Hawk Talk: Rumblings from Vancouver

Hawk Talk: Rumblings from Vancouver

Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010
6:25 PM

By Tracey Myers

Day 4

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- First of all, I just about face-planted when I got off the plane here in Vancouver this morning. I was that excited to kiss the ground in a Canadian city that wasn't suffering sub-zero temperatures. So thank you, Vancouver, for having a climate more like the Pacific Northwest than the North Pole.

But I digress.

I've always loved coming to Vancouver ever since my first long excursion up here in the spring of 2007, when the Dallas Stars played the Canucks in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. The hockey atmosphere is always fabulous -- probably moreso tonight, considering the Canucks can't stand the Chicago Blackhawks. You wouldn't be too fond of a team that's eliminated you two straight postseasons, either. But even more than hockey, Vancouver does one thing tremendously well: sushi.

Finding a great sushi place in Vancouver is like finding a good Italian place in Chicago. Just pick one. Chances are you'll be happy. So I and a fellow scribe checked out Honjin in the Yaletown district of the city. There were about three pages worth of sushi rolls, platters and Japanese BBQ selections. I wish I would've had a bigger stomach and two more hours. But two rolls and three cups of green tea later, I left a happy girl.

There's just a certain level of peace you get in this city. At least I do. It's gorgeous, a perfect blend of water and mountains that you just have to enjoy on a beautiful day, which I got this afternoon.

The Blackhawks will be looking to find their little slice of peace -- well, actually they need points and a much better performance than they got in Calgary on Friday -- when they play the Canucks tonight. They, however, won't be going into a calm environment. Rogers Arena, the former General Motors Place, will be full of rabid Canucks fans who loathe the Blackhawks. But the team says they love playing in Canada, love playing in front of those passionate fans, even if they're unfriendly.

Hey, whatever makes them happy -- and whatever gets them back on track.

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

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: What's next for Blackhawks as free agency looms?


Blackhawks Talk Podcast: What's next for Blackhawks as free agency looms?

On the latest edition of the Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle, Tracey Myers and Charlie Roumeliotis discuss what's next for the Blackhawks after a trade-filled weekend.

They also weigh in on whether the Blackhawks are done trading, preview free agency, and toy with the idea of a potential Patrick Sharp reunion.

Listen to the latest episode of the Hawks Talk Podcast below:

Blackhawks re-sign defenseman Ville Pokka to one-year deal

Blackhawks re-sign defenseman Ville Pokka to one-year deal

The Blackhawks signed Ville Pokka to a one-year contract on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old Pokka played in all 76 regular-season games for the Rockford IceHogs last season, recording six goals and 24 assists.

The Blackhawks’ defensive depth has already taken a hit this offseason, with Niklas Hjalmarsson traded to Arizona – Connor Murphy came here in the deal – and Trevor van Riemsdyk, selected by the Vegas Golden Knights, then traded to the Carolina Hurricanes. While the Blackhawks will probably explore free-agent options this offseason, Pokka could vie for an opportunity at training camp.