By Chris Block
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
Posted in Blackhawks, Contract Signing, IceHogs, News and Notes
Tagged Barry Smith, Blackhawks, Brandon Segal, Chris Block, Croatia, Darren Haydar, IceHogs, Jason Krog, Jeremy Morin, Keith Seabrook, Kenndal McArdle, KHL, Kyle Beach, Martin St. Pierre, Mats Hallin, Matt Carey, Mike Hedden, Pascal Pelletier, Phillip Danault, Rockford, Ryan Hartman, Stephen Johns, Teuvo Teravainen, Zagreb
By Brad Vandenberk
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
Posted in Blackhawks, Game recap
Tagged Andrew Shaw, Antti Raanta, Ben Smith, Blackhawks, Brad Vandenberk, Brandon Saad, Craig Smith, Game recap, Jeremy Morin, Marian Hossa, Matt Carey, Matt Cullen, Nashville, Patric Hornqvist, Paul Gaustad, Pekka Rinne, Predators, Ryan Ellis, Shea Weber
By Chris Block
This is way later than I targeted for this week, but better late than never. Today was my first chance to get to this. And just in time now to start working on next week’s… Anyhow, on with it.
Stephen Johns Signs
On Wednesday (April 2) the Chicago Blackhawks inked Notre Dame senior defenseman Stephen Johns to a two-year entry-level contract that will begin with the 2014-15 season.
Johns has also agreed to a professional try-out contract for the remainder of this season with the Rockford IceHogs.
He traveled with the IceHogs to Abbotsford, British Columbia on Thursday for Rockford’s big 2-game set with the Heat this weekend.
Johns is expected to make his professional debut tonight in Abbotsford. It looks like he’ll wear number #36, which was Maxim Shalunov’s number earlier in the season. Read more
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Tagged Antti Raanta, Blackhawks, Brandon Bollig, Brandon Mashinter, Brett Skinner, Canucks, Chris Block, Chris Chelios, Corey Crawford, IceHogs, Jake Chelios, Joakim Nordstrom, Joe Gleason, Joel Quenneville, John Tortorella, Kyle Beach, Linus Omark, Mathieu Brisebois, Matt Carey, Mike Gillis, Odds and Saads, Ryan Hartman, Simon Danis-Pepin, Stephen Johns, Teuvo Teravainen, Trevor van Riemsdyk
By Chris Block
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.
–In case you missed it last week, Odds and Saads will be a weekly feature here on TheThirdManIn.com. This is part one of two for this week.
Teuvo Teravainen will make his NHL regular season debut for the Blackhawks when they host the Dallas Stars at the United Center. Read more
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Tagged Blackhawks, Brenden Morrow, Brian Connelly, Chris Block, Dan DeLisle, Daryl Boyle, Dean Chelios, Drew Leblanc, IceHogs, Jake Chelios, Jason Labarbera, Jeremy Morin, Justin Fletcher, Kevin Hayes, Matt Carey, Mike Radja, Patrick Kane, Pete MacArthur, Rockford, Stephen Johns, Steve Moses, Teuvo Teravainen, Trevor van Riemsdyk, Viktor Svedberg, Vincent Hinostroza, Zach Miskovic