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Revisiting David Poile’s Drafts – 2002

For the past few weeks, I’ve been diving into David Poile’s draft history as general manager of the Nashville Predators. Since he’s been the franchise’s only GM, he’s been at the helm for every draft since 1998. Beginning with that first draft, I’m working forward to the present, with this installment covering the 2002 Draft. For reference, here are the drafts I’ve covered so far: 1998: Franchise’s Inaugural Draft1999: Erat Leads to Forsberg2000: Scott Hartnell and Nothing Else2001: Hamhuis a...
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Chet Coppock, Veteran Chicago Sports Broadcaster, Dies at 70

Chet Coppock, a Chicago-based sports broadcaster known locally as “The Godfather of Sports” in the 1980s, has died. He was 70.His daughter, Lyndsey Coppock, said that Coppock died on Wednesday due to complications he sustained from injuries during a car accident in Hilton Head, South Carolina.“His passing is untimely, unexpected and painfully sad, but all we can do at this time is remember how lucky we were to have such a unique and creative trailblazer help shape into the adults we know he was ...
Tags: News, Disney, Chicago, Chicago Blackhawks, Blackhawks, John McDonough, Chet, Charles Van Doren, Hilton Head South Carolina, Coppock, Chet Coppock, Lyndsey Coppock, Milwaukee Bucks radio

9 Reasons for the Blackhawks to be Optimistic Next Season

The first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs is underway, but the Chicago Blackhawks once again are not in the mix. After winning three Stanley Cups in six years, the Hawks haven’t made the postseason in two years. It’s been disheartening for everyone. After an uneventful offseason last summer and after firing future Hall of Fame coach Joel Quenneville, 33-year-old Jeremy Colliton took the helm in November. Things got even uglier as the new coach tried to implement a new system on the fly. ...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Chicago, Arizona, Finland, Hockey, NHL, Hall of Fame, Chicago Blackhawks, Kane, Keith, Edmonton Oilers, Blackhawks, Hawks, Joel Quenneville, Patrick Kane

Debates all Wisconsinites have

Wisconsinites may be united about what football team to cheer for and whether our lakes are better than Minnesota’s, but we have our disagreements, too. Whether it’s at the bar or snacking on cheese, these nine classic Dairy State debates sneak their way into our conversations. 1. Is Brett Favre a traitor? Some Wisconsinites still love him, while others love to hate him. It might be old news by now, but we’re still split on whether he’s a traitor to our beloved Packers. 2. Should we vaca...
Tags: Travel, Minnesota, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, All, Miller High Life, Blackhawks, Packers, Red Wings, Brett Favre, Lake Michigan, Door County, Miller Lite, Dells, Wisconsinites, Wisconsin culture

Predictions Following the 2019 NHL Draft Lottery

from John, The Devils were the big winners initially, earning the no. 1 overall pick! This means that the team has the option to make the very first pick on the 21 st of June and that they could land the elite prospect Jack Hughes if they wanted to! The Rangers received the second pick while the Blackhawks received the third pick. This means that one of these three teams is very likely to pick either Jack Hughes or Kaako Kappo. Who do you think will grab them? Make your predictions...
Tags: US, Sport, Rangers, NHL, William Hill, Don, Blackhawks, Jack Hughes, NHL Draft Lottery, NHL Draft Lottery Continue, John The Devils

Do You Know Your Blackhawks Trivia?

