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Blackhawks trade Brennan to Toronto for Spencer Abbott; Analysis, what it means and more on trade rumor out of Sweden

Brennan_2015Jan16_IceHogs_333x500T.J. Brennan, Rockford’s leading scorer, dealt to Toronto
Jan 16, 2015 photo courtesy of Rockford IceHogs

By Chris Block

Thursday afternoon, the Chicago Blackhawks traded away defenseman, and Rockford IceHogs’ current leading scorer, T.J. Brennan to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for minor league right winger, Spencer Abbott.

Abbott, 26, is 5’9” right-shooting winger in his third pro season now. He spent four years at the University of Maine (2008-2012) where he posted 54 goals and 146 points in 152 career NCAA games with the Black Bears.

Brennan was a member of Toronto’s organization last season. He and Abbott ranked 1-2 in Toronto Marlies scoring during the 2013-14 regular season.

Last year with Toronto, Abbott set career marks in goals (17), assists (52) and points (69) with the Marlies, the Maple Leafs in-town American Hockey League affiliate. This season, Abbott has 7 goals and 17 assists in 46 games. His shooting percentage has dropped to 7.6% from 12.0% last regular season.

There are two keys to this move from a Blackhawks and Rockford IceHogs’ dual perspective. Read more »


Raanta backstops 4-0 shutout of Leafs on emotional day for the Blackhawks

By Michael Calvert

Sunday night, the once hot, but now cold Maple Leafs came into Chicago on the heels of being blown out by Philly at home. Their luck wasn’t much improved as Raanta was as solid as need be and the Hawks put together a tight, complete game on their way to a 4-0 shutout.

Brad Richards was not in the lineup so the lines looked slightly different: Read more »


More on Jeremy Morin’s AHL “Conditioning” loan, his trade demand, possibilities; Rockford injury, coaching updates

By Chris Block

Jeremy Morin agreed to a maximum 14-day conditioning loan with the Rockford IceHogs for the dual purpose of getting the 23-year old left winger some game time and showcase the beleaguered now 5-year pro for a potential trade.

Morin had been designated a healthy scratch for 8 consecutive games leading up to the conditioning loan. He last played on November 20th in Calgary.

Rockford embarks on a 6-game road trip starting in Milwaukee tonight (Dec 10th). Thus it’ll be 19 days between games for Morin. He is expected to be in the IceHogs’ lineup tonight.

Should Morin remain with the Blackhawks’ organization for the duration of this loan, he’d have to be recalled from the loan on December 22nd, the day after Rockford’s road trip concludes. The Blackhawks can also recall him at any time before then.

There’s some interesting aspects to this move.

Morin’s agent, Pat Brisson (who also represents Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews) went to Stan Bowman in the middle of last week essentially requesting a trade on behalf of his client. Mark Lazerus of the Sun-Times reported on Sunday (Dec 7) Morin’s side presented it as a “play me or trade me” type of proposal. Read more »


Hawks fall short in Toronto: Richards, Seabrook tally in 3-2 Leafs victory

By Jon Fromi

Corey Crawford made his return to the net in the Chicago Blackhawks game in Toronto Saturday night. It was his Maple Leafs counterpart, however, who was the story at the Air Canada Centre.

James Reimer stopped 45 or 47 Chicago shots to lead Toronto to a 3-2 victory over the Blackhawks. Brad Richards potted his first goal of the season and the Hawks power play was responsible for both goals. However, Reimer withstood 26 shots in the final 20 minutes to send the Blackhawks home with a loss.

First Period-The Maple Leafs gained an early power play in the third minute when Bryan Bickell tripped Sam Carrick. Chicago killed the penalty with little difficulty.

In the sixth minute, Jeremy Morin picked off a pass and headed to the net. His shot from the circle resulted in a rebound off of Reimer. However, Bickell’s second-chance attempt was also denied. Read more »


Hawks-Leafs prospect tournament highlights

Six-minute highlight package from Saturday’s Blackhawks-Maple Leafs rookie tournament game in London, Ontario.

The Hawks prospects dropped the tournament opener 4-2.  Ryan Van Stralen, a non-roster invite, scored both goals for Chicago.  Phillip Danault assisted on both tallies.  Mac Carruth was in goal for the Hawks’ squad.

Chicago also lost their second game to Pittsburgh on Sunday.  They conclude the three-game round-robin exhibition on Monday against the Ottawa Senators’ prospects.


Leafs offense assaults Hawks in Toronto

By Michael Calvert

The Hawks brief and ridiculously hot streak ended Saturday night in Toronto.  And the Hawks took the loss in a ‘taste of your own medicine’ fashion.

The Maple Leafs scored fairly early and very often.  Each time the Hawks struck the Leafs had an extremely quick answer.

The Hawks had a similar looking lineup to begin the game.  On the second d pairing Michael Kostka goes with Hjalmarsson, and Oduya relegated to third line duties. Read more »


Hawks bring Leafs back to earth in Bolland’s return

By Michael Calvert

Saturday night’s game is a feather in the hat of the NHL due to conference realignment.  All teams now play each other at least twice, so fans get to see some of the biggest teams in the league once a year in their barn.  This game featured two of the biggest teams in the League, one by name, the other by name and talent.

The Toronto Maple Leafs, the NHL’s only billion dollar franchise, were in the UC on Saturday.  My initial inclination is to compare them to the Yankees, but as much as I don’t care for the Yankees, that comparison is not fair to them.  The Yanks win consistently.  I think the Leafs are more like the Dallas Cowboys; it’s a big deal whether they are winning or losing, and mostly are losing. Read more »


Jr Hawks fall short to Maple Leafs prospects in London

[TTMI contributor Brad Vandenberk was on hand Thursday night for the Blackhawks-Maple Leafs prospect tournament game in London, Ontario and provides his personal account here.]

By Brad Vandenberk

Hockey season is upon us.  Training camps are less than a week away from opening with exhibition games soon to follow.  Before all that begins, it’s the prospect’s turn to showcase their talent in a tournament in London, Ontario that involved the Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins and the Ottawa Senators.

Chicago’s first game was on Thursday night at the Budweiser Gardens against the “home” town Toronto Maple Leafs.  The Gardens, which houses the CHL’s London Knights, was not nearly full for this affair, but Kane and Toews jerseys could be seen throughout the crowd.

Mac Carruth started between the pipes for the visiting Blackhawks.  Dylan Olsen sported the “C” and Terry Broadhurst was wearing an “A”.  Read more »


Lindbloom: Love keeps no record of wrongs

“I’ll never watch the Hawks again”

By Rich Lindbloom 

“What do you get when you fall in love?
A guy with a pin to burst your bubble
That’s what you get for all your trouble
I’ll never fall in love again”
 – Burt Bacharach and Hal David

Have you thrown in the towel on the Hawks this season? Had enough of third period meltdowns, awful rebounds and uninspired play from the core? Are Frolik and Bickell driving you up a wall? Have you found yourself asking, “Why did Stalberg do that?” Are you fed up with a defense that couldn’t clean their plate, let alone a crease? Do you lie awake in bed at night wondering, “Why can’t I quit you?” In short, what do we actually get ‘for all our trouble?’ Hell, at least my wife gets flowers on occasion. Read more »


Rookie tourney: Game 1 recap – Maple Leafs drop Hawks 4-2, Paradis injured

By Brad Vandenberk

Annual rookie tournaments have begun all over North America, getting fans and players excited with less than a week until training camp starts.  The Chicago Blackhawks are in Oshawa, Ontario playing the likes of Ottawa, Pittsburgh and Toronto.  Game 1 saw the Hawks square off against the Maple Leafs at the General Motors Centre.

Donned in their red jerseys, the Hawks began the tournament with a determined effort against the Leafs.  Mac Carruth was the starting goalie joined by starters Shawn Lalonde and Dylan Olsen on defense.  Mark McNeil was flanked by Ludvig Rensfeldt and Jimmy Hayes up front. [Hawks game roster]

The Hawks got their first chance at a power play as the ref made a hooking call at 1:52 of the first period.  They were unable to capitalize however.

It didn’t take long for the fists to start flying as 5’10” Andrew Shaw took on 6’5” Jamie Devane with a David versus Goliath type match.  [Highlights at bottom of this report]

After Devane served his 5 minute major for fighting, he opened the scoring for the Leafs as a puck was shot wide from the blue line and bounced to the side of the net. Devane, standing on the door step, quickly shot the puck over Carruth making the score 1-0 with just under 2 minutes remaining in the first.

Philippe Paradis left the 1st period after being hit hard in the offensive zone and grimacing his way back to the bench.  Paradis did not return.  [ed.  note: Paradis did not dress in Sunday’s game vs Ottawa] Read more »