Posts in category "goaltending"

Blackhawks sign Crawford to new 6-year, $36 million deal

Blackhawks sign Crawford to new 6-year, $36 million deal
Sunday, the Chicago Blackhawks announced they have reached a deal on a six-year, $36 million contract with goaltender Corey Crawford.  Beginning in the 2014-15, Crawford will carry an annual salary cap hit of $6 million per season. If your first reaction was “six years?”, you’re not alone. Those were my first words when I awoke... Read more »

Blackhawks hire Weeks as new goalie coach

Blackhawks hire Weeks as new goalie coach
With Stephane Waite, the Blackhawks goaltending coach of the last 10 seasons, joining the Montreal Canadiens’ organization this summer, the Hawks have announced that they’ve hired Steve Weeks as their new goalie coach. Here’s the official press release: The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have hired Steve Weeks as the team’s goaltending coach. “We... Read more »

Red Light District Summer Mailbag Vol. 1

Red Light District Summer Mailbag Vol. 1
Since it’s summer, and nothing is really happening in Blackhawk land, I figured it was time for this summer’s first mail bag (not to be confused with male bag.  That’s a different blog). Readers of this blog, Twitter followers, and Facebook people chimed in with their queries.  Here’s what they had to ask. Sarcastic Mike... Read more »
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Crawford has finally erased all doubt

Crawford has finally erased all doubt
It’s finally happened.  At least I think it has. For most of the 2013 hockey season, a large vocal portion of  Blackhawk fans and critics have been critical of Corey Crawford.  Never mind the fact that his 1.94 goals against average was good for third among goalies in the regular season.  His save percentage of... Read more »

Drop the puck! Game One is almost here

Drop the puck! Game One is almost here
A lot of things are on my mind before tonight’s Game One of the Stanley Cup Final, so I’ll just go point to point and you can sort out my insane ramblings. -  I don’t like the fact that Brandon Bollig is in the lineup over Viktor Stalberg.  I know Stalberg hasn’t exactly set the... Read more »

7 reasons to believe in the Blackhawks

7 reasons to believe in the Blackhawks
As I sit here, nervously awaiting the start of Game 7, I find myself wavering between total confidence and extreme fear and panic.  One moment, I’m convinced the Hawks are incapable of losing at home, in a Game 7, to their hated rivals.  The next, I think back to all the times the Red Wings... Read more »
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Blackhawks, Red Wings series a perfect end to division rivalry

Blackhawks, Red Wings series a perfect end to division rivalry
Back in the early 2000s, my wife Hope and I had just met.  Before we were “dating”, we were just new friends who both loved the Blackhawks.  We had never been able to find anyone to tag along to games with us before we knew each other, so we’d often go alone.  When we met,... Read more »

Execution, not desire, at heart of Wild's Game 3 win

Execution, not desire, at heart of Wild's Game 3 win
The narrative has been out there since Jason Zucker’s OT winner crossed the goal line Sunday afternoon in Minnesota.  Players, coaches, media, fans have all been using the same theme to describe and explain the Hawks loss. “The Wild ‘wanted it’ more.” No.  The Wild executed their plan, and the Blackhawks didn’t. The Hawks held... Read more »

Blackhawks dominate Wild as series shifts to Minnesota

Blackhawks dominate Wild as series shifts to Minnesota
The starts could not have been more different.  Early in Game 1, the Minnesota Wild stymied the Blackhawks with their trap defense and complete elimination of the neutral zone.  As a result, the frustrated Hawks forced plays, made far too many extra passes, and didn’t find their stride until the end of the 1st period.... Read more »
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Emery deserves chance to win starting job

Emery deserves chance to win starting job
It seems every year around this time, the Blackhawks and their fans deal with a “goalie controversy.”   This year is no exception, but it sure feels different, doesn’t it? I think the word “controversy” is a dirty word.  It denotes that neither goalie is very good.  With that in mind, let’s call the Blackhawks’... Read more »