Authors Note: It has been quite a while since I published an article, I apologize. Hopefully now that finals are over I can once again start writing on a regular basis.
Tallon Eliminates Blackhawks from Sundin Sweepstakes
Dale Tallon told reporters in Denver that the Chicago Blackhawks will withdraw their name from the list of teams pursing free agent center, Mats Sundin. This announcement is not a surprising one as the 'Hawks would still need to create cap space in order to acquire Sundin.
Two names that had been thrown around in trade scenarios were Nikolai Khabibulin and Martin Havlat, but it seemed very unlikely that any team would be willing to take on either of their contracts without sending another big contract back to the 'Hawks.
Havlat made the least amount of sense to be traded because it is likely that Sundin and Havlat would have been a match made in heaven, offensively.
Now the 'Hawks will turn their attention to the trade market as they still would like to add a "true" second line center to their line up. Names that have been mentioned as available in the trade market include, Nik Antropov, Antoine Vermette, Jason Spezza (don't believe that for a second), or Mike Fisher.
James Wisniewski's Return to the Line-Up
The 'Hawks will welcome defensemen James Wisniewski back to the line-up on Tuesday, December 16th against the Edmonton Oilers. Wisniewski has missed the entire season with an ACL injury and has been skating with the Blackhawks for the last few weeks.
Wisniewski is currently on loan to the Chicago Blackhawks affiliate Rockford Ice Hogs and was supposed to be back with the 'Hawks on Sunday, but the 'Hawks medical staff advised that Wisniewski should not play in back-to-back games.
Winter Classic Rink Revealed
The National Hockey League revealed an artist's rendering of what the hockey rink will look like on New Year's Day at Wrigley Field.
Here is a link to the artist rendering.
The rink looks to be positioned in the infield/inner outfield. Check out the artist rendering to see for yourself.
The 'Hawks will take on the Columbus Blue-Jacket at the United Center on Sunday at 6:00pm CT. This game will pit two of the best rookies in the NHL, Kris Versteeg and Derrick Brassard, so it should be an interesting contest.
Other Blackhawks News and Notes
Dustin Byfuglien had his first multi-goal game of the season against the Colorado Avalanche. It is good to finally see Big Buff find the score sheet; since his injury he has been hard pressed to even get an assist.
Craig Adams scored his first goal of the season last night and his second point in two nights. It seems as though the 'Hawks do not miss Adam Burish on the fourth line with Ben Eager's emergence in the offense, Fraser's success in the face off dot, and Adams very solid play.