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Cheer the Podcast: Episode 27

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Prior to heading into the playoff series vs Nashville the guys get together to discuss Antoine Vermette’s entrance to the witness protection program, the return of Patrick Kane and what it’ll take for the Blackhawks to move on to the 2nd round. They also look across the other seven playoff series on tap and take some stabs at the NHL Awards to be handed out after the playoffs.

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Cheer the Podcast: Episode 25

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It’s the Matt Carey Cam Barker Jerome Dupont episode. In the first cast since Pat Kane’s collarbone become more than one piece the guys discuss the implications of the injury, the replacements acquired to help soften the blow and of course there’s plenty of Teuvo talk after his big game against the Rangers. We do wonder if Patrick Sharp will ever emerge from urinal trough he’s been stuck in for the better part of two months however.

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Roundtable of DOOM … and a little optimism, kinda

Enlightening discussion in this circle, I’m sure.


After the shovel to the face that was Tuesday in Chicago sports the staff got together to do an emergency roundtable and share their feelings about the rest of the season in light of Patrick Kane’s injury.

1.) So, the season is effectively over, yes? Y/N/M/brb

mMD: In the words of the great Walter Sobchak: “Nothing  is fucked, dude.. come on, you’re being very un-Dude”. This could mean a decent run on a top line for Teuvo and a fit and rested Kane in the playoffs. In the words of the great Walter Sobchak: “Nothing  is fucked, dude.. come on, you’re being very un-Dude”. This could mean a decent run on a top line for Teuvo and a fit and rested Kane in the playoffs.

LePac: I’m not in a joking mood about this today, so I’m looking entirely to numbers. Kane’s health is obviously important, but the season won’t turn on him. It’s about our fucked up D-corp. We won’t make it through without addressing that.

TomThis will do a better job of explaining my thoughts than I ever could.

Bartl: We were bitching up a storm about how the ‘Hawks are going to struggle to win a playoff series BEFORE one of the NHL’s leading scorers suffered an up-to-10-week injury. There’s my answer.

Nakis: Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? My answer is an emphatic no.

Adam: I have a very difficult time seeing how a team that was entering a questionable slide with Patrick Kane is going to advance to the conference finals without Patrick Kane. There’s so many variables here that have to go in Chicago’s favor for the season not to be over. They need to use as much of the $5.2M possible made available by Kane’s LTIR placement to upgrade the current roster, Kane’s injury needs to heal at the shorter end of his timetable than the 12 week portion and the Blues/Predators need to start playing closer to Earth as April approaches. If you think all of that is not only possible but probable, then the season is not in danger of ending early.

tl;dr.. They’re done.

2.) Do you still want the Blackhawks to try and acquire talent for this season at the deadline? If yes, who and why? If no, why not?

mMD: Until bits started falling off Oduya, I’d have said no. What Q needs to do is limit Roszival’s exposure as a bottom-pairing d-man. Now.. yes, a cheap blueline rental would seem neccesary.

LePac: Nick Leddy. He’s still available, right?

Bartl: Try? Sure. But even saying “The Hawks acquired the best available player at the deadline” doesn’t do very much good if said player isn’t all that good to begin with. Even with Kane going down, I’d like to see an upgrade at defenseman, if anything is done at all.

Tom: No. I don’t. I want them to just run this season out with the current crap. Why? Because I don’t want to add some half-assed veterans like Chris Stewart to try and make some postseason run. This team has greater issues than they believe they do and any stopgap acquisitions aren’t going to be enough to help them compete with the big boys. You might as well just run into the postseason with what you’ve got and hope that somehow Corey Crawford turns into Dominik Hasek.

Nakis: No, let’s just give up in a “go for it” season and surrender to the playoff giant St. Louis Blues.

Adam: There’s a fence post up my ass on this one. When I sent out these questions yesterday I was a hard no. After talking it over with the rest of the guys there’s a couple of moves that would be OK with me. With McKenzie mentioning Vermette by name and Keith Yandle reportedly available I would be fine with mortgaging part of the future from Rockford to upgrade down the middle and on the backend in that fashion with one swift move. Stan has been hesitant to make splashes in the past and with this team needing help on both sides of the puck it would seem to me that having one trade partner instead of two would make the cost more manageable for such a large upgrade. Kinda like going to CostCo for butter. What, no one else does that? It’s going to cost them some prime talent to make a move like that happen, but with no cap in the playoffs and this being one last run with this group, that’s probably how you’d do it. You probably won’t ever see Danault, McNeil or someone like Klas Dahlbeck in a Hawks sweater though.

3.) This Kane injury is going to give Joel Quenneville and Stan Bowman a free pass for this season, isn’t it? Should it?

mMD: Both are untouchable anyway. Two Cups etc etc. But yes, there’ll be an Escape Goat (sic) for the season (assuming we don’t have a parade in june and I still believe that’s a distinct possibility)

LePac: It should not. I don’t remember the current estimate for how many goals equals a win, but I know it’s not enough to conclude that losing Kane’s hypothetical goals over the next 21 games would significantly affect the standings. And if we’re talking about individual game heroics in a first round he misses, well . . . that’s just guess work. Maybe he would have been Kane of the L.A. Hat Trick. Maybe he would have been Kane of the Games before the L.A. Hat Trick. Who knows. It. Is. About. The. Defense.

Bartl: It will, but it shouldn’t. It’s going to overshadow all the lineup mismanagement over the course of the 61 games that Kane played. And if the Hawks bow out early in the playoffs, people will say it was because either Kane wasn’t playing or the team lacked enough time to jell while he was out.

Tom: Sure is. No it should not. As I said earlier, this team has significant issues and this is just going to give them a free pass to not acknowledge those.

Nakis: No. The failure to work in young players like Teuvo Teravainen and Klas Dahlbeck is now coming full circle. I, for one, will not forget this.

Adam: I’m with everybody else and this is probably the most heated I get about something that spins off from Kane getting hurt other than the injury itself obviously. Quenneville and Bowman will both get a pass no matter the season outcome. If they’re able to swing a big deal before March 2nd and Quenneville assimilates those parts well while also actually using Teravainen effectively then they’re heralded as heroes. If they don’t make an upgrade and bow out early, you just point to the fact that your best player got banged up.

4.) Is Teuvo returning and likely getting significant minutes a silver lining to you?

mMD: It’s a Platinum lining. Q is going to be forced to deploy real offensive talent in the top-six and… oh, shit, Gorilla Salad is going on the 2nd Line, isn’t he?

LePac: Well, he’s back of this writing which is great. I hope that whatever Sharp did to anger Q is still alive and well and burning Q’s whiskers enough that Q’s unwillingness to slot Teuvo in with a decent line intersects with his fiery hate for Sharp and we get a Teuvo-Sharp. How good is that fucking buddy cop movie?

Bartl: I have to find out with whom he’s playing first. And no matter where he’s place, it needs to stay that way consistently so he’s not being flopped around the lineup constantly.

Tom: No. I hope he comes up here and dominates for a few weeks and our TWO CUP GUY Quenneville looks like a dumbfuck for sending him down in favor of the talentless Joakim Nordstrom and the ever-redundant Ryan Hartmann.

Nakis: Yes. The Blogger v. Hockey Buzz commenter war on this issue has been raging for years now without any real hard evidence. LET’S GET IT ON.

Adam: Nope. Doesn’t mean I don’t want him to have success in his second stint this year but this is not how I wanted him recalled.

5.) Which numbskull is going to do something stupid in Sunrise today?

mMD: See above. Although you’ve got to believe that the players know it wasn’t as bad as some fans are calling it.

LePac: Frankly, I hope Go’Sal takes a run that looks awful, causes no real injuries to anyone, but earns himself a long suspension on account of being an insufferable waste of our time, money, and meagerly apportioned existence.

Bartl: I’m afraid the list of numskulls on this team is long than of those who are playing well, so I could name more than half the roster.

Tom: Nobody. This team is too damn soft to do anything stupid. Carcillo knows that if he does, he’s done so he won’t.

Nakis: Bryan Bickell will take several runs at Petrovic, only to pull up at the very last second. In all seriousness, the Hawks don’t do revenge. We saw it when Ovie hit Campbell in 2010. We saw it when Orpik hit Toews last year. It just doesn’t happen.

Adam: Patrick Sharp




Blackhawks 2 – Red Wings 3 (SO): Argento and Scarto

I was entertained. If you weren’t please seek medical attention immediately.

It felt like the Chicago Blackhawks controlled this contest tonight for the better part of 45 minutes of game action. The thing is, they really didn’t though. The Red Wings seemed to get their legs underneath them in the final frame and it was the right time considering the game was tied heading into the that last period of play. This game was pretty much flipped on its head. Even the shot totals reflected that with the Blackhawks hammering Detroit 17-6 in the first period, an 8-8 even second period and the Wings having an 11-7 advantage in the last period.

But back to how I opened this: this was a hell of a hockey game and it really is a shame we only play these guys twice a year anymore.

