Chicago Blackhawks: Podcast

Wirtz: UC plan for DePaul was 'fair deal'

May, 31, 2013
5/31/13
1:32
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By ESPNChicago.com
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Rocky Wirtz knows the allure of public money was too much to pass up for DePaul in its search for a new basketball arena, but the Chicago Blackhawks owner believes the United Center would have been a good home for the Blue Demons.

In November, DePaul was offered 10 years rent-free to play at the United Center, which is owned by Wirtz's Blackhawks and the Chicago Bulls. The school rejected that offer in March and on May 16 Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans for a $173 million, 10,000-seat arena across the street from McCormick Place. DePaul will pay rent at the building but will retain naming rights and permanent internal and external signage space.

"It's hard to go against public financing," Wirtz said Friday on "The Carmen & Jurko Show" on ESPN Chicago 1000. "We did it the old-fashioned way, Jerry Reinsdorf and our family, we used our own dough. What we were trying to do with DePaul, we thought it was a very fair deal. I don't know how you can get a better deal than free. We were certainly going to help them market their sport. We thought it would be great for recruiting on the West Side.

"We've spent over $2 million in wi-fi in the buiding and those are things you will not get in a publicly financed building. A building is generally never as good as the moment it's opened so over 10 years you're not going to put money back into it because that's not part of their budget. But with all due respect to DePaul, they knew what they wanted to do. They thought it was better for them to be in a building that they could have more events, more time even though they are going to be spending more in rent."

DePaul, which has been playing at Allstate Arena since 1980, will contribute $70 million toward the arena, scheduled to open in time for the 2016-17 season.

Wirtz said scheduling conflicts with the Bulls and Blackhawks were a concern for DePaul, but efforts were made to address them.

"The great thing about the United Center is it's a sports building that also can do concerts so it's a loud building," Wirtz said. "We can bring that building down to 7,500 seats, you can cover the seats, and still make it very loud. "
Chicago Blackhawks center Micahel Frolik talks to ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers about his role in killing penalties during their playoff series against the Minnesota Wild.

The Wild are 0-15 on the power play in four games and captain Jonathan Toews recently credited Frolik and Marcus Kruger for leading the way. Frolik has two goals in the series, including one short-handed tally in Game 2. Play Download

Podcast: Sharp on upcoming season

January, 15, 2013
1/15/13
11:35
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By ESPNChicago.com
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Patrick Sharp
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Patrick Sharp joins the "Carmen, Jurko & Harry" show to discuss the Blackhawks' upcoming season.

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Chicago Blackhawks center Brendan Morrison describes his mindset as the team returns to the United Center for Game 6 against the Phoenix Coyotes.

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Patrick Kane
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Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane talks about Coyotes goalie Mike Smith, how the Phoenix defense is playing him so far this series and what Andrew Shaw will bring when he returns to the lineup in Game 6.

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Michael Frolik
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Chicago Blackhawks RW Michael Frolik talks about his strong performance in Game 3 and how he's regaining chemistry with his linemates.

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Mike Smith
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Phoenix Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett talks to the media about Andrew Shaw's hit on goalie Mike Smith, his team's injuries heading into Game 3 and how he'll adjust his match-ups.

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Corey Crawford
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Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford talks about his performance so far in the playoffs and shares what he's learned about the Phoenix Coyotes.

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Bryan Bickell
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Chicago Blackhawks winger Bryan Bickell talks about his two-goal performance in Game 2 against Phoenix and returning to Chicago for Game 3.

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Brent Seabrook
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Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook talks about his strong play down the stretch, his importance on special teams, and how excited the team is to make a long postseason run.

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Patrick Sharp
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Chicago Blackhawks center Patrick Sharp talks about how the team prepares for the first round of the playoffs, and how Jonathan Toews' return to the lineup affects the line combinations.

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Marcus Kruger
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Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger talks about the progress he's made during his first full season with the team, and describes his comfort level playing with linemates Patrick Sharp and Viktor Stalberg.

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Andrew Shaw
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Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw talks about his incredible rookie season and how he's preparing for his first trip to the NHL playoffs.

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Blackhawks
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Minnesota Wild LW Darroll Powe discusses his team's rough play Sunday against the Blackhawks and their mindset heading into Thursday's rematch.

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Johnny Oduya
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Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya talks about the impact he's had on his new team and how they can turn things around on the power play. Oduya also describes the team's mindset as they close in on a playoff berth.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Patrick Sharp
PTS GOALS AST +/-
78 34 44 13
OTHER LEADERS
GoalsP. Sharp 34
AssistsD. Keith 55
+/-M. Hossa 28
GAAC. Crawford 2.26