Few Openings When It Comes To Blackhawks Roster | Boston Herald

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PHOTOS: Capitals unveil 2015 Winter Classic jerseys – Yahoo Sports

I guess we’ll call that competition. As far as spots, we’ll see how that plays out.” After four days of testing, practice and scrimmages at Notre Dame, the competition for that precious little roster space shifted to the United Center on Monday night for the team’s training camp festival. Marcus Kruger had two goals and an assist to lead the White team to a 5-1 victory over the Red squad in the featured scrimmage. Norris Trophy winner Duncan Keith and forward Teuvo Teravainen were among a group of players who rested during the festivities, which attracted a sold-out crowd even with the Chicago Bears playing on Monday Night Football. “Really impressive,” said center Brad Richards, who signed with Chicago in the offseason. “For a Red and White game … I haven’t been a part of something like that. So it just makes you feel better about choosing to come here.” It was the Blackhawks’ first public appearance at their longtime home since they were eliminated by the Kings on Alec Martinez’s overtime goal in Game 7. Martinez’s shot went off Chicago defenseman Nick Leddy and fluttered over goaltender Corey Crawford, a nightmare for the Blackhawks that ended their bid for a repeat title and lingered into the summer for many of the players. “You don’t want to say it’s one situation. We got beat by a good team,” Quenneville said. source: http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/nhl_coverage/2014/09/few_openings_when_it_comes_to_blackhawks_roster

Here’s more on the decisions behind the designs from the Capitals’ Dump ‘n Chase blog: Instead of paying homage to their own 40-year history in the design of the sweaters theyll sport on New Years Day, the Capitals and Reebok elected to dial the way-back machine a bit further, back to the 1940s and the days of the Uline Arena and the old Washington Lions of the Eastern Hockey League and the American Hockey League. The decision makers and designers spent some time poring over old photos of players and sweaters from Washingtons pre-NHL hockey history, and the result is the maroon, white and blue sweater emblazoned with stars and stripes and a “CAPITALS” wordmark over a large blue “W” revealed here today. Now that the Capitals are going with red, that eliminates one color for the Blackhawks uniforms. Chicago has worn black jerseys in each of their last two outdoor games including the 2009 Winter Classic and last year’s Stadium Series game. Could we possibly see a white uniform from one of the league’s Original Six? The 2015 Winter Classic logo was unveiled and it’s actually pretty cool in its own right as well. The logo prominently features the U.S. Capitol with a subtle American flag back drop. Better look at the 2015 #WinterClassic logo from the @WashCaps live stream right now: pic.twitter.com/ntxJyLLxqX Icethetics (@icethetics) September 23, 2014 The league also announced that the EPIX Network will be taking the reins on a 24/7 style documentary series that will follow the two teams as they prepare for the Winter Classic. They will also produce a similar series for the 2015 Stadium Series game between the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. The program, which will air in two parts, will be produced by Ross Greenburg, who was in on the initial 24/7 production. The show will also air on Sportsnet in Canada. The league also announced that the series will be streamed live and free on EPIX.com and NHL.com. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/photos-capitals-unveil-2015-winter-classic-jerseys-124241833.html

The Chicago Blackhawks’ Blueprint to Solving Salary Cap Dilemma | Bleacher Report

What it does have is a useful yet expendable player to dangle in front of other teams. Len Redkoles/Getty Images Back in July, we wrote that trading Nick Leddy for futures was Chicagos easiest way out of its current cap predicament. The removal of his $2.7 million cap hit would go a long way toward getting Chicago back in the black (CapGeeks best guess at the teams roster has them roughly $2.2 million over the league-mandated limit), and with both David Rundblad and Adam Clendening in the system the team has built-in replacement options. Such a trade would also remove an impediment next summer, when Leddy becomes a restricted free agent. Its a far better idea than trading Johnny Oduya, who is much less replaceable in his key role on the Blackhawks shutdown pairing. But even with Leddy gone, the Blackhawks are going to be close to the ceiling. That gives them limited ability later in the year to take on salary to address any weaknesses that have developed or simply to load up with rentals for the playoffs. It means that theyll need to watch every penny, perhaps going with a 22-man roster rather than a full 23-man list at points in the year. It might mean promoting Michael Leighton to the backup role at times and sending waiver-exempt Antti Raanta to the minors (there is a $200,000 difference in the cap hits of the two, and while Raanta is on a one-way deal its cheap enough to bury if needed). The solution is to jettison luxuries. Oduya doesnt qualify; he plays a critical role for the team. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2206351-the-chicago-blackhawks-blueprint-to-solving-salary-cap-dilemma

Game Recap: Red Wings Beat Blackhawks 3-2 Czech This Out – Yahoo Sports

What a great day for hockey. Tonight Detroit matched up against heated rival Chicago Blackhawks . It makes a lot of sense that they didn’t televise this game. You don’t think so? Let me give you a list of reasons: These teams never play each other so who cares No one even likes hockey in Detroit. what are you an asshole It’s just preseason. I’ve never heard of any of these players anyway The Tigers were on! Sigh. Anyways, yeah. No one got to watch this game, unless you were there. Thankfully I got to listen to the game via 87.7 FM The Game, a Chicago Sports Station. Both guys calling the game, Joe Brand, and I cannot remember the other fellow’s name, did a pretty good job. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/game-recap-red-wings-beat-024343000.html


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