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Hawks' Bowman adds depth, shows confidence in future

Stan Bowman wasted no time bolstering his 2011-2012 Blackhawks roster on Friday as free agency opened across the league. Forwards Jamal Mayers and Andrew Brunette were given 1-year deals at $500k and $2 million respectively. Mayers’ most recent stint came with the San Jose Sharks where he saw mostly 4th line minutes, a role he’ll... Read more »

Second half outlook: Hawks' record is a statistical anomaly

Second half outlook: Hawks' record is a statistical anomaly
The great thing about an 82-game season is its large sample size.  While a 5 or 6 game stretch could bring out the worst in a team, there is always an opportunity to bounce back and prove that a certain portion of the season was the exception to the rule.  With 31 games yet to... Read more »

Numbers and notes heading into Circus Trip

With the Hawks about to begin their annual “Circus” road trip, now feels like a good time to evaluate how things have gone through 20 games of the 2010-2011 NHL season.  From a team standpoint, here is a cold dose of reality: the Hawks’ current record puts them in 13th place in the West if... Read more »

Morin sent to Rockford; Opening night roster coming into focus

The Blackhawks made a relatively surprising move earlier today by sending prospect Jeremy Morin to Rockford. Morin will start the season there but is likely the first option to be called up if needed. The underlying reason for sending him down, as usual, is the salary cap. With Nick Leddy on the roster to fill... 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 »

Draft-day rumors to keep in mind tonight

Rumors continue to pour in as we now close in on 90 minutes until the NHL Draft. Here are a few things I’ve read/heard in the past day or so that could impact the Hawks: ~ Many teams with high draft picks are willing to part with their first rounder. The Panthers, Blue Jackets, and... Read more »

Byfuglien, Sopel, Eager traded to Atlanta

Reports are flowing in that the Blackhawks have made a blockbuster trade with the Atlanta Thrashers. ESPN’s Pierre Lebrun, one of the most reputable hockey writers in the business, confirms that the deal is done. The trade is believed to include Dustin Byfuglien, Brent Sopel, and Ben Eager. The Hawks would likely get back draft... Read more »

Something special is happening at the United Center

Does anyone still wish the Hawks would have played Detroit in the Conference Finals? The Hawks can do no wrong against this Sharks team. Despite being out-shot in all three games, the Hawks have still been the superior team. Niemi is outplaying Evgeni Nabakov, Dave Bolland is outplaying Joe Thornton, and San Jose has no... Read more »

Byfuglien making his case to be part of long-term core

I know this is an odd time to discuss the future, considering the Hawks are now one win away from heading to the Stanley Cup Finals. But regardless of what happens in the next few weeks, the Hawks still have major salary cap issues this offseason that will need to be addressed. In order for... Read more »