Blackhawks Rumors & News

  • Patrick Sharp to serve as guest NHL analyst for NBC Sports' Stanley Cup Playoff coverage

    NBC Sports Chicago "Despite announcing his retirement from the NHL this season, Patrick Sharp insisted he's not going anywhere. And he won't be. The three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Blackhawks will be serving as a guest analyst on NHL Live tonight and Wednesday during NBC Sports' first-round Stanley Cup..." April 17

  • Top-four defenseman has to be first priority for Hawks GM Stan Bowman

    Chicago Sun-Times "Sheldon Brookbank . . . David Rundblad . . . Kyle Cumiskey . . . Trevor Daley . . . Whether the Blackhawks’ first playoff-less season since 2007-08 is a blip or the first step into an era of irrelevance is debatable. But even if goalie Corey Crawford returns in elite form, Alex DeBrincat, Nick..." April 16

  • Can Blackhawks count on Corey Crawford returning to top form?

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Blackhawks have repeatedly stated that they expect Corey Crawford to be 100 percent healthy and ready to go by training camp after missing the final 47 games of this season with an upper-body injury. That's Step 1. Step 2 is projecting whether or not he can return to an elite..." April 13

  • Chicago Blackhawks Sign Dennis Gilbert To Three-Year Deal

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After we saw Jordan Gross sign with the Arizona Coyotes yesterday, another Notre Dame defenseman has decided to turn pro. Dennis Gilbert has signed his three-year entry-level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks, that will take him through the 2020-21 season. Gilbert is headed to the Rockford..." April 13

  • At 34, Blackhawks’ Duncan Keith to go ‘above and beyond’ to regain lost form

    Chicago Sun-Times "A year ago, Duncan Keith seemed surprised by questions about his advancing age and the possibility of slowing down. And you couldn’t blame him. At 33, the Blackhawks’ two-time Norris Trophy-winning defenseman still was fairly close to the top of his game. While his shooting percentage (3.3) was..." April 12

  • The Blackhawks' summer shopping list should include a sniper for Patrick Kane

    Chicago Tribune "Last offseason, you’ll recall, it was Jonathan Toews who got a new playmate. Brandon Saad was brought back to the United Center to make the Blackhawks captain better, a move that came at the stiff cost of the best winger Patrick Kane ever had. And everybody and everything got worse – Toews,..." April 11

  • Biggest contract years for NHL playoff teams

    Pro Hockey Talk "Technically speaking, NHL players only get paid for the 82-game regular season, aside from the pocket change that comes from certain bonuses for playoff wins. In reality, a player can make a living off of a magical postseason run or two. A strong couple of months could end up being costly in..." April 11

  • Breaking down Brandon Saad's struggles and why he's due for a big bounce-back season with Blackhawks

    NBC Sports Chicago "Brandon Saad's homecoming didn't exactly go as planned. He compiled 35 points, his fewest since totaling 27 during his rookie campaign in 2012-13, tallied only 15 goals in 81 games following a hat trick on Opening Night and finished with a career-low 7.6 shooting percentage What..." April 10

  • Patrick Kane Named Captain of Team USA

    NBC Chicago "The Chicago Blackhawks won’t be competing for a Stanley Cup championship this summer, but their biggest star will play a key role in another team’s quest for a title. Patrick Kane, who won a silver medal with the United States Olympic team in 2010, will go for the gold in the upcoming IIHF..." April 10

  • Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews doesn't sound like he has any answers

    Chicago Tribune "Jonathan Toews keeps repeating himself, and not in a good way. Oh, he’s still taking the blame. That’s the way he has always been. That’s what captains do. But when the same things are said after repeated Blackhawks failures, it calls into question the ability to learn and change, a..." April 10

  • Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman expects Corey Crawford to be ‘same goalie he’s been’

    Chicago Sun-Times "A snowy, wintry, February-like Chicago morning greeted Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman, coach Joel Quenneville and their players at the United Center on Monday — as if to further drive home the point that it’s way too early to be cleaning out lockers, analyzing the season and planning for..." April 10

  • Multiple NHL playoff games will air on Golf Channel, for some reason

    Awful Announcing "The NHL announced the broadcast schedule for the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Sunday night, offering us a look at how NBCUniversal will shuffle the various series across its numerous networks. As usual, many games will air on NBCSN, others will appear on CNBC, others on USA, a handful..." April 09

  • Chicago Blackhawks Focused On Keeping Young Talent

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Chicago Blackhawks have an interesting summer in front of them, as they try to turn around what was a disastrous season and compete again in 2018-19. The core of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Corey Crawford will all be on the wrong side of 30 by the middle of..." April 09

  • Longtime Blackhawks star Patrick Sharp to retire Saturday

    Sporting News "Patrick Sharp ended the speculation Friday, announcing that he will play his final NHL game Saturday against the Jets. Blackhawks fans at the United Center gave Sharp an emotional sendoff after Chicago's 4-1 loss to the Blues as Sharp skated solo around the ice, acknowledging fans, teammates..." April 07

  • Anthony Duclair on collision with Brad Marchand: 'I thought it was pretty dirty'

    The Athletic "A lot of people have shared their opinions regarding whether Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand purposely clotheslined Blackhawks forward Anthony Duclair last month in a collision that ultimately led to Duclair missing the rest of the season due to a lower-body injury. On Friday, after..." April 06

  • Kane, Toews supportive of Blackhawks' decision to keep Quenneville

    The Score "The Chicago Blackhawks will head into next season with the same coaching staff, and Patrick Kane couldn't be happier. On Thursday, president John McDonough announced that the organization will bring back Joel Quenneville and general manager Stan Bowman, and Kane feels the team will be better..." April 05

  • Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville and GM Stan Bowman will be back next season, team says

    Chicago Tribune "Blackhawks coach Joel Quennville and general manager Stan Bowman will return to the team next season, team president John McDonough said Thursday during a press conference at the United Center." April 05

  • Which NHL teams will make a coaching change after the season?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL season will come to an end this weekend and barring some last-minute decision, no head coach will have been fired; that’s something that hasn’t happened since the league expanded in 1967. It’s a rarity that no coach has been canned, despite the calls for management to take..." April 05

  • Blackhawks center Victor Ejdsell trying to get up to speed in the NHL

    Chicago Sun-Times "Everything happened so fast for Victor Ejdsell. Less than a month after being traded from the Predators’ system to the Blackhawks in the Ryan Hartman deal, Ejdsell went from Sweden to Rockford to Chicago in less than a week. But now that things have finally slowed down for Ejdsell off the ice,..." April 05

  • Stanley Cup stripping big names off hardware to make room for future winners

    Sporting News "The Stanley Cup is erasing some of the biggest names in hockey to make room for future winners. The names from the teams that won the Cup from 1954-64 will be stripped off the hardware this spring, the Chicago Tribune reported. That means legendary names such as Gordie Howe and Robert Hull..." April 04

  • Jonathan Toews prepares to return as Blackhawks season nears end

    Chicago Tribune "The Blackhawks expect to have captain Jonathan Toews back this week to help steer them to the finish line of this lost season. Toews practiced Monday in preparation for Wednesday’s road game against the Blues. After missing the last five games with an upper body injury, he hopes to play in the..." April 03

  • Blackhawks’ Duncan Keith on verge of setting NHL record for shooting futility

    Chicago Sun-Times "This whole idea that if the Blackhawks can close out the season with a few morale-boosting victories, they can carry that momentum into their offseason and even into the start of next season? Duncan Keith isn’t buying it. “No, I don’t believe that at all,” he said. “That’s crazy.” Of..." April 03

  • Odds: Vegas pegs MacKinnon as Hart favorite, Rinne for Vezina

    The Score "Spring is finally in the air. And with that, the NHL calendar is inching closer to what we all crave most: playoff puck. However, there is another major event on the horizon, as the league will hand out its awards for the game's best coaches, front-office executives, and players at the..." April 03

  • Blackhawks' goalie shuffle shows Corey Crawford's value

    Chicago Tribune "The Blackhawks finally can see the finish line to their season, and it’s all but official that goaltender Corey Crawford won’t be back for the final three games this week to help them cross it. As they made another goalie transaction Monday, recalling Jeff Glass from Rockford and assigning..." April 03

  • Joel Quenneville more teacher than coach lately as he awaits his Blackhawks fate

    Chicago Sun-Times "It’s not in Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville’s nature to settle for moral victories, but he clearly has been going out of his way to find positives lately. After a 5-0 loss Friday to the Avalanche, he pointed out the five-on-five play at the start of the game was pretty good. After Victor..." April 02

  • Senators mulling options on what to do with traded 2018 first-round pick

    Sportsnet "When the Ottawa Senators acquired Matt Duchene and traded away Kyle Turris in a blockbuster three-team deal with the Nashville Predators and Colorado Avalanche in November, they sent their 2018 first-round pick to the Mile High City. That pick, however, was top-10 protected and it gives the..." April 01

