• narya

    Why yes, I DID go to the French Pastry School (and it was awesome). One thing, though: the sculpture appears to be all chocolate, not cake.

  • GoldenJet

    If the Nordiques return to Quebec City…and Vegas gets a team…Who leaves the Eastern Conference to balance the conferences out at 16 teams per conference?

    • Sopel the catfish

      Detroit has the lowest amount of travel this year, I say send them back west so they can get their frequent flyer miles back.

      • Seeing how much of a stink they put up just to get to the east I doubt the NHL would move them back

        • Sopel the catfish

          It would just be too damn funny if they did.

    • Hags

      assuming no relocation for at least a couple more years, it will assuredly be Columbus that gets switched. I can’t see the league stiffing an Original 6 franchise over Columbus.

      • Two candidates look like either Detroit or Columbus

        • Hags

          definitely, although if the league wanted to get really creative, they could go to an 8 division system, move both of them to play in a division with Chicago and StL, and kick Nashville to a southeastern division with Carolina and the Florida teams. not realistic, but it would set up the league’s banner franchise right now (the Blackhawks) to have their 2 biggest rivals back playing in their division (scum and scum jr.)

          • Hags

            FWIW as well, I’d like to a see a one game wild card added between the 8 and 9 seeds in each conference. more revenue,more exposure, and more excitement for the league.

        • Sopel the catfish

          Tell ‘Lumbus they’re back in the west, or maybe Seattle investors knows something about the futures of Florida or Carolina since there was no bid application from the NW.

      • Sopel the catfish

        Detroit would OK the move it as long as they don’t have any away games west of the Mississippi.

  • bigtreina

    Gonna sound xenophobic here, but name me a team with more than one key Russian player on it that has won the cup in the last 5 years. Do the Hawks think they’re going to be the Red Wings of the 90’s?

    • Sopel the catfish

      None of those multiple Ruskie teams had The Core ™ around them. Tikhonov grew up in Cali and Kentucky, not sure if he counts as full on Russian.

      • bigtreina

        You could almost make the argument that the Russians were the core ™(I like that) of some of those teams + Yzerman.

      • J C

        I think Tikhonov was only signed to ease Panarin’s transition, as that’s the guy they’re banking on… as you say Tikhonov grew up in the US, speaks the language AND was KHL teammates with Panarin last year. 1 yr babysitting gig (see Jack Haley/Dennis Rodman)

        • Sopel the catfish

          Completely agree with you on that one.

        • rhodes

          Jack Haley was underrated!

    • SuperHawk27

      Kinda painting with a broad brush aren’t we…..Anisimov, Panarin and Tikinov aren’t going to be carrying the team. That’s what Toews, Kane, Hossa, Keith, Seabrook and Hammer are supposed to do.

      • bigtreina

        What role do you see them playing? In the last 10 years, other than Datsyuk, I can’t name a Russian I’d like to see as a Hawk.

        • SuperHawk27

          Evgeni Malkin? Ovechkin?

          They will probably be considered secondary scoring, sprinkled among the 2nd and 3rd line. Anisimov will be the most important of the three, being that he is supposed to be the 2nd line center, with Kane on his wing. The other two are unproven “rookies” who still have to find their game within the NHL and will likely take on a role, but won’t be required to handle heavy minutes. If they are being called on to play 20 minutes a game, the wheels have fallen off, and everyone that was on the ledge, will have jumped off.

          • Sopel the catfish

            That means more elbow room for me!

          • bigtreina

            Anisimov is NOT going to be able to keep up with Kane. I like your other thoughts though. In order to have a Malkin / Ovi we’d have a limited core (due to salary constraints of these guys). Malkin and Ovi – I’m going to take heat for this – have no heart next to Toews, Kane, Keith and Seabs.

          • SuperHawk27

            If Richards could keep pace, so will Anisimov, and Anisimov is 10 years younger.

            I was speaking hypothetically about those two. I wouldn’t actually want either with the cap crunch. We’d be jettisoning some very good players just to take on one of them.

            …only winners have heart?

          • bigtreina

            …and hosers do the ice!

          • One thing interesting about the Anisimov contract extension, per war-on-ice, is that it basically guarantees him to be a Hawk for at least 3-years once the extension kicks in. Also, the salary vs. cap hit takes a nosedive years 4 and 5 making it more palatable for teams to absorb if the time comes to trade. Think teams trying to hit the floor and teams that have cap space but are limited by internal budgets.

    • jordyhawk

      Anisimov obviously makes the club. The other two are big question marks. Panarin has a bail-out clause to return to the K and Tikinhov is on one year deal for $1.04 million (somebody tell me again why we signed this guy)? I think we’re a long way from being Russified.

      • Lionel Hutz

        Former first round pick who was making 3mm playing in Russia takes 1mm to play for a contender in the NHL. Picked by Phoenix I believe and was a classic case of too much too son in a garbage system. Comes from a great hockey family, obviously. What’s not to like? He’s talented and motivated.

        • Sopel the catfish

          Also he played with Panarin and is expected to help a lot with the transition to ‘Merica and the NHL

          • jordyhawk

            So is he some kind of hockey butler?

          • Sopel the catfish

            Tikhonov’s new name is Alfred.

        • jordyhawk

          His numbers in the K weren’t exactly great and who cares what he was paid or that he was a first round pick or who his grandpa is. That’s fluff. We are also knee deep at RW. We need help on LW and defense, so no I just don’t see this one.

    • Think the answer as to whether the Hawks will be able to do it with this group is going to be whether they are able to adapt to the locker room culture that the Blackhawks have.

      Chris Block talked a bit about the locker room on the hockeenight puckcast a few weeks back. Basically, they are a bunch of competitive assholes (in a good way). If you are screwing up the core essentially lets you know in not so subtle ways. Sidenote, makes me think a little more about when Q sits Bickell and says we need more. Maybe that’s after the core can’t get him to get his shit together (I dunno just postulating).

      Stereotypically, I think, the opinion of Russians in the NHL, has been one that they are usually extremely talented but “soft”. Semin would be a good example of what you typically, in the past, would expect. However, players like Ovechkin definitely, on outward appearance, don’t follow that.

      If Anisimov, Dano, Panarin and Tikhonov can get with the program and be accountable without shutting down we’re going to be in great shape at forward both with depth and scoring.

      • lizmcneill

        Dano is Slovakian, not Russian.

        • Hockey Newbie

          I thought Dan was Russian but grew up in Trencin (I think that was the town name) and his dad played with Hoss.

        • I knew that (Dano is not Russian), lumped him in with the other new guys in the context of fitting in. Made an edit above that hopefully clarifies that.

  • Lionel Hutz

    One thing jumped out at me was the Mike Kitchen quote that they don’t or did not make adjustments until game 4 or 5. Am I reading that correctly in that they just go play for the first 4 games and let the other guys screw around and then jump on them?

    • GoldenJet

      Yes…The Blackhawks record in the playoffs, since this Cup run started is pretty amazing. For games 1-4 in all these playoff series, they are something like 30-30…In games 5-7, they are something like 44-13. Perhaps someone else will be so kind as to link the actual stats, since I suck at Google today.

      It was discussed during the playoffs…the Hawks bide there time, get a measure of the other team in the first few games of series…Once they have them figured out, the other team is done. It definitely looks to be more than a coincidence.

      • Lionel Hutz

        I know they bide their time and we talked about it here, but I had no idea they were just going out there for the first 4 and winning anyways and then actually making adjustments for the 4-7.

    • Where is this quote?

  • Jim
    • Good God, man…I’m reading your link, and this pic below shows up at the end of the article. Sleep will be hard to come by for the next couple of days.

  • Sparky_The_Bard-barian

    Suddenly we are deep at center and razor thin on the blue line….

    • jhb

      The latter has always been true. The top six doesn’t look that bad, though, and for depth, it looks like Gustafsson could step in. Plus they could re-sign Cumiskey or sign some guy during camp like they have done quite a few years (Sopel, Kostka, etc.)

  • Sopel the catfish
  • Leo W

    I have a stupid thought that I want to share mainly so that I can stop thinking it.
    Is there any reason to think that 19/88 take a season to coast after being 3-time champs and getting paid out the wazoo? Especially with 25% of a new roster? I know I’m knuckle-dragging here… I’m concerned more because I grew up on the north side and am oversensitive to sports things going awry …and less of not trusting that the Hawks know what they’re doing.

    • GoldenJet

      These are two players that we aren’t accustomed to in Chi-town. They are Jordan-esque. It’s still hard to believe that we had those Bulls teams…thanks to Portland for taking Sam Bowie.

  • Sopel the catfish

    And this, ladies and gentlemen is what’s wrong with America, and the rest of the world. If only these glorious machines still existed there would be no war, only petty arguments and good times for all
    http://images.viralnova.com/000/170/945/desktop-1428724096.jpg

    • Though I don’t personally per take, I feel as though if you had a pot edition it would achieve similar results 🙂

      • Sopel the catfish

        Of course you don’t…narc!

  • Sopel the catfish

    Also, the Richardson Corn Maze is going with a Blackhawks theme
    http://www.sbnation.com/2015/7/21/9012277/blackhawks-stanley-cup-corn-maze-chicago