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Burish gearing up for matchup with Hawks

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Burish gearing up for matchup with Hawks

Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010
4:50 PM

By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

Adam Burish was giving a little preview of what he may say on the ice tomorrow, when he faces his former Chicago Blackhawks teammates. But not too much of one.

"Lot of stuff like that going on, inside jokes, some I'll share with you, some I probably won't," said the former Blackhawks forward who's fitting in just fine with the Dallas Stars this season. "There are going to be a lot of laughs, a lot of smiles and we'll crack a few jokes. It's not going to be teary-eyed or anything like that, I'm not just getting macho with you guys. It's just going to be fun."

Burish had plenty of that last season as part of the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup run. He's not doing too bad in that category thus far this season with the Stars, who had won seven in a row prior to their 3-2 shootout loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night.

For Burish, the reunion is bittersweet. He had that "weird" feeling as soon as he got into Chicago, and he'll probably feel a little bit of that tomorrow night again.

Still, it's a chance to get and take a good ribbing from his former teammates.

"I can't wait to get against (Patrick Sharp)," said Burish, who planned to have dinner with seven or eight Blackhawks Tuesday night. "I was looking forward to playing (Patrick Kane). I told him he must've gotten the Burish flu. I told (Duncan Keith) I'm going to chase him around the corner and give him the business."

The Blackhawks, meanwhile, continue on their carousel of seeing former players -- the only one remaining, after tomorrow night, is Kris Versteeg of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Defenseman Brian Campbell figures he'll hear Burish on the ice.

"He's just going to talk, talk, talk. We know him better than he knows himself," he said. "It'll be good. I'm happy for Adam, he's playing a lot of minutes. I'm really happy he got a pretty good contract and a team where he's getting an opportunity."

Stars center Steve Ott, another one known for his chirping, has been Burish's linemate for a few recent games. Ott said Burish has brought plenty.

"He brings a lot to the table," Ott said. "He's got a great personality and he just adds to our core. He makes our team more vocal."

The memories will come flooding back for Burish tomorrow night, when he'll have about 20 family and friends for the game. Burish is getting more settled on his new team. But those days with the Blackhawks will stay in his memory for good.

"When you win a championship, it's a fun moment we'll have forever. I won a college championship and I remember all those guys," he said. "When you win a championship, you're friends forever."

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

Blackhawks emergency goaltender Scott Foster made his return at the NHL Awards to present the Vezina Trophy, and it was perfect

Blackhawks emergency goaltender Scott Foster made his return at the NHL Awards to present the Vezina Trophy, and it was perfect

After staying out of the public eye since his historic emergency relief appearance, Scott Foster emerged in Vegas at the NHL Awards and it was perfect. 

The 36-year-old accountant fittingly presented the Vezina Trophy award for the league's top goaltender and joked that he needed to speed it up because he had to get back to work.

Check him out on stage:

What a moment. And well done, NHL. 

Foster stopped all seven shots he faced in 14:01 of action in the Blackhawks' 6-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on March 30.

Nashville Predators netminder Pekke Rinne took home the award, but you can't argue against Foster's 1.000 career save percentage.

NHL Draft Profile: D Noah Dobson

NHL Draft Profile: D Noah Dobson

From June 17-21, Charlie Roumeliotis will profile two prospects per day — 10 total (five forwards, five defensemen) — leading up to the NHL Draft.​

Noah Dobson

Position: Defenseman
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 180 pounds
Shoots: Right

Scouting report:

"A very effective two-way defenseman with good puck distribution and a strong shot from the points on the power play. He is a point-producer with size, who defends and utilizes strong positioning and a good stick in the defensive zone."

NHL player comparable: Brent Burns

Fit for Blackhawks:

The Blackhawks lacked defensemen that generated offense last year. They also lacked defenders than can ... defend. Dobson is a player who can do both, and if he slips past Vancouver at No. 7, the Blackhawks may have a difficult decision on their hands.

Dobson could solve some of those defensive issues, but it likely wouldn't be in time for the 2018-19 season. He needs time to develop properly.

The Blackhawks like to evaluate prospects based on what their ceiling is and where they're at in their development curve, and if they see major upside here, they'll go for it. It just depends if there's somebody available that they like better.