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IceHogs carry 4-game win streak into this weekend; Dent on sitting Dylan Olsen; Leddy, Saad injury update and tons of news and notes

By Chris Block

After getting off to an auspicious 0-3-0-1 start to the 2012-13 season, the IceHogs rolled off 4 straight wins over eight days last week to vault themselves into second place in the AHL’s Midwest Division and two points behind the first-place Chicago Wolves.

Those same Wolves will travel up Interstate 90 tonight to face the Rockford IceHogs at the BMO Harris Bank Center.  Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm.

In the only other two meetings between the two teams this season, the Wolves bested the IceHogs back on opening weekend, both times at Allstate Arena in Rosemont.  The Wolves begin their annual November road trip with tonight’s game.  They’ll be on the road for their next five games due to the annual circus stint at Allstate Arena.

Chicago defeated the IceHogs 1-0 in a shootout on October 13th and then again 5-3 the following day. Eddie Lack was in goal for the Wolves both nights and is expected to start between the pipes again for Chicago tonight. Read more »

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Rockford weekend wrap-up: IceHogs salvage first win on final night of 3-game weekend

{A huge thanks to Jon Fromi for sending in this IceHogs report since I was away this weekend for a wedding and have yet to see a second of the weekend’s games. –Chris Block}

By Jon Fromi

The Rockford IceHogs managed to remove the goose egg from the win column in their fifth game of the 2012-13 season. After a weekend that started with back to back losses to Peoria and Charlotte, a crowd of just over 2,905 at the BMO Harris Bank Center watched Jimmy Hayes score his first two goals of the season in the third period as the IceHogs defeated the Checkers Sunday by a score of 5-4.

Charlotte found several ways to bounce pucks past Alec Richards, but Rockford was able to prevail with an offensive effort that was absent in a pair of one-goal defeats Friday and Saturday. Richards, who spelled Carter Hutton, picked up the win in his first start of the season, making 23 saves on 27 shots.

After a scoreless first period, Rockford staked a 2-0 advantage on goals by Martin St. Pierre and Brandon Pirri. St. Pierre took a feed from Marcus Kruger in the slot just 58 seconds into the second period to open the scoring. Pirri took a pass from Ben Youds late in the eighth minute, pulled up in the high slot, and sent a slap shot over the blocker of Justin Peters to give the IceHogs a two-goal lead at the 7:55 mark. Read more »

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PuckChatter~Radio, Rockford Preview with Mike Peck, Voice of the IceHogs

By Chris Block

This week we’re joined by Mike Peck, play-by-play voice of the Rockford IceHogs, to preview the 2012-13 IceHogs’ team.

On this show we discuss the progressions made in the games of prospects Carter Hutton, Brandon Bollig, Dylan Olsen, Ryan Stanton, Joe Lavin and others. We take a look at who will emerge as the IceHogs team leaders and captains for this season, the changes in Jeremy Morin‘s game, the impact Rob Flick can have in the Rockford lineup, Pete Leblanc‘s journey to an NHL contract, Rostislav Olesz‘s status as well as the potential IceHogs roster should the NHL Lockout proceed as expected.

Mike also gives us the scouting report on Rockford signing Martin St. Pierre.

We discuss the ramifications of today’s Michal Rozsival signing by the Blackhawks and how that move will impact Rockford’s roster. [see Depth Chart]

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PuckChatter~Radio will return next week with the first show of the dreaded NHL Lockout period.

**Next week seems like the perfect time to do some Blackhawks prospects / Rockford IceHogs Q&A from you, the listener.  So if you have any questions in general about this season’s IceHogs, or follow ups to anything Mike and I discussed on this show, post those questions in the comment section below, or its probably better to email those to me directly at PuckChatter@Gmail.com.

And again, if you missed last week’s interview with former Blackhawk Steve Ludzik, check it out!  Ludzy is a tremendous interview and was very generous with his time with us.  As always, he told some great stories and dropped some interesting nuggets down for us.

