The good news: there are only 37 days until the Chicago Blackhawks open training camp. The bad news: that is still over five weeks away. Nevertheless, Madhouse Enforcer has your morning batch of Hawks Headlines from this weekend, as well as an update on one of the Hawks' Central Division rivals.
A reminder for fans: tickets to the Hawks' preseason games against the Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Detroit Red Wings will go on sale Monday morning at 10am. [Blackhawks.com]
The Blackhawks don't have a lot of weak spots in their lineup, but that won't prevent people from trying to diagnose maladies. [Bleacher Report]
A lot of Hawks fans are familiar with the name Brandon Pirri. After all, he's had several appearances with the big club, and scored more points than any other player last season in the American Hockey League. Now, with a shot at becoming the Hawks' number two center, Scott Powers is here to help you learn more about the youngster. [ESPN Chicago]
The Blackhawks will travel less than any other team in the newly formed Central Division, with only 38,680 miles to be travelled over the course of 82 games. Unfortunately for them, they play more back-to-backs than any other club in the division, with 18 sets of games on consecutive days. [Blackhawk Up]
The St. Louis Blues continued strengthening their roster over the weekend, signing restricted free agent Magnus Paajarvi to a two-year contract. They had traded David Perron to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Paajarvi's rights earlier this summer. [Toronto Sun]
Finally, Hawks forward Patrick Sharp brought the Stanley Cup to his hometown of Thunder Bay over the weekend, and he brought a lot of joy along with the chalice. Here's a recap of his day with the Cup: