Chris Block

Jun 112013
 

By Chris Block

Sorry.  I’ve been listening to a lot of Blonde on Blonde of late.

On Tuesday’s night’s show, we previewed the Chicago Blackhawks – Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Finals series, which, of course, begins Wednesday night at the United Center at 7pm central.

We detail our predictions as well as take a look at the key players for each side.

Outside of that, other topics included Dustin Byfuglien, apparently being too fat to trade; Viktor Stalberg digging himself further into Joel Quenneville’s doghouse and perhaps why.  Also, men being gross, a Boston fan slams Chicago, homeless people and their pets and much, much more.

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–Special Thanks to Molson Canadian, the Official Imported Beer of the NHL..

As you watch the Chicago Blackhawks strive for Lord Stanley’s Cup for the second time in four seasons, make sure to pick up some cold, refreshing Molson Canadian and participate in Molson Canadian USA’s Call of the Cup..

Molson Canadian recognizes that every decision a coach makes in the Playoffs can mean the difference between skating to glory and skating into the off season.

When you pick up Molson Canadian bottles now in the U.S., you can participate in The Call of the Cup series, which allows hockey fans to play the role of the coach and make the tough calls from their smart phones, or just debate the questions and scenarios on the back of the bottle labels between friends.

Which special teams unit is more important in the playoffs?  Make trades or stand pat at the trade deadline?  Be a part and help a team win its first Stanley Cup or help a team break a long championship drought?  Answer these questions and debate more scenarios in The Call of the Cup series from Molson Canadian beer.

For more information check Molson Canadian out on Facebook at:

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Jun 102013
 

From this past Saturday night’s issue of The Committed Indian

By Chris Block

Anyone whose read or followed my work over the years would know that I haven’t exactly been a huge fan of Bryan Bickell’s.  However, this playoff’s John Druce deserves kudos for being, perhaps, the single-most overriding factor in the Blackhawks being now one game away from advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in four seasons.

That’s not to suggest Bickell’s current successes should force Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman (provided this kind of thing is ultimately even his decision) into doing anything drastic (not his style anyhow) in attempts to keep Bickell this summer.

Before this postseason, Bickell’s greatest asset to the Blackhawks was his salary cap number, which for three seasons has hovered right at the NHL minimum salary requirement.

While it is stunning to look at the NHL leaderboard today and see Bickell’s eight playoff tallies ranking the 6-4, 235 pound Bowmanville, Ontario native second overall in playoff goals scored (tied with Patrick Sharp).  Boston Bruins center David Krejci’s nine goals leads all postseason performers. Continue reading »

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Jun 062013
 

By Chris Block

Complications in our schedules this week left us with little choice but to record our show right before the Blackhawks-Kings Game 4 in LA.

Were our Game 4 predictions on the money or did we come out the other side looking like dopes?  I’ll let you decide.

Also on this edition of PuckChatter~Radio, we discuss Niklas Hjalmarsson, Bryan Bickell, the Duncan Keith suspension, why Brad Watson is officiating the Conference Finals after the controversial disallowed goal in Game 3 of the Red Wings series, and a discussion of that play.

I also have a personal dedication, a request, some gossip of our recent trip to Las Vegas, the atrocious NBC second-team NHL broadcast team and much more.

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–Special Thanks to Molson Canadian, the Official Imported Beer of the NHL..

As you enjoy this NHL playoff season, and the Chicago Blackhawks bid to lift Lord Stanley’s chalice for the second time in four seasons, make sure to pick up some cold, refreshing Molson Canadian at your local grocer or adult beverage outlet.

Molson Canadian recognizes that every decision a coach makes in the Playoffs can mean the difference between skating to glory and skating into the off season.

When you pick up Molson Canadian bottles now in the U.S., you can participate in The Call of the Cup series, which allows hockey fans to play the role of the coach and make the tough calls from their smart phones, or just debate the questions and scenarios on the back of the bottle labels between friends.

Which special teams unit is more important in the playoffs?  Make trades or stand pat at the trade deadline?  Be a part and help a team win its first Stanley Cup or help a team break a long championship drought?  Answer these questions and debate more scenarios in The Call of the Cup series from Molson Canadian beer.

For more information check Molson Canadian out on Facebook at:

Facebook.com/MolsonCanadianUSA

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Also, come on out this Sunday to Galway Bay in Chicago at 500 W. Diversey.

I’ll be there to take part in HockeeNight.com ’s 200th PuckCast.

They’ll be doing a live recording on location there at Galway Bay starting at 5:30pm.

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May 162013
 

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*Note: At about the 53:00 mark, our sound board crashed and the show goes silent for a little over a minute and returns.  Last week it happened just as we were about to start.  So, its becoming a weekly occurrence, I guess.

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May 072013
 

By Chris Block

On Tuesday, we welcomed Mike Peck, the voice of the Rockford IceHogs, back to PuckChatter~Radio to help us recap the IceHogs’ 2012-13 season.

Over the course of this 40 minute show, Mike and I discussed the emergence of third-year pros Brandon Pirri, Jeremy Morin, Ben Smith and Ryan Stanton.  We also covered the development and future of other Blackhawks prospects, including Kyle Beach, Joe Lavin and Jimmy Hayes.  Also, we take a look at what next season’s IceHogs’ roster will look like.

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Apr 292013
 

By Chris Block

PuckChatter~Radio returned Monday night to preview the start of the NHL postseason, more specifically the first round playoff series pitting the 1st-place seed, and President’s Trophy winning Chicago Blackhawks, and the 8th-seeded Minnesota Wild.

Al Cimaglia of MyFoxChicago.com and Sirius/XM Radio’s NHL Home Ice channel joined me to give his take on the series, the Blackhawks season and the long playoff road ahead.

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Join us again next week, Tuesday May 7th at a special time of 4pm central time when the Voice of the Rockford IceHogs, Mike Peck, returns to the show to review the IceHogs’ 42-win season that was just not enough to earn that team a berth into the AHL’s postseason.

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Apr 212013
 

Sunday night I joined CT and the “Forklift” for my quarterly HockeeNight PuckCast appearance.

We touched a lot of bases.  You’ll need to listen for yourself, but we discussed the Rockford IceHogs season, another non-playoff appearance, where it all went wrong and where many of those players go from here.

Also, we talked the Blackhawks and their playoff preparations, Corey Crawford, Edzo, Craig MacTavish, a marriage proposal, Fork visits the set of Dancing With the Stars, Marty Turco, Kory Kucur (yes, Kory Kocur), Brandon Bollig, the upcoming draft, the Iowa Wild, Tony Hrkac, Brian Noonan and other odd nuggets.

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Apr 192013
 

By Chris Block

First off, a quick note:

I don’t have any shows of my own planned at the moment, but I can announce that I will be joining the HockeeNight PuckCast this Sunday night, April 21st.  We’ll be discussing the Blackhawks as they get primed for postseason; either a Rockford IceHogs post-mortem or playoff preview and if maybe even more 1960’s and 70’s northeast professional wrestling as we did last time I did the PuckCast.

–Nashville Predators’ winger Kevin Henderson will be making his NHL debut tonight against the Blackhawks at the UC.  Back in 2007, Henderson was an invitee to the Blackhawks summer prospect camp.  At that camp, Henderson skated on Jonathan Toews’ line.  The summer ’07 camp was the one just prior to Toews and Patrick Kane’s rookie seasons.

DYLAN OLSEN UPDATE

The Blackhawks 2009 first round pick suffered a foot injury on April 7th in a game against the Peoria Rivermen in Rockford.  Olsen blocked a shot off his left foot during the second period of that game and has not played since.

Olsen was back skating with the IceHogs this week and could possibly play in the regular season finale tomorrow night in Cedar Park, Texas.  Olsen has been ruled out of tonight’s game in San Antonio, however.

Tonight, Rockford will go with the following defense pairs: Ryan Stanton-Adam Clendening, Klas DahlbeckSteve Montador, Joe LavinShawn Lalonde.

ROCKFORD ICEHOGS – It all comes down to this…

The Rockford IceHogs (40-31-2-1, .561, 83 points) wrap up their regular season this weekend with two games in the Lone Star State.

Tonight, Rockford will visit the San Antonio Rampage (29-36-2-7, .453).  The Rampage (14th in the west) are the AHL affiliate to the Florida Panthers. Continue reading »

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Apr 142013
 

By Chris Block

One night after picking up a huge 7-3 victory over the Chicago Wolves in their regular season home finale, the Rockford IceHogs hit the road, again set out to keep their AHL postseason bid alive in a crucial divisional matchup with the 8th place Milwaukee Admirals.

Rockford came into Saturday’s contest in 9th place in the Western Conference, tied at 81 in points with Milwaukee, though the Admirals hold two games in hand over the IceHogs heading into the final week of the regular season.

On the heels of Brandon Pirri’s franchise record 6-point (1 goal, 5 assists) night and Ben Smith’s hat-trick in the win over the Wolves, the IceHogs had to beat the Admirals on Saturday if they had any hopes of sneaking into the postseason.

Backed by a 20 save performance by Carter Hutton and goals by Adam Clendening, Ben Smith and Klas Dahlbeck, Rockford did just that, defeating the Admirals 3-1 on Saturday before a crowd of 8,895 fans at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee. Continue reading »

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Apr 012013
 

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By Chris Block

Chicago Blackhawks on Monday acquired center Michal Handzus from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a fourth round selection in the upcoming 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

In 28 games this season with the Sharks, Handzus posted 1 goal and 1 assist.  He was a minus-9 while playing mostly third and fourth line minutes for the Sharks.

The pick the Blackhawks sent San Jose had originally belonged to the Sharks.  At the 2012 Draft, the Hawks and Sharks swapped 4th round picks, so the Sharks could move up and the Hawks could pick up an additional 7th round selection.  That later pick, obtained from San Jose, originally belonged to Tampa Bay which the Sharks obtained in a trade involving center Dominic Moore.  Chicago used the additional 2012 7th round pick (191st overall) to select goaltender Brandon Whitney of the Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL), the same team Phillip Danault played for at the time.

Handzus turned 36 last month.  This will be his second stint with the Blackhawks organization.  He is now the second-oldest Blackhawk behind Jamal Mayers, who is 38.

Michal Handzus previously spent the 2006-07 season with the Blackhawks, appearing in only 8 games in October of 2006 before knee surgery ended his season.  Continue reading »

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