Al Cimaglia, now writing and covering the Blackhawks at MyFoxChicago.com, joined me tonight on episode 93 of TheThirdManIn~Radio.
On the show, Al and I discuss the fallout from Saturday’s 3-2 shootout loss to the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins and the Blackhawks already falling behind the Red Wings’ first-place pace.
We chat about the importance of the Hawks’ immediate upcoming schedule, Duncan Keith’s early season struggles, Patrick Kane’s game, Jeremy Morin’s huge return to the IceHogs’ line up this past weekend and the continued state of befuddlement surrounding John Scott’s place on the Blackhawks.
All this and so much more and this hour-long edition of TTMI~Radio.
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Tagged Al Cimaglia, Avalanche, Ben Smith, Brandon Saad, Duncan Keith, Jeremy Morin, John Scott, Marian Hossa, Nick Leddy, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Red Wings, Rob Klinkhammer
By Chris Block
The long-awaited return of Jeremy Morin took place in southern British Columbia on Friday night where the IceHogs travelled to take on the Abbotsford Heat.
In just his second shift since January 15th, Morin got a puck entering the Abbotsford zone from Chris DiDomenico. Given time and space through the middle, Morin wasted no time cutting down the slot and deked Abbotsford goalie Leland Irving down and slipped the puck through to give Rockford a 1-0 lead five minutes into the game. Morin gave a the big fist pump salute to himself in celebration.
Morin looked very good considering he’s largely been inactive for the past nine months. It was a good sign on the goal that Morin did not hesitate to take open space through the middle of the ice when it was given to him. After all, it was a similar situation against the Chicago Wolves back on January 15 that Morin was hip-checked and came down landing head first on the top of his helmet, sidelining the 19-year old for the remainder of the 2010-11 season and still feeling the effects of that unfortunate collision during training camp in September.
Rockford lost the game 4-3, after leading throughout the first 41 minutes of the contest.
Morin started the game on a line with Brandon Bollig and center Chris DiDomenico. It can basically be considered the IceHogs’ fourth line at the moment. By the end of the first period, Morin was bumped up to the top line with Brett McLean and Brandon Segal, taking Rob Klinkhammer’s spot. Morin returned to DiDomenico’s line during the second period but eventually Ted Dent had Morin back up on the top line. Read more
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Tagged Alec Richards, Alexander Salak, Brian Fahey, Chris DiDomenico- Brandon Pirri, Jeremy Morin, Kyle Beach, Lance Bouma, Leland Irving, Rob Klinkhammer, Ryan Stanton
Corey Crawford was given Monday’s practice off (Sunday was an off day for the entire team) to heal a slight groin pull, as reported by CSNChicago’s Tracey Myers.
More on that, as well as an update on Ben Smith with quotes from Myers here.
Jesse Rogers talks to Dan “Car Bomb” Carcillo about his Chicago debut this Thursday versus the Winnipeg Jets:
Carcillo on his nickname: “Everyone has nicknames. It just so happens mine is better than everyone else’s.”
Ben Smith (concussion) skated Monday but is not cleared for contact.
Viktor Stalberg (knee) skated on his own and Joel Quenneville intimated he could start skating with teammates in practice again later this week.
Carcillo practiced on a line with Kane and Hossa.
Jonathan Toews talks about getting that first goal out of the way… wanting to be a great offensive player. [Chris Kuc, Tribune]
–For those wanting to catch a glimpse of Brian Campbell, Kris Versteeg, Tomas Kopecky and their new crew before the Hawks travel to South Florida on November 2, tonight is your chance. Campbell skated just over 30 minutes and had the primary assist on both Panthers’ goals in a 2-0 win on Long Island in Florida’s only game so far. Jose Theodore was in net for the shutout.
The Panthers will make their only national television appearance of the 2011-12 season, and just their third in four years tonight on VERSUS when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins.
–For those who missed it, I uploaded Saturday night’s Committed Indian column here.
–No podcast this week. Check out HockeeNight’s latest from Sunday night. Read more
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Tagged Adam Jahns, Al Cimaglia, Alec Richards, Alexander Salak, Ben Smith, Bobby Hull, Brandon Segal, Brian Campbell, Chris DiDomenico, Corey Crawford, Dan Carcillo, David Toews, Denis Savard, IceHogs, Jeff Larmer, Jeff Shantz, Jeremy Morin, Jonathan Toews, Kyle Beach, Kyle Hagel, Martin Lapointe, Rob Klinkhammer, Ted Dent, Viktor Stalberg
By Brad Gardner
The Blackhawks kicked off camp with the fourth annual Training Camp Festival on Saturday, September 17th. The sold-out event featured the camp invitees broken up into three teams for practices and a pair of scrimmages at the United Center.
Each game included two 25-minute periods and a shoot out to follow, regardless of the score. The red team, led by Dave Bolland and Brent Seabrook, played in both scrimmages and was the first team to score in each contest. Simon Danis-Pepin opened scoring in the first scrimmage with a long-distance slapper that found its way past Corey Crawford. In game two, the red team took the early lead when Peter Leblanc picked up a rebound and buried his chance in front of the net.
