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Salary Cap and Reality of Off Season Now Set; A look at Blackhawks position and options

[As I noted on Twitter last week, our Summer Blackhawks prospect rankings, originally scheduled for release on Monday, will be delayed due to a family emergency that had me pulled away and out of town last week. I don’t want to commit to a new date just yet, but I am working on it. The draft has taken precedent now. Thanks to all who sent nice notes the past week. I was off the grid for the most part. To those I didn’t get back to, I do appreciate it.]

By Chris Block

Today will kick-off our draft week coverage with the requisite state of the Blackhawks roster business in the wake of the salary cap becoming official for next season.

The Blackhawks currently do not own a 1st round selection in the NHL Draft this Friday in Sunrise, Florida. Chicago occupies just 2 spots over the initial 120 picks in the 2015 NHL Draft. You can expect that to change between now and this weekend, with the Hawks eyeing picks in return for some currently rostered players. Of course, a lot of that has to do with the situation the Blackhawks are in now because of new contracts kicking in, others still to be hammered out and the salary cap being the primary enemy of the defending Stanley Cup Champs.

2015-16 Salary Cap Guidelines Set

NHL released its parameters for the 2015-16 salary cap on Tuesday in conjunction with the National Hockey League Players Association per terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The new “upper limit” is set at $71.4 million, up $2.4M from the 2014-15 season. Read more »

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Lindbloom’s View: The Dew Drop In

Lindbloom_DewDropInThe Many (Ugly) Faces of St. Louis Blues Hockey

“Now the last I wanted was to get into a fight
in Jackson Mississippi on a Saturday night
especially when there was three of them and only one of me.” – Charlie Daniels
(From the song UneOasy Rider – many of you will know it as The Do Drop Inn)

By Rich Lindbloom

I’m not sure two games with those hated rivals, the St Louis Blues, is just what the doctor ordered as we head into the playoffs. Let’s just say there’s always a possibility of a full blown donnybrook breaking out when these two bitter rivals meet. Sometimes it’s on the ice, sometimes it’s in the stands.

My friend Bobby went to a Blues vs. Hawks game a few months after the 1984 NLCS game, where Leon Durham miss played a sharply hit ground ball. In ABC announcer Don Drysdale’s words, “Ground ball hit to Durham…RIGHT THROUGH HIS LEGS…we’re tied at three.” Bobby was attending the game with a friend and their two dates, politely applauding the righteous Blackhawks efforts that evening. Some knucklehead Blues fan kept repeating Drysdale’s words, in a obvious attempt to stir things up. Read more »

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Hawks clinch playoff berth in 3-1 win over VAN

By Brad Vandenberk

After winning a tough back to back against Winnipeg and LA, the Blackhawks looked to continue the momentum on Thursday with a visit from the Canucks. Vancouver was also in a playoff battle hoping to lock up a playoff spot with a victory last night.

But it was the Hawks that would be guaranteed a spot in the 2015 postseason with a 3-1 win behind the strong net minding of Corey Crawford. He stopped 36 shots making some great saves on most of the Canucks stars. Teuvo Teravainen, Jonathan Toews and Marcus Kruger all the put puck past Eddie Lack. Kruger picked up an assist and the second star of the game. Read more »

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Crawford vs Carolina Hurricanes Ends in 3-1 Blackhawks Win

By Jon Fromi

It was a true goalie win for the Chicago Blackhawks Monday night in Charlotte. Corey Crawford made 43 saves against the Carolina Hurricanes on a night where the Hawks spent a lot of time in their own zone. Chicago mustered enough offense in the first ten minutes to come away with a 3-1 victory.

First Period-Carolina got an early power play (the only one for either team, as it turned out) when Marcus Kruger held Elias Lindholm 1:34 into the game. Lindholm got off a shot late in the man advantage that Crawford sent away but Chicago prevented any further trouble.

The Blackhawks were held without a shot for most of the first eight minutes. However, the first shot wound up in the back of the Carolina net. Kruger got the ball rolling by picking off a Eric Staal pass and gaining entry into the offensive zone. Read more »

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Toews powers Hawks past Hurricanes; New guys debut; Teuvo Up To Stay; Ben Smith’s day, TVR update, IceHogs lose more guys

By Chris Block

After a weekend dealing with wild rumors of off-ice turmoil and supposed discord, the Blackhawks took to the ice on Monday with a couple of new faces and minus another. A United Center crowd announced as 21,641 watched the ‘Hawks cruise to a 5-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

The win pushed the Hawks to five points up on Winnipeg in the Central Division and eight on the Minnesota Wild. If the playoffs were to begin today, the Hawks would finish 3rd in the Central and face the Blues in the first round. Winnipeg would play Nashville and Minnesota would cross over into the Pacific Division bracket by way of finishing second in the Wild Card standings. Chicago is still four points back of St. Louis and the Blues have a game in hand on them.

