Kane named alternate captain for All-Star game

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Kane named alternate captain for All-Star game

Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011
Posted: 10:02 a.m. Updated: 12:46 p.m.
By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

DETROIT Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane had been an All-Star alternate captain for just a few minutes when he realized he had a little more clout in his own locker room.

(Patrick) Sharp and (Jonathan) Toews said if I pick one before the other, the other will be ticked, so its a tough situation, Kane said. I guess I got a little power.

Kane was one of four players selected to be alternate captains for the NHL All-Star game in Raleigh, N.C., on Jan. 30. Kane, along with Tampa Bay forward Martin St. Louis, will help captain Nicklas Lidstrom pick their squad on Jan. 28. Ryan Kesler of Vancouver and Mike Green of Washington are alternate captains to the team led by Carolinas Eric Staal.

Its a pretty cool honor. When you get a call like that it just makes you smile, said Kane, who could have some fun picking (or not picking) teammates Sharp, Toews and Duncan Keith. Its going to take you a little by surprise (being selected). The All-Star Game is more about fun, and maybe they were looking at it that way.

Coach Joel Quenneville said he noticed Kanes happiness at the announcement.

I saw earlier he had a little grin. Im sure he is (excited), Quenneville said. This is a whole new format, new way of thinking. It should be definitely interesting to watch.

This will be the second All-Star game for Kane, who said he wont let this recent power trip go to his head.

I probably wouldnt be telling guys like (Sidney) Crosby and (Alex) Ovechkin what to do on the ice. I think theyve got that figured out, he said. Im just going to have fun with it.

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?

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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

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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.