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Hawks sloppy in 4-1 loss to Rangers: Danault, Carey, Johns, Barker cut from roster; Notes

By Chris Block

The Blackhawks reached the halfway point of the exhibition season on Friday night, dropping a 4-1 decision to the visiting New York Rangers before an announced sellout United Center crowd of 20,613.

Dennis Rasmussen, a Swedish free agent signing from over the off season, was the lone Blackhawks’ scorer. Corey Crawford saw a full sixty minutes for the first time this exhibition and stopped 25 of 29 Rangers’ shots. Each side saw three power plays, with the Rangers drawing the lone conversion, a J.T. Miller redirect that beat Crawford with 6:02 to go in regulation. That strike put the Blueshirts on top 3-1. A flukey goal 100 seconds later that went to Marek Hrivik after he stick-checked Marian Hossa near the Hawks’ net put the game out of the home team’s reach.

The night got off to bad start quickly when Brent Seabrook twice failed to clear the zone and Oscar Lindberg gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead just 50 seconds into the game. Read more »

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Stan Bowman talks Enforcer role; its place on the Chicago Blackhawks

Stan Bowman

By Chris Block

Amidst Tuesday night’s exhibition opener at United Center, which was essentially a nothing evening save for Cuba Gooding Jr.’s disrobing during the very first conciliatory version of the between-periods Shoot the Puck competition, the only intelligence of any substance coming away from the event took place in the CSN Chicago broadcast booth during the second period.

Stan Bowman joined Pat Foley and Eddie Olcyzk for the initial ten minutes of the second stanza for something of a Blackhawks’ state of September address.

Mostly-discussed were the team’s top prospects in camp and their individual progressions, with Jeremy Morin, Teuvo Teravainen, Phillip Danault and Klas Dahlbeck being spotlighted. Rockford IceHogs’ coach Ted Dent also received high praise from Bowman after Foley raised his name. Read more »

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More news on Blackhawks scouting, Hockey Analytics and off season front office changes and info: Major Name Gone

By Chris Block

We have further information on Chicago Blackhawks front office and hockey operations shakeups from the off season before we advance into the heart of the matter now that training camps are active.

Michel Dumas, the last remaining relic generally associated with the Bill Wirtz / Bob Pulford era of Blackhawks hockey, has moved on.

Dumas, 65, briefly served as Tony Esposito’s backup on the Hawks during the mid-70’s. Dumas suffered a career-ending right eye injury during a game against Colorado at Chicago Stadium on December 26, 1976. With his playing career over, he was given a job by Bill Wirtz as an amateur scout the very next season.

Dumas tenure on the Blackhawks scouting staff spanned the next 37 years. This lead to a running joke in circles for many years that the Blackhawks top scout was ‘legally blind.’

In 1992, Dumas would be promoted to Chief Amateur Scout. He held that position until Bruce Franklin, who has been on the Hawks scouting staff now for over 20 years, took over from Dumas in 2010. Read more »

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Blackhawks make more changes to hockey operations staff

By Chris Block

Chicago Blackhawks Vice President and general manager Stan Bowman made several additions to his pro scouting staff recently.

As expected, Wade Brookbank has retired (again) and accepted a position as a pro scout for the Blackhawks.

A popular teammate inside the Rockford IceHogs dressing room over the past four seasons, Brookbank appeared in 128 games over those four campaigns.

Brookbank, 36, had previously retired at the end of the 2010-11 season. He was employed as a pro scout with the Vancouver Canucks for the first half of the subsequent season before re-signing with Rockford and skating in 17 games with the IceHogs on the back end of the 2011-12 schedule. Read more »

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Checking in with Teuvo talk, Sweden camp, Zagreb IceHogs, Beach’s try-out contract and more

By Chris Block

The full AHL regular season schedule is supposed to drop on Tuesday. It was finalized Monday. This is the latest I can recall the American Hockey League taking to get its schedule done. The reason it took until the last week of August (less than six weeks prior to Opening night) this time around is because the NBA schedule wasn’t completed just a couple of weeks ago, in mid-August. AHL franchises, Lake Erie (Cleveland), Charlotte, San Antonio and Oklahoma City share buildings with NBA teams and the AHL couldn’t lock in those teams’ home dates until the NBA finalized its schedule.

Teuvo’s Turn

Impression I get is a roster spot is essentially Teuvo Teravainen’s to take in training camp. If he’s ready, the Blackhawks will not hold him back for any reason. However, if he’s still hesitant, over-thinking or a bit over-matched physically (these things will all come around, no one is doubting that) in half or more of his preseason appearances, there would be no hesitation to give Teravainen a month, two or however long it may take in Rockford. Read more »

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Audio: An hour of post NHL draft and Blackhawks trade talk

By Chris Block

Sunday afternoon I was a guest again on Bill Swierski’s Sports Talk Chicago.

We analyzed the Blackhawks draft, the Patrick Sharp trade rumors – the who, what and why…. why the Ryan Kesler talks broke down, the ‘Hawks salary cap situation, players Stan still may move, the Kevin Hayes saga and impact of the impending contract extensions for franchise players Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

I join the show at about the 4:30 mark.

http://www.swerskisports.com/2014/06/bill-swerskis-sports-talk-chicago_29.html

Direct audio link [MP3 download]

I was a guest on Shawn Hopman’s podcast a few weeks back to digest the fallout from the Blackhawks loss to the Kings as well as previewing the off season moves.  You also can listen to that podcast here.  On that episode I am on from about 5:30 to the 1 hour 21 minute mark.

–I will be doing a Puck Chatter Radio some time this week as well.  Fingers crossed.  The last one we did was such an audio disaster that it was almost immediately deleted.  I was unaware of the audio problems as we recorded.  And, as it turned out, it was all my fault as far as the issues were entirely on my end.  But I think I am over that experience now, so we can go forth and take Puck Chatter out of time out.

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Audio: HockeeNight PuckCast, NHL Draft and Trade Week

By Chris Block

Sunday night, I joined the HockeeNight gang for our annual NHL Draft preview discussion.

We covered all the bases, including the trade rumors surrounding the team, what could very well happen, organizational depth needs heading into the draft, who the ‘Hawks may be drafting, big seasons ahead for some Rockford IceHogs and much, much more.

Listen to it below by clicking the play button.

To download the MP3 file you can go to the HockeeNight TalkShoe show page

Or, download and save it here.  (You’ll need to do the free registration.)

 

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NHL Playoff Preview on HockeeNight PuckCast with Forklift and Chris Block

By Chris Block

Last night I joined Forklift of HockeeNight.com on his weekly PuckCast for their annual NHL Playoff preview and predictions show.

Forklift attended the Rockford IceHogs vs Chicago Wolves game in Rosemont on Sunday afternoon, so we covered the ‘Hogs, Teuvo Teravainen as well.

Check it out here.

 

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Odds and Saads; Stephen Johns signing notes, Hartman debuts; Bollig, Raanta, Blackhawks and IceHogs bits

By Chris Block

This is way later than I targeted for this week, but better late than never.  Today was my first chance to get to this.  And just in time now to start working on next week’s… Anyhow, on with it.

Stephen Johns Signs

On Wednesday (April 2) the Chicago Blackhawks inked Notre Dame senior defenseman Stephen Johns to a two-year entry-level contract that will begin with the 2014-15 season.

Johns has also agreed to a professional try-out contract for the remainder of this season with the Rockford IceHogs.

He traveled with the IceHogs to Abbotsford, British Columbia on Thursday for Rockford’s big 2-game set with the Heat this weekend.

Johns is expected to make his professional debut tonight in Abbotsford.  It looks like he’ll wear number #36, which was Maxim Shalunov’s number earlier in the season. Read more »

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IceHogs overcome rocky start and finish, defeat division-leading Grand Rapids 5-4

By Chris Block

If the AHL playoffs were to begin this weekend, the first round would include a matchup between the Rockford IceHogs and Grand Rapids Griffins.

Those two clubs were set to face off Friday and Saturday in a home-and-home set that will be their final two meetings in the regular season.

Rockford prevailed in a roller-coaster affair on Friday night before a crowd of 5,223 at the BMO Harris Bank Center.  The IceHogs topped the Midwest Division leading Griffins 5-4 behind goals from Brad Mills, Mathieu Brisebois, Brian Connelly and two from Adam Clendening.

Friday’s game got off to a clumsy beginning with the IceHogs guilty of several icings before the first scheduled television time out.  Their struggles got worse after Mathieu Brisebois bumped Colin Campbell down as the two chased a loose puck in the ‘Hogs zone and was sent off for tripping. Read more »

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