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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.
By Chris Block
Big weekend starts tonight as both the Blackhawks and Rockford IceHogs are in action twice this weekend.
Blackhawks host Colorado at the UC tonight. I’m on recap duty for this one so that should be fun. The Boston Bruins then come to town on Sunday afternoon for what should be another entertaining game against a top Eastern Conference opponent, the third in eight days at home for the Hawks.
Rockford is in Cleveland this weekend for a two-game set Friday and Saturday against the Lake Erie Monsters, who are the Colorado Avalanche minor league affiliate. The IceHogs missed out on an opportunity to move back into first place in the MidWest division on Wednesday when they were shut-out at home by San Antonio, 4-0. The IceHogs were terrible in that game until the third period when they outshot San Antonio 20-5, but by then it was far too late. Later that night Milwaukee earned a point in an OT loss at Grand Rapids, so Milwaukee sits 2 points up on Rockford. Both teams have played 52 games at this point, though Milwaukee is idle tonight.
–I was absolutely crushed Sunday morning as I walked into the United Center and got the news that Steve Montador had passed away overnight. Montador was 35.
I covered wrestling for many years and became good friends with guys who would go on to die at an early age or take their own life, but now that I’m a bit older, you get a different feeling when someone dies young whose just a shade younger than you.
I had the pleasure of covering Montador in Rockford and speaking with him in his time with the organization. He was just honest and passionate about the game when we spoke. He was just a great person. That’s all there really is to say. Its sad that his career ended the way it did and again now that he’s gone.
By Brad Vandenberk
Another somber Sunday morning for the Chicago Blackhawks and the hockey world. Steve Montador, once a part of the Hawks organization, was found dead at his home at the age of 35. This would be the second untimely death for the Blackhawks family in months.
The Hawks would rise up to the occasion once again, though, winning one for Stevie in a shootout 2-1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Patrick Sharp took the winning shot with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane up to their old tricks, pulling some sweet moves in the shootout to take their second win in a row.
Corey Crawford has no doubt returned back to his form before his injury, stopping 37 of 38 Penguins shots. He even made a beautiful right pad save late in the second period. Marc Andre Fleury was sharp for the Penguins and showed frustration after letting Sharp’s winning snipe in.
Michal Rozsival returned to the lineup after missing one game with an upper body injury. Kyle Cumiskey along with Ryan Hartman would be back for their second straight game. This spelt bad news for David Rundblad who took this morning off. Ben Smith was back in just after the warm ups meaning Dan Carcillo was also sitting for this one.
By Chris Block
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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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.
By Chris Block
With the European leagues, U.S. collegiate hockey and Canadian junior hockey seasons winding down and beginning each of its playoffs, several Chicago Blackhawks prospects will soon arrive in Rockford, Illinois to cap off their seasons with a trial showcase at the American Hockey League level.
As we noted Sunday on Twitter, the first of those prospects will arrive in Rockford later this week.
Joakim Nordstrom, who the Blackhawks selected with the final pick (90th overall) in the 3rd round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, is expected to join the Rockford IceHogs by the end of the week.
By Brad Gardner
The Blackhawks escaped with 3-2 regulation victory over the visiting Colorado Avalanche Wednesday night at the United Center. Despite entering the third period down by a goal, the home team had the legs at the end to extend their streak to 24 games to start the season without a regulation loss.
Jonathan Toews scored a shorthanded goal early in the third period to tie the game, exploiting forward Ryan O’Reilly in the defensive zone for a highlight reel goal against Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov.
The score remained knotted for almost 17 minutes, but inside the final minute of regulation, Daniel Carcillo banged home a rebound to put the Blackhawks ahead. Marcus Kruger and Viktor Stalberg chipped in on the forecheck and the scramble in front of the net, but it was Carcillo’s whack that put the puck between Varlamov’s legs to seal the win.
By Chris Block
In a true case of unfortunate timing, Blackhawks prospect Ben Smith was injured while playing for the IceHogs in Rockford on Friday night. The team’s leading goal scorer injured his hand and missed Saturday night’s game in Milwaukee due to the injury.
It is not known at this point how long Smith will be out of action.
Over his last 25 games, Smith has posted 12 goals, 12 assists to go with a plus-5 rating. His season total of 15 goals are one better than that of Martin St. Pierre, the IceHogs overall leading scorer.
To follow up on a Twitter post I put out on early Saturday evening, at this point it now appears Ben Smith will not need surgery on his injured hand.
Smith was injured during Friday night’s 5-2 victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins at the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford.
A source with knowledge of the injury had learned on Saturday that Smith’s injury may require surgery.
However, late Saturday night a separate person close to the situation indicated that Smith’s hand won’t require surgery.
Smith was involved in a fight late in the second period Friday night with Griffins’ defenseman Brennan Evans.
By Brad Vandenberk
After a gruesome loss on Sunday to their division rival Nashville Predators, the Chicago Blackhawks were on the road to play the New Jersey Devils. This would be the first and only meeting this year between the two clubs as each team came in sitting in the sixth position in their respected conferences. The Hawks are currently holding a five point lead in sixth, while the Devils are feeling the heat from the Ottawa Senators who are just two points behind them in the East. This game would mark the 17th straight contest that Jonathan Toews was not in the line up. The good news is he has been skating for seven consecutive days and sees a return in site. Duncan Keith was serving game two of his five game suspension given to him after hitting Canuck Daniel Sedin with a head shot just six days ago. On the brighter side, Steve Montador returned to the ice as a winger on the fourth line after missing 22 games with a concussion. He started with fourth line duties to ensure Monty eases himself back into game shape. Marcus Kruger also returned from an upper body injury giving the Hawks their second line center back. With the two players returning, Jimmy Hayes, Brendan Morrison and Michael Frolik were scratched. Carter Hutton was recalled from the IceHogs due to Ray Emery suffering an upper body injury during Sunday night’s debacle. Corey Crawford got the call from coach Q to start as fellow Quebecian Martin Brodeur was between the pipes for the Devils.
Today, the Blackhawks placed defenseman Steve Montador (upper body) on the Injured Reserve list. Montador was injured in Tuesday night’s loss at Colorado.
In his place, the Blackhawks have recalled 21-year old Dylan Olsen from the Rockford IceHogs.
Olsen played in two games for the Blackhawks (January 5 @ Philadelphia, January 6 vs Colorado) last month and posted four shots on goal. He was held off the scoresheet but also left the Hawks an even plus/minus.
Read our profile on Dylan Olsen published in late December, eight days before his first NHL call up.
In 44 games with the IceHogs this season, Olsen has 4 goals, 3 assists and is a minus-4. Two of his four goals have come in Rockford’s last four games.