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Blackhawks welcome rest, announce new ECHL affiliate

Apr 1, 2014, 7:18 PM EDT

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With a gap between games from Sunday to Thursday, the Chicago Blackhawks are taking advantage of a rare late-season rest by taking the last two days off from practice, as’s Tracey Myers notes.

The Blackhawks expect to provide an update on Jonathan Toews on Wednesday, as his injury might not be very serious, but they might give him a breather anyway. Banged-up winger Bryan Bickell believes that he can play in that next game against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.

Myers believes that this time off could indeed be helpful for the defending champions, who seem to be limping a bit toward the final stretch:

The break comes at a good time, really. The Blackhawks, mired in a three-game losing streak, have looked tired as of late. We’re guessing that, because they’d never say that. But let’s face it: the Blackhawks have played a lot of hockey over the past two seasons, with little respite. That goes double for the Blackhawks’ 10 Olympians.

In other Blackhawks news, the team announced that they’ve reached a five-year ECHL affiliate agreement with the Indy Fuel, a team that will debut in the 2014-15 season.

  1. slysipops - Apr 1, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    i’m sure TRACEY is an expert on what makes a hockey team click ! maybe taking some time off from skating drills might be okay………….. but how about passing drills and shooting at a 1 holed shooter – tooter ? but who am i to say . i suppose a couple of days to rest and make some more tv commercials might get them ready for the golf courses . maybe watching videos of teams who have stepped it up since the OLYMPICS as a team and talking about how and why they did it might help ?or how about hypnosis ?

    • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:56 AM

      Well, I guess we know why TRACEY is a hockey reporter, why Q is the 3rd most successful coach in history, and why YOU are….well…..nobody.

      • slysipops - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:27 AM

        what’s your claim to fame …checkers maybe ? or giving instuctions on how to take the perfect ” selfie ” ? go back to your fountain of knowledge……….. MOM’S TV

      • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:40 AM

        Your pathetic attempts at “insults” only further cement your legacy of stupidity.

      • hawksin5 - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:51 AM

        sly, you’re an absolute moron. like actually a dumb person. please stop talking.

      • hawksnation91 - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:50 PM

        Unbelievable amounts of ignorance

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