Blackhawks take 2-0 series lead – Thrashers sign pair of prospects

Hey there gang…I’m back in from a week off in sunny Florida…the east coast, far removed from any effects of the nasty oil mess in the Gulf of Mexico. One interesting highlight I’d like to share if I may…we spent the last couple of days on Cocoa Beach, just south of the Cape and got to experience a night launch of an Air Force rocket right over our heads. If you’ve ever experienced something like that at such close proximity before then you know just how thrilling and awesome that truly is.

And while we are on the subject of vacations, let me and the readers know where you are planning to head off to this summer. I already know that one of you is taking your family to Switzerland very soon. Nice!

 In case you missed it, there was this one piece of Thrasher-related news that happened over the Memorial Day weekend. Per C-Viv, the team announced that they have signed a couple of their recent draft picks…Carl Klingberg, the 34th overall selection last summer and Danick Paquette, who was chosen in 2008 with the 64th overall pick.

Both were signed to entry-level pro contracts.

Also, Ben Wright has posted up Rick Dudley’s radio interview on Toronto’s Fan590…interestingly enough, according to Ben, the hosts of the program indicated that Chicago Blackhawks coach John Torchetti will indeed be named the new head coach for the Thrashers…a belief that is shared by Adam Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch.

Speaking of the Blackhawks and Torchetti, since they now own a 2 games to none lead over the Philadelphia Flyers, Dudley and Co. could be able to chat him as soon as next week if Chicago is able to finish it out in games three and four. Those games will be played Wednesday and Friday in Philly.

However, just ask Marian Hossa just how quickly a 2-0 series lead can disappear in the SCF.

In dropping the two games in Chicago over the weekend, Philly has now extended their Cup Finals losing streak to seven games dating back to the 1987 series loss to the Edmonton Oilers. The Flyers won game six then by a score of 3-2 on May 28 to tie the series at 3-game apiece…but then lost the deciding game seven 3-1. They were then swept by the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 in the last Stanley Cup Finals appearance.

When the Blackhawks defeated Philadelphia 6-5 in Friday night’s game-one, it snapped a five-game SCF losing streak of their own dating back to the game-six loss in 1973 that ended that series with the Montreal Canadiens. Prior to this weekend, the last time the Blackhawks had won a SCF game was in game-five of that series, an 8-7 win over the Habs.

They were then swept by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1992.

And finally…former Thrashers captain Scott Mellanby has been hired as an assistant head coach in St. Louis.

102 comments Add your comment

GaVaHokie

June 2nd, 2010
8:26 am

WBF… yep, O’Dell for Christensen straight up.

World Be Free

June 2nd, 2010
8:43 am

GaVa-might not turn out to be a bad deal, Christensen had a good year in NY but he’s not a lock to come back to the Rangers. If he does, he’ll come back at a Jimmy Slater-contract.

rob-the only Flyer I really have an issue with is Carcillo. He’s always yelling from the protection of the bench. If you are so tough Carcillo then drop the gloves with someone other than Slater. Carcillo would never have played on the Flyer teams of the 70’s; they would have told him to shut up and fight.

kracker

June 2nd, 2010
8:46 am

twitter…kausatoday First winner of the new GM of the Year Award will be announced Wednesday at GM Meetings in Philadelphia. Don Maloney is the favorite.

Here’s hoping next year’s winner will be Rick Dudley.

Smoothie

June 2nd, 2010
9:19 am

Carcillo is a nitwit and a clown, but he laid a sweet hit on Jeff Carter now didn’t he?! LOL

Joe Friday

June 2nd, 2010
9:24 am

“First winner of the new GM of the Year Award”

Gotta be Waddell, eh?

“Watched “Broad Street Bullies”.”

I know, great documentary. What a classy group of players. Fans are real solid bunch as well. Orange Crush tonight, let’s go, Phlyers!

kracker

June 2nd, 2010
9:30 am

JF – In the actual tweet by kausatoday the words Don and Maloney are on two lines so for a split second I was thinking “No, it can’t be!”

