Even if it was for a brief moment, it was great to see Eddie Olczyk back in the broadcast booth.
The Blackhawks TV analyst joined Pat Foley during the first intermission of Saturday's Blackhawks-Blue Jackets game to give an update on his condition after he was diagnosed with colon cancer in August.
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Olczyk also received a standing ovation after he was shown on the Blackhawks jumbrotron in between stoppage of play in the first period, and fans chanted "Edd-ie, Edd-ie, Edd-ie!"
When the NHL laid out its 24-team playoff format, it was originally assumed that players who signed entry-level contracts during the pause — which began on March 12 due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic — wouldn't be eligible to participate in the postseason.
That may not be the case.
On Thursday, TSN's Darren Dreger reported that we should expect the June 1 entry-level signing deadline to be pushed back another month while the NHL and NHLPA to negotiate the possibility of entry-level players signed during the pause joining their clubs for the potential postseason.
That could mean — after sneaking in under the playoff format at No. 12 in the West and set to take on the No. 5-seeded Oilers — the Blackhawks might be able to add some defensive depth in the form of top defensive prospect Ian Mitchell. Mitchell signed a three-year deal with the team in April.
Drafted by the Hawks in the second round (No. 57 overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft, Mitchell spent the past three seasons at the University of Denver. He captained the Pioneers this year and set a career high in goals (10) and points (32) through 36 games.
For the 24-team postseason, it was reported that clubs will be able to carry 28 players and unlimited goalies for (targeted) July training camps, the play-in round and playoffs to follow. Given the extra roster spots, Chicago would gladly take Mitchell to add some depth on defense.
The team that snuck into the mix for the Eastern Conference under the league's format, the No. 12-seeded Montreal Canadiens, might get a boost if they're able to add defensive prospect Alexander Romanov to their squad.
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It should come as no surprise that former Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville was a legend in Hinsdale, where he and his family rented their home during each of his three Stanley Cup championships with the Hawks (2010, 2013, 2015).
The tales of Coach Q frequenting and bringing the Cup to his favorite establishments in town like Fuller House bar and grill, as well as nearby York Tavern in Oak Brook, will live on long past his departure from the Chicago area.
The house, which saw toilet paper thrown all over its lawn after each championship, was listed at $2.6 million on May 15 by the home owners.
The residence sports seven bedrooms, seven-and-a-half bathrooms, three fireplaces and hardwood floors.
The property spans two-thirds of an acre and has a fire pit with the back of the house facing a private lake.
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Quenneville served as head coach of the Hawks from 2008 to 2018. He was fired by the Blackhawks on Nov. 6 of 2018 and replaced by Jeremy Colliton.
Q was hired as the head coach of the Florida Panthers on April 8 of 2019.