Monthly Archives: February 2011

TTMI~Radio Special Friday Trade Edition ~ Bowman & Tallon make a deal

A special Friday afternoon edition of TheThirdManIn~Radio today.  Dieter Kurtenbach joins me to break down the Jack Skille-Michael Frolik trade piece by piece.  We also have a long discussion and share our take on the process of how trade rumors take a life of their own, the true villains in the process and the relationship between main stream or professional reporters, amateurs, hobbyists, pretenders and the general audience.  That and so much more.

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Friday February 11, 2011 ~ 2pm central (original air)

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More on this show….

— Michael Frolik not so “versatile” after all
— Where newest Hawk fits best
— Comparisons to Kris Versteeg
— Michael Grosek (I resisted the Nikita Alexeev urge)
— Reflections of the Jack Skille Experience
— Will Skille score 20 in South Florida?
— The Skille-Chicago match
— Particular thing the trade didn’t accomplish
— Why Alexander Salak may have been available?
— What made Salak’s inclusion in this deal particularly strange
— Dale Tallon giving up on two 2006 1st rounder in 4 months
— Word on two Hawks’ recent goaltending draft picks
— Q, again, refusing to put his best lineup on the ice
— Perfect sense flying over Quenneville’s head
— Most important line in hockey
— Love for the Mike Fisher deal
— Some ideas for if the Blackhawks fall out of the chase
— Zach Bogosian not in play for Chicago
— A all of a sudden a web site has gone all Eklund on the Internet
— Hawks defense a sloppy mess even in victory
— Block predicts something & winds up wrong a few hours later (big shock)
— “I’ve pumped Steve Montador for a long time now” (Thanks SL)
— And so much more…..

You can follow Dieter on Twitter @DKurtenbach

Show returns Tuesday night, February 15th in our usual weekly time lot, 8pm central at BlogTalkRadio.com/TheThirdManIn.  We say this frequently but somehow never get to it… However, we have received a lot of feedback for our last month of shows and we’ll read and answer some of those emails on Tuesday night.  If you are a regular listener and have anything you’d like to hear addressed on this week’s show, send an email to the address below and I’ll do my best to get through as many as I can.

ChrisBlock@TheThirdManIn.com

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TTMI~Radio e.71, Blackhawks-Flames fallout with Al Cimaglia of Sirius/XM & HockeyIndependent

Al Cimaglia of Sirius/XM Radio and HockeyIndependent.com joined me on Tuesday night for 70-plus minutes of Blackhawks’ talk.

A great show.  Al’s extremely knowledgeable and has keen slant on the goings on with the Blackhawks.  We discussed the fallout from the Blackhawks’ performance in a 3-1 loss at Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday night and previewed the road ahead with games upcoming this week in Edmonton, Dallas and Phoenix to close out the Hawks’ six-game road trip.

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Tuesday February 8, 2011
~ 8pm (central) original air

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Among the topics discussed:

- Was Duncan Keith right to call out his forwards after Monday’s loss, no matter how correct his assertion is?
– What Keith is upset about and what may have set him off
– Is a “bag skate” in the middle of a road trip, on the Eve of 3 games in 4 nights a sound idea?

– We give Al the Hawks’ GM seat from now until the Feb 28th trade deadline, what would he do?
– ..Wait it out, or react now…
– Which popular former Blackhawk could be a right fit to return this month?
– Other names who could make a positive impact
– Where have the Blackhawks stood for the past three months
– Stat that doesn’t give impression things are so bad
– Record the Hawks must close out with to earn spot in postseason
– Talking sense, not fanatical nonsense, in Brent Seabrook negotiations
– What Seabrook may be thinking
– Sharp at center, positives and negatives
– Hawks around the net, who gets there & who doesn’t
– Who’s hot and who’s not
– Troubling sign again noted with Marian Hossa’s shot

– Q’s line allocations and responsibilities; Defining the 4th line
– Getting a jump start on RFA’s now; why it didn’t happen last year

– Odds Cristobal Huet will ever wear an Indianhead sweater again?
– Have the Hawks hit the physical and emotional wall?
– This year’s locker room vs. last season’s locker room
– And much, much more

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Thanks as always for spending time with us.  You can join us Live next Tuesday night, February 15th @ 8pm central time for our next weekly program and as always at BlogTalkRadio.com/TheThirdManIn

ChrisBlock@TheThirdManIn.com

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Lindbloom: The Phantom of Rogers Arena

The Phantom of Rogers Arena

The Phantom of the Rogers Arena

Floating, falling, sweet intoxication!
Touch me, trust me savour each sensation!
Let the dream begin
let your darker side give in
to the power of the music that I write –
the power of the music of the night. –
 Charles Hart

I’m guessing most Blackhawk fans have never been to a musical – if you haven’t, skip this paragraph and go right to the one where it starts out, “We got a rope, we got a tree, all we need is a referee.” For those of you who have, I’m sure you would agree that the human voice has the uncanny power to evoke emotion sequestered away in the dark recesses of our hearts. If you just spend a moment reading the lyrics to the song Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera, you’ll discover one of those gems whose worth can never be told. The song actually helped me get over the Blackhawk victory that was snatched away somewhere in the depth’s or Rogers Arena Friday night. While I tossed and turned, reflecting on the “phantom” calls that contributed to our demise, I finally surrendered “to my darkest dreams.” Read more »

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TTMI~Radio e.70, Blackhawks-Canucks and Officiating Blues, UFC 126 predictions

A special Saturday night edition of TTMI~Radio here to discuss the aftermath following the Blackhawks somewhat controversial loss to the Canucks in Vancouver late Friday night.

