Blackhawks to host Blues in home opener on CSN

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Blackhawks to host Blues in home opener on CSN

The Blackhawks have returned to the Windy City and will host the Blues tonight in their home opener. Catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet, beginning with Blackhawks Pregame Live at 7:00.
Two undefeated teams will face off at the United Center on Tuesday night as the Blackhawks welcome the Blues to Chicago.
The Hawks may only be two games into the season, but they're already noticing that their shortened 2013 campaign is beginning to resemble their 2010 championship season.

"The core's been here for a while; we know each other and how it's going to be," Dave Bolland told CSNChicago.com after the team's matchup in Phoenix. "And with other guys who have come in, we've bonded pretty quick to adapt to what we have to do."

Vladimir Tarasenko

If the Blues' first two games were any indication, the Blackhawks may have their hands full tonight with rookie Vladimir Tarasenko. The 21-year old out of Yaroslavl, Russia has already recorded three goals and two assists against the Red Wings and Predators, leading his team in points.

During the lockout, Tarasenko played in the KHL for St. Petersburg SKA, where he recorded 31 points in 31 games.

Walking the red carpet
The Blackhawks have announced a number of ways the team plans to thank their supporters for sticking with them through the lockout, and part of their fan appreciation launch includes a red carpet ceremony that will be held prior to tonight's matchup.
Beginning at 4:30 this afternoon, the team will arrive at the arena in style and sign autographs for any of today's ticket holders. Signings will take place in the 100 level concourse of the United Center.
But whether or not you'll be at tonight's game, make sure to join the conversations about the matchup on Twitter by using HawksTalk and following @HawksTalkCSN.

Report: Blackhawks assistant Kevin Dineen a 'major candidate' for Avalanche coaching job

Report: Blackhawks assistant Kevin Dineen a 'major candidate' for Avalanche coaching job

The Colorado Avalanche are looking for a new head coach, and Blackhawks assistant Kevin Dineen is reportedly a "major candidate" to land the job, according to Mike Chambers and Terry Frei of The Denver Post.

Dineen, 52, has spent the last two seasons as Joel Quenneville's right-hand man, and helped guide the Blackhawks to a Stanley Cup victory in 2015.

He previously served as the head coach for the Florida Panthers, where he went 56-62-28 in two and a half seasons with the team.

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Dineen is familiar with the Colorado area as well, playing collegiate hockey at the University of Denver from 1981-83. He scored 26 goals and 23 assists in 67 games across two seasons with the Pioneers, and was named captain as a sophomore.

Because he's under contract with the Blackhawks for the 2016-17 season, the Avalanche would have to seek permission to interview Dineen, and it's possible it already happened.

The Avalanche are looking to replace Patrick Roy after he resigned on Aug. 11 due to philosophical differences with management.

Roy was 130-92-24 in three years with the Avalanche, guiding his former club to a Central Division title in his first season but missing out on the playoffs the past two years.

Patrick Sharp, Paul Konerko take photo together at Pearl Jam concert at Wrigley Field

Patrick Sharp, Paul Konerko take photo together at Pearl Jam concert at Wrigley Field

Patrick Sharp is back in Chicago, and spent Saturday evening at Wrigley Field taking in the Pearl Jam concert, one of his favorite bands.

The former Blackhawks forward happened to bump into another fan-favorite athlete Chicago is well familiar with: Paul Konerko of the White Sox.

Together, the two of them have helped bring four championships to the city.

Sharp couldn't resist tweeting the photo Saturday night to document the moment:

Blackhawks' Artemi Panarin named best Russian player in 2015-16

Blackhawks' Artemi Panarin named best Russian player in 2015-16

Artemi Panarin is bringing home some more hardware after his stellar rookie campaign with the Blackhawks.

The 24-year-old winger was named the 2015-16 Kharlamov Trophy winner, given annually to the best Russian hockey player in the Kontinental Hockey League and National Hockey League. Panarin led the way with 15 first-place votes and 43 total.

Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin came in second followed by Metallurg's Sergei Mozyakin, Washington's Alex Ovechkin (a seven-time winner of the award) and Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov.

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Panarin ranked first among all NHL rookies in multiple categories last season, including goals (30), assists (47), points (77) and game-winning goals (7) in 80 regular-season games, which earned him the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie.

He was presented the award over the weekend:

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The award is voted on by the committee of the Russian Hall of Fame, Russian hockey legends/veterans, a group of KHL general managers, members of the media and past winners.

Check out the full voting results here.