Blackhawks Rout Ducks, 4-1 « Cbs Los Angeles

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NHL team values zoom upwards per Forbes | Puck Daddy – Yahoo Sports

I can sit here and make excuses, but we just werent good enough. We have a lot of NHL-caliber players in here. Freddie played a great game, and we let him down. The Blackhawks were leading 3-1 when Anaheims Kyle Palmieri received a 5-minute boarding penalty and an automatic game misconduct with 9.4 seconds left in the second period. He took a run at Johnny Oduya from at least 40 feet away and sent him crashing against the boards between the benches as Oduya was carrying the puck up ice with his head down. My view was that (Oduya) was falling and he was turning at the same time, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. Palmi didnt change his direction, didnt hit him in the head just kept following through with the check. I think because the Chicago bench stood up and everybody made a big deal about it, thats why the penalty was called. Crawford, making his 13th consecutive start, didnt have to face a shot during the first 7 1-2 minutes with his teammates dominating play at the other end. Richards gave the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead at the 7:58 mark, beating Andersen to the glove side with a 35-foot wrist shot at the end of a 2-on-1 rush. We talked about it before the game, that the forwards were going to have to help the D today, Boudreau said. Chicago was on a mission, and thats as good as theyve played against us in a long time. source: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/11/28/blackhawks-rout-ducks-4-1/

Kane’s Fifth Goal In Seven Games Helps Blackhawks Win « CBS Chicago

Daredevil Nik Wallenda walks a tightrope between Marina City and the Leo Burnett Building on Nov. 2, 2014. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

“I should have had a lot more,” O’Reilly said. “The goal was definitely nice, but I still need to keep working harder and do a lot more things better.” Colorado tied it 2-all on O’Reilly’s third goal of the season at 3:36 of the third. Chicago stepped up the pressure but Pickard kept it a tie game until Bickell’s go-ahead goal at 14:43 on a pass from Kane. “Duncan (Keith) threw kind of a half-decent pass to Kane and he picked it up,” Bickell said. “I don’t know how he was handling it when it was bouncing, but he made a play and got the puck to the net.” Until then it appeared Pickard might steal a win for Colorado. He kept the Blackhawks off the board in the first period and made four of his 13 saves in the first 20 minutes on Marian Hossa, who had several chances. Hossa finished with a game-high nine shots. Pickard has established himself as the starter until Semyon Varlamov returns from a groin injury that has sidelined him the last four games. “It’s good for me playing games in the NHL,” Pickard said. “You get to feel more comfortable each one that goes by.” Pickard’s strong play continued into the second. Chicago went on the power play early in the period and put a lot of pressure on Pickard but couldn’t beat him. source: http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20141127/SPORTS2004/141129507/-1/sports12

Kane gets three assists in 3-2 win over Avalanche | The Journal Gazette

(Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports) Forbes released its annual NHL team valuations Tuesday. Though some team officials gripe at these, saying that they’re off for whatever reasons — the news is generally positive. First, the good according to Forbes: “Fueled by a new Canadian media deal withRogers Communicationsthat begins with the 2014-15 season, the average NHLteamvalue rose 18.6% during the past year, to an all-time high of $490 million. The 12-year, $4.6 billion agreement, which gave Rogers rights to all NHL games in Canada, including the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final, on all of its platforms, in all languages, is worth 2.6 times more annually than the leagues previous Canadian deals.” Now the sort of bad — which we already knew … that the NHL lags behind other major North American pro sports because these television deals don’t exactly equate to what MLB, the NFL or the NBA get from their respective partners: “The Rogers media deal notwithstanding, the NHL remains the most tribal of the four major North American team sports because the NBA, NFL and MLB still have much bigger equally-shared national media and sponsorship deals.” And the mistake: “Still, 29 of the 30 teams rose in value, and the one exception, the Florida Panthers (down 21%), was due to a mistake I made last September inreportingthe sale price of the team as $240 million, which we used for our value of the team two months later. But subsequent to the publication of our 2013 valuations I learned that the true sale price was $160 million (the widely reported price of$250 millionat the time of the deal included future operating losses that should not be included in calculating an enterprise value). Had we used the correct sale price of $160 million the value of the Panthers would have increased 19%.” So for those who were chirping for the Panthers to move out of South Florida because of one game where they had miserable attendance … chill. Now that we have that all out there, nothing on their list is truly a major, super big surprise. The big market teams are worth more than the smaller market teams. Also, the falling Canadian dollar is not accounted for, since it says it uses the 93 cents per-US dollar figure from the 2013-14 season. It’s currently (as of Tuesday anyway) at 89 cents per-US dollar. Either way, when the NHL says business is on an upward tick, it’s not kidding. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-team-values-zoom-upwards-per-forbes-170019501.html

