Blackhawks need to jettison Dan Carcillo

Dan Carcillo

Dan Carcillo was playing so well by his standards. Then Dan Carcillo Dan-Carcillo’d all over himself.

This may come as surprising news to you, but ‘Carbomb’ has more than worn out his welcome. His latest antics cost him six games. For some reason, the left winger decided cross-checking a defenseless Mathieu Perreault was necessary. The Winnipeg Jet suffered an upper body injury because of the check.

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Adam Burish relishes return to Chicago

Adam Burish

Adam Burish was welcomed to the Chicago Wolves organization this past week after starting the season in the NHL with the San Jose Sharks.

The 2010 Stanley Cup winner with the Chicago Blackhawks is the fourth member of that team to suit up for the Wolves, joining forwards Ben Eager and Colin Fraser and defenseman Brent Sopel.

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Chicago Blackhawks hurt by lack of third defensive pair

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival

The Chicago Blackhawks are blessed with some of the better, if not the best, defensemen comprised on one team…until you get to the third pairing.

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2015 Winter Classic pits storied franchise vs league’s best scorer

2015 Winter Classic Logo

The 2015 Winter Classic will be hosted by the nation’s capital as the Washington Capitals face off against the Chicago Blackhawks. The New Year’s Day marquee game will be the first hosted in Washington D.C. It will be the second appearance for each team. Chicago also hosted a Stadium Series game last season.

The Winter Classic is now in it’s 7th edition, and has grown into something much larger than one game.

“I noticed today just counting up, since our first NHL outdoor telecast at Ralph Wilson Stadium, that was seven years ago there have been 110 of these games played,” said Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, NBC’s play-by-play announcer for the Winter Classic. “Hershey Park Stadium, Red Square, nine other countries, Mexico City, and 17 of the 110 have been at Fenway Park.  It has taken on quite a life and each one of them has its own set of memories and I know this one will, too.” [Read more…]

Ben Eager joins Chicago Wolves, another ex Blackhawks player on team

Ben Eager, Chicago Wolves

Photo: Chicago Wolves

Ben Eager spent little time in between teams. The former Chicago Blackhawk is now a member of the Chicago Wolves. Eager is the third member of the 2009-10 Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks on the Wolves’ roster joining forward Colin Fraser and defenseman Brent Sopel.

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NY Islanders: early season dominance fading away

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All good things come to an end.

It’s a little dramatic but I’m purposely exaggerating what’s been going on with the Islanders since the second period of last Saturday’s home matinee against the St. Louis Blues. By the end of the first period, the Islanders were up 3-0 and it appeared their November dominance was not going to be halted in December. I mean, the Blues are one of the best teams in a western conference that looks unbeatable right now. But that’s exactly it-

the Islanders became complacent and the final 40 minutes was all Blues, all the time in a 6-4 loss.

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Trevor van Riemsdyk: very pleasant surprise for Blackhawks

Trevor van Riemsdyk

Trevor van Riemsdyk surprised many by making the Chicago Blackhawks roster out of training camp. His addition led to the subtraction of Nick Leddy. Leddy was going to eventually command more money and it has been well-documented that the Hawks are against the salary cap.

The move was widely panned, but what fans and critics of the trade can agree upon is that van Riemsdyk has been a pleasant surprise through one month of the NHL season.

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Former Blackhawks D Brent Sopel keeps dream alive in Chicago

Brent Sopel, Chicago Wolves

Courtesy of the Chicago Wolves

Brent Sopel is playing hockey again in Chicago. It isn’t with the obvious team, either. The Calgary, Alberta native officially signed with the Chicago Wolves on October 10, and has played in each of the team’s first four games. After a three year stint in the Kontinental Hockey League, Sopel decided it was time to return to North America.

The 37-year old Sopel is now in his 19th season of professional hockey. He was drafted 144th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. Sopel has played for six NHL teams, including the 2010 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. By that point in his career, he was not looked at to carry a defensive corps like he was earlier in his career. Regardless, Brent Sopel did what was asked of him and became a fan-favorite. [Read more…]

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…]

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…]

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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