Monthly Archives: June 2012

Audio: PuckChatter~Radio, e.110 Previews Blackhawks 2012 Draft, To Goalie or Not to Goalie, the news and much more

By Chris Block

PuckChatter~Radio is back this week to preview this weekend’s NHL Entry Draft happening in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the Consol Energy Center.

The Blackhawks currently hold the 18th overall pick in the first round.

On the show, we discuss the possibilities of what Stan Bowman and Director of Amateur Scouting Mark Kelley may do with that pick, as well as what they should not do.

It’s a special Draft Primer mixed in with other odds, ends, Blackhawks news and hockey talk.

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IceHogs re-sign Svendsen, Farjestad gets Salak; Notes on private prospect mini-camp, Haviland and Team USA

By Chris Block

Word is the NHL is releasing its 2012-13 regular season schedule on Thursday.

–Rockford IceHogs re-signed forward Brandon Svendsen to an AHL contract for the 2012-13 season on Tuesday.

The 5-10, 176 pound Svendsen appeared in 39 games with the IceHogs last season after joining the team on January 10th.  The Minnesota native posted 4 goals and 10 assists for Rockford.  Two of Svendsen’s goals were game-winners and his tally with 43 seconds left in regulation in the season finale on April 14th sent that game to overtime.

Svendsen was signed to a professional try-out contract on January 10th and made his IceHogs debut in Rosemont for a Wednesday matinee game against the Chicago Wolves.

At the time, Jimmy Hayes, Andrew Shaw and Ben Smith were all on recall with the Blackhawks.  Other IceHogs forwards Rostislav Olesz and Kyle Beach were each sidelined with shoulder injuries, creating an opening for Svendsen. Read more »

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Hawks re-sign three, part ways with Salak; plus notes on Hawks draft and goaltending, Ed Belfour and Jimmy Waite

By Chris Block

Blackhawks announced they’ve re-signed three restricted free agents today.

Ben Smith, Brandon Bollig and goaltender Carter Hutton all inked new deals.

According to reports, Smith and Bollig each signed two-year contracts.

Bollig’s first year is a two-way deal.  He’ll be paid at a rate of $575,000 in the NHL and $105,000 if he plays in the AHL.  His second year is a one-way contract paying him $575,000.

Ben Smith is also on a two-way contract for 2012-13.  Smith will reportedly earn $550,000 when he’s playing at the NHL level and $105,000 in the minors.  In 2013-14, Smith has a guaranteed contract for $575,000.

Carter Hutton agreed to a one-year, two-way contract.

–On Friday, the Blackhawks placed goaltender Alexander Salak on waivers.  The rest of the league has apparently passed on Salak.  Today it was announced the Blackhawks and Salak agreed to an outright release. Read more »

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Blackhawks 2012 preseason schedule; plus notes on this weekend’s events, Haviland, Yawney, Broadhurst, Salak, Fahey and time when the Blackhawks and Lakers almost pulled off a trade for two icons

By Chris Block

Many teams across the NHL, including the Chicago Blackhawks, have released their 2012 preseason schedules since the Los Angeles Kings hoisted the Stanley Cup this past Monday night.

Now, Wayne Gretzky’s All-Stars may have a better chance of playing the United Center this September and early October than the Blackhawks, Penguins, Flyers and Red Wings, nonetheless, the schedule is as follows….

On the road:

Tuesday, September 25 @ Philadelphia – 6pm [central]

Saturday, September 29 @ Detroit Red Wings, Joe Louis Arena – 6pm

Friday, October 5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins, Consol Energy Center – 6pm

At the United Center:

Friday, September 28 vs Detroit Red Wings – 7:30pm

Sunday, September 30 vs Pittsburgh Penguins – 6pm

Saturday, October 6 vs Philadelphia Flyers – 7:30pm Read more »

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Audio: HockeeNight PuckCast talking NHL Draft and the Blackhawks off season

By Chris Block

On Sunday night I joined CT and Forklift of HockeeNight.com for their annual NHL Draft preview show.

You can listen to the show here by clicking the play button below.

For those who prefer… I’ve uploaded an MP3 of the show you can download here.

Topics included on the show…

– Which position and who the Blackhawks may be looking to draft at #18
– A look back at the 2012 Draft and how well the Hawks did
– Joel Quenneville’s coaching future
– Prospects of trading some core, and non-core veterans
– Justifying the Johnny Oduya re-signing
– Phillip Danault
– Mark McNeill
– Please Stan, no more Bryan Bickell
– Looking ahead at familiar names coming out in ’13 & ’14 Drafts
– Ridiculous Blackhawks free agency speculation
– Trading Patrick Kane
– Barry Smith
– Adam Clendening and Shawn Lalonde
– Moving the Coyotes from Glendale back to Phoenix
– NHL expansion
– All this an much, much  more in this 2-hour PuckCast extravaganza

And a reminder, the HockeeNight boys will be hosting an outing this Friday night, June 15th at Galway Bay at 500 W. Diversey Parkway in Chicago.  The event is sponsored by Jeppson’s Malort.  Arrive early for an hour of open bar.  I’ll be there as well.  Check HockeeNight.com this week for more details.

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PuckChatter~Radio, e.109, Email bag edition

The Thursday June 7th edition of PuckChatter~Radio

Chris Block answers (in come cases; or tries to) listener questions on topics ranging from Joel Quenneville’s dysfunctional coaching staff, the Bowmans, Adam Clendening, Derek Boogaard, the NHL Finals, update on Block’s door woman, first date horror story, the Chicago Blues Festival, express lanes, the upcoming draft and to his ascension to the role of relationship and romance adviser.

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Chris Block will be the guest this Sunday night on Hockeenight.com‘s PuckCast previewing the NHL draft.

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PuckChatter~Radio, e.108, Bowman on Kane and other news, Email bag and romance advice

The May 31st edition of PuckChatter~Radio

Thoughts on the Jamal Mayers and Johnny Oduya re-signings and Stan Bowman’s only public comments on the most recent Patrick Kane controversy

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Lindbloom: As Far As I’m Concerned….

“A long long time ago
I can still remember how
That music used to make me smile…” – Don McClean

By Rich Lindbloom

So you think you know what pain is? An infected ingrown toenail?  Yes, indeed, that would be in the running. I had a friend who once told me that pain was comparable to childbirth. Then there’s the pain attributed to listening to yet another advertisement that tries to get you to buy something by utilizing a British accent. (What the bloody hell is that all about mate?)  Or its close advertising counterpart, the bloke who tries to speed read 500 words in 5 seconds. Those two are the type of aggravating pain that makes you want to plow your car into someone who has just cut you off. Then there’s the pain of Fakhra Yourus, 33, a Pakistani acid victim who committed suicide after enduring more than 3 dozen surgeries over the last 12 years to repair damage to her face and body. That type of pain is truly a heartfelt pain. Hopefully our merciful Lord will cradle her in His arms for the rest of eternity. Read more »

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