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Your name is not Patrick Kane . Its not Jonathan Toews. Its not Duncan Keith players who the Blackhawks expect to produce at massively large amounts. But on a one-year contract for $2 million, Richards gives the Blackhawks a coveted second-line center which pretty much has become the most important position in hockey. And he has rewarded Chicago by giving them high-end value at the position. (We) can be dangerous because you want to find chemistry throughout the lineup and consistent production throughout the lineup, linemate Kris Versteeg said When you have every line contributing everyone is contributing in their own way and its made for some really fun hockey for us and some good hockey. You can surmise any theory as to why the Blackhawks lost to the Kings in the Western Conference Final last year. Granted, it came down to a late Los Angeles comeback in Game 7. But by winning two Stanley Cups in the last three seasons with depth at center, the Kings have made middle-men all the rage in the NHL especially in the Western Conference. The Anaheim Ducks dealt for Ryan Kesler ($5 million per-year cap hit), the Dallas Stars went after Jason Spezza ($7 million per-year cap hit), and Chicago got Richards for a steal at one year and $2 million. The reason why the Blackhawks got Richards was because the Rangers bought him out of his nine-year $60 million contract with six years remaining. source:

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Contributed Welcome to the famous ‘Dubious Cff-Ice Injury Club,’ Corey Crawford . It’s a pretty legit group — from Claude Giroux shattering a golf club (roar) , to Erik Johnson tearing up his knee on a golf cart, to even Hall of Fame defenseman Brian Leetch slipping on a piece of ice getting into a New York City cab . And there’s always a degree of shadiness to all of them because let’s face it, hockey players like to go out, and they like to have fun, and who knows what contributes to these factors. Anyway, according to Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune, Crawford is out 2-3 weeks with a left foot injury sustained while leaving a concert. While Crawford wouldn’t say how it happened specifically above is an unrelated photo of him that was taken at House of Blues in Chicago on Monday. When Crawford talked to reporters, he was in a walking boot. According to Kuc, Crawford said he missed a step while walking out of a concert, but wouldn’t say if alcohol was involved. But he was indeed contrite in his comments, the vagueness of which can be construed as, ‘yeah, it was’: “I’m pretty embarrassed about it, frustrated. Things were going really well. Right now I’m just thinking about trying to get back as quickly as possible and make sure I’m right back where I was (where) I left off. Later in the story Crawford said he feels “pretty bad about it…” So this means Chicago will probably go with the tandem of Scott Darling and Antti Raanta for the interim. Hey, these guys are human beings. It could have happened to any of us. But since Crawford is an NHL star being handsomely compensated for his services and a public figure, he will have to deal with the shame of his injury which occurred while having fun. Oh the horror. MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY source:–out-2-3-weeks-185214708.html

Buffalo Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons, who has 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in 24 games, leads all players with nearly 400,000 votes. Hes a little more than 150,000 ahead of Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, who led the first wave of voting and currently has 240,362 votes. The Chicago Blackhawks continue to dominate voting, with one or two players in the top four at each position. Patrice Bergeron is the only Boston Bruins player on the forward leaderboard, ranking 25th with 44,359 votes. Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (10th with 79,928 votes) and goaltender Tuukka Rask (seventh with 59,352 votes) are the other Boston players on the voting leaderboards. Fans have until Jan. 1 to vote for players who deserve to be in this years All-Star Game, which will be hosted by the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Jan. 25. Thumbnail photo viaJames Guillory/USA TODAY Sports Images Have a Bruins/NHL question for Nick Goss? source:

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The 27-year-old finished the regular season with a career-best 11 goals and 22 points in 61 games. He added five goals and 10 points in 24 playoff games. – – – The NHL suspended Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Robert Bortuzzo for two games without pay for his hit on New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr during a game Tuesday. The NHL Department of Player safety said in its ruling that Bortuzzo delivered a “late, violent hit” at 17:57 of the second period in the Penguins’ 1-0 win and that Jagr was defenseless. – – – Chicago Blackhawks starting goaltender Corey Crawford will be sidelined two to three weeks with a lower-body injury suffered as he was leaving a concert. Crawford, who didn’t practice Tuesday, met with reporters after the Blackhawks’ morning skate Wednesday while wearing a walking boot on his left leg. – – – Contrary to earlier reports, NHL legend Gordie Howe did not have another stroke on Monday. Rather, he was dehydrated, his family said in a statement released Wednesday by the Detroit Red Wings. The 86-year-old Howe appeared to have suffered a severe stroke as caregivers and physical therapists attended to him for 30 minutes. But after he was hospitalized in Lubbock, Texas, where he is staying with daughter, tests revealed that he did not have a second major stroke. source:–nhl.html


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