November 2010 Archives
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Hawks signed veteran defenseman Garnet Exelby Friday and assigned him to the Rockford IceHogs, where he was already serving as captain.
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- It will be Antti Niemi vs. the Blackhawks Wednesday at HP Pavilion. He got the nod from San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan, getting the start over No. 1 Antero Niittymaki.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Canucks coach Alain Vigneault wasn't too happy with the players the Hawks were using on the power play with the game in hand Saturday.
His words only make the Hawks-Canucks rivalry more compelling.
Now, he's one point shy of reaching 250 in his regular-season career and becoming the second youngest player in team history (Denis Savard is No. 1) from reaching that plateau.
"I guess I better go and get it tonight," Kane said after Friday's morning skate. "It's pretty cool, especially when you think of the Blackhawks, an Original 6 team. There have been a lot of great players."
A league-high six Blackhawks made the fan ballot for the 2011 All-Star game. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Brian Campbell all made the fan ballot.
From Nov. 15 to Jan. 3, fans have a chance to select up to six players by position -- three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender - despite conference for the 2011 All-Star Game in Raleigh, N.C.
There have been considerable changes made to the All-Star game, including the elimination of conference play and the use of captains to pick teams.
Former Hawks Dustin Byfuglien (Altanta) and Antti Niemi (San Jose) also made the fan ballot. Byfuglien is tied with Nicklas Lidstrom for the most points among defensemen with 16. Niemi is an interesting choice. The goalie is 1-4 this season and no longer the starter.
Patrick Sharp, the Hawks' leading scorer, was a snub.
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For the second consecutive season, the Blackhawks wore camouflage jerseys during pre-game warmups for Veterans Day.
Members and veterans of the military are honored during all Hawks home games. They take part in the national anthem, and in the second period, they're introduced, always receiving a standing ovation.
The Hawks always notice the reception they receive from fans.
The NHL and NHLPA officially announced their changes to the All-Star game on Wednesday. The most interesting change is having captains pick teams. The captains themselves are picked by the All-Star players.
"I don't want to be one of those captains picking the teams," Hawks forward Patrick Sharp said with a laugh. "There's nothing like getting selected to the All-Star game and being the last guy drafted. If anyone in here gets selected to the All-Star team, it's a huge honor and I'd love to be one."
Here is the official info on the 2011 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft format, which will continue to include fan balloting procedures. It contains the following new features:
• Fans will continue to play the lead role in the selection of All-Stars when 2011 NHL All-Star Fan Balloting presented by XM launches on Monday, Nov. 15. The All-Star Balloting process, which is entirely digital for the fourth consecutive game, runs through Jan. 3.
• From a group of 100 players on the ballot, fans will vote for their top six All-Stars by position without regard to the Conference in which the player plays. Fans will also have the ability to write-in a player of their choice.
• The three forwards, two defensemen and one goalie receiving the most votes will be named the first NHL All-Stars.
• The remaining 36 All-Stars will be named by the NHL Hockey Operations Department for a total of 42 All-Star players (3 goalies, 6 defensemen and 12 forwards per team).
• Following the selection of the All-Stars, NHL Hockey Operations will designate 12 NHL rookies to participate in the Honda NHL SuperSkills on Saturday, January 29 for a total of 54 NHL players taking part in All-Star weekend.
• After the 42 NHL All-Stars have been selected, two captains will be chosen per team by the players.
• On Friday, January 28, 2011, a draft event will be held in Raleigh with all 54 NHL players (42 All-Stars and 12 rookies) during which the captains will draft the remaining members of their respective teams.
• First selection in the draft will be determined by coin flip and selections will continue on an alternating basis.
• Each team will be required to select three goalies, six defensemen and 12 forwards in any order they choose.
• After the selection of the All-Star game rosters, the captains will select among the 12 rookies to fill out the rosters for the Honda NHL SuperSkill
• Each team will feature six rookies participating in various skills competitions.
• Teams will participate in six different skills, including NHL Fastest Skater, NHL Breakaway Challenge, Accuracy Shooting, Skills Challenge Relay, NHL Hardest Shot and the NHL Elimination Shoot Out.
Center Dave Bolland won't be in the lineup Wednesday when the Hawks host the Phoenix Coyotes at the United Center.
Bolland, who has been on injured reserve since Nov. 1 with an apparent rib injury, practiced Tuesday and took part in most drills.
"I felt pretty good," Bolland said. "It's good to be back with them. I was skating on the ice by myself and with the trainers. ... It was lot more fun than just being out there with [strength coach] Paul Goodman."
Jeremy Morin's highly anticipated call-up lasted only two games. The Blackhawks sent their top prospect back to the Rockford IceHogs Monday.
The 19-year-old winger played nine minutes, three seconds Sunday against the Edmonton Oilers, recording only one shot. His NHL debut Saturday in Atlanta will be remembered for his willingness to block a shot that ended his first game prematurely.
''It was nice he showed he could play both sides of the puck," coach Joel Quenneville said. "At that time of the game, it was a big block. It showed he's willing to do anything to keep the puck out of the net.''
Morin's assignment doesn't mean Dave Bolland (rib) is set to return from injured reserve. Bolland is expected to return this week, but Bryan Bickell was also a healthy scratch Sunday.
ATLANTA -- Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said it in his code, but it was a "yes": Marian Hossa should be back in the lineup Sunday against the Edmonton Oilers at the United Center.
It was clear that he wanted to get a message across to his team, which has lost three of its last four games and had developed bad habits.
Morning skates are typically 30 minutes. The Hawks only skated for about 15 to 20 minutes on Saturday. Quenneville was visibly upset during their drills, called his team together and then led them off the ice and into the locker room.
The Blackhawks recalled Morin from the Rockford IceHogs Friday. He will be on the second line with Patrick Sharp and Troy Brouwer Saturday when the Hawks face Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd, Ben Eager, Brent Sopel and the rest of the Atlanta Thrashers.
If the Blackhawks don't recall a forward from the Rockford IceHogs by Wednesday night's game against the New Jersey Devils, defensemen Jordan Hendry and John Scott will both play wing on the fourth line.
Bryan Bickell is back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch the last two games. Center Jake Dowell moves up to the third line. Nick Boynton returns on the blue line after sitting out the loss to the New York Rangers Monday.
NEW YORK -- Brian Campbell is back.
The Blackhawks defenseman will return to the lineup a month to the day after spraining his right knee Oct. 1 in preseason play.