Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the man dubbed by some during the summer as the grizzled mentor the young Blackhawks need. If you haven’t heard by now, Chris Chelios was arrested during the early morning hours of December 28th in Westmont at the intersection of Blackhawk Drive (I wish I could make this stuff up) and Ogden.
A quick background on this:
The Wolves had an afternoon game on the 27th. The reason Chelios was out in the western suburbs is because he’s living at his parents’ house during his current stint with the Wolves. Now, there’s nothing strange about a single Greek man in his 40’s living with his parents but when that same guy has earned (at the least) a six-figure salary for the past 20 years, it is a tad obtuse.
Anyways, back to my point. This is the exact reason why the Hawks and Chelios were never a good fit and why it was so humorous to hear certain media types clamor for the reunion. There have been rumors of Chelios’ late night *ahem* habits going back for some time now.
To think he would be this saintly influence over the youthful Hawks locker room is either rosy optimism or bat-shit insanity. Plus, he can’t play at a high level anymore. So what you’re left with is an old man who can’t really play and enjoys the nightlife just as much as a 22 year-old. Sounds like the perfect mentor for a young and impressionable team.
And I’m not even getting into the posse that follows him. The Hawks would need to have a ‘Kerry Wood Heritage Night’ just so he could come into the locker room and bash in the team stereo with a hockey stick to exorcise those demons.
–Chelios wasn’t the only ex-Hawk making news the past couple days. Jeremy Roenick was interviewed by AM640 in Toronto on Tuesday and blasted (well, blasted in contrast to the way others have been so accepting) Team USA for selecting Chris Drury. You won’t find any argument here.
Roenick thinks T.J. Oshie, Mike Modano, or Scott Gomez would have all been better selections. Thank you, JR, for shouting what we’ve said since New Year’s Day. Ok, hold on while I wipe the tears from my eyes.
That’s what makes the Drury addition because of his ‘experience’ so bizarre. Here’s Mike Modano, a guy who’s identified with Team USA probably more so than any other player. He can still play in all situations, he can play on any of the bottom three lines, and he’s an actual leader. Drury hasn’t been a leader since he struck out a bunch of 11 year-old Japanese kids.
And yes, I’m still bitter about this.
–Pretty interesting answer from John Buccigross’s latest mailbag (emphasis obviously mine):
Duncan Keith is the Norris Trophy leader in the clubhouse right now. He has offensive flair and a Scott Niedermayer skating ability that helps the Blackhawks dominate the pace of a game. After Keith, the field is wide open with some new names — Dan Boyle, Drew Doughty, Brian Campbell and Mike Green.
Considering this is coming from the same guy who thought Steven Stamkos would make Team Canada, I wouldn’t advise Campbell to clear space on his trophy shelf. Still, you can’t disagree with him being one of the candidates. BOOOO!!!!!
*On the Farm*
—The IceHogs and Toronto Marlies had a wild one on Wednesday night. Rockford scored the lone goal in the opening frame when Kyle Greentree scored his 11th goal of the season. Bracken Kearns and Brian Connelly had the assists.
Newly signed Kyle Calder tied the game for the Marlies in the final minute of the second period. Then, in the first minute of the third, Toronto grabbed a 2-1 lead.
Greentree scored his second goal of the game two minutes later on the power play to tie the game. He was helped by Mark Cullen and Kearns. Matt Keith scored to give Rockford a 3-2 lead almost halfway through the third and the lead looked it was going to stand.
The Marlies, though, tied the game with less than five minutes left to force overtime.
The game looked like it was heading to a shootout but with one second remaining, Jake Dowell scored his second goal in three games (until then, his last goal came in October) and the IceHogs snagged the extra point. Kearns notched his third assist of the game and Richard Petiot got the second helper.
Joseph Fallon stopped 17 of the 20 shots he faced.
–Shawn Lalonde had an assist in Belleville’s 5-4 shootout loss to the Oshawa Generals.
—Byron Froese scored a short-handed goal in a 6-2 win over the Kelowna Rockets.