The Chicago Blackhawks are headed to Wrigley


Wrigley.jpgHey, it’s Chicago Blackhawks night here on Pro Hockey Talk. But since
they went and won the Stanley Cup, I guess it’s only natural they’ll
dominate the headlines for at least 11 days or so.

Expect a big,
rousing ovation tomorrow for the Hawks when a number of players and the
team will be honored at Wrigley field tomorrow during the Cubs-White Sox
Per ESPN Chicago:

The Hawks will be recognized on
the field at 6:45 in celebration of
their Stanley Cup victory. Select Blackhawks will throw out the first
pitch and lead the stadium in a rendition of “Take Me Out to the

How great was this timing? The Blackhawks win the Cup on the same weekend that the Cubs and White Sox play each other.

The good news is that there is no way the
Hawks sing “Take me out to the ballgame” any worse than Denise Richards
did. Then again, it’s become a bit of a tradition for celebrities to
just destroy that song on national television, so frankly I’ll be a bit
disappointed if it turns out that Dave Bolland and Brent Sopel can carry
a tune.

Here are the 10 oldest players to play a game this season

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This isn’t breaking news or anything. We just thought you’d like to know that three of the NHL’s 10 oldest players (who’ve played at least one game this season) are members of the Florida Panthers.

Oh, and the Panthers’ starting goalie? He’s the oldest starter in the league. (Scroll down.)

Here’s the list of skaters, topped by 43-year-old Jaromir Jagr:


Yet another veteran Panther, 36-year-old defenseman Brian Campbell, ranks 17th on the list.

Granted, the above list does not include 39-year-old Patrik Elias (who’s hurt) or 39-year-old Eric Boulton (who just re-signed with the Isles). As soon as those two play, Thornton will get pushed out of the top 10.

Now here’s the list of goalies who’ve started at least one game this season, topped by 36-year-old Roberto Luongo:


For the record, Luongo isn’t the oldest goalie under contract. That would be Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom, who’s 37.

Related: Can Florida’s old guys hang on while the young guys get better?

Hamburglar (groin) returns, Sens demote O’Connor

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Matt O'Connor‘s time in the Canadian capital was brief, but still noteworthy.

O’Connor, the losing netminder in Sunday’s “Battle of the Backups” against Montreal — Habs No. 2 Mike Condon got the win — has been sent down to AHL Binghamton to pave the way for Andrew Hammond‘s return from a groin injury, per the Sun.

The Hamburglar has been out since the preseason, but his return is earlier than expected.

He was originally supposed to miss the first two weeks, yet now sounds as though he’ll play one of Ottawa’s two games on an upcoming road trip through Columbus and Pittsburgh.

It’s going to be interesting to see if Hammond can replicate the success he had last season, when he came out of nowhere to go 20-1-2 with a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage, and finish seventh in Vezina voting.