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Training Camp Notes

Thursday, 09.21.2006 / 6:46 AM / News
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C Michal Handzus skated with the team Wednesday and expects to play in one or two preseason games. He had been skating on his own and is still avoid contact as he continues to recover from shoulder surgery ...

Coach Trent Yawney was impressed with the play of rookies Dave Bolland and Mike Blunden Tuesday night against St. Louis. "Bolland is a crafty player. He does some things you can't teach. Blunden gets better and better every time he gets on the ice," Yawney said. Carl Corazzini, who earned a contract after playing for Norfolk last season, also caught Yawney's attention. "His speed was very noticeable and his smarts on the PK. He did a lot on the ice with the time he was given ...

Winger Adam Burish showed his grit at the end of Tuesday's win by sacrificing his body to block a shot. "I think it shows why Wisconsin won the NCAA title, because they had a lot of guys like that. "The one thing about Adam is that he's a good skater, but his will is greater than a lot of other players' skill. He's willing to do the things that don't really show up on the scoresheet, and that's why he was one of the leaders on the college team and we're looking for the same thing here at the start of his pro career." Burish captained Wisconsin as a junior and senior ...

Goalie Nikolai Khabibulin will start Thursday and Sunday and may play in as many as five preseason games. Corey Crawford is expected to start Friday with Sebastien Caron in net Saturday ...

Yawney expects another round of cuts to come after Saturday's home game against Columbus. He wants to get the roster down to pretty quickly to the players who will be in Chicago and those on the bubble. The Hawks figure to keep 13 forwards and 7 defensemen to start the season.