Michael Frolik, Chris Campoli and Viktor Stalberg all received qualifying offers by Monday’s 4pm deadline as expected.
One player who did not is center Jake Dowell. According to Dowell’s agent Neil Sheehy in a report by ESPNChicago.com, the Blackhawks chose not to tender the Blackhawks center a standard qualifying offer, thus setting Dowell up for unrestricted free agency on July 1st.
The Hawks are looking to upgrade their fourth line and Monday’s news would appear to indicate Dowell is another odd man out. To retain Dowell’s rights, the Hawks would have needed to make him a “qualifying” offer of one year and $605,000.
It’s also important to note that Dowell was scheduled to be tested for Huntington’s disease this spring, a condition both his father and brother suffer from. There have been plans in the works by the Blackhawks to hold a Huntington’s benefit this upcoming season.
The qualifying offers to Frolik, Campoli and Stalberg essentially give the team right of first refusal in the upcoming free agent negotiation period. The players can choose to accept the Hawks’ offers, seek an offer sheet from another club, walk away (as in go play in Europe) or continue negotiating with the Hawks on a new deal. The one-year qualifying offer secures the player’s rights, preventing them from entering the open market unconditionally this coming Friday.
The offers tendered to the abovementioned are such: Read more
Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Haviland is interviewing for the Winnipeg head coaching job on Friday, per the Winnipeg Free Press. Others known to be interviewing are Craig MacTavish, Manitoba Moose head coach Claude Noel and technically the current Winnipeg coach, Craig Ramsey. It had appeared this would essentially come down to Noel and Haviland unless another candidate steps up. However, MacTavish, who was heavily rumored to be the new Wild coach, is back in the mix as word tonight is that Minnesota hired Mike Yeo, who is the head coach of their AHL affiliate Houston Aeros. I think the linked article’s phrasing – “Ramsey has also been granted an interview,” tells you Ramsey is heading into this process a heavy underdog.
– Chris Campoli was named to the NHLPA Competition Committee on Monday. Montreal’s Mike Cammalleri is the other new member of the committee. Campoli and Cammalleri replace Mike Commodore and Mathieu Schneider as voting members. Schneider will stay on as an advisor. The committee now consists of Campoli, Cammalleri, David Backes, Chris Clark and Ryan Miller.
In Boston on Monday, the committee voted to approve the broadening of Rule 48 (originally known as the blindside headshot rule) to cover a hit to the head from any angle. Alterations were needed because when the league put together Rule 48 and called it the “Illegal Check to the head” rule (contrary to legal checks to the head, you see) the rule didn’t cover all checks to the head of an opponent.
Campoli (right knee surgery) should be cleared for full workouts in 2-3 weeks. He’s a restricted free agent on July 1 as long as he gets his qualifying offer a few days before then.
Haven’t read or heard an update on Troy Brouwer (right labral (shoulder) tear) since his May 10th surgery. He’s expected to be fine by training camp. Brouwer is also a restricted free agent in need of a new deal.
– This is old news but again, we’re catching up. Read more
Posted in News and Notes
Tagged Bill Peters, Brandon Bollig, Chicago Riots, Chris Campoli, Claude Noel, Craig MacTavish, Glen Gulutzan, Jim Corno, John Torchetti, John Wiedeman, Mark Bernard, MetroCentre, Mike Haviland, Mike Yeo, Paul MacLean, Pierre Parenteau, Steve Poapst, Ted Dent, Troy Brouwer, Troy Murray, Vancouver Riots, Winnipeg Jets
By Rich Lindbloom
The Hawks precipitous fall from the pinnacle of the hockey world left many of us searching not for Rhett Butler, but for the Anacin bottles when all was said and done. Intensifying the pain was the manner in which we were finally eliminated. Despite the efforts of “all the king’s horses and all the kings men,” the Blackhawk’s Stanley Cup defense was shot in the foot by a player who has a Doctorate in Aggravation. I’m referring of course to the villainous #14, Alexandre Burrows, from this point on referred to as the “Squirrel.” I wish there was a way to erase that memory from the recesses of my brain, but it keeps resurfacing like some inextricable nightmare. Furthermore, no doubt we’ll have to watch highlights of that special moment in Vancouver Playoff history the rest of this post season. Excuse me while I head to the vomitorium.
To backtrack a moment, let me try to explain Alexandre’s new nickname. My wife, the Belgium babe, has an incredible soft spot in her heart for animals. Usually we’re fostering a litter of puppies or kittens for the Humane Society. There have been some exceptions – most notably a raccoon named Rocky who drove me banana’s for about three months. I could tell you a lot of Rocky stories, but this one is about three squirrels we tried to raise that fell out of some God forsaken tree in front of our house. What really bugs me is that it seems half of Homewood calls our house when they get an injured or seemingly abandoned bunny or whatever. I can only pray that I answer the phone when they call so I can say, “No she isn’t home and don’t ever call here again!” But back to the squirrels… Read more
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
Searching for hope inside the Blackhawks’ Game 1 and 2 efforts in Vancouver can be like finding a needle in a haystack. More like pouring a glass of milk three days after the expiration date.
Those looking for positives will need to keep their good eye closed.
Corey Crawford has been mostly great, but the Hawks are still in a 0-2 series’ hole coming back to the United Center for Game 3 on Sunday night.
Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp have yet to be heard from in this series. But, neither have Ryan Kesler, Alex Burrows and Mason Raymond. Habitual Hawk-killer Mikael Samuelsson was a late-scratch Friday with the flu and the Sedin twins have flubbed a few prime scoring opportunities they normally wouldn’t.
Words cannot describe how awful Chicago’s blue line has been. Future and former Norris Trophy winners will petition to have Duncan Keith’s name removed from the statue at this point. Brent Seabrook’s pressing too hard and can’t be everywhere. Brian Campbell is the Hawks’ best defenseman five on five and that’s not saying much. He’s been terrible at times too. Chris Campoli at least didn’t do anything too stupid. Nick Leddy simply doesn’t belong.
Niklas Hjalmarsson did something on Friday you don’t see very often at the NHL level. With the Hawks pinned deep in their zone, Hjalmarsson tried to outlet to his defense partner twice in a matter of seconds. Just a minor issue with that though. Neither time did Brian Campbell have a stick. Ben Smith tried to give his stick to Campbell after the second Hjalmarsson pass but the puck was ten feet from Campbell in the Hawks’ right corner and the exchange didn’t happen. The Hawks eventually got the puck out.
For the Hawks, hope is yet a glimmer in a narrowing eyelet.
For those steadfast in denial, the milk is on the table. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap, Stanley Cup Playoffs
Tagged Alain Vigneault, Alex Edler, Ben Smith, Blackhawks, Brent Seabrook, Canucks, Chris Campoli, Daniel Sedin, Duncan Keith, Jake Dowell, Jannik Hansen, Joel Quenneville, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Michael Frolik, Patrick Sharp, Victor Stalberg
Boy, let’s hope the NHL doesn’t schedule any games on back-to-back days should the Blackhawks make the playoffs.
The Blackhawks roll-over and play dead act in Boston on Tuesday was widely anticipated and accepted by many before the two teams even took the ice before a nationwide audience at TD Banknorth Garden.
You see, because the Hawks skated so exceptionally hard to earn a 61-minute win over an AHL goaltender in Detroit twenty-four hours earlier, it’s perfectly understandable the team wouldn’t stand much of a chance against the Vezina Trophy frontrunner and the big bad bully Bruins.
Boston outshot the Hawks 9-0 in the first seven and a half minutes of the contest. From the onset, the visitors had little to offer. Apparently, whatever the team had stowed in its ‘care-tank’ was exhausted the night before in Motown.
There’s a good chance Milan Lucic would have scored the game’s first goal at that point had Marcus Kruger not slashed Lucic’s stick on the Bruins’ 15-foot rebound opportunity. An early gift from referee Paul Devorski as that act was overlooked (because Lucic’s stick didn’t break) but when Kruger and Lucic continued and got entangled in the battle for what then became a loose puck, Devorski called Lucic for holding. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap
Tagged Brian Campbell, Chris Campoli, Corey Crawford, Joel Quenneville, Marcus Kruger, Marian Hossa, Marty Turco, Michael Frolik, Milan Lucic, Paul Devorski, Zdeno Chara
The title isn’t probably what you’d think.
On this week’s show we review the Blackhawks 6-3 possible statement win over the visiting San Jose Sharks on Monday night. As well as the three-game losing streak, which we did predict on last week’s show, leading up to Monday night’s win.
Also on this week’s show:
-Kudos to Joel Quenneville’s recent handling of the goaltending position and why
-Change in Quenneville’s philosophy
-Stan Bowman acknowledges team fortunate
-Potential playoff matchups and which favor the Hawks
-Why a series with Vancouver may not favor Chicago
-Toews for MVP
-Ridiculous reasoning for ruling out other Hart candidates
-A GM doing his job
-This site celebrates a 5th year
-Updates on Dave Bolland and Brian Campbell injuries
-Playing Crawford every night
-More on Campoli acquisition and his value
-Trouble if Bolland’s out
-Handicapping the week ahead
-Convincing Marcus Kruger & Alexander Salak to move to N.A.
-No success explaining new standings tie-breaker method
-Superstar hits the road, and the water
-Someone visits temporary sobriety
-Hossa & Kane get their Awesome on
We didn’t get to everything, but that’s nothing new. The title of this show is a reference to the last two years of this web site. Thanks to everyone as always for visiting and listening. And for your incredible patience with us. The show returns next Tuesday night, March 22nd @ 8pm central with Dieter Kurtenbach joining me as guest-host.
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You can put your pencils and notepads down. The only thing left to learn about these 2010-11 Chicago Blackhawks is how bad the “core” wants to win at this point. Too, how far they can drag the dead weight Stan Bowman has anchored to what remains of the 2010 Stanley Cup champs.
One look at Cpt. Scowl-face and the ever-present expression tells the story. This team can’t accomplish much if 50, 19, 10, 88, 2 and 7 aren’t hovering near perfection. Throw Marian Hossa into the mix and you might have something, but those who remember last spring and have paid close attention this season should know better than to count on him.
Brian Campbell has sacrificed some offense to be a little more dependable in his own end. He’s needed to. His partner for most of the season, Niklas Hjalmarsson, has been a mess for the most part. Good luck out East next year Nik. Campbell’s plus-28 rating is second best in the NHL right now. It’s a little misleading since his pairing draws the opposition’s secondary scoring line, but that’s no different than last year and Campbell’s offensive production has remained steady and his defense has improved, while Duncan Keith has gone backwards in both cases.
It’s about time we call a spade for what it is. Outside of the aforementioned, adding Dave Bolland and maybe Troy Brouwer, there’s a bunch of guys in this locker room who should consider themselves lucky to be Blackhawks for the time being. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks
Tagged Brian Campbell, Bryan Bickell, Chris Campoli, Corey Crawford, Dave Bolland, Duncan Keith, Hart Trophy, Jake Dowell, Jonathan Toews, Michael Frolik, Nick Leddy, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Sidney Crosby, Tomas Kopecky, Troy Brouwer