By Chris Block
With Opening Night of the 2011-12 NHL season now a mere days away, we called upon an old friend and colleague on tonightâ€™s edition of TheThirdManIn~Radio to get down to some serious Blackhawk puck chatter.
Sam Fels, writer extraordinaire and editor of The Committed Indian â€“ SecondCityHockey.com and blogger at NBCChicago.comâ€™s MadHouse Enforcer joins me to digest the off season and preview this yearâ€™s Chicago Blackhawks.
On the show, we discuss, but wonâ€™t limit ourselves toâ€¦.
– Blackhawksâ€™ Opening Night roster
– Updates and status of injured Hawks â€“ Ben Smith, Patrick Sharp & Davey Bolland
– Brandon Saad signs entry-level. Begins season in NHL
– Saad vs Morin
– The mess at the center position
– Kane at Center, Sharp at Wing â€“ For how long though?
– Grading Stan Bowmanâ€™s off season. Likes & Dislikes
– Can Dan Carcillo play?
– John Scott in the lineup Opening night?
– Ray Emery ‘wins’ the backup job
– The shake ups and makeup of the new defense corps
– Chris Campoliâ€™s contract stand & new place in Montreal
– Biggest Hawksâ€™ Storylines, Key Players for 2011-12
– Bolland again
– How much longer will Joel Quenneville remain Hawksâ€™ head coach?
– Stan Bowmanâ€™s new 3-year contract extension in 2016
– 1st NHL head coach to be fired
– Western conference & Finals picks
– Predictions on Hart, Norris & Selke winners
– the Dallas Stars Ice Girls~!
– Drink beer â€“ Get loaded – this Friday night at The Bottom Lounge with Sam and the boys over at SecondCityHockey.com at their big Opening Night viewing party.
And muchâ€¦ muchâ€¦ more
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