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New Year’s Solutions and Resolutions

The Chicago Blackhawks currently sit atop the NHL with 52 points. In their last 10 games the hawks have an 8-2-0 record with the one loss coming on the road to the Pittsburgh Penguins the other against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday. After Friday’s win over the hated Red Wings, there is plenty to be happy about as a Hawks fan right now.

However, we don’t settle for good enough, we want our boys to be the best in the league, superior in all ways. With 2012 upon us, I’ve decided to take a look at some New Year’s Solutions and Resolutions.

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On the Bright Side: What to be Thankful for on Thanksgiving Day

After dropping three straight games while being outscored 15-4, it may be hard to look at things to be thankful for at the present moment.

Even after going winless in the games since their 5-1 spanking of the Canucks, the Blackhawks still sit tied for second in the Western Conference and atop the Central Division with a 12-7-3 record and 27 points. The surprising Minnesota Wild and the San Jose Sharks – who just showed us why they are high in the standings – are the only ones on par with the ‘Hawks.

Last year the Blackhawks were still running on a Stanley Cup hangover with a record of 10-10-2 after playing 22 games, which was only good for fourth in the division and 11th in the Western Conference. They were not getting consistent play from their No. 1 goaltender – at that time was Marty Turco – and Nick Boynton (yuck) was still in the lineup. The new additions to the team had a hard time adjusting to the new scenery, and chemistry wasn’t there after the salary cap purge during the previous offseason.

The Blackhawks may have lost their last three games, but there have been several things that fans should be thankful for so far this season. They have seen great play from their goaltender, from their veterans and young guns, and even some new pieces which were added in the off-season.

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Tampering Week: Marcel Goc

The Blackhawks are poised to make some changes after a disappointing 2010-11 season, and with cap space to spare this offseason there’s potential for some quality moves. Blackhawk Up will take a look at who’s available for Stan Bowman to pursue over the next week. However, Bowman cannot negotiate before July 1 – or should he? On the docket today is Nashville Predators center Marcel Goc.

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CONTRACT STATUS: Unrestricted free agent, $775,000 salary in 2010-11  

 

2010-11 STATS: 51 GP; 9 G; 15 A; 6 PIM; plus-10; 2 GWG

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The Daily Phil Esposito (IT’S BACK!)

"Hey dude you suck, now it's my turn to suck. Face it we won't be back next year..."

Photo: http://www.nj.com/

Well its been a while since I updated the former featherheads for you. I apologize, but College finals kind of took up the majority of my time, but now for the summer I’M FREE!

As for hockey, we know are into the Conference Finals and the San Jose Sharks will face the Vancouver Canucks in the West, while the Boston Bruins will have home ice advantage over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

There is a lot to cover so I won’t go into depth of each game and how many points were scored. Just know that the former Blackhawks haven’t really stepped up lately and the four which will be moving on are Ben Eager, Antti Niemi, and Scott Nichol for the Sharks, and Shawn Thornton for the Boston Bruins.

Enjoy

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The Daily (Weekly) Phil Esposito (4/22/11)

"Suck it Phoenix"

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Its been a while for the Espo. Between schoolwork and the lack of games being done in the playoffs I figured its easier that we do a multiple of days so we can get some content in these posts.

On Monday there were ten former Blackhawks to take the ice. One was a goalie who stepped in relief earlier in the series is continuing his great playoff series with a win. There was one point scored which was an assist by Radim Vrbata.

Tuesday saw just four ex-Hawks take the ice. They all were part of the same game in L.A. where the Sharks competed an amazing comeback, coming back from 4-0 deficit to win in OT. In that game the one point from the former Hawks game from the L.A. centerman who helped to get Niemi pulled early.

Wednesday there were eight former feather heads to play. There was a total of one goal and four assists for five points between the seven skaters. The goalie played a great game but picked up a loss.

Finally last night which was phenomenal after that amazing win by our boys, saw eight former Hawks to play scoring three points which were all from Habs. The one goalie played a decent game to pick up a win.

The Three Stars of the last four days are:

1st Star – Danny Cleary – one goal, two assists
2nd Star – Radim Vrbata – two assists
3rd Star – Brian Boucher – One win, 63 saves in two games

Enjoy!

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The Daily Phil Esposito – Weekend Playoff Edition (4/18/11)

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There were plenty of great games to watch over the last four days and it seems like former Blackhawks played a role in each and every one of them.

On Thursday there were nine former ‘Hawks to take the ice. The eight skaters came up pointless, but the goalie, Mr. Niemi picked up another playoff win giving him seventeen in his career.

Friday saw just three former featherheads to take the ice, and they were able to muster up one goal after a terrible misplay by the opposing goalie.

There were thirteen ex-‘Hawks to take the ice on Saturday. The goalies spilt decisions, while the eleven skaters scored a total of one goal and four assists for five points.

In yesterday’s action there were two former Blackhawks who took the ice scoring one point on an assist.

The three stars of the weekend are:

1st Star – Radim Vrbata: one goal and an assist
2nd Star – Craig Adams: one goal
3rd Star – James Wisniewski: one assist, plus two

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The Daily Phil Esposito – Playoffs Edition (4/14/11)

HE'S BACK!

Photo: nhlsnipers.com

There were six former Blackhawks who took place in day one of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. All were skaters and they were able to produce two goals as the only two points of the night.

As for the ‘Hawks game. I agree with Tim, I thought that at times the Blackhawks looked like a much more experienced and better team during the game, and towards the end of the first and the other two periods the Canucks were on their heels. The Hawks could very well win this series and I predicted they were going to win it in 6. So lets see, and LETS GO HAWKS!

Here are your three stars from the night

1st Star – Steve Sullivan – game winning goal
2nd Star – Radim Vrbata – one goal
3rd Star – Craig Adams – plus one, 60% on face-offs

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The Daily Phil Esposito (4/11/11)

"Ha I just farted, but seriously, I hope to see the Blackhawks in the finals against me and the Flyers so I can show them why it was wrong that they traded me!"

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Hey Guys! Hope you had a great weekend and didn’t have heart failure over the Blackhawks… Friday saw three goals and five assists for eight points scored by the nineteen former featherhead skaters. The one goalie who took the net lost.

Saturday there were eighteen former ‘Hawks to take the ice. The sixteen skaters scored four assists as their only points while the two goalies picked up big wins for their teams.

On Sunday there were ten former Blackhawks on the ice, with three of them fighting to knock the Blackhawks out of the playoffs. One was a drunk goalie who, yup you guessed it, lost, and the nine skaters were able to score two goals and notch on an assist. Ladd had one of the goals while Danny Cleary helped his Wings beat the hawks with the other two points…

Somehow the ‘Hawks snuck in due to the Wild actually showing up to play… Wow.

Here are the Three Stars of the Weekend

1st Star – Kris Versteeg – One goal and two assists
2nd Star – Andrew Ladd – One goal and one assist
3rd Star – Tuomo Ruutu – One goal and two assists

In the next couple of days I will have an Espo out with the final numbers for every former Blackhawk and how their season went, as well as any games that former Blackhawks play in the playoffs and how they do as well.

Enjoy!

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The Daily Phil Esposito (4/8/11)

"Ha, I have more goals than Patrick Kane."

Photo: http://www.boston.com

There were eight former Blackhawks to take the ice last night. One was a goalie who picked up a nice win against a division rival. The other seen skaters were able to tally three points, one was a goal and two were assists. We also had an Adam Burish siting! Hopefully his presence doesn’t help the Stars past the ‘Hawks.

Big two points tonight with the Red Wings, Tim will have your preview later one! Enjoy

Three Stars

1st Star – Andrew Ladd – 28th goal of the Season
2nd Star – James Wisniewski – Two assists
3rd Star – Craig Anders(s)on – Second straight win.

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The Daily Phil Esposito (4/7/11)

Moral Win against the Flyers on Tuesday

There were fourteen former Blackhawks to take the ice Tuesday night. The one goalie picked up a win, while the thirteen skaters only produced two points which were both assists.

Three Stars:

1st Star – Craig Anders(s)on – Win against the Flyers
2nd Star – Andrew Ladd – Assist and Plus two
3rd Star – Craig Adams –  Assist

Last night there were thirteen former ‘Hawks to take the ice. The drunk goalie lost his league leading 32nd game while the skaters amassed three goals and two assists for five points.

The ‘Hawks got a big win which they needed and may have gotten some help for the two games against Detroit this weekend with one of their big guns doubtful after suffering an injury in last nights action. Find out who later on.

Now for the three stars of last night.

1st Star – Sergei Samsonov – Two Assists in a loss to Washington
2nd Star – Rene Bourque – Goal in a rout of Edmonton
3rd Star – Benny Eager –  Goal

Enjoy.

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The Daily Phil Esposito (4/5/11)

"You guys let go of the wrong guy to the Sharks..."

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There were four former Blackhawks who played Monday night. The one goalie was Antti Niemi who recorded another win making his record 34-17-6 on the season. The other three skates didn’t really do much, but Michael Handzus scored the only point with a second period goal on Niemi.

The Three Stars I guess look like this:

1st Star – Has to be Antti Niemi with his 34th win of the season
2nd Star – Michael Handzus had the only point
3rd Star – Ben Eager for not sucking.

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The Weekend Edition of the Daily Phil Esposito (4/4/11)

"You guys miss me in Chicago yet?"

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On Friday, eight former featherheads took the ice. The only point was a goal scored by Sammy Pahlsson against the Blackhawks in that pitiful effort of a game against the Jackets.

Saturday had nineteen former Blackhawks taking the ice scoring four goals and two assists for six points. The goalies went

There were also eight former ‘Hawks who played on Sunday scoring just one goal as the only point of the day. That came from Bryan McCabe.

Something new which I will be including into my posts from now on will be the Three Stars of the Night Former Blackhawk Style. This post will have the Three Stars of the weekend.
1st Star – Dustin Byfuglien – Reached a Career High in Goals this weekend.
2nd Star – Danny Cleary – Game Winning Goal in overtime Saturday.
3rd Star – Tuomo Ruutu – One assist and all around good play over the weekend.

Enjoy!

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The Daily Phil Esposito (4/1/11)

Niemi Says no again...

The former Blackhawks came to play last night. They scored a total of twenty three points with twelve goals and eleven assists. April fools.

Now that we got the childish games out of the way, there were actually nineteen former featherheads to take the ice last night. Two of goalies combined for two wins, a shutout and 67 saves while the other lost his league leading thirty-first game of the season (That Drunk Guy). The sixteen skaters combined for three points including two goals and one assist. Two big games for teams in the West and the outcomes both favored the Hawks. However the one game that didn’t saw the Predators defeat the Avalanche for their eighth win in their past ten games.

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The Daily Phil Esposito (3/31/11)

"Finally I am playing up to my potential"

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There were seven former Blackhawks to take the ice last night. They were all skaters and the four points they produced were all assists which came in the same game. There was a big game that affected the Western Standings which was the Ducks vs. the Flames, and there was also a humongous blowout. Read ahead for the details on how those two games affect the Blackhawks.

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The Daily Phil Esposito (3/30/11)

"I am playing really well in Florida right now, but no one notices since we are always out of the playoffs..."

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On Monday there were two former ‘Hawks who took the ice and didn’t do jack shit. Hence why yesterday there was not an Espo.

Last night however there were twenty four former Hawks to take the ice amassing four points on zero goals and four assists. The Hawks lost ground on a couple teams but luckily they didn’t fall out of the top eight because they couldn’t. Thank god… Lets go get the Blue Jackets…

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The Weekend Edition of the Daily Phil Esposito (3/28/11)

"My head hurts from the excitement that I did something positive for once"

Photo: zimbio.com

Six former Hawks took the ice on Friday with one of those being a goalie who recorded his second shutout of the year. The other five who were skaters provided two points, one of each a goal and an assist.

Saturday we had A COLIN FRASER SIGHTNING! as well as 22 other former featherheads to take the ice. The one goalie came away with another win helping his team stay in the top three in the west and the skaters scored two goals and two assists for a total of four points. Two injuries happened in games that could potentially help the ‘Hawks down the road. Keep your fingers crossed!

Last night there were ten former Blackhawks to play. Two were goalies with one losing on in regulation while the other lost in a shootout. The other eight skaters provided three points on one goal and two assists.

Let’s hope that the Hawks rebound tonight and stay tuned for Tim’s preview of tonight’s game.

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The Daily Phil Esposito (3/25/11)

"I'm Ugly"

There were twenty three former hawks to take the ice last night. The three goalies went 1-1-1 while the skaters only recorded three points, one was a goal the other two assists. Andrew Ladd had that goal. The games all went against the favor of the Hawks… Great. The ‘Hawks are now back to seventh in the West, the only good news is that they have played less games than all the teams in front of them

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The Daily Phil Esposito and a little more (3/24/11)

"Is he dead?" "I dunno poke him with a stick"

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There were six former Blackhawks on the ice last night. One was a goalie who picked up his 3oth win of the season, the other five were skaters. They were only able to muster up three points, one goal and two assists. The goal was from Rene Bourque while the assists came from Danny Cleary and Benny Eager.

Jack Skille continued his suckfest as well. Great to see that on the ice at the UC. The Hawk’s played great last night, and it all looks promising… well it does right now.

There are three games tonight which can affect the Hawks in the standings. The biggest one is between 7th place Nashville and 8th place Anaheim. The winner jumps up to 5th place in the standings knocking the Hawk’s down to sixth. Hopefully this is only a two point game and the other team doest pick up a point. It’s a seven team race for the last five spots and 4th to 10th place are only separated by 6th points. The other games that affect the ‘Hawks tonight have the Blue Jackets taking on the Phoenix Coyotes in Arizona while the Sharks take on the Kings in LA. A King win moves them back ahead of the Blackhawks as well.