Neither lead would last long, however. The white team controlled most of the first scrimmage, winning by a score of 3-1 behind goals from Jonathan Toews, Brandon Pirri, and Shawn Lalonde. Read more
On this edition of TTMI~Radio I’m joined by Mike Peck, the voice of the Rockford IceHogs.
Mike returns to help us preview the 2011-12 IceHogs’ season by examining the coaching change, new bench boss Ted Dent and the AHL squad’s roster turnover. We also get Mike’s scouting report on Brandon Segal, who spent the last half of the 2004-05 season in Rockford while a member of the Nashville Predators’ organization.
We also take a look at important players up front and on the defense this year in the wake of key losses offensively as well in experience and leadership. Ben Smith, Joe Lavin, Jimmy Hayes and Jeremy Morin are discussed as well. We also get an update on rink refurbishments currently going on at the Beemo Center.
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Thanks as always to Mike for taking time out to speak with us.
Rockford IceHogs single-game tickets are now on sale at IceHogs.com or you can buy tickets by calling (815) 968-5222. Advanced single-game tickets are available starting at $7.00, up to $22.00. Day-of-game sales are an additional $1 per seat.
The IceHogs open their regular season home slate on Saturday night October 8th against the Grand Rapids Griffins. You can view the entire IceHogs’ schedule here or in printable PDF form here.
Rockford will also host two preseason home games at BMO Harris Bank Center (formerly the MetroCentre). The first versus the Chicago Wolves on Wednesday night September 28th at 7:05pm. Then on Saturday October 1 against the Peoria Rivermen, also at 7:05.
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Tagged Brandon Pirri, Brandon Segal, Brian Connelly, Chris DiDomenico, David Gilbert, Dylan Olsen, IceHogs, IceHogs tickets, Jeff Taffe, Jeremy Morin, Jimmy Hayes, Joe Lavin, Kyle Hagel, Mike Peck, Paul Zanette, Peter Leblanc, Philippe Paradis, Podcast, Rob Klinkhammer, Ryan Stanton
By Brad Gardner
All thirty NHL teams are optimistic at this time of summer, but the one thing we can all be sure of is that everything will not go according to plan. Injuries have their way of piling up, players may not live up to expectations, or teams may find that progress made during the summer in one area has left them with a hole elsewhere in the game plan. One of the Blackhawks organization’s responses to the unpredictable nature of the NHL season has been keeping their AHL affiliate within arms reach, roughly 90 miles west on I-90 in Rockford, Illinois. The Third Man In takes an admittedly early look at some possible mid-season scenarios and introduces the prospects who may be expected to answer the call.
So you need a top six forward…
Safe bet: Jeremy Morin is the easy answer here after a solid nine game trial last season. Coming back from a concussion, though, he’ll get back into the swing of things with the IceHogs to start the season. His best asset may be his goal-scoring ability, but he showed as a rookie that he was willing to play any role to stay in the Chicago line-up. The 20-year-old winger is the organization’s best bet if the power play is in need of new life – his cheetah-quick release would be a dangerous weapon with a set-up guy like Kane feeding him the puck. Read more
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Tagged Blackhawks, Brandon Pirri, Brian Connelly, Dylan Olsen, IceHogs, Jeremy Morin, Jimmy Hayes, Kyle Beach, Philippe Paradis, Rob Klinkhammer, Ryan Stanton, Shawn Lalonde
As I had mentioned last week, I’ve been getting more email than usual of late regarding Hawks’ prospects in Rockford. So I decided to throw some of these up on the site with the emailers’ consent. We’ll break this up into parts since there are quite a few.
Enjoyed your (Kyle) Beach q&a. Be nice if he practiced the things he says though. Another Dale Tallon miss if I may say. Tallon had some nice late round picks and a few good trades but his overall body of work is vastly overrated. Beach is an eyesore, just as Cam Barker, Tuomo Ruutu and Jack Skille. Seriously, I have no faith Dylan Olsen will do anything given Tallon’s draft history. Unless he’s drafting 1st or 3rd. Who can miss then?
Aside from attitude, what’s the major hold up in his development? Who would you compare him to? Beach is one of two players in the top 15 in his draft class who’ve yet to reach the NHL and the other, Colton Teubert, just changed addresses. Cody Hodgson was picked one spot ahead of Beach and he’d probably been in the NHL for some time now had he not been injured severely a year ago. Josh Bailey was picked 10th by the Islanders (one spot before Mr. Beach) and he’s played in almost 200 games now. Its probably high time we chalk Beach up to a first round bust. Don’t you agree? Read more
In a season marred in disappointing results, regrettable periods and slow rookie progressions, one bright light has been the recent play of IceHogs’ veteran winger Jeff Taffe.
Taffe extended his season-long point streak to 14 games in a 4-3 overtime win over the Milwaukee Admirals last night before 5,907 fans at the Rockford MetroCentre.
Rockford won the game in overtime during a 4 on 3 power play. Rob Klinkhammer, who was the first star of the night scoring two goals, his 9th and 10th on the season, drew a cross-check from Admirals’ defenseman Teemu Laakso an minute and a half into OT as Klinkhammer was driving to the Milwaukee net for one of his many prime scoring chances on this night. Read more