As a follow up to Igor Makarovsigning with St. Petersburg (KHL), it appears the Blackhawks did execute a contractual release of the one-remaining year on his entry-level deal. That means Makarov is off the 50-man roster. In the Russian interview we cited in Friday’s story, Makarov said the Hawks released him and that claim now lines up. His name has now been removed from the team’s web site.
–All remaining regular season Blackhawks tickets go on sale Monday morning at 10am central via Ticketmaster. Standing room is now $27. First seven rows of the top level will cost $72 or $90 (60-72 if your seats are behind netting) depending on the opponent. To sit eleven rows off the ice on the weekend or against an Original Six or rivalry opponent now costs you $200. And you thought trading Brian Campbell would save us money….
We ran the gamut of Chicago Blackhawks topics on the show. Here’s a list of just some of those:
-Blackhawks at this weekend’s NHL Entry Draft
-Who the Hawks are likely to pick
-Which position the Hawks need to stock up on
-Making the right deal with Michael Frolik
-Bringing back former Hawks
-Two Hawks, aside from Marty Turco, definitely goners
-What Ben Smith won’t do next season
-The Kid Rock of hockey blogging
-Joel Quenneville’s goalie gun
-Getting the best player in a deal
-Gargantuan hockey bloggers
-More on Duncan Keith’s comments
-Trying to make sense of why people dislike John McDonough so much
-Thoughts on Canucks-Bruins
-Phil Collins in Concert
-Hockey Returns to Winnipeg
-Trying to watch baseball
-Raffi Torres, Aaron Rome, Hjalmarsson and hits that must be taken out of the game
And much, much more
Thanks as always to Fork and CT for having me on and to all those who take the time to listen to their show, as well as ours.
TheThirdManIn~Radio returned last night as did a couple of our more popular guests.
Mike Peck, the play-by-play voice of the Rockford IceHogs joined us for the first half hour to recap the IceHogs’ season. Peck sees the IceHogs more than just about anyone not a coach of the team and discussed the progress of Kyle Beach, Brandon Pirri, Shawn Lalonde, Rob Klinkhammer, Igor Makarov, Brian Connelly and more. We also got his early observations of the Hawks’ next crop of prospects Philippe Paradis, David Gilbert and Jimmy Hayes and which veteran defenseman, in his mind, has the greater odds of returning to Rockford.
Al Cimaglia of Sirius/XM Radio and HockeyIndependent.com was along for the Peck discussion as well. We then moved on to talk Hawks-Canucks fallout; whether the series proved the Hawks were anything more than what they showed for the previous 82 games and a few players who are very unlikely to return next season. Al and I also went further into explaining why the Hawks top players, like Duncan Keith, cannot be relied on so mightily again next season. We also debate if the Hawks should re-sign Troy Brouwer, who Stan Bowman seems to love and who he didn’t sound too enthused about last week when the name was brought up.
For the final twenty minutes or so, Superstar and go more in-depth into Duncan Keith’s comments and season confessional post-Game 5; why he shouldn’t have said what he did and the misguided comparisons some have drawn.
It’s a John Scott free podcast. A solid 90 minutes. Hope you enjoy. Thanks to everyone as always for listening.
The show returns next Monday night, May 9th at 8pm central. If we don’t have a special guest we’ll dig into player evaluations and recap losing entirely too much of our money at Arlington Park over the weekend.
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.
– 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…..
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.