Archive | July, 2012

Nashville Issues Response to Weber Offer Sheet

19 Jul


“We are in receipt of the offer sheet signed between the Philadelphia Flyers and Shea Weber. Under the rules pertaining to an offer sheet, the Predators have one week to decide whether to match or accept the compensation. We have stated previously that, should a team enter into an offer sheet with Shea, our intention would be to match and retain Shea. Our ownership has provided us with the necessary resources to build a Stanley Cup-winning team. Due to the complexity of the offer sheet, we will take the appropriate time to review and evaluate it and all of its ramifications in order to make the best decision for the Predators in both the short and long-term.

“We do not anticipate any further comments on this situation until we make our decision within the next seven days.”



Flyers Sign Weber to 14 Year Offer Sheet

19 Jul

Will the Predators match?

Tweets from TSN’s Darren Dreger broke at around midnight that the Philadelphia Flyers have signed Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber to a 14 year, $110 million offer sheet. The clock is now ticking, the Predators have until July 25th to decide what to do.  So do they match or let him walk?

Allegedly the deal breaks down like this:

Year 1 through 4 – $1 million salary, $13 million signing bonus
Year 5 through 6 – $4 million salary, $8 million signing bonus
Year 7 through 10 – $6 million salary
Year 11 – $3 million salary
Year 12 through 14 – $1 million salary

That’s a lot of money for anybody.  It’s a lot easier for Philadelphia to pay that out than Nashville.  Nashville has made great strides the last few years but they did just lose Suter.  That’s a big loss.  They need to keep Weber.  They need him on the ice and for the fans.  All those new fans that just jumped on board the bandwagon can’t lose both Suter (for nothing) and Weber for 4 first round draft picks. Per the current CBA if a team signs one of your players to an offer sheet then that team forfeits 4 first round draft picks to the team that was poached.

The Flyers are always a competitive team so those first round picks will be late.

How easy is it to draft a guy like Weber?  Not easy, that’s why Philly is throwing this offer sheet at him.  On the other hand Nashville has shown time and time again that they have an outstanding scouting system.  How many goalies have come and gone through this system?  Each time we think, well that’s it for Nashville losing their stud goalie but year after year they produce another guy to step into the role.  They do a great job developing players over there.

Maybe they can afford to let him go?  They image of the team would take a big hit but they do seem to know what they are doing.

Nashville has already come out and stated that they would match any offer.

Also keep in mind that Preds GM David Poile has indicated previously that the biggest mistake of his career was letting Scott Stevens go via an offer sheet while he was GM of the Capitals.

It’s not likely he forgot about that.

Weber, 26, made $7.5 million last season with the Predators.

Weber is a game-changer if his deal goes through; an elite defenseman, a strong leader and an offensive force.  Things got a lot more interesting in the Eastern Conference.  How much do the Rangers, Penguins, Devils, etc. like this deal?  Not too much I would imagine.

This also lends more credence to the whispers that Pronger is done.  Weber would be a nice replacement for that guy.


Blackhawks hire Kings’ Kompon as assistant

17 Jul

The Chicago Blackhawks hired the Los Angeles Kings’ Jamie Kompon as an assistant coach on Tuesday.

The 45-year-old Kompon will be reunited with Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville and assistant Mike Kitchen, who worked with Kompon with the St. Louis Blues. Kompon was a video coach and later an assistant coach with the Blues from 1997-2006.

Kompon spent the past six seasons with the Stanley Cup champion Kings as an assistant coach.

“We are excited to add Jamie as assistant coach and certainly welcome the Stanley Cup pedigree he brings,” Blackhawks vice president and general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. “He has over 15 years of NHL coaching experience and some obvious familiarity with our staff, having worked under Joel and Mike in St. Louis, which will help our staff and players with the transition.”

The 1999-2000 Blues, with Quenneville, Kitchen and Kompon on staff, set a franchise-record 113 points and captured the Presidents’ Trophy for the NHL’s best record.

“Jamie will bring us all the great qualities you look for in a coach, most notably his work ethic and a winning resume,” Quenneville said. “We have a great working relationship, and I am confident he will be a great fit with us here in Chicago.”

