Kane's wrist looks good, scores in scrimmage

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Kane's wrist looks good, scores in scrimmage

Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011
Posted: 12:58 p.m. Updated: 3:10 p.m.

By TraceyMyers
CSNChicago.com BlackhawksInsiderFollow @TraMyersCSN
Patrick Kane wanted to get a little more work in on Sunday, so he participated in his first preseason scrimmage with Team B. Diagnosis: the left wrist looks good and the shot looks even better.

Kane scored two goals and had an assist in Team Bs 4-2 decision over Team C at Johnnys Ice House. For Kane, it was a good test in more of a contact setting. And the wrist is doing just fine.

I thought I needed do to more to get into game shape. The doctor said, Go ahead, and if you feel any pain, stop, said Kane, who added he played with the splint on and felt no pain afterward.

Im still pretty cautious. You dont want to put yourself in a bad situation where get hit or something goes wrong, Kane said. Its competitive hockey, you still want to do some things, but it was a pretty good day.

Coach Joel Quenneville said Kanes outing was impressive.

He felt so good yesterday, plus hes kind of smart: you try to avoid what you need to avoid (contact-wise), Quenneville said. I thought he had a special day.

Carcillo vs. Shaw
Daniel Carcillo and Andrew Shaw tussled after Shaw hit Viktor Stalberg in their scrimmage on Sunday afternoon. Carcillo, who won the fight, said hes just been frustrated with his game early on in preseason.

I just havent been on the ice much this summer, he said. Theres a bit of a transition period from the weight room to the ice so Im just going through that.

The young Shaw, who is now signed with Rockford, said hes looked up to Carcillo and tries to mimic his style.

We both play with an edge, its our type of game, Shaw said. I was glad he said yes (to the fight) and we had some fun with it. When you hit star players someones going to step up. Thats his role, too. Im not mad or anything; its just part of the game.
Briefly

Marian Hossa is scheduled to arrive in Chicago on Tuesday. Quenneville said Hossa could practice on Wednesday.

Dylan Olsen has missed the last two days with a lower-body injury. Well get a better indication in the morning, Quenneville said of Olsens status. Hopefully hes not that far away.

Scotty Bowman celebrated his 78th birthday on Sunday.

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

Blackhawks make another change, fire Rockford coach Ted Dent

Blackhawks make another change, fire Rockford coach Ted Dent

Ted Dent was another longstanding member of the Blackhawks' organization. On Tuesday, he was the latest to be let go.

Dent, head coach of the Rockford IceHogs for the past six seasons, was fired on Tuesday morning. Dent spent a total of 11 years in the organization; he was the IceHogs' assistant coach for five seasons before taking the head coaching job for the 2011-12 season.

Just over a year ago, the Blackhawks gave Dent a three-year contract extension that was set to run through the end of the 2018-19 season.

"The Chicago Blackhawks thank Ted for all of his contributions throughout his tenure with the organization," Blackhawks general Manager Stan Bowman said. "He played a major role in helping a number of players reach the NHL level with the Chicago Blackhawks, many of whom became Stanley Cup champions. We wish Ted and his family the best."

The IceHogs didn't have the depth this season they had in previous years, and they struggled all season en route to a 25-39-9-3 record. The struggles got worse after the March 1 trade deadline, when the Blackhawks sent Spencer Abbott and Sam Carrick to the San Diego Gulls (Anaheim Ducks AHL affiliate). At the time, Abbott led the IceHogs in points with 35 (15 goals, 20 assists) and Carrick was second with 28 points (11 goals 17 assists).

After the two were traded, the IceHogs went 4-12-1.

It's the second consecutive day in which the Blackhawks fired a member of their organization's coaching staff. Mike Kitchen, the Blackhawks' assistant coach since 2010, was fired on Monday. Kitchen and head coach Joel Quenneville have been friends going back to their NHL playing days, when the two were teammates with the Colorado Rockies and the New Jersey Devils. Kitchen was also part of Quenneville's coaching staff in St. Louis.

Blackhawks fire assistant coach Mike Kitchen

Blackhawks fire assistant coach Mike Kitchen

When Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman addressed the media on Saturday, he said that there would be change. That started on Monday when assistant coach Mike Kitchen was fired.

The move came five days after the Blackhawks were swept out of the first round by the Nashville Predators. Bowman said in a statement that, “we believe this decision is best for our organization moving forward. Mike had an impact on two different Stanley Cup championship teams during his tenure in Chicago. We appreciate his many contributions and wish he and his family success in the future.”

Kitchen has been a member of coach Joel Quenneville’s staff since 2010. The two go back to their playing days, however, when they were teammates with the Colorado Rockies and also the New Jersey Devils. Kitchen was Quenneville’s assistant when the two were with the St. Louis Blues and when Quenneville was fired as Blues coach midway through the 2003-04 season, Kitchen was promoted to head coach.

As part of the Blackhawks’ staff Kitchen’s focus on special teams, mainly the penalty kill. That kill finished the regular season 24th overall in the league, although that has to come with an asterisk. The penalty kill started the 2016-17 season so poorly that it was never going to get too far out of the basement. It did get stronger as the season wore on, and it was fourth overall during the Blackhawks’ short stay in the playoffs.