By Chris Block
We were fortunate enough on Saturday to sit down with Rockford IceHogs’ head coach Ted Dent for a lengthy season-in-review discussion.
In this twenty-five minute interview, Dent shared his take on the gamut of subjects from coaching, to working in unison with Joel Quenneville and the Blackhawks coaching staff to the ups and down season his IceHogs experienced in this 2011-12 season.
Dent also gives his take on the state of Kyle Beach‘s progression, where he thinks Beach could be had it not been for missing four months due to shoulder surgery and if Dent has been surprised at all by the rapid ascension of Andrew Shaw.
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In this conversation, Dent gives his analysis and discusses various topics including….
-Getting opportunity to be a head coach at AHL level
-Relationships with players and the transition from being an assistant to the head coach
-What aspect he looked to change in Rockford
-Dialogue ongoing between Chicago and Rockford
-Communicating with, and leaning on Joel Quenneville for advice. Read more
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–We are now 60 days away from opening night of the Blackhawks’ regular season. The AHL’s too for that matter.
–Rockford IceHogs have announced two preseason home games. Both will be played at the MetroCentre.
Wed Sept 28 vs Chicago Wolves, 7:05pm
Sat Oct 01 vs Peoria Rivermen, 7:05pm
The IceHogs will have one other exhibition game in Milwaukee on September 30th. That game will be played at the Milwaukee School of Engineering inside the Kern Center.
–Hearing now the loan agreement of Cristobal Huet between the Blackhawks and Fribourg-Gotteron of the Swiss National League is a done deal. Read more
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Sunday was Bob Probert Day in his hometown Windsor, Ontario. 800 motorcyclists turned out for a memorial charity ride supporting a local hospital’s angioplasty program. Chris Chelios was there and served as honorary “captain” for the ride. July 5th is the one-year anniversary of Probert’s death.
Later on Sunday, Chelios was on hand at Detroit’s Fox Theatre for his buddy Eddie Vedder’s solo show. Vedder is at the Chicago Theatre tomorrow and Wednesday night. This was a big thrill for Chelios. I guess he kind of had to be there. During Vedder’s two and a half hour set Sunday, he dedicated his version of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” to Chelios. Detroit wasn’t a scheduled stop on Vedder’s current U.S. tour until Chelios did some persuading on his friend and Pearl Jam frontman. To oblige, Vedder cancelled an additional planned show in Philadelphia.
Chelios and Vedder met in San Diego in 1980-81 in that beach community’s surfing scene, in the summer months where the Chelios clan lived. They also worked for a time at opposite gas stations across the street from each other. The pair didn’t keep in touch and Chelios never put two and two together even after Pearl Jam burst onto the scene ten years later and Chelios became a fan. Back in San Diego, Eddie Vedder was actually Eddie Mueller. But one night in 1997, Vedder was out with Dennis Rodman in Chicago and happened to be at the same bar as Chelios. Vedder recognized Chelios, but as he put it (Vedder wasn’t a hockey fan), not from being a star NHL player, but from their old haunts on the surf. Vedder recounted to Chelios how the two knew each other from San Diego, but didn’t introduce himself as the famous rock singer and Chelios still didn’t put that together on his own. Vedder walked away realizing Chelios hadn’t the faintest recollection or idea who Vedder was. Shortly after, one of Vedder’s bodyguards (he is legitimately 5’4”) walked over and clued Chelios in and the two exchanged phone numbers. At times Chelios has arranged his summer schedule around Pearl Jam and Vedder shows in Chicago and Detroit. In 2008, Chelios planned his two days with the Stanley Cup around a Cubs game and a Vedder show at the Auditorium Theatre. A night John Cusak, John C McGinley (Scrubs) and Sean Penn were also on hand for. Chelios got a mixed reaction from the Chicago crowd when he raised the Stanley Cup under a spotlight from a balcony box in a planned spot to start Vedder’s set.
Brian Campbell says ex-teammates of his want to join him in Florida. NHL.com Read more
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Tagged Alexander Karopovtsev, Bernie Nicholls, Bill Peters, Billy Sweatt, Bob Murray, Brian Campbell, Bruce Cassidy, Bryan McCabe, Chicago Wolves, Chris Chelios, Colin Fraser, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dale Tallon, Dennis Rodman, Dustin Byfuglien, Eddie Vedder, Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings, Michael Grabner, Mike Richards, Mike Smith, Nicklas Bergfors, Sedins, Sheldon Souray, Steve Poapst, Theo Fleury, Trent Yawney
Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Haviland is interviewing for the Winnipeg head coaching job on Friday, per the Winnipeg Free Press. Others known to be interviewing are Craig MacTavish, Manitoba Moose head coach Claude Noel and technically the current Winnipeg coach, Craig Ramsey. It had appeared this would essentially come down to Noel and Haviland unless another candidate steps up. However, MacTavish, who was heavily rumored to be the new Wild coach, is back in the mix as word tonight is that Minnesota hired Mike Yeo, who is the head coach of their AHL affiliate Houston Aeros. I think the linked article’s phrasing – “Ramsey has also been granted an interview,” tells you Ramsey is heading into this process a heavy underdog.
– Chris Campoli was named to the NHLPA Competition Committee on Monday. Montreal’s Mike Cammalleri is the other new member of the committee. Campoli and Cammalleri replace Mike Commodore and Mathieu Schneider as voting members. Schneider will stay on as an advisor. The committee now consists of Campoli, Cammalleri, David Backes, Chris Clark and Ryan Miller.
In Boston on Monday, the committee voted to approve the broadening of Rule 48 (originally known as the blindside headshot rule) to cover a hit to the head from any angle. Alterations were needed because when the league put together Rule 48 and called it the “Illegal Check to the head” rule (contrary to legal checks to the head, you see) the rule didn’t cover all checks to the head of an opponent.
Campoli (right knee surgery) should be cleared for full workouts in 2-3 weeks. He’s a restricted free agent on July 1 as long as he gets his qualifying offer a few days before then.
Haven’t read or heard an update on Troy Brouwer (right labral (shoulder) tear) since his May 10th surgery. He’s expected to be fine by training camp. Brouwer is also a restricted free agent in need of a new deal.
– This is old news but again, we’re catching up. Read more
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Friday night Evan Brophey became the latest player to add fuel to the blindside head shot debate. And its likely he’s going to face a multi-game suspension due to a decision he made in the blink of a eye.
NHL observers who recall Joe Thornton’s check on David Perron back on November 4, 2010 would find that as a comparable hit.
Brophey had just stepped out of the penalty box mid-way through the third period with the IceHogs up 3-1.
A diagonal Hamilton pass through the neutral zone put Bulldogs’ forward Hunter Bishop in the direct line of Brophey as rejoined the play. Brophey took a step or two and launched himself into Bishop. Brophey is 6-3. Bishop is 6-foot.
“Obviously it was a bad hit,” a conciliatory Brophey said after the game.
“It was to his head. And my intentions were to just go shoulder to shoulder. But it was a blindside hit and I feel bad. And I’m sorry about that hit.”
Brophey has never been thought of as a dirty player, or one who takes cheap shots while an opponent is in a vulnerable position. On Friday though, a split-second decision to separate Hunter Bishop from the puck in the neutral zone put Brophey in the eye of the current state of head shots, blind side hits and players putting some respect for each other back into the game.
Conventional hockey thinkers would say Brophey did what he was supposed to do. Except he overshot his target when striking Bishop’s head.
“It was an unfortunate situation where I had just come out of the box and the puck came to him,” Brophey explained in his own words. “So, I was trying, like I said, to go shoulder to shoulder. But I clipped him right in the head, straight on. You know, I feel bad and I apologize for that.” Read more
Top Blackhawks prospect Jeremy Morin has been inactive due to an “upper body” injury he suffered in a game against the Chicago Wolves in Rosemont, Illinois back on January 15th.
Morin acquired the injury roughly a minute before the end of the opening period when he was hip-checked by Wolves’ defenseman Andrey Zubarev, catapulting him up and over Zubarev, resulting in Morin coming down on the top of his head (helmet on) as he struck the ice.
He is believed to have suffered a concussion on that incident.
Progress is being made as Morin’s health is improving, but a target for Morin’s return to the ice is still uncertain.
“You know what, I haven’t had an update on (Morin) for awhile,” IceHogs’ head coach Bill Peters said after Saturday night’s 4-3 win over Peoria. “We’ve had some other guys that have been dinged up a little bit here that have been kept under the radar. DJ [Jones, IceHogs trainer] has done a good job with those guys.”
“I know he’s feeling better,” Peters continued. “I talked to (Morin) the other day and I had a good visit with him here today.
“He’s starting to feel better. So, I think there is some progress being made there.”
With just 11 games remaining in the IceHogs’ season after tonight (Hogs skate at Grand Rapids on Sunday), time is running short on Morin’s potential return to Rockford’s lineup.
The first step would be to resume skating with his teammates, which he hasn’t done since the injury occurred.
A second period parade to the penalty box saw the Rockford IceHogs go from being down two goals, to heading to their dressing room trailing 5-0 after forty minutes.
After an evenly played first period saw Rockford head to the break down 1-0, the IceHogs had no answer for the visiting Oklahoma City Barons in the middle period.
“We just didn’t physically compete at all,” head coach Bill Peters said after his team’s second consecutive 5-1 home loss.
“We had some power play chances in the first period; hit the post on one of them on Jeff Taffe’s shot from the point. Down 1-0 after one, I thought we generated some chances, but I thought they went to work and dug in in the second and we took a bunch of penalties to make it hard on ourselves. And we couldn’t kill the penalties that we did take. In essence, that was the game right there in the middle period.” Read more
In a season marred in disappointing results, regrettable periods and slow rookie progressions, one bright light has been the recent play of IceHogs’ veteran winger Jeff Taffe.
Taffe extended his season-long point streak to 14 games in a 4-3 overtime win over the Milwaukee Admirals last night before 5,907 fans at the Rockford MetroCentre.
Rockford won the game in overtime during a 4 on 3 power play. Rob Klinkhammer, who was the first star of the night scoring two goals, his 9th and 10th on the season, drew a cross-check from Admirals’ defenseman Teemu Laakso an minute and a half into OT as Klinkhammer was driving to the Milwaukee net for one of his many prime scoring chances on this night. Read more
Kyle Beach takes shot Jan 2nd @ OKC
Recently I sat down with highly touted, and debated, Hawks prospect Kyle Beach to discuss his progress during his 1st pro season, mending fences with teammate Mathis Olimb and how he responds to his critics (which admittedly, we’ve been one). The following are excerpts from that interview.
To date, Beach has posted 13 goals and 29 points in 52 games. Beach does own an IceHogs’ worst minus-17 plus/minus rating. He’s been on the ice for a staggering 30 of 68 even strength goals scored against (44%) on home ice and 40 of 109 (37%) even strength goals scored against Rockford overall. As mentioned below, he’s been benched on occasion as well as designated a healthy scratch by head coach Bill Peters twice, and as recently as eleven days ago. The IceHogs have lost 12 of their last 14 games. Beach has 4 goals, 4 assists (-10) in that stretch. When we spoke with him, he was enjoying a season-best stretch of 4 goals, 5 assists over 8 games.
Chris Block: Halfway through your first pro year, what’s different for you now as opposed to earlier in the season?
Kyle Beach: I think its just getting used to the play. Getting used to the bigger bodies. Getting used to having to use your strength; use your size and learn how to protect the puck. I mean, coming into this level from junior, I mean, I was one of the older guys last year. I was always one of the bigger guys and now I’m average. And you gotta learn the little tricks of the trade. And now pucks are starting to my way, bounces are starting to go my way. You know, fortunately I’ve been able to go on a little bit of a run here. Read more
On Tuesday’s show we tackled two huge news stories involving former Blackhawks, Dustin Byfuglien and Kris Versteeg as well as listener emails and topics involving the Rockford IceHogs and their recent struggles.
We discussed Dustin Byfuglien’s 5-year $26 million contract extension in Atlanta and how, if at all, it will impact the Blackhawks negotiations with impending restricted free agent Brent Seabrook. On Monday, Kris Versteeg was traded for the second time in eight months and we have the breakdown on Versteeg’s move to Philadelphia. We revisit the June trade that sent Versteeg to Toronto and evaluate and compare the return against what Toronto received from the Flyers this week.
Also, we have excerpts from a Kyle Beach interview discussing his play and criticisims and Bill Peters evaluating the progress of Hawks’ prospect Chris DiDomenico, who is one of the pieces acquired from Toronto in exchange for Kris Versteeg. In the emails, we discuss the possibility of Nick Leddy becoming a power play “quarterback”, the Hawks’ 50-man roster and obvious error on CapGeek, what’s keeping Kyle Beach in the AHL, probability of Marty Turco being traded and much more.
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** We’ll have much more on Kyle Beach in Friday night’s issue of The Committed Indian.