Monday, May 17, 2010

Around the UC: Dale Tallon

-Daily Chicago Sports Tab: An Open Letter to Dale Tallon: Thank You

"Let's look at how Tallon built these Blackhawks:

  • Jonathan Toews: drafted 3rd overall in 2006.
  • Patrick Kane: drafted 1st overall in 2007.
  • Niklas Hjalmarsson: drafted 108th overall (fourth round) in 2005.
  • Antti Niemi: signed as a free agent rookie on May 5, 2008.
  • Patrick Sharp: acquired from Philadelphia on Dec. 5, 2005 with Eric Meloche for Matt Ellison and a 2006 3rd round pick.
  • Kris Versteeg: acquired from Boston on Feb. 3, 2007 for Brandon Bochenski.
  • Ben Eager: acquired from Philadelphia on De. 18, 2007 for Jim Vandermeer.
  • Andrew Ladd: acquired from Carolina on Feb. 26, 2008 for Tuomo Ruutu.
  • Marian Hossa: signed as a free agent on July 1, 2009.
  • Tomas Kopecky: signed as a free agent on July 1, 2009.
  • John Madden: signed as a free agent on July 2, 2009.
  • Brian Campbell: signed as a free agent July 1, 2008.
  • Cristobal Huet: signed as a free agent on July 1, 2008.
  • Brent Sopel: signed as a free agent on Sept. 28, 2007.
  • Jordan Hendry: signed as a free agent on March 18, 2006."

Toews: "You remember where it all started, being drafted, and accepting that jersey knowing I was part of the Hawks family and meeting Dale and everyone else. The first coach, the first GM that you played for, you feel like you owe so much to those people that really made it happen for you and gave you these opportunities."

Toews: "When things change and people are let go in an organization it's tough to deal with that. You can't really say anything that is going to make them feel any better, so it's great to see Dale get another chance in Florida. I'm really happy for him and I'm sure he'll do a great job. He deserves that second chance."

Kane: "You never have really seen a guy with my size go that high in the draft, but I'll remember that he had that courage and sense to pick a guy like myself."

Coach Q: "He built a special team (in Chicago) and I feel fortunate to be a part of it. I just think that his experience here is going to help him out in a situation there in Florida. We're the beneficiary of a lot of Dale's work here."

Sharp: "Good for Dale. It's nice to see him back in the league and I know he's going to do a good job with that organization. I owe a lot to Dale for bringing me back here to Chicago. A lot of the guys in here can probably say that. I wish him all the best and we'll see what he can do."

Campbell: "He texted us after the Vancouver series, congratulating a few of us. He's a people person. I texted him this morning, saying good luck to him and all the best, because he definitely deserves an opportunity. He was great for the city of Chicago and the Blackhawks, and now he brings that to Florida. ... He was very important to a lot of players in this locker room."

"Q: For those of us that haven't seen Antti play like this, is this what he's been doing all playoffs?

Sharp: Yeah, he's been solid all playoffs and all regular season, really. I don't know why we keep answering questions about Antti. There are no questions from our side. We know he's going to be solid and we need him to be big again in Game 2."

"Q: Different feeling being up 1-0 in a series isn't it?

Sharp: Yeah, it's a little different not climbing back into the series, but it doesn't change the series at all or make things any easier. We know it's going to be an uphill battle here, especially in Game 2, but we're ready for the challenge."

"The usually quiet Antti Niemi was apparently in a jovial mood Monday because with some prodding from Kris Versteeg the Blackhawks goalie tried to get a few licks on Patrick Kane.

It all goes back to Washington center
Nicklas Backstrom, the fourth overall pick in the 2006 Entry Draft, signing a 10-year, $67 million contract extension on Monday.

Kane, the first overall pick in the 2007 Entry Draft, signed a five-year, $31.5 million contract extension in December that kicks in starting next season. That means Backstrom, at an annual salary of $6.7 million, makes more than Kane's annual salary of $6.3 million.

Niemi, with the help of Versteeg, took notice.

"Because Backstrom just signed that big 10-year deal, I think it was Versteeg that told him to say something to me," Kane said of Niemi. "He goes, 'Hey Kaner,' and everyone looks at him like, 'What's he going to say.' He says, 'How do you feel about Backstrom making more than you?' It was really funny.""

"Early Nielsen Media Research estimates give the NBC telecast an average of 11.2 household rating (which translates to more than 392,000 homes) in Chicago, where a 26.9 percent share of all households watching television were tuned into the Hawks game."

"That's more than the Cubs game on Chicago Tribune parent Tribune Co.'s WGN-Ch. 9, the Boston-Orlando basketball playoff game on WLS-Ch. 7 and the White Sox game on Comcast SportsNet Chicago got on Sunday afternoon -- combined."

-Chicago Tribune: Kane: "I was fine and nothing's wrong"

Kane: "I never left the game, to be honest with you. I think I missed one shift in the second and I was fine in the third. Sometimes matchups get a little bit (in the) way of ice time. I was fine, and nothing's wrong."

-ESPNChicago: Hawks loose heading into Game 2

Sharp: “It’s a great opportunity to go up 2-0. It’s a race to four games so we’ll take the wins whenever we can get them. We feel good about the 1-0 lead but we know the toughest game is going to be tomorrow.”

Kane: “Keep them in their own end. When they’re in their own zone, they’re so offensive, they’re probably thinking offense the whole time. When you get them thinking defense, it’s out of their comfort zone.”

-RedEye: Hawks-RedEye playoff beardoff

"Day 35

Who's winning? The poll results so far...

Fraser: 10.8%
Ladd: 50.4%
Greenfield: 35.2%
Quigley: 3.6%"

-Practice Videos:

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