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Myers: Leddy ready to contribute for Blackhawks


Myers: Leddy ready to contribute for Blackhawks

Friday, Jan. 7, 2011
1:12 p.m.

By Tracey Myers

Nick Leddy thought he was going to spend this weekend off in Minnesota. Instead, the young defenseman got the call from the Chicago Blackhawks. And hes just fine with that.

Leddy, whos coming off a bronze-medal appearance with Team USA at the World Junior Championships, will be in the Blackhawks lineup when they host the Ottawa Senators tonight at the United Center. Leddy, who was paired with Jordan Hendry during morning skate, played in three early games when Brian Campbell was injured but spent a majority of this season with the Rockford IceHogs. He said the Rockford time has been beneficial.

It definitely helped a lot to get my legs under me and gain more confidence, he said. Ill just to keep it simple and play instinctive (tonight).

Leddy has two goals and eight assists in 22 games with the IceHogs. Quenneville said Leddy has gained experience and some size these past few months.

Hes played well there all year, hes progressed, hes even looked bigger to me off and on the ice, said Quenneville, who added Leddy could see some penalty-kill time. He played well when he was here earlier. I just think the consistency is something he added as he worked his way down (in Rockford).

Not stressing

Viktor Stalbergs latest run of tough luck hasnt gotten him down.

Its frustrating, these last three or four bounces. Everyone gets them. Ive just clogged mine up in one time period here, said Stalberg, who has six goals this season. Last year I probably would have (stressed). But you get a little more confidence in what youre dong this year, and coaches do, too. Hopefully when the first one goes in here itll keep coming.

The left wing was lined up with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane this morning, a group that was together earlier this season.

I think there was something there (with that trio) and I think his speed is a great asset, Quenneville said of Stalberg. Hes also making inroads to improve the other parts of his game.


Ryan Johnson, Nick Boynton and John Scott look to be tonights scratches.

Corey Crawford will get the start in goal.

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

Jeremy Roenick thinks NBA offseason player drama 'is a joke'


Jeremy Roenick thinks NBA offseason player drama 'is a joke'

For the past decade, NBA stars have moved away from trying to beat down each other on the court and have instead looked to form superteams in an effort to maximize their chances at winning a title or building a dynasty.

There's a debate to be had whether that's good or bad for the game, but the offseason drama has gotten under the skin of one former NHL player who has seen enough.

Jeremy Roenick, former Blackhawks winger and current NHL on NBC analyst, took to Twitter to voice his opinion surrounding the drama amid the Kyrie Irving situation evolving in Cleveland, and he didn't hold back:

Do you agree or disagree?

Could Hobey Baker winner Will Butcher be an option for Blackhawks?

Could Hobey Baker winner Will Butcher be an option for Blackhawks?

The calendar is quickly approaching August and a majority of the NHL's top free agents have already signed new deals or found new homes. But there's one marquee player who has suddenly shaken loose, and will surely draw heavy interest across the league.

That would be 22-year-old defenseman Will Butcher, who informed the Colorado Avalanche that he will hit the open market and become an unrestricted free agent on Aug. 15.

Butcher, a 2013 fifth-round draft pick, was named the recipient of the 2017 Hobey Baker Award, annually given to college hockey's top player, after scoring seven goals and 30 assists in 43 games during his senior campaign while helping Denver University capture its first national title since 2005. It's the second straight year NCAA's top player has elected not to sign with the club that drafted him, with Jimmy Vesey doing the same last year when he signed with the New York Rangers instead of the Nashville Predators.

So could Butcher be a real option for the Blackhawks? There's certainly a reason for both sides to be intrigued by a potential match. 

With Brian Campbell, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya no longer in the picture, the Blackhawks could use a young, NHL-ready blue liner with top-four potential and Butcher provides just that.

He's a 5-foot-10, 186-pound puck-moving defenseman with high offensive upside but also plays a solid two-way game and is responsible in his own end. He carries a left-handed shot, quarterbacked Denver's No. 1 power play unit and possesses strong leadership skills after serving as the team's captain for two years.

While he is certainly no sure thing, Butcher would be as close to pro ready as any prospect in Chicago's system and could factor into the cards as soon as this season. It also doesn't hurt that he shared the same blue line at Denver as Blackhawks prospect Blake Hillman, who drew great reviews from Joel Quenneville at prospect camp.

The good news for the cap-crunched Blackhawks is that the maximum allowable salary for an entry-level contract is $925,000, so that eliminates the possibility of getting into a bidding war with other teams. Signing and performance bonuses can still be included, but that's the least of their worries if they can land a player of Butcher's caliber.

His decision will really come down to best fit and opportunity to play and win, and the Blackhawks can offer all of the above.