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Hawks hire another new player development coach, long-time Tortorella ally

By Chris Block

Blackhawks have hired another Player Development Coach.

Recently the team hired Mike Sullivan, who last served as an assistant on John Tortorella’s staff in Vancouver. Tortorella and Sullivan were each fired by the Canucks on May 1, 2014.

Sullivan joins Yanic Perreault, Adrian Aucoin and Mark Eaton on the Blackhawks Player Development staff. This group reports to Barry Smith. Their primary role is to assist in the development of prospects.  Keith Carney was also apart of that team, but he’s currently on voluntary sabbatical from the organization.

Aucoin and Eaton are former NHL defenseman, Sullivan a forward, while Perreault a center who was one of the league’s best faceoff men in his day. Aucoin and Perreault both had stints with the Blackhawks in their playing days.

This new hire does bring a wide-range of experience, but also some baggage. Read more »

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Afternoon Delights: Hawks at it again with Teuvo

By Chris Block

In this week’s news, the Blackhawks have a highly-regarded NHL prospect.

In fact, this prospect could be in line to earn a spot on the Opening Night roster, but the team says they don’t know for certain.

The problem is the player missed a week of training camp and three preseason games. So, they need to see more of him.

Fair enough. Makes sense… In other news, the team is chose not to see the aforementioned player last night when the Blackhawks host the Montreal Canadiens in the final home game of the exhibition season.

Teuvo Teravainen, despite getting into only one game thus far due to injury, didn’t dress in the Hawks’ second-to-last preseason game against the Canadiens.

“We haven’t seen him a ton this camp,” Joel Quenneville said Wednesday morning when speaking to reporters about the 20-year old prospect. “We liked him in the game he played. We like him in practice. I thought he was fine at Notre Dame. We see progress to his game. It seems like he’s a little stronger.” Read more »

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Stan Bowman talks Enforcer role; its place on the Chicago Blackhawks

Stan Bowman

By Chris Block

Amidst Tuesday night’s exhibition opener at United Center, which was essentially a nothing evening save for Cuba Gooding Jr.’s disrobing during the very first conciliatory version of the between-periods Shoot the Puck competition, the only intelligence of any substance coming away from the event took place in the CSN Chicago broadcast booth during the second period.

Stan Bowman joined Pat Foley and Eddie Olcyzk for the initial ten minutes of the second stanza for something of a Blackhawks’ state of September address.

Mostly-discussed were the team’s top prospects in camp and their individual progressions, with Jeremy Morin, Teuvo Teravainen, Phillip Danault and Klas Dahlbeck being spotlighted. Rockford IceHogs’ coach Ted Dent also received high praise from Bowman after Foley raised his name. Read more »

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More news on Blackhawks scouting, Hockey Analytics and off season front office changes and info: Major Name Gone

By Chris Block

We have further information on Chicago Blackhawks front office and hockey operations shakeups from the off season before we advance into the heart of the matter now that training camps are active.

Michel Dumas, the last remaining relic generally associated with the Bill Wirtz / Bob Pulford era of Blackhawks hockey, has moved on.

Dumas, 65, briefly served as Tony Esposito’s backup on the Hawks during the mid-70’s. Dumas suffered a career-ending right eye injury during a game against Colorado at Chicago Stadium on December 26, 1976. With his playing career over, he was given a job by Bill Wirtz as an amateur scout the very next season.

Dumas tenure on the Blackhawks scouting staff spanned the next 37 years. This lead to a running joke in circles for many years that the Blackhawks top scout was ‘legally blind.’

In 1992, Dumas would be promoted to Chief Amateur Scout. He held that position until Bruce Franklin, who has been on the Hawks scouting staff now for over 20 years, took over from Dumas in 2010. Read more »

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Blackhawks make more changes to hockey operations staff

By Chris Block

Chicago Blackhawks Vice President and general manager Stan Bowman made several additions to his pro scouting staff recently.

As expected, Wade Brookbank has retired (again) and accepted a position as a pro scout for the Blackhawks.

A popular teammate inside the Rockford IceHogs dressing room over the past four seasons, Brookbank appeared in 128 games over those four campaigns.

Brookbank, 36, had previously retired at the end of the 2010-11 season. He was employed as a pro scout with the Vancouver Canucks for the first half of the subsequent season before re-signing with Rockford and skating in 17 games with the IceHogs on the back end of the 2011-12 schedule. Read more »

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Checking in with Teuvo talk, Sweden camp, Zagreb IceHogs, Beach’s try-out contract and more

By Chris Block

The full AHL regular season schedule is supposed to drop on Tuesday. It was finalized Monday. This is the latest I can recall the American Hockey League taking to get its schedule done. The reason it took until the last week of August (less than six weeks prior to Opening night) this time around is because the NBA schedule wasn’t completed just a couple of weeks ago, in mid-August. AHL franchises, Lake Erie (Cleveland), Charlotte, San Antonio and Oklahoma City share buildings with NBA teams and the AHL couldn’t lock in those teams’ home dates until the NBA finalized its schedule.

