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Myers: Bolland day-to-day, doubtful Sunday

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Myers: Bolland day-to-day, doubtful Sunday

Friday, March 11, 2011
Posted: 11:26 a.m.
By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

WASHINGTON, D.C. Chicago Blackhawks center Dave Bolland is still feeling the effects from that Pavel Kubina elbow to the head, and is doubtful to play Sunday against the Washington Capitals.

Bolland did not practice on Friday, two days after taking that elbow from the Tampa Bay defenseman, and hes officially listed as day to day. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is still not happy with that elbow, which got Kubina suspended for three games.

We get no benefit; we lose a player and we dont get a power play. It was a dangerous hit, Quenneville said. The league knows what the comparables are on that type of infraction. I wasnt happy with the hit at all. I would say thats one that when you look at it, its probably the hit (the league) talks about that they dont want in the game.

Meanwhile, defensemen Niklas Hjalmarsson, Duncan Keith and Brian Campbell all missed practice on Friday. It was mostly a maintenance day, especially for Hjalmarsson and Keith, who are nursing hand injuries. Campbell (leg), who like Hjalmarsson got some stationary bike work in on Friday, was progressing well.

Hjalmarsson and Keith will play Sunday and Quenneville is hopeful Campbell will, too.

Soupy progressed today, Quenneville said. Were happy with the way he feels, well see how he is tomorrow. His progress the last couple of days has been good.
Walter Reed inspiration

The Blackhawks were awed by their visit to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center on Thursday. Players, who met with wounded soldiers and their families, were humbled by the experience.

It was amazing, Toews said. One kid I met was 22 years old, he joined (the army) five days after his high school graduation. I think hed just been injured a couple weeks before yesterday. Some days when you feel good about what youre doing on the ice, it doesnt mean much compared to what those guys are doing.

Many were struck by how young the soldiers were.

Guys were 20, 21, 22 and you cant imagine yourself in that situation. It makes you realize how fortunate you are that you can walk or write, Patrick Kane said. Its amazing to think all these guys who are injured have such a positive outlook on life. Theyre special people.
Twitter me this
Patrick Sharp has joined the Twitter world, or at least is an active participant at the moment. The Blackhawks forward already gained a couple of thousand followers after he tweeted about the teams trip to Walter Reed on Thursday.

But Sharp doesnt foresee being an uber-active member.

I dont know how far Ill take it, he said. I just felt going into Walter Reed was good reason to fire out a tweet. I didnt realize Id get so many followers right away. Ill tweet about the White House experience and see how it goes. My focus is on playing hockey and Im not taking anything away from that. Its nice to see different comments but dont be surprised if it doesnt last long.

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

Lance Bouma's second chance has meant steady work with Blackhawks

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Lance Bouma's second chance has meant steady work with Blackhawks

Lance Bouma took his place at fourth-line left wing as the Blackhawks rolled their forward rushes on Tuesday morning. As the Blackhawks have tinkered with their trios, Bouma, whose final two seasons with the Calgary Flames were filled with uncertainty, has found a consistent role in this lineup.

“Obviously I was brought here for a reason,” Bouma said. “Things didn’t go the way I wanted them to in Calgary. To come here to Chicago and have that role, it’s been a lot of fun so far.”

The Blackhawks knew what they wanted from Bouma and his fellow fourth liners: some physical play, some energy and if there are any scoring opportunities, bonus. It’s a second chance for Bouma, whose contract was terminated by the Flames on June 30.

“I think it’s definitely a motivator knowing that you get in that situation where all of a sudden, ‘OK, I have to almost start over again and I have to prove to a new team that I belong in this league and I can play,’” coach Joel Quenneville said on Tuesday. “There are always circumstances where teams make decisions like that. We’ve been a part of it. And moving forward as a player, you’ve gotta look at it as a fresh opportunity. It’s an opportunity to get back to playing your game.”

After recording 16 goals and 18 assists in the 2014-15 season, Bouma signed a three-year, $6.6 million deal with the Flames. The next two seasons didn’t go as planned as Bouma dealt with injuries, inconsistent play and healthy scratches. So getting that call from the Blackhawks was a huge lift.

“I was just looking forward to a fresh start and something new,” he said. “I just was ready to come into camp and have a great season and it’s been great so far.”

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Tommy Wingels, who has centered the Blackhawks’ fourth line the last several games – and will again vs. St. Louis on Wednesday – said Bouma looks “refreshed” this season.

“Obviously whether it’s a team doesn’t want to bring you back or it’s a trade or buyout, there’s certainly something that deep down gets you going,” Wingels said. “I think it was a good summer for him mentally to come to a new organization, come to a new group of guys and re-establish his game. It’s tough when you’re with the same coaches, same team for so long; maybe what you do gets taken for granted. He looks good and he’s skating really well and I think he moves really well for a big man. He’s strong on the pucks and he’s a good asset for us.

Bouma isn’t here to be a top-six player. He’s not here to fulfill a contract that he no longer has. The Blackhawks needed depth, energy and a physical presence and in brining that, Bouma has earned steady work.  

“We knew the player coming in that we wanted him to play that style and he’s done a good job of it, too,” Quenneville said of Bouma. “So it’s something we were looking for in our needs and it fit perfectly."

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Nick Schmaltz isn’t the only one returning; guess who is back in the booth?!

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Nick Schmaltz isn’t the only one returning; guess who is back in the booth?!

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Tracey Myers and Pat Boyle discuss Nick Schmaltz returning to the Blackhawks line-up on Wednesday night and which player is looking forward most to his return?

They also weigh in on Corey Crawford’s incredible start to the season and why he’s the major reason why the Hawks begin the week in first place in the Central.

They also discuss who is the biggest Hawks rivalry right now, which new defenseman has impressed the most and how is Connor Murphy dealing with being a healthy scratch at times this season?

Plus, they discuss someone other than Nick Schmaltz returning to work on Wednesday night.

Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below: