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Coach Q is liking how Shaw is centering the second line

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Could Andrew Shaw be the Chicago Blackhawks’ long-sought answer at second-line center?

It’s probably too soon for a definitive yes or no, but coach Joel Quenneville sure likes what he’s seen recently from the combination of Shaw between Brandon Saad and Patrick Kane.

“That line, in two games (it’s) been together, has looked good. Going forward, that may be a nice fit,” Quenneville said, per CSN Chicago. “(Shaw’s) around the puck. Offensively he’s got some real good instincts and he’s in the hard areas. Growing into that responsibility is how you play defensively. And he’s got a couple of wingers who can do a lot of stuff.”

“Obviously I want it to be a long-term thing,” Shaw said. “It’s a privilege playing with Kane and Saad. I’ll just keep competing for them and hopefully we keep having success.”

On a side note — and we touched on this in our latest PHT Extra — the fact Shaw and Saad are up on the second line together is a real credit to the Blackhawks’ amateur scouting and player development. Both players were selected in 2011; Saad in the second round, Shaw in the fifth. Their combined cap hit this season? Less than $1.5 million.

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Torres offered in-person hearing, potentially setting up long suspension

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What will Raffi Torres get this time?

The 33-year-old forward that has become known primarily for his controversial hits has once again put himself in the sights of the NHL’s Department of Players Safety. They confirmed that he was offered an in-person hearing following his hit on Jakub Silfverberg Saturday night. He declined the opportunity to meet with them face-to-face, but the offer itself is an important detail because it gives the league the option to suspend him for more than five games.

It certainly seems like the stage is set for a lengthy suspension. For one thing, Torres is a repeat offender who once was banned from 25 games for his hit on Marian Hossa in 2012, although it was later reduced to 21 contests after an appeal. The NHL found that Torres was guilty of breaking three rules for that hit; namely interference, charging, and illegally hitting the head. The NHL is reviewing Torres’ latest incident for the same three violations.

You can see the hit below:

And here it is slowed down:

Torres got a match penalty and Silfverberg left the game. Fortunately, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have returned, but was kept out for precautionary reasons.

Flames acquire Freddie Hamilton, brother of Dougie

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Roughly three months after acquiring Dougie Hamilton, the Calgary Flames have brought his brother on board too.

Freddie Hamilton was pried away from the Colorado Avalanche for the cost a 2016 conditional seventh-round draft pick, per the Avalanche’s website. The Flames announced that he will report to AHL Stockton.

Freddie, who is the older of the two at 23, is a center that excelled offensively in the OHL and has chipped in at the AHL level. However, he has just one point in 29 contests with Colorado and the San Jose Sharks.

This is obviously not a big trade, but perhaps Freddie will eventually become a solid member of the Flames’ supporting cast. If nothing else, it didn’t cost Calgary much to reunite the brothers. The duo previously played together with the Niagara IceDogs.