Archive for August 2010

New-look Hawks should be even better defensively

Just when you thought this summer was full of bad news, here’s something positive.  Last season, the Blackhawks won games because of three things: Timely scoring, puck possession, and good defense.  After this summer’s exodus of players, it’s hard to predict if all three of those components will click on all cylinders right away.  The... Read more »

Blackhawks lineup beginning to take shape

With the Antti Niemi situation settled, the Hawks’ 2010-2011 lineup is much easier to predict. The team can now dress a 21-man roster comfortably under the salary cap. Based on recent signings and comments by General Manager Stan Bowman, here is what the lineup could resemble in October: Kane/Toews/Brouwer Hossa/Sharp/Kopecky Stalberg/Bolland/Makarov Bickell/Dowell/Skille Keith/Seabrook Hjalmarsson/Campbell Hendry/Vishnevskiy... Read more »

Blackhawks favorites to win 2011 Stanley Cup

The Blackhawks have said goodbye to half their 2010 roster, but that hasn’t changed their place atop the NHL, at least according to Vegas. Per, here are the opening odds to win the 2010-2011 Stanley Cup: Team Open Current Chicago 5/1    Pittsburgh 6/1    Washington 6/1    San Jose 8/1    Detroit 8/1 ... Read more »

Blackhawks fans 16th best in all of sports according to Forbes

According to research done by Forbes, the Chicago Blackhawks fanbase is among the best in the country. Forbes looked carefully at all four major sports and compiled a top-16 list. The list is as follows: Chicago Blackhawks Philadelphia Phillies New York Yankees Cleveland Cavaliers Los Angeles Lakers Montreal Canadiens St. Louis Cardinals Dallas Cowboys San... Read more »

Marty Turco: Already committed to the Indian

There are plenty of reasons to feel good about the Hawks’ addition of veteran goalie Marty Turco. He provides stability, a low cap-hit, and leadership for the young Blackhawks. But above all, there is one reason why Hawks fans should welcome this guy aboard: He genuinely wants to be here. Players say it all the... Read more »

Hawks say goodbye to Niemi, hello to Turco

It has been speculated for weeks, and now it’s official. The Blackhawks have decided to walk away from Antti Niemi’s $2.75 million dollar salary and sign veteran goalie Marty Turco to a 1-year deal. Turco’s cap hit is reportedly very low in the $1.3 million dollar range. The Marty Turco era is underway in Chicago... Read more »

Blackhawks sign Turco? *Update: "Reports are false...for now"

*Most up to date news at bottom of this article* According to WGN’s Dan Roan, the Blackhawks have agreed to a 1-year, $1.75 million dollar deal with free agent goaltender Marty Turco. The signing has not yet been reported by any other sources. Marty Turco is the best stick-handling goaltender in the NHL If true,... Read more »