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PuckChatter~Radio, e.106 w/ Dieter Kurtenbach

Our old friend and one-time TTMI writer Dieter Kurtenbach joined me last night for this week’s PuckChatter~Radio.  Dieter is now a sports writer at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and covers the Florida Panthers.

On this show recorded late Monday night, Dieter and I discussed the latest controversy surrounding Patrick Kane and what we think of the reaction it has garnered.  Dieter also gives his take on the state of the Blackhawks as well as what steps need to be taken moving forward to get this team back to the Cup.

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Hawks stars shine, top Florida Panthers 3-1

He can score again – photo credit: Yahoo! Sports

By Brad Vandenberk

With the Stanley Cup championship banner hanging from the United Center rafters, 5 ex champions, now Florida Panthers, invaded the place they called home, to play the Blackhawks.  This would be the first time since winning the beloved cup that Kris Versteeg would play in the United Center.  Brian Campbell, Tomas Kopecky, Jack Skille and wily vet John Madden were all a big part of bringing the Stanley cup to Chicago and ending a 49 year drought.

Old man Winter played havoc on fans and players arriving for the 7:30pm puck drop.  With the snow falling, players found themselves arriving late and even the Panthers’ bus was not able to get the team to the UC on time, forcing some players to take cabs to the arena.  All this considered, the game was pushed back to an 8:08 pm start.  Read more »

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Bergevin, Maciver promoted; Scotty stays put; notes on Torchetti, Madden and Larmer at 50

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). Read more »

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Lindbloom: From this day forward…

By Rich Lindbloom

After two hours of watching my daughter, wife and 65 year old father in law ride the various roller coasters at Great America, they finally convinced me to try my nerve on Batman. Much like the Hawks this season, roller coasters are not for the faint of heart. I’d much rather be trying to hit a 3-iron over 195yds of water than find myself upside down, heading into a blind turn at breakneck speeds. As I watched the three groups in front of us “eagerly” take their turns getting on the Batman, the thought of turning around and making a run for it kept crossing my yellow bellied sap sucker mind. Finally, the attendant released the chain – it was our turn to mount this death trap. As I stood there with sweaty palms and a churning stomach, while Nathalie and her dad were being strapped in, I had one last chance to make a run for it. Would I suck it up, overcome my fears and prove I was a man. Or would I head down the stairs, hiding my face in utter shame as the other people in line laughed and jeered at my cowardice?

Anyone out there feel like they took a sledge hammer to the face last night when time finally expired? Once again, the seeds of doubt have not only taken root, they’re clearly above the surface, poking their head out of the ground like tulips in the spring. It appears more and more that fans are starting to jump ship, as we try to navigate these troubled waters. Watching the Hawks on some nights right now is like watching the movie, They Shoot Horses Don’t Theyclearly the most depressing movie ever made. I think that some fans are actually praying for the losing streak that will finally put us out of our misery. Do you really believe it’s going to be that easy?! No doubt, there’s still a lot of ups, downs and hair pin turns ahead on the newest roller coaster at Great America – The Friggin Blackhawk. Read more »

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