Between the Circles

Between the Circles

Crawford exits with an injury

Posted by TimS on Sun, 12/08/2013 - 19:57

The Blackhawks lost goaltender Corey Crawford in the first period Sunday with an apparent right leg injury.

Crawford went down at 13:45 of the first period kicking away a shot by Florida's Marcel Goc from in the slot. Antti Raanta came on in relief.

Crawford couldn't get up and had to be helped to the dressing room.

Crawford was making his 27th appearence in the Hawks' 32nd game.

Shaw ready to get back at it

Posted by TimS on Sun, 12/08/2013 - 12:59

Andrew Shaw was itching to get back in the Blackhawks' lineup after missing two games with an upper body injury.

Shaw will play Sunday night when the Hawks host Florida at the United Center.

"I'm pretty excited and have tons of energy," Shaw said following Sunday’s morning skate. "I felt great on the ice."

Shaw was hurt late in the Dallas game last Tuesday when he was crunched into the end boards behind the net by defenseman Brenden Dillon.

"It was just aggravating pain throughout my body," Shaw said.

The Hawks had lost three games in a row and could use Shaw's energy.

"I think we need to get out there and create our own energy and just feed off one another," Shaw said. "Go out there and compete and work for each other."

Beach era over before it even started

Posted by TimS on Fri, 12/06/2013 - 18:58

As it turned out, there wasn't much to the Kyle Beach era with the Blackhawks.

Beach, the 11th pick in the 2008 draft, was traded to the New York Rangers on Friday without ever having played a game in Chicago.

Beach was sent to the Rangers for forward Brandon Mashinter.

Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said Beach was passed up on the organizational depth chart by other young forwards.

"We had a lot of young kids that got opportunities," Quenneville said. "When I look back over the course of time six years ago, it looked like he was almost on the team. I think organizationally there have been a lot of guys that have made that next step and got a chance here, but I guess you've got to earn it. Some guys got the opportunity based on how they were playing."

Beach era over before it even started

Posted by TimS on Fri, 12/06/2013 - 18:58

As it turned out, there wasn't much to the Kyle Beach era with the Blackhawks.

Beach, the 11th pick in the 2008 draft, was traded to the New York Rangers on Friday without ever having played a game in Chicago.

Beach was sent to the Rangers for forward Brandon Mashinter.

Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said Beach was passed up on the organizational depth chart by other young forwards.

"We had a lot of young kids that got opportunities," Quenneville said. "When I look back over the course of time six years ago, it looked like he was almost on the team. I think organizationally there have been a lot of guys that have made that next step and got a chance here, but I guess you've got to earn it. Some guys got the opportunity based on how they were playing."

Kane named NHL's first star of November

Posted by TimS on Tue, 12/03/2013 - 16:43

Patrick Kane was rewarded Tuesday for his big November by being named the NHL's first star of the month.

Kane ranked second among skaters with 9 goals, including 4 game-winners, and 19 points, helping the Blackhawks win 12 of 15 games. Kane had at least 1 point in 13 of 15 games, including six multi-point efforts, and posted a career-long, 12-game points streak from Nov. 3-27.

Kane was a big factor in the 6-1 circus road trip.

"It's a pretty cool honor," he said. "It probably speaks more for what the team has been doing lately and sometimes when your team is playing well you're going to have some personal achievements along the way. I know some other guys had great months so hats off to them, too.

Bickell to miss 2-3 weeks

Posted by TimS on Thu, 11/21/2013 - 16:19

The Blackhawks will have to do without left wing Bryan Bickell for what coach Joel Quenneville called a couple weeks with a left knee injury suffered in Tuesday's loss at Colorado.

Bickell returned to Chicago on Wednesday to have the knee examined.

"Bick, he's likely out a couple weeks," Quenneville told reporters on Thursday in Winnipeg. "We'll know a little bit more as we progress, but hopefully that's the time frame."

Winger Jeremy Morin was recalled from Rockford on Wednesday and will replace Bickell on the third line.

"It certainly gives Mo here a chance to play a little bit more," Quenneville said.

Marian Hossa will return to the lineup at Winnipeg after missing three games with a lower body injury.

Hawks won't rush Handzus back

Posted by TimS on Thu, 11/14/2013 - 13:14

Center Michal Handzus was to miss his ninth straight game on Thursday against Phoenix and isn’t expected back anytime soon.

Handzus has an upper body injury that is either a wrist problem similar to the one he played through in the Stanley Cup Final, or a concussion. There have been reports of both.

“I still thought maybe he could be out a little longer here, and he could be,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said following Thursday’s morning skate. “We said we’d give him as much time as needed so it’s not like we’re going to rush him back.”

Handzus’ time on the shelf has opened the door for Brandon Pirri to play center on the second line and he has flourished with Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad.

Shaw gets two-year extension

Posted by TimS on Tue, 11/12/2013 - 13:21

The Blackhawks rewarded center Andrew Shaw with a two-year, $4 million contract extension on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old Shaw would have been a restricted free agent after the season. Shaw is now locked up through 2015-16.

"It's great to come to this agreement with Andrew and keep another important member of our team here in Chicago," said general manager Stan Bowman. "Andrew has proven his ability to play a prominent role on our team and we look forward to watching him continue to grow as a player for the Blackhawks."

Shaw, a member of the 2013 Stanley Cup team, currently ranks sixth on the club with 11 points on 4 goals and 7 assists and leads the Hawks with 51 hits through 18 games.

Shaw was a fifth-round draft pick (139th overall) in 2011.

Hawks' Mills could miss serious time; Frolik: 'Maybe they miss me'

Posted by TimS on Wed, 11/06/2013 - 13:27

Forward Brad Mills might be out for a substantial period of time with what is believed to be a right ankle injury.

Mills missed his third straight game on Wednesday for the Blackhawks against Winnipeg at the United Center.

“Right now, I don’t know the extent of it, but he could be out for a while,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said.

The news is disappointing to Quenneville because it appeared that Mills was fitting in on the fourth line and as a penalty killer.

“He had two solid games and had a nice presence there,” Quenneville said. “That line was responsible and gave us a presence physically and he was killing penalties and taking faceoffs, so we’re still looking for that fit there.”

Handzus to miss at least next 3 games

Posted by TimS on Sat, 10/26/2013 - 11:51

The Blackhawks will be without center Michal Handzus for "more than a couple days," according to coach Joel Quenneville, with an upper body injury.

"He could be out for a little bit, we'll see," Quenneville said.

Handzus has battled wrist problems since last year in the playoffs. The Hawks played the Wild on Saturday then are at Minnesota on Monday before returning home to host Ottawa on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Quenneville said call-ups Jeremy Morin and Brad Mills would be in the lineup at forward Saturday night against Minnesota after being recalled from Rockford on Friday.

"Millsy is an experienced guy, he's been around," Quenneville said. "We thought he had a real good camp. He's a right shot, can take faceoffs, kill penalties - he can fill that niche that we're looking for."