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Emery impresses Quenneville, Kane shoots out

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Emery impresses Quenneville, Kane shoots out

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011Posted: 5:14 p.m.

By Tracey Myers
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Ray Emerys been through plenty this past year, including a career resurrection in Anaheim that he hopes to continue as he tries out for the Chicago Blackhawks.

The goaltender played in a full scrimmage on Saturday, giving up three goals. He said hed give himself a B-minus for his first day.

I did a lot of things well, but it wasnt season-game ready, he said. But thats what training camp is for to work out the small kinks. It was OK.

Still, it wasnt a bad outing for a guy who thought he probably wouldnt be playing at all after that hip surgery.

I think Im the only pro athlete missing a fibula right now, Emery said. I was fortunate to have access to the doctors that I did and could nip it in the bud before (the hip) collapsed. Im fortunate I got a second chance.

Coach Joel Quenneville liked what he saw.

He looked big in the net. He looked very composed, confident as well, he said. I like his approach. Well definitely keep an eye on him. We like what were seeing.

Kanes shot

If anyone wondered how quickly Patrick Kanes shot would return off his left wrist surgery, he answered on Saturday: not long at all. Kane didnt play in the scrimmages, but came out for a surprise shootout attempt in Team Cs outing. He scored, and then celebrated.

It wouldve been nice if (the shootout goal) was for the win but it was pretty cool nonetheless, said Kane, who practiced with a splint on his wrist. One of the biggest things you miss about summer is celebrating. So I tried to get my celebration in.

Briefly
Patrick Sharp appeared for the early part of the training camp festival, telling the crowd that hell be pushing to be ready for the season opener against the Dallas Stars on Oct. 7. Sharp is recovering from the emergency appendectomy he had on Monday.

Jeremy Morin did not practice on Saturday, as hes still recovering from a concussion he suffered at the end of last season. Quenneville said hes day to day.

They said it

Kane on having two Toews at training camp: I thought one was enough. Now youve got two. Its going to be a rough ride for me. Hopefully Im not on a line with both of them. That would be even worse.

Daniel Carcillo on his reputation: I have a reputation?

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

Lucas Carlsson out to prove he belongs with Blackhawks

Lucas Carlsson out to prove he belongs with Blackhawks

DALLAS — The Blackhawks have gotten extended looks this season at two of their coveted defensemen prospects in Adam Boqvist and Dennis Gilbert, the latter of whom is better known for his defensive game than offensive prowess. 

On Sunday, it was Lucas Carlsson's turn.

With Erik Gustafsson being held out of the lineup for precautionary reasons ahead of Monday's trade deadline, the Blackhawks called up Carlsson for their four-game road trip that kicked off in Dallas. They wasted no time in throwing their 2016 fourth-round pick into action despite having no practice session or a morning skate for him to get acclimated to the group.

"Maybe it's easier for me to just get right into it, I don't know," a smiling Carlsson said following a 2-1 loss to the Stars. "It was fun, obviously. I was a bit nervous at the start, but I think I got into it pretty quickly. I just try and play my game, don't change anything. Obviously you have to adjust a little bit, everything's much faster here, so it's good."

Head coach Jeremy Colliton said before the game he wanted Carlsson to be clean with the puck, have a tight gap and be physical when he needed to. And Carlsson did exactly that.

The 22-year-old Swedish blue liner had one shot attempt, one blocked shot and three hits in 14:55 of ice time while playing on the second pairing with Connor Murphy. He wasn't too noticeable, but that's not intended to sound negative. He kept it simple, played his game and didn't make any glaring mistakes in his NHL debut.

"I thought he was good," Colliton said. "He was assertive, physical, made plays, skated the puck. He did well for himself, so [I'm] happy for him in his first game."

The one noticeable offensive play Carlsson did make came in the third period when he delivered a nifty backhand pass between his legs in the slot to Dominik Kubalik, who looked surprised it even got to him. It nearly created a prime scoring chance, but the puck got away from Kubalik.

Carlsson clearly wasn't lacking confidence, which is always a good thing as younger players tend to play timid while they try figuring out the league. He's a sound defender with some offensive upside — he led all Rockford IceHogs defensemen in goals (five), assists (21) and points (26) — and is out to prove he belongs at the NHL level.

"Of course," Carlsson said. "I still have one more year on my contract, so I want to show what I can do and hopefully play a few more games here and see what happens."

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Will Brandon Saad be traded by Blackhawks again? He hopes not

Will Brandon Saad be traded by Blackhawks again? He hopes not

DALLAS — Brandon Saad knows what it’s like to be traded. He’s been moved twice in his NHL career — once from Chicago to Columbus and then again from Columbus to Chicago. Both of those deals were made in the summer, though, and they were also unexpected.

With the NHL trade deadline on Monday at 2 p.m., Saad knows his name is out there and admitted the possibility of being dealt is on his mind.

"A little bit," Saad said following a 2-1 loss to the Dallas Stars on Sunday. "That's part of the business, right? Love it here in Chicago but it is what it is. You wait for tomorrow and there's always rumors floating, but at the end of the day, you just focus on hockey games and winning here with the Blackhawks and see what happens."

The Blackhawks aren’t necessarily shopping Saad, but they are listening to offers. The return would have to start with at least a first-round pick for the Blackhawks to even consider that possibility, and it’s unclear whether anybody has gotten close to meeting their demands.

What makes Saad an attractive trade piece is the fact he has one year left on his contract after this season at a $6 million cap hit. General managers across the NHL have been reluctant to give up first-round selections for rentals, and it’s hard to blame them. Giving up a king's ransom for pending unrestricted free agents, historically, backfires more often than not.

Jason Zucker, Blake Coleman and, most recently, Ondrej Kase were all moved and fetched first-rounders because they have term left on their contract. Chris Kreider and Jean-Gabriel Pageau, both of whom are at the top of TSN’s trade bait list, have not been traded with less than 20 hours to go until the deadline and you have to wonder how much that has to do with contending teams not being willing to meet the high price tag for a rental.

The Boston Bruins reportedly expressed interest in Saad, but that was before they acquired Kase. The Edmonton Oilers have also checked in, but would they be willing to part ways with their first-rounder? How about the Colorado Avalanche?

GM Stan Bowman's phone line is going to be busy in the coming hours as teams start to put together their final offers, but Saad is hoping he remains with the Blackhawks.

"It's just part of the business, right?" Saad said. "At the end of the day, you're a hockey player, so you're going to play hard for whoever you're with and take it as it comes. The other ones were in the summertime, so I've never dealt with it at the deadline, so that's always a new experience. But hopefully I'm here in Chicago."

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