Kompon replaces Mike Haviland, who was fired after the season.

This is a big season for Hawks management.  Quenneville finally has his own coaching staff since coming aboard.  This was important for Joel because don’t forget that Bergevin (a Quenneville ally) moved to Montreal this summer to be GM.  Then the Bowman’s brought in their own guy to replace him, Pierre Gauthier as Director of Player Personnel.  That meant one more on the Bowman side, so they had to let Coach Q get a guy in this off ice battle ground.  With the Bowman’s not doing anything to change the roster from the first round and out team of the last two years, they are effectively saying to Q that this is not a personal issue, it’s a coaching issue.  Joel can’t complain about the coaching staff anymore, he’s got his guys in there now.  So if things don’t go well for the Hawks one of them has to go:  Quenneville or Bowman.  Sounds like high school politics doesn’t it?


Hawks Prospect Camp Day 4 – 2nd Scrimmage

12 Jul

Todays game started out much different then yesterday when the Red Team came out and dominated.  The white team had a much better effort and the game was much more even.  The first period ended with the White team up 1-0 on a goal by Hayes.

In the first period Teuvo’s line, which was so dominate yesterday, looked ok.  The Broadhurst, McNeill and Hollenstein looked to be the best line on the ice in the first period for either team.

Teravainen started bringing it in the 2nd and fired off a wrister that went high stick side to tie the game at 1 a piece.  It seemed to change the momentum of the practice which was going at a fast pace.

Today’s game was more fun to watch.  We’ll see what tomorrows game brings.

There were a few roster tweaks.  I’m not sure of all of them but I do know that Saad was inserted into today’s game and he did not play yesterday.

On the red team Terry Broadhurst was replaced by Hollenstein and that line looked much better.  Interesting because I thought that Terry had some jump in his game yesterday.

I was able to score a seat again today but after two days I’m wondering how great that really is.  After a couple of periods those hard plastic benches aren’t soothing to the ass or back.

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Hockey City Classic can lead to NHL Winter Classic

12 Jul

An artists rendering of what Soldier Field will look like when it’s hosting hockey.

per the tribune-

Sam Calabrese, Bears fan, has attended three games at Soldier Field. But Sam Calabrese, hockey player, never peered down at the green expanse of grass and imagined a full-sized rink dropped in the middle.

That is until Wednesday, when Calabrese took part in the official announcement of the Feb. 17 Hockey City Classic doubleheader. The Park Ridge native and Notre Dame defenseman walked around on sod while marveling at the idea of standing on thin ice seven months from now.

“It’s every kid’s dream,” Calabrese said. “I always wondered what it would be like to be a Bears player running out, but never a hockey player. To get that opportunity in Chicago, it’s going to be unbelievable.”

The details unfurled as expected, with Notre Dame set to face Miami (Ohio) and Minnesota playing Wisconsin in the first hockey games at Soldier Field. Starting times and broadcast details are undetermined.

This, however, remains completely clear: the Chicago Park District’s vision of the Hockey City Classic smoothing the ice for an NHL Winter Classic game featuring the Blackhawks. Losing the 2009 event to Wrigley Field was a keen disappointment, and football stadiums will have hosted half of the six Winter Classic games after the 2013 edition at Michigan Stadium.

“Do I think this could pave the way to a future NHL (Winter Classic)? I certainly think so,” Park District general superintendent and CEO Michael Kelly said. “I think we’re going to pack this place. I think this, at least for one day, will rival a Bears game. I could easily see 57,000, 62,000 people in this stadium going nuts.”

Two weeks of public events will precede the doubleheader, including two days of free public skating. For Soldier Field turf aficionados, yes, the ice sheet will kill the grass beneath it. But a March re-sodding is already in the budget.

The three Illinois natives on hand Wednesday spared no excitement. Miami defenseman Steven Spinell of Vernon Hills heard rumblings of a Soldier Field game last winter while the RedHawks were in northern Michigan and asked his coach if they were true. He got a knowing smirk in reply.

“When I heard rumors last year of this thing happening, I was like, ‘That would be the coolest thing ever,’ ” Spinell said.

Maybe eclipsed only by playing an NHL game on NFL turf in the future.

