Sad/anger-inducing news from around the NHL, which leads to me to declare that next week’s podcast will be full of puppies and rainbows because I CAN’T TAKE THIS SHIT ANYMORE. TWO WEEKS OF SAD NEWS MAKES ME GO INTO CAPS LOCK.
The Line Cocktail for this week is dedicated to this guy:
Good job, kid.
We also forgot a question for this week. Oops. So… maybe you should send us questions for us to answer next week? Think of it as our holiday gift to you, since we’re not going shopping on Black Friday to get you nerds anything. Fuck that.
The Blackhawks games you can feel pretty okay with missing or only half-watching if you have other things to do, like wrapping presents or folding laundry. Note: This includes a lot of Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars games.
Saying goodbye (and good riddance) to Daniel Carcillo, one weird guy who did some dumbass shit.
Kyle Beach getting re-signed for a one-year deal.
The Blackhawks signing DrewLeBLAHLeBlanc, Theo Peckham, and Mike Kostka. I’m sure they’ll make fine Rockford IceHogs.
Blackhawks players who we think are locks for their respective countries’ teams in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. We also talk about the rumor that Corey Crawford has been invited to Team Canada’s camp.
The new NHL division names, or why “Metropolitan Division” is a really stupid name.
Dustin Brown getting re-signed by the Los Angeles Kings, and the Blackhawks’ role in this.
Matt Duchene getting re-signed by the Colorado Avalanche.
Some other re-signings, along with discussing the guys who are still out there, including Jaromir Jagr and Tim Thomas.
Calling out two dumbass commentators who posted stupid shit on our YouTube live feed of this podcast, because fuck those guys.
Question for the week: Send us questions about the Blackhawks so we ) can answer them while drunkenly attempting to podcast on Friday night at the Blackhawks Convention.
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.
So… there wasn’t a Second Balcony Breakdown last week. We explain why at the beginning of the podcast, but to sum it up: technology hated us. But now we’re back and better(?) than ever! Topics include:
The Anaheim Ducks–Detroit Red Wings game — mostly because Teemu Selanne got a game misconduct(!?)
The Chicago Blackhawks games against the Colorado Avalanche and Anaheim Ducks
Feeling sorry for Patrick Kane
Michael Frolik on the top line tonight, and why the Blackhawks can’t have nice things
Brenden Morrow going to the Pittsburgh Penguins, which is an excuse to laugh at the Dallas Stars
What the Blackhawks could give up to get Jarome Iginla
Other goings-on around the NHL
The Line Cocktail this week, which is completely accurate
This week’s question: Do you have any questions for us? If so, what are they? Please send us something, or else I will be forced to make up questions. No one wants this.
When will we see the inside of the United Center like this again? (Photo: Brian Koprowski/flickr)
The NHL announced today that the league has cancelled all regular season games through November 1. This includes two Blackhawks games.
Saturday, October 27 vs. San Jose Sharks
Tuesday, October 30 vs. Phoenix Coyotes
If you have already bought tickets to either of these games, keep an eye on your email for further information on how to get your money back.
You know, up until last week, this would have been met with a gnashing of teeth and capslock rage. Now, though? I’ve reached a sort of zen about it. I’ve been focusing on other things (and other leagues) to get me through the lockout. So, fine. Cancel games, NHL. That’s cool. I haven’t died without you yet, and I doubt I will any time soon.
Now, for no real reason, here’s a picture of Jonathan Toews on a CTA train.