“Do unto others as they have done unto you
But what in the hell is this world coming to?” – Metallica
By Rich Lindbloom
From a casual bystanders view, one would think the scrap between Jamal Mayers and Raffi Torres had little impact on the outcome of the game in the desert last Thursday. I told people at work that I doubted that the Hawks would even waste any energy exacting just retribution on Raffi for his brutal decapitation attempt of Marian Hossa in last year’s playoffs. After all, it’s as plain as the nose on your face that a good beat down will have little impact on the way Torres plays the game. As the saying goes, “A tiger can’t change its stripes.” Goes to show you what I know about hockey. Read more
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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Our next live show comes on Tuesday night, May 8th at 7pm central. Our guest will be the illustrious Sam Fels of The Committed Indian and SecondCityHockey.com.
Posted in Podcast, Puck Chatter~Radio, Stanley Cup Playoffs
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
This week I’m happy to be re-joined for the first time in many months by John of the great FifthFeather.com.
First, we get the lowdown on the Feather’s summer away at cottage and what’s in store for readers this season over at their site. Then, with training camp vastly approaching, John and I try to put a lid on the Blackhawks off season.
We discussed all the following and much more
-The current status of fighting in hockey & place in today’s game
-How the NHL should handle concussions
-What is wrong with the NHL’s drug testing policy and what Gary Bettman must do to fix it.
-Blackhawks blue line shuffle. Where do the changes leave the D?
-Viktor Stalberg’s new role
-Ben Smith – Odd man out?
-Will Troy Brouwer breakout in Washington?
-Comparing this summer’s adds to last year’s
-Who will make the Hawks better & improve their position in the standings
-Last-man standing in the backup competition
-Fourth line center
-Who skates with Toews?
-Kane winning puck battles
-Bowman’s posturing lends flexibility
-Hawks top competition in the West
-Handicapping Shea Weber’s future in Nashville
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As mentioned on the show, I’ll be the guest Wednesday night on the Let’s Go Kings podcast at 11pm eastern/10 central/8 pacific. You can listen live or later in their archives at BlogTalkRadio.com/LetsGoKings.
Posted in TTMI~Radio
Tagged Andrew Brunette, Ben Smith, Concussions, Dan Carcillo, Drew Doughty, Drug testing, Fifth Feather, Gary Bettman, Jonathan Toews, Marcus Kruger, Podcast, Shea Weber, Troy Brouwer, Viktor Stalberg
Adam Jahns of the Sun-Times has a quick Q&A with Dan Carcillo here.
Jahns asked Carcillo to describe himself away from the ice. Carcillo said what pretty much every one of his former teammates will say, and its that he’s “pretty much the exact opposite.” (Opposite, that is, of a loose cannon. My words)
Carcillo: “If something irks me or gets me upset, I usually take it out on the ice.”
That explains a lot.
–Former Blackhawk goaltender Jimmy Waite is the new goaltending coach for the Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL). Waite is the younger brother of current Blackhawks’ goaltending coach Stephane Waite. Jimmy, who is now 42, continued his playing career in Europe until retiring at age 40. He returns to coach the team he played junior hockey with, the same Chicoutimi organization Waite was playing for when the Hawks drafted him 8th overall in 1987 NHL Draft. The president of the current day Sagueneens is Guy Carbonneau.
–Apparently there is a site in Europe pushing a rumor saying David Aebischer will be traded to Fribourg-Gotteron soon and Cristobal Huet is out attributing me as the source. That’s not even close to what I wrote.
–The Maple Leafs revealed their roster for the round-robin rookie camp tournament taking place September 10 – 13 in Oshawa. The Blackhawks, Senators and Penguins are the other teams involved.
–Jeremy Roenick reenacts famous “Swingers” scene. [Yahoo!]
–For those who missed our note the other day, yesterday, August 16, marked the 15-year anniversary of the trade that sent Jeremy Roenick to Phoenix for Alexei Zhamnov. Read more
Posted in News and Notes
Tagged Abbotsford, Adam Proteau, Alexei Zhamnov, Andre Deveaux, Andy Bohmbach, Bill Wirtz, Chico Maki, Cristobal Huet, Daniel Carcillo, Hockeenight, IceCaps, IceHogs, Jeremy Roenick, Jimmy Waite, Judd Blackwater, Maple Leafs, Matt Prefontaine, Mike Hedden, Nelson Emerson, Paul Coffey, Swingers, Troy Brouwer, Wayne Maki, Wolves
TheThirdManIn~Radio returns this week to celebrate our show’s 2-year anniversary. We covered all of the major Blackhawks news topics of the past few weeks.
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Tagged Andrew Brunette, Anniversary, Brian Campbell, Daniel Carcillo, Jamal Mayers, Lizzy Caplan, Michael Frolik, Nick Leddy, Podcast, Prospect Camp, Sean O'Donnell, Steve Montador, Troy Brouwer
On Monday, Blackhawks television color analyst Eddie Olczyk was a guest on Chicago sports radio 670 TheScore discussing the team’s moves over draft weekend with hosts of the station’s midday show.
