OTTAWA, Ontario Patrick Kane was struggling to come up with a strategy for the breakaway challenge, to which he was named just before he talked to the media on Friday night. He even took to Twitter to ask followers for suggestions.
Im going to have to put some things together, Kane said. Hopefully Ill put on a show.
Whether he figures it out or gets some good ideas from his 90,000-plus tweeps, chances are Kane will put on that show.
Kane will participate in three events and fellow Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa will go in the NHL All-Star Skills competition on Saturday night. Kane is also in the skills challenge relay (for passing accuracy) and the elimination shootout). Hossa will be in the fastest skater and accuracy shooting challenges.
The Blackhawks plan to have fun with it all.
Ill try to do my best and hopefully I dont pull anything, Hossa said with a laugh. Ill try to warm up pretty good.
For Kane, Saturdays skills competition is just about as fun as the game itself. Its a chance to be creative, throw in some trickery and ad-lib on the ice, if you will.
When I was a kid I always wanted (the players) to do something fancy, Kane said. Its a good event to try to get fans out of their seats. I think Im going to put more show into it and do some cool things.
Kane will probably pull something out of the bag of tricks for his events. Perhaps that shootout move against the Minnesota Wild that became a highlight-reel favorite?
Maybe well see that one, Kane said. Hopefully the fans like what I do. Its definitely a nerve-wracking event, probably the most. Id love to win it.
When the Blackhawks traded Andrew Shaw it meant the team gave up a key player, but also got essential breathing room under the NHL's hard salary cap.
While losing Shaw is a blow, the team netted draft picks and salary cap relief. The move came just after Bryan Bickell and Teuvo Teravainen were traded for a pair of draft picks.
CSN Chicago's Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers went on SportsTalk Live to talk about the Blackhawks' recent moves and what's ahead in the video above.
The question now becomes what's next? The Blackhawks have holes to fill heading into the season and now do have some room under the salary cap.
Myers said adding a veteran defenseman is arguably the top priority and Brian Campbell and Andrew Ladd are mentioned as possibilities.
How the Blackhawks will replace Shaw specifically will be tough. Recently signed prospects Tyler Motte and Nick Schmaltz could help to add some depth, but it's hard to rely on those players right away.
Watch the video above to see the full discussion of what the Blackhawks can and should still do in the rest of the offseason.
The Blackhawks probably would've liked to be the ones to sign Andrew Shaw to a long-term deal. Instead, it was the Montreal Canadiens.
The Habs announced Monday they agreed to terms on a six-year contract with Shaw, who according to reports will take home an annual average salary of $3.9 million.
"We are very pleased to have agreed to a long-term deal with Andrew Shaw," Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said in the announcement. "As I mentioned last Friday following his acquisition, we are adding a solid character player to our team, a reliable player who plays with grit and a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks over the past five seasons. Andrew will add more leadership to our team. I had the opportunity to discuss with him over the past few days, and I sense his determination and excitement in joining the Canadiens’ organization for many years to come."
The Blackhawks, in another salary-cap squeeze this offseason, traded Shaw to the Canadiens last week in exchange for a pair of draft picks.
In five seasons with the Blackhawks, Shaw totaled 137 points, scoring 70 goals and tallying 67 assists. He was a key member of a pair of Stanley Cup winners in 2013 and 2015. In 67 playoff games, he registered 35 points.
Shortly after he collected a handful of hardware at the NHL Awards last week, including the Hart Trophy for league MVP, Patrick Kane may have another accolade coming his way.
The Blackhawks superstar has been nominated for an ESPY Award as the NHL's best player in 2016 following a season in which he set career highs in goals (46), assists (60) and points (106).
He also set a new American-born record and franchise mark by earning at least a point in 26 straight games, the longest point streak since Mats Sundin (30 games) did it in 1992-93.
Kane looks to make history with Jonathan Toews, who captured the same ESPY Award in 2015, as the first set of teammates to have won in back-to-back years.
The four other nominees are Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, Washington's Braden Holtby and Alex Ovechkin, and San Jose's Joe Pavelski.
The winner will be selected on July 13 at the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles. Click here to cast your vote.