As first reported by Chris Kuc, Patrick Sharp and his wife, Abby, are the proud parents of a baby girl, Madelyn Grace Sharp. According to Adam Jahns, Abby went into labor during the Islanders game. I’m guessing she was as stressed out over that game as the rest of Blackhawks nation.
Congrats to the Sharps. We wish you all the best.
And now — the link dump.
Ray Emery will start in net for the Blackhawks tomorrow versus the Sharks, thus officially reigniting a “goalie controversy” people thought was long dead. Grantland also put in their two cents on this:
The first stage of any good goaltender controversy is the team’s vehement insistence that such a controversy does not exist. I kid, but the Chicago Blackhawks of all teams are particularly sensitive to the suggestion. The team has a recent history of backups taking over for starters. Last year Corey Crawford unseated Marty Turco to earn the starting role, and now he finds himself on the hot (or, more accurately, lukewarm) seat: Ray Emery got the start Thursday night, his third consecutive look, and earned a 3-2 win over the Islanders. (He lost 4-3 in a shootout to Phoenix on Monday and was in net for a 5-2 win over St. Louis this weekend.) “Razor” has quite a career path. He was a Stanley Cup finalist, but also a rumored drug user. He was maligned for his “dismal work ethic” and he was a finalist last year for the NHL’s Bill Masterson Trophy, which honors “perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.” This was in recognition for his comeback from a condition called avascular necrosis (the one that ended Bo Jackson’s career) that necessitated a major bone graft procedure. This year, he fought in training camp to make the Blackhawks roster; however this (non) controversy plays out, it’s certainly helping showcase a remarkable story.
Duncan Keith actually tries, and the Blackhawks are better for it. Gee, who would’ve thought?
Jeremy Roenick thinks Jonathan Toews could be the league’s MVP. And who’s going to argue with Roenick on this?
Michael Frolik wants to score more, which is nice. That’s what we’d like to see from you, Frolik.
Finally, Carcillo and anthem singer Jim Cornelison will be joining up with WGN for Carols For Kids on December 15 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. The event will be held in Pioneer Court, the plaza outside of the Tribune Tower, and will benefit the WGN Radio Neediest Kids Fund.