As one of the Original Six teams, the Chicago Blackhawks have a long and storied history in the NHL. We’ve uncovered some key moments, distinguished players and influential coaches in the franchise’s history. So let’s get to it and find out how much you know. How Well Do You Know the Blackhawks’ History? Who holds the Blackhawks’ franchise record for goals? Bobby Hull scored 604 career goals. The next-closest scorer is Stan Mikita with 541. The closest active player is Patrick Kane with 285....
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Revisiting David Poile’s Draft – 2001

For the past few weeks, I’ve been diving into David Poile’s draft history as general manager of the Nashville Predators. Since he’s been the franchise’s only GM, he’s been at the helm for every draft since 1998. Beginning with that first draft, I’m working forward to the present, with this installment covering the 2001 Draft. For reference, here are the drafts I’ve covered so far: 1998: Franchise’s Inaugural Draft1999: Erat Leads to Forsberg2000: Scott Hartnell and Nothing Else The 2001 Dr...
Tags: Europe, Usa, Sweden, Russia, Milwaukee, Sport, Austria, Canada, Gm, Finland, Belarus, Nashville, Detroit Red Wings, Slovakia, AHL, Hockey

Pool Outlook for Chicago

The top-heavy Chicago Blackhawks were not short on offense in the 2019 season, they were still a hockey pool favourite, when it came to collecting points and helping to win money.  I mean, that's what we're here for, so the Blackhawks were good, right?  Overall, not really. No, the Blackhawks had a hard time keeping the puck out of their own net, a really hard time, in fact.  Sure, the [Author: opiatedsherpa]
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Unlucky Ducks Must Improve Draft Position

Wednesday’s draft lottery did not go as the Anaheim Ducks and their fans wanted. It did go largely as expected, with the Ducks having the eighth-best odds to secure the No. 1 pick or at least a top-three pick. However, instead of obtaining the No. 8 pick, they fell one spot to No. 9. That’s not even the highest pick the Ducks have had in a decade. In 2012, they drafted Hampus Lindholm No. 6 overall in a season where they finished with the same amount of points that they did this season. Now ...
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Joel Quenneville on the Panthers' Cup aspirations, his Blackhawks exit and the shot-skis video

We check in with Florida's new coach on why he took the job, what he's watching for in the playoffs and that viral video at the Bears tailgate.
Tags: Florida, Hockey, NHL, Blackhawks, Joel Quenneville

Flyers’ Quest for Relevancy Already Proving Difficult

No one would mistake the hockey gods treatment of the Philadelphia Flyers this season as hospitable, but what they did on Draft Lottery night was just cruel. Even after the conclusion of a season marred by inconsistency and some plain bad luck, the Flyers received more bad news. Not one, but two Metropolitan Division rivals, the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers, struck gold at the NHL Draft Lottery. They will pick No. 1 and No. 2 overall, respectively, at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Jun...
Tags: New York, Sport, Newark, Hockey, NHL, Hall of Fame, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, Ottawa, New Jersey Devils, Florida Panthers, Scott, Philadelphia Flyers, Flyers, TSN, Blackhawks

Quenneville Hiring Just the First Step for Panthers: GM Dale Tallon

Sitting in the lobby of a luxury hotel in downtown Toronto, Dale Tallon concedes his feet have barely touched the ground in recent days.  The general manager of Florida Panthers secured the hottest coaching commodity on the market when he introduced Joel Quenneville on Monday. Florida Panthers NHL General Manager Dale Tallon and Head Coach Joel Quenneville (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Lynne Sladky) And Tallon is convinced that’s just the first step on the road to getting a talented ros...
Tags: Florida, US, Toronto, Sport, Chicago, Hockey, New York Islanders, Florida Panthers, Islanders, Blackhawks, Joel Quenneville, Columbus Blue Jackets, Sergei Bobrovsky, Panthers, John Tavares, Roberto Luongo

If the Oilers Could Have One Do-Over…

There’s not much anyone can do about this season now. The Edmonton Oilers have missed extra play for the 12th time in 13 seasons, the players are disappointed, the fans even more so and there will certainly be change over the summer. Since fans of the Oilers don’t have much in the way of playoffs to look forward to, there are other ways to remember a season that wasn’t what most expected. Some fans will look to better times ahead, others will cross their fingers that the next draft pick turn...
Tags: Sport, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Hockey, NHL, Edmonton, Rieder, Edmonton Oilers, Flyers, Oilers, Buffalo Sabres, Blackhawks, Bakersfield, Manning, Matt Hunwick, Milan Lucic

Early NHL mock draft: Six potential candidates for Blackhawks at No. 3 overall

There's no debate about which players are going No. and 2: Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko. The No.
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Predators Weekly: Central Division Champs

Predators Weekly is my series on how the Nashville Predators performed the previous week. Generally published on Tuesdays, Predators Weekly isn’t simply a recap of games, but rather my takes on said games and the themes that emerged throughout the week. Let me know in the comments below your thoughts on how the team performed this week, your views on the week’s themes and any other ideas or questions you have about the team. Related: Last Week’s Predators Weekly It’s hard to believe it, bu...
Tags: Column, Usa, Sport, Nashville, Hockey, NHL, Smith, Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars, Buffalo Sabres, Central Division, Blackhawks, Nashville Predators, Vancouver Canucks, Canucks, Alex Ovechkin

Blackhawks superstar Patrick Kane reflects on NHL career and where he sees himself in 10 years

Blackhawks superstar Patrick Kane reflects on NHL career and where he sees himself in 10 years originally appeared on When he turned 30 years of age in November, Patrick Kane said he's never felt better. And he backed it up on the ice. The three-time Stanley Cup champion and former Hart Trophy winner finished with a career-high 110 points this season and averaged 22:29 of ice time per game, which is the highest mark of his NHL career.
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Blackhawks Optimistic After Another Lost Season

CHICAGO — Patrick Kane dazzled once again. Jonathan Toews put together one of his best seasons, and Alex DeBrincat took another step forward. And it didn’t matter all that much. Not to them, anyway. The Chicago Blackhawks missed out on the playoffs for the second straight year, doomed by an awful start and one of the NHL’s worst defences . For a franchise that won three Stanley Cups during an impressive nine-year run that ended in 2017, it seems like a much longer absence from the post-s...
Tags: Minnesota, Sport, Chicago, Arizona, Nashville, Hockey, NHL, Chicago Blackhawks, Ottawa, Kane, Toronto Maple Leafs, Blackhawks, Hawks, Joel Quenneville, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews

Woman hit in face by puck at Blackhawks game

A woman was hit by a puck last week during a Blackhawks game at the United Center, fracturing part of her cheekbone.
Tags: News, Ice Hockey, United Center, Blackhawks

NHL News & Notes: Quenneville, Bouwmeester & More

In today’s News & Notes, The Florida Panthers have hired Joel Quenneville as their new head coach, Jay Bouwmeester has signed a contract extension with the St. Louis Blues and Ray Shero has signed a multi-year extension with the New Jersey Devils. Panthers Hire Quenneville The Panthers bolstered their coaching staff in a major way Monday when they announced the hiring of Quenneville. The former Chicago Blackhawk’s coach brings everything the Panthers insisted they were looking for in an ...
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Panthers Hire Quenneville

On Monday, April 8, the Florida Panthers announced they had hired Joel Quenneville as their next head coach. The announcement comes on the heels of the news that they had fired Bob Boughner. Quenneville will be the Panthers’ 16th head coach in franchise history. Coach Q has landed! The @FlaPanthers have hired three-time @StanleyCup winner Joel Quenneville as the team's next coach.— NHL (@NHL) April 8, 2019 The Panthers fired Boughner after two seasons an...
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Ranking the Senators 1990s 1st-Round Picks

The 1990s saw some of the very best NHLers in history get drafted. Some teams set themselves up for years with their picks in the first round. The New Jersey Devils drafted Martin Brodeur 20th overall in 1990. The Calgary Flames picked Jarome Iginla 11th overall in 1995. Shane Doan was taken by the Winnipeg Jets in 1995 as well. Even the ageless Jaromir Jagr was taken fifth overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1990 . The Ottawa Senators came back into the league for the 1992-93 season an...
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Predators Rally to Beat Blackhawks – Clinch Central