**I should point out a correction from the show.  I misspoke.  Michal Rozsival’s deal is a 1-year, $2M agreement.


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12 Blackhawks in Sweden this week for mini-camp

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By Chris Block

For the second consecutive year, the Blackhawks have teamed up with a European league team for a friendly preseason tune-up.

Twelve Blackhawks players and prospects are in the town of Södertälje, Sweden this week taking part in a week-long mini conditioning camp.

These Blackhawks are guests of the Södertälje Sportklubb (SSK), a team in the Allsvenskan league, a level below the Swedish Elite League (Elitserien), as the Södertälje team makes its final preparations to begin its 2012-13 regular season.

List of Blackhawks players and prospects in Sweden for this week’s workouts:

Nick Leddy
Marcus Kruger
Dylan Olsen
Jimmy Hayes
Kevin Hayes
Ben Smith
Brandon Pirri
Jeremy Morin
Brandon Saad
Adam Clendening
Klas Dahlbeck

Brandon Bollig will join the group on Wednesday after clearing up a passport issue. Read more »

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Audio: HockeeNight PuckCast talking NHL Draft and the Blackhawks off season

By Chris Block

On Sunday night I joined CT and Forklift of HockeeNight.com for their annual NHL Draft preview show.

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For those who prefer… I’ve uploaded an MP3 of the show you can download here.

Topics included on the show…

- Which position and who the Blackhawks may be looking to draft at #18
- A look back at the 2012 Draft and how well the Hawks did
- Joel Quenneville’s coaching future
- Prospects of trading some core, and non-core veterans
- Justifying the Johnny Oduya re-signing
- Phillip Danault
- Mark McNeill
- Please Stan, no more Bryan Bickell
- Looking ahead at familiar names coming out in ’13 & ’14 Drafts
- Ridiculous Blackhawks free agency speculation
- Trading Patrick Kane
- Barry Smith
- Adam Clendening and Shawn Lalonde
- Moving the Coyotes from Glendale back to Phoenix
- NHL expansion
- All this an much, much  more in this 2-hour PuckCast extravaganza

And a reminder, the HockeeNight boys will be hosting an outing this Friday night, June 15th at Galway Bay at 500 W. Diversey Parkway in Chicago.  The event is sponsored by Jeppson’s Malort.  Arrive early for an hour of open bar.  I’ll be there as well.  Check HockeeNight.com this week for more details.

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PuckChatter~Radio with Stephen Nelson, talkin’ Hogs

PuckChatter~Radio returned Tuesday night with special guest Stephen Nelson, formerly the Rockford IceHogs radio; pre, intermission and postgame host.

Stephen joined us to share his experiences working for, and with the Rockford IceHogs this past season.  He talked about his favorite players to work with and the new player profile feature he helped craft this season.

He also talked about the team’s early struggles experienced this past season and why Stephen always remained confident the IceHogs would turn things around.

Nelson gave us some behind the scenes insight on some of the top IceHogs and Blackhawks prospects including the special bond Ben Smith developed with the late Jimmy Newcomer, the 19-year old Rockford area kid who was suddenly diagnosed with terminal cancer who Smith visited in the hospital late one night and remained in contact with up until Newcomer passed away a few weeks ago.

You can follow Stephen Nelson on Twitter: @Stephen__Nelson

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http://thethirdmanin.com/2012/03/07/brandon-pirri-and-jeremy-morin-talk-goal-celebrations-and-icehogs-fashion-sense/

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Blackhawks sign Pete Leblanc to 1-yr deal, IceHogs wrap their season this weekend, tons of news and notes

By Chris Block

On Friday, the Chicago Blackhawks announced they have reached terms on a 1-year contract with center Pete Leblanc.  It will be a two-way (NHL/AHL) agreement.

Leblanc was originally the Blackhawks 7th round selection (186th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.  After spending four years at the University of New Hampshire, Leblanc turned pro with the Rockford IceHogs.

The Hamilton, Ontario native has spent the past two seasons with the Rockford IceHogs on AHL contracts as the Blackhawks had elected not to offer Leblanc an NHL contract until now.

In 70 games this season, Leblanc has posted 23 goals and 20 assists for the IceHogs.  Since being a healthy scratch for three consecutive games in early November, Leblanc has scored all 23 of his goals over the most recent 61 contests.

He is currently tied for the team lead in goals scored (23) with Brandon Pirri.  And Leblanc is second on the team in overall points, trailing Pirri by twelve points, with 43.  Leblanc has a plus/minus rating of plus-2.  It was Leblanc’s elevated level of play that caused veteran Brett McLean to slip down the IceHogs depth chart and even to the wing on the fourth line before McLean opted to play out the rest of the season in Switzerland. Read more »

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AHL deals suspensions for Sunday’s brawl, Man who threw first punch gets just 1 game; Plus Olesz injured, IceHogs playoff situation

By Chris Block

The American Hockey League office dealt out discipline on Tuesday in response to Sunday’s bench-clearing brawl incident in Milwaukee between the Rockford IceHogs and hosting Admirals.

In all, four players received a total of 10 games as penalty for their involvement in Sunday’s brawl.  Rockford got the short-hand with two of its players each getting three games while Milwaukee got a total of four.  The two teams and respective coaches were fined undisclosed amounts as well.

IceHogs center Rob Flick received 3 games for essentially instigating the incident when he skated over to Milwaukee’s crease and engaged with Admirals’ goaltender Jeremy Smith while the two teams were lining up for a face off in the neutral zone.  Smith got a 1 game suspension.

Smith and Flick appeared to be exchanging words before Smith took a sip from his water bottle and turned around to find Flick approaching the top of his crease.  At that point Smith took the first swing with his blocker at the head of Flick and the two immediately began fighting before the puck had ever dropped out near the Admirals’ blue line.

Shawn Lalonde and Milwaukee’s Michael Latta each received 3-game suspensions for leaving the penalty box to join in the melee.  Those two had been sent off with off-setting fighting majors at the previous whistle.  Lalonde was responding to Latta taking a run and IceHogs’ forward Brandon Svendsen, who was in a vulnerable position a few feet away from the boards. Read more »

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IceHogs-Aeros pregame notes

By Chris Block

Some quick notes leading into tonight’s game in Rockford between the IceHogs and Houston Aeros.

Brandon Pirri returns to the ‘Hogs lineup after missing the past seven games with a knee injury.

Orland Park, Illinois native and recent Chicago Blackhawks signing Terry Broadhurst will make his professional debut tonight.  Broadhurst will at least start out on Brandon Pirri’s left wing.

Broadhurst is listed at 5-11 and 165 pounds and is a left-handed shot.

Mark McNeill and Kyle Beach will be kept together as they were most of Friday night.  Rob Flick shifts from center to left wing on their line with Pirri getting back into the lineup.

Paul Zanette is out.  He left last night’s game with an upper body injury late in the second period and did not return.  He was favoring his right arm as he left the ice with the Rockford trainer.

Here are Rockford’s lineups and scratches for tonight’s game with the Houston Aeros Read more »

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Puck Chatter Radio: Hot Topics

By Chris Block

On this 40-minute edition of Puck Chatter, Superstar, myself and a barking puppy dog discuss the latest major topics as they pertain to Chicago Blackhawks hockey.

Discussed is the updated status of Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith’s elbow and its impending suspension, Corey Crawford’s recent resurgence, Johnny Oduya, the newest Rockford IceHogs, their playoff chances, the Clear Day roster, Alexander Salak’s future and another struggling veteran.

We also had a Chicago Blackhawk sighting in Millennium Park today, Ruutu (whose favorite Blackhawk is apparently that player) puppy dog is doing better but is now kicking feces at his owner, Bombay gin, spending a night in Superstar’s box and Red Wings fans whining about the Preds and Alexander Radulov.

All this and much more on this edition of Puck Chatter~Radio.

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