The moves the Chicago Blackhawks made during Free Agent Frenzy, which consisted of signing Michal Handzus, Michal Rozsival, and everyone’s favorite twitchy, grumpy drunk goaltender, Nikolai Khabibulin!
Saying goodbye to Ray Emery (who signed with the Philadelphia Flyers) and Viktor Stalberg (who has fucked off to the Nashville Predators)
Other happenings around the league, including Daniel Alfredsson going to the Detroit Red Wings, Bobby Ryan going to the Ottawa Senators, Nathan Horton (and Jack Skille!) heading to the Columbus Blue Jackets, and Jarome Iginla going to the Boston Bruins
And, oh yeah — Tyler Seguin getting traded to the Dallas Stars for Loui Eriksson.
Guys who are still on the table, such as Jaromir Jagr and Tim Thomas (lol)
The opening of Blackhawks Prospect Camp! If you want to check out the future of the franchise, head out to Johhny’s Icehouse West at 2550 W. Madison, Chicago, IL from now until July 12.
Last week’s Blackhawks games against the Nashville Predators (three times!) and St. Louis Blues (thankfully, only one time)
How we would solve the problem of the shootout
Clinching a playoff berth — aw yeah
Jaromir Jagr going to the Boston Bruins
Why we’re not impressed with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Marc-Andre Fleury
The trade deadline and the hilarity therein, including the Columbus Blue Jackets becoming the Columbus Blue Rangers
Should players/teams have to release every single medical detail to the press?
The Line Cocktail for this week will be good for you.
Question for this week: Now that the Blackhawks are in the playoffs, which Western Conference team would you least like them to meet? Also, if they do make it to the Finals who in the Eastern Conference would you least like them to meet? Why?
Me being completely mentally exhausted and blanking out more than once. Sorry, guys.
A COMPLETELY RELEVANT PICTURE OF PATRICK SHARP THIS WEEK. (Photo: Mel Boysen)
Second Balcony Breakdown makes a triumphant return this week live from Casey’s apartment (which means the sound quality is about 500% better than any podcast that came before it)! Casey was out of the country last week, so we have a lot of ground to cover, including…
Working backwards, the Chicago Blackhawks‘ games against the… (deep breath) Edmonton Oilers, Colorado Avalanche times two, Minnesota Wild, Detroit Red Wings, Columbus Blue Jackets, St. Louis Blues, and Edmonton Oilers (again)
Other happenings around the NHL, including the debate on visors being reignited by Marc Staal‘s injury, the Anaheim Ducks and Ryan Getzlaf‘s baldness contract extension, the Philadelphia Flyers‘ woes, and the Blue Jackets as the Little Team That Could.
Patrick Sharp‘s insatiable vanity during warmups
Jonathan Toews‘ spread in Splash magazine (click here for the online article about it — you’ll be able to tell what photos I’m talking about when you get there) and his new nickname, Captain Tiger Beat
Casey’s experience watching a Belfast Giants–Cardiff Devils game in Ireland
The best hockey bar Casey has ever been to is in Belfast at the Odyssey Arena, and it’s called Rockies Sports Bar. They have every sort of jersey you can imagine… except for a Blackhawks jersey. Someone needs to get on that. Have the Blackhawks’ people call their people.
The Line Cocktail for the week, which is the most disgusting one yet.
Question for this week: I don’t even know — you find it.
Your first star of the game, Bryan Bickell. Yes, really. (Photo: Mel Boysen/flickr)
The Chicago Blackhawks are now 18-0-3.
I… what? Really?
I mean… I don’t even know what else to say about this.
I am out of words about this streak!
So let’s talk about this game.
…Actually, let’s not talk about the game, because, well — I don’t want to. Go watch the video you know you want to watch — Jonathan Toews‘ unbelievable no-look pass to Brent Seabrook for the winner. Shakespeare would have written sonnets about that pass.
I’m starting to think that Patrick Sharp should just be our “logo.” (Photo: Mel Boysen/flickr)
Welcome to our newly-renamed podcast, Second Balcony Breakdown! Casey and I would like to thank Fork from HOCKEENIGHT for providing us with part of the name (the “Second Balcony” part). Seriously, go check out HOCKEENIGHT if you haven’t already. Just don’t click the links if you’re at work. You might get fired… or arrested.
Onto the topics, which include…
Last week’s Chicago Blackhawks games against the San Jose Sharks and Columbus Blue Jackets (we already had a special podcast about the game against the Vancouver Canucks, which you can listen to here)
Lindy Ruff, and why the Buffalo Sabres are terrible
Various games around the league, including the shitshow that was the Pittsburgh Penguins/Philadelphia Flyers game, the return of Luocho in the Canucks game against the Detroit Red Wings, and Evgeni Malkin‘s concussion in the Penguins’ game against the Florida Panthers
The NHL’s proposed realignment plan and why it’s boring (check out my post about it)
This week’s Line Cocktail Whoops, no Line Cocktail for this week, because we forgot. Next week’s will be a doozy to make up for this.
This week’s question: With Detroit possibly out of the Blackhawks’ conference next year, who will take their place as their top rival?
Click the button below to listen. One of these days, I will sound less like I’m talking with a scarf wrapped around my face while inside a tin shed. Hopefully by next week.
Only goal scored. Only goal needed. (Photo: Mel Boysen/flickr)
One of these days, sooner rather than later, the Columbus Blue Jackets will learn how to score. Hell, they had a few good chances against the Chicago Blackhawks tonight, with only a couple of bad bounces off of the post keeping them off of the score sheet.
The only guy who was awake the entire game. (Photo: Bridget Samuels/flickr)
* Shout out to referee Dan O’Rourke, who made that terrible no-goal call on the Blue Jackets in the second period. He ruled that Nick Foligno had made “incidental contact” with Corey Crawford beforehand. Oh. Okay, then.
This was the worst game the Blackhawks have played all season. Fortunately for them, they were playing the Blue Jackets at their Blue Jacketiest. What other team could turn a four-minute power play into a 4-on-3 penalty kill? (I ask you, because I honestly do not know. Jesus, the Blue Jackets are terrible — though, really, they’re less terrible than last season.)
But no matter how they played, they’ve made it to 5-0, which ties the best start in Blackhawks history (the record was set in — you guessed it — the 1972-73 season).
Now let’s all watch Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews make the Blue Jackets look stupid with what would become the game-winning goal.