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Cheer the Podcast: Episode 22

Cheer the Podcast Episode 22 (2.8.15): A week after dropping two of three in California the guys reconvene to discuss coming away from three divisional games with four points. Other topics include the upcoming eight game homestand, the impending return of Kris Versteeg as it relates to Brad Richards and inexplicably somehow talk of the Calgary Flames making the playoffs shoehorns its way into this one. Of course, plenty of Teuvo too.

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Cheer the Podcast: Episode 19

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Cheer the Podcast Episode 19 (12.26.14): We’re posting this a few days after the fact but you’ll forgive us as certain life events have made podcasting a bit more sporadic this season. Jim and Adam sit down to discuss the Blackhawks as we near the midpoint of this season and the Winter Classic is on the horizon. We look back at what we missed and hit on in our preseason predictions. Our mea culpa for Kris Versteeg being a primary tenet there. Oh, and those Stanley Cup Champion Dallas Stars, too. After a little bit of a bumpy start there’s almost nothing to complain about and we try not to do just that.

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Cheer the Podcast: Episode 18

Cheer the Podcast Episode 18 (11.22.14): The first podcast of the new season is in the can as Jeff, Jim and Adam sit down to sift through everything from the Leddy trade to Phillip Danault. Kris Versteeg is shoehorned into places where they sent Crisobal Huet. Ben Smith and Andrew Shaw get a lot of play on the podcast, mostly for getting too much play on the ice. The guys go through the West and touch on LAK’s off ice obstacles, SJS’ Cup or Bust mentality (part IX) and why Dallas & Colorado are slow out of the gate.

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Walking On A Thin Line: Blackhawks 5 – Sharks 2

Saad sure did provide #more tonight

While still trying to process exactly what the hell happened there in the last three minutes of the 3rd period you’d have to be one joyless bastard to not have enjoyed tonight’s hockey game at the United Center. Seven goals with five of them coming from the home reds and even a few quality saves thrown in from both goaltenders made this a quality affair. Really helped to rinse the taste out from the six minute stretch that cost the Blackhawks a win on Friday night against the Capitals.

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CtA’s Season Predictions & Over/Under Picks


With the 2014-15 campaign set to start tonight the staff got together today (read: we sent an e-mail because we’re at work and needed a distraction) to try their hands at prognosticating the upcoming season. Go ahead and bookmark this so you can make fun of us in April when the Washington Capitals somehow win the President’s Trophy or something. Without further needless introduction, here’s what we came up with for the coming hockey season.

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Cheer the Podcast: Episode 17

Cheer the Podcast Episode 17 (10.5.14): With the salary cap move finally taken care of Jim, Tom and Adam get together to talk about life after Nick Leddy. We can guarantee this will be the #1 Kyle Cumiskey searched podcast on iTunes by Wednesday. The Daniel Carcillo Experience is back in town and, so, well… [trails off while looking at the horizon]. But there’s NHL hockey this week so basically we spend almost an hour waffling about the 13th and 14th forwards and 3rd pairing affecting the Blackhawks Cup chances this season

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Cheer the Podcast: Episode 16, Part 1

Cheer the Podcast Episode 16, Part 1 (9.16.14): And, we’re back! In the first installment of a two part podcast to open the 2014-15 season the crew largely focuses on the Blackhawks and what has changed since the draft (hint: not much). The guys also welcome Tom Pauly to his first podcast as a CtA member. Topics discussed include the cap and speculation on who will go to get under it, Versteeg’s leash, which kids will move from the Rock to Chicago and a small segment on professionalism from the least professional bloggers currently covering the Blackhawks*.

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Cheer the Podcast: Episode 15

Cheer the Podcast Episode 15 (6.28.14): Jim and Adam get together for draft tonight as their mindsets wildly change over a 24 hour period. Patrick Sharp is the topic du jour, followed by the abundance of right side defencemen which now includes Niklas Hjalmarsson and how the lower than expected cap ceiling may cause the Hawks just to stand pat. The implications of Ryan Kesler’s trade to Anaheim, the low ceiling cap on teams already up against it and the impending free agency period all roll back to that $69M number as the guys fully delve into the first true offseason podcast of the summer.

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Cheer the Podcast: Episode 14 Part 2

Cheer the Podcast Episode 14: Part 2(6.16.14): With part 1 having looked back at last season, part 2 focuses on the offseason ahead and the questions that need to be answered. The Brent Seabrook conundrum (the idea that actively shopping him is reactionary nonsense), Patrick Sharp as the lone core piece we’d be OK with seeing moved and Toews/Kane getting extensions are primary discussion topics. We also look at the barren UFA landscape to see if any pieces there would make sense for the Blackhawks. Business opens for buyouts today as well as trades. This should lead you into that whole process.

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Cheer the Podcast: Episode 14 Part 1

Cheer the Podcast Episode 14 (6.12.14): Sadly, the guys convene to look back on a season where the Blackhawks failed to win the Stanley Cup. In the first part of a two part episode they focus solely on the 2013-14 season and what went both wrong and right. Topics include players jettisoned like Brandon Pirri, Jimmy Hayes and Dylan Olsen as well as those coming back such as Kris Versteeg, Peter Regin and David Rundblad. The Kings series is dissected with Patrick Sharp’s disppearance and Joel Quenneville’s questionable roster decisions put to the fire. Still, there were a lot of positives like career highs in points for Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa scoring 30 goals and the continued success of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. Still, the guys are left disappointed at what could have been.

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Cheer the Podcast Episode 13

Cheer the Podcast Episode 13 (5.18.14): The Minnesota Wild are now in the rear view and the Kings are the only obstacle between the Blackhawks and a 2nd straight Final appearance. The guys reflect back on the Minnesota series and it taking more than originally thought while looking ahead to those LA Kings. Brandon Bollig’s social media escapades get a brief mention, and the role we hope to not play again in those. We also delve into the unpredictable happenings of the Eastern Conference playoffs, basically going as far to say that the West Finals are for the Cup.

This weeks outro may prevent Jim from ever running for President.

Wild 4 – Blackhawks 0: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Remember Me?

Recapping the first 40 minutes of this game seems like a great way to get you to click on the ads (do we have ads?). The last 20 minutes were where all the action took place and none of it was beneficial to the Chicago Blackhawks. I wrote down some bullets before I slept on this last night and after reading them this morning I don’t feel too different. Let’s get to them.

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Cheer The Podcast: Episode 12

Cheer the Podcast Episode 12 (4.30.14): With the Blues vanquished the guys reconvene to discuss the Game 7s in progress as they ‘cast, bury the Blues, see what lies ahead in Round 2, answer a few e-mails (including a special local country club celebrity, allegedly), check in on everyone’s favorite stairwell pooper and this episode’s outro involves Craig Berube and Jeremy Roenick.

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Cheer the Podcast: Episode 10

Cheer the Podcast Episode 10 (4.7.14): Jim and Adam host a Bartl-less podcast as he recovers from his vacation exploits. Topics covered include the Toews-Orpik controversy about #grit, the performances of Jeremy Morin and Peter Regin with Bryan Bickell, a few e-mails that include an discussion about hockey and television production, and a look at the Blackhawks blue line going into 2014-15. In the East the guys roast the Leafs and lament the Wings keeping their playoff streak.

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Cheer the Podcast: Episode 9

CtA Teuvo

Cheer the Podcast Tuevo Episode 9 (3.21.14): After a religious sabbatical to find Teuvo the guys return to talk about the six week hiatus including brief recaps of the Olympics and The Stadium Series. Kris Versteeg, David Rundblad, the rash of injuries for Saad, Bickell, Kane and Rozsival, & Pirri getting traded while Bollig got extended were Hawks-centric topics touched on. Around the League the guys sacrificed Marty St. Louis at the Altar of Teuvo, talked about the Pacific Division race, the possibility of Detroit not making the playoffs and an out of context Michael Jordan comment is this week’s outro.

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Things Aren’t Looking Up, But We Are: Blackhawks 2 – Avalanche 3

We were actually discussing this game as a staff this morning and who would write the recap. I volunteered for it with my reasoning being that the Avalanche just have something about them that makes them punchable. Coming into this season we made a lot of jokes about Patrick Roy and the Feet but after 3/4 of the season I think it’s only we fair we give them credit for just how far they’ve come in a year. This roster is shaped similarly to the rebuild taking place for the 6th straight year in Alberta yet coming into tonight they were just one point behind Chicago in the division.

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Brown Chicken Brown Cow: Blackhawks Lots – Jackets Negative Threeve

Now normally I put in the Fenwick chart and some other analytical thoughts in here when I do the recaps but, yeaaaaah, we really don’t need to bother with that type of stuff tonight. The Blackhawks and their new fangled lines put together by Two Time Stanley Cup Winning Coach Joel Quenneville™ absolutely wrecked shop on West Madison Street tonight. So, for your viewing pleasure, I’ve accumulated some GIFs and videos for after the jump. Bartl’s still on his honeymoon and boxing will return when he’s done enjoying some well deserved R&R in Hawaii.

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