Olczyk joined hosts Dan McNeil and Matt Speigel, essentially, as you’ll read, to rundown outgoing Hawks’ defenseman Brian Campbell. Read more
Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Haviland is interviewing for the Winnipeg head coaching job on Friday, per the Winnipeg Free Press. Others known to be interviewing are Craig MacTavish, Manitoba Moose head coach Claude Noel and technically the current Winnipeg coach, Craig Ramsey. It had appeared this would essentially come down to Noel and Haviland unless another candidate steps up. However, MacTavish, who was heavily rumored to be the new Wild coach, is back in the mix as word tonight is that Minnesota hired Mike Yeo, who is the head coach of their AHL affiliate Houston Aeros. I think the linked article’s phrasing – “Ramsey has also been granted an interview,” tells you Ramsey is heading into this process a heavy underdog.
– Chris Campoli was named to the NHLPA Competition Committee on Monday. Montreal’s Mike Cammalleri is the other new member of the committee. Campoli and Cammalleri replace Mike Commodore and Mathieu Schneider as voting members. Schneider will stay on as an advisor. The committee now consists of Campoli, Cammalleri, David Backes, Chris Clark and Ryan Miller.
In Boston on Monday, the committee voted to approve the broadening of Rule 48 (originally known as the blindside headshot rule) to cover a hit to the head from any angle. Alterations were needed because when the league put together Rule 48 and called it the “Illegal Check to the head” rule (contrary to legal checks to the head, you see) the rule didn’t cover all checks to the head of an opponent.
Campoli (right knee surgery) should be cleared for full workouts in 2-3 weeks. He’s a restricted free agent on July 1 as long as he gets his qualifying offer a few days before then.
Haven’t read or heard an update on Troy Brouwer (right labral (shoulder) tear) since his May 10th surgery. He’s expected to be fine by training camp. Brouwer is also a restricted free agent in need of a new deal.
– This is old news but again, we’re catching up. Read more
Posted in News and Notes
Tagged Bill Peters, Brandon Bollig, Chicago Riots, Chris Campoli, Claude Noel, Craig MacTavish, Glen Gulutzan, Jim Corno, John Torchetti, John Wiedeman, Mark Bernard, MetroCentre, Mike Haviland, Mike Yeo, Paul MacLean, Pierre Parenteau, Steve Poapst, Ted Dent, Troy Brouwer, Troy Murray, Vancouver Riots, Winnipeg Jets
On this week’s show I fly solo and dig into our reader and listener emails.
Among the topics discussed:
- Chances of Andrew Ladd return
- Stan Bowman wants more John Scott minutes
- Putting contract talks with Crawford off until Draft
- Troy Brouwer’s worth
- Kyle Beach’s chances, expectations and comparisons
- Michael Frolik’s redemption
- Dale Tallon: the talent evaluator
- Hawks’ MVP
- Marian Hossa cap sore potential
- Kyle Hagel
- Hjalmarsson really trade bait?
- Stan’s #1 off season priority
- A Brian Campbell trade?
- Hence Ben Smith, next IceHog to emerge?
- Rene Bourque
- IIHF World Championships and much more
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Posted in TTMI~Radio
Tagged Ben Smith, Brian Campbell, Contract Talks, Corey Crawford, Dale Tallon, Jack Skille, John Scott, Marcus Kruger, Marian Hossa, Michael Frolik, Rene Bourque, Stan Bowman, Troy Brouwer
TheThirdManIn~Radio returned last night as did a couple of our more popular guests.
Mike Peck, the play-by-play voice of the Rockford IceHogs joined us for the first half hour to recap the IceHogs’ season. Peck sees the IceHogs more than just about anyone not a coach of the team and discussed the progress of Kyle Beach, Brandon Pirri, Shawn Lalonde, Rob Klinkhammer, Igor Makarov, Brian Connelly and more. We also got his early observations of the Hawks’ next crop of prospects Philippe Paradis, David Gilbert and Jimmy Hayes and which veteran defenseman, in his mind, has the greater odds of returning to Rockford.
Al Cimaglia of Sirius/XM Radio and HockeyIndependent.com was along for the Peck discussion as well. We then moved on to talk Hawks-Canucks fallout; whether the series proved the Hawks were anything more than what they showed for the previous 82 games and a few players who are very unlikely to return next season. Al and I also went further into explaining why the Hawks top players, like Duncan Keith, cannot be relied on so mightily again next season. We also debate if the Hawks should re-sign Troy Brouwer, who Stan Bowman seems to love and who he didn’t sound too enthused about last week when the name was brought up.
For the final twenty minutes or so, Superstar and go more in-depth into Duncan Keith’s comments and season confessional post-Game 5; why he shouldn’t have said what he did and the misguided comparisons some have drawn.
It’s a John Scott free podcast. A solid 90 minutes. Hope you enjoy. Thanks to everyone as always for listening.
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The show returns next Monday night, May 9th at 8pm central. If we don’t have a special guest we’ll dig into player evaluations and recap losing entirely too much of our money at Arlington Park over the weekend.
Posted in TTMI~Radio
Tagged Al Cimaglia, Alexander Salak, Ben Smith, Blackhawks, Brandon Pirri, Corey Crawford, Cristobal Huet, David Gilbert, Duncan Keith, Evan Brophey, Garnet Exelby, Jake Dowell, Jassen Cullimore, Jimmy Hayes, Kyle Beach, Kyle Hagel, Mike Peck, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Philippe Paradis, Rockford IceHogs, Ryan Stanton, Shawn Lalonde, Troy Brouwer