NASHVILLE — Viktor Arvidsson scored the go-ahead goal at 3:33 of the third period, and the Nashville Predators won their second straight Central Division title by rallying from an 0-2 deficit to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 Saturday night. With St. Louis beating Vancouver 3-2 earlier Saturday, the Predators needed two points against Chicago to win the Central or risk going from division champs to possibly third if Winnipeg finished off with a win at Arizona later. The Predators, who will f...
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NHL roundup: Predators beat Blackhawks to win division crown

Viktor Arvidsson completed the comeback -- and set a franchise record in the process -- as host Nashville scored five unanswered goals to beat Chicago 5-2 on Saturday night and claim the top spot in the Central Division on the final night of the regular season. The Predators (47-29-6, 100 points) will face the Dallas Stars in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Arvidsson -- with his 34th goal of the season, a new standard for a Predators skater -- broke a 2-2 deadlock with a power-pla...
Tags: Chicago, Nashville, NHL, Dallas Stars, Blackhawks, Viktor Arvidsson, Arvidsson

Predators rally again, clinch Central beating Blackhawks 5-2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Viktor Arvidsson scored the go-ahead goal at 3:33 of the third period, and the Nashville Predators won their second straight Central Division title by rallying from an 0-2 deficit to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 Saturday night. With St. Louis beating Vancouver 3-2 earlier Saturday, the Predators needed two points against […]
Tags: News, Sports, Nashville, Vancouver, St Louis, Chicago Blackhawks, Blackhawks, Nashville Predators, Tenn AP, Viktor Arvidsson

NHL Rumors: Kunitz, Edler, Boeser, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there are updates on Chris Kunitz in Chicago and whether or not he’ll keep playing while the Vancouver Canucks need to make a couple of important decisions on two fairly key players. Kunitz Calling it Quits? Chicago Blackhawks winger Chris Kunitz has yet to decide whether or not he wants to play another NHL, notes Charlie Roumeliotis of NBC Sports Chicago. At his age and lack of production, retirement might make sense. Chris Kunitz has lost a step th...
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After memorable night in home finale for Blackhawks, Chris Kunitz unsure of what NHL future holds

In 15 NHL seasons, he leads all active players with four Stanley Cups, hit the 1,000-game mark this season despite beginning his career as an undrafted free agent and once scored a memorable double-overtime goal in Game 7 to send the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Stanley Cup Final, which they eventually won for the second straight year. "I was thinking that they took a lot away from me throughout my career, would've been nice to get one more," Kunitz joked on what was going through his mind wh...
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Blue Jackets earn playoff berth; Blackhawks roll

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Stars lose 6-1 to Kane, Blackhawks

CHICAGO (AP) — One more point could provide a big lift for the Dallas Stars. They get another chance on Saturday night. Dallas’ playoff road remains muddled after it lost 6-1 to Chicago on Friday night. Patrick Kane scored twice in the Blackhawks’ home finale, and Cam Ward made 25 saves in his 700th NHL […]
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Kane helps Blackhawks beat Stars 6-1

CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Kane scored twice and Cam Ward made 25 saves in his 700th NHL game, helping the Chicago Blackhawks pound the short-handed Dallas Stars 6-1 on Friday night in their home finale. Dylan Strome, Chris Kunitz and Dominik Kahun also scored for Chicago, which earned its second straight win and improved to […]
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Blue Jackets earn playoff berth; Blackhawks roll

NEW YORK (AP) — Artemi Panarin scored in the shootout and the Columbus Blue Jackets clinched the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Friday night. Ryan Dzingel and Panarin scored in the third period for Columbus and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 25 shots through overtime […]
Tags: New York, News, Sports, Ap, Columbus, New York Rangers, Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Sergei Bobrovsky, Artemi Panarin, Panarin, Ryan Dzingel