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.
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 »
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.
Game 82 is upon us, finally! Not that this season has been a bad one, but after mailing it in against the Capitals last night, it’s hard to get excited for this game. As I stated last night, Chicago can’t move up from their current third seeded position.
Even though most fans and players are looking toward the post season the Hawks are looking to avenge some pride with the season series owned by the Preds 3-1. It’s amazing to think – would the Preds be making the playoffs if Pekka Rinne played the entire season? Several players may be playing their final game tonight in the likes of Jeremy Morin and Joakim Nordstrom. Once Toews and Kane return those two seem to be the odd men out. It does prove the depth that Chicago does have available if needed to be called upon. Another situation that will be solved on Sunday evening is who is the Hawks first round opponent? After both Avalanche and Blues taking a loss last night, it seems that it will come down to the final day of the NHL. The Avs finish their season against the Ducks while the Blues have an afternoon affair against the Redwings at home. Read more »
Jeremy Morin flashes the Vulcan gang sign to Bicks
“After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as wanting.” – Spock
By Rich Lindbloom
After Tazer went down to an illegal hit by known Penguin assassin Brooks Orpik, the inner meatball button in me was triggered. Winning the hockey game became secondary to exacting just retribution on the nozzle who obviously was attempting to injure Tazer. I heard several Hawk players defend their lack of response by saying , “It was a 2-1 game and we didn’t want to take a penalty…” type excuse. Apparently there were no mirrors in their locker room in Pittsburgh. Read more »
The Hawks stole at least one point from the Blue Jackets last night. The Jackets came into the game clinging to a one point lead for the second wild card spot in the East, and with one game in hand. With that being said the Jackets needed these points badly and came within 2.5 seconds of getting at least one. This, two days after Colorado erased a 2-goal BJ lead in the 3rd period and beat Columbus in the shootout. I suppose it’s a tough week to be a BJ fan, tougher than usual anyway.
Typically sporting the IceHogs jersey, Jeremy Morin and Jokim Nordstrom suited up for this game. I suppose we can count on the Hawks not burning a contract year on Teuvo Teravainen. I am a little disappointed personally, but it’s likely for the better. Read more »
Don’t wait for the IceHogs’ leading goal scorer to be back in Rockford, at least for the time being.
Jeremy Morin was told he is up with the Blackhawks for the remainder of the season.
So, unless there is some major change in direction, don’t expect him to be back in Rockford before then, if ever.
I suppose there is a chance he’d return to Rockford in the event the IceHogs team makes the playoffs and the Blackhawks are healthy enough to the point Morin slides down the depth chart far enough. But that would also have to mean Teuvo Teravainen would play outstanding enough that the Blackhawks would no longer care about burning a year on Teravainen’s slide-eligible entry level contract – which contrary to what is being insinuated publically, they are not planning to do so at this time.
The Chicago Blackhawks fell prey to the close to the vest style of Barry Trotz and the visiting Nashville Predators. Nashville may not be going to the playoffs but that didn’t stop them from holding the Hawks scoreless Sunday night, handing Chicago a 2-0 defeat.
First Period-Chicago outshot the Predators 11-6 but still managed to find itself on the short end of a 1-0 deficit.
Both teams were active early, with Sheldon Brookbank facing off against Rich Clune at the 5:56 point of the opening period. Chicago gained a power play opportunity in the ninth minute when Matt Cullen hooked Kris Versteeg but the Hawks couldn’t manage much. Read more »
The St. Louis Who’s? The Hawks finally tackled their demons and beat the Blues on Wednesday proving that they can beat anyone when they turn it up a notch. Not only did they turn it up, they made it very uncomfortable for a very good Blues teams in all situations. Corey Crawford made some very good saves to obtain his 10th career shutout.
Among all the celebrating, there was a significant loss suffered by the Hawks. Patrick Kane was accidentally landed on while in an awkward position and seemed to twist his knee, leaving during the second period.
It was announced Friday that Kane was shut down for the remainder of the regular season and placed on long term injury reserve. There is method to the Hawks madness. This was one of the only options the Hawks had get Teuvo Teravainen up to the big squad. He sported the Indian head this morning during the morning skate with teammates welcoming him as well as fans as the skate was streamed live.
Tonight’s game sees the Carolina Hurricanes enter the UC with a few key Hawks out of the line up. Read more »
I’ve been meaning to cook up something of a weekly feature here on the site as a way of producing more regular content. Given Monday is a notable day in this site’s history, I am finally putting that into action now with “Odds and Saads.” My plan is for this to be a late-Sunday night for Monday thing.
The title really is more influenced by The Who album having a good ring to it as this is designed to be a freeform random thoughts and news kind of thing. It’ll mostly be Blackhawks focused, of course, but it will not be bound by Hawks topics.
-Wanted to thank everyone who complimented the podcasts with HockeeNight and The Committed Indian last week.
If you missed it, I was on “Live from the Five Hole” with Sam and Matt from TheCommittedIndian.com site last Friday. My segment was taped Monday night, the 10th.
You can listen to it here. I join the show about 12 minutes in and my portion is about a half hour long. It was mostly a discussion of prospects in Rockford, prospect development and the Brandon Pirri situation. Read more »
Last night I jumped on the HockeeNight PuckCast for 100 minutes of hockey talk. A lot of things were discussed. Head over to HockeeNight’s site for a list of some of it. If you don’t do so already, check them out for their unique and fun slant on Blackhawks hockey.
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