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Despite playoff success, Penner not the answer for Hawks

Despite playoff success, Penner not the answer for Hawks
To think, only months ago LA Kings’ winger Dustin Penner was a punchline.  Penner, a player who has always battled weight and fitness issues, injured himself eating pancakes.  Last night…he became a playoff hero.  His overtime winning goal sent the Kings to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 1993. It’s very easy... Read more »

Injuries, exhaustion a bad recipe for Blackhawks

A few days ago, I told Hawk fans not to panic…well…I guess you were all right. After falling behind three games to none to Vancouver Sunday night, it’s all over but the shouting for the Blackhawks. Barring a miracle, the Hawks will be eliminated in short order. Roberto Luongo and the Canuck celebrate yet another... Read more »

At halfway point, Hawks in need of a shakeup

Things were looking up for the Blackhawks two weeks ago.  Four consecutive, convincing wins over the Red Wings, Kings, Predators and Blue Jackets had fans feeling better.  Those feelings have been destroyed after the Hawks’ suffered their third straight loss last night, this time to the Anaheim Ducks. If you’ve been living in a cave... Read more »

These ain't your Blackhawk Cup Champs

With three minutes left in last night’s game in Colorado, the Blackhawks had a 5-4 lead over the Avalanche…and like that, it was gone.  Another blown lead from the defending Cup champs.  Another game spent chasing the opponent’s lead.  Another game that leaves Hawk fans searching for answers at the final horn.  The Hawks are... Read more »

Hawks defensive struggles continue in victory over Kings

Eleven games into the season is long enough to show a trend, and the Hawks team defense is trending in the wrong direction.  If not for Marty Turco standing on his head last night, the Hawks 3-1 win could easily have been a 6-3 loss.  The truth is in the numbers.  Last season, the Hawks... Read more »

Ups and Downs for Hawks in Season Lidlifter

Before I continue, let me just say that last night’s Hawks game, in the grand scheme of the season, means very little.  With that said, there were a few concerning sights in Thursdays game in Colorado.  Let’s go over the positives and negatives, while trying to keep this ONE GAME in perspective. POSITIVES: Marian Hossa: ... Read more »

Blackhawks Set Opening Night Roster

Skille will finally get his shot to play in the NHL every night
The Blackhawks have finalized their opening night roster.  After waiving forward Ryan Potulny and defenseman Jassen Cullimore today, the 22 man roster is set.    Roster and Figures courtesy of CAPGEEK.COM CAP CALCULATOR   FORWARDSPatrick Kane ($6.300m) / Jonathan Toews ($6.300m) / Marian Hossa ($5.275m)Patrick Sharp ($3.900m) / Dave Bolland ($3.375m) / Tomas Kopecky... Read more »

Morin's demotion good news for Blackhawk fans

Jeremy Morin.  It was a name you hadn’t heard before this month, and before the Blackhawk’s preseason began.  By now, to almost anyone who knows or cares about Blackhawk hockey, he’s become a household name. Of all of the prospects battling for roster spots, Morin stood out the most.  He was the most consistent, highest... Read more »

Hockey is here again! A Blackhawks training camp preview

Lalonde could be the surprise of camp
Can you believe it’s hockey season again?  The Blackhawks hosted their training camp festival this weekend, including a practice in front of a STANDING ROOM ONLY crowd.  Yes…a standing room only practice.  Tonight, the Blackhawks begin their preseason in Winnepeg vs the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Typically, elite NHL teams don’t worry too much about preseason hockey,... Read more »

Blackhawks sign forward Ryan Potulny

The Hawks acquired the speedy Stalberg from Toronto in the Kris Versteeg trade
The Blackhawks have signed former Oiler and Flyers center/winger Ryan Potulny to a one year, two way contract with a $500,000 cap hit. Potulny, an undersized forward (6’0 190 lbs) , showed he could score a little bit last year on a horrible Edmonton team, where he scored 15 goals and 17 assists in 64... Read more »