By Chris Block
Sam Fels, lead Blackhawks maven at TheCommittedIndian.com was kind enough to join me Monday night for the jam-packed return edition of PuckChatter~Radio.
In great detail, we recapped the Rockford IceHogs at the 28.9% mark of the AHL season as well as listen to some conversations we’ve had with a few IceHogs over the past few weeks. There is a lot going on these days out in Rockford with the suddenly first-place IceHogs and we covered most of it.
We also touch on Tuesday’s much overhyped meeting between six NHL owners and as many NHL players – Is it more posturing and sideways negotiating by the Gary Bettman and the owners in attempt to undermine Don Fehr and divide the players, or is the league finally ready to work towards getting a deal done? We discuss. Also, Phillip Danault and Mark McNeill were named to the Canadian U20 World Championships selection camp roster on Monday. How do they fit and what are their chances of making Team Canada?
All this and more on this edition of Puck Chatter.
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Among the items broached on the show….
-A hockey magazine editor’s troubles with the English language
-Ted Dent talks about inconsistent play & Martin St. Pierre’s start
-Carter Hutton back on his game
-Is Nick Leddy not dominating the AHL a real problem?
-Kyle Beach’s newest move – the turtle and spear
-Jimmy Hayes talks about his transition from wing to center
-Perhaps how the Hayes-to-Center decision came about
-Surprising facts & truth on how the “experiment” is working out
-What the Hayes move says about Hawks true depth at center
-Adam Clendening’s mustache
-Jeremy Morin talks finding his scoring touch & a full off season
-Chris Block says weird things & asks odd questions
-Nick Leddy talks about his move to Left Defense & the CBA
-Stan Bowman’s ‘guys’ and where they stand
-Is Kyle Beach a power forward
-Couple of IceHogs approaching Franchise marks
-Blackhawks Board of Governors representatives
-Gary Bettman attempting to pitch a no-hitter
-A funny story about travels to the BMO Harris Bank Center 57:20
-And much, much more
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By Chris Block
PuckChatter~Radio returns Live on Monday December 3rd at 8pm central. Sam Fels of the TheCommittedIndian.com will join me to discuss all the hockey there is to talk about as well as the latest in the ongoing NHL CBA labor negotiation saga which may very well come to a head on Tuesday.
We’ll recap all the latest goings on with the first-place Rockford IceHogs, who have won 7 of their last 9 games to vault themselves from two games below the .500 mark to 1st in the Midwest Division.
We’ll discuss the ongoing experiment that has seen Jimmy Hayes move off the wing to the center ice position. Also, we’ll review several IceHogs at the 1/4 mark of the AHL season including the up and down play of Nick Leddy, Andrew Shaw and Dylan Olsen. Is Kyle Beach finally coming around? Does Jeremy Morin fit in on the Hawks if the CBA mess is resolved soon? How good are rookies Brandon Saad and Adam Clendening?
All this and more — You can listen live on Monday night or in the archives either here on the web site, on Itunes or over at BlogTalkRadio.
Sam Fels, editor of The Committed Indian and emperor of SecondCityHockey.com is my guest tonight on PuckChatter~Radio.
I’m sure the rumored discord and power struggles emanating from Blackhawks Nation will be a topic of discussion, as will be today’s news of Joel Quenneville dismissing Mike Haviland from his duties as assistant to Quenneville.
You can listen live starting at 7pm central at this link.
The show will be uploaded as usual later tonight.
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By Chris Block
Al Cimaglia of MyFoxChicago.com and Sirius/XM Radio joined me tonight for the latest edition of TheThirdManIn’s PuckChatter~Radio.
Al and I dissected the fallout from the Blackhawks second consecutive first round elimination, this time coming to the Phoenix Coyotes.
We analyzed what general manager Stan Bowman spotlighted as the areas his team faltered and also what he didn’t say. We took a look at the supposed “core”, the Hawks’ inexcusable power play futility, Marian Hossa’s future, Phillip Danault, Dave Bolland, who is gone, Corey Crawford, if the goaltending should be upgraded and potential changes to the roster.
All this and much, much more in this sixty minute show.
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Tagged Al Cimaglia, Andrew Brunette, Blackhawks, Bryan Bickell, Carter Hutton, Corey Crawford, Dan Carcillo, Jamal Mayers, Jason Garrison, Joel Quenneville Phillip Danault, Johnny Oduya, Marcus Kruger, Marian Hossa, Michael Frolik, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Phoenix Coyotes, Sam Fels, Stan Bowman, Stanley Cup Playoffs, Troy Brouwer
By Rich Lindbloom
I know some of you are thinking, “Alright, now you’ve gone too far.” At first glance, there is no way that the New York Dolls could ever even obtusely be connected in any way shape or form to an article on hockey. If you’re highly offended, let me state you probably have good reason to be. In fact I’d completely understand if you immediately send these strange thoughts without delay to the trash bin. I’ll be the first to admit, even I thought long and hard about this piece. However I just can’t seem to get the Doll’s song “Funky But” out of my head. The thought about the song was pulled from the depths of my memory banks when I heard a conversation between the Ombudsman-Adam Fels, and his brother Sam.
I’m fortunate enough to have season tickets next to the Fel’s brothers, and often eavesdrop to try to glean some tiny morsels of their hockey wisdom. (Did anyone catch Sam’s description of Bob Murray adding Andrew Cogliano to the Ducks this year, “..akin to attempting to fix a leak in your bathroom sink by pouring Mountain Dew down it.”) I have to admit, I’m still disappointed Sam didn’t know who #62 on Anaheim was, but for the most part he’s a veritable wealth of hockey information. Anyway, I overheard the two bro’s talking about the New York Dolls, and butted into their conversation by saying “I saw them. They opened up for Mott the Hoople in the Auditorium Theatre back in the early 70’s.” One thing led to another and I can’t seem to get the one song of the Doll’s that I remember out of my head. Read more
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Tagged Bob Murray, Bobbleheads, Corey Crawford, James Brown, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Mike Ditka, Mott the Hoople, New York Dolls, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Salami, Sam Fels
By Chris Block
With Opening Night of the 2011-12 NHL season now a mere days away, we called upon an old friend and colleague on tonight’s edition of TheThirdManIn~Radio to get down to some serious Blackhawk puck chatter.
Sam Fels, writer extraordinaire and editor of The Committed Indian – SecondCityHockey.com and blogger at NBCChicago.com’s MadHouse Enforcer joins me to digest the off season and preview this year’s Chicago Blackhawks.
On the show, we discuss, but won’t limit ourselves to….
– Blackhawks’ Opening Night roster
– Updates and status of injured Hawks – Ben Smith, Patrick Sharp & Davey Bolland
– Brandon Saad signs entry-level. Begins season in NHL
– Saad vs Morin
– The mess at the center position
– Kane at Center, Sharp at Wing – For how long though?
– Grading Stan Bowman’s off season. Likes & Dislikes
– Can Dan Carcillo play?
– John Scott in the lineup Opening night?
– Ray Emery ‘wins’ the backup job
– The shake ups and makeup of the new defense corps
– Chris Campoli’s contract stand & new place in Montreal
– Biggest Hawks’ Storylines, Key Players for 2011-12
– Bolland again
– How much longer will Joel Quenneville remain Hawks’ head coach?
– Stan Bowman’s new 3-year contract extension in 2016
– 1st NHL head coach to be fired
– Western conference & Finals picks
– Predictions on Hart, Norris & Selke winners
– the Dallas Stars Ice Girls~!
– Drink beer – Get loaded – this Friday night at The Bottom Lounge with Sam and the boys over at SecondCityHockey.com at their big Opening Night viewing party.
And much… much… more
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Some quick notes on our upcoming internet radio schedule.
First off, I never did plug this but since I do have a link for this… I was the guest on the Let’s Go Kings podcast back on September 7th answering LA Kings’ fans questions on the Blackhawks, the new acquisitions and expectations in Chicago this season. Also, which players I “hate” most on the Canucks, which is a ridiculous question but I tried to answer as best I could. Overall, it was a good interview and I had a nice time chatting with those guys. So give them a listen if you get the chance. I’m on for about the first half hour.
On to our business….
TTMI~Radio returns live tomorrow night September 20th at 9pm eastern/8 central/6 pacific. No guest tomorrow so we’ll have plenty of time for listener questions and our usual innate babble. I realize we’re going head-up against the Hawks-Oilers game streaming from Saskatoon. Even more reason to tune in with us as we give live feedback during the action. We’ll discuss the opening days of training camp as well as updated analysis on Rusty Olesz, John Scott, Viktor Stalberg, Sami Lepisto and Corey Crawford. If you have a topic or question you’d like us to hit, you can send those to me at my email listed at the bottom of this update.
