Category Archives: Chicago Blackhawks
Every winter, the Ringling Brothers’ Barnum & Bailey Circus sets up shop for two weeks in Chicago’s United Center, performing for Chicago residents in The Greatest Show On Earth. Unfortunately, that means the Greatest Show On Ice gets temporarily evicted and the Blackhawks go on a two week road trip spanning 7 games. This time of year, seven games could be crucial to a team’s success and the Blackhawks needed to have a solid performance to stay near the top of the brutally tough Western Conference.
Forward Kris Versteeg has returned to the Chicago Blackhawks after being traded to the Windy City by the Florida Panthers. Versteeg left Chicago after winning the Stanley Cup in the 2009/10 season due to salary cap restraints, but the Blackhawks have now brought him back with the Panthers reportedly still paying a half of his contract, meaning the Hawks are on the line for $2.2 million per year towards the cap. Chicago sent forward Jimmy Hayes south to Florida in the deal along with defenseman Dylan Olsen. (more…)
There’s nothing worse than watching your team go from certain victory to crushing defeat, and for Boston Bruins fans on June 24th, 2013, it happened in 17 seconds. That’s all the time it took to crush the dreams of Bruins fans as Bryan Bickell and Dave Bolland put two nails in the heart of Boston’s chances to win Game 6, and The Stanley Cup. It was devastating for Bruins fans (schadenfreude, ‘eh Leafs fans?) and exhilarating for Chicagoans, and it’s all documented in this new short film. (more…)
In their 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals, the surging Colorado Avalanche picked up a beautiful insurance marker from Gabriel Landeskog, the youngest captain in the NHL. Not only is he the youngest captain in the NHL today, but the youngest ever in NHL history, eclipsing the previous record holder, Sidney Crosby. On top of that, he scored his goal after blowing past Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin, who earned the “C” at age 24, and is part of a slew of young NHL captains in the League right now. While many teams look to the aged veteran to lead the team, many have decided that a breath of fresh air is what their team needs in the captaincy. Not all these young captains have worked out, but many of them have been successful.
The Chicago Blackhawks are in 2nd place in the Central Division, something that never happened once during the lockout-shortened 2013 season. Last season’s Blackhawks went on a winning streak right out of the gate and never looked back, burning through opponents all the way to a Stanley Cup victory. Now this year, they’ve actually lost two of their first 13 games (and 3 in OT), which didn’t occur in last season’s 24 game winning streak. Strangely enough, this has led some in the blogosphere to start to worry about the Blackhawks and their potential this season. The ‘Hawks are still a stellar team with outstanding talent and skill, so maybe we’re setting the bar a little too high for what we expect from them.