“We are built for winter sports, so we have the proper facilities, we have the proper heating systems, we have the necessary capacity for hockey,” Kelly said. “I’d put us up against anybody in the country — one, as a hockey town; two, as the proper venue for hockey in Chicago.”

2012 Blackhawks Prospect Camp- 1st Scrimmage

11 Jul

Today was Day 3 of the annual prospect camp for the Chicago Blackhawks and the first day with actual scrimmages.

I went to todays and was not let down.  If you have a chance you should go.  These kids are playing hard, trying to get the attention of the coaches.

Hawks fans- you should start your boners and wet your panties for 1st round pick (18th overall) Teuvo Teravainen.  A player with his hype should stand above the rest and he did.  He can stick handle in traffic.  It reminds me a bit of Kane when he skates through the “tall trees”.  He also did well to use his body to protect the puck against bigger players.  The young Fin is only 17 years old, 5’10” and 169 pounds.  True he was only playing against prospects but he looked a lot better than most of them.

Tuevo’s two linemates looked pretty good too.  Miks Indrasis, an undrafted free agent invitee and Maxim Shalunov.  The Latvian and Russian made a good line with the young Fin.

Also looking good were the two local boys – Terry and Alex Broadhurst.  I thought Terry really had some jump in his game.  They were centered by 1st round pick from last year, Mark Mcneill.  That line made things happen with the puck.

3rd pick in this years draft is another local product, Vincent Hinostroza.  He looks to have a good game.  His instincts looked to be right on and the puck seemed to follow him around.  When he didn’t have the puck, he seemed to be in the right spot.

Chris Chelios was there checking on his son who had a nice goal at the end of the first period.  Nothing too fancy he just gripped it and ripped it from the blue line with traffic in front.  In the net with less than 10 seconds left in the period.

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Jake Chelios, who as a child watched his dad play in Chicago, returns for prospect camp

10 Jul

Jake Chelios said there are similarities to his game and that of his father, former Hawks and longtime NHL defenseman Chris Chelios.

“The slashing and cross-checking,” Jake Chelios said with a chuckle Monday after he completed drills at the Hawks’ annual prospect camp in Chicago. “I don’t know if that works anymore, (but) back in his day that was considered a skilled game.”

After two consecutive years at the Red Wings’ developmental camp, Chelios is flashing his wit and showcasing his talents for the Hawks’ hierarchy. He spent part of his childhood roaming the United Center while Chris played for the Hawks and moved to the Detroit area when his father joined the Red Wings.

“The last 12 years I’ve worn red and white when I’ve been going to games so it’s nice to come back here where I grew up,” said Chelios, 21. “Being in the locker room was pretty nostalgic. I remember where almost everything was even though I was only 8. It’s a privilege to be here. This week I’m a Blackhawk.”

Chelios will return to Michigan State, where he will skate on the blue line for the Spartans during his junior year. He said his father, who is working the Wings’ camp in Michigan, has been calling to get a status report on how things are going.

“He’s seen all of my games, so he’s given me his fair share of advice,” said Jake Chelios, who is wearing No. 17 during camp. “(I’m) not going to be the most skilled guy when I go out there, but as long as I work hard usually results will come. It’s just a really good opportunity. I want to take advantage of that to kind of make my own name.”

Local kid: Bartlett native Vince Hinostroza was soaking everything in while attending the camp about 45 minutes from his hometown.

“It’s obviously a dream just to be able to have this opportunity and it’s here in front of me so I’m going to take advantage of it,” said Hinostroza, the Hawks’ sixth selection (169th overall) in the 2012 NHL entry draft. “I’ve been going to (Hawks) games and watching … my whole life so it’s just crazy to be here. It feels like a dream.”

The 18-year-old forward is ticketed to return to the United States Hockey League for the third consecutive season.

In the mix: Shane Doan’s agent, Terry Bross, said the Hawks are among the teams that have shown interest in the veteran free-agent forward and that Doan also has interest in coming to Chicago. The 35-year-old captain of the Coyotes has been waiting for more information on the future of the franchise in Phoenix and has begun exploring options elsewhere. Doan had 22 goals and 28 assists for the Coyotes last season.

– per the Chicago Tribune