Posts in category "Jonathan Toews"

Realizing the Magnitude of Tonight's Game

It feels like the Blackhawks have been through it all since Wirtz kicked the bucket in October 2007, yet they find themselves in unfamiliar territory tonight. It’s 60 minutes for all the marbles. Game seven. Just saying those two words brings on a feeling of intensity and relentlessness. In hockey especially, Game seven means a... Read more »

Blackhawks trade Jack Skille & prospects to Florida for Michael Frolik and a goaltending prospect

Former co-workers Stan Bowman and Dale Tallon made a deal on Wednesday night as Jack Skille was sent to Florida for 22-year old center Michael Frolik. Like Skille, Frolik is a former high draft pick (10th overall in 2006, 7 spots behind Jonathan Toews) and has underachieved up to this point in his career. Frolik... Read more »

Blackhawks Blog: Duncan Keith is Pissed

For the first time all season, the Blackhawks’ dressing room was a truly angry place after Monday night’s 3-1 loss in Calgary.  Instead of the same old rhetoric about “needing to work harder” and “needing to prove we’re a playoff team”, the Hawks seem to have received a wake-up call. Let’s hope so, because that... Read more »
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YES, Hull and Mikita are deserving of United Center statues

It was written recently here on ChicagoNow that the Blackhawks’ decision to erect statues of franchise legends Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita outside the United Center would be irresponsible and inappropriate. The argument is based on the often-used and miscalculated idea that the Blackhawks play second fiddle at the United Center. Here is an excerpt... Read more »

Passive "PK" is killing Hawks

Listen, nobody is expecting this year’s penalty kill to remain on par with last year’s. John Madden, Kris Versteeg and Brent Sopel were major factors on last year’s unit and are surely missed. With that said, something else is going on and a failure to fix it will result in the defending champions watching the... Read more »

Blackhawks Blog: Is Jack Skille being shopped?

As it often does, the NHL trade rumor mill is beginning to heat up as the second half of the season gets underway.  Joel Quenneville’s recent lineup decisions have left fans wondering what he is trying to accomplish (ie. scratching Jack Skille and Jake Dowell tonight), but what we also have to consider is whether... Read more »
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Blackhawks Blog: A look at team stats through 40 games

With the Hawks roughly at the halfway point of the season, let’s look at some numbers. First and most importantly, we find the Hawks in 11th place in the Western Conference. A closer look reveals a record good for 13th place in the West after adjusting for games played. In case you’ve forgotten, only the... Read more »

Toews out 2 weeks with shoulder injury

Joel Quenneville confirmed at the team’s Wednesday practice that captain Jonathan Toews would miss “a couple of weeks” with a shoulder injury suffered in the first period of the Hawks’ Tuesday night loss in St. Louis. The injury comes at an inopportune time; the Hawks have a busy January schedule with seven games between January... Read more »