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Trevor Daley appreciates brief stint with Blackhawks

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Trevor Daley appreciates brief stint with Blackhawks

PITTSBURGH – Trevor Daley’s adjustment to the Pittsburgh Penguins was a lot quicker than with the Blackhawks.

It could be because his game suits the Penguins more. But he also didn’t have much choice than to adapt fast this time.

“It was a lot different because it was the next day,” said Daley, who was traded to the Penguins for Rob Scuderi on Dec. 14. “With Chicago I had a couple months, a whole training camp. Here, the next day I was playing with a new team. It was different but it was pretty good. It worked out better because it was jump in and play hockey. I didn’t have to worry about the off-ice stuff so much; I could leave that to the wife. I showed up with my skates and my gloves and I was ready go.”

Daley’s stint with the Blackhawks was brief – from September-to-December brief. Despite that, Daley said he appreciated his time with Chicago.

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“I wish I had bad things to say about that team, but I don’t,” Daley said with a laugh. “The guys were unbelievable. I enjoyed my time there and I learned a lot. I went in there with an open mind, figure out what these guys have been doing right all these years. I think I took a lot out of it for the short time I was there. But the biggest thing I took out was I met a lot ofreally good people there.”

Daley’s back to playing bigger minutes with the Penguins. After playing anywhere from 8-13 minutes in his final games with the Blackhawks, Daley is now playing 17 minutes or more per game. Considering how things were going in Chicago, the defenseman said he went to the Blackhawks some time ago and asked if it was best they part ways.

“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t. I asked them a while ago if it wasn’t going to work out here, it maybe in my and their best interest to move me. They were really good about it,” Daley said. “Again, I wish I had bad things to say about those guys but they all, right from management down to the training staff, were awesome. I really enjoyed my time there.”

BRIEFLY

- Richard Panik has not joined the Blackhawks yet. Coach Joel Quenneville said it’s a visa issue and he doesn’t know when Panik will join the team – “hopefully soon,” he added. When Panik does get to Chicago, Quenneville said, “we’ll probably give him a start in a pretty good spot and see how he handles it.”

- Scuderi will play tonight against the Penguins. Michal Rozsival looks to be the healthy scratch on defense.

- Corey Crawford will start tonight.

Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly speaks out about 'racially charged chanting' at United Center

Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly speaks out about 'racially charged chanting' at United Center

After being on the receiving end of some racist taunts while he was in the penalty box during Saturday's game against the Blackhawks, Capitals winger Devante Smith-Pelly spoke publicly about the incident.

Smith-Pelly, a 25-year-old Canadian, reacted to the fans while he was in the box, going up to them from the other side of the glass. He addressed questions from the media about the incident on Sunday.

"I just heard some chanting, some, I guess, racially charged chanting," Smith-Pelly said. "You can tell by my reaction that I got pretty upset.

"What was said this time around crossed the line."

The Capitals released a statement about the incident:

"The Washington Capitals are extremely disappointed by the intolerant behavior extended toward Devante Smith-Pelly by a select group of fans during Saturday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. The Capitals organization strives to be inclusive and has zero tolerance concerning any form of racism. Such behavior is unacceptable and has no place in hockey or society. As such, it is crucial to confront such appalling conduct, and the Capitals extend their appreciation to the Blackhawks organization and United Center security for swiftly removing the fans from the game."

The Blackhawks released a statement after the game with a similar tone.

Smith-Pelly said this has happened previously in his career.

"It's sad that in 2018 we're still talking about the same thing over and over," Smith-Pelly said. "It's sad that athletes like myself 30, 40 years ago were standing in the same spot saying the same thing. You'd think there'd be some sort of change or progression, but we're still working towards it I guess and we're going to keep working towards it."

The Capitals released the full interview.

Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

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Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

Four fans at the United Center were thrown out of Saturday's Blackhawks game for taunting Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly with racist remarks.

Midway through the third period, Smith-Pelly, who is black, was in the penalty box when fans shouted "basketball, basketball, basketball" at him, the Washington Post reported.

Here is a GIF of Smith-Pelly's interaction with the fans:

After the game, the Blackhawks released this statement:

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz also had this to say about the incident: