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.

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Old Time Hockey

June 3rd, 2010
11:02 am

Do not underestimate the importance of a quality strength and conditioning coach. I think what Baer is doing is commendable, but have not been impressed with this teams conditioning for years. Nutrition is soooo important these days and training techniques and science have made incredible advances. Let’s hope they hire someone who is current and open minded. You can’t go wrong being in great condition.

Dwayne

June 3rd, 2010
11:18 am

We need Barry Bonds’ trainer