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The Rockford Files: Dent on the Jimmy Hayes Center Experiment, Notes on Beach, Saad’s return, Bad starts, the offense and more

By Chris Block

Each week from now until the end of the season we will bring you a first-hand account of the latest news, developments and analysis of this season’s Rockford IceHogs, the Chicago Blackhawks’ American Hockey League affiliate.

Conflict of Interests?

“Well, we’re 1-3.  So, that’s my assessment.”

That was IceHogs coach Ted Dent this past Saturday night after a 4-2 loss at home when asked to give his assessment of Jimmy Hayes’ performance in the four games after the decision was made to move Hayes from his regular spot at right wing, over to the center ice position.

Eight games into the season, the edict came down from Chicago Blackhawks management that they wanted to see how Hayes would do at center.

Little forward thinking went into this decision either, apparently.  Blackhawks Director of Player Development Barry Smith was quickly dispatched to Rockford to go over film and one-on-one instruction over three days with Hayes, who admittedly hadn’t played the center position since he was a kid.

Not during training camp.  Not over the summer when Hayes was a part of a group of 12 top Blackhawks prospects who traveled to Sweden for a five-day August mini-camp.  No, during the last week of October was when the IceHogs coach received word he was to play Hayes at center until further notice.

“No, I haven’t played there in a long time,” Jimmy Hayes said last week. Read more »

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IceHogs carry 4-game win streak into this weekend; Dent on sitting Dylan Olsen; Leddy, Saad injury update and tons of news and notes

By Chris Block

After getting off to an auspicious 0-3-0-1 start to the 2012-13 season, the IceHogs rolled off 4 straight wins over eight days last week to vault themselves into second place in the AHL’s Midwest Division and two points behind the first-place Chicago Wolves.

Those same Wolves will travel up Interstate 90 tonight to face the Rockford IceHogs at the BMO Harris Bank Center.  Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm.

In the only other two meetings between the two teams this season, the Wolves bested the IceHogs back on opening weekend, both times at Allstate Arena in Rosemont.  The Wolves begin their annual November road trip with tonight’s game.  They’ll be on the road for their next five games due to the annual circus stint at Allstate Arena.

Chicago defeated the IceHogs 1-0 in a shootout on October 13th and then again 5-3 the following day. Eddie Lack was in goal for the Wolves both nights and is expected to start between the pipes again for Chicago tonight. Read more »

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PuckChatter~Radio, e.119, Game Off

By Chris Block

Monday night, PuckChatter~Radio returned to discuss the fallout from Gary Bettman cancelling 26 percent of the 2012-13 NHL schedule through November 30th, the Rockford IceHogs 4-game winning streak, the presidential election, fantasy football, the big golf challenge, the big tennis challenge, bonertime~!, first impressions of Jeremy Roenick’s new book, the people he supposedly hates most, Roenick’s account of the infamous 1999 Tony Amonte slashing incident, WWE and much, much more.

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PuckChatter~Radio, e.118, Crazy Uncle Gary

By Chris Block

Listen at your own risk.  And with the sound low or through headphones if at work.

Gary Bettman got up on a podium Tuesday afternoon and made a point to declare he wasn’t one to negotiate through the media…. while he did just that.

However, the NHL did offer a potential major step forward to making a deal with the NHLPA on Tuesday to save the 82 game season and we break that down.

Also, the Rockford IceHogs opened their regular season with several Blackhawks in the lineup and came up on the short end in both of their games over the weekend.

We’ll also discuss Kyle Beach, Marcus Kruger, Nick Leddy, what we’ve been up to, the TTMI Fantasy Hockey League, bloggers and mysterious hand impressions over the urinal in the men’s room.

All this and much more on this edition of PuckChatter~Radio.

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PuckChatter~Radio, e.115, NHL Lockout Insurance

By Chris Block

PuckChatter~Radio returns tonight to share our thoughts on the possible, probable.. impending NHL work stoppage and the circumstances surrounding it.

We’ll also review all the news, response to some recent Blackhawks prospect rankings; take a look at dumb things said by some Blackhawks fans, a limited amount of we’ve been up to lately and much, much more.

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We’ll return next week with a very special guest.

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12 Blackhawks in Sweden this week for mini-camp

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By Chris Block

For the second consecutive year, the Blackhawks have teamed up with a European league team for a friendly preseason tune-up.

Twelve Blackhawks players and prospects are in the town of Södertälje, Sweden this week taking part in a week-long mini conditioning camp.

These Blackhawks are guests of the Södertälje Sportklubb (SSK), a team in the Allsvenskan league, a level below the Swedish Elite League (Elitserien), as the Södertälje team makes its final preparations to begin its 2012-13 regular season.

List of Blackhawks players and prospects in Sweden for this week’s workouts:

Nick Leddy
Marcus Kruger
Dylan Olsen
Jimmy Hayes
Kevin Hayes
Ben Smith
Brandon Pirri
Jeremy Morin
Brandon Saad
Adam Clendening
Klas Dahlbeck

Brandon Bollig will join the group on Wednesday after clearing up a passport issue. Read more »

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PuckChatter~Radio, e.111, Al Cimaglia joins us to talk Blackhawks, free agency and where they go from here

By Chris Block

PuckChatter~Radio returned Thursday night with Al Cimaglia [@AlCimaglia on Twitter] joining in to help us break down the Blackhawks eventful, yet unproductive first week of free agency.

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Among the topics hit on this week’s program…..

-McDonough & Co. show insecurity over losing bids on Parise & Suter
-Why did they want Parise and Suter?
-The pursuit of Martin Brodeur
-Blackhawks bid to become the Miami Heat of the NHL
-What is the plan, Stan?
-How can the Hawks still improve the roster before camp?
-Odds they still can
-Potential trading partners and realistic targets
-The costs?
-What about the goaltending?
-Roberto Luongo
-Sheldon Brookbank
-The Penalty Kill
-Could RFA’s Sam Gagner, Evander Kane be on the move?
-Which Western Conference star would be a perfect 2nd line center
-The Blackhawks and Russians
-Martin St. Pierre signs with Rockford
-A review of the Blackhawks selections at the NHL Entry Draft
-Prospect camp next week
-The heat. The heat! And polyester.
-Meeting a man with a very unfortunate name
-Can I play with your poodle?
-And much, much more

 

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Audio: HockeeNight PuckCast talking NHL Draft and the Blackhawks off season

By Chris Block

On Sunday night I joined CT and Forklift of HockeeNight.com for their annual NHL Draft preview show.

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Topics included on the show…

– Which position and who the Blackhawks may be looking to draft at #18
– A look back at the 2012 Draft and how well the Hawks did
– Joel Quenneville’s coaching future
– Prospects of trading some core, and non-core veterans
– Justifying the Johnny Oduya re-signing
– Phillip Danault
– Mark McNeill
– Please Stan, no more Bryan Bickell
– Looking ahead at familiar names coming out in ’13 & ’14 Drafts
– Ridiculous Blackhawks free agency speculation
– Trading Patrick Kane
– Barry Smith
– Adam Clendening and Shawn Lalonde
– Moving the Coyotes from Glendale back to Phoenix
– NHL expansion
– All this an much, much  more in this 2-hour PuckCast extravaganza

And a reminder, the HockeeNight boys will be hosting an outing this Friday night, June 15th at Galway Bay at 500 W. Diversey Parkway in Chicago.  The event is sponsored by Jeppson’s Malort.  Arrive early for an hour of open bar.  I’ll be there as well.  Check HockeeNight.com this week for more details.

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PuckChatter~Radio with Sam Fels, SecondCityHockey.com – The “Joel Quenneville 5:08 says ‘I just fired your next head coach'” edition

Its been rare when big news breaks right before our show and we get to sink into it when its hot and fresh.

Well, that did happen on Tuesday as Joel Quenneville announced he had relieved assistant coach Mike Haviland of his duties effective immediately.

The Committed Indian and SecondCityHockey.com ‘s own Sam Fels joined me in this 75-minute edition of PuckChatter~Radio to discuss this and the rest of the (to this point) known fallout from another disappointing Blackhawks season.

Sam and I discuss why it was the popular Mike Haviland and not (now former) fellow assistant Mike Kitchen who got the axe.  Sam dishes his points of discontent with the job Joel Quenneville has been doing behind the Blackhawks bench and also his concerns with the recent Dave Bolland trade rumors.

We also break down the validity of the Ryan Suter speculation, the state of Niklas Hjalmarsson, if the ‘Hawks are truly in dire straights, Corey Crawford, the rest of the news of the week and much, much more.

Oh yeah, and one more thing –  Joel Quenneville’s confidential list of potential candidates he will choose from to replace Haviland….. which he claims he hasn’t started yet…. and once he does it will be a secret list…. However, he did tell us on Tuesday that Barry Smith is not on that list… which, again, is secret and not yet begun.

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Hawks avoid elimination with 2-1 OT win in Phoenix

By Brad Vandenberk

All the traditional jerseys were worn and all the superstitions acted upon as the Chicago Blackhawks tried to stave off elimination in the 2012 NHL playoffs.  Captain Jonathan Toews took his team aside after the morning skate on Saturday with no coaches involved.  The message was quite clear, they needed the win from this road game and needed the stars to pick up their game and get a win, preferably in regulation.

The last four games have gone to overtime with Mikkel Boedker winning the last 2 in Chicago with two weak goals getting by Corey Crawford.  Whispers were in the air of veteran Ray Emery possibly getting the start for game five.  Coach Q made the announcement that they were sticking with Crawford.  Mike Smith was automatically in for the Coyotes.

Earlier in the afternoon it was decided that Raffi Torres would sit in a suit for 25 games.  He was suspended for his hit on Marian Hossa during the first period in Game 3.  Read more »

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