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September 22, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Jesse Rogers

Jesse Rogers
  (4:03 PM)

Hello, from rainy winnipeg. Cant believe hockey is back. Looking forward to some games after 4 days of training camp. Lets do an hour chat and then Im off to the arena here. HEY, FOR THOSE THAT DONT KNOW, IM GOING TO TAKE A RARE GAME OFF AND WATCH IT WITH SOME OF YOU FANS AT THE TILTED KILT IN CHICAGO THIS FRIDAY FOR HAWKS/WINGS. GO HERE FOR MORE INFO: http://es.pn/95tnT2WOULD LOVE TO MEET YOU GUYS.Fire away with questions

Connor (Work)

What/who should we be looking for in Winnipeg tonight?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:05 PM)

No doubt it has to be two players in my opinion..maybe a third...Igor Makarov and Jeremy Morin up front...and I say keep an eye on Toivonen, the goalie, he'll get in there..and is an option if injury or something else occurs with turco/crawford...makarov has a chance to make the team...dont think morin does...leddy will play as well..fun to watch...but hes a year or two away

Mike (Chicago)

Who do you think will make the biggest impact tonight?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:06 PM)

Toews, who else?

Kevin (Minneapolis)

Quickly list the three biggest things fans should look for in tonight's game. Obviously we will take everything with a grain of salt tonight, but are there some things that should stand out?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:09 PM)

first ill start with one you should not care about: special teams...what you see tonight is pure instict, etc. nothing has been worked on...speaking of instinct I would check on the gus i mentioned like makarov and watch he and otehr young guys react..do they have the hockey insticts that you can tell right away there is something there?? I dont think anyone is out of shape so that wont be something to look for...and is toivonen playing wiht some confidence..hes got talent...there area few...makarov stood out in that instict category over the weekend

Jesse Rogers
  (4:10 PM)

Ill type slower...too many mistakes..sorry

Mike (Glen Ellyn)

Jesse, Where is the Hammer?!?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:10 PM)

Hammer not playing. Not every veteran will play every game. Kane not playing either...

Lauren (Wheaton)

I read a report that Hjalmarsson was injured during training camp and that is why he is not making the 'Peg trip. Can you confirm or deny?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:12 PM)

If he was hurt, I wasnt there today cause of this trip but I saw him there yesterday..beach got banged up yesterday as well and wont play...hammer is not on the roster for potential players, beach was...so maybe this was the plan all along for him...

Jesse Rogers
  (4:12 PM)

If he was hurt, I wasnt there today cause of this trip but I saw him there yesterday..beach got banged up yesterday as well and wont play...hammer is not on the roster for potential players, beach was...so maybe this was the plan all along for him...

Jeff (Plainfield)

Jesse, what do you expect out of Turco? Can he be better than Niemi?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:13 PM)

Hard to be "better" than the guy that just won the Cup..i guess what im saying is if hes just as good the hawks are in good shape... but he'll be a better puck handler, thats for sure

Erik (Romeoville)

Does Leddy have a chance to make the team right off of the preseaon or do you think he will start in Rockford and make the jump mid-season?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:13 PM)

Rockford..and might stay there all year..depends on how the hawks 5 and 6 guys are doing...but more important, his cap hit is big so he might be down there all year

Kyle (Lansing)

Who's on track to be the 5th and 6th defenseman ??

Jesse Rogers
  (4:14 PM)

rotation: hendry, scott, boynton..in that order for playing time, etc.

Mike (Rockford,Il) [via mobile]

Jesse, so glad its hockey time again...although its not like this offseason was boring. About when will we start to see how the roster will look this year, final cuts etc.

Jesse Rogers
  (4:15 PM)

Final, final cuts wont happen until final weekend of preseason is my guess...that monday before they open on thursday will be the team..but they will get closer basically after every couple games...maybe even a few after tonight...

kliepelt (Iowa City, IA)

What are the odds of Kyle Beach making the team? I had read that during prospect camp and the rookie tournament in Toronto he was very unimpressive and immature, more concerned with fighting than anything else. I have also read that he has improved in training camp thus far. Thoughts?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:16 PM)

Yeah, dont think hes going to make it. First year at this level..hard to crack the lineup..cap hit a little large...he is maturing...but rockford more than likely..

Anthony (Chicago)

Hey Jesse, How has Kopecky looked this year? He really took his game to a new level last year after the olympics. Can he hold down a top-9 job, maybe with Hossa again, or will the young kids like Stalberg, Skille and Makarov push him to the 4th line?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:17 PM)

Looks fine but thats just in scrimmages..he'll be pushed no doubt...I say top 9 is his to lose but its a very short leash with the likes of the guys u mentioned, especially stalberg.

Dave467 (Chicago)

Are there too many question marks to think this team can repeat?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:18 PM)

Yes and no. Its not so much question marks as there is a lot that has to go right..guys, especially new ones, have to accept and thrive in their roles, the short offseason has to be accounted for, and are they as hungry, plus injuries more so this year ot the stars than last since the replacements are all very young...

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

What did you think of Chicago Stadium which was the Arena Before the United Center? Was that a Good Arena?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:19 PM)

The best. great atmosphere

Craig (Geneva, IL)

Jesse - what ever happened to Kim Johnsson? Obviously he's not a Hawk anymore but is he even playing anywhere else? Did he just "fade into Bolivian" as Mike Tyson would say?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:19 PM)

Yeah. Not with a team. His agent said over the summer he just did not recover from concussion stuff

brian (elmhurst )

do you have any idea what the lineup is looking like for tonights game?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:21 PM)

As far as lines, no idea...they released a larger roster than will play...I know Toews, Sharp, Keith, Leddy, makarov, Morin, turco, and toivonen are in...beach, kane, brouwer out...not 100% on this but pretty sure of those at least

Dan G (Denver)

Jesse- are there any significant injuries that we should be aware of now that camp has opened? Also, did any Hawks have off-season surgery?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:23 PM)

Both Toews and Hossa had work done on their knee, JOhn scott is ill, beach was limping around a little after getting checked but finished a scrimmage..not sure whats up with hammer..but nothing major right now

Mike (Algonquin)

For players like Skille and Hendry, would they need to clear waivers because of their one way deals to go down to the minors to start the season if a player like Makarov out played them?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:23 PM)

Im pretty sure thats the case

Greg (Reno, NV)

What are the chances Igor Makarov makes the team?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:25 PM)

Better than a week ago but we have a long way to go. Scrimmages are one thing, preseason games will help...plus, he has to beat out someone. I wouldnt say its his job to lose, HOWEVER, if he looks as good in these games as he did in scrimmages than hard not to keep or bring up pretty quick

Kevin (Chicago)

How early in the seaon do you think you will be able to tell if this years team has what it takes to compete for the cup again?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:25 PM)

Not early at all...have to wait it out...2nd half might tell, etc.

Dave (Chicago)

After watching camp the last few days have you noticed any particular players who may be showing signs of a stanley cup hangover?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:26 PM)

I have not but very difficult to judge..the one thing everyone keeps reminding me cause im not 21 or close to it is both literally and figureatively, young guys get over hangovers quicker so maybe w ewont see it in this case plus thier captain is such a stickler for winninng maybe its not as bad as we might assume. :)

Dan (Evanston)

Are we going to see any of the big name rookies this year or are they going to have to stay in Rockford due to the salary cap?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:27 PM)

Other than Beach and Leddy the other guys dont have cap hits so bad so we could see them...also a reason why makarov so attractive..hit is only 525k

Mike (Addison)

When/if we get Seabrook resigned, what do you think that contract will be like? Similar to Duncs with less money? Or shorter term?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:28 PM)

Good question..hard to know right now...obviously spreading it out makes a lot of sense so I guess i would say yes UNLESS hes asking for the moon...but should be less per year than dunc

Ken (Naperville, IL)

Jesse,Two-part question: There's been some speculation of finally moving Bolland up to the 2nd line, permitting he stays healthy. But my question is, with the loss of Madden, who can competently play the checking line center? I don't see the depth right now, unless they trade for a vet during the season. And two, if things stay status quo with Bolland, I like having Toews with Hossa and Kane with Sharp...Thoughts?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:30 PM)

Q on record that Bolland starts at 3rd line for now. I still like kane/toews together...sharp/hossa came on last year. Not ideal but it works..I could also see it all changing several times...prob before its all said and done, bolland will be setting up hossa but not right away

Kathy (Genoa, IL)

Jesse any word on a contract extention for Seabrook yet?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:31 PM)

No, they just started to address it..my guess will be it will take a while

KD (Chicago)

Any concerns about Toews' or Hossa's knees?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:31 PM)

Nope. None. Hossa was moving it during camp and Toews was a minor thing

BOB (MINOOKA)

i was very impressed at camp with a couple of guys such as pisani and makarov, they should make the team if they stay healthy, disapointed in beach's play he looks to be headed to rockford, my question is skille good enough to make the team, what i say at camp and at rockford that he isnt that good to be in the NHL

Jesse Rogers
  (4:33 PM)

Good question. If makarov makes it, it could be skille's spot he takes...jury out on him...lets put it this way..if makarov shines in preseason and skille does not, that might be our answer..course if its close i dont know where they will go. I dont think they expected makarov to be ready..kind of a flyer bringing him over and he goes down..again could always come up quickly

Taylor (Naperville)

With all the recent adulation being lauded upon Yoews here lately, is he still essentially the same humble, earnest kid everyone made him out to be when he was first entering the league? Is there any sort of ego that you sense now?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:34 PM)

Not really. They all have SOME ego, especailly when it comes to getting thier points though they never say that of course. Plus, when they get points it helps the team but he's pretty cool..same with kane..

Josh (Arlington Heights)

I have myself convinced that the roster turnover could be a good thing for this team. I think there a number of players could have come into this season succumbing to the "disease of more" (more ice time, shots, etc.) I like to think this team is very talented, will be talented and could be as good as last years. Am I kidding myself?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:36 PM)

Well, youre trying to find the positive and maybe you just did...i will say that was a lot of pure talent to leave but the biggest thing is they all bought into their roles in the playoffs...that meant a lot..buff hates the front of the net, bolland, im sure, would like to be 2nd line, steeg not a pure checker but they did it..this group will need to do the same at some point...but hunger can be a good motivator for sure

Tom (Elgin)

Jesse, what did you do with your day with the Cup? Do you get one as such an important media member to the team?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:37 PM)

Ha, fat chance...but the hawks did give me a little replica with my name and espn on it, so that was nice. but no, i dont get a day with the cup..maybe next yr?? McDonough are you in the chat room?

skip (aurora)

any concerns from the coaching staff on the after-effects of all the stanley cup celebrating players did during the summer

Jesse Rogers
  (4:38 PM)

Concern, no. Are they monitoring these guys, yes. but again, youth will be served..they are not worried.

Kevin (Chicago)

What role player that we lost is gonna be the toughest to replace this year? And who is gonna try to fill that spot?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:40 PM)

In some ways it could very well be burish or I guess Ladd if you call him a role player...forecheckers and tough guys to play against...dowell will try, bickell will as well, scott has to be nasty..there are a few...

Jesse Rogers
  (4:40 PM)

BTW buff and steeg are a dif category..so not sure what u call role players..so answered it that way...I was a burish guy so even though 4th line i always thought he had an impact in other ways

Ron (Glendale Heights)

Hey Jesse, I heard that Niemi wore his Hawks Goalie mask and pads to the Sharks camp, and the Sharks were not too happy with him. Is that true?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:41 PM)

He wore them the first day..i dont know if they were happy or unhappy...

Curt (Chicago)

Who is the Hawks enforcer in the regular season. With the loss of Buff, Eager, Ladd and Burish... who gets to play Kaner's bodyguard?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:41 PM)

Scott will be a heavyweight fighter if he wants to be..dowell will be the main guy from the forwards

Joe (Edison Park)

Have been hearing alot about Stalberg, what are reasonable numbers for this guy this year?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:43 PM)

reasonable...20 and 20...very much depends where he plays..top 6 or top 9..not judging by any means..wasnt as noticeable during scrimmages to me at least..think hes in tonight so interested to watch him in game action up close

Mike (Glen Ellyn)

Jesse, Can Bickell become the new Buff...?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:43 PM)

Maybe...there is something there but Buff moved pretty well for a big guy and with the puck as well...bickell not quite there, like a baby buff right now!

Victor (Itasca)

Jesse, I heard from several people that Jim Johnnsson had an issue with Huet, and that had Huet's head not in the right place, did you hear anything like that?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:44 PM)

Ive heard every rumor in the book about johnsson so not sure which one to believe..my guess is none of them..you think they would send a pretty solid D man to siberia cause of Huet? I dont

papa (Branson)

Of those that left us this off season, who will be the most missed. My bud says Buff. I say, darn whats his name, the defensemen who blocked just about every shot with his body but couldn't skate or handle the puck very well. I say we mis what's his name :)

Jesse Rogers
  (4:46 PM)

Youre thinking of Sopel...This is a tough question...I like to be different and annoy people and say Niemi. all those players did different things..I think a pure hockey guy would say Ladd

Billy (Lisle)

I was listening to some Hawk Talk over the weekend and one guy was saying that he believes that Hawks could be even better this year because of how well Turco handles the puck. They said he could really give the team a boost in ways Niemi couldn't, thoughts?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:47 PM)

Yes, it makes sense..in those way he could realy help the transition game..huet, niemi, Khabby all stunk with the puck...BUT if turco isnt stopping it from going in, who cares how quick the transition game is unlesa they are winning games 6-5 and even then we will complain about the tending.

Ferko (NY)

LETS DROP THE GLOVES!!!!ROGERS!!!!

Jesse Rogers
  (4:48 PM)

Im standing here. In Winnipeg. Well, sitting. :) Come to tilted kilt on friday...

Eric (Champaign)

I know the season hasn't even begun, but looking a couple years down the road if the Hawks manage to keep Seabrook and with Lalonde and Leddy as their 5th and 6th, WOW, now that's a defensive core. Jesse, do you think that could be possible?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:49 PM)

Sure, its possible...cant pay 6 d-men and leddy will make a nice buck if hes here soon but there is a window where that could be your 6...nice.

Dan (Chicago)

What are the chances Scott doesnt make the team? I am pretty excited to see all 6'8 250 of him on the ice.

Jesse Rogers
  (4:49 PM)

I think he makes it. Hes the one d-man they signed of all the available players...He might not suit up every game, he might not get a lot of minutes but he'll be there to delive an ass-kicking when needed

Paige (Cleveland)

When the Hawks play Dallas do you think there are going to be issues with Burish? I loved him when he was a Hawk and I want your take on if he will try to annoy the Hawks?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:50 PM)

Of course he will. He'll try to no end but it wont be anything personal. I highly dounbt he'll pull a Wiz..no chance...

Tim (Northbrook)

Any signs early on that Kane was partying too much?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:51 PM)

Nope. Looks good with the puck. As fast as ever. Had the most points in their scrimmages over 4 days...but thats not full speed, playing every other night so we'll see.Again, he's 21. damn him

Sean (Vernon Hills)

Is Toews going to show the cup off tonight?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:52 PM)

I dont know. I know it has to be engraved at the end of this month so not sure if thats started or not..find out later when i get there

Chris (Glenview)

It seems that many of the guys have gained somewhat of a celebrity status since winning the cup? Do you think it will cause any changes/ disstractions in their play?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:53 PM)

That is a good question...Toews wil manage it i think..Keith is humble and hardest worker..so I will say no, when you have a forward and a defenseman like that, I think you're good..kane would be the guy you would think, but I dont see it. He loves the spotlight but LOVES to play as well..so I say it wont be an issue

Eric (Champaign)

Jesse, which former Hawk do you think is going to have the best year with their new team?

Jesse Rogers
  (4:54 PM)

Niemi

Jesse Rogers
  (4:55 PM)

And that is a serious answer...buff, we know can be up and down and he doesnt have kane and toews with him...ladd, nice player, steeg could put some really good numbers but Niemi is in best position to have a great year with a team like that...burish i think in his way will be good.

Roger (Oak Park)

So how do you see the Hawks finishing up the regular season this year? Many people are saying it will be between Detroilit and Chicago, your thoughts??

Jesse Rogers
  (4:57 PM)

I have to see more. 4 days into camp..have to talk to people from diff cities..just too early..I want to see who takes those vanilla, defensive roles for the hawks..remember a selke winner (madden) and good d-men (or forecheckers) in eager, burish, and ladd are all gone...so need some time to asses

Jesse Rogers
  (4:59 PM)

Thats going to do it for today. heading to the arena soon. follow me on twitter @espnchihawks for updates before, during, and after the game...plus my blog tonight, we debut a new postgame format...next wed for another chat but this friday Ill be at the tilted kilt in chicago to watch the hawks and wings..come on out and say hello. enjoy the game tonight. here we go again!