Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010
By Chris Boden
BUFFALO, New York - Greetings from the Cup Tour and the shores of Lake Erie in western New York. My photog Mike Cappozzo, a couple of Blackhawks officials, and I landed to a perfect evening ahead of what should be an extremely busy Friday, with Lord Stanley's silver due to arrive back in North America from Antti Niemi's time with it in Finland.
How busy? We'll meet up with Patrick and the Kane family early in the morning in order to get to Niagara Falls before the park opens to the public for photo ops and interviews with what should be a heavy media contingent at the Cave of the Winds' Hurricane Deck. Guess it won't matter if it happens to be raining.
From there, Patrick and the Cup he helped secure with that game-winning goal two months ago visit a cancer center to bring some smiles to patients' faces, strike a pose with some ironworkers who are putting up a new medical building, attend an event with city officials, some floor hockey in the burbs, before a long day winds up with a private party.
Down the street tonight, a concert featuring the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Lots of motorcycles. Have yet to decide if I'm Tough Enough to check out such musical rabble-rousers and still get my rest.
We'll check in here along the way throughout the day on Friday. Stay close by, plus much more on "SportsNite" Friday evening.
On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, CSN's Pat Boyle goes 1-on-1 with Brandon Saad.
The two-time Stanley Cup Champion discusses the disappointment of getting traded just two weeks after winning the Cup in 2015, plus what’s the biggest difference between Joel Quenneville and his former Columbus coach, John Tortorella?
Saad also breaks down some of his favorite moments from his first stint with the Blackhawks, getting engaged, similarities between the Penguins and Blackhawks and of all his nicknames, which one is his favorite?
Listen to the latest episode of the Hawks Talk Podcast below:
Johnny Oduya is headed to the Eastern Conference.
The 35-year-old defenseman signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Ottawa Senators. The contract could be worth up to $1.25 million with incentives.
Oduya, who the Blackhawks re-acquired prior to the trade deadline last season from the Dallas Stars, finished with two goals and seven assists in 52 games between the two teams.
It comes to no one's surprise that the Blackhawks didn't re-sign the veteran defenseman.
After being swept in the first round of the playoffs last season by the Nashville Predators, Stan Bowman has made it clear the Blackhawks are headed in a different direction, and their offseason has been plenty of busy so far. Headline deals included trading Oduya's linemate Niklas Hjalmarsson to the Arizona Coyotes for 24-year-old defenseman Connor Murphy and re-acquiring Brandon Saad from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Artemi Panarin.
Oduya heads to a Senators team which got ousted in the Eastern Conference Final in seven games to the eventual Stanley Cup Champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins.