Whether transactions are made because of salary dumps, a playoff push, or the removal of a player that wants a change of scenery, the art of a trade is one that often leaves one team in heaven and one team in hell.
With an injury to Corey Crawford the Chicago Blackhawks needed experience to help their new number one guy, Antti Raanta. On Saturday they got it by acquiring Jason LaBarbera from the Edmonton Oilers. The return? The much-traded future considerations.
He has had more missteps than a novice rumba dancer of late, but Justin Bieber's latest, stepping on the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks' logo in their dressing room, has been forgiven. The team sent out an official 'it's okay' press release.
Chicago used two late goals in the fourth period to rally for a 3-2 victory and captured the 2013 Stanley Cup. The Blackhawks scored two goals, just 17 seconds apart to steal the win from Boston.
Injury updates on two key centers in the Stanley Cup final today understandably haven't given fans a lot of information to go on. For the Boston Bruins the focus is on Patrice Bergeron, for the Chicago Blackhawks it's captain Jonathan Toews.
The Chicago Blackhawks bent in game 4 of the Stanley Cup final in Boston against the Bruins Wednesday, but didn't break. The Hawks twice blew a 2 goal cushion but never gave up the lead and won in overtime, 6-5 on Brent Seabrook's point shot.
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Chicago Blackhawks' defenceman Duncan Keith has received a one-game suspension for high sticking. He slashed Los Angeles Kings' forward Jeff Carter during game 3 of the Western Conference finals.
NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan handed to Duncan Keith what amounts to a brief holiday for his attack on Daniel Sedin. The much awaited suspension number turns out to be five games and Keith will be back before the Stanley Cup playoffs begin.
Vancouver Canuck fans should take a moment to realize rulings in the NHL are like life - no fairness and no guarantee you end up a winner when it's over. That and the fact the NHL has failed, over time, to understand the severity of headshots.
Things are heating up in August as the NHL prepares for training camp in September. Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber had an arbitration hearing today, while the San Jose Sharks signed two defencemen who will bolster their blueline this season.
The NHL team that led the league in goals scored and fewest allowed goals will take home the Cup in 2011. Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo is playing with poise and the Sedin twins are shaping up to be a potent offensive force. Who can stop them?
Harry Caray's, the famous Chicago restaurant, is offering $50,000 for a puck that shot off the stick of Patrick Kane, winning the game for the Blackhawk's in the 2010 final. Where is the puck? It hasn't been seen since it went in the Flyer's net.