Duncan Keith skates with Blackhawks, could return ahead of schedule following knee surgery

Jared Clinton
Duncan Keith (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Chicago has been without all-star defenseman Duncan Keith for the past eight games, but he could be back in the lineup ahead of schedule after skating with the Blackhawks Sunday afternoon.

Keith had surgery Oct. 20, and the initial timeline on his return was 4-6 weeks. Before being sidelined by surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, Keith had notched two assists in six games and was averaging upwards of 24 minutes per game. Keith was leading all Blackhawks in average ice time. But after taking part in a full practice with teammates, Keith could be in line for a return three weeks following his injury.

Keith said the injury came during the Stanley Cup final, but he played through the injury and managed to notch the Stanley Cup-winning goal and earned the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP thanks to a three-goal, 21-point post-season performance. Keith told Hedger that the pain from the injury came back early this season. Read more

How the Maple Leafs almost sold Frank Mahovlich to the Blackhawks for $1 million

Frank Mahavolich. (B Bennett/Getty Images)

Imagine if the Pittsburgh Penguins announced that 
management had sold Sidney Crosby to the Chicago Blackhawks for about $95 million in straight cash.

You say it couldn’t happen. Think again, because a genuine Chicago-Toronto deal of similarly outrageous proportions actually was consummated 53 years ago. After a week of negotiations, it caused massive cases of lockjaw around the NHL.


The Maple Leafs’ version of Crosby at the start of 1962-63 was an oversized left winger named Frank ‘The Big M’ Mahovlich. Having already helped his club in April 1962 to what would become the first of three straight Stanley Cups, Mahovlich towered above every left winger but one: Bobby Hull of Chicago. And at that they seemed equal. During an evening of drinking revelry with his Toronto counterpart Harold Ballard, Black Hawks owner James Norris proposed having Mahovlich wear a Hawks jersey, and Pal Hal liked the idea.

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Quebec First Nations chief calls Blackhawks logo ‘offensive,’ would support crest change

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Chicago Blackhawks concept art created by Mike Ivall (via Icethetics)

A Quebec First Nations chief has called the Chicago Blackhawks’ logo as offensive as the mark worn by the NFL’s Washington Redskins.

The head of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador, Ghislain Picard, was approached with a logo design that has begun circulating around social media and said he would be on the side of the Blackhawks using the new logo.

“If there’s consideration for what we think and what we would like to see, then sure,” Picard told CBC. Read more

What have we all learned from the Patrick Kane affair?

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Patrick Kane  (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

Is it possible that Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita could have been more emphatic in stating that the People of the State of New York had no case in the Patrick Kane rape allegation? Methinks not.

“The totality of the credible evidence – the proof – does not sufficiently substantiate the complainant’s allegation that she was raped by Patrick Kane,” Sedita wrote Thursday in a statement, “and this so-called ‘case’ is rife with reasonable doubt.”

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Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane won’t be charged following rape investigation

Jared Clinton
Patrick Kane (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Patrick Kane will not face charges following an “exhaustive investigation” by the Town of Hamburg Police and Office of the Erie County District Attorney into rape allegations made against him in August.

In a statement released by Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III, “the Office of the Erie County District Attorney will not present this matter to an Erie County Grand Jury,” and no criminal charges will be laid against Kane.

Kane, 26, became the subject of an investigation on Aug. 2 when the alleged victim said Kane had raped her at his home in Hamburg, N.Y. Read more

McDavid injury opens Calder race up to late-bloomers

Colton Parayko (Photo by Scott Rovak/NHLI via Getty Images)

As Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli said in his news conference to update the Connor McDavid injury, when you’re talking about plates and screws, the news isn’t really good. And when you talk about months, and stress the plural as Peter Chiarelli did, well you can understand why Chiarelli looked so grim.

But let’s say McDavid is a quick healer and misses eight weeks with his broken clavicle, the same way Patrick Kane did last season. That would put him back in Edmonton Oilers lineup in the New Year. It would mean he’d miss 26 games and essentially destroy his chances of winning the Calder Trophy.

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Report: Patrick Kane’s accuser ‘no longer wants to cooperate’ in investigation

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Patrick Kane (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The woman who accused Patrick Kane of rape in August has told the district attorney’s office she is no longer interested in cooperating with the investigation, according to The Buffalo News.

The Buffalo News’ Dan Herbeck and Lou Michel reported early Tuesday that the alleged victim cited the stress the investigation has put on her and her family as reasons why she no longer wants to take part in the investigation. The Buffalo News stated the alleged victim, “signed a document called an ‘affidavit declining prosecution,’ which is now under consideration by District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.”

Whether or not the case goes forward will now be up to Sedita, but he did not state what the next step in the investigation would be. Sedita did not confirm nor deny his intention to present the case to a grand jury or file criminal charges against the 26-year-old Chicago Blackhawks right winger, but a report in The Buffalo News Saturday said Kane was unlikely to face charges. Read more

Report: Babcock to coach Canada at World Cup, Quenneville, Julien tabbed as assistants

Mike Babcock.  (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

Mike Babcock’s already stellar trophy case might be even more impressive by next October.

The Toronto Maple Leafs bench boss will be announced Thursday as the coach of Team Canada for the 2016 World Cup, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger. Babcock, 52, is currently the only coach to enter the Triple Gold Club, having won a Stanley Cup, Olympic gold and World Championship gold. But behind a group of top-tier Canadian stars at the World Cup, Babcock may be able to add another championship to his list of accolades.

Babcock won’t be the only member named to the coaching staff, however, as Dreger reported that Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville and Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien will join the coaching staff as assistants. Read more