By Chris Block
While it can’t officially be announced until after the NHLPA membership ratifies the new CBA on Saturday, the Chicago Blackhawks have jumped the gun a bit by recalling four players from AHL Rockford.
Nick Leddy, Marcus Kruger, Andrew Shaw and Brandon Bollig were all recalled by the Blackhawks on Monday January 7th. This, one day after the NHL and Player’s association hammered out the framework for a new collective bargaining agreement to end the NHL Lockout.
All four players were held out of Rockford’s home game Wednesday night against first-place Grand Rapids. The transactions will be made official this weekend. Three of the four were in Chicago skating with most of the other Blackhawks players at informal on-ice workouts beginning Tuesday. Nick Leddy joined in on Thursday.
One player who was surprisingly left out of the initial group of four call-ups is Rockford IceHogs alternate captain, and the team’s leading goal scorer, Ben Smith.
Smith, 24, scored his 15th goal of the season on Wednesday night. He also ranks second in points scored by an IceHogs player, 26, seven behind team captain Martin St. Pierre. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, IceHogs, Prospects
Tagged Andrew Shaw, Ben Smith, Ben Youds, Blackhawks, Brandon Bollig, Brandon Svendsen, Chicago, Chris Block, Dan Carcillo, David Gilbert, IceHogs, Jamal Mayers, Jeremy Morin, Marcus Kruger, Nick Leddy, Rockford, Terry Broadhurst, Transaction
The May 31st edition of PuckChatter~Radio
Thoughts on the Jamal Mayers and Johnny Oduya re-signings and Stan Bowman’s only public comments on the most recent Patrick Kane controversy
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Tagged Adam Clendening, Advice, Blackhawks, Chris Block, Dan Carcillo, Jamal Mayers, Joel Quenneville, Johnny Oduya, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Romance, Stan Bowman
By Chris Block
RDS’s Renaud Lavoie is reporting the Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with forward Jamal Mayers on a one-year contract extension.
The deal is said to be valued at $600,000 with Mayers receiving $50,000 of it up front as a signing bonus. Those numbers are a slight raise from the $550,000 Mayers made in 2011-12 (the signing bonus on that deal was $25k).
Mayers turns 38 in October. Read more
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Tagged Ben Smith, Blackhawks, Brandon Bollig, Carter Hutton, Chris Block, Contract Signing, Dan Carcillo, Extension, free agency, Jamal Mayers, Ray Emery, Stan Bowman
By Chris Block
Al Cimaglia of MyFoxChicago.com and Sirius/XM Radio joined me tonight for the latest edition of TheThirdManIn’s PuckChatter~Radio.
Al and I dissected the fallout from the Blackhawks second consecutive first round elimination, this time coming to the Phoenix Coyotes.
We analyzed what general manager Stan Bowman spotlighted as the areas his team faltered and also what he didn’t say. We took a look at the supposed “core”, the Hawks’ inexcusable power play futility, Marian Hossa’s future, Phillip Danault, Dave Bolland, who is gone, Corey Crawford, if the goaltending should be upgraded and potential changes to the roster.
All this and much, much more in this sixty minute show.
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Our next live show comes on Tuesday night, May 8th at 7pm central. Our guest will be the illustrious Sam Fels of The Committed Indian and SecondCityHockey.com.
Posted in Podcast, Puck Chatter~Radio, Stanley Cup Playoffs
Tagged Al Cimaglia, Andrew Brunette, Blackhawks, Bryan Bickell, Carter Hutton, Chris Block, Corey Crawford, Dan Carcillo, Jamal Mayers, Jason Garrison, Joel Quenneville Phillip Danault, Johnny Oduya, Marcus Kruger, Marian Hossa, Michael Frolik, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Phoenix Coyotes, Sam Fels, Stan Bowman, Stanley Cup Playoffs, Troy Brouwer
It took us a lot longer than we had envisioned, but tonight we finally reached our official milestone 100th show. Listen to us put TheThirdManIn~Radio to bed and hear what’s in store moving forward.
We also discuss the Blackhawks now 9-game losing streak; how much longer it will go on, what and who’s to blame, who could get fired, how bad things really are and what can be done to fix them and ask the question ‘If Jonathan Toews is hurt then why is he playing?’ We reveal a few players who could soon be Blackhawks, what position Stan Bowman is least likely to improve and which prospect potential trading partners are highest on.
We’ll also dish some dirt on our recent trip to Vegas for Super Bowl weekend, history of our show sponsors and why they got their business licenses revoked, puppies and their balls and separation anxiety…. and I think I remember discussing the Rockford IceHogs in there somewhere as well.
And finally, my sincerest gratitude and apologies to all our listeners tonight, this season and throughout since this show began on July 14, 2009…..
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Tagged Andrew Ladd, Blake Wheeler, Chris Block, Corey Crawford, Dan Carcillo, Derek Roy, Duncan Keith, Dylan Olsen, Jamal Mayers, Jeff Schultz, Jeremy Morin, Jimmy Hayes, Joel Quenneville, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Mike Kitchen, Nick Leddy, Patrick Kane, Podcast, Popcorn chicken, Prospects, Ryan Miller, Shawn Lalonde, The End, Trade Talk, Tuomo Ruutu, Vegas
“Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen, and down the mountainside
The summers gone, and all the flowers dying
Tis you, tis you must go and I must bide.”
By Rich Lindbloom
Danny Carcillo’s decision to self-detonate into Tom Gilbert in the Oiler game last Monday brings to mind a bad decision I once made. Actually the decision was reached with the help of three friends in my scramble foursome 20 years ago at Silver Lake C.C. We found ourselves in a bit of a quandary when our approach shots on the diabolical 9th hole left us with two unpleasant options to rescue par. An abnormal amount of debate factored into our ill-fated decision. Read more
On tonight’s edition of TTTM~Radio, we discuss the Blackhawks in the wake of the Patrick Sharp injury and what to look for next.
Also discussed is Block’s puppy dog, how he got his name and the terrible twos. Plus, more on projecting a generally sunnier disposition, Kyle Beach, Jeremy Morin, Dan Carcillo, Patrick Kane, Niklas Hjalmarsson and some half-season awards.
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Tagged Balls in your shoes, Dan Carcillo, Jeremy Morin, Kyle Beach, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Podcast, Skates, Tuomo Ruutu, Twitter
How’s this for self-promotion….
It’s a show. I don’t really know what to say about this one other than the Superstar and I got back together for e.95 of TheThirdManIn~Radio. Usually when he and I do these things you never know what we’ll talk about and the reason is – neither do we.
We talked about some things, I don’t recall too much exactly. We had a show outline but it was aborted during the music intro. I enjoyed myself though. We discussed the Blackhawks getting better today, how awful traditionally they’ve been in Philly (Stanley Cup aside), a few New Years resolutions, Andrew Shaw and some other stuff I can’t recall at the moment.
I’d say its completely missable unless you’re desperate for time killer or background noise at work. Its probably best for that.
I’d say we’ll do better next time, but that’s too lofty a goal.
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Tagged Andrew Shaw, Blackhawks, Christmas Spirit, Concussions, Dan Carcillo, Dylan Olsen, Flyers, Jarome Iginla, Mark McNeill, NBC Sports, Red Wings, Winter Classic
By Brad Gardner
The Edmonton Oilers captured their second consecutive win against the Chicago Blackhawks with a 4-3 win Monday night at the United Center. Edmonton’s power play unit struck twice after a major penalty was called against Daniel Carcillo and the visitors were able to hold onto the lead despite a late push from the Blackhawks.
Jonathan Toews opened scoring at 12:54 of the first period. He did not get a lot on his shot from the slot, but it nonetheless slid on the ice and beat Dubnyk inside the post to the glove side. Carcillo set up the chance with a steal in the neutral zone and a pass onto the stick of Toews.
The tide turned when Carcillo was called for a five minute boarding major in the second period. Skating in on the forecheck, Carcillo threw Oiler’s defenseman Tom Gilbert into the boards head first before either player had touched the puck. Gilbert ended up rolling on Carcillo’s left leg, so both players ended up injured and would not return to the game. Read more
Posted in Blackhawks, Brad Gardner, Game recap
Tagged Andrew Brunette, Ben Eager, Dan Carcillo, Jimmy Hayes, Jonathan Toews, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall, Tom Gilbert
By Brad Vandenberk
The United Center was rocking on Friday night to witness the season’s first matchup between central divisional rivals Detroit Redwings and the Chicago Blackhawks. This game was circled on the calendar for both teams as the Hawks have held their divisional lead over the Red Wings all season. This would be the first of six for these 2 teams, with the first three games coming within 16 days.
Dan Carcillo returned to the lineup after suffering a concussion during the Minnesota Wild game on December 14. Jimmy Hayes made his NHL debut after being called up from Rockford on Thursday. He had switched places with Brandon Pirri who was sent back down after a mediocre game against LA on Wednesday. Read more
Posted in Game recap
Tagged Brad Vandenberk, Brent Seabrook, Dan Carcillo, Jimmy Hayes, Jimmy Howard, Jonathan Toews, Justin Abdelkader, Marian Hossa, Nicklas Lidstrom, Patrick Kane, Todd Bertuzzi