Your Daily Cup: A Saad Day

My Saadness overwhelms me. (Photo: Mel/flickr)

Brandon Saad was sent back to his junior team, the Saginaw Spirit, today, in anticipation of Daniel Carcillo’s return to the lineup after serving his suspension. Saad had three shots on goal in two games against the Dallas Stars last weekend.

The Blackhawks have recalled Alexander Salak from the Rockford IceHogs. This initially led to speculation that Corey Crawford, who had missed two practices at the beginning of the week to rest a lower body injury, might be out. However, as reported by the Chicago Tribune, it was more likely that Ray Emery would be out, as he sat out today’s practice with the flu. Meanwhile, Corey Crawford practiced today and said that he “felt good.”

“This was just a little maintenance,” Crawford said. “You have to take care of stuff at times. It was something different from one of the games. We’ll see how I feel (Thursday) morning after the morning skate.”

Sean O’Donnell is going to be 40 tomorrow. To what does he credit his longevity in the league?

“I don’t know. Amazing conditioning I guess,” O’Donnell said jokingly. “A lot of my game is around knowledge and the smarts out there, just reading the play and making the pass. I’ve never relied on speed, goal scoring, those things that fade as you get older. Maybe I’ve lost a bit of a step since I was 25 but my game’s basically been the same the last 10-15 years.”

Stan Mikita sat down for a Q&A with Big Lead Sports.

Big Lead Sports:What has the Blackhawks resurgence meant to you personally?

Stan Mikita: The biggest difference I have seen in regards to a resurgence is prior to 2009 when people would approach me they would say “What about YOUR Blackhawks?” in reference to the way the team was playing at that time. In the last couple of years it has turned into, “What about OUR Blackhawks.” It is a great turn around for not only the organization but the City of Chicago to have a strong, competitive hockey team. It has been fun to watch and certainly be a part of the Blackhawks again.

Inside Look with Patrick Sharp aired earlier, and you can catch it online here.

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