Fresh Brew: Saad Cracks Opening Night Roster

Ladies and gentlemen, start your Saad puns.

Brandon Saad is going to be on the Blackhawks opening night! (Chicago Tribune)

Some other dorks broke the roster, too. Namely Brandon Bollig and Andrew Shaw — wow, really? Will the Bollig-Shaw-Daniel Carcillo Shithead line become a reality?

See video of Saad talking to the Chicago Tribune after the jump.

Jimmy Hayes, Brandon Pirri, and Ryan Stanton were assigned to Rockford. (Chicago Blackhawks) I’m sure we’ll see them again sometime this season.

Wondering why our third defensive pairing is going to be Sheldon BrookbankMichal Rozsival? Well, here’s some discouraging news on Steve Montador from the Chicago Tribune that should shed some light on this:

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Steve Montador has not skated with teammates for weeks with symptoms related to a concussion and is not close to taking the ice, according to a source.

The source said Montador is not able to elevate his heart rate without symptoms returning but has shown improvement in recent days. The 33-year-old apparently will concentrate on becoming healthy in every day life before deciding the next step in his playing career.

Corey Crawford is looking to prove the critics wrong. (ESPN) I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you, Crawford.

The Blackhawks are launching a Fan Salute program not a day after I bitched at them on Twitter about doing jack all for the fans. Coincidence? Yeah, probably, but it’s still kind of nice. Anyway, what follows is the email sent to me as a Blackhawks season ticket holder:

Dear Katharina,

The Chicago Blackhawks are very fortunate to have you as a dedicated fan. We realize that the success of our organization is a direct result of the commitment that you show each season. All of our players, coaches and front office staff appreciate your support and we are all focused upon delivering a first-class fan experience with you in mind. We will never take your investment of time and resources in attending games at the United Center for granted and want you to know that we do respect your tremendous loyalty.

To show our gratitude for your allegiance, and in conjunction with the announcement of our Fan Salute we want to inform you of some exclusive benefits to being a Chicago Blackhawks season ticketholder.

To express our appreciation to you as a valued Chicago Blackhawks full season ticketholder we are providing you with $100 in gift certificates valid at the United Center team store, all United Center concession stands, the Chicago Blackhawks Store located at 325 N. Michigan Avenue and the Chicago Blackhawks kiosk at Woodfield Mall. For details on how to obtain your gift certificates, click here.

In addition to the gift certificates we will issue to you, and based upon eligibility, you have been automatically entered for the chance to win one of 1,000 autographed jerseys and other prizes including once-in-a-lifetime experience packagesFor a complete list of items and experiences, click here. As a season ticketholder you do not have to take any action to be entered to win one of many great prizes. Winners will be announced every game day during the 2012-13 season. Names of winners will be posted on

We recognize that your ongoing commitment to our team is what will drive our ultimate success. Thank you for your amazing support.


The Chicago Blackhawks

This picture may or may not relay my feelings about this letter.

The Blackhawks filmed promos for Comcast Sportsnet today. There are plenty of bloopers, because the majority of them can’t really read.

Someone in the Blackhawks media department thought it would be a bright idea to put a microphone on Brandon Bollig during last night’s Red vs. White scrimmage. Here are the only usable parts of this experiment.

Finally, ROD’s very own Kim Wrona has a new gig writing up IceHogs updates for The Committed Indian. Here’s her first article for the site. I’m so proud! (Don’t worry — she’ll still be bringing you Tuesday updates on the IceHogs here on ROD!)


One thought on “Fresh Brew: Saad Cracks Opening Night Roster

  1. Chelsea

    SIIIIGH. Look, maybe if we just don’t talk about the Shithead Line then it won’t happen.

    I’ve been looking for that bloopers video! I just kept seeing tumblr gifs of Andrew Shaw saying he couldn’t really read and wondering wtf was going on. Not sure if I’m pleased or concerned by what Toews is doing with his eyebrows there, either.

    I was prepared to not like the Bollig video for obvious reasons, but ten seconds in he’s calling Shaw ‘you little mutt’ and aww shucks, I can’t resist that.


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