Training Camp Primer: Recapping & Grading the Blackhawks’ Offseason

In contrast to the 2010 off-season, the summer of 2011 was a relatively quiet one for the Chicago Blackhawks. Sure, there were still trades that took place and signings galore, but the attachment that fans felt to the players who had so recently won the Stanley Cup made it more difficult to see guys like Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien go to other places.

With more fans tuning in to see what the Blackhawks are up to as they prepare for the regular season, which is only 18 days away, The Sports Bank is here to give you a quick and dirty recap of all the moves that the Blackhawks have made since Alex Burrows swiped the puck from Chris Campoli and scored the series winner that sent Chicago home.

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2010-11 Southeast Division Preview

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It’s that time of year again!!! The air is getting colder, and the sweater are coming out.  The hockey sweaters that is.  From now until Opening Day of the NHL 2010 season, look out for new division previews, new in depth team outlooks, and big predictions and prognostications of the glorious season to come.  Today, we take a look at the Southeast Division, and what to expect this season.

2010-2011 NHL SEASON INFORMATION EXTRAPOLATION

By: Bryan Vickroy

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Chicago Blackhawks playoff winning streak ends, still up 2-1

For Blackhawks fans the sound echoing in the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia is a lot like the air rushing out of a dude after said dude has been punched in the gut. The 4-3 overtime loss to the Flyers in game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals wasn’t debilitating by any means but it was definitely a wake up call that there is still work to be done.

By Peter Christian

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Stanley Cup Finals: Impact Player Draft

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As much as we try to spread the word about the glorious sport of hockey, we know that more often than not our words fall on deaf ears. We preach about the game, the athletes, the history and the fans but rarely do we or does the game get an increase in followers. Well, now is the perfect time to jump in.

by Peter Christian and Bryan Vickroy

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Two Sides of the Coin: Philadelphia Flyers Edition

The Flyers and their Fans celebrate winning the Eastern Conference Finals

The Flyers have the underdog luck and momentum on their side. As a 7 seed that waited until the final seconds of the regular season to secure their playoff fate, they’ve been riding the lightning ever since. Their route to the Stanley Cup Finals was an unconventional one as they knocked off the Eastern Conference’s #2 seed, #6 seed and #8 seed. Now they play a Chicago Blackhawks team that won 11 more games in the regular season and has lost a total of 12 less games in the regular season and post season combined. Do the Flyers have a chance? I’ve got your two sided outlook after the jump.

By Bryan Vickroy

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Chicago Blackhawks welcome Dave Bolland to the spotlight.

Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals was a statement game for the Chicago Blackhawks. It showcased Antti Niemi as the true star of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs. It featured Jonathan Toews setting a new franchise record for a point in twelve straight playoff games. It proved that the Blackhawks were the better team in the series and it allowed the Hawks to put the series in vice grips and start tightening the screws. However, and possibly most importantly, it thrust Dave Bolland into the spotlight as a guy who can demoralize the San Jose Sharks in a myriad of ways.

by Peter Christian

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Chicago Blackhawks Need to Dictate Pace to Win Game 6

Toews needs to keep his scoring touch going.

by Peter Christian

Game 5 was supposed to be a treat for the hometown fans. It was supposed to be final dagger to the Vancouver Canucks 2010 Stanley Cup hopes. For the Blackhawks, it wasn’t either of those. The Canucks scored early and were able to establish their pace and style on the game. For the Hawks, they looked nothing like the team that had just taken it to the Canucks on the road by outskating the more deliberate Canucks team and putting their play makers in space to, well, make plays. If the Blackhawks want to avoid a Game 7 in the series, those things must change tonight.

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8 Things to Watch in the Stanley Cup Playoffs: Western Conference

by Peter Christian and Bryan Vickroy

Sure, the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs started two days ago and sure Vick and I could have made you aware of these tidbits of knowledge prior to game 1 of 7 of the 8 first round series, but we didn’t. Just consider that we put a little more effort and research into our analysis than anyone else (not that we did, just tell yourself that as you read them).

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