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Audio: An hour of post NHL draft and Blackhawks trade talk

By Chris Block

Sunday afternoon I was a guest again on Bill Swierski’s Sports Talk Chicago.

We analyzed the Blackhawks draft, the Patrick Sharp trade rumors – the who, what and why…. why the Ryan Kesler talks broke down, the ‘Hawks salary cap situation, players Stan still may move, the Kevin Hayes saga and impact of the impending contract extensions for franchise players Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

I join the show at about the 4:30 mark.

http://www.swerskisports.com/2014/06/bill-swerskis-sports-talk-chicago_29.html

Direct audio link [MP3 download]

I was a guest on Shawn Hopman’s podcast a few weeks back to digest the fallout from the Blackhawks loss to the Kings as well as previewing the off season moves.  You also can listen to that podcast here.  On that episode I am on from about 5:30 to the 1 hour 21 minute mark.

–I will be doing a Puck Chatter Radio some time this week as well.  Fingers crossed.  The last one we did was such an audio disaster that it was almost immediately deleted.  I was unaware of the audio problems as we recorded.  And, as it turned out, it was all my fault as far as the issues were entirely on my end.  But I think I am over that experience now, so we can go forth and take Puck Chatter out of time out.

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Audio: HockeeNight PuckCast, NHL Draft and Trade Week

By Chris Block

Sunday night, I joined the HockeeNight gang for our annual NHL Draft preview discussion.

We covered all the bases, including the trade rumors surrounding the team, what could very well happen, organizational depth needs heading into the draft, who the ‘Hawks may be drafting, big seasons ahead for some Rockford IceHogs and much, much more.

Listen to it below by clicking the play button.

To download the MP3 file you can go to the HockeeNight TalkShoe show page

Or, download and save it here.  (You’ll need to do the free registration.)

 

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Lindbloom’s View: The Bad and the Beauteous

IholdOn“I – Hold – On”

“It’s just an old beat up truck,
some say I should trade up
Now that I got some jangle in my pocket. Read more »

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Lindbloom’s View: Schwantzstookles & Frozen peas

image001(2)Dr Frederick Frankenstein : “For the experiment to be a success, all of the body parts must be enlarged.”
Inga: “His veins, his feet, his hands, his organs vould have to be increased in size.”
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: “Exactly.”
Inga:  “He would have an enormous schwantzstuker.”
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: “That goes without saying.”

By Rich Lindbloom 

My wife and I went on a vacation with some good friends in Whistler, B.C. several years ago. While there, we mountain biked, golfed, hiked and horseback rode in that beautiful neck of the woods. Now normally on horse rides, you follow the horse in front of you at a very casual pace. On this ride however the cowboy asked us “do you want to trot?” Everyone was up for it, including myself, despite having what I called at the time, a groin pull. Read more »

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Sedins sneak by Hawks in Overtime, 3-2

By Jon Fromi

The Chicago Blackhawks definitely showed up at Rogers Arena Tuesday night. Unfortunately, the return of Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews to the line up was spoiled with 37 saves by Cory Schneider and an overtime tally by the Sedin twins.

Chicago picked up a point in the first game on the road over the next three weeks, but Vancouver prevailed by a score of 3-2.

The momentum ebbed and flowed throughout the opening period. Vancouver got an early opportunity when David Booth beat Niklas Hjalmarsson for control of a puck. Booth found himself fight in front of Corey Crawford 90 seconds into the game, but his shot was knocked away.

Andrew Shaw drew a clipping penalty from Keith Ballard that the Canucks killed in the fourth minute. Patrick Sharp found Marian Hossa streaking up the ice and it appeared as if he would get a breakaway attempt on Cory Schneider. Alex Burrows make a nice play to thwart Hossa, then helped set up the game’s first goal at the 7:58 mark. Read more »

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Power play enacts measure of revenge on Canucks; Blackhawks conquer Vancouver 5-1

By Brad Vandenberk

The Chicago Blackhawks kicked off their 6 game road trip on Wednesday with a visit to Rogers Arena in Vancouver to square off against the Canucks.  This would be the 33rd time these two teams have met since the 2008-2009 season.  The last meeting on Nov 6th ended ugly for the Hawks as the Canucks went 5 for 6 on the power play and beat the Hawks 6-2.  Revenge is always a dish best served cold.

Cory Schneider got the start in net as Roberto Luongo had missed the last 2 days of practice with an upper body injury.  Dave Bolland returned to the line up for the Hawks after missing the last 3 games with a foot injury.  Brent Seabrook did not dress for this game after going hard into the boards during the Edmonton Oilers game on Sunday night.

The first period had a Game One playoff feel to it, as both goalies were tested early and both coaches tried to get there preferred match ups.  Bolland returned starting on the 4th line. It didn’t take long for him to regain his center position on the 3rd line pestering the Sedins.   Read more »

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Huet transfer movement, Sopel talks Siberia, Fraser grievance, Bickell’s recovery, coaching moves and much more


It appears Cristobal Huet will ride out the final year of his Blackhawks’ contract in Europe again this season.  Huet is apparently in negotiations to rejoin Fribourg-Gotteron of Switzerland’s National-A league for their 2011-12 season.  There had been reports in French and German newspapers indicating Huet was set to join the team for a second season.  However, a statement released by Fribourg-Gotteron on Tuesday stated that a loan agreement with the Blackhawks is not yet finalized.

Should a deal be worked out, Huet would again be teammates with former Chicago Wolves’ winger Simon Gamache.  He’d also have a new one.  Former Blackhawk defenseman and 2003 2nd round pick (59th overall), Michal Barinka has joined Fribourg-Gotteron after time in the Czech and KHL (Yaroslavl) leagues last season.

Despite a strong 2010-11 campaign, Huet was unable to carry a lackluster Fribourg-Gotteron roster above their 22-22-3-3 record, good enough for an 8th place finish out of 12 teams.  Huet did not play well, nor did he get much help, in the team’s brief 4-games-to-none playoff exit at the hands of eventual Swiss league champion, HC Davos.

Fribourg opens training camp this week.  Their regular season begins on the road, September 9th against Jussi Markkanen, Andy Wozniewski, Glen Metropolit; members of EV Zug. Read more »

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Hawks-Canucks Game 7: 1st period notes

As expected, both teams came out flying early.  Vancouver had a lot of jump and more speed than the Hawks, who were on their heels by the end of the opening period.

Alex Burrows put Vancouver on the board first, for the only goal of the period.  Ryan Kesler got a pass from Mason Raymond at the Chicago blue line and drove tight and hard wide around Duncan Keith, who went for the bump and stopped moving his feet.  Kesler held to the goal line selling the stuff attempt before backhanding a pass into the low slot to the oncoming Burrows.  Corey Crawford had no chance.  Nick Leddy was in front but unable to stop the pass.  Burrows did a good job a leaving himself proper separation space as Leddy was where he needed to be.

Vancouver reverted back to the pace they set in games 1-3 of the series.  The Canucks were credited with 13 hits, to the Blackhawks’ 3.  Keep in mind these are Vancouver’s hometown official scorers.  The United Center is home to some pretty liberal stat keepers itself, but the Canucks were the decidedly more physical team in the opening twenty.

Joel Quenneville’s lines started out:

Viktor Stalberg – Jonathan Toews – Patrick Kane
Ben Smith – Patrick Sharp – Marian Hossa
Troy Brouwer – Dave Bolland – Michael Frolik
Marcus Kruger – Ryan Johnson – Fernando Pisani

Niklas Hjalmarsson – Brian Campbell
Duncan Keith – Nick Leddy
Chris Campoli – Brent Seabrook

By the midway point of the period, Smith had moved up to the Toews line and Stalberg to the Sharp-Hossa line.  The fourth line had a really nice shift, pinning the Canucks deep for a good 30 seconds cycling and winning the battles along the walls.  Pisani was brings up the rear as far as ice time so far (2:11, 3 shifts) which is already 2x the amount of ice time the guy he’s replacing, John Scott, had in a 75 minute game 6.  Seabrook and Keith are together at times too.  Keith, and the tandem of Hjalmarsson and Campbell are the ice time leaders.  Probably Campbell’s best period of the series.  Hawks have been poised under intense pressure.

Vancouver is killing the Hawks in the face off circle.  65% to 35%.  Toews is 0-3 vs Henrik Sedin and 1-3 vs Ryan Kesler.  Sharp is 3-4 vs Sedin.  Bolland is 2 for 7 overall.

Hawks held the shot advantage 12 to 8.  Luongo has been sharp early.  The Rogers Arena let out one big collective sigh of relief when Luongo stopped his first shot early, a long wrister from Frolik.

The officials are letting a lot go, but Brent Seabrook managed to get called for cross-checking at 16:21 to give the Canucks the only power play so far.  Vancouver picked up 3 shots during the man advantage and several other close attempts as they were all over the Hawks in those two minutes.

Despite the Vancouver goal the Blackhawks hold a 14-10 goal advantage at 5 on 5 play in this series.   Granted, the differential was created in two Chicago blowouts, but that’s something to be encouraged by if the referees keep the whistles in their pockets as you’d expect in a game 7.

ChrisBlock@thethirdmanin.com

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Hawks-Nucks: Hits Count

Much has been made of the physicality in this year’s Blackhawks-Canucks series.  While the Canucks hold a substantial (+46) advantage in the overall credited hits column, they also (according to official scorers in Vancouver) collected a hefty 40 to 14 margin over Chicago in Game 5.  This on a night the Canucks were shutout in their home rink and have worked themselves into a situation where they could see their season slipping away if they don’t get their act together fast.

Now one aspect sometimes overlooked when analyzing hit counts is that if one team has the puck, they’re not looking for hits or finishing checks.  So if one team owns the puck for a great majority of the game, or is sitting back protecting a hefty lead (which the Hawks were in Game 5 as well) they’re not forechecking as hard and thus not finishing as many checks.  Thus why hit counts can oftentimes be misleading.

By periods in Game 5, Vancouver out-hit Chicago 12-4. 17-5 and 11-5.

From a Blackhawks’ perspective you can see how certain players such as Bryan Bickell and Viktor Stalberg have dug into their roles and pressured the Canucks when they’ve been on the ice.  They along with Troy Brouwer (the Hawks regular season hits leader) and Chris Campoli on the blue line have been the most physical Hawks. Read more »

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