Patrick Kane netted a big goose egg. [Read more...]

Canadiens Goalie Carey Price national hero to all Canadians


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Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens is emerging as the national hero of all Canadians. The Canadiens and Team Canada goaltender was dominant in Team Canada’s 1-0 win over Team USA. It was a lopsided 1-0 game, if you can call it that. Canada controlled the pace of the play and the puck and there was never a real threat from Team USA in the third period. Carey Price makes $5.5 million year in salary with Montreal, but he’s about to make gazillions more as a national hero of Canada, in their national game.

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Blackhawks Legend Jeremy Roenick talks Olympic Hockey


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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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Team USA faces toughest opponent in Canada


Team USA Hockey

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Winning four consecutive games in the Winter Olympic hockey tournament will mean nothing if the Team USA hockey team loses Friday. A semifinal matchup against defending gold medal winning Canada awaits the red, white, and blue with a chance to play for gold on the line.

Team USA has skated four balanced lines to this point. The mix of size, speed, and physicality has helped the Americans win close games, as well as blow out inferior opponents. Canada will be the deepest team they face, even with the loss of John Tavares for the rest of the Olympics. Both teams have size and scoring depth for days, with Team USA outscoring Hockey Canada 20-13. [Read more...]

Hilary Knight describes INTENSE HATRED in U.S.-Canada hockey rivalry


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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. The 24-year-old forward was born in San Francisco, California.

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

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Team USA Hockey moon-pounds Slovakia 7-1


Team USA

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In case you were wondering, the Team USA Hockey team is really good.

Facing a solid Slovakian team, the U.S. put on a show that included a six goal second period en route to a 7-1 thrashing of Team Slovakia. Canadian-born traitor Paul Stastny potted two goals for Team USA Hockey. [Read more...]

Team Finland hockey preview: Always a threat


Team Finland hockey

Team Finland hockey has had a number of players play well over a good stretch of time. Teemu Selanne, Sami Salo, Olli Jokinen, and Kimmo Timonen have played in multiple Olympics. Selanne is the all-time leading scorer in Olympic hockey history.

Teams like Slovakia and the Czech Republic are fading as European powerhouses, but Finland has a large number of young players ready to take over for aging stars such as Selanne.

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Looking past the ‘Finnish Flash,’ Lejonen is deep. Valtteri Filppula, Aleksander Barkov, and Mikael Granlund offer scoring on multiple lines. Jussi Jokinen has played well on Pittsburgh after being left for dead in Carolina. Tuomo Ruutu and former Chicago Blackhawks prospect Petri Kontiola offer two-way play with size. [Read more...]

2014 Olympic Hockey: Previews of every team Competing in Sochi


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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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Team Latvia hockey preview: Experience vast, but not enough


Sandis Ozolinsh

Team Latvia hockey has had some famous players do damage on international ice. Arturs Irbe is easily the most famous player in national history. Latvian head coach and current Buffalo Sabres bench boss Ted Nolan has his work cut out for him as only five players have NHL experience.

The majority of Team Latvia plays in the Kontinental Hockey League for Dynamo Riga based in Latvia.

Forwards

Sabres rookie Zemgus Girgensons is the most relevant player on the top lines. Kaspars Daugavins and Janis Sprukts have time in the NHL, but played character roles. [Read more...]