• ChicagoNativeSon

    If you’re havin’ 2C problems,
    I feel bad for you son.
    I got 99 Disqus notifications,
    but from McClure I got none.

    • thepuckstopshere

      Lighten up, Francis

  • ChicagoNativeSon
    • cliffkoroll

      Indeed

    • Preacher

      Numbers again, CNS? ;)
      Seriously, this article confirms what I’ve been fearful of all along–San Jose is a team I’m afraid of in a 7-game series. Boston, too. (And I’ve said St. Louis too, which this article contradicts, but their thuggery/injury-hunting ways aren’t addressed by Fenwick.) Of course, the article also shows that the Hawks are a team to be feared too. In spite of the panicpalooza we all enjoy here.

      • lizmcneill

        That’s the thing I hate about St Louis. If they can’t beat you at hockey, they’re going to deliberate injure skill players until they’ve reduced the aggregate skill of the team to something they can beat.

        I can’t think of another team that’s that bad in that way. It’s why I wish for everything terrible that can happen to a hockey franchise to happen to them.

        • bizarrohairhelmet

          That used to be Boston’s modus operandi

          • lizmcneill

            Only when they play the Habs, and it’s more retaliatory. I think they get called on their rep much more than St Louis do. That shitshow last night was about evens in terms of douchebaggery, but about 2-6 in calls. Even so Boston’s middle-of-the-pack in penalties and River Scum are right up there after the Nucks.

            The Blues always start it with the Hawks.

          • cliffkoroll

            Yeah, I kinda understand though, even if I despise the fuckers.

            StL has been right at the top of the league for 3years running now, with nothing to show for it. Can they ever seriously hope to ‘out skill’ the Blackhawks? But they still wanna win real bad, so…

            I thought I saw the Bruins’ mask slip a bit during the last three games of the season last year. Remember? They lost all three.

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            Boston was very physical and pestering with the Canucks. It was also part of the ‘story’ going into the finals that they would be that way with the Hawks. Instead, they looked mostly tired.

          • VerStig

            Well, that style of play is probably hard to (physically) sustain, no? I mean just thinking about some of the injuries those guys had to play through (I know we had our share too… but I have to believe the ‘Hawks style is a little lighter on the body).

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            That’s the quintessential argument, right? Teams that rely mostly on skill aren’t generally tough enough for a more physical team so you can wear a highly skilled team down and beat them by eliminating their most skilled. That worked against the Canucks, but not so much the Hawks. Was it because the Hawks didn’t let the pressure get to them as much?

        • SuperHawk27

          LA Kings when they won the cup and any team that Raffi Torres plays on.

          • lizmcneill

            My brain had wiped Torres from existence. Yes, good point. Fuck that dude.

        • Waylon

          I guess when you have a captain who’s at the very top in douchey behavior on the ice that pretty much says it all for your team’s overall POV. Although Torres will always be the one player I’ll root against above all the others.

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      Numbers don’t lie.

      Statisticians, OTOH…..

    • zacked

      I wonder, but am too lazy to look up, what the quality of the competition for STL and CLB are in those last 25 games.

      • ChicagoNativeSon

        Lower than the Hawks

    • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

      I like this guy, and have visited Eklund now and again just to see what he’s been posting. Which is saying something (for me), because I hate Eklund and hate the Senators.

  • ChicagoNativeSon

    It’s Teuvo Tuesday.

    • Z-man19

      love that commercial, solid work

      • zacked

        You are history’s greatest monster.

  • MySpoonIsTooBig

    Even if Reimer were the problem in Toronto (which he’s not), that people think that it’s even remotely appropriate to attack his wife on Twitter is fucking ridiculous. This is why Toronto can’t have nice things. Well this and their crack-smoking mayor

    • Arctic Ice

      Rob Ford, the most famous Canadian of all time.

  • cpetkus

    I’ll be at the game tonight. Hoping to see Teuvo play.

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      Hope he gets more than five minutes.

  • cliffkoroll

    Very good links.

    Re: flappy birds. What do Olsen, Hayes, and Pirri have in common? Slow.

    Re: trolls. Another example of how Canadians, ordinarily among the nicest people in the world, can mutate into drooling unhinged assholes when it comes to hockey, eh?

    • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

      This is why they don’t allow guns in Canada. Can you imagine the scene in Vancouver? // politically incorrect sarcasm

    • SuperHawk27

      RE:RE:Trolls. What would make an individual make comments towards a players wife? If anything, go after the player himself. Cowards.

    • lizmcneill

      Which invites the question: why were they drafting kids who couldn’t skate in 2009/2010?

      • Bannerman

        size and the perceived grit that goes with it. Unless you’re like Hayes or Olsen, who had size but not the wil/ abilityl to use it.

    • zacked

      I thought Hayes moved pretty well for his size. It’s always going to be relative that way.

      • cliffkoroll

        Yes, life mostly presents us with trade-offs. Size, speed, skill.

        /sigh

        #economics

        But then there’s the occasional Toews or Hossa. Or a guy like Kane who’s freaky good along one dimension.

      • jordyhawk

        I thought he was weak on his skates; high center of gravity, not much leg drive, lost a lot of board battles. Nice hands though. Of the guys we sent to Florida Olsen is the only one I’d take back.

    • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

      I’d say twitter (1) and rabid sports fans (2) are the two more common denominators in that trolling piece. I don’t think nationality has much to do with it. We’re as unhinged as anyone when we get to be anonymous fanatics. (Or was that exactly your point?)

  • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

    “However, Pirri’s defensive skills need refining, as evident by a glaring giveaway that led to Jakob Silfverberg’s short-handed goal that gave the Ducks a 3-0 lead Sunday.”

    Which tells you all you need to know about why Pirri couldn’t make Q’s roster full time.

    • mazer_rackham

      It would tell us all we need to know if other players making notable giveaways, perhaps in the Stanley Cup Finals, perhaps in overtime, would have similarly put them in Q’s doghouse.

      • MySpoonIsTooBig

        I’m sorry but that’s not even a remotely apt comparison. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to defend Bollig or his contract extension or anything, but his role is vastly different to what was expected out of Pirri. You need to have a lot more trust in a player who is supposed to be playing big minutes as a top-6 center than you a guy who’s grinding for 10 minutes a night as a 4th line winger.

        • mazer_rackham

          I just don’t buy into the “Q requires a 2-way game” argument. There are obvious exceptions to this rule, which means that he actually values something else.

          • MySpoonIsTooBig

            The only obvious exception to this rule is Patrick Kane, who was allowed to develop the defensive portion of his game over time while playing big minutes because offensively he is a generational talent. Even still, over time Kane has obviously worked his ass off to improve in that aspect of the game and at this point, despite his reputation, he possesses one of the most underrated 2-way games in the league. Pirri is not a generational talent, so he wasn’t given nearly as much leeway as Kaner, but he also had 4 years in the AHL to work on his overall game and still wasn’t able to up his defensive game to Q’s standards.

        • cliffkoroll

          Yes. Brouwer and Stalberg leap instantly to mind.

      • Bob Lanz

        Bollig

        • DuHawk

          *Holy Bollig.

    • VerStig

      I know this is a few days back but looks like Pirri had a nice “17 seconds” of his own:
      http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/hockey/blackhawks/fl-florida-panthers-san-jose-sharks-0319-20140318,0,5106463,full.story

      Let’s ignore the fact that they made Lu face 29 shots in the 3rd period. Yeesh.

    • Bob Lanz

      I guess but… Not sold. Doesn’t matter anymore. Enter the Dragon

  • bizarrohairhelmet
    • Bannerman

      I regret that I have but one upboat for this.

      • http://www.lotsofbutterplease.com/ I am not Chico Maki

        You’ll get more as the evening wears on.

        • Z-man19

          solid badger

    • red palace

      /Toews’d

  • Z-man19

    IT’S TT TIME, so exciting, the circle jerk starts early tonight, don’t be late

    • Z-man19

      Also, FUCK ROUSSEL IN THE EAR

      • pepe_silvia

        Seconded.

      • zacked

        I love Roussel. He takes every stereotype about Euro, and especially, French players and skullfucks you with it.

        • Joe DeTolve

          He is a fantastic heel…Perfect

        • Z-man19

          that punch to Kane’s head can go to hell

  • jordyhawk
  • MySpoonIsTooBig

    Not that the ‘Hawks would have used them anyways, but it’s not too difficult to understand the rule that Matt Carey and any other college free agent the ‘Hawks were to sign (like JVR’s brother) are not eligible to play in the playoffs because they were signed after the trade deadline. I’m too lazy to look this up right now so I’m hoping someone else can confirm this, but that’s not the case with Stephen Johns correct? Obviously he is not under contract as he’s still playing with Notre Dame, and I’m probably overstating the odds that the ‘Hawks would even want to use him in the playoffs this year if I say they are minimal at best anyways. But I believe that the fact that he’s a ‘Hawks draft pick, and thus on their reserve list, not a free agent means that if he were to sign when his season does end that he would be eligible for the playoffs. Can anyone confirm (or refute) this?

    • AMR

      I think because Johns is already a part of the Hawks organization he would be eligible because he would be on their list of players. Though with the new CBA, I really cannot say for sure.

      • MySpoonIsTooBig

        That’s what I’m saying. Unlike the college free agents who signed after the trade deadline, I’m pretty sure that since he’s a ‘Hawks draft pick and on their reserve list that he would be eligible for the playoffs if he does in fact sign when his season is done. I’m just not 100% certain and have neither the time nor the energy to verify it in the CBA

      • Z-man19

        I don’t think that’s correct, I think Johns needs to be under contract, not sure if it had to be by the deadline though.

        • MySpoonIsTooBig

          He obviously has to be under contract to play, the question is whether the fact that he’s on the ‘Hawks reserve list (as opposed to a free agent) means that he’d be eligible for the playoffs if he signs when his season is done even though he didn’t sign before the trade deadline. It should be a moot point because it’d be shocking if the ‘Hawks want to use him in the playoffs this year regardless of eligibility, I’m just not sure exactly what the rule is.

          • neo1978

            Group 1 players (those drafted by the team) only need to have signed their SPC before the end of the regular season. If so, they are eligible for the postseason.

          • Z-man19

            Where are the Hawks with the number of guys with contracts, you can have 50?

          • CozBullsFan

            Currently they have 49.

    • CozBullsFan

      He would not be eligible to play in the post season. As he does not have a formal contract with the Blackhawks yet, signing him now would make him ineligible.

      • MySpoonIsTooBig

        See I’m not sure that’s accurate. I know that’s the case for college free agents, but I’m pretty sure that a drafted player who is on a team’s reserve list is can be eligible for the playoffs even if he’s not technically under contract before the trade deadline. Case in point is Carl Soderberg of the Bruins. Soderberg was drafted by the Blues and then had his rights traded to the Bruins while he continued to play in Sweden. He finally came across to the NHL last spring, I’m 99% certain that he did not actually have a contract with the Bruins until mid-April last year, but because he had been drafted and was on their reserve list he was still eligible for the playoffs.

        • CozBullsFan

          According to http://www.capgeek.com/blackhawks/reserve-list/ , he isn’t even on the Blackhawks reserve list. You need to have a contract to even be a reserve.

          • MySpoonIsTooBig

            See Neo1978′s response below, Johns is eligible if he signs before the end of the regular season. Not that he should see any time this season

          • CozBullsFan

            Just saw that. That’s interesting.

          • neo1978

            Yeah, what Coz said is correct, I re-edited my earlier post with the correct information. You have to be on the reserve list at the trade deadline. Anyone added after that is not eligible, group 1 guys or not.

  • VerStig

    I thought he was gonna wear #86?

    • jordyhawk

      If it’s what you’re referring to, pic of TT putting on 12 is from draft day. Not sure what’s got Q’s nose up…something on the floor?

      • VerStig

        Oh okay… we’ve seen him wear so many numbers at this point… 12, 20, 23, 86

        • MySpoonIsTooBig

          He wore 23 in training camp, ‘Steeg’s got that now so it’s right out. He only wore 12 at the draft because every prospect that received a sweater from his new team at the draft was given 12 since that was the draft year. I think I recall him wearing 20 at the world juniors, I don’t know of him wearing that # elsewhere. He wore 86 with Jokerit this season and requested it when he came across to Chicago, hence why he’s wearing it now.

          • Bannerman

            So it’s not a homage to Bears legend Bob Parsons?

    • Bannerman

      Like Bob Parsons. That’s going to really confuse Foley. Over/under on number of times per game he calls Teuvo Kane? I’m thinking 3 1/2

      • MySpoonIsTooBig

        I’m fairly certain that Foley is going to have a stroke the first time they’re on the ice together…

  • ballyb11

    Helicopters spotted over his hotel.

    • Bob in EP

      Does he speak English? Can he understand our love for him?

      • ChicagoNativeSon

        Well that’s a strange question….

        As far as I know, most helicopters do not speak English.
        But Harold does, and all the townspeople do indeed love him.

        Although I’m pretty sure it’s not really him talking.

        • Bob in EP

          I deserved that.

          • bizarrohairhelmet

            Deserve’s got nothing to do with it

        • Bannerman

          said Harold the helicopter to our Percy “You are slow”
          “Your railway is out of date and not much good you know”
          Harold’s kind of a dick

          • Preacher

            Great! Next time my kid watches this, how will I explain my outburst of laughter when Harold shows up?

        • Z-man19

          A Thomas reference, nice

  • chidiver

    If he sticks with the big club…that could be my next sweater…umlauts FTW!

  • AMR

    Hawks beat reporter Tim Sassone has passed away

    • bigtreina

      This site has been ruthless against this man’s take on the Hawks for a long time. I’ve always read and enjoyed Tim’s take on the Hawks, even when I didn’t agree with him. I know the attacks were rarely (never?) personal, but I’m sad for his family, his kids, and for Hawks fan’s that had very little to read in this town (worth reading) about the Hawks prior to this website’s snark, cynicism, legitimate insight, and comedy. I’ll miss his take on things.

    • cliffkoroll

      Jesus-he wasn’t terribly old.

      And whatever one thinks about him, once upon a time he was the only decent reporter in town covering some pretty awful teams.

      • Z-man19

        I’m thinking he was in the hospital for something sometime in the last year. One of the beats was, I think it was him

        • bizarrohairhelmet

          He was out for a while last year.

          • MySpoonIsTooBig

            He had a stroke in 2012

    • putmeinthemadhouse

      What happened?

    • CozBullsFan

      What? That’s crazy. He wasn’t old at all.

    • Preacher

      Sad news. Sassone was the only one worth reading–the only one who covered the Hawks, it seemed–for a long time. Glad he got to see some Cups before he left us. RIP.

    • VanDorp’sMullet

      My thoughts go out to his family and friends. RIP, Tim and thanks for your years on the beat and having to put up with some truly awful teams. As Preacher said below, glad that he got to see some Hawks Cups.

  • 10thMountainFire

    I’m excited.

  • raditzzzz

    when do we get a “i was there for teuvomania” shirt up on the CI shop?

  • Bob Lanz

    Tonight I been waiting for this for two short years. Tonight I get my early Christmas gift. Tonight we get a look at the future and dare I say current 2C. Tonight Stan shows why he has not filled the spot till… Tonight Enter the Dragon!!! Burn baby burn

  • jordyhawk

    Morning skate: 20/86/28 per Tracey Myers.

    • MySpoonIsTooBig

      Yeah, but then she followed that up by saying that they started like that but the lines were completely jumbled within 2 minutes. It’s certainly possible that’s the line TT skates with tonight, in fact I think there was some talk about that specific line combination last night, but it seems impossible to infer much of anything with any sort of confidence about the line combinations right now…

      • Preacher

        “the lines were completely jumbled within 2 minutes.”
        Simulating game conditions! Good thinking, Q!

        • Waylon

          “The Jam was moving.” Debby Harry.

      • Z-man19

        or to start the game tonight

    • VerStig

      BS-TT-BS

  • 1benmenno

    How do you like him now?

    • VanDorp’sMullet

      I like him a lot. One of the things I think the Dragon will bring to the Hawks is some good skating, slick hands and creativity that will help with zone entry both at even-strength and on the PP. That’ll come in handy while Kane’s out and give the Hawks another creator on offense. I think the two concerns will be his d-zone responsibility and whether or not he is strong enough yet to handle the physical aspects of the NHL. I have no doubt that the other parts of his game (while still not fully mature) will be strong. Very excited about tonight, but also understand that the Dragon alone isn’t going to make or break this year’s attempted Cup run.