World Be Free

June 2nd, 2010
9:52 am

Smoothie-Carcillo and Asham are 2 pretty ugly dudes as well.
JF-I didn’t see all of “Broad Street”, but from what I saw the documentary didn’t focus enough on the strength of the team’s defense, Bob Kelley, Parent, MacLeish and Leach.

Red Light

June 2nd, 2010
10:06 am

Carcillo is just a new version of Kenny “The Rat” Linseman, except “The Rat” provided more offense than the “The Punk”. You want a nominee for ugly? Try Sopel! That dude is scary but can’t hold a candle to the ugliest man ever to lace them up at the NHL level: Eddie Johnstone, formerly of the Rangers and Red Wings takes the honor.

World Be Free

June 2nd, 2010
10:35 am

Ugliest player ever?
How about “Bugsy” Watson from the Wings in the mid 70’s?
Also- Larry Playfair-I met Larry, super dude but he’s so ugly he could scare a bulldog out of a meat truck.

kracker

June 2nd, 2010
11:11 am

Smoothie

June 2nd, 2010
11:13 am

Yeah, I think our team could use a little bit of ugly. At least someone who is Jeff Odgers ugly…no offense to Jeff intended! Even Eric Boulton is a fairly good looking dude for a bruiser who pounds faces. I guess it’s good for Eric that he rarely gets beat up, but most of our guys have all of their teeth still! Only Marty seems to have any chiclets missing at this point. Our boys are too clean and polite!

glovesave29

June 2nd, 2010
11:19 am

I gotta vote for Ryan “dude, where’s my chin?” Smyth

World Be Free

June 2nd, 2010
12:04 pm

Yeah, Ryan Smith has that “north, south, east, west” nose too, cause it’s all over the place.

One thing that missed everyone this weekend was the announcement that the salary cap was actually going UP this season. You wonder what happened behind close doors to bring about the “about face” in the cap? The stronger teams who had more to lose in the form of players they would have to cut or trade for picks? Or was it the union? Fewer free agents on July 1 means more $$$ for less players. a higher cap means more roster players will be able to stay with their current teams. I don’t think we will ever get the full story.

Lee

June 2nd, 2010
1:01 pm

Hate Scotty Hartnell’s hair. Ugh….

Lee

June 2nd, 2010
1:02 pm

Ryan’s hair looks like two dog ears.

GaVaHokie

June 2nd, 2010
1:05 pm

On another topic… Tomas Kaberle is officially on the trading block per TSN… would anyone be willing to give up the NJ pick for him?

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=323363

kracker

June 2nd, 2010
1:14 pm

TWITTER – ajcthrashers Thrashers strength and conditioning coach extraordinaire Ray Bear leaving to train Special Forces for U.S. Army. Best of luck.

Guess Ray is ready for a change. Or does Duds want a new conditioning guy broght in?

kracker

June 2nd, 2010
1:16 pm

Hokie – Is Kubina coming back or not? I need to know that first.

glovesave29

June 2nd, 2010
1:17 pm

GaVa – funny you just posted that. Because I was reading the Toronto blogs about that very player. One blogger, who claims “inside information” says Columbus is offering their 1st round, 4th overall pick for Kaberle.

Others claim he’s worth a top 6 forward or a late first rounder.

One hopes he’s not sent to hockey “Siberia” like Atlanta (9 points better) or Florida (3 points better).

So we here in Atlanta are supposedly the ones who don’t understand hockey?

Just a little lunchtime humor at the expense of the second worst team in hockey.

GaVaHokie

June 2nd, 2010
1:34 pm

kracker… if Kubina was back, would you want Kaberle? Are you wanting to reunite them or, would you be looking at Kaberle as insurance if Kubina leaves?

GS29… no way is Kaberle worth a Top 5 pick with only one year on his contract… that’s ridiculous. I hope you gave that person a hard time.

I’d love to have Kabs and Kubs as our top pairing… but I’d be remise to give up even the NJ pick in case Jack Campbell or Jeff Skinner was still on the board.

GaVaHokie

June 2nd, 2010
1:36 pm

re: Ray Bear… I hope our Special Forces don’t pull a groin in action.

Kidding aside, good luck to him. Do us proud Ray!

Joe Friday

June 2nd, 2010
1:38 pm

No Rod “a mug only a mother could love” Brindamour?

World Be Free

June 2nd, 2010
1:39 pm

GaVa-Kaberle
Leafs want a top 10 pick or top 6 forward for Kaberle. He’s a UFA next summer.

Kaberle is not the cornerstone defenseman we are looking for, another puck mover and decent in his own zone.

GaVaHokie

June 2nd, 2010
1:45 pm

WBF… where do you see Top 10 pick? The TSN article says just first round.

kracker

June 2nd, 2010
2:12 pm

Hokie, they are different type of d-men so rather than Kaberle being a raplacement for Kubina, I was more thinking of just having a roster spot available. If Kubina resigns the D is probably set, along with Kulda taking Pops place. If Kubina leaves, then Dudley has more work to do and Kaberle could possibly be in the mix – not as a straight replacement d-man but part of multiple player moves.

Smoothie

June 2nd, 2010
2:18 pm

No!!! No and no! Three times NO!

Do not trade any 1st rounder for a 1-year rental…period. Unless it is a 25 y/o Wayne Gretzky. But then again, the asking price would be quite a bit higher.

Seriously, we have no need to mortgage a first round pick, even a late one, for Tomas Kaberle when we can go out and sign a guy like Seidenberg, Tallinder or Z. Michalek. We need defensively-minded D-men as Bogo, Enstrom, Hains and Johnny O give you plenty of puck moving.

World Be Free

June 2nd, 2010
2:22 pm

GaVa-members of the Toronto media believe the Leafs need a top 10 pick to get a player that might make the Leafs’ lineup in the coming season. I think the Leafs would prefer a top 6 forward and draft choice for Kaberle.

Toronto is desperate to improve next year or risk giving the Broones another very high draft choice. The story on the top 10 pick is why the were focusing on trading Kaberle to Columbus for #4, though even Toronto media admitted they would have to give more than Kaberle to get the #4 pick. Giving #24 would work for us, but it will not fly in Toronto.

Smoothie

June 2nd, 2010
2:34 pm

According to this article in Swedish: http://www.frolundaindians.com/sv/frolunda/nyheter/a-laget/jag-ska-spela-i-frolunda/

…Klingberg states that he will be playing for Frolunda next season.

Here is the Google Translation of the article:

“I’ll play in Frölunda”
Published: 01 June 2010, 12:49

-I will play in Frölunda the coming season. The news from # 17 Carl Klingberg are crystal clear. There will be games with Frölunda also the coming season. Media Information today puts Carl Klingberg in the NHL with the Atlanta Thrashers with a new three-year contract in hand.

“It is with the contract but I will be on loan to Frölunda the coming season, so I’ll play here,” says Klingberg. Same infomation from Kent Norberg, Frölunda’s General Manager. “Carl will play with us, “says Norberg

Klingberg, with roots in Lerum, things were soon to the Atlanta Thrashers in the draft last year, already in the second round (34th player overall).”

This was posted by Zim over on the Thrashers’ message board and no one has answered his question. Perhaps Viking can enlighten us by reading and translating so we can know whether Klingberg hopes to play in the NHL next season and wants SEL as a fall-back or if he has no intention of coming over until the following year when his Frolunda contract expires?

Zim posed this question: “So, is there an out clause if he doesn’t make the NHL or does Frolunda and Klingberg believe he’ll be back in Sweden next season either way?”

Viking, are you lurking out there?? Hope you are doing well our resident Swedish hockey fan and friend!

GaVaHokie

June 2nd, 2010
4:04 pm

WBF… boy, the Toronto Media really put some legs on that story. I listened to Burke’s entire radio interview and NEVER got that inclination. The Toronto media is jaded if they think Burke is getting a Top 10 pick… not for Kaberle and a prospect (which won’t be Kadri in that scenario).

I’d certainly say that Kaberle would probably trump our 24th pick on the market place… for instance for Patrick Sharp or Kris Versteeg. If you were Chicago, would you take Kaberle or our 24th pick?

So, they might get a Top 6 forward and maybe a 2nd round pick for Kaberle… most likely from a team that needs to shed salary.

GaVaHokie

June 2nd, 2010
4:07 pm

The Toronto media also thought Burke was going to trade Luke Schenn last year to move into the Top 5… Burke said, “Why would I trade a proven young defensemen for a questionable Top 5 pick?”

… that’s why Kadri won’t be apart of any trade to get into the Top 10.

Joe Friday

June 2nd, 2010
4:22 pm

“for instance for Patrick Sharp or Kris Versteeg. If you were Chicago, would you take Kaberle or our 24th pick?”

that’s a no brainer, of course Chicago would take the 24th pick. They need to move salary, not take more on . . .

Viking

June 2nd, 2010
5:17 pm

Smoothie, I am here. Busy working on my house.

I will see what I can find out about Klingberg online.

Smoothie

June 2nd, 2010
7:10 pm

Hope the work on your house is going well. Thanks for looking into the story. I hope Klingberg wants to come over as early as this year….assuming he is ready…and feels it is where his passion lies.

Then again, waiting one more year isn’t a terrible thing since the SEL has proved to be a good proving ground for grooming future NHLers.

World Be Free

June 2nd, 2010
7:46 pm

GaVa-when I need a good laugh, I always tune into the Toronto/Leaf media or fan blogs. Some of the trade scenarios on these outlets are total jokes. Stuff like “we’ll give you Jeff Finger for a #1 draft choice.” Finger is the latest in the long line of Leaf UFA busts who have not panned out. Why would a UFA go to Toronto, knowing the expectations of these fans who have been starved for a Cup for 43 years? Rumored UFAs to Toronto this spring include Armstrong, Raffi Torres and Kovalchuk. Talk about reaching for the instant gratification generation.

Kaberle is not a premier D – man on a Cup contending team. Great skater and puck mover, but he’s not a shut down guy in his own end. Kaberle is alot like Campbell, who is barely the 5th best d-man on the Hawks.

I am not sure of the real value of our #24 pick. This is not a deep draft, probably one of the weakest in a couple years. Number 24 may actually be close to the 34th or 35th player taken in last year’s draft, maybe lower. So let’s not overvalue our own pick, cause it may not yield a guy that very close to being in the NHL.

HookyBob

June 2nd, 2010
10:13 pm

Between periods I saw the NHL’s “Speechless Stanley Cup” ad and got a bit teary-eyed. Earlier, I got all (well very) watery-eyed when Kate Smith’s recording of God Bless America was broadcast. Then I got all wet eyed thinking “Is life good or what?” I must say I feel a bit like I have won the lottery being “born in the USA” (thanks Bruce) and growing up in hockey country (those 40 below mornings fade in my memory).

I must say I’m a bit biased towards Chicago as both Teows and Byfuglin grew up with-in 60 miles of my old stomping grounds. Of course Asham was with-in 70 miles and Riley Cote (where is he anyway) with-in 60. Teows also wore the NCAA Indian Head I follow (UND,… but will soon change for political correctness). Then,…there’s also something about Toronto having the longest drought that I sort of relish.

But you know,… if the Flyers win,…I’m OK with that too,..this team isn’t the goons stamped in my memory (how can a hockey afficienado cheer for goon hockey). Is this something that Laviolette should be credited for? They are a skilled team and their play, absent Carcillo (and he is rather skilled, but plays the goon), reflects it. Did you see that pass of Hartnell’s on the 1st goal?

Come to think of it “I don’t have a dog in this fight.” I like the game of both teams.

Once more, for the record, I hope this series determined by a bad goal, or a “foot in the crease.” May the best team win (or the team playing the best).

So, while I am still focusing on the games, has anyone noticed that both Montreal and Edmonton have let (ie fired) several of their scouting staff? In Dudley I trust (Thanks WBF).

Also, while the Thrashers are looking for investors,…what do you bloggers think of them offering shares in the business? I’d buy in if I had a voice (vote) in mgmt.

Brendan

June 2nd, 2010
11:08 pm

HookyBob, I wouldn’t want ANY part of this management (Atlanta Spirit, LLC). They’ve made countless missteps along the way. And I don’t mean little ones, that had more to do with “chance” and “luck.” Keeping Billy Knight, for HOWWWWW LONNNNG? Retaining Waddell, past 2006? Not firing him after the 2007 playoff sweep??? It’s not an accident. It’s not. They believe in a “philosophy of longevity.” In this core set of beliefs, everyone improves in their various position, with the FEAR of being fired removed from the equasion.

See, this is normally the sort of stupidity that is reserved for the ivory towers of academia. Where notions like giving everyone nuclear arms ensures PEACE. And so forth. What would you do, HookyBob, sitting there are a share holder, when you hear the plan is to let Waddell pick the next GM, rather than interview Steve Yzerman for the job, promising him the moon and stars, if he accepts the position? See what I mean? You’re left there, helplessly, to watch it all transpire. It’s just not worth it. “You can’t fix stupid,” my boss once told me, as we interviewed candidates for vacancies in the office.

Flyers score!!! Or do they?? No signal.

Brendan

June 2nd, 2010
11:13 pm

No goal. Wow. And it didn’t go in, initially. It went in, eventually, but I suspect there was a whistle, first. If Chicago wins this game … hide the refs!!

Flyers win!!!! Giroux, I think!!!

Brendan

June 2nd, 2010
11:40 pm

If you’re a Blackhawks fan, you have to ask yourself, “Did we just blow a chance to lock up this series?” At 3-0, in the series, it’s pretty much over. Or, do you tell yourself, “Hey, Game Four is another ‘pressure-free’ chance to take that stranglehold on this series. If we win that one, it’s coming HOME to clinch?”

If you’re a Flyer fan, you exhale. But you know … you still have to win Game Four, too. Then, Game Five is your ‘pressure-free’ chance to steal that game, and the series. Every game is imporant. I shouldn’t say, ‘pressure free.’ It’s just … less pressure. If Chicago loses Game Four, it’s coming home tied, 2-2. That’s not a disaster situation.

World Be Free

June 2nd, 2010
11:45 pm

Hooky-One of the first things I said when Dudley was hired is that he needs a total review of the scouting staff. Not sure how that has gone so far, but I like what other teams have done in holding their scouts accountable. The guys in the field need to be held accountable like coaches and players.

I like the speechless adds too. Add to this all the commercials the league has fielded this post season. Somebody is doing their homework, on a night in which the National Pastime finds the wisdom to rob a young pitcher of a perfect game. Unbelieveable

We keep talking about taking advantage of teams dumping salary and Philly gives us the best current example-Ville Leino. Leino has become a key contributor for the Flyers. Great pickup, a “dump player” who Detroit had to move and Philly was there to take him.

HookyBob

June 2nd, 2010
11:45 pm

Brendan,..Agree you “can’t fix stupid”. But if stakeholders have a vote,…is that stupid? That is an unfair question as who tallies the stakeholder vote and weight? ( I’m thinking I get your point Brendan.)

BTW: Brendan,..have you ever been to Iona?

