Hawks Headlines: Shawn Lalonde Heads to Europe

Also featured: thoughts on the success of the NHL's drug policy

The Chicago Blackhawks may be in the midst of their offseason, but that doesn't mean that the team isn't making any headlines. With that in mind, we here at Madhouse Enforcer have culled the internet for stories about the team you love for this edition of Hawks Headlines. 

  • It may seem a bit premature to be dissecting the NHL's newly formed Central Division, but don't tell that to Ryan Dadoun. That's because he's already gone through the entire division and evaluated the forwards, defensemen, and goaltenders for every one of the seven teams. It's an interesting read. [Rotoworld]
  • Shawn Lalonde, the restricted free agent who was a third round draft pick of the Blackhawks in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, has reportedly signed a contract with Polar Bears Berlin, the defending champions of Germany's professional hockey league Deutsche Eishockey Liga (warning: the article is in German, so you'll need to translate it). [Morgen Post]
  • For those fans who are active on Twitter, you might be familiar with a movement to make the Lindsey Buckingham song "Holiday Road" the official victory song of the Hawks. If you aren't, this oral history will help you get up to speed. [Second City Hockey]
  • Not everyone is thrilled that various members of the Blackhawks could be representing their countries in Sochi for the Winter Olympics. Count Sam Fels in that group. [Real Fans Program]
  • Big news was made this week when Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was suspended for the remainder of the regular season for using performance enhancing drugs, but the ban brought up an interesting question: what is the NHL's policy on drugs, and how effective is it? [Hockey Brunch in Chicago]
  • Finally, the Blackhawks themselves are hosting a fan vote on various categories, including the Best Forward and Best Defenseman on the team. We have the link to participate. [Chicago Blackhawks]
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