The only good news coming out of this is that all the teams besides Dallas will have played more games than the Hawks after tonight leaving some leeway. The Hawks have played 73 while the Kings, and Ducks will have played 74, the Preds will have played 75, and the Flames and the Coyotes will have played 76. The Hawks can catch all the teams in front of them, and will have the chance to put more points on them and finish in 4th. That’s if they come out and continue this dominating play. Big “IF”. Well without further a due, your daily Esposito.

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The Daily Phil Esposito (3/23/11)

"I bring back all my shitiness! Yay!"

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There were twenty former ‘Hawks to take the ice last night. The one goalie came on in relief and shut the other team down for the most part but lost in a shootout. The other nineteen skaters were able to produce three goals and three assists to score six points on the day.

Oh also we had a Jack Skille sighting! Stay tuned for Tim’s preview of tonight’s game against Florida! Enjoy! LETS GO HAWKS!

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The Daily Phil Esposito (3/22/11)

Hopefully we knock the Red Wings out like little old "Danny Boy" Cleary was on this hit.

Last night there were just two hockey games, which doth went to a shootout. This was very damaging to the Blackhawks because of the four teams that played, three were Western Conference teams and they all received at least one point in the standings.

Between the two games there were only four former featherheads to take the ice. They were able to tally three points on one goal and a pair of assists. All three points came from the same game which played out to be a very interesting game as well. The Hawks hold their fate in their own hands right now, hopefully they can get the job done over the next two weeks. Check for Tim to have an update on the severity of Patrick Sharp’s injury later on. Keep your fingers crossed that it isn’t too serious…

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The Weekend Phil Esposito (3/21/11)

They should have just stayed like this all game, because the Hawks had them bent over at the knees.

Photo: Brandon Spinner (Yea I took it)

Hey Ya’ll! Hope your weekend went well and you were able to enjoy a reglation win last night.

On Friday  there were six former ‘Hawks on the ice scoring five points, two goals and three assists.

Saturday saw eighteen former featherheads suit up to score one goal and nine assists for ten points. The two goalies went 1-0-1.

There were twelve former Blackhawks to play on Sunday scoring three goals and three assists for six points. I’d say overall the former ‘Hawks played pretty damn well lately. Good to see the current ‘Hawks pull out a game against a good Western Conference opponent. Enjoy!

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The Daily Phil Esposito (3/18/11)

"Get ready for me Chicago, because I can take a game over!"

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Last night twenty seven former Indian-head sweater wearers took the ice. Of the twenty seven there were three goalies that ended the day 1-1-1. The skaters produced five goals and four assists for nine points. There were three guys who recorded a goal as well as an assist.

Last nights game sucked, end of story, today is a new day and this weekend is a new weekend, forget about it and move on. Enjoy your weekend everyone!

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The Daily Phil Esposito (3/17/11)

"I know... I'm worthless."

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Very busy night for the former ‘Hawks last night, there was a total of three who took the ice. Of the three, only one scored a point, Tim Brent, which was an assist. He has had a nice little run over the last couple of games. I have included an update on Christobal Huet’s season overseas.

Stick around for Tim’s preview of tonight’s game against the Stars. We win we are golden, we lose, ehhh I don’t even want to think about that. He should have that up this afternoon. Enjoy your day and root on your boy’s in the Indian Head Sweaters Tonight in a “Must-Win” game.

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The Daily Phil Esposito (3/16/11)

"I don't do this often but I decided to score some points this game"

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Twenty two former featherheads took the ice last night. Three were net-minders who had a record of 2-1-0 on the night. The one loss came from the goalie playing in Ottawa. The other nineteen skaters scored nine points including three goals and six assists. Couple of guys who normally don’t tally goals scored the goals to get their fifteen second celebrations in. Enjoy.

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The Daily Phil Esposito (3/15/11)

"That Hossa guy gives me the hibbi-jibbies... The Smoke Monster..."

Photo: Chicago Tribune

Five former ‘Hawks were in action last night notching just one point on the board which was an assist by Tim Brent. The one goaltender was SHELLED, to say the least, in the 2nd period and didn’t even make it halfway through the game. Very good night for the men in the Red Sweaters.

Oh and at the game last night I counted and the ice crew had a total of 13:36 TOI, which is almost 4x if not 3x the amount of time David Koci averages every night. Haha. So it looks like we has sorted out that ordeal. Hope you enjoy todays edition!

 


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