Our old friend and one-time TTMI writer Dieter Kurtenbach joined me last night for this week’s PuckChatter~Radio. Dieter is now a sports writer at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and covers the Florida Panthers.
On this show recorded late Monday night, Dieter and I discussed the latest controversy surrounding Patrick Kane and what we think of the reaction it has garnered. Dieter also gives his take on the state of the Blackhawks as well as what steps need to be taken moving forward to get this team back to the Cup.
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And you can read Dieter at Sun-Sentinel Sports online
Posted in Audio, Puck Chatter~Radio
Tagged Brian Campbell, Dale Tallon, Deadspin, Dieter Kurtenbach, Jack Skille, Jason Garrison, Joel Quenneville, John Madden, Kris Versteeg, Marc Bergevin, Norm Maciver, Patrick Kane, Podcast, Stan Bowman, Tomas Kopecky
He can score again – photo credit: Yahoo! Sports
By Brad Vandenberk
With the Stanley Cup championship banner hanging from the United Center rafters, 5 ex champions, now Florida Panthers, invaded the place they called home, to play the Blackhawks. This would be the first time since winning the beloved cup that Kris Versteeg would play in the United Center. Brian Campbell, Tomas Kopecky, Jack Skille and wily vet John Madden were all a big part of bringing the Stanley cup to Chicago and ending a 49 year drought.
Old man Winter played havoc on fans and players arriving for the 7:30pm puck drop. With the snow falling, players found themselves arriving late and even the Panthers’ bus was not able to get the team to the UC on time, forcing some players to take cabs to the arena. All this considered, the game was pushed back to an 8:08 pm start. Read more
On this week’s show we open up the listener email bag to discuss topics ranging from Viktor Stalberg’s handsomely prowess to Kyle Beach’s bust-ness to whether or not some legendary Blackhawks should be in the Hall of Fame.
We also compare this year’s Blackhawks to where the team was at this point a season ago and take a look at how the 2010-11 team’s secondary scoring stacks up against the current group.
All this plus more on 2-year old puppy dog behavior, Superstar on the bottom and what’s been bugging Block.
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The show returns next Wednesday, January 25th at a time to be determined.
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Tagged Adam Henrique, Blackhawks, Brandon Pirri, Brian Campbell, Cheer the Anthem, Igor Makarov, Jeff Bartl, Jeremy Morin, Jonathan Toews, Kevin Shattenkirk, Kris Versteeg, Kyle Beach, Marian Hossa, Secondary scoring, Tomas Kopecky, Viktor Stalberg
Corey Crawford was given Monday’s practice off (Sunday was an off day for the entire team) to heal a slight groin pull, as reported by CSNChicago’s Tracey Myers.
More on that, as well as an update on Ben Smith with quotes from Myers here.
Jesse Rogers talks to Dan “Car Bomb” Carcillo about his Chicago debut this Thursday versus the Winnipeg Jets:
Carcillo on his nickname: “Everyone has nicknames. It just so happens mine is better than everyone else’s.”
Ben Smith (concussion) skated Monday but is not cleared for contact.
Viktor Stalberg (knee) skated on his own and Joel Quenneville intimated he could start skating with teammates in practice again later this week.
Carcillo practiced on a line with Kane and Hossa.
Jonathan Toews talks about getting that first goal out of the way… wanting to be a great offensive player. [Chris Kuc, Tribune]
–For those wanting to catch a glimpse of Brian Campbell, Kris Versteeg, Tomas Kopecky and their new crew before the Hawks travel to South Florida on November 2, tonight is your chance. Campbell skated just over 30 minutes and had the primary assist on both Panthers’ goals in a 2-0 win on Long Island in Florida’s only game so far. Jose Theodore was in net for the shutout.
The Panthers will make their only national television appearance of the 2011-12 season, and just their third in four years tonight on VERSUS when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins.
–For those who missed it, I uploaded Saturday night’s Committed Indian column here.
–No podcast this week. Check out HockeeNight’s latest from Sunday night. Read more
Posted in News and Notes
Tagged Adam Jahns, Al Cimaglia, Alec Richards, Alexander Salak, Ben Smith, Bobby Hull, Brandon Segal, Brian Campbell, Chris DiDomenico, Corey Crawford, Dan Carcillo, David Toews, Denis Savard, IceHogs, Jeff Larmer, Jeff Shantz, Jeremy Morin, Jonathan Toews, Kyle Beach, Kyle Hagel, Martin Lapointe, Rob Klinkhammer, Ted Dent, Viktor Stalberg
By Brad Gardner
The Blackhawks’ blue line will be without a key contributor now that Brian Campbell will lace his skates in Sunrise, Florida this season. The seismic trade was felt most strongly on the books, where Campbell’s departure opened up over 7 million dollars in cap room. Shockwaves will also be felt on the ice as Chicago’s returning defenders and a trio of new acquisitions will try to replace one of the NHL’s better offensive-defensemen. Read more
TheThirdManIn~Radio returns this week to celebrate our show’s 2-year anniversary. We covered all of the major Blackhawks news topics of the past few weeks.
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Tagged Andrew Brunette, Anniversary, Brian Campbell, Daniel Carcillo, Jamal Mayers, Lizzy Caplan, Michael Frolik, Nick Leddy, Podcast, Prospect Camp, Sean O'Donnell, Steve Montador, Troy Brouwer
On Monday, Blackhawks television color analyst Eddie Olczyk was a guest on Chicago sports radio 670 TheScore discussing the team’s moves over draft weekend with hosts of the station’s midday show.
Olczyk joined hosts Dan McNeil and Matt Speigel, essentially, as you’ll read, to rundown outgoing Hawks’ defenseman Brian Campbell. Read more
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
On this week’s show I fly solo and dig into our reader and listener emails.
Among the topics discussed:
- Chances of Andrew Ladd return
- Stan Bowman wants more John Scott minutes
- Putting contract talks with Crawford off until Draft
- Troy Brouwer’s worth
- Kyle Beach’s chances, expectations and comparisons
- Michael Frolik’s redemption
- Dale Tallon: the talent evaluator
- Hawks’ MVP
- Marian Hossa cap sore potential
- Kyle Hagel
- Hjalmarsson really trade bait?
- Stan’s #1 off season priority
- A Brian Campbell trade?
- Hence Ben Smith, next IceHog to emerge?
- Rene Bourque
- IIHF World Championships and much more
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We’ll do email every week this summer on just about any topic you’d want to discuss. You can send those to mailbag @ thethirdmanin.com
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Tagged Ben Smith, Brian Campbell, Contract Talks, Corey Crawford, Dale Tallon, Jack Skille, John Scott, Marcus Kruger, Marian Hossa, Michael Frolik, Rene Bourque, Stan Bowman, Troy Brouwer
Much has been made of the physicality in this year’s Blackhawks-Canucks series. While the Canucks hold a substantial (+46) advantage in the overall credited hits column, they also (according to official scorers in Vancouver) collected a hefty 40 to 14 margin over Chicago in Game 5. This on a night the Canucks were shutout in their home rink and have worked themselves into a situation where they could see their season slipping away if they don’t get their act together fast.
Now one aspect sometimes overlooked when analyzing hit counts is that if one team has the puck, they’re not looking for hits or finishing checks. So if one team owns the puck for a great majority of the game, or is sitting back protecting a hefty lead (which the Hawks were in Game 5 as well) they’re not forechecking as hard and thus not finishing as many checks. Thus why hit counts can oftentimes be misleading.
By periods in Game 5, Vancouver out-hit Chicago 12-4. 17-5 and 11-5.
From a Blackhawks’ perspective you can see how certain players such as Bryan Bickell and Viktor Stalberg have dug into their roles and pressured the Canucks when they’ve been on the ice. They along with Troy Brouwer (the Hawks regular season hits leader) and Chris Campoli on the blue line have been the most physical Hawks. Read more
Posted in Stat Analysis
Tagged Alexandre Burrows, Ben Smith, Blackhawks, Brian Campbell, Bryan Bickell, Canucks, Chris Campoli, Dan Hamhuis, Jannik Hansen, Kevin Bieksa, Max Lapierre, Michael Frolik, Mikael Samuelsson, NHL Playoffs, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Raffi Torres, Ryan Kesler, Viktor Stalberg