  • Scott Foster's beer league teammates and opponents react to NHL debut with Blackhawks

    NBC Sports Chicago "By now, you've already seen and heard the story of Scott Foster and his historic NHL debut with the Blackhawks in a 6-2 win on Thursday night against the Winnipeg Jets, where he stopped all seven shots in an emergency situation. It's a script that Hollywood would toss out if you presented it to..." March 31

  • From the ECHL to the NHL, it’s been quite a season for Blackhawks’ Collin Delia

    Chicago Sun-Times "Collin Delia started the season in the ECHL. Poorly. In 10 games with the Indy Fuel, Delia lost nine times. He had an .887 save percentage and a 4.12 goals-against average. He gave up four goals three times, five goals twice and six goals in his last start with the team Nov. 25. During that..." March 30

  • Ilya Bryzgalov sees the Blackhawks’ goaltender woes and wants to help

    Chicago Sun-Times "Former NHL goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov apparently got word that the Blackhawks turned to an accountant as their goalie Thursday night because he’s now campaigning on Twitter for the team to sign him. Bryzgalov, who is known for being very into the universe, last played professionally in 2014-15..." March 30

  • Scott Foster earned no money for serving as Blackhawks goalie

    Larry Brown Sports "Scott Foster was shockingly impressive when he appeared in an NHL game for the first time in his life on Thursday night, but the Chicago Blackhawks emergency goaltender had better not think about quitting his day job. Foster, a 36-year-old account, signed a contract with the Blackhawks on..." March 30

  • NHL stunner: A 36-year-old accountant who has never played pro stars in Blackhawks win

    Washington Post "On Thursday night in the middle of a National Hockey League game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Winnipeg Jets, an unfamiliar figure in a No. 90 Blackhawks jersey stepped onto the ice at the United Center. “Hey who’s this guy?” an announcer joked. That guy was Scott Foster, the team’s..." March 30

  • Seabrook to play 1,000th NHL game for Blackhawks "Brent Seabrook can't believe he's about to play his 1,000th NHL game. The Chicago Blackhawks defenseman reflected on his first game Wednesday and said that, considering that outing, he didn't think he'd last this long. "I think I was a minus-2 and I was terrible," Seabrook said. "Probably..." March 29

  • NHL releases odds for 2018 Draft Lottery

    Sportsnet "The NHL has released the odds for the 2018 Draft Lottery, which will be held on April 28 in Toronto. The lottery will consist of three draws: one for the first-overall pick, one for the second-overall pick and one for the third. The 15 teams that fail to qualify for the playoffs, or teams that..." March 28

  • Defenseman Blake Hillman signs with Blackhawks, will join team immediately

    Chicago Tribune "Another freshly signed rookie will be joining the Blackhawks as they continue auditions for future long-term roles with the team. Defenseman Blake Hillman signed a two-year contract on Tuesday and will join the team immediately. He’ll wear number 55 and could be in the lineup for Thursday’s..." March 27

  • Chicago Blackhawks Place Jean-Francois Berube On Waivers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though we haven’t had much waiver action since the trade deadline, the Chicago Blackhawks have decided to use it today. The team placed goaltender Jean-Francois Berube on waivers today, likely to have him head to the AHL since he is eligible to play there. Berube was included on a paper..." March 27

  • Chicago Blackhawks Sign Dylan Sikura To Entry-Level Deal

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Chicago Blackhawks have officially signed Northeastern star Dylan Sikura to an entry-level contract, according to The Athletic’s Scott Powers (subscription required). There is no word on contract specifics yet. Sikura, Chicago’s top prospect, is expected to leave for Chicago tonight, but will..." March 25

  • Joel Quenneville’s future uncertain with Blackhawks

    Sportsnet "The Chicago Blackhawks have struggled through a rough season and it could cost head coach Joel Quenneville his job. “There’s going to be a lot of speculation once the season ends about a few teams contemplating coaching changes, but none more intriguing than the Chicago Blackhawks and Joel..." March 25

  • Ed Olczyk announces colon cancer 'gone' following treatment

    Sporting News "Congratulations are in order for Eddie Olczyk. The Blackhawks and NBC television analyst announced Thursday night his colon cancer was "gone" following chemotherapy and surgery. Olczyk, with play-by-play announcer Pat Foley at his side, broke the news between periods during the NBC Sports..." March 23

  • Toews out with upper-body injury for Blackhawks "Jonathan Toews will miss a few games with an upper-body injury he sustained against the Colