By Chris Block
PuckChatter~Radio returned Sunday night (in sixty-minute form) to review a bunch of topics, some of which actually pertained to Chicago Blackhawks hockey.
We also reviewed our recent camping excursion in the northern reaches of Wisconsin, Sunday’s trip to Wrigley Field for the Chicago Cubs game (and more) and also a recent altercation Block had outside of a Jewel-Osco.
On the hockey side we talked the potential changes and ramifications should the NHL owners and player’s association agree to modify the current structure of Entry-Level contracts, Rostislav Olesz‘s status for this season, a Kyle Beach article sets a new standard for incompetence, Cristobal Huet‘s new big contract and the Blackhawks new ticket pricing structure for the 2012-13 season.
All that and much, much more.
PuckChatter~Radio, e.114, Got ‘Em From the Peanut Man
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Tagged Arlington Million, Baseball, Blackhawks tickets, Build a Bear, Camping, CBA, Chicago Cubs, Connor Goggin, Contracts, Cristobal Huet, CSN Chicago, Cubs, Eddie Vedder, Jonathan Toews, Kyle Beach, Patrick Kane, Podcast, Puck Chatter, Radio Exposed, Rostislav Olesz, Slap Shot, Ticket prices, Tubing, Wrigley Field, Youngblood
“Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job.” – James 5:3
By Rich Lindbloom
“If you’re happy and you know it, and you really want to show it, if you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.” Actually, you’re thinking you’d rather punch someone in the face about right now, aren’t you? The 7 game losing streak has seemed to take the life out of Blackhawk fandom, as most prepare for the worst. While not on par with the collapse of the ‘69 Cubs or the ’11 Red Sox, a lot of fans are abandoning ship. Personally, I’ve exhausted all the possibilities when attempting to answer my friend’s question, “What’s wrong with your Blackhawks?” As the Lemonhead song goes, “Patience is like bread I say, I ran out of it yesterday.” Read more
By Chris Block
We’ve got TTMI~Radio coming up tomorrow night (Wednesday) January 4th over at BlogTalkRadio.com/TheThirdManIn.
Join us live at 8pm central for our annual New Years resolution and predictions extravaganza. This show should be Super.
We’ll take a look at why the Blackhawks suck against the Oilers, what’s wrong with Dan Carcillo’s brain… how the Blackhawks don’t seem to care about the brains of Marcus Kruger, Brent Seabrook and others… and we’ll preview the week ahead, including the big matchups Thursday in Philly with the Flyers and back at home Sunday with the Red Wings.
Beer, Bacon & Malort
My good friends over at HockeeNight dot com will be hosting some Red Wings fans this Saturday night, January 7th, at Paddy Long’s in Chicago at 1028 W. Diversey. That, of course, is on the eve of the Red Wings-Blackhawks matchup at United Center the next night. Hmm. Beer, bacon and Malort… don’t mind if I do.
–I’ll have another column running in the Committed Indian this Sunday night.
McNeil, Danault gets deals
On Monday, the Blackhawks made official the signings of both of their 2011 1st round draft picks, centers Mark McNeill and Phillip Danault.
Both players will continue with their junior teams and likely be called to the Rockford IceHogs if those seasons end before Rockford’s does, which at this point looks like it’ll be on April 14th. Read more
Posted in Contract Signing, IceHogs, News and Notes
Tagged Andrew Shaw, Bacon, Beer, Brandon Bollig, Cristobal Huet, Hockeenight, Igor Makarov, Jeremy Morin, Kyle Beach, Malort, Mark McNeill, Pete Leblanc, Phillip Danault, Rob Flick, SecondCityHockey, Shawn Lalonde
By Rich Lindbloom
I think it’s the eyes, but that picture of Sean O’Donnell bears a striking resemblance to our goofy Newfie, George. George is in the doghouse at the moment for helping himself to a good portion of my son’s 11 pound bag of Halloween candy. Needless to say, he wasn’t feeling all that hot this morning. When I came home at lunch, well, let’s just leave it at – I had to wash the kitchen floor-twice. To make matters worse, he’s been on a strict diet since we adopted him in August. George apparently had enough of The Biggest Loser program we had him on. I’m thinking about putting a padlock on the fridge and stressing to him that potpourri is not edible.
We obtained George this past summer from a family in Steven’s Point, Wisconsin. The owner was heartbroken to have to give him up, and was determined to find a good family for the behemoth. It turned out that the owner was not only a Blackhawk fan, but had actually coached Joe Pavelski of the Sharks in a youth league. Needless to say, our visit to see if our family would be a good fit with George, turned into about a 3 hour stay. We’ve had three Akita’s so I thought we were quite familiar with big dogs. We quickly discovered George is in a weight class all his own. George, by far, is the strongest beast I’ve ever walked. He also has the loudest bark I’ve ever heard and doesn’t he love to hear himself. When I saw that picture of O’Donnell the other day, it made stop and reflect for a moment on the acquisitions the Hawks made during the offseason, players who added some brute strength to watch over our skill players. If I were Corey Corey Crawford, I’d probably keep some dog biscuits handy. It’s nice to have some big dogs hanging around the porch! Read more
Posted in Rich Lindbloom
Tagged Andrew Brunette, Bryan Bickell, Corey Crawford, Cristobal Huet, David Backes, George, Joe Pavelski, John Scott, Jonathan Toews, Kevin Westgarth, Master of Disguise, Ray Emery, Sean O'Donnell, Steven's Point, Talking Heads, Teemu Selanne, Trent Hunter, Viktor Stalberg, WGN
By Brad Gardner
The Blackhawks spent a majority of the first period in the offensive zone. Viktor Stalberg accounted for four of the Blackhawks’ 15 shots in the opening frame. He also missed the net four times, including an excellent set-up by Andrew Brunette coming out from behind the net.
Tampa was not without their chances in the first – the Lightning kept pace in terms of shots for much of the first half of the period. Ray Emery was strong on his post against a couple stuff attempts from Ryan Malone and he came up with a big save against Steven Stamkos on a breakaway as well. The second half of the period was all-Hawks as Tampa Bay did not register a shot over the final eight minutes of the period.
The scoreless first gave way to a couple quick strikes to start the second period. Stamkos notched his seventh goal of the season just 15 seconds into the middle frame, cashing in on a rebound from Emery after a shot from Marc-Andre Bergeron.
Patrick Sharp tied it less than a minute later, scoring the Hawks’ first power play goal since October, 22nd against Colorado. Jonathan Toews saucered a backhand pass across the crease to Sharp, who buried the puck in the wide open net. Chicago controlled the puck in the offensive zone for the full half minute that they spent on the power play, helped in part by Brent Seabrook making a nice play to keep the puck in the zone at the blue line. Read more
Posted in Brad Gardner, Game recap
Tagged Cristobal Huet, Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Martin St. Louis, Nick Leddy, Patrick Sharp, Ray Emery, Ryan Malone, Sami Lepisto, Steven Stamkos, Vincent Lecavalier
Adam Jahns of the Sun-Times has a quick Q&A with Dan Carcillo here.
Jahns asked Carcillo to describe himself away from the ice. Carcillo said what pretty much every one of his former teammates will say, and its that he’s “pretty much the exact opposite.” (Opposite, that is, of a loose cannon. My words)
Carcillo: “If something irks me or gets me upset, I usually take it out on the ice.”
That explains a lot.
–Former Blackhawk goaltender Jimmy Waite is the new goaltending coach for the Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL). Waite is the younger brother of current Blackhawks’ goaltending coach Stephane Waite. Jimmy, who is now 42, continued his playing career in Europe until retiring at age 40. He returns to coach the team he played junior hockey with, the same Chicoutimi organization Waite was playing for when the Hawks drafted him 8th overall in 1987 NHL Draft. The president of the current day Sagueneens is Guy Carbonneau.
–Apparently there is a site in Europe pushing a rumor saying David Aebischer will be traded to Fribourg-Gotteron soon and Cristobal Huet is out attributing me as the source. That’s not even close to what I wrote.
–The Maple Leafs revealed their roster for the round-robin rookie camp tournament taking place September 10 – 13 in Oshawa. The Blackhawks, Senators and Penguins are the other teams involved.
–Jeremy Roenick reenacts famous “Swingers” scene. [Yahoo!]
–For those who missed our note the other day, yesterday, August 16, marked the 15-year anniversary of the trade that sent Jeremy Roenick to Phoenix for Alexei Zhamnov. Read more
Posted in News and Notes
Tagged Abbotsford, Adam Proteau, Alexei Zhamnov, Andre Deveaux, Andy Bohmbach, Bill Wirtz, Chico Maki, Cristobal Huet, Daniel Carcillo, Hockeenight, IceCaps, IceHogs, Jeremy Roenick, Jimmy Waite, Judd Blackwater, Maple Leafs, Matt Prefontaine, Mike Hedden, Nelson Emerson, Paul Coffey, Swingers, Troy Brouwer, Wayne Maki, Wolves
We have an update here on Cristobal Huet’s status for the 2011-12 season, the final year on his 4-year $22.5 million contract.
For all intents and purposes, the loan transfer agreement between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Fribourg-Gotteron Dragons was settled a couple of weeks back. Barring any unforeseen developments or a catastrophic injury situation, Huet will not be a part of the Blackhawks organization again in 2011-12.
The Blackhawks will still pay Huet his $5.625M salary for the 2011-12 season and the goaltender will sign another contract with the Swiss National League team. The France native signed a one-year deal with Fribourg-Gotteron last August but could not be assigned from the Blackhawks until late September because of NHL waiver requirements.
Huet, who turns 36 on September 3rd, is in Switzerland now and training with Gotteron. In the past couple of days, he’s also been added to the roster on the Dragons’ web site. At this point, however, the transfer won’t be official until late September. The team’s preseason exhibition schedule is already underway. Read more
–We are now 60 days away from opening night of the Blackhawks’ regular season. The AHL’s too for that matter.
–Rockford IceHogs have announced two preseason home games. Both will be played at the MetroCentre.
Wed Sept 28 vs Chicago Wolves, 7:05pm
Sat Oct 01 vs Peoria Rivermen, 7:05pm
The IceHogs will have one other exhibition game in Milwaukee on September 30th. That game will be played at the Milwaukee School of Engineering inside the Kern Center.
–Hearing now the loan agreement of Cristobal Huet between the Blackhawks and Fribourg-Gotteron of the Swiss National League is a done deal. Read more
Posted in News and Notes
Tagged Adam Clendening, Andrew Brunette, Andrew Shaw, Andy Bohmbach, Bill Peters, Brent Sopel, Cristobal Huet, Daniel Carcillo, IceHogs, Johan Mattsson, Justin Holl, Kevin Hayes, Ludvig Rensfeldt, Mark McNeil, Patrick Kane, Ray Emery, Rob Flick, Schedule, Tony Salmelainen
It appears Cristobal Huet will ride out the final year of his Blackhawks’ contract in Europe again this season. Huet is apparently in negotiations to rejoin Fribourg-Gotteron of Switzerland’s National-A league for their 2011-12 season. There had been reports in French and German newspapers indicating Huet was set to join the team for a second season. However, a statement released by Fribourg-Gotteron on Tuesday stated that a loan agreement with the Blackhawks is not yet finalized.
Should a deal be worked out, Huet would again be teammates with former Chicago Wolves’ winger Simon Gamache. He’d also have a new one. Former Blackhawk defenseman and 2003 2nd round pick (59th overall), Michal Barinka has joined Fribourg-Gotteron after time in the Czech and KHL (Yaroslavl) leagues last season.
Despite a strong 2010-11 campaign, Huet was unable to carry a lackluster Fribourg-Gotteron roster above their 22-22-3-3 record, good enough for an 8th place finish out of 12 teams. Huet did not play well, nor did he get much help, in the team’s brief 4-games-to-none playoff exit at the hands of eventual Swiss league champion, HC Davos.
Fribourg opens training camp this week. Their regular season begins on the road, September 9th against Jussi Markkanen, Andy Wozniewski, Glen Metropolit; members of EV Zug. Read more
Posted in News and Notes
Tagged Becky Conner, Bobby Hull, Brent Sopel, Bryan Bickell, Chris Chelios, Colin Fraser, Craig MacTavish, Cristobal Huet, Gary Suter, Jake Dowell, Jimmy Hayes, John Torchetti, Kevyn Adams, Kyle Beach, Mike Peluso, Novokuznetsk, Ryan Kesler, Stan Mikita, Tony Amonte
If, as Rocky Wirtz claims, the Blackhawks are still operating in the red through this past season, the company will have its work cut out for itself this coming year.
As things stand now, the Blackhawks will spend a minimum-projected $77 million on player salaries in 2011-12. This is about an $8.5 million increase on what was spent in 2010-11, $68.5M. The Hawks spent $66.0M in 2009-10, including performances bonuses ($4.1M) that went penalized against the Hawks cap the following season.
While the team at this point sits roughly $3M under the $64.3M salary cap ceiling with the roster one player over the 23-man limit, several factors will have the team spending almost $13 million more than the “upper limit.” Read more
Posted in News and Notes
Tagged Ben Youds, Brent Seabrook, Carter Hutton, Corey Crawford, Cristobal Huet, Duncan Keith, Jonathan Carlsson, Marian Hossa, Michael Frolik, Patrick Sharp, Player Salaries, Rocky Wirtz, Salary Cap, Steve Montador