Posts in category "sports"

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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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 »

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 »
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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 »

Simple tweaks could ignite the Blackhawks' offense

Simple tweaks could ignite the Blackhawks' offense
Ah, the elusive third goal.  Something that’s “plagued” the “struggling” Blackhawks all season long.  In “all” of their losses (one in regulation, two in the shootout), they’ve scored two goals.  In their two shootout victories, the third goal only showed up because of the shootout win.  So what are the Blackhawks to do to end... Read more »

Blackhawks recall Pirri, demote Hayes

Blackhawks recall Pirri, demote Hayes
After five games, it’s clear that Joel Quenneville isn’t happy with the Blackhawks’ second line center situation.  After beginning the season with Michal Handzus on the line, centering Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp, he’s ready for a change. Brandon Pirri, the preseason favorite for the second line center job, has been recalled, while struggling winger... Read more »
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Congrats Hawks fans, you have arrived

Congrats Hawks fans, you have arrived
Tuesday night was a celebration.  A celebration of the resurrection of a dead franchise.  A celebration of a champion.  A celebration of a potential dynasty.  The Blackhawks banner raising ceremony was perfectly done, and the Blackhawks’ exhilarating 6-4 win over the Washington Capitals was the perfect cherry on the sundae. Yet, some people still aren’t... Read more »