The Blackhawks Convention kicked off Friday night and the biggest story was Patrick Kane saying he basically needs to improve his personal decisions. Almost every hockey player drinks, it’s just that Kane has been caught on film at some of the most inopportune times really drunk. Unless he’s breaking laws, they should leave him alone! Now to my news highlights of the convention.
Earlier in the off season Jonathan Toews stated that he would be ready for training camp and that his concussion syndromes had basically disappeared. Now another huge member of the team and one complete lunatic are now pronouncing themselves on track for training camp.
Marian Hossa appeared in public, for the first time since the Raffi Torres hit, at the convention Friday night. Hossa has been working out successfully, but he has not returned to the ice. Hossa is happy with his progress so far. Even thought nobody was happy with the loss to the Phoenix Coyotes in the first round of the playoffs, the long summer and time off could turn out to be a real blessing in disguise for both Hossa and Toews and the 2012-2013 Chicago Blackhawks season.
Daniel Carcillo is also on track to be ready to participate at training camp. Carcillo was last scene leaving the ice with ACL injury on January 17th. His health and return to the ice could be the difference between Rockford and Chicago for Brandon Bollig.
It’s been a long slow summer and with Bowman running the team, and it could continue to be a long summer of very little Blackhawks hockey news. With Bowman making one free agent aquisition it would suggest that he really needs and expects two things to happen this off season. 1. His injured stars are ready for the start of the season and 2. the youth in the system are ready for NHL ice time.
Lastly, it has been said that Andrew Shaw has added 10-15 LBS of bulk this off season. This is good to hear from the recently turned 21 year old, since his style of play suggests some more pounds of muscle were needed to remain healthy for an entire NHL season.
It’s good to hear that everyone is on the path to a healthy training camp, hopefully the CBA will be on the path to getting signed so hockey can get enjoyed on time this fall!
LET’S GO HAWKS!!!