The Daily Phil Esposito (2/10/11)

The newest Former Blackhawk

There were eighteen former Blackhawks who were skating in the NHL last night, two of which were goalies. One goalie continued to falter while the other one has decided he wants to play, and he has played pretty damn well as of late. The other sixteen players amassed  three goals and four assists. A dick head defense-man continued his career year, and a Yote has scored three goals in the last two games. Former Hawks have been lighting the lamp lately, and tonight we add another former Hawk to that list as Jake Skille has been traded. I liked the guy, but I really like the potential that Frolik adds to this team. What was Dale Tallon thinking? Enjoy folks.

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Not lacking Skill(e): Boxing with Blackhawks/Oilers

Good riddance, asshole.

I’ve made no secret that I’ve never been a fan of  Jack Skille. He’s a quick skater, but he’s reckless. He can create at times, but he can’t finish. And the last time I saw him make a pass in the offensive zone was when I attended a Rockford IceHogs vs. Chicago Wolves game two years ago.

The only person willing to give up anything of value for Skille was the man who drafted him 7th overall in 2005, Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon. Well Dale, you can have your bust back. And thanks for the depth at center with 22-year-old, back-to-back 21-goal scorer Michael Frolik.

Don’t let the door… No, let the eff-ing door hit your sorry ass on the way out, Skille. Enjoy the giant bugs and white shoes.

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The Comeback Trail: Blackhawks Visit Edmonton

"Duncs said what?"

The reaction following Monday’s loss to Calgary was swift and severe. Duncan Keith’s F-bomb from the post-game interview expressed the frustration felt by players, coaches and fans alike: no matter what the solution is, the ‘Hawks need to find it. Fast.

Tonight’s game will most likely tell the tale. Are the Blackhawks going to learn from this, get their shit together and start playing like they are capable of? Or are they going to fold and let the teams in the highly-competitive Western Conference relegate them to the “also-ran” category for the post-season?

Tuesday the Blackhawks were greeted at practice with what’s called a ‘bag skate.’ The precise origin of the phrase is a point of contention, but the definition is undisputed: doing skating drills so hard for so long that somebody starts shouting groceries. Watch the movie ‘Miracle’ for a classic example. In pre-season it is sometimes used to help whip summer-softened players into game shape. With 30 games to go in the regular season, this was punishment.

So the message has been sent, and received. Monday’s performance was crap, it won’t be tolerated, and the time to start playing up to expectations is right fucking now.

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The Daily Phil Esposito (2/9/11)

"Shut out? I thought you meant Shoot Out.."

Nine former Hawks were on ice last night in the NHL. Two points were recorded, one of each a goal and an assist. The one backstop that played picked up his second consecutive shut out which makes me sick to my stomach. There are eight games on the schedule for tonight including a big game in Detroit between the Pred’s and the Wings.  That’s all I have for today, enjoy today’s Espo and stay tuned later for Tim’s Preview of tonight’s game in Edmonton.

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The Daily Phil Esposito (2/8/11)

"This is normally the only time a can get a puck in the net, is during skate around. Normally I just skate around and get my ass kicked, but today I actually decided to play hockey!"

There were fourteen former Featherheads to take the ice last night. One was a goalie who continued his winning streak, while the thirteen skaters came out to play scoring six goals and four assists. We even had a Colin Fraser sighting! This is remarkable. Shout out and big thank you to Meredith Gross, a dedicated follower to the site who has contacted me with kind words. Keep the emails and tweets coming guys! Hope you enjoy today’s edition, I have added a lot of side commentary today.

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Blackhawks need some luck? Look no further than eBay!

Boxing with ‘Hawks/Flames coming up this afternoon…

As the season nears a stretch in which every game is important for our beloved Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks to simply make the playoffs in the airtight Western Conference, it’s never a problem to have Lady Luck kneeling down in front of you.

Or even Old Man Luck… ?

Yes, ‘Hawks fans, this “Chicago Blackhawks Official Good Luck Garden Gnome” can be yours for the low price of $22.44! And fear not if you’re late reading this post. There’s THREE available! Please do not go running each other over electronically to get your weather-resistant good luck charm as the ‘Hawks fight for a play off spot.

If you’re one of those fans who believes the Blackhawks’ playoff chances are a coin flip, then you can’t lose! Feast your eyes on the “Chicago Blackhawks Good Luck Novelty Lincoln 2010 Penny!” All your luck can be wrapped up in Honest Abe for the low, low price of $3.99!

Happy bidding, ‘Hawks fans. Another losing streak and purchasing these items may not seem so crazy.

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Scorched Earth Policy: Red Hot Flames Host Blackhawks

Yay! Now Mr. Feaster won't fire us!

The Calgary Flames lost in a shootout to Los Angeles on Saturday, ending their 6-game winning streak. In the last 10 games, the Flames are 7-1-2. That’s 16 points out of a possible 20 — more than the last-10-game stretch for any other team in the Western Conference, and topped only by Philadelphia and Pittsburgh in the East. They have earned enough points to now leap-frog the Blackhawks in the Western Conference standings by a single point. To say this team is “streaking” is like saying the sun is kinda warm.

Jay Feaster’s ascension to the GM post has had its desired effect, so it seems.

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The Weekend Phil Esposito (2/7/11)

Brent Sopel Sighting! Good to see the guy doing well, he is a great guy.

There were many former Blackhawks to take the ice the past four days. Only three goals were scored and only four assists during these games. The goalies showed some very good success but others showed some pretty shit performances which have been expected from them as of late. There was a Brent Sopel sighting this weekend as well. I will keep the talk short so you can read about the many of games and guys that have played. Also sorry for no post on Friday, my internet went out. Hope you enjoy!

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Effort ain’t enough: Boxing with Blackhawks/Canucks

QStache said it. I’ve heard and read others say it….

If the Blackhawks play this way the rest of the season, the playoffs will be a lock and they’ll make some noise on top of it.

Me? I’m not buying that for a second.

The problem with that statement is that we’ve said it way too often. There’s a consistent thought among us fans that we need to take the positives out of a season like this, especially knowing how embarrassing it will be for the ‘Hawks to miss the playoffs after winning the Stanley Cup just last season.

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What, YOU again? Hawks visit Canuckleheads

"I'm telling you, it's KEH-sha! Not KEEE-sha! And she's (*OOOF!*) HOT!

Canada is known for its pacifism, however if you wear a Blackhawks jersey in downtown Vancouver you’re likely to get the snot beaten out of you. Mention the Canucks in Chicago, and the response will likely be, “Yeah, we’ve had their number for years.” Mention the ‘Hawks in Vancouver, and you’re likely to get spit on. They HAAAAYYYYTTTEEE us up there. And with good reason.

We bounced them out of the playoffs the last two years in a row, when they were convinced that they were going all the way.

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