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Sox Drawer: Blackhawks mania is Beatles-esque

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Sox Drawer: Blackhawks mania is Beatles-esque

Sunday, June 13, 2010
8:35 PM

By Chuck Garfien
CSNChicago.com

The screams first came from the rooftops on Sheffield Avenue; loud, high-pitched squeals of excitement that was, dare we say, Beatles-esque.

In the 1960's, rock and roll may have had the British Invasion. This was a Blackhawks Invasion, a hockey movement that sent a packed Wrigley Field into a state of championship euphoria, something that, as we know, has been missing from these parts for the last century.

The doors opened in right field, and there they were. Not John, Paul, George, and Ringo...but Pat, Jonathan, Antti, and The Cup.

Considering that this Hawks team has been "Here, There, and Everywhere" around Chicago these last few days, maybe their greatest feat was the fact that the players were still standing.

With the Sox and Cubs finishing their warm-ups before the game, the Hawks continued their title parade around the field, to the delight of everyone....until head coach Joel Quenneville handed the Cup to Ozzie Guillen, who proceeded to lift it above his head as if he just won Game 6.

Cubs fans suddenly thought they were looking at Chris Pronger.

But in a park greatly divided by North Siders and South Siders, there was one thing everyone agreed on: these Blackhawks.

The party continues.

Blackhawks 'mutually agree to part ways' with assistant coach Don Granato

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USA TODAY

Blackhawks 'mutually agree to part ways' with assistant coach Don Granato

The Blackhawks announced Wednesday that they have mutually agreed to part ways with assistant coach Don Granato. He was hired on June 15, 2017 and spent two seasons with the team.

“We appreciate Don’s contributions to the Blackhawks organization while on the staff,” head coach Jeremy Colliton said in a statement. “We wish him well in the future as he pursues other opportunities.”

The move allows Colliton to handpick his second assistant coach with Sheldon Brookbank remaining on the staff. The responsibilities between Brookbank and Granato were shared this season, but that's likely to change going into next season to a more traditional structure of one assistant coach handling the forwards and power play and the other the defensemen and penalty kill.

One potential candidate to fill the vacant position could be Derek King, who was on Colliton's staff with the Rockford IceHogs and served as the interim head coach for the remainder of the season after Colliton got promoted to Chicago. King is viewed as a player's coach and is well-respected within the organization.

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Evaluating Blackhawks defensemen prospects with Mark Eaton

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Evaluating Blackhawks defensemen prospects with Mark Eaton

On the latest edition of the Hawks Talk Podcast, Blackhawks director of player development Mark Eaton joins the show to evaluate the organization’s top defensemen prospects and where each of them is at in their developments. Which ones could make the NHL jump next season?

Pat Boyle and Charlie Roumeliotis offer their takeaways from the Eaton interview and outlook the Blackhawks blue line group as a whole.

1:00 – Eaton on Henri Jokiharju’s development

3:30 – Adam Boqvist’s growth in North America

6:50 – Evaluating Nicolas Beaudin’s progression

8:15 – Surprised about Ian Mitchell’s decision to return to college?

10:55 – Assessing Chad Krys in college and AHL

13:10 – Challenge between stressing defensive side of game but not taking away from who the player is

15:55 – Which defensemen prospects could be in NHL next season?

18:25 – The message Erik Gustafsson’s breakout season sends to prospects

21:15 – Takeaways from Eaton interview

31:25 – Reviewing Blackhawks defensemen contracts

33:35 – Thoughts on Gustav Forsling

35:20 – The challenge for Blackhawks defense this offseason

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast

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