Teuvo’s Turn

Impression I get is a roster spot is essentially Teuvo Teravainen’s to take in training camp. If he’s ready, the Blackhawks will not hold him back for any reason. However, if he’s still hesitant, over-thinking or a bit over-matched physically (these things will all come around, no one is doubting that) in half or more of his preseason appearances, there would be no hesitation to give Teravainen a month, two or however long it may take in Rockford. Read more »

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Odds and Saads: Morin’s shot, Teuvo plan, Carey signing, Hartman, Johns and more

By Chris Block

MORIN’s OPPORTUNITY

Don’t wait for the IceHogs’ leading goal scorer to be back in Rockford, at least for the time being.

Jeremy Morin was told he is up with the Blackhawks for the remainder of the season.

So, unless there is some major change in direction, don’t expect him to be back in Rockford before then, if ever.

I suppose there is a chance he’d return to Rockford in the event the IceHogs team makes the playoffs and the Blackhawks are healthy enough to the point Morin slides down the depth chart far enough.  But that would also have to mean Teuvo Teravainen would play outstanding enough that the Blackhawks would no longer care about burning a year on Teravainen’s slide-eligible entry level contract – which contrary to what is being insinuated publically, they are not planning to do so at this time.

–In case you missed it last week, Odds and Saads will be a weekly feature here on TheThirdManIn.com.  This is part one of two for this week.

TEUVO TIME

Teuvo Teravainen will make his NHL regular season debut for the Blackhawks when they host the Dallas Stars at the United Center. Read more »

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Viktor Svedberg could be done for the season; IceHogs extend point streak to 10; Jeremy Morin too [UPDATED]

By Chris Block

[Update 3:00p 2/26/14] On Wednesday afternoon, Viktor Svedberg, via his Twitter account (@Svedberg8) that he is undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery today.

Svedberg wrote, “On my way to shoulder surgery, would like to thank Icehogs, [Blackhawks], fans and my teammates for this season! Hope to see you again next year!”

We’ll know more later this week, but word out of IceHogs’ camp is defenseman Viktor Svedberg could be done for the season.

Svedberg, 22, last played on February 14th in a game against the Chicago Wolves in Rockford.  Svedberg appeared to have suffered an upper body injury during the second period of that contest.  He finished the game but has not played since.

There is no official confirmation at this point on Svedberg’s exact injury.

This season, the 6’9” first year North American blue liner has appeared in 35 games for the IceHogs, tallying 2 goals and 7 assists to go with a plus-4 even strength plus/minus rating.

When asked for an update on Svedberg’s status this past weekend, Rockford coach Ted Dent said it was “day-to-day, right now.”  Since then, the team has received some bad news. Read more »

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IceHogs weekend at a glance; Rockford earns 5 of possible 6 points; Morin, Pirri heat up; more news

By Chris Block

Rockford continued its recent hot streak over the weekend in pumping out 13 goals over the 3-in-3 weekend set, all against division foes.

Jeremy Morin led the way, notching 2 goals and 4 helpers to extend his consecutive game point streak to 7 games, matching his career best streak set in February 2013 (2/13/13 – 3/1/13).

In those seven games last season, Morin tallied 3 goals and 7 assists and had a plus-3 rating.

Over his current 7-game point streak, Morin has 6 goals and 7 assists for 13 points.  He’s also a plus-7 in this stretch to go along with 27 shots (22% shooting).

The IceHogs picked up 5 of a possible 6 points over the weekend.  The team extended its streak of consecutive games earning at least one point to seven (6-0-0-1).  In that time, Rockford has averaged 4.85 goals per game while allowing 3.00 against. Read more »

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IceHogs name a team captain, and why that’s a mild surprise

Nightingale_LaBarbera_Marlies_2014Jan20_ToddREICHERJared Nightingale (#6) defends the area in front of Jason LaBarbera’s goal
photo: Todd Reicher, 1/20/14, Rockford IceHogs


By Chris Block

Last week the IceHogs finally named a team captain.  They waited until only 53 percent of their season had passed to do so.

Jared Nightingale, 31, was named Rockford’s captain on January 14th.  He becomes the 8th captain of the IceHogs since the organization joined the AHL in 2007.

“Teddy (Dent) had called me a couple nights before he announced it to the team,” Nightingale said in a conversation with TheThirdManIn.com on January 18th.

“Obviously I was honored.  I was excited to take on that role.”

The previous IceHogs captains are Martin St. Pierre (2012-13), Brian Fahey (2011-12, 2nd half), Brandon Segal (2011-12, 1st half), Garnet Exelby (2010-11), Jake Dowell (2009-10), Tim Brent (2008-09) and Jim Fahey (2007-08).

The decision to name a team captain in mid-January came as a bit of a surprise. Read more »

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