Monday, June 27, 2011

Kopecky Follows Campbell to Sunshine State

A Guest Post by Queen Crash

It seems like Dale Tallon is determined to turn the Florida Panthers into the next Blackhawks of the south. Earlier today it was confirmed that the Cats had obtained the negotiating rights to Chicago's Tomas Kopecky, a restricted free agent. In return, the Hawks get a conditional 7th round pick in next year's draft. Kopecky, a member of the 2010 Cup winning team, will join former Hawks Brian Campbell and Jack Skille in Florida this upcoming season.

So let's run down the check list:
Dale Tallon? Check.
Jack Skille? Check.
Brian Campbell? Check.
Tomas Kopecky? Check.

Florida is sure looking like the BlackPanthers to me! And hey, Jake Dowell was not offered a qualifying offer (UFA's Chris Campoli, Michael Frolik and Victor Stalberg were), so you never know, he may join his former Chicago brethren in Florida come July first if the Blackhawks do not snatch him back up. You just never know...

Saturday, June 25, 2011

A Recap of Chicago's 2011 NHL Draft Picks

A Guest Post by Queen Crash

(via the NHL)

ROUND ONE:

  • Mark McNeill (C), 18th Overall
  • Phillip Danault (LW), 26th Overall

ROUND TWO:

  • Adam Clendening (D), 36th Overall
  • Brandon Saad (LW), 43rd Overall

ROUND THREE:

  • Michael Paliotta (D), 70th Overall
  • Klas Dahlbeck (D), 79th Overall

ROUND FOUR:

  • Maxim Shalunov (RW), 109th Overall

ROUND FIVE:

  • Andrew Shaw (C), 139th Overall

ROUND SIX:

  • Sam Jardine (D), 169th Overall

ROUND SEVEN:

  • Alexander Broadhurst (C), 199th Overall
  • Johan Mattsson (G), 211th Overall

Friday, June 24, 2011

Bowman Shakes Things Up During Round One Of Draft, Brouwer, Campbell Traded

A Guest Post by Queen Crash

Seeing a player traded is never an easy thing.

Seeing two players traded is even harder, especially when those players helped your team win the Stanley Cup one short year ago.

In the midst of the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft, Stan Bowman, Chicago's Vice President and General Manager, dealt Troy Brouwer (LW) to the Washington Capitals and Brian Campbell (D) to the Florida Panthers after he waived his no trade clause. In return for the rights to Brouwer, the Blackhawks received Washington's 26th overall draft pick, which they then used to draft Phillip Danault, a left winger from Quebec. Earlier in the draft the Hawks chose Mark McNeill (18th overall), a center from Edmonton, as their first draft pick. McNeill admits to calling the Blackhawks his favorite NHL team (smart kid!) and bares a striking resemblance to former Hawk Jack Skille (I approve).

For Soupy, whose large salary has long been bemoaned by Chicago fans, the Blackhawks received winger Rostislav Olesz. Campbell will also be reunited with the general manager who originally gave him that hefty paycheck, former Chicago GM Dale Tallon, and former teammate Skille, who left the Hawks for the Panthers in February. While it is sad to see both Brouwer and Soupy leave, we, as devoted Hawks fans, can only wish them the best and look to the future, which now includes a significant amount of cap space and (fingers crossed) a potential contract extension for Patrick Sharp perhaps?

And hey, I don't think that Soupy looks half bad in that Panthers jersey!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Let the Countdown Begin!

The Blackhawks preseason schedule was released today:

-September 23 vs the Capitals at the United Center

-September 28 vs the Red Wings at the United Center

-September 30 vs the Penguins at the United Center

See the entire schedule including the away games here.

93 more days!