Crawford shines in Dallas

Crawford shines in Dallas
What a difference a game off can make, huh?  Corey Crawford, who had appeared in 15 consecutive games for the Blackhawks, finally got a night off this week.  When he returned to the goal Friday night in Dallas, he looked refreshed and refocused, stopping 28 of 29 shots.  If that wasn’t enough, he stood tall... Read more »

Raanta passes first test

Raanta passes first test
In my other life, I’m the Executive Producer of the Spiegel and Holmes Show on 670 The Score.  On the show, we have a system called TCL, or Team Concern Level.  Once a week, we update the listeners on where our TCL is for each Chicago team.  For instance, with Derrick Rose out for the... Read more »

Hawks smoked, Bickell injured in Colorado

Hawks smoked, Bickell injured in Colorado
This is certainly not the start the Blackhawks wanted to their annual circus trip.  Early on, it looked like the Hawks were going to put the upstart Avs in their place.  An absolutely dominant powerplay for the Hawks had Colorado chasing them around their zone, but an odd bounce off the boards changed the game... Read more »
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Random thoughts on eve of circus trip

Random thoughts on eve of circus trip
As the Blackhawks embark on their annual circus trip, I wanted to dump some of my random thoughts, for your reading pleasure. - First off…I’m excited for this trip.  The Hawks have a few matchups against opponents that intrigue. Tuesday, they face-off against their new divisional rival, the Colorado Avalanche, for the first time this... Read more »

Blackhawks acquire Versteeg, prospect for Hayes, Olsen

Blackhawks acquire Versteeg, prospect for Hayes, Olsen
Well, this is certainly out of left field.  After wrapping up their 5-4 shootout win over the Phoenix Coyotes, the Blackhawks announced they have re-acquired former Blackhawk and 2010 Stanley Cup Champion Kris Versteeg, along with forward Phillipe Lefebrve from the Florida Panthers.  In exchange for Versteeg, the Panthers will receive winger Jimmy Hayes and... Read more »

Blackhawks, Shaw agree to two year extension

Blackhawks, Shaw agree to two year extension
Tuesday morning, the Chicago Blackhawks announced they have reached agreement on a two year, $4 million contract extension with forward Andrew Shaw. Here’s the official release : The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with forward Andrew Shaw on a two-year contract extension, through the end of the 2015-16 National Hockey... Read more »
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As Hawks roll, questions linger

As Hawks roll, questions linger
I’ve found that this season has been my most difficult as a Blackhawk writer. The team is so good, with so few problems, that the season has become a long preamble to the playoffs. It’s difficult to write the “everything is great” blog over and over again. That said, there are couple of issues that... Read more »

Toews nominated for Sportsnet's Canadian Athlete of the Year

Toews nominated for Sportsnet's Canadian Athlete of the Year
Thursday, Sportsnet, one of Canada’s top sports networks, announced Jonathan Toews as their first nominee for Canadian Athlete of the Year. Scott Morrisson, Sportsnet’s Executive Producer of Hockey, makes the case for Toews:   Obviously, Toews is one of the most decorated players in the NHL, even at the young age of 25. He’s won... Read more »

Red Light District Mailbag Vol. 1

Red Light District Mailbag Vol. 1
Every now and again, I appeal to the Blackhawks fans in my Twitter universe to stuff my bag with queries.  Here are some of the questions from the Twitter and email machines. Joe from Rockford - “How good can Brandon Saad be?  He’s been on of the best and most consistent Hawks all season long.”... Read more »
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Blackhawks to visit White House on Monday

Blackhawks to visit White House on Monday
Tuesday, the Chicago Blackhawks announced they will visit the White House in celebration of their Stanley Cup Championship. Here is the full press release from the Blackhawks: President Obama to Honor 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks at the White House WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, November 4, President Obama will welcome the five-time Stanley Cup... Read more »