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PITTSBURGH -- As the Blackhawks added new prospects to their organization during the 2012 draft, they also brought arguably their best prospect with them: Pittsburgh-area native Brandon Saad.

PITTSBURGH -- Chris Calnan knew a lot about the Blackhawks and Chicago. His uncle -- former Hawks star Jeremy Roenick -- was able to fill him.

So when Calnan, a 6-2, 190-pound wing headed to Boston College in 2013, was selected by the Hawks in the third-round he was "pumped" to be joining the organization for which his uncle once starred.

PITTSBURGH -- Teuvo Teravainen said one of his favorite players to watch and model his game after is Blackhawks star forward Patrick Kane.

So it's no surprise Teravainen was escatic that the Hawks selected him with the 18th overall pick of the 2012 draft Friday at the Consol Energy Center.

The NHL released its schedule for the upcoming 2012-12 season -- which may be delayed or altered if there is a lockout -- a day after the NHL awards on Thursday.

The Blackhawks begin their campaign on Oct. 13 against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the United Center. Here are some of the highlights:

LAS VEGAS -- Former Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy and ex-general manager Dale Tallon finished second in GM of the Year voting after his Florida Panthers' unexpected success this season.

The closest any current member of the Hawks organization got to an award Wednesday in Las Vegas was a fourth-place finish for the All-Star team. Here's how the Hawks fared in the voting:

LAS VEGAS -- Blackhawks general manger Stan Bowman shed some light on the circumstances that led to the recent release of goalie prospect Alexander Salak from his contract.

When forming his roster for the 2012-13 season, general manager Stan Bowman said he would look internally first and go from there.

In other words, it appears Bowman and Co. remain confident in the abilities of forwards Ben Smith and Brandon Bollig after the team announced Monday they were signed to new two-year deals. The Hawks also signed goalie Carter Hutton to a one-year, two-way contract.

The same can't be said about goalie Alexander Salak, though. Salak was released Monday after being placed on waivers and going unclaimed.

By Ben Meyer-Abbott
bmeyer-abbott@suntimes.com
Twitter:
@BMACST

Less than two months after Stan Bowman made a point of praising the man who passed him on the depth chart, the Blackhawks reportedly are set to cut ties with minor-league goalie Alexander Salak.

The CBC reported Friday the Hawks have placed Salak on waivers.

By Ben Meyer-Abbott
bmeyer-abbott@suntimes.com
Twitter
: @BMACST

The NHL announced Friday the order for the league's 2012 Entry Draft. The Blackhawks have the 18th overall selection in the first round.

Here is the Blackhawks' preseason schedule for the 2012-13 season:

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LOS ANGELES -- Colin Fraser stood by the Zamboni entrance of the Staples Center ice and eagerly waited for his family. Behind him, his Los Angeles Kings teammates celebrated wildly.

They had just won the Stanley Cup.

Dale Tallon is working his magic again. And he's being rewarded for it.

Tallon, the lead architect of the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup-winning team, received an extension from the Florida Panthers on Wednesday. It's believed to be a three-year extension.

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LOS ANGELES -- Like a couple of his Los Angeles Kings teammates, center Colin Fraser has been part of a locker room before that's one win shy of winning the Stanley Cup.

In other words, all those pre-game emotions he'll feel Thursday before Game 4 against the New Jersey Devils are nothing new for Fraser, a member of the Blackhawks' Cup-winning team in 2010.

"First and foremost, it's got to be your best game of the year because you know New Jersey has their backs against the wall," Fraser said Wednesday. "You know it's going to be their best game."

LOS ANGELES -- "Honest" is the word every player on the Los Angeles Kings that was asked about their coach, Darryl Sutter, used to describe him. As in, he's kept the team honest or he's an honest coach.

Sutter, a former Blackhawks coach and winger, had turned the Kings around after taking over for the fired Terry Murray in December.

Sutter coached the Hawks for three seasons, stepping down in 1995 to devote more time to his family. He led the Hawks to the Western Conference finals in 1995. After that, the Hawks made the playoffs in just three of the next 12 seasons.

With an approach based on accountability and gruff straightforwardness, Sutter has inspired the Kings' stars -- notably Dustin Brown, Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar -- and it's resulted in a 14-2 record this postseason.

Here's what the Kings are saying about him:

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Mark Lazerus was honored nationally by the Associated Press Sports Editors for three straight years at the Post-Tribune, was named one of the top three columnists in Indiana for three straight years and has won more than 20 statewide writing awards. He has covered Notre Dame for Sun-Times Media, and now covers the Blackhawks.

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