Jonathan Toews notched his 20th and 21st goals of the season as the Hawks easily dissected the Hurricanes defense. Brandon Saad kept pace with the Captain, scoring his 20th midway through the second after a solid Patrick Sharp forecheck that created a Carolina turnover. Marcus Kruger (6th) and Marian Hossa (18th) would round out Chicago’s scoring. Corey Crawford made 27 saves in earning his 25th win on the campaign.

Antoine Vermette and Kimmo Timonen made their Blackhawks’ debuts. Read more »

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Blackhawks End Ice Show Road Trip on High Note, Best the Blues 4-2

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks got up early Sunday morning to close out their road trip. The early bird gets the worm, but Chicago was happy with two points over the St. Louis Blues.

The Hawks took advantage of a power play goal in the third period to break a tie game against St. Louis. Marian Hossa wound up the hero as Chicago prevailed 4-2.

First Period-The Blues made hay in the Chicago zone early, with a busy Corey Crawford sending several attempts to the corners.

The Hawks drew first blood on their first real opportunity in the fifth minute. Daniel Carcillo got the puck to Marcus Kruger coming out of the defensive zone. Kruger led Carcillo on an odd man rush, scoring when his shot from the right circle got the best of Brian Elliot. Chicago took a 1-0 advantage at the 4:38 mark. Read more »

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Blackhawks Fall To Bobrovsky, Blue Jackets Win Extended Shootout 3-2

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks visited Nationwide Arena Saturday night looking to take two points from the Columbus Blue Jackets. Thanks to Sergei Bobrovsky, only a single point could be claimed. Columbus rode their goalie to a 3-2 shootout victory as Bobrovsky made 39 saves.

The Blackhawks had plenty of chances but ultimately dropped the game in what turned out to be an nine-round shootout. Patrick Sharp and Ben Smith tallied for Chicago in the losing effort.

First Period-Brandon Saad was tripped while chasing a rebound by Ryan Johansen 30 seconds into the game. That put the Hawks up a man right off the bat. Despite keeping the puck in the Columbus zone and getting a couple of shots on goal, Chicago could not convert. Read more »

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Hawks Take 8th Straight with 3-2 Win in Beantown; Dahlbeck tallies 1st NHL goal, Toews suffers head injury

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks held off a late charge from the Boston Bruins Thursday night to extend their current win streak to eight games. The Hawks rode a big performance in net by Scott Darling along with a nice evening by Ben Smith to a 3-2 road victory.

First Period-Smith was the catalyst for the opening tally, maneuvering the puck behind the net and hitting a wide open Klas Dahlbeck just above the left dot. Dahlbeck’s blast beat Tuuka Rask at the 9:10 mark to put Chicago up 1-0. Rask was fooled as Dahlbeck’s shot was slightly re-directed when his own forward, Seth Griffith, stuck his stick in the open lane and tipped the shot. The goal was Dahlbeck’s first in the NHL. Read more »

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Hawks trade leads with NHL’s top team, win 3-2; Kane tops Tampa Bay in the shootout

By Brad Vandenberk

The Tampa Bay Lightning entered the United Center on Tuesday night looking for their 7th straight victory and owning the league’s best record.

Some have this pegged Lightning-Blackhawks as a potential Stanley Cup final. Although the game had a playoff type feel to it, it took a shootout to solve this one, as the Hawks took it behind the strong play of Corey Crawford 3-2. Ben Bishop made life difficult for the Hawks as they outshot the Lightning 39-27. Jonathan Toews competed in his 500th career game. Read more »

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Lindbloom’s View: What, Me Worry?

Lindbloom_WhatMeWorry“It is well, it is well, with my soul.”

Amateur – “Mr Hogan, how do you back the ball up on the green?
Ben Hogan – “Well, how far do you hit an 8-iron?”
Amateur – “Oh, about a 125 yds.”
Ben Hogan – “Why in the hell would you want to back the ball up?”

By Rich Lindbloom

The Hawks current predicament reminds me of Alfred E. Neuman’s seemingly inextricable mess in the above cartoon. In the early 80’s, a innovation called square grooves somewhat revolutionized the game of golf. They replaced the traditional V-shaped grooves and supposedly were able to make you back the ball up on the green like a Yo-Yo.  Read more »

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