Jun 152011

Marc Bergevin was promoted today to Assistant General Manager in the role vacated by Kevin Cheveldayoff when he left to take the GM job in Winnipeg.

Bergevin is well-liked by virtually everyone.  He served as the team’s director of player personnel for two years, a position he moved into the day after Dale Tallon was “re-assigned.”  This will be Bergevin’s seventh year with the team.  After Denis Savard was removed from the coaching position and Joel Quenneville was hired, Bergevin was made a third assistant coach.  Prior to that he was pro scout.

“As an organization we’re fortunate to have the depth of talent available that allows us to promote from within,” Stan Bowman said of Bergevin’s promotion in a Wednesday press release.

Bergevin, who turns 46 in August, was drafted by the Hawks in 1983 (59th overall) and spent his first four full seasons with the Hawks before being sent to the New York Islanders with Gary Nylund in exchange for center Bob Bassen and defenseman Steve Konroyd on November 25, 1988.  In his 20-year playing career, Bergevin spent a year on the Island before bouncing from Hartford, Tampa Bay (2x), Detroit, St. Louis (2x), Pittsburgh (2x) and finally Vancouver.

Bergevin won’t have much time to adapt to his new role and will be under fire quickly as the period for qualifying restricted free agents is a week away and then free agency a week after that.

Just as big of news coming out Wednesday is the announcement that Scotty Bowman will be staying on as Senior Advisor.  His three-year contract was coming due and has been extended.  It was not made clear for how long.

With Bergevin moving up, Norm Maciver was promoted into the role as Director of Player Personnel.  Maciver was previously Director of player development.  MacIver had a big influence on the acquisition of Nick Leddy.

The only other change involves Kyle Davidson, who was brought on as video coach this past season, replacing Brad Aldrich.  Davidson will now serve in a new role as Hockey Administration Coordinator, which is apparently different from Ian Gentile’s role (Hockey Operations Coordinator). Continue reading »

May 102011

Blackhawks 2011 Summer Critical Date Calendar

May 15

Gold & Bronze Medal Games IIHF World Championships in Slovakia.  Marcus Kruger is representing Blackhawks on Team Sweden as is Michael Frolik for the Czech Republic.  Ex-Hawks Andrew Ladd (CAN), Mathis Olimb (Norway), Tuomo Ruutu (Finland), Jack Skille (USA) also involved in playoff elimination round beginning May 11th.  Marian Hossa did play in the tournament but his team, Slovakia, the host country, was eliminated in the qualifying round.

June 15 – 30

League-wide moratorium on new player contracts: Meaning a team cannot re-sign any of their own free agents, restricted or unrestricted, during this period.

Buy-Out Period (June 15-30) *Clubs with salary arbitration cases [July 20 – Aug 4] have a second opportunity to buy-out contracts. Deadline in those cases is 48 hours after the Club’s last salary arbitration award or settlement.

June 24-25

NHL Entry Draft – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center

June 27

Deadline for clubs to make qualifying offers to their restricted free agents.  Qualifying offers must be received by this date.  Players, however, cannot accept those Qualifying Offers officially until July 1.  Players have until July 15th to accept their QO.  Any impending RFA who does not receive a Qualifying Offer can become an unrestricted free agent if their Club also does not opt for Club-Elected arbitration. Continue reading »

Mar 092011

Rockford is back in action this week with four games.  The first, last night in Toronto, was an entertaining 3-2 shootout loss to the Marlies.

The IceHogs are wrapping up a seven-game road swing on Friday night in Milwaukee.  Before then, they’ll meet the Bulldogs in Hamilton tonight.

Ben Smith scored both goals in last night’s loss.  He now has goals in three consecutive games and five in his last six.   Obviously Smith is getting his legs back now after missing a month with a concussion.  With Ryan Potulny being traded to Ottawa, Smith has also now been moved up to the top line with Jeff Taffe, which also makes a big difference.  Smith had played what was probably his best game as a pro the night he suffered a concussion on January 8th against Grand Rapids.

Hannu Toivonen has been very good in his last five appearances (2.27 gaa, .940 save %) going 2-0-1-1.  He’s been, however, nasty bad in the shootout; allowing 14 out of 30 chances by in the skills competition.  On Tuesday, Toronto converted on three of their four shootout turns before wrapping up the extra point.

Brandon Pirri returned to the lineup on Tuesday after missing five games with an undisclosed injury.   We believe that was of the upper-body variety, but no one has confirmed as much to us.  Same goes for Ivan Vishnevskiy, who has now missed twelve consecutive games.

Vishnevskiy was originally expected to return to the lineup this week, but his return is currently uncertain.

Jeremy Morin is still out indefinitely with an upper-body injury.  As we’ve covered here before, no one is saying what his injury is officially, but its been rumored and written in other places as a concussion.

–Tuesday was “Clear Day” for American Hockey League teams.  Each year at this time, all AHL clubs must submit a “clear day” roster.  The significance of this is that only players listed on this roster can play for their respective clubs from now until the end of the regular season, continuing through playoffs. Continue reading »