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Myers: Hawks trying to sign, not trade, Seabrook

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Myers: Hawks trying to sign, not trade, Seabrook

Friday, Feb. 11, 2011
1:22 p.m.
By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

DALLAS While Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman would love to add another defenseman, hes not looking to get rid of one of his top ones.

Bowman said the Blackhawks are trying to sign defenseman Brent Seabrook, not trade him, as the Feb. 28 trade deadline approaches. Wild rumors have floated around regarding Seabrook, but Bowman said there is no truth to any of them.

Hes a big reason weve gotten where were at and hell continue to be a part of that. Hes absolutely on this team, Bowman said. You have to give up something to get a player like (newly acquired forward Michael) Frolik, but were looking to keep our group together and compliment it as opposed to changing things up.

Bowman said he is still in talks with Seabrooks agent, Steven Kotlowitz on a new deal, and that discussions are going along amicably. He doesnt have a timetable for getting it done, but said signing Seabrook is the priority right now.

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Meanwhile, Bowman is still seeing if he can add another piece to the Blackhawks puzzle.

Were trying to find a defenseman that could be a penalty-killing type, eat up some minutes on the PK, he said. Right now were using our top guys a lot. In a perfect world we could get a guy who come in and do that. But its not easy right now. A lot of teams are looking for similar type of player.

Bowman would rather do something before the Feb. 28 deadline, but said theres nothing immediately on the horizon.

There are lots of discussions, Bowman said. Its picking up right now. I think some teams are trying to hold guys until close to the deadline. We necessarily dont want to wait that long but theres nothing imminent.

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

All eyes on Blackhawks defensemen as prospect camp opens

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All eyes on Blackhawks defensemen as prospect camp opens

The second wave of Blackhawks defensemen is on the way. That's exactly where all the attention was when prospect camp opened up Monday at MB Ice Arena.

Nicolas Beaudin. Adam Boqvist. Henri Jokiharju. Ian Mitchell. Call it the Big Four. Where are they all at in their development? When will they be ready to make an NHL impact? Who's the most pro ready? 

Lots of questions. Those will slowly start to get answered and it begins now.

While there may not necessarily be an open competition among the group right away, there's certainly a desire to make a strong first impression in front of the upper brass that included Stan Bowman, John McDonough and Joel Quenneville watching on Day 1.

"Every NHL team has a lot of good defensemen prospects, so I mean obviously when you want to go out there you want to showcase yourself as best as you can," Mitchell said. "Obviously you want to be the best defenseman here so that's my goal going into this, I want to prove to everyone that I'm a good defenseman, I deserve to play at the next level. Obviously there's lots of good players here, but you're trying to all succeed."

Said Beaudin: "There's a lot of competition. There's a lot of good, young defensemen. I think you just need to be different when you play when you show what you can do."

Said Boqvist: "I'm trying to be better every day. Of course I will play in the NHL one day and win Stanley Cups, so that's my mindset."

The theme? Focus on your own game, take what you learn out of this week and apply those tools in your game when advancing your development next season. The rest will take care of itself.

Mitchell will go back to Denver for his sophomore campaign to continue his development. Beaudin is expected to return to the QMJHL with the Drummondville Voltigeurs. Boqvist signed with the OHL's London Knights, where he will look to get accustomed to the North American style of play.

For Jokiharju, the goal is different. This is his second development camp. He signed an entry-level contract in June. Making the big club is a real goal and a legitimate possibility for a Blackhawks team looking for young, impact defensemen immediately.

"I think if Henri has a really good summer of training, comes into camp, I certainly thinks he gets a good look," Blackhawks vice president of amateur scouting Mark Kelley told NBC Sports Chicago last month.

Jokiharju showed poise and confidence with and without the puck during drills, like someone who knows this is only the first step towards that ultimate goal.

"Yeah," Jokiharju responded when asked if the expectation is to make it to the NHL this season. "You want to set the bar high, you don't want to set the bar too low. I want to dream big and that's the dream."

That's the dream for everyone. When that happens, it's up to them. This week is a chance to set an early tone.

Former Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery dies in early morning drowning

Former Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery dies in early morning drowning

Former Blackhawks goaltender Ray Emery was identified as the victim in an early morning drowning on Sunday at the Hamilton Harbour, Hamilton Police confirmed. He was 35.

According to the Hamilton Spectator, Emery and his friends jumped in the water around 6:30 a.m., but Emery never resurfaced. His body was recovered later in the afternoon.

Emery played in the NHL for 11 seasons, two of which came with the Blackhawks from 2011-13, where he served as a backup goaltender to Corey Crawford.

In 2013, he teammated up with Crawford to win the William M. Jennings Trophy, awarded to the goaltender(s) with the fewest goals against in a single season, before going on to capture his first Stanley Cup. During that season, Emery went 17-1-0 with a 1.94 goals against average, .922 save percentage and three shutouts.

The Blackhawks issued this statement following the confirmation:

The Chicago Blackhawks organization was deeply saddened to hear of Ray Emery’s passing. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. The Blackhawks will fondly remember Ray as a fierce competitor, a good teammate and a Stanley Cup champion.

The hockey community took to Twitter to offer their condolences when news began to spread: