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Special Audio: Tim Sassone Tribute podcast with Chris Kuc, Brian Hedger, Al Cimaglia and Lindsey Willhite

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By Chris Block

On Wednesday, I was honored to be joined by four friends of the late, great 25-year veteran of the Chicago Blackhawks beat, Tim Sassone.

Sassone was 58 when he succumbed to illness on March 25, 2014.

53 weeks from that day, his friends, former colleagues and competitors assembled to pay tribute to Sassone, one of the greatest sports writers Chicago has known.

I am joined by Al Cimaglia [Sirius/XM Radio] and Brian Hedger [NHL.com] for the bulk of the show. Cimaglia and Hedger swap stories of Sassone’s influence and generosity, while sharing their personal experiences and thoughts on the man each called a friend.

Then I welcome Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune, Sassone’s closest friend on the Blackhawks beat. Kuc and Sassone worked alongside each other from 2007 up until Tim’s passing.

For the first ten minutes of his segment, Kuc helps us dissect the big news of Wednesday. We discuss Patrick Kane participating in his first Blackhawks practice since fracturing his collar bone five weeks ago, and speculate as to what Kane’s timetable for return looks like now.

Then, Kuc shares his experiences working alongside his great friend.

Hedger and Cimaglia stay with me a give their reactions to Kuc’s comments and more on Sassone at and away from the rinks.

Finally, I sit down with Lindsey Willhite, formerly a teammate of Sassone’s at the Daily Herald. Lindsey is now the Public Relations Director for the Chicago Wolves. He shares his experiences meeting and learning under Sassone, following Tim around the day the Blackhawks won the 2010 Stanley Cup in Philadelphia and the time he answered Sassone’s desk phone at the Daily Herald offices and it was Jeremy Roenick on the other end of the line.

In closing, I give my thoughts on the impact Tim Sassone had on me and talk about having the opportunity to work alongside him myself and my regret in the last interaction I had with Tim.

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PuckChatter~Radio; e.142, Crusaders of the Lost Podcast, A Blackhawks Chat and a Special Flashback Steve Montador Interview

By Chris Block

It took six, long months but PuckChatter~Radio returned Thursday night for 90 minutes of Hawky Talk just the way you like it. Or, not.

Over the course of the initial 80 minutes, Al Cimaglia of Sirius/XM Radio joined me to breakdown the Blackhawks trade deadline action in the wake of Patrick Kane’s broken collarbone. We discussed how the Hawks stack up now against the West, the handling of Teuvo Teravainen as well as various comments those in the organization have made about Teuvo and evaluated Stan Bowman’s past year.

In the past two months, Stan Bowman has traded 2 prospects who were formerly ranked in the Top 20 of the Blackhawks 2015 Prospect Rankings. We discussed the rate of return those players help yield and the history of the Hawks and how they’ve managed their prospects.

Finally, we replay an April 2, 2013 interview I did with the late Steve Montador.

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*We had technical difficulties with the audio at two points during the live recording. This file was edited in post-production. I’ve uploaded the edited file to BlogTalkRadio as well, but some may have gotten the first version, which wasn’t too terrible (for our low standards) but we had a soundboard drop at the start of the show and Al and I both had our sound drop somewhere near the halfway mark. I cleaned those spots up afterwards.  The Montador interview was clipped about thirty seconds early in the original recording too, for some reason.  Intro and outro audio was added and edited in this second version.

**As mentioned on the show, we will return soon with a special podcast on a yet to be determined date and time.

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PuckChatter~Radio with Al Cimaglia talking Sochi, NHL restart and trade deadline

By Chris Block

Al Cimaglia of MyFoxChicago.com and Sirius/XM Radio joined us Monday night to recap the Sochi Olympics, discuss the end of the Mike Kostka era, preview the NHL stretch run and the Blackhawks potential participation in the GM talks leading up to the trade deadline on March 5th.

-Reflections on the recently completed hockey tournament in Sochi
-Team USA players ridiculous explanation for loss to Canada
-Jason LaBarbera talks IceHogs
-Comments from Brandon Pirri and Ted Dent
-Jeremy Morin says missing playoffs last 3 seasons “kinda unacceptable”
-Morin talks focus in trying to get back to Chicago
-Dent discusses Morin’s recent game
-John Tavares injury and should NHL players go to 2018 games?
-Michael Kostka placed & claimed off waivers. What could it mean.
-What could Stan Bowman be setting up to do before the trade deadline?
-Names up for sale
-Hawks areas of need
-Al & Chris debate the Bryan Bickell mystery
-Who Bickell has to thank for his big contract
-Will Pirri be a Blackhawk again?
-And much, much, more

You can also follow Al on Twitter, @AlCimaglia

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PuckChatter~Radio, e.138, Tis the Season

By Chris Block

A Saturday matinee edition of TheThirdManIn.com’s ~ PuckChatter~Radio dropped today.

On the show, we discussed the finality and fallout from the end of the Kyle Beach era, Brandon Pirri’s demotion back to the Rockford IceHogs, the future of Nikolai Khabibulin in an Indian head sweater and a few other Blackhawks related items.

The show typically veered off the tracks as well in various off-topic stories including the “only” two things Block hates these days, his dog freezing to the ice in the frigid Chicago weather and the recent California expedition.  Also, Block tries, and fails to identify common hand tools and his father’s response to it, and our “Pud of the week” award is dealt out as well.

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 **The Hawks acquisition of goaltender Jason LaBarbera was announced just minutes after we finished recording this show.  Thus, it is not discussed here.

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PuckChatter~Radio, e.137; The Hjalmarsson Dance

By Chris Block

PuckChatter~Radio pulled off 2 shows in 6 days with another brand new episode on Tuesday night. dissecting the Kris Versteeg trade and the reasons why Jimmy Hayes and Dylan Olsen were the players to go the other way.

We covered the official announcement of the retirement of former Blackhawk defenseman Adrian Aucoin, and the details of how he was since hired to the Blackhawks player development staff.  Aucoin’s retirement, new job as well as the accurate depiction of his Hawks career was covered on this site exactly one month ago.

Then, we give an in-person account of the exclusive Chicago Blackhawks/Banner Collective/Blackhawks TV – launch party for the One Goal II book and 17 Seconds film commemorating the 2013 Stanley Cup Champions that was held at The Wit hotel in downtown Chicago on Monday night – what it was, exclusive details and impressions of this event, film and book.

Also, we hit a couple listener emails, talked the Horseshoe Casino on a random November Saturday afternoon, Blackhawks-Predators, Block’s niece having poor in-game hockey etiquette, and bacon – Yeah, of course We want bacon!

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PuckChatter~Radio, Not Late Enough

By Chris Block

Since I had to work real late today, and missed the Blackhawks game, I figured we may as well do a PuckChatter~Radio.

On the show (we finished recording just before the Blackhawks-Panthers trade was announced), we discussed the Alex Broadhurst recall, Jeremy Morin’s scratchings, the Andrew Shaw contract extension, who’s next?, Brandon Bollig, the Blackhawks start, IceHogs injuries, the next wave of prospects, and which IceHogs defenseman has been flying under the radar this season.  Also, we’ll get to some listener emails, our upcoming trip to St. Louis, Superstar states his irritation with Block’s general tardiness – and much, much more.

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PuckChatter~Radio: Hjalmarsson, Crawford contracts and a mess of other stuff

By Chris Block

It’s back.

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The show returns next week as we begin thorough previews of both the Chicago Blackhawks, and Rockford IceHogs upcoming 2013-14 season.


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PuckChatter~Radio, Blackhawks Email Bag-A-Palooza

By Chris Block

This week’s edition of PuckChatter~Radio, done on Tuesday night, is finally available for download or play here on the site.

Over the course of this show, we jumped into the reader/listener email bag to answer your questions on Steve Larmer and the Hall of Fame, Brandon Bollig, Kyle Beach, this upcoming season’s second line center and some ‘blogger’ stuff.

We also share exclusive, behind-the-scenes details from Pearl Jam’s concert at Wrigley Field in Chicago this past weekend, as well as discuss puppy dogs and health problems, sleeping on the floor, Sega Genesis, NHL97, Road-Trippin’, being old and gassy, inappropriate sharing and much much more.

