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2010 Stanley Cup champion Dustin Byfuglien joins Chicago Blackhawks All-Decade Team

2010 Stanley Cup champion Dustin Byfuglien joins Chicago Blackhawks All-Decade Team

At 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds, Dustin Byfuglien was a wrecking ball on skates. 

In the 2007-08 season, the Blackhawks moved Byfuglien to forward. The decision was a good one, as he finished the season with 19 goals and 17 assists.

Byfuglien parked in front of the opposition's net was a recurring sight throughout the 2009-10 season. The Roseau, Minnesota native's ability to screen the goalie, fight off defenders (when they weren't bouncing off him) and utilize an underrated scoring touch helped Chicago capture the 2010 Stanley Cup.

Byfuglien had 11 goals, including five game-winners, in the 2010 postseason. His 11 markers tied Patrick Sharp for the team lead. Byfuglien also tallied a hat trick in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Vancouver Canucks, a four-point (two goals, two assists) Game 5 in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Philadelphia Flyers and a goal in Game 6 to help the Hawks clinch the Cup on June 9, 2010. 

Chicago grabbed the now 34-year-old in the eighth round of the 2003 NHL Draft (245th overall). He had 109 regular season points (55 goals, 54 assists) with the Blackhawks from 2006 to 2010. 

After the confetti from the 2010 Stanley Cup celebrations fell, Chicago traded Byfuglien to the Atlanta Thrashers, now the Winnipeg Jets, along with Brent Sopel and Ben Eager in a salary cap move.

The three-time All-Star (2011, 2015, 2016) played mostly defense for the Thrashers and Jets, except for a stint in the second half of the 2013-14 season. It has been reported that the Jets and Byfuglien are working towards mutually terminating his contract. He hasn't played at all this season and underwent ankle surgery in October.

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Toronto cancels city-wide events until June 30: here's what it means for the NHL

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Toronto cancels city-wide events until June 30: here's what it means for the NHL

Tuesday afternoon Toronto Mayor John Tory announced the city would cancel all major city-wide events until June 30. For baseball fans hoping to start their season and basketball and hockey fans hoping to get back into the swing of theirs, the news makes it hard to envision live sports returning before July. 

What does this mean for the NHL? Well, technically the ban is for city-wide events such as parades, events, festivals, and other cultural programs, excluding the NHL. 

However, professional sports will have to contend with the province of Ontario, which banned gatherings of more than five earlier this month. 

The NHL recently reached out to arenas asking for their availability in July and August. 

The idea of finishing out the 2020 season in summer is becoming more and more likely as governments continue to grapple with the severity of COVID-19. There have been speculations about what this new schedule will look like for the NHL, including a shortened 2020-21 preseason and eliminating by-weeks and All-Star weekend. This will present its own unique challenges, including arenas in warmer climates struggling to maintain ice quality for summer games. But if more major cities follow Toronto’s lead, all we know for certain is that a return to normalcy may be longer than anticipated. 

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Which teammate would Jonathan Toews most and least want to quarantine with?

Which teammate would Jonathan Toews most and least want to quarantine with?

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews spoke with the media on Tuesday for the first time since the NHL was paused on march 12.

Toews, along with defensemen Roman Josi (Nashville Predators) and Alex Pietrangelo (St. Louis Blues) represented the Central Division on a video conference call held by the NHL.

The trio answered a variety of questions, including which teammates you'd most and least want to be quarantined with.

"I guess I'll start with the most. I'd probably say Corey Crawford," Toews answered. "He's just kind of an easy going guy. Whatever you want to do, he's down for whatever."

And for who he'd least like to be quarantined with? You could probably guess.

"And I'd say least, since I roomed with him for so long, I'd have to say Kaner (Patrick Kane). There's some ups and downs through that relationship there."

The three players were also asked what they missed the least about playing one another. Pietrangelo and Josi had interesting responses on Toews.

"Jonny's just a pain in the a** to play against. Oops, pardon my language," Pietrangelo responded. "I battled a lot with these two guys (Toews and Josi). More so Jonny because he's a forward, but we've had a lot of battles. 

"But, you know what, God, I’d welcome those battles. I think right now we miss those battles. I don’t know about you guys, but we could use a few of those battles."

"Like [Pietrangelo] said, I obviously see a lot more of Jonny, as a forward, but I mean just chasing him around in our zone, for I don't know how long, and can't take the puck away from him, trying to cross-check him," Josi answered. "Just him around the net it's not fun as a defenseman, you can't really get the puck off him. We had some really good battles against Chicago, some really good playoff series. We all miss it."

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