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  • Hawks’ Morin, Smith, Raanta agree to extensions Jun 27, 2014 3:06 PM
    On the eve of the NHL draft, the Chicago Blackhawks announced they have agreed to two-year contract extensions with forward Jeremy Morin, forward Ben Smith and backup goaltender Antti Raanta.

     
  • Vancouver’s Kesler lands in Anaheim, not Chicago Jun 27, 2014 6:43 PM
    Ryan Kesler didn’t want to wait around while the Vancouver Canucks rebuild. He wants to win a Stanley Cup now, and the Anaheim Ducks believe they’re on the way after landing the star center. Anaheim acquired Kesler from the Canucks on Friday in a draft-day trade for center Nick Bonino, defenseman Luca Sbisa and the 24th overall pick. The Blackhawks were said to be in the mix for Kesler right up until the end.

     
  • Draft offers Blackhawks a chance to deal Jun 27, 2014 5:12 AM
    The reality is you can't have everything when so few players eat up so much of the cap. The answer to improving the Blackhawks' roster -- and getting Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane signed -- might be in moving a popular player off the roster, perhaps even for a very high pick in the draft.

     
  • Duncan Keith wins his second Norris Trophy Jun 24, 2014 9:11 PM
    Blackhawk Duncan Keith won his second Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman Tuesday night at the league’s postseason awards ceremony in Las Vegas. Keith comfortably beat out Boston captain Zdeno Chara and Nashville’s Shea Weber for the Norris, which he also won in 2010. Keith led all defensemen with 55 assists while leading the Blackhawks in ice time for the ninth straight season.

     
  • Capital ‘Classic’ highlights Hawks’ schedule Jun 22, 2014 11:00 PM
    After a series for the ages against the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference finals, you’d think that the first time the Blackhawks and Kings meet again would top the list of games to watch next season. Close, but not quite. Not when the Hawks are playing in the Winter Classic against the Capitals in Washington on Jan. 1.

     
  • P.A announcer Gene Honda the busiest man in Chicago sports Jun 22, 2014 8:46 AM
    When he journeyed to the University of Illinois in the early 1970s, Gene Honda thought he was going to be an Engineer. More than 40 years later, Honda is arguably the most recognized P.A. announcer in sports. “I'm getting the chance to do a lot of fun things that I would never have dreamed of,” said Honda, a 59-year-old lifelong Chicagoan.

     
  • Spellman’s Scorecard: Never a shortage of Bears news Jun 19, 2014 10:52 PM
    If you want random, well, you’ve come to the right place - Spellman's Scorecard. Some musings on Bears OTA's, Cubs pitchers and why Mike is still mad at Steve Coburn.

     
  • Carolina hires former Ice Hogs coach Peters to lead ‘Canes Jun 19, 2014 5:22 PM
    The Carolina Hurricanes have hired former Rockford Ice Hogs coach and Detroit Red Wings assistant Bill Peters as their new coach.

     
  • NHL’s West is best again in Stanley Cup finals Jun 14, 2014 4:17 PM
    The West is best in the NHL — again. The Los Angeles Kings beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in double overtime Friday night in Game 5, giving the Western Conference a third straight NHL champion, fourth in five years and sixth in nine years. In the regular season, the Eastern Conference has also been consistently overmatched. The West won 246 games and lost 202 against the East during the regular season — winning more intraconference matchups for the eighth straight season — to increase its advantage to 1,064 wins to 914 losses since the 2005-06 season, according to data from STATS provided to The Associated Press. When the league emerged from a lockout in 2006, a salary cap was put in place to level the field, yet it’s actually been tilting West. Los Angeles and the Blackhawks, which have faced off in the last two conference finals, have combined to win four of the last five Cups. “Both of those teams have built programs with a lot of depth after being terrible for a long time,” Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said in a phone interview. “They made good picks and made the right moves.” The Kings were bad enough to have the No. 2 overall pick in 2008 and they took full advantage, selecting defenseman Drew Doughty, who has developed into a star. They also made the most of another first-round pick almost a decade ago, drafting center Anze Kopitar, who has become perhaps the league’s best player that doesn’t get a lot of publicity. Likewise, the Blackhawks have built their team around high draft picks, taking forward Patrick Kane No. 1 overall in 2007, one year after selecting Jonathan Toews third overall. The Kings and Blackhawks will likely be the teams to beat next year, too. “The West has more dominant teams, led by LA and Chicago, and I think it should stay that way in the future,” said Anson Carter, a former NHL player and current NBCSN analyst. “I don’t see much of a fallout, but I think this kind of thing just goes in cycles.” The East did have a third straight champion when Carolina won the first Stanley Cup in the salary cap era in 2006 and it hoisted the coveted hardware five years in a row from 1991 to 1995. The San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues also racked up enough points in the regular season to finish behind only one team in the East, the Boston Bruins, who won it all in 2011. “When a team wins a championship, you try to do what you can to beat those teams and I think in recent years that started with Boston,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “The common denominator is having strength up the middle with an elite defenseman, centerman and goaltender.” The Kings certainly were tough to beat up the middle with Jonathan Quick in net, Doughty on the blue line and Kopitar in the middle up front. New York, though, did match up well in those pivotal spots with goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, defenseman Ryan McDonagh and center Derek Stepan. The Rangers pushed Los Angeles to a combined three overtime periods in the first two games before losing and had a 32-15 shots advantage when they lost Game 3. New York avoided a sweep, winning 2-1 on Wednesday night to shift the series back to Los Angeles. “It’s not like we’ve been outplayed,” Lundqvist said. “That hasn’t been the case. They’ve been good, but I think we’ve been playing pretty good as well. It comes down to a couple plays here and there. That’s been the difference in these games.”

     
  • Blackhawks weren’t the only ones creating a little drama Jun 13, 2014 5:30 AM
    The last couple of months have been fascinating — as they always are with the Blackhawks. Kaner, Toews, the OT’s, the almost amazing comeback … but the one memory that will stick with me forever was the day of Game 5 in St. Louis. I’m pretty sure it was the most ridiculous day in history.

     
  • Mike North video: Beating the Hawks means Kings could sweep the Rangers Jun 11, 2014 11:15 AM
    Mike North thought the Chicago Blackhawks were the best team in hockey this year, so when the Los Angeles Kings won the series 4-3, it looked like there was no hope for the New York Rangers.

     
  • Credit Blackhawks’ Kane with growing up Jun 7, 2014 4:43 PM
    Without reliving the unfortunate incidents of summers not long ago, Patrick Kane now talks about using the off-season to become a better player, be more prepared for next season and mentor young players. Yes, Patrick Kane sounds like he has grown up.

     
  • Hawks feel the love from fans at Wrigley Jun 6, 2014 2:44 PM
    Several members of the Chicago Blackhawks came out to Wrigley Field Friday morning to take batting practice and meet Cubs players. Even though the Hawks lost a tough series to the Kings to end their season a few days ago, they said they feel the support from the fans.

     
  • Hawks’ Foley earns spot in Hockey Hall of Fame Jun 5, 2014 8:54 PM
    Six years after rejoining the Chicago Blackhawks and watching them awaken a city and a franchise with a pair of Stanley Cup championships, veteran broadcaster Pat Foley will receive the highest honor bestowed in his profession. The Hockey Hall of Fame and National Hockey League Broadcasters’ Association have selected Foley, the voice of the Blackhawks for 31 seasons, as the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award winner for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster.

     
  • Blackhawks finally get rest they didn’t want Jun 5, 2014 10:13 PM
    Throughout the Los Angeles series, as was the case in the first two rounds, the Blackhawks made uncharacteristic mental mistakes, very likely the result of so many difficult and emotional games the last two years.

     
  • Leddy still bemoans season-ending bad bounce Jun 3, 2014 10:58 PM
    A couple of days after it happened, Nick Leddy still shakes his head at the way the Blackhawks’ season ended. “Words can’t really describe it — it’s amazing,” the young defenseman said of the Kings’ game-winning goal in overtime Sunday.

     
  • Toews, Kane are truly Blackhawks mainstays Jun 3, 2014 11:05 PM
    Even though he couldn’t be any clearer than saying recently that he wanted Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to be Blackhawks for life, Hawks’ general manager reiterated that point again Tuesday, saying taking care of his two superstars is job No. 1 this summer.

     
  • Blackhawks ready to make changes? Not big ones Jun 3, 2014 11:02 PM
    The Blackhawks were a bounce away from winning it all again, so hysterics are unnecessary and, yet, overreactions expected. But the Hawks don’t need a major overhaul.

     
  • Mike North video: Will Hawks win 4 titles in 10 years? Jun 2, 2014 11:08 AM
    The Blackhawks might have lost to the L.A. Kings, but Mike North still expects great things from them over the next several years.

     
  • A lot of pride and a little spare change Jun 2, 2014 8:36 PM
    Just this side of the glamorous, prosperous world of sports sits a proud man in a wheelchair asking for spare change or perhaps even a spare dollar bill. Outside the United Center recently his name was Willie.

     
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