Saturday, April 10, 2010

Around the UC: I believe it's called Karma

-The 'other' Kane did what we all have wanted to do to Matt Cooke:



Don't want to sound cliche but karma's a bitch.



Foley: "This team reminds me a lot of the Hawks teams from the mid-to-late '80s and early '90s. They do everything together. There aren't any cliques. That's important in the ultimate team game.

Savard: "We started together. He calls a great game and has a great sense of humor. He is truly a Blackhawk."

Olczyk: "Sometimes I catch myself kind of in awe. I'm sitting next to Pat Foley. He's the best."


-Daily Herald: Hawks raising season-ticket prices for 2010-11 (surprising? No)

"The cost of most season-tickets will go up $10, though some in the 300 level increased by $11. The cheapest seat in the 300 level will go up from $15 to $20."

Sopel a nominee for the Masterton Trophy (surprising? Yes)

Sopel: "Last year was a tough year, but injuries do happen and surgeries and those type of things," Sopel said. "I've been around a long time. Mentally, I had my wife and kids pushing me along, keeping my spirits up. As a player, all you want to do is play. When you're out for 50-odd games and the playoffs, it's very frustrating. I wanted to come in (during) the summer and work hard and come into training camp with a great attitude and show them that I still can play, even though I am getting a little older - real, real old compared to these guys on this team."



"3. Can Antti Niemi do the job in net?"

"The 
Chicago Blackhawks haven't announced their No. 1 goalie, but coach Joel Quenneville appears to be getting Niemi ready. Considering Cristobal Huet's .895 save percentage, this seems like the logical choice. The issue: Niemi never has played an NHL playoff game and never has won a playoff series as a pro."



"NORRIS (BEST ALL-AROUND DEFENSEMEN)"

"Remember when you just penned Nicklas Lidstrom or Scott Niedermayer? No more. Get ready to see Chicago's Duncan Keith (above) and Los Angeles' Drew Doughty on this annual list for a long time. I'm going with Keith. The 26-year-old finished second in blue-line scoring and is as special as they come. He's a shutdown defenseman on a deep blue line with great wheels, defensive awareness and the ability to log big minutes (26:38). Runners-up: Doughty, Washington's Mike Green, Nashville's Shea Weber; Detroit's Brian Rafalski."


-Toronto Sun: Oilers look to be on upswing while Flames hit skids

"The Flames backpedaled into the playoffs last spring, only to be eliminated in six games by the Chicago Blackhawks, a team that beat them four more times this season.

Ah, yes, those Blackhawks.

It wasn’t that long ago the crew from the Windy City was a non-playoff team for five consecutive seasons, a streak of futility that allowed them to stock the shelves with sure-fire stars such as Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

And look at ’em now."


-Jesse Rogers: Hawks won't face Wings in first round

"It means the Hawks and Red Wings cannot meet in the opening round. It’s down to Nashville, Los Angeles, or Colorado for Chicago. The Avalanche, after losing to the Hawks on Friday, are locked in as the No. 8 seed. "



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