Found November 17, 2011 on Kukla's Korner:
Craig Custance and Pierre LeBrun discuss the surging Hawks and slumping Canes. Custance: Good morning Pierre, hope you’re well-rested after a fun few days hosting the hockey world in Toronto. We shared a few minutes with Stan Bowman before he boarded a plane headed for Vancouver to watch his Blackhawks try and avenge a four-goal loss to the Canucks from earlier this season. He must have been very pleased with what he saw from Chicago last night. The Blackhawks steamrolled the Canucks, 5-1 in a matchup that is anything but just another night on the 82-game schedule. We asked Bowman about his team’s power play and he was pretty honest about it. “That’s been a struggle,” he said. Well, maybe it’s less of a struggle now…. LeBrun: Well I predicted a Blackhawks-Sharks conference finals, and I feel very much comfortable with that right now. One thing Bowman told us as well is that he felt the “big guys’’ were leading the way so far this season, and that is very true. Jonathan Toews is a ...

Blackhawks To Recall Ben Smith

Rostislav Olesz cleared waivers on Thursday morning and was sent to Rockford. In his place, the Blackhawks will reportedly recall Ben Smith from Rockford. Smith had 10 points (six goals, four assists) in nine games with the IceHogs this year. … Continue reading →

Blackhawks Blue Line Becoming Offensively Dominant

When the Blackhawks traded away Brian Campbell this summer and brought in Steve Montador, Sean O’Donnell and Sami Lepisto, the initial assumption was that Chicago would feel a drop-off on the offensive end of the ice. That couldn’t be further … Continue reading →

Blackhawks assign Olesz to Rockford

Olesz The Chicago Blackhawks have assigned forward Rostislav Olesz (RAHS-tih-slav OH-lehsh) to the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs. Olesz, 26, ap...

The First Place Team

We are almost a quarter of the way through the NHL season and the first place team in the league is the Chicago Blackhawks.  They have a 12-7 record with three regulation tie points.  This gives them a total of 27 points in 19 games.  This is not an overwhelming first place record but it is good enough for now. Chicago won the Stanley Cup in 2010 but had salary cap difficulties...

Blackhawks beat Canucks for 4th straight win

Andrew Brunette and Patrick Kane scored power-play goals midway through the second period, and the Chicago Blackhawks rallied from an early deficit to win their fourth straight game, 5-1 over the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night.

Hawks' Smith makes season debut as Frolik sits

Playoff hero Ben Smith will make his Chicago Blackhawks season debut against the Calgary Flames Friday night, while Michael Frolik sits.

Frolik out, Smith in for Blackhawks

CALGARY, Alberta -- The Chicago Blackhawks will have a different look to their lineup when they take the ice against the Calgary Flames on Friday night in search of their fifth consecutive victory.

Hawks Send Olesz Down

Some stories have an ending so clear that you know what they are well before they get there. The Rostislav Olesz story was one, as most fans knew at this acquisition in the Brian Campbell trade that he would end up off the NHL roster -- be it in Rock Vegas or on another team. That's why a lot were clamoring to buy him out when it only would have cost the Hawks $700K. But they...

Chicago Has Money To Spend If Needed

from Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times, With Rostislav Olesz and his $3 million-plus cap hit in the minors, Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman will have $6 million to $7 million at his disposal to improve his team, if needed. “Give or take,” Bowman said of the amount. The NHL’s never-ending rumor mill already was churning Friday, but don’t expect anything soon...

Recap: Vancouver vs. Chicago

Corey Crawford stopped 28 shots to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
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