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Young Blackhawks ready for full-time roles?

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10:27 AM ET 08.25 | Andrew Shaw looked as though he has spent most of his summer lifting weights. So did Dylan Olsen. A slimmer-looking Jimmy Hayes appeared to be in better shape, and Ben Smith looked healthy and content after various injuries. All four players were at the Blackhawks Convention during the weekend and are part of a young group the Hawks will lean on after an uneventful offseason as far as free-agent additions go. All say they're ready to be full-time NHL players, not just call-ups who are in and out of the lineup. And the Hawks already have started to tout their development, as though there is a strong possibility the team only will make minor changes as the summer goes on.

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August 25, 2012  10:33 AM ET

Not exactly Hull, Mikita, Esposito, and Hall are they?

August 25, 2012  10:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Not exactly Hull, Mikita, Esposito, and Hall are they?

Not exactly but, now they can look at trading hot dog supreme, Patrick Kane (Superman cape and all) for some help on D.

August 25, 2012  10:58 AM ET

Jimmy Hayes used to turn a certain colour lifting weights, that's how he got his nickname 'purple'

August 25, 2012  11:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Not exactly Hull, Mikita, Esposito, and Hall are they?

Or a Vasko Pilote or Wharram. Those old Chicago teams were pretty good.

August 25, 2012  11:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Jimmy Hayes used to turn a certain colour lifting weights, that's how he got his nickname 'purple'

And when Dylan finished his routine he just " Layed Across his Big Brass Bed"

August 25, 2012  12:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Not exactly but, now they can look at trading hot dog supreme, Patrick Kane (Superman cape and all) for some help on D.

You think Lord Irk would take Kane for a couple first round draft picks?

August 25, 2012  12:57 PM ET

'Watch me pull this outa my hat. Oops, wrong 'cane.'

August 25, 2012  01:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

'Watch me pull this outa my hat. Oops, wrong 'cane.'

You deserve a good caning for that one! :-)

August 25, 2012  05:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Or a Vasko Pilote or Wharram. Those old Chicago teams were pretty good.

All those original 6 teams were good well 'cept the Rangers and Bruins

August 25, 2012  05:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

You think Lord Irk would take Kane for a couple first round draft picks?

See that's the problem a Vancouver or Pittsburgh giving up 2 1st rounders for him is a great deal for both teams a Toronto Columbus doing the same thing not so good for them great for Jets

August 25, 2012  05:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

See that's the problem a Vancouver or Pittsburgh giving up 2 1st rounders for him is a great deal for both teams a Toronto Columbus doing the same thing not so good for them great for Jets

Wrong Kane never mind

August 25, 2012  05:37 PM ET

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August 25, 2012  05:39 PM ET

okay let's try it now

August 25, 2012  10:55 PM ET

Non-story. Thank God football season is almost here.

August 26, 2012  12:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Non-story. Thank God football season is almost here.

unless of course YOU'RE A VIKINGS FAN

August 26, 2012  09:39 AM ET

blackhawks will be good this year

 
August 26, 2012  02:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

blackhawks will be good this year

Hope so

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