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We’ll return next week with another show largely dedicated to answering more emails and possibly a caller or two helping us out with the events of this upcoming weekend’s Blackhawks Fan Convention.  If you have a question or topic you’d wish to contribute to next week’s show, you can pass it along using one of the email addresses below.

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PuckChatter~Radio; Al Cimaglia guests Talkin’ the 2013 Stanley Cup Champions

By Chris Block

Al Cimaglia of MyFoxChicago.com and Sirius/XM Radio joined me Wednesday night on PuckChatter~Radio to review the Chicago Blackhawks run to their 2nd Stanley Cup in the past 4 seasons.

Over the course of this 60 minute podcast, Al and I outline the turning points and pivotal factors in the Blackhawks playoff run, climaxing with Monday night’s clinching Game 6 victory in Boston.  We also look at the toll some player’s endured in the battle for Lord Stanley’s chalice and how much is too much; compliance buyouts, offer sheets, what awaits Bryan Bickell, what’s next for Stan Bowman and Joel Quenneville’s team, who won’t be back and some names that could also be on the move.

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–Special Thanks to Molson Canadian, the Official Imported Beer of the NHL..

The Chicago Blackhawks answered the Call of the Cup, have you?

If not, there’s still time to participate in Molson Canadian beer’s Call of the Cup.

For a limited time, Molson’s Call of the Cup bottle series will be available throughout the Chicagoland area as in markets across the United States.

Molson Canadian recognizes that every decision a coach makes in the Playoffs can mean the difference between skating to glory and skating into the off season.

When you pick up Molson Canadian bottles now in the U.S., you can participate in The Call of the Cup series, which allows hockey fans to play the role of the coach and make the tough calls from their smart phones, or just debate the questions and scenarios on the back of the bottle labels between friends.

Which special teams unit is more important in the playoffs?  Make trades or stand pat at the trade deadline?  Be a part and help a team win its first Stanley Cup or help a team break a long championship drought?  Answer these questions and debate more scenarios in The Call of the Cup series from Molson Canadian beer.

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PuckChatter~Radio will return next week (either Monday or Wednesday) to review the Blackhawks at this Sunday’s NHL draft in Newark, New Jersey, the moves Stan Bowman and company make there as well as preview free agency opening on July 5th.

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PuckChatter~Radio, e.130, Don’t Tell Joel

By Chris Block

On Tuesday night, PuckChatter~Radio returned to review the initial three games of the Stanley Cup Finals, illuminate the issues ailing the Blackhawks as well as try to make sense of some of the decisions and moves coach Joel Quenneville has been making behind the bench so far in facing the Boston Bruins

I’ve got to tell you… I turned flat out exhausted and needed an intermission, and an ice pack after my attempt to do the latter.

We also previewed tonight’s Game 4 in Beantown, discussed Bryan Bickell’s status in the current series and what Zdeno Chara could possibly have been thinking?; Brandon Bollig‘s play, the trouble with Viktor Stalberg; the thing about momentum… How Dave Bolland has played more minutes than Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane at times in this series? Our take, and the irony of it, on the Marian HossaBen Smith warmup saga of Game 3; why folks need to stop excusing, or making excuses for captain Jonathan Toews and much, much more.

Also, bathroom exits and trouble with the auto mechanic… all on edition number 130 of Puck Chatter.

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–Special Thanks to Molson Canadian, the Official Imported Beer of the NHL..

As you watch the Chicago Blackhawks strive for Lord Stanley’s Cup for the second time in four seasons, make sure to pick up some cold, refreshing Molson Canadian and participate in Molson Canadian USA’s Call of the Cup..

Molson Canadian recognizes that every decision a coach makes in the Playoffs can mean the difference between skating to glory and skating into the off season.

When you pick up Molson Canadian bottles now in the U.S., you can participate in The Call of the Cup series, which allows hockey fans to play the role of the coach and make the tough calls from their smart phones, or just debate the questions and scenarios on the back of the bottle labels between friends.

Which special teams unit is more important in the playoffs?  Make trades or stand pat at the trade deadline?  Be a part and help a team win its first Stanley Cup or help a team break a long championship drought?  Answer these questions and debate more scenarios in The Call of the Cup series from Molson Canadian beer.

For more information check Molson Canadian out on Facebook at:

Facebook.com/MolsonCanadianUSA

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