Cliff Fletcher

June 3rd, 2010
8:07 am

Nothing will change unless you become a majority owner. Don’t waste your money trying to buy into this group and affect change with 5% of the pie.

Hockey expert

June 3rd, 2010
8:10 am

Red Light

June 3rd, 2010
8:31 am

Leino has been exceptional for the Flyers. 6 goals and 9 assists in 16 games is outstanding production, but once again Briere and Hartnell were in the thick of it last night. I think the turning point was Leino’s goal just 20 seconds after Kane put the Hawks ahead because it never allowed the Hawks to feel comfortable. While I dislike Philly for many reasons, it’s easy to pull for a team that refuses to crumble. They could have thrown in the towel may times during the playoffs and haven’t. That’s a testament to their leadership and Laviolette’s coaching. Holding the Hawks to four third-period shots for the 2nd game in a row is unreal.

To World Be Free’s point about scouting, that’s how Leino was purged from Detroit.

“The Flyers and Finnish scout Ilkka Sinisalo were keeping an eye on Leino’s progress and when general manager Paul Holmgren noticed Leino was a healthy scratch for six straight games in late January he made Detroit an offer.”

Nicely done!

GaVaHokie

June 3rd, 2010
8:59 am

Joe Friday… okay, a different example. If San Jose was offering up Ryan Clowe. Would they take Kaberle or our 24th pick in return?

Joe Friday

June 3rd, 2010
9:05 am

“alot like Campbell, who is barely the 5th best d-man on the Hawks.”

You keep saying this, and you couldn’t be more wrong. Chicago hit the wall when Campbell was mugged by Ovechkin and was out injured. The impetus to their improved play in the playoff run was precisely the game that Campbell came back. He’s one of the keys to their offense and he’s played pretty dang well on defense too, his speed has stopped more than one Phlyer breakaway this series.

“Flyers in 7″

From your keyboard to the hockey gods ears. Let’s go, Orange Crush!

Joe Friday

June 3rd, 2010
9:06 am

“If San Jose was offering up Ryan Clowe. Would they take Kaberle or our 24th pick in return?”

why make it an either/or? You need to realize that Kaberle has a large contract and is only signed for one more year. You’re comparing apples and hand grenades.

Smoothie

June 3rd, 2010
9:44 am

Hawks in 5.

There is quite a bit of dissonance as to the strength of this year’s draft. Perhaps strength isn’t the right word as much as depth of above average prospects with very similar potentials for making the NHL. After the Top 5 or so, there seems to be a lot of variance in terms of how players are ranked. Does that mean there is great depth or great mediocrity? If the latter, then we should look to trade the 24th pick. But no way in hell should we pass on a chance to get Johansen, Nino or Emerson Etem at # 8.

World Be Free

June 3rd, 2010
9:53 am

Is Chicago better with Campbell-yes! But Campbell is not a cornerstone defenseman on the Black Hawks. This is my point when comparing Kaberle to Campbell, in the sense they are offensive minded players that are responsible in their own ends. So if neither is the full package, how much is a team going to give up to get them? Kaberle will make $4.25M in the coming season; as you noted, he has one more year on his current deal. Another factor for a team looking to trade for him is the one year factor before he becomes a UFA.

Joe, as usual, you seem to contest everyone else’s comments without really making an original comment of your own, other than “go Flyers”. Well done on your part.

Smoothie

June 3rd, 2010
10:15 am

WBF – hope we don’t bail out Burkie again and trade for Kaberle and one year of mercenary contribution! Let’s hope Duds is a bit more visionary than you know who! ;-)

Cue the Sage of Redundancy.

Rawhide

June 3rd, 2010
10:25 am

No doubt you all saw Philly win game three…thanks in part to video replay being used the way it should be. But did anyone see how a Detroit Tigers pitcher was robbed of a perfect game bid because MLB has no such replay ability?

Oh, and by the way…100th!!