The trouble with tanking | FOX Sports

We would all love a franchise player — or two or three — but that’s not how you go about it.” The idea of tanking overtakes fans wherever you find teams withering while franchise players are ripening on the amateur vines. But you’d be hard pressed to find an instance (cough, 2011 Indianapolis Colts, cough) where the team actually played along with this approach. “Players are paid to win, coaches are paid to win, and I’m paid to win,” Maloney said. “If we tanked in order to rebuild, I wouldn’t be around for the rebuild.” Tanking is a notion put forth by people who don’t understand the culture of a locker room and the mindset of athletes’ or former athletes sitting in coaching or management chairs. That’s not to say the Coyotes don’t need more elite prospects flowing through their system. Every team feels good about the prospects it has coming, but until Max Domi, Brendan Perlini and the like realize their potential, it’s just talk. The current roster boasts just four players who have been drafted since Maloney took over as GM in 2007: forward Mikkel Boedker (2008), defensemen Michael Stone (2008), Brandon Gormley (2010) and Connor Murphy (2011). The low number is a product of many things, including a smaller scouting staff and budget while the team was searching for an ownership group, poor talent evaluations and draft selections over the years and some bad luck in the case of Kyle Turris and Brett MacLean . “If you look at all the successful teams in the NHL, they may add a few key free agents later, but by and large, they are built with guys they drafted,” Maloney said. There remains the possibility that the Coyotes would look to improve themselves down the road by trading valuable pieces if this season spirals beyond repair. “If things go completely south and it’s clear the playoffs are not happening, maybe it becomes time to make other decisions,” Maloney said. “But again, that would be with the idea of building, not tanking.” Even if the Coyotes chose to tank, there is another problem: The NHL has instituted a new draft lottery system that debuts with the 2015 Draft. Here’s how it works. The NHL will hold the lottery in April. Even if the Coyotes finish with the league’s worst record, they only have a 20 percent chance of landing the top pick (in all probability, McDavid). The current format (it will change in 2016) would still mean they get the No. source: http://www.foxsports.com/arizona/story/the-trouble-with-tanking-112814

But Kane restored the Blackhawks two-goal margin at 10:36 of the second with a one-timer from the low slot after Kris Versteeg made a between-the-legs pass to him from behind the net. Kane has scored a goal in five of his last seven games, including two game-winners. Kane scored his 10th of the season into en empty net with 59 seconds left. Chicago was 0 for 5 on the power play, ending its streak of six straight games with a power-play goal. The Ducks have yielded five goals in 47 short-handed situations over their last 15 games. The Ducks, strapped for healthy defensemen, announced during the first period that they had acquired 16-year veteran Eric Brewer from the Tampa Bay Lightning for a third-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. Francois Beauchemin is sidelined for a minimum of four to six weeks because of a broken finger on his right hand. He was hurt blocking a shot during Tuesdays 3-2 win against Calgary. NOTES: Ducks D Clayton Stoner missed his third straight game because of the mumps. D Jesse Blacker made his NHL debut after getting promoted from Norfolk of the AHL. The Blackhawks conclude their annual road trip because of the circus Saturday night against the Los Angeles Kings. Chicago and Los Angeles each have won two of the last five Stanley Cup championships. source: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/11/28/kanes-fifth-goal-in-seven-games-helps-blackhawks-win/

Patrick Kane’s 5th goal in 7 games lifts Chicago Blackhawks over Anaheim Ducks | FOX Sports

Crawford making his 13th consecutive start, didn’t have to face a shot during the first 7 1-2 minutes with his teammates dominating play at the other end. Richards gave the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead at the 7:58 mark, beating Andersen to the glove side with a 35-foot wrist shot at the end of a 2-on-1 rush. Shaw made it 2-0 at 13:30 of the first, redirecting the puck past Andersen’s left leg from the low slot after Duncan Keith set him up from the left circle. By then, Chicago had an 11-1 shot advantage, and Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau called a timeout. Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) November 29, 2014 The Blackhawks didn’t get a shot on net the rest of the period, and Anaheim got on the board with Lindholm’s goal 3:11 before intermission. He batted in a rebound of Patrick Maroon’s 50-foot slap shot off Crawford’s mask, just seconds after Ryan Kesler received a solid open-ice hit from Niklas Hjalmarsson that knocked him to the ice. But Kane restored the Blackhawks’ two-goal margin at 10:36 of the second with a one-timer from the low slot after Kris Versteeg made a between-the-legs pass to him from behind the net. Kane has scored a goal in five of his last seven games, including two game-winners. Kane scored his 10th of the season into en empty net with 59 seconds left. Chicago was 0 for 5 on the power play, ending its streak of six straight games with a power-play goal. The Ducks have yielded five goals in 47 short-handed situations over their last 15 games. The Ducks, strapped for healthy defensemen, announced during the first period that they had acquired 16-year veteran Eric Brewer from the Tampa Bay Lightning for a third-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. source: http://www.foxsports.com/west/story/kane-s-5th-goal-in-7-games-lifts-blackhawks-over-ducks-112814

 

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