Stan Bowman‘s two-year extension, and why this is a good thing
Preseason rule/equipment changes
The Chicago Blackhawks held their training camp over the weekend and into Monday with the Training Camp Festival.
The first preseason game against the Detroit Red Wings. The Blackhawks won 2-0. Which is nice.
The Dan Cleary hot mess that ended with him re-signing with the Red Wings
The Jordan Nolan hit on Rostislav Klesla
Tim Thomas is in Florida, trying out for the Florida Panthers, which means two of Casey’s least favorite things have been combined. (For anyone who lives in Florida and is reading this now — I apologize in advance.)
Nathan Walker is a precious Australian gift to the NHL, and don’t let anyone tell you differently.
Evgeni Malkin is a smart cookie about his answer to “the gay question.”
Louis Leblanc‘s girlfriend yells at the Canadiens for cutting him. Did I mention his girlfriend is Aleksandra Wozniak?
With the season finishing so late, it hardly felt like it was time for the annual Blackhawks Convention. But there we all were last weekend, throwing money at the Blackhawks organization like a 18-year-old at his first strip club. If you weren’t at the Hilton this past weekend, or were and were drunk not paying attention, I present you this recap, of sorts.
The NHL Awards! Because I guess we should talk about those! Jonathan Toews won the Selke, the terrible goaltending tandem of Corey Crawford and Ray Emery won the Jennings, none of the other Chicago Blackhawks won anything — whatever.
Swardy BangBang is our favorite commenter on this podcast, and she is an awesome cartoonist in real life. Her comic on the NHL lockout is called Chelsea Chelsea (What A Cluster-Puck), and you can buy it here! It’s $5 total if you live in the US, so get on that.
The first five games of the Stanley Cup Final (not Finals!) against the Boston Bruins
CORSI is a fun fancystat you should learn.
Brandon Bollig should never be in an OT game in the SCF ever again.
Jonathan Toews and Patrice Bergeron were both injured in Game 5, but will be playing in Game 6? Okay!
Other things that happened across the NHL, including Alain Vigneault and John Tortorella trading jobs and the Colorado Avalanche being idiots about not taking Seth Jones, maybe.
The Line Cocktail this week is pretty spectacular.
We have no question for this week, because fuck questions — the season is almost over!
Go support Casey’s hockey team, the Chicago Snow Hawks, by going out to Bar Forza for a Game 6 Watch Party! I won’t be there because me going out to a bar for a Blackhawks game is apparently bad luck — but Casey will be there, along with other awesome people. The address is 2476 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60614. Go stop by and tell Casey I sent you!