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Current Hawks roster mirrors 2010 Cup champs

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Current Hawks roster mirrors 2010 Cup champs

Monday, Sept. 12, 2011
Posted: 5:12 p.m.

By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com Blackhawks InsiderFollow @TraMyersCSN
The months of anticipation are now down to days. As the Chicago Blackhawks filter back into the city and some back onto the Johnnys Icehouse Ice so do the expectations.

The Blackhawks roster doesnt look anything like it did last season. Theres a lot more depth, a lot more experience and yes, just in case you havent read it before, a lot more physical presence.

The new guys havent been integrated on the ice yet, but the on-paper potential still begs the question: is the 2011-12 team looking more like the 2009-10 Cup winning team?

Weve got grit, character, leadership and experience. (New guys are) complimentary to guys we had with our core, coach Joel Quenneville said Monday. We learned a lot from (last year). I think the guys that are coming in, it wont take them long to fit right in.

Thats good news for the Blackhawks, who dealt with who-fits-where issues for quite a while last season. It was a young roster, too, so it was as much figuring out fledgling games as it was where they went in the lineup.

This season theres none of that. The new guys are veterans. Theres no doubt what Daniel Carcillo and Jamal Mayers are here to do, no doubt that everyone knows what they do.

We have some guys who want to be third- and fourth-liners, John Scott said. I think last year we had third- and fourth-liners who wanted to be first- and second-liners so everyone knows their role this year. Thatll help and lead to a more balanced team.

Theres also no doubt which area was addressed most, and the tough guys remaining from last season appreciate the help.

I know me and (Troy) Brouwer were top hitters (last year), now we have Jamal and Carcillo and a few others who like to throw their weight around, Bryan Bickell said. Itll definitely help out our team to have those guys behind us.

When the coach says it wont take long for new guys to fit in, its a good sign. The Blackhawks are back to being what they were two seasons ago, a skilled team with enough muscle to keep opponents honest.

The balance is back. The long playoff runs could be, too.
Bickell healed
Bryan Bickell is fully healed from the right wrist surgery he had at the end of April. Bickell suffered two severed tendons early in the Blackhawks series against Vancouver.

I think its back. Im out here to golf and know the golf swing hasnt changed, said Bickell, who played in the 12th annual Four Feathers Golf Invitation on Monday. It took a month to get back to somewhat normal, to lift weights a certain way. Right now its what it used to be like and Im ready to go.

Look at Toews

Quenneville said he got to watch newly acquired David Toews, Jonathans brother, play a few days ago.

I liked what I saw in him, he said. Hes got a great pedigree, coming from a great family and he seems like a real good kid.

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

Where does Patrick Kane rank among Hart Trophy candidates for 2017-18 season?

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Where does Patrick Kane rank among Hart Trophy candidates for 2017-18 season?

Patrick Kane is among the Hart Trophy candidates for the 2017-18 season, but what are his early odds to reclaim the title?

The 28-year-old Blackhawks star followed up an 106-point campaign in which he became the first American-born player to win the Art Ross and Hart Trophy by finishing tied for second in the NHL with 89 points last season.

But he's facing some tougher odds going into this year.

Bovada revelead Wednesday that Connor McDavid is the front-runner to repeat at 3/2 odds, followed by Sidney Crosby (5/2), Auston Matthews (17/2) and Alex Ovechkin (9/1). Kane ranks fifth at 14/1.

Here's the rest of the list:

  • Vladimir Tarasenko: 15/1
     
  • Evgeni Malkin: 16/1
     
  • Carey Price, John Tavares: 20/1
     
  • Jamie Benn, Steven Stamkos: 25/1
     
  • Erik Karlsson, Nikita Kucherov: 33/1
     
  • Jack Eichel, Ryan Getzlaf, Patrik Laine, Brad Marchand, Tyler Seguin: 50/1
     
  • Nicklas Backstrom, Brent Burns, Braden Holtby, Phil Kessel, Artemi Panarin, Joe Pavelski: 60/1


A couple solid value picks would be Karlsson at 33/1 and Burns at 60/1, both of whom made strong cases to be in that conversation last year as defensemen.

You'll also notice Panarin as a darkhorse candidate. It will be interesting to see how Kane and Panarin fare without each other in the prime of their careers. Who knows, maybe they'll be sharing the stage together as finalists in Las Vegas next June.

Hawks Talk Podcast: Bryan Bickell on journey with Blackhawks, battling MS

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Bryan Bickell on journey with Blackhawks, battling MS

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Bryan Bickell sits down with Pat Boyle and they discuss the retired player's journey to the NHL, which included being an Ottawa clubhouse assistant where he met future teammate, Marian Hossa.

Bickell admits when he finally knew he was a regular in the NHL, his incredible 2013 postseason performance and the historic 17 seconds in Boston.

Finally, Bryan gets emotional when discussing his MS diagnosis, his shootout goal in his final NHL game, and how his wife Amanda has been at his side throughout his entire hockey career.

Listen to the Hawks Talk Podcast below: