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St. PAUL, Minn. -- While the 2011 entry draft will be remembered for departures of winger Troy Brouwer and defenseman Brian Campbell, Blackhawks general manager did have a number of picks at his disposal to refill his ranks, including four in the first two rounds.

"We've got to keep the pipeline coming," Bowman said. "It's been integral to the Blackhawks reaching the leave where we're at now with young players contributing."

Here's a look at his selections:

Kyle Beach's omission from the "black aces" this postseason stood out. It could be said that by not recalling the power forward after doing so a year earlier, the Blackhawks were sending the former 11th overall pick a message.

So are the Hawks happy with the progress the temperamental Beach made in his first full year with the Rockford IceHogs?

Tues, Sept. 20 vs. Edmonton Oilers at Credit Union Centre (Sask.) 6:00 P.M.

Thurs, Sept. 22 at Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center 6:00 P.M.

Fri, Sept. 23 vs. Washington Capitals at United Center 7:00 P.M.

Sun, Sept. 25 at Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena 3:00 P.M.

Wed, Sept. 28 vs. Detroit Red Wings at United Center 7:30 P.M.

Fri, Sept. 30 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins at United Center 7:30 P.M.

Sun, Oct. 2 at Washington Capitals at Verizon Center 4:00 P.M.

Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman checked one thing off his extended to-do list Wednesday when the team announced that Marc Bergevin was promoted to assistant GM.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- There were a lot questions about pressure, nerves and sleepless nights. Some wondered about the growing hate between the two teams, the contempt and scrums after whistles.

There were questions about who takes Mason Raymond's spot in the Canucks lineup, and how much of an emotional lift Nathan Horton is, seeing that he traveled with the Bruins to Vancouver.

Of course, some wanted to know how Roberto Luongo, who doesn't speak to the media on game days in the postseason, was feeling.

Here's a look into the minds of the Bruins and Canucks as they prepare for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday night in Vancouver:

When I last spoke with Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman, he had said that he is yet to be contacted by a team seeking permission to speak with assistant coach Mike Haviland about their head coaching vacancy.

That was last Wednesday after the NHL general managers met in a downtown Boston hotel to discuss Rule 48. (My story from our chat is here.)

"No, but there's a lot of coaching vacancies still out there," Bowman said at the time. "We take those things as they come. Hopefully, [Haviland is] with us because he's a great asset as well."

With former Hawks assistant GM Kevin Cheveldayoff now in charge of Winnipeg's new NHL franchise, there have been some rumblings that it's only a matter of time before Haviland gets contacted by him.

On the day of the one-year anniversary of the Blackhawks' first Stanley Cup in 49 years, Kevin Cheveldayoff and Andrew Ladd had a chance to reminiscence together.

But it was in Winnipeg, where Cheveldayoff, the new franchise's general manager, showed Ladd, the team's prized restricted free agent, around.

"There were some good memories [of the title run], and we talked about the future and moving forward," Cheveldayoff said in phone interview with the Sun-Times.

BOSTON - Nathan Horton is out for rest of the Stanley Cup finals. And so is Vancouver Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome.

The Boston Bruins announced Tuesday that the 26-year-old Horton, who is tied for second on the team with 17 points this postseason, suffered a severe concussion in Game 3 at TD Garden.

The NHL, which has taken heat for its inconsistent rulings, then came down on Rome. Vice president of hockey operation Mike Murphy suspended Rome four games for his late shoulder-to-head hit on a puck-less Horton. (See the video here.) If the finals end before Game 7, Rome's suspension will carry over into next season.

BOSTON --- Just over five minutes into Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals, a feisty TD Garden fell silent.

Boston Bruins winger Nathan Horton passed the puck to his left to Milan Lucic and took a couple strides when Vancouver Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome stepped into him for a late shoulder-to-head hit just past center ice.

Horton lay motionless on the ice for several moments. He left on the ice on a stretcher and was taken to an area hospital. He was moving all his extremities.

Rome was assessed a major interference penalty and ejected. He has a disciplinary hearing with the NHL on Tuesday.

Here's the video of the hit:

Blackhawks assistant general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff, a highly regarded talent evaluator, has been reportedly offered the GM position of Winnipeg's new NHL franchise.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- It didn't take long for the first controversy to arise in the Stanley Cup finals.

Blackhawks fans vividly recall the time Vancouver Canucks forward and pest Alex Burrows pulled defenseman Duncan Keith's hair in a fight two years ago.

In Game 1 Wednesday at Rogers Arena, Burrows bit Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron's finger during a scrum at the end of the first period.

Here's the video:

An informal poll via Twitter suggested one thing: There appears to be a seething hatred for all things Canucks among Blackhawks fans.

It most likely works both ways, and there's no denying some fans -- and even players -- enjoy seeing their rival lose.

But why?

Here's a look at what some Hawks fans had to say about the Canucks when asked to explain their feelings for them on Twitter.

But first, here's an email from @lkrzepkowski, who said 140 characters wasn't enough ...

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Adam L. Jahns is a native Chicagoan hailing from the Far Northwest Side. Jahns has been with the Sun-Times since 2005, covering the Hawks since 2009. He's also helped cover the Bears, Cubs, Sox and high schools.

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