Hawks Headlines: Blackhawks Nearly Ready for Regular Season

Also, Marian Hossa's back is at full strength heading into the season

Marcus Riley

In today's edition of Hawks Headlines, we take a look at the health of Marian Hossa, the preparations of Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith for the upcoming season, and the Chicago Blackhawks' plans for the home opener Tuesday against the Washington Capitals. 

  • The Blackhawks will be once again hosting a red carpet reception before their home opener on Tuesday. Fans can greet the players as they arrive in limos on the Madison Street side of the United Center. [Blackhawks.com]
  • More importantly than the ceremony itself, the 23 players who will walk that red carpet have been selected, and Sam Fels has his thoughts on how the roster has shaken out. [Committed Indian]
  • After the good season he had with the Hawks last year, it isn't surprising that defenseman Michal Rozsival opted to stay in the Windy City. [CSN Chicago]
  • Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith are both ready for the regular season to get underway, as Chris Kuc reports. [Chicago Tribune]
  • Marian Hossa's back issues last season ended up costing him a game in the Stanley Cup Final, but those problems are behind him now, so to speak. [Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Greg Boysen and the crew at SCH have been previewing the other teams in the NHL Central Division, and their piece on the St. Louis Blues is pretty interesting. [Second City Hockey]
  • The Hawks are considered to be among the favorites to win the Stanley Cup for a second straight year, but as Paul Banks writes, there are definite challenges on the horizon. [The Sports Bank]
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