PHILADELPHIA Ray Emery will be in net against his former team and Daniel Carcillos seven-game suspension apparently begins tonight when the Chicago Blackhawks play the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Arena.
Carcillo was handed his latest suspension on Wednesday night and coach Joel Quenneville said he believes that begins with tonights game. Carcillo suffered what looked to be a left-leg injury when he hit Oilers defenseman Tom Gilbert on Monday night. Asked about Carcillos injuryhealth status, Quenneville said were still talking about the process.
Meanwhile, tonights game brings back a flood of memories for the Blackhawks who won the Stanley Cup here in June of 2010.
Just looking around the dressing room, last time I stepped in here there was a big shiny thing here, Bryan Bickell said referring to the Cup. I think that brings back memories. But most of all we need to bounce back from our last game. We need a good effort throughout the whole team. (The Flyers) are coming back off the Winter Classic loss, so theyll be fired up to play again.
Emery will get his first start since Dec. 20 in Pittsburgh. Emery played the 2009-10 season with the Flyers and suffered that hip injury that nearly cost him his career.
I loved playing here; theyve got intense fans and they treated me well, said Emery, who is 2-3-0 in his career vs. the Flyers. Its always exciting playing against a team youve played with before. Its that added incentive to still want to beat them. Its a special game.
The Blackhawks' coaching staff will be intact for the 2016-17 season.
Two weeks after Patrick Roy abruptly resigned as head coach, the Colorado Avalanche officially picked Jared Bednar to be his replacement over Blackhawks assistant Kevin Dineen, who was among the favorites for the coaching vacancy.
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Bednar has no National Hockey League coaching experience, but did guide the Columbus Blue Jackets' American Hockey League affiliate to a 15-2 postseason record last season en route to the franchise's first Calder Cup championship.
Retaining Dineen is good news for the Blackhawks, who start training camp next month, but it goes without saying that Dineen is certainly deserving of a second crack at a head coaching position in the near future.
Dineen, Mike Kitchen and head coach Joel Quenneville will enter their third season together after helping the Blackhawks capture a Stanley Cup in their first year as a group in 2015.
Jonathan Toews was named alternate captain of Team Canada on Thursday for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.
Sidney Crosby was named Team Canada’s captain. Crosby, who claimed his second Stanley Cup in June, was also Team Canada’s captain en route to the gold medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
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Toews, who has been the Blackhawks’ captain since the 2008-09 season, was also alternate captain of Canada’s 2014 Olympic squad. Shea Weber of the Montreal Canadiens will serve as Team Canada’s other alternate captain.
Duncan Keith will not be part of the Blackhawks’ World Cup of Hockey contingent after all.
Keith will focus on improving his health rather than play for Team Canada in the tournament, which takes place next month in Toronto. The Blackhawks released a statement regarding Keith on Wednesday afternoon.
"As Duncan continues offseason rehabilitation on the right knee injury that he sustained last season, we understand his decision not to participate in next month’s World Cup of Hockey," team physician Dr. Michael Terry said in the statement. "We believe it is in his best interests to focus on getting stronger and not risk further injury."
Keith had surgery on that knee last October and was sidelined about one month.
St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will take Keith’s place.