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Hossa Marries, Skille Signs, Smitty Splits, Niemi Notes and movie star supports Blackhawks

Marian Hossa was married in Slovakia on Saturday.  Story and pics here.  (thanks to reader Dave for link) 

– While the Blackhawks have made no official announcement yet, Adam Jahns of the Sun-Times reported Thursday that Jack Skille has agreed to a one-year contract that will pay him $600,000.  This is roughly a 29% pay decrease from his entry-level contract.  We talked about this on Thursday’s TTMI~Radio. 

Skille received a qualifying offer (standard 1-year offer at 110% rate of prior year’s salary) in late June but chose to negotiate down to give himself a more cap-friendly contract.  Because of it, Skille is now an odds-on favorite to make the NHL club.  His speed and shooting ability still make the 23 year old an enticing prospect, but he’s never shown an ability to apply those tools in the NHL, the way he has in the minors.  Before Viktor Stalberg‘s arrival, Skille was the natural replacement for Versteeg.  Skille can throw his weight around, but its not his strength and he’s been overwhelmed going that route when with the Hawks.  He figures in as a third-line guy, which means he has to score.  Trouble is, as a shooter, he’s predictable and one-dimensional.  To be successful, he must go into the danger areas and score dirty goals.  He did a better job of that last year than ever before, when he was mostly a perimeter player.  Depending on how close Stan Bowman cuts his roster under the cap, training camp may still wind down to a battle between Kyle Beach and Skille for that third-line spot.  Skille isn’t a fourth line player and Beach will start in Rockford if he cant win a spot with the top three lines.

– According to published reports, and also still unannounced, Russian winger Igor Makarov, 22, signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Hawks last week.  His cap hit (unconfirmed) is said to be $552,000.  Makarov needs a little work and will start in the AHL with Rockford.  He was an exciting prospect, but his progression has been stunted in limited playing time in the KHL the past two seasons.  Makarov will turn 23 in September.  In the times I’ve seen him, he’s shown to have a great shot and reasonably quick release.  There are a lot of politics involved in who does and who doesn’t get ice time in Russia, but you’d think if Makarov’s talents were at the level of an NHL-er or at least a top prospect, he’d have been given much more playing time. Read more »

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TTMI~Radio “One Year Gone”

TheThirdManIn~Radio “One Year Gone”
One-Year Anniversary Show ~ Right-Click to download here
recorded Thursday July 15, 2010 ~ 4:30pm (central)

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That’s right.  It has been one year now since we’ve started this audio dealie.  Almost fifty in the can already and looking forward to the next fifty or more in the coming weeks and over the 2010-11 Chicago Blackhawks season.

This show isn’t much of a celebration.  There was an attempt on my part to pull a HUGE guest.  Came close, but still another epic fail in the end.  I’ll add it to my collection.  Not many people are allowed to come on this show.  About as many are willing.  Maybe I should, but I don’t take it personally.

Anyhow, its great to be back in the swing of things and we’re looking forward to some special guests to help us bridge the gap between now and October.

On this show, officially our 45th (three or four others were quickly shelved or deleted due to intense technical drama), the “Superstar” returns from his two-month long hiatus to discuss a variety of topics, including, but not limited to:

– Steve Smith’s heavy lumber
– The Jack Skille Experience coming to an NHL Arena near you?
– An amateur, imitation Blackhawks writer – habitual kleptomaniac
– Igor Makarov leaving his Mother Russia
– Blackhawks seriously lacking in “little geeks willing to get their asses pounded”
– Colin Fraser, Danny Richmond sign new deals with Canadian teams
– Kyle Beach prefers to beat on smaller guys
– Puke on ice
– “Blackhawks Night” at the Cell
– “Mullet-style” music – whatever that’s supposed to mean
– White Sox organization debasing the Hawks and their fans cleverly
– Mike Modano slams a nasty rumour
– Slamming Wisconsin
– The passing of Bob Probert
– The real story behind his Blackhawks’ career
– Angry folks
– Superstar evidently makes a great point, but Block is not listening
– Niklas Hjalmarsson is a bad man
– Antti Niemi isn’t going anywhere
– What the Blackhawks have really lost off the Cup-winning roster?
– Viktor Stalberg: The next Great Swedish Superhero?
– And much, much more…..

It’s a fine line between creativity and stupidity.  It’s TheThirdManIn~Radio.

ChrisBlock@TheThirdManIn.com

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