Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Around the UC:

-And the backup goalie position goes to...Ray Emery. The Blackhawks signed Emery to a one-year contract for $600,000. (source) Bowman: “We’re in the fortunate position to have to make a difficult decision on two netminders that impressed throughout our entire training camp. Having both Ray Emery and Alexander Salak as a part of the Chicago Blackhawks organization makes us stronger in both the short-term and long-term.” (source)

-Preseason ended for the Hawks in a 4-1 loss to the Capitals. Read more here. Just a couple of more day until the regular season!

-Hossa honored Pavol Demitra, who died in the plane crash, by putting Demitra's number on his skates. Read more and see photo here. You can buy bracelets in honor of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavlo hockey team here.

-The Hawks signed Saad to a three-year contract, read more here. He will start the season with the Hawks on Friday. Bowman: “He was disappointed to be not a first-round pick. To his credit, he took that as a challenge. We noticed him starting out in the summer with our prospect camp. When we get here, the competition has gone up each time and he’s responded to the challenge. He’s earned a spot.” (source) Watch Saad's interview with BHTV here.

-Good news on Ben Smith. He returned to practice and might play in Friday's opener. Brendan Smith was suspended eight games for his hit on Ben. Coach Q: "You look at this year, the suspensions have been lengthier than they have been in the past, and I think the players are going to adapt. It's been kind of in line with the way things have been going. In the past, it wouldn't have been as severe. But I think this is a new era we're looking at." (source) Ben S. on Brendan S.: "He sent me a text. It was nice of him. I respect that. It didn't seem like it was on purpose." (source)

-Patrick Kane has joined Twitter (@88PKane) and the awesome people over at Blackhawks Down Low took advantage of his new twitter to make this hilarious post, read here: Translation Guide for Patrick Kane's Twitter Feed.

-Friday's opener against Dallas will be a lot more handsome. Sharpy is back! The good news didn't stop there along with Sharp and Smith there's a chance of Bolland playing too. Read more here.

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