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Lindbloom: The Nature of the Beast

“Maggie” – photo credit: SI Vault

“Who killed Davey Moore,
Why an’ what’s the reason for?
“Not us,” says the angry crowd,
Whose screams filled the arena loud.
It’s too bad he died that night
But we just like to see a good fight.
We didn’t mean for him t’ meet his death,
We just meant to see some sweat,
There ain’t nothing wrong in that.
It wasn’t us that made him fall.
No, you can’t blame us at all.” – Bob Dylan

By Rich Lindbloom

The recent deaths of Bob Probert. Derek Boogaard and Rick Rypien have stirred a hornet’s nest in the minds and hearts of hockey fans and critics. Hockey’s numerous detractors are quick to point out the accumulative effects of getting pummeled by an opponent leads to serious brain damage. They claim it is barbaric for modern day hockey to tolerate fighting to appease the blood thirsty fans who are packing the modern day equivalent of the Roman Coliseum.

Ian Brown had an excellent article on NHL enforcers last week that was a great read. Even more interesting than the article, were the numerous replies elicited by his piece. I read over 50 of the replies, finding the majority of them condemned fighting in the NHL. One dad said the “goon” aspect of hockey is why he has steered his son into other sports. Another response to the article stated, “the relatively violence free, international hockey grows in popularity and is a joy to watch.” Someone else decried that it seemed like every team has one dummy (Domi – in his words) on the team. Read more »

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Fall bookstore: New releases on Bobby Hull, Mikita, Stellick, Salming and paperback reissues


2010-11 was great year for avid consumers and readers of hockey books.  At this point we’ll take a wait and see approach to measure this coming year’s crop, but there are a few standouts hitting your favorite book outlets before Christmas.

–First, though – Gamers, NHL 12, via EA Sports, for Xbox and PS3 hits stores on Tuesday, Sept 13th.  Steven Stamkos is this year’s cover boy, succeeding Jonathan Toews.  Among the additions to this year’s game are Wayne Gretzky and the Winter Classic game at Heinz Field.

For readers….

Wiley Publications has three new books hitting the market before the end of the year.

Adam Proteau has a book coming out in December.  The title, “Fighting the Good Fight: Why On-Ice Violence is Killing Hockey,” is sure to ruffle some eyebrows.  Proteau is a staunch advocate of eliminating fighting in hockey.  While I’m not really on board with that idea, I am looking forward to this book.  It’s listed at 288 pages, so hopefully it’s an all-encompassing look at the violence issues plaguing the game, not limited to goonery, and possible steps to be taken to curb those, instead of steering it mostly towards fighting.

Former Maple Leafs general manager Gord Stellick also has a book forthcoming on November 8th.  Stellick is now a sports talk radio personality in Toronto.  Stellicktricity promises to be chock full of wit, anecdotal insight on some of the game’s biggest names.   Sounds like it will be similar to Steve Ludzik’s book Been There Done That. – Read more »

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TTMI~Radio “Tough Talk”

This week we fly solo and focus on all the latest news and games in the world of the Chicago Blackhawks.

We also take a first look at the new Bob Probert auto-biography, due out at the end of the month.  In which, Probert admits to cheating on his league-mandated alcohol and drug tests during his days with the Blackhawks.

The Third Man In ~ Radio “Tough Talk”
Tuesday October 19, 2010 ~ e.57
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Bryan Bickell and other things, like Hugh Jessiman

While the team hasn’t officially acknowledged this, the Blackhawks have re-signed left-side power-winger Bryan Bickell to a three-year, one-way NHL contract.

According to a report by Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times, Bickell will earn salary dollars of $500,000, 525,000 and 600,000 over the next three seasons respectively, while his “cap hit” (the average payout of the contract which comes down to total dollar value divided by length) will be $541,666 for each season.

Bickell, 24, who was a favorite of head coach Joel Quenneville in his limited opportunity with the club this past season and playoff, will become an un-restricted free agent at the end of the contract, summer of 2013.

