There is nothing new to report on the NHL negotiations and there are no new talks planned in the immediate future. Both sides have known about this little thing called a CBA for over a year now, and yet there still has been no sense of urgency to get a deal done.
While nothing gets talked about, real hockey starts Saturday night in Rosemont at the Allstate Arena. The Rockford Ice Hogs take the ice with 10 players on their roster that wore Chicago Blackhawks uniforms last season against the Chicago Wolves. Possibly, the most anticipated debut for the Ice Hogs will be that of Brandon Saad. Saad had a great season in the OHL playing for Saginaw scoring 27 goals and 28 assists in 58 games last year, and he was seemingly positioned to be the next young star to join the Blackhawks full time before the lockout got in the way. Saad will get to showcase his talents in the AHL for the time being.
It will be nice to see real hockey instead of just pictures and videos of guys in suits not really talking about issues that will change the path of the lockout. It will also be nice to see the development of the young Blackhawks from Brandon Bollig to Andrew Shaw. AHL hockey is all we have, but it should be very competitive with the infusion of NHL talent it unexpectedly was able to add to their rosters due to the NHL lockout.
If you want to see the entire opening night IceHogs roster that is full of Blackhawks click here. The season opening puck drop is scheduled at 7pm on Saturday night!
END THE LOCKOUT!!!