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Second Balcony Breakdown: Go Kaner, It’s (The Day After) Ya Birthday

And you know we don't give a fuck it's not your birthday

And you know we don’t give a fuck it’s not your birthday

Told you we’d be back in less than a year.

Yes, we return with another edition of Second Balcony Breakdown, recorded slightly after the Chicago Blackhawks game against the Calgary Flames — so forgive us for sounding exhausted, because we were.

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Topics include:

  • Congratulating everyone’s favorite drunk uncle, Pat Foley, on his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame (here is the article I was talking about, chronicling his life — it’s an interesting read)
  • The Blackhawks’ games against the Detroit Red Wings (bleh), Dallas Stars (ha!), and Calgary Flames (woo!)
  • The end of The Game 87.7 in Chicago
  • 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.

Follow us on Twitter! I’m at @RunsOnDuncan, and Casey is at @Raedances.

Second Balcony Breakdown Keeps The Red In

SLOVAKIAN BROS

SLOVAKIAN BROS

Second Balcony Breakdown comes to you a couple of days late… because it’s August.

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Topics include:

  • The Chicago Blackhawks hiring Steve Weeks, another one of coach Joel Quenneville‘s former teammates.
  • The Nashville Predators‘ plan to “keep the red out” by trying to keep Blackhawks fans from buying tickets. Yeah, this will end well.
  • People trying to make Marian Hossa and Zdeno Chara bro-ing it out at a Stanley Cup party into news. It’s not news. Please stop.
  • Russia continues to piss us off, and now the IOC feels our wrath for this bullshit.

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Second Balcony Breakdown: Can-Miss Chicago Blackhawks Games

Also, Corey Crawford might be invited to Team Canada's preliminary camp?

Also, Corey Crawford might be invited to Team Canada’s preliminary camp?

On this episode of Second Balcony Breakdown, Casey and I spend the better part of the podcast tearing apart the Chicago Blackhawks2013-14 schedule.

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Other topics include:

  • 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 Drew LeBLAH LeBlanc, 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.
  • Follow us on Twitter! I’m at @RunsOnDuncan, and Casey is at @Raedances.

Second Balcony Breakdown: Free Agent Frenzy!

LOL BYE

LOL BYE

Casey and I return for the Free Agent Frenzy edition of Second Balcony Breakdown!

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Topics include:

  • 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.
  • Follow us on Twitter! I’m at @RunsOnDuncan, and Casey is at @Raedances.

Second Balcony Breakdown: Finally, We Return

COME BACK. (Photo: Bridget Samuels/flickr)

COME BACK. (Photo: Bridget Samuels/flickr)

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 DucksDetroit 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.
  • Make sure you’re following us on Twitter! Casey is @Raedances, and I’m, of course,@RunsOnDuncan.

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Wow: Chicago Blackhawks 8, Dallas Stars 1

Patrick Kane has gone H.A.M. And, this season, that doesn't stand for "hot ass mess." (Photo: Mel Boysen/flickr)

Patrick Kane has gone H.A.M. And, this season, that doesn’t stand for “hot ass mess.” (Photo: Mel Boysen/flickr)

Nick Leddy, Viktor Stalberg, and Bryan Bickell all had three-point nights.

Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews scored two goals a piece.

Brandon Bollig, uh, skated for 9:51 — a new NHL record for him.

But I know what everyone is talking about, and it’s none of those things.

They’re talking about the Patrick Kane spin-o-rama goal that made Denis Savard beam with pride after the game like Kane was his only begotten son (which, honestly, he kind of is).

Well, here it is. This will be on the highlight reel when the Chicago Blackhawks raise #88 to the rafters in twenty years.

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Warmups: Everybody’s Starry-Eyed

Mr. 400 Points (Photo: Bridget Samuels/flickr)

Mr. 400 Points (Photo: Bridget Samuels/flickr)

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Proposed Realignment Puts Chicago Blackhawks In Most Boring Conference Ever

On the plus side, Toews will enjoy feasting on the blood of his new rivals. (Photo: Mel Boysen/flickr)

On the plus side, Jonathan Toews will enjoy feasting on the blood of his new rivals. (Photo: Mel Boysen/flickr)

Last season, the NHL proposed a realignment plan that was swiftly rejected by the NHLPA. Well, guess what? It returns… but not without a few tweaks.

According to Elliotte Friedman from Hockey Night in Canada, the four conference plan is back with a couple of changes. After the jump is the video detailing the plan.

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Warmups: I Got The Moves Like A Year-Old Joke

More hugs like this in front of the Stars’ crowd tonight, please. (Photo: Bridget Samuels/flickr)

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Two More Blackhawks Games Lost To NHL Lockout

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.

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