It’s interesting Bickell’s agent would pin his client down to such a low figure for the next three years when Bickell has a big chance to play an integral role with the Hawks going forward.  The deal is a steal for Stan Bowman.  At worst, he has an affordable third and fourth line guy, salary-wise, being as cheap as they come.  Enthusiastically, we could come to know Bickell as one of the bigger “bargains” in the National Hockey League two and three years from now.

I find it hard to believe Bickell couldn’t have negotiated a better deal.  Two-years on a one-way for the same money he agreed to could have landed him in a position to enroll in the arbitration process in 2012, one year short of his UFA year (as it sits now in the current CBA, for players with expiring contracts who are 27 or older).  As it looks now, Bickell could stand to earn a million or considerably more after the next two seasons should he see good minutes and continue to progress.  While Bickell hasn’t shown near the same scoring touch, he’s not all that far behind Troy Brouwer in terms of iimpact he can make with this club.  Specifically with the departure of Dustin Byfuglien, Quenneville needs all the size he can get, and thus Bickell will see a lot of important minutes if he can carry his level of performance over from the past spring.  This is after all the same Bryan Bickell who fit in nicely in spots on a line with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.  That said, this deal could wind up more regrettable for Bickell should the new CBA push the UFA age back, or forward, a year or more when the new bargaining agreement is drawn (hopefully) prior to the 2012-13 season.

This is the kind of contract a young Canadian kid thinks is great when he first signs it.  Then he changes agents two years later when he realizes he wasted a chance to make a lot more money at a young age.

Great deal for Stan Bowman.  For Bickell, we’ll wait and see.

Evan Brophey, Blackhawks 3rd round pick (67th overall) in the 2005 Draft, re-signed a 1-year deal on Thursday.  This also hasn’t been acknowledged by the Hawks.  There is a method to these things that go over the heads in hockey operations. Read more »

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TTMI~Radio “One Year Gone”

TheThirdManIn~Radio “One Year Gone”
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recorded Thursday July 15, 2010 ~ 4:30pm (central)

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That’s right.  It has been one year now since we’ve started this audio dealie.  Almost fifty in the can already and looking forward to the next fifty or more in the coming weeks and over the 2010-11 Chicago Blackhawks season.

This show isn’t much of a celebration.  There was an attempt on my part to pull a HUGE guest.  Came close, but still another epic fail in the end.  I’ll add it to my collection.  Not many people are allowed to come on this show.  About as many are willing.  Maybe I should, but I don’t take it personally.

Anyhow, its great to be back in the swing of things and we’re looking forward to some special guests to help us bridge the gap between now and October.

On this show, officially our 45th (three or four others were quickly shelved or deleted due to intense technical drama), the “Superstar” returns from his two-month long hiatus to discuss a variety of topics, including, but not limited to:

– Steve Smith’s heavy lumber
– The Jack Skille Experience coming to an NHL Arena near you?
– An amateur, imitation Blackhawks writer – habitual kleptomaniac
– Igor Makarov leaving his Mother Russia
– Blackhawks seriously lacking in “little geeks willing to get their asses pounded”
– Colin Fraser, Danny Richmond sign new deals with Canadian teams
– Kyle Beach prefers to beat on smaller guys
– Puke on ice
– “Blackhawks Night” at the Cell
– “Mullet-style” music – whatever that’s supposed to mean
– White Sox organization debasing the Hawks and their fans cleverly
– Mike Modano slams a nasty rumour
– Slamming Wisconsin
– The passing of Bob Probert
– The real story behind his Blackhawks’ career
– Angry folks
– Superstar evidently makes a great point, but Block is not listening
– Niklas Hjalmarsson is a bad man
– Antti Niemi isn’t going anywhere
– What the Blackhawks have really lost off the Cup-winning roster?
– Viktor Stalberg: The next Great Swedish Superhero?
– And much, much more…..

It’s a fine line between creativity and stupidity.  It’s TheThirdManIn~Radio.

ChrisBlock@TheThirdManIn.com

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