Friday, November 5, 2010

Around the UC:

Blackhawks vs Thrashers
Eager: "It's something you'll live with forever, the friends you made there. Winning a championship, we're together through that forever."

-"Morin, 19, leads Rockford with three power-play goals and has registered four points (3G, A) and a +1 plus/minus rating in eight regular-season contests with the IceHogs this year in his professional debut. He tied for second on the Blackhawks with four points (G, 3A) in six tilts during the 2010 preseason." Blackhawks recall Jeremy Morin from Rockford

-Sopel: “In Chicago, his role was being on the point only for a short amount of time near the end of the season and in the playoffs, and that’s a little different hockey than what you get at the beginning of the year. He’s having fun and playing the minutes and contributing. You know Buff, smile on his face, having a good time. He’s playing well.”
DailyHerald: Ex-Hawk Byfuglien back on defense and loving it

-"On Thursday, Nov. 4, the cup received a much-needed rest as it called Seven Bridges Ice Arena home for the afternoon as part of the Bauer International Invite Hockey Tournament. The tournament attracted 408 teams and 7,325 players from around the world who will play in 907 games over the course of the weekend, all in the Chicago area."
WoodridgePatch: Stanley Cup arrives in Woodridge

-"Let's say you guys are playing the Atlanta Thrashers for the Stanley Cup, do you think you can clear Byfuglien out of the crease? I dunno if I could clear him out, but I could kick his feet out from under him pretty quick. He's a big guy so, if he goes down it's harder for him to get back up. You gotta outsmart a guy like that."
PuckDaddy: Duncan Keith on turnover in Chicago, cabbin' it with Kane and Coach Q's 'stache

-"Will you take it easy on your former teammates?
Byfuglien: “I’m on defense now so I [get] to pick and choose. We’ll see. We’ll catch somebody. Anyone that comes over my area, [they] gotta [get checked].”
Eager: “There’s a few guys I wouldn’t mind checking, but I think Kaner,” Eager joked. “He jumped out on a few bar tabs but he always has his head up so he’s tough to catch. But hopefully a couple guys have their heads down.”
Ladd: “I could try to catch Duncs, but I don’t know if I’ll be quick enough to hit him. We’ll see what happens.
Sopel: “There are a few that stiffed me with a bar tab and there were a few practical jokers. [Adam] Burish would have been a prime candidate but he’s gone. You know Kaner always gave me [crap] so he better keep his head up,” Sopel kidded."
ESPNChicago: Familiar faces on Thrashers await Hawks

-Marty Lapointe: “It was a long day. And you know what, it was worth every minute of it. It’s an easy day when you see the results, when you look back and see you raised that kind of money. I would do it over and over again.”
IndianHeadParkSuburbanLife: Blackhawks scout uses Stanley Cup to raise money for girl with leukemia

-Makarov: “It took me four years to decide to come over here to play, ever since I was drafted, so it was a tough decision to make. I was in a good spot in the KHL, and it’s good hockey over in Russia. Then you decide to go over to North America you have to start from nothing." Vishnevskiy paying forward to Makarov

-Kane: "They were some of your closest friends on the team last year. I talk to Buff (Byfuglien) probably once every one or two weeks I was close to Eager last year, we hung out a lot. I sat next to Ladd for every game so we have a lot of good memories. And Sopel, when we came in as rookies he was kind of a veteran guy and loved being in that role."
ChicagoTribune: Saturday night's game has added attraction

-Sopel: "The bond is always going to be there. You're always going to look back and 20 years down the road you're going to remember every single guy who was on that team and what they did throughout the year. We're on that Cup visibly for 59 more years. We're always going to remember each other for what we did."
Chicago Tribune: New Thrashers thriving after trades from Hawks

-"Former Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Antti Niemi will receive his Stanley Cup ring on Thursday in St. Louis from team vice president Al MacIsaac."
ESPNChicago: Antti Niemi to receive Stanley Cup ring

-"Make no mistake, all of those players have also had their down sequences, but that was expected. Inconsistent play from Toews, Kane, Dave Bolland, and others, can’t be tolerated. Last year, Kane was the Hawks' best player on the ice many nights in the first half of the season. The same can’t be said this year. The good news in regards to Toews and Kane, is both players -- especially Toews -- are self-motivated and self-critical. No one is going to be harder on No. 19 than he is. A case can be made that he is pressing, but he’s too good and too professional to let it go on for long."
ESPNChicago: Toews must key a Hawks turnaround

-Blackhawks TV: Friday's Practice:




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