Moving onto the forwards, Artemi Panarin is the biggest wild card of the recent influx of Russians to the Hawks, who have not had a Russian forward in nearly 8 years after Sergei Samsonov (remember him?) was dealt to Carolina. Panarin will undoubtedly be labeled an highly skilled, an enigma, a malcontent, lazy, or all of the above because that’s just the way it works with Russians in the NHL. But with Patrick Sharp and Brandon Saad now gone, there’s a real opportunity for Panarin to make some noise on the left side.
With yesterday’s news that the Hawks have signed their 2012 first round pick Teuvo Teravainen to his entry level deal, both the franchise and the player are presented with some interesting options. The contract clock hasn’t started to tick yet, but the unwashed masses of Blackhawk Nation (including this site) are more than a little excited at what the future holds for the shifty Finn, and have been since he unexpectedly fell into Stan Bowman’s lap last June at the Entry Draft.
Because both the current roster and farm system are relatively stocked with talent, the Hawks have some options, which it’s now realistic to examine.
The AHL drops the hammer on the piggies: (The Third Man In)
Europe was good for Bickell: (Chicago Tribune)
Q..a changed man?? (FOX)
I can’t imagine a return to hockey being much bigger: (SportsNet)
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl clinches a playoff berth: (RSPORT)
Uniform Porn: (Icethetics)
This is really important: (The New York Times)
Kaner’s bringing his wingmom: (PD)
Toews and Kane spoke to Myers about the lockout: (CSNChi)
If they want to stay in the K they can stay in the K… kind of: (PHT)
For once moving a hockey team south kind of makes sense: (NYI)
Down Goes Brown looks at both the good and bad signs in the negotiation process: (DGB)
Always cite your sources before you get the hammer of the gods brought down on you by the hockey starved interwebs:(Twitter)
Apparently the AHL is fine, but the I-90 shuffle is better (Autoplay) (CSN)
Hockey is back with lots of ads and Russians on some fly-by-night tv station:(RT)
Can’t hold down a grinder:(GnM)
Hatred Growing: (SN)
Probably at the time the most hated team in Chicago:(TSUN)