Artemi Panarin Traded to Columbus

breadAhead of Friday’s NHL Draft, the Chicago Blackhawks sent shock-waves through the league by trading Artemi Panarin to Columbus for Brendan Saad. The full deal also includes Tyler Motte and a 6th round pick in this years draft with Anton Forsberg and a 5th round pick in 2018 going back the other way. Panarin was one of few Hawks players to not have a no-movement clause and is expected to only cost more as he continues to flourish. Read more…

Artemi Panarin Signs Two-Year Deal

Any possibility of Artemi Panarin leaving Chicago this off-season was snuffed out last night with the Blackhawks announcing the reigning Calder Trophy winner has signed a two-year extension. The “breadman” certainly got quite the bridge deal which will earn him $12 million the next two seasons which is a bump up from his current $835,000 salary.
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Artemi Panarin Wins Calder Trophy

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Chicago Blackhawks rookie sensation, Artemi Panarin, claimed the NHL’s top prize for new-comers by becoming just the 7th Russian to win the Calder Trophy this evening in Las Vegas.
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Artem Anisimov Sent to Blackhawks in a 7 Player Deal; Signs Extension (Updated)

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For the second time in his career, Artem Ansimov has been traded to a new city just as things were starting to click. With one year left on his three-year extension with the Blue Jackets, Columbus shipped him to the reigning Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks in a multi-player deal that included Brandon Saad. 
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The Bulin Wall heads to oil country

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Nikolai Ivanovich Khabibulin has become the first Russian to sign a new contract for the 2009 off-season. The Sverdlovsk native will not be returning to Chicago where he has spent the last 4 years of his career opting to sign with the Edmonton Oilers instead.

Khabibulin signed a 4-year deal worth $15 million and will get $3.5 per season. Bulin is one win shy of 300 for his career and at 36, will bring experience to Edmonton who lost goalie Dwayne Roloson,39,to the Islanders just hours before.

This will be his fifth team after backstopping Winnipeg, Phoenix, Tampa Bay(where he won a cup) and of course Chicago respectively. Oilers fans will be happy to him between the pipes against the much hated Calgary Flames in the Battle of Alberta who he and the hawks disposed of in playoffs in April.

In the 40 games he started last year, Bulin went 25-8-7 with a 2.33 goals-against average and .919 save percentage. He should have no problem adjusting to the harsh winters Edmonton has to offer as it not too cold from his native city of Sverdlovsk now Yekaterinburg.

12.04.2009 A look at the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs (Western Conference)

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With the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs set to begin tonight here is a look at the Western Conference match-ups with predictions.

(1) San Jose Sharks vs (8) Anaheim Ducks

The President Trophy winning Sharks take on the Ducks in the battle of California. With a 4-2 head-to-head record in favor of San Jose the first step for the league’s top team will be a Ducks team with a new found confidence and a red-hot streak to enter the NHL’s second season. The Ducks enter the playoffs with a 7-2-1 streak but will have to battle against the team with too much depth for them to handle. Sharks in 5

(2) Detroit Red Wings vs (7) Columbus Blue Jackets

The Columbus Blue Jackets first playoff appearance may be short lived as they face the Wings who haven’t missed the playoffs in almost 20 years. You can’t bet against the team which hails from hockey town as the experience out ways the Jackets’ in almost every category. Steve Mason could be the difference maker for the Jackets but dont expect them to overtake the defending cup holders. Wings in 5

(3)Vancouver Canucks vs (6) St. Louis Blues

The Blues make a return to the playoffs after a four year absence while the Canucks resurrected their season to over take the Calgary Flames for the Northwest title. The battle between the pipes should be key as Chris Mason battles Roberto Loungo who has been stellar in the second half of the season. While the Blues have experience in Keith Tkachuk and Mason the all around package is in favor of Vancouver. Canucks in 6

(4) Calgary Flames vs (5) Chicago Blackhawks

The Blackhawks have been riding the back of Nikolai Khabibulin who has had a comeback season of such. Being the uncle for the team of boys look for the young guns to back up the experience in the front. The Flames who let the division fall from their grasp will have something to prove with the likes of Iginla. This series is a toss up lets just say Blackhawks in 7