** Note: We recorded this show a different way, in a different setting.  Chris’s audio in particular suffered from some background echoing for the first five minutes, but cleared up after then.   I don’t recall anything profound said during that time, so if you jump ahead to minute six or seven it should be just fine.

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Saturday February 5, 2011 ~ 8pm central

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Steve Ludzik chats with Steve Larmer and former Blackhawks coach Orval Tessier

Orval Tessier, the only Blackhawks’ coach to ever win the Jack Adams Trophy for NHL coach of the year, sits down with his former players Steve Ludzik and Steve Larmer for a fun chat.

Recently Larmer and Ludzik drove up to their old coach’s Cornwall, Ontario home to reminiscence about their time together when Tessier coached against them in junior, when he coached the two in minors in Moncton and more in his days behind the Blackhawks’ bench.

Its a great video in which Ludzik and Larmer pay tribute to the coach they credit as giving them their big breaks in professional hockey.

Tessier also discusses his coaching philosophies and the infamous “heart transplant” comment, directed at his team, he made during 1983 Campbell Conference Finals which made headlines across Canada and in Chicago. The Oilers swept the Hawks 4-0 that series and outscored them 16-6 in the first two games in Edmonton. After Game 2, Tessier was overhead by a reporter when making the comment and you could imagine it was national news the following morning. While a lot of people think that incident led to Tessier’s dismissal, he actually continued coaching the team for the next year and a half. It was actually the first round loss to Minnesota the following year and a poor first half of the 1984-85 season that got Tessier the axe. In the ’83 series, down 2 games to none, the Hawks lost a much more competitive game when the series shifted to the Stadium, 3-2. Game four was a heck of a game, but Chicago still lost 6-3, ending their season.

For those of you who were with us back in August when Ludzy joined us on TTMI~Radio, much of what’s discussed in the video will sound familiar. If not, I urge you to go back and check it out when you have an opportunity. Ludzik is a terrific character and a great, no-nonsense interview. Ludzy is a lot of fun and tells it like it is.

Check out this video and more with Ludzik at Ludzy.com

ChrisBlock@TheThirdManIn.com

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NHLPA Player opinion poll on franchises, coaches, rule changes and peers

Less than half of current NHL players recently participated in a voluntary poll presented by the National Hockey League Player’s Association and the CBC television network in Canada.  Of the 318 players who did return surveys, 11% identified the Chicago Blackhawks as the team they’d most-like to play for.  And 7% choose the United Center as their favorite arena to play in.

Duncan Keith, the reigning Norris Trophy award winner, finished 5th in the category of toughest defenseman to play against.  Keith received three percent of the votes in that query.  Patrick Sharp ranked 3rd in the most-underrated player category, tied with New Jersey center Travis Zajac with each receiving 3.5% of votes.  That’s something of an arbitrary category.  Frans Nielsen, who got the 2nd most votes for most-underrated, is a sneaky-skilled player but he’s not in the league of Sharp or Dallas Stars winger Loui Eriksson, who led the voting by a slim margin over Nielsen (5 goals, 16 assists, 43gp).

In Joel Quenneville, the Blackhawks have the league’s 5th most desired coach, according to players polled.  Quenneville received 6% of votes tallied, behind Guy Boucher (8%), Dave Tippett (8%), Mike Babcock (18%) and Dan Bylsma (21%).  Bylsma was obviously aided by how well he came off in the HBO 24/7 series.

Here’s the entire list of questions and top vote getters: Read more »

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Lindbloom: Now Make It Mellow

Tighten Up

By Rich Lindbloom

[Author’s note: Before attempting to read the following article, you must Google two songs. First the “Tighten Up” by Archie Bell and the Drells and then “Emma,” by the Sisters of Mercy.]

There is a new buzz word circling amongst the “woe is us” naysayers who are attempting to define and label this year’s enigmatic Blackhawks. For those who have had front row seats to their disasters, the word is becoming as firmly entrenched as an inscription on a gravestone. The Hawks have been unofficially christened with the word “inconsistent.” As usual, I beg to differ.

First off, there is the illusion that being consistent is better than being inconsistent. Bernard Berenson once said “consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.” In my whimsical mind, this year’s Hawks would more aptly be described by the word – persistence.

Following the Blackhawks this year has not been for the faint of heart. It is the classical example of Sisyphus rolling the boulder up the hill, only to see it come tumbling down again. While pondering our persistent frustrations with the Blackhawks this year, I heard a song on the radio played that could hold the key to our success as we head down the stretch. Read more »

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