Blackhawks reload, Stars stuck, the Ellis brouha, more news and notes
It may be 96 degrees at 10 in the morning here deep in the heart of Texas, but that's no reason not to sit on the front porch and start scattershootin'...
A dearth of depth is supposed to signal the death knell for the defending Stanley Cup champs, but the Blackhawks continue to add affordable, if less proven, bodies to their stable of options to back up stars
At just $500,000 on a two-way deal, Potulny was another no-risk move for GM
I continue to hear good things about another Hawks hopeful: forward
"I think he's still got some maturing to do [emotionally]," said a Western Conference scout, "but he's done some growing up in the past two years. The Olimb incident was misread by a lot of people. That's his game. The Hawks will want him to be someone who holds the other team accountable, and if he's a little loose now and then, fine. Nothing wrong with a guy who makes you keep your head up."
The Hawks have to be pleased with hands that scored 52 goals in 68 junior games last season, as well. "He's got a hell of a lot more upside than guys like [Adam] Burish and [Ben] Eager, that's for sure," the scout continued. "And honestly, he's a funny guy. He's likable. I think he'll be a good addition in that room."
It says here that there is a spot for Beach to lose on Chicago's opening night roster.
Another name to watch in Chicago:
The Dallas Cowboys took some grief for being the only NFL club to not sign a free agent over the summer. It was less surprising, but perhaps more disappointing, that the equally cash-strapped Dallas Stars took the same path. Granted, the Stars did bring on
There's been little, if any, progress to find a buyer to remove the team from the penurious clutches of
The NHL supports player use of Twitter as a way of bringing fans closer to their favorite players. That's the kind of stance you'd expect from a league that has been aggressive in its application of new media. It might be nice, then, to see a little support for
The newly-signed Tampa Bay goalie used Twitter to express his frustration over the CBA's 18 percent escrow clawback he is facing, and offered that he was more stressed about money now than he was in college. Not surprisingly, there was plenty of outrage over his series of posts, most folks suggesting that Ellis was out of touch or insensitive to those suffering through a tough economy.
But, hey, anyone in Ellis's shoes would probably feel the exact same way about facing the loss of nearly a fifth of their income. And the fact that Ellis was honest enough to put some genuine feelings out in public, rather than the usual claptrap -- "excited about the game tonight" or "it sure is a thrill to play for these fans" -- suggests that he's someone with maybe a bit more to say than the average player. Maybe something was simply lost due to the 140-character limit on the site. Maybe we'll never know. Ellis closed the account on Wednesday.
If the NHL was really savvy, maybe they'd offer Ellis a regular spot blogging on their site and give him carte blanche to speak his mind. The hockey world could use a few more players with something to offer beyond
Just noticed that 19 players have had seasons of 50 or more goals since 2000-01. Only three were over 30 at the time, with the most recent being