On Monday September 26th at 10pm eastern/9 central and 7 pacific, I’ll be joined by John Hoven, author of the terrific LA Kings’ blog MayorsManor.com. Some of you may remember when The Mayor first joined us this time last year. He’ll give us an all-access pass to all things to the new and improved LA Kings, a team considered to be a top favorite by many to lead the way in the Western Conference.
The next night, September 27, back at our regular 8pm central start time, we’re joined by Sam Fels, writer extraordinaire to preview the Blackhawks and the upcoming NHL season abroad. Listen in as the editor of The Committed Indian, Second City Hockey and NBC’s Madhouse Enforcer gives us his take on the 2011-12 season.
That’s all for now.
By Rich Lindbloom
Back in the early 70’s when I attended Hillcrest H. S., we used a phrase when we were about to drop the gloves so to speak. You and your adversary would bump into each other and at least one of the combatants would exclaim, “Bumping it up it up, Jack.” It was the hockey equivalent of “Do you want to dance?” I recall Rick (Andy) Anderson and Ronnie (Spooky) Williams bumping it up on the way to a high school basketball game, in the back of the bus. Who says basketball is a non contact sport!
During Wednesday’s battle with a surging Calgary team, Brent Seabrook played with such might and force he resembled an air craft carrier. Brent was bumping it up with anything that crossed his path. “I’m a steam roller baby, I’ll roll right over you,” appeared to be his game plan. Before you go pointing out that Seabrook is Canadian and wouldn’t have a US aircraft carrier named after him, get a clue. You think the Hawks meeting with President Obama next week is a formality? The President is going to announce the commissioning of our newest aircraft carrier. Do you really think the Taliban wants to see the USS Brent Seabrook cruising their way – Forget about it! The pirates in Somalia are already thinking about taking up fishing as a occupation.
The cantankerous Seabrook especially impressed me the way he cleared out the crease after the whistle blew. It’s about time someone else besides Kopecks gets a facial for lingering around the net. I was a bit surprised when I asked Chris Block what he thought about signing Seabrook about 3 weeks ago. Basically he said the #7 car was worth every cent of $5 million for what he brought to the blue line. When you think about it, unless Scott is pressed into emergency duty, he’s the only really physical d-man we have. Read more
TTMI~Radio returns tonight at 8pm (central). We’ll try to make sense of these Blackhawks, and the Rockford IceHogs inconsistencies, part one of the ‘Circus Trip’ and look ahead to this week’s games with the three California teams. We may have a special guest but it isn’t confirmed.
– Dustin Byfuglien is acquitting himself quite well so far in Atlanta.
Byfuglien ranks 3rd among NHL defenseman in scoring with 19 points (7 goals, 12 assists) in 21 games. Nicklas Lidstrom and John-Michael Liles are tied for first, each with 20 points. Byfuglien (E), Ron Hainsey (E) and Brent Sopel (+3) are the only three Thrasher defenseman not in the negative in the plus/minus category. Byfuglien is currently paired with Tobias Enstrom. Byfuglien is tied with Steven Stamkos and Rick Nash for most game-winning goals (4). And he’s tied with Ilya Kovalchuk at the top of the board in overtime goals with two.
For comparison’s sake:
Dustin Byfuglien: 21gp, 7g, 12a, 19pts, E +/-, $3,000,000
Dave Bolland: 17gp, 1g, 3a, 4pts, +2 +/-, $3,375,000
Rockford IceHogs notes:
– Following the impressive 1-0, Hannu Toivonen-led victory on Thursday in Winnipeg, the IceHogs dropped Friday’s rematch with Manitoba 3-1 before 14,134 fans at MTS Centre. After flying back to Chicago on Saturday and busing back to Rockford for the night, the IceHogs traveled to Peoria on Sunday where they battled hard but lost a 3-2 shootout decision to the Rivermen. I did a combined recap of these two games Sunday night, which I’ll post on the site once I figure out how to undo the laptop. Read more
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Tagged Andrew Ebbett, Bill Mosienko, Brian Connelly, Chris Chelios, Denis Savard, Doug Bentley, Dustin Byfuglien, Gaye Stewart, Glenn Hall, Harold March, Harry Dick, Jeremy Morin, Kyle Beach, Nick Leddy, Pierre Pilote, Sam Fels, Stan Mikita, Steve Larmer, Tony Esposito