Found July 03, 2013 on The Sports Bank:
UPDATE 7/3: The calm before the free agency storm has produced some rumblings and grumblings. The Blackhawks re-signed Bryan Bickell during the NHL Entry Draft Sunday, and are in talks to re-sign Nick Leddy, Marcus Kruger, and (surprise) Ray Emery. Following the trades of Dave Bolland, Michal Frolik, and signing Bickell, Chicago has $9.545 million in cap space heading into free agency July 5. Chicago has some holes to fill on the roster. There is a good chance management looks to sign a center to play 3rd/4th line minutes. If Kruger is brought back, he should get the first crack at the 3rd line. A few centers to watch over the holiday weekend are Matt Cullen (54.7), Boyd Gordon (57.3), Kyle Wellwood (55.1), and David Steckel (54.5). The number in parenthesis is their face-off win percentage. Michal Handzus has express interest in re-signing with the Blackhawks, as well. I mentioned in the original article that Chicago should look at bringing back Michal Rozsival. His $2 million con...

Blackhawks Re-Sign Defenseman Nick Leddy

On Wednesday afternoon, the agent for Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy tweeted that the organization would be making an announcement about his client’s future soon. Moments later, Josh Rimer tweeted that the Hawks had agreed to a two-year deal with the … Continue reading →The post Blackhawks Re-Sign Defenseman Nick Leddy appeared first on Committed Indians.

A Stanley Cup replica made entirely out of meat? Sure, why not? (pics)

On Tuesday, Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville stopped by morning talk show “Windy City Live.” Coach Q brought along Lord Stanley’s Cup for his appearance but waiting for him was a trophy with a much “meatier” pedigree, if you will. Constructed entirely out of savory meats by the folks at ManBQue, the “Manley Cup” [...]The post A Stanley Cup replica made...

Who’s Next: Brandon Pirri

With Dave Bolland and Michael Frolik already traded out of town, the eyes of the Blackhawks organization are clearly on the future. One of the names brought up repeatedly by GM Stan Bowman after the Cup rally in Grant Park … Continue reading →The post Who’s Next: Brandon Pirri appeared first on Committed Indians.

Blackhawks re-sign D Nick Leddy

The Chicago Blackhawks have re-signed defenseman Nick Leddy to a two-year deal. The team announced the deal on Wednesday. Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman says he believes Leddy will be essential to the team's long-term success. Leddy played in every game this season for Chicago, helping the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup. He had six goals and 12 assists in the regular...

Eklund: Lecavalier Teams Narrowing. Emery back to Chicago, Kings/Bolts/Bruins Talk

Here is the latest today with alot more on the way... On Lecavalier... Per three sources the Lecavalier sweeps looks to be down to Dallas and Philly. That is for now of course. Teams can jump in or out still and we could hear something as early as today or tomorrow... On Ray Emery... Many out there believe Emery is the un-sung hero of the champion Hawks and many around...

John Jaeckel: Chicago Source: Emery To Flyers

Follow me @jaeckel A source close to the Hawks confirmed for me earlier this evening what is now all over Twitter, that Ray Emery will likely sign with the Flyers tomorrow. I am not claiming to break this one—it's kind of old news—just confirming with a source close to the Hawks that it appears Emery will go to UFA tomorrow and sign with the Flyers. I'...

UFA Preview: Viktor Stalberg

Next up on the UFA Preview series is Viktor Stalberg of the Chicago Blackhawks. Once July 5 rolls around, if he is not re-signed by his current team, he is open to conversing and signing with any team in the league. Viktor Stalberg | RW 6'3" | 209lbs 1/17/86, Age: 27 Past Contracts  Signed in 2009: 2-years, $1.5 million; $850,000 per year cap hit ...

Blackhawks Lose Stéphane Waite To Montreal

On Thursday morning, the Montreal Canadiens named Stéphane Waite their new goaltending coach. Waite had spent the last 10 seasons with the Blackhawks organization, and Corey Crawford gave him a great deal of credit for his strong season.The post Blackhawks Lose Stéphane Waite To Montreal appeared first on Committed Indians.

John Jaeckel: All Quiet

Follow me @jaeckel I wish I had more to tell you guys—aside from Happy 4th—here on the day before unrestricted free agency opens. But I don't. Nick Leddy and Bryan Bickell are signed, really the two biggest offseason priorities of the Hawk front office. I am hearing this morning that although rumored close to a 3-year deal with the Hawks yesterday, Ray Emery...

John Jaeckel: Tuesday Rumors

Follow me @jaeckel The Hawks, as reported by Eklund, are close on a 3 year, rumored to be $4.5 million deal with Ray Emery—to remain in Chicago. I'm told the Hawk strategy going in to unrestricted free agency is to look for Michal Rozsival-like veteran players to approach them (perhaps including Rozsival) on potentially cap friendly short-term deals—with the...

Report: Some WWE Officials Think CM Punk Tweeting About Stanley Cup Game Hurt RAW Ratings

Credit – Wrestling Observer Apparently people within WWE were talking that the June 24th RAW rating was hurt partially due to CM Punk tweeting about how good the Chicago Blackhawks and the NHL playoffs were. The June 24th rating was absolutely hurt by the NHL game but the idea that it was due to Punk tweeting and turning wrestling fans into hockey fans is pretty far-fetched. This...

Backstage Heat On CM Punk?, RVD’s Opponents & More

Partial Source: The Wrestling Observer Newsletter – WWE officials were reportedly upset with CM Punk for tweeting out during the June 24th episode of RAW how good the Chicago Blackhawks game that was airing concurrently with the show was. Some within the company even suggested that he may have contributed to a drop in ratings for the show. – has an article examining the...

Nick Leddy Signs Bridge Contract

Only nine days after the winning the Stanley Cup, Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman has already made two trades (Dave Bolland to Toronto, Michael Frolik to Winnipeg) and now completed his second signing of the summer by inking Nick Leddy to a two-year bridge contract (first was Bryan Bickell's four year extension).Leddy, 22, was set to become a restricted free agent (RFA) this...
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