Patrick Kane exonerated by the DA

When Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III released his statement today announcing that the “so-called ‘case”” against Patrick Kane would not even be presented to a grand jury, it represented about as complete an exoneration as an accused person ever receives. The DA’s statement was dismissive and sarcastic, and didn’t even mention the... Read more »

Quiz: What do you really know about the Patrick Kane case?

The Patrick Kane case has gone incredibly quiet since the circus week in late September when it seemed the lawyers in the case were holding a press conference every 20 minutes. But over the weekend reports out of Buffalo claim that the case will not be presented to a grand jury, and no charges will... Read more »

Don't dress up like Patrick Kane this Halloween

Halloween is fast approaching, and costume parties will be starting as early as this weekend.  Every Halloween we have some controversy where someone dresses up as something topical, but in an offensive way.  This year, you just know that someone is going to dress up as Patrick Kane walking around with an evidence bag or... Read more »

The NHL's new 3-on-3 overtime is a gimmick

Thoughts from Ornery Man: I get it – no one likes a tie game.  So a few years ago the NHL implemented the shootout if a game is tied after 5 minutes of a 4-on-4 overtime.  And for years all we’ve heard critics say is “it’s a gimmick” and “it’s a skills contest” and that... Read more »

The new and improved (?) Blackhawks should be strong in their division this year

Last season, the Chicago Blackhawks finished 3rd in their division and 4th in the conference.  They turned out ok in the playoffs though, winning their third Stanley Cup in six years. Still, the regular season does count for something, just ask the LA Kings who missed the playoffs last year after winning the Cup in... Read more »

Bickell's poor play, not the salary cap, forced the Hawks to put him on waivers

Yesterday the Blackhawks put Bryan Bickell on waivers, which he cleared, meaning the team can assign him to Rockford if they wish.  The salary cap tracking website General Fanager reported that the Hawks would gain $950,000 in cap space by assigning him to Rockford, and the Hawks are currently about $200,000 over the cap, and... Read more »

Patrick Kane's bobblehead headache

The Chicago Blackhawks are taking some predictable heat after announcing that their schedule of home-game promotions will include a Patrick Kane Bobblehead Night on January 24th.  It would not be wrong to call this another tone-deaf moment in their handling of Patrick Kane as he stands accused, but not charged, of sexual assault.  But let’s... Read more »

Corey Crawford IS an elite goalie

TSN just published it’s Top 50 NHL players list for 2015-16. There are 5 goalies in the top 50. In order (with overall ranking in parentheses): Carey Price (3) Henrik Lundqvist (25) Pekka Rinne (29) Jonathan Quick (35) Braden Holtby (49) It’s clear Crawford will never be recognized as elite as long as he continues... Read more »

So what if I never played the game?

* This entry is a bit more personal than I would normally write, but it is included as part of a ChicagoNow blogger exercise. Sometimes you hear people criticize sports writers because “they never played the game.” Well here I am, on my third day as a hockey blogger, and I’m certainly wondering what I’m... Read more »

Patrick Kane does not have a right to play

Let’s be clear about one thing: Patrick Kane does NOT have every right to be at work, even if Rick Morrissey thinks otherwise.Jonathan Toews also does not have a right to be on the team. Nor does Duncan Keith, or anyone at the United Center except for Rocky Wirtz (he does own the team after... Read more »