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The world of hockey loses the ultimate badass and Niemi files for arbitration:
Bob Probert dies at the young age of 45. He wore the indian head sweater for seven seasons:
("The Blackhawks honored the Windsor, Ontario, native with Bob Probert Heritage Night on February 22, 2009 at the United Center, and he dropped the ceremonial puck prior to Game 3 of the 2009 Western Conference Finals between Detroit and Chicago.")
-NHL.com: Blackhawks statement regarding the passing of Bob Probert: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Probert family during this difficult time," said McDonough. "Bob will always be a member of the Blackhawks family and his memory will live on through our fans."
-ESPNChicago: Probert tough guy on-ice, great guy off it: "Then there was the time he and I were given the public address microphone during a timeout while the Hawks were playing the Red Wings. Someone (it may have been me, I can’t remember) coaxed him into yelling “Detroit sucks” on the mic. The crowd went nuts. Mind you, this was the team he made his name as a player with. He didn’t care, he just wanted to have some fun." "Yes, he had his demons, which should never be trivialized, but he also was as caring as they come. And one of the best that ever lived once the gloves came off. If ever there were two sides to a human being, then Bob Probert is the evidence."
-TheHockeyNews: Looking back at the life of Bob Probert: "People tried to help him, including people with the Red Wings and later, the Chicago Blackhawks, where Probert finished his career. Both Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch and Blackhawks owner Bill Wirtz took a liking to Probert and were eager to help. Wirtz even gave Probert a job as a radio analyst until Probert showed up for a broadcast under the influence and said some inappropriate things on the air."
-NBCSports: Reactions to the death of a hockey icon: "Versus' Adrian Dater hears from both Ian Laperriere and Stu Grimson, legendary fighters in their own right. "He was the scariest player I ever played against, for sure," Philadelphia Flyers fighter Ian Laperriere said. "I never fought him, but he chased me around a lot.""
Niemi files for arbitration:
-The Fifth Feather breaks everything down very nicely: Niemi and the Hawks head to arbitration
-SunTimes: Hawks goalie Niemi files for arbitration
-AssociatedPress: Niemi among 31 filing for salary arbitration
-WisconsinStateJournal: This Baraboo company knows towels, sports and passionate sports fans:"In the past 18 months, orders have included 350,000 rally towels for the Chicago Blackhawks during their Stanley Cup-winning season, thousands of yellow "Terrible Towels" for the Super Bowl XLIII champion Pittsburgh Steelers and most recently 24-inch-by-44-inch towels touting the Los Angeles Lakers' 2010 NBA championship."
-ChicagoTribune: Modano might be a fit for Blackhawks:"The Blackhawks intrigue Modano, and even if he is a guy still contemplating retirement, a team looking for a fourth-line center could do worse than considering someone widely regarded as the best American-born player ever. If the Hawks are looking for a deeper connection than the '05 encounter to motivate them to pick up the phone, Modano's close friend and business partner is former teammate and Stars executive Brett Hull — son of Hawks legend Bobby Hull. General manager Stan Bowman also was on Tallon's staff when the Hawks courted Modano the first time."
-You can follow the Cup day to day on the Hockey Hall of Fame Website here: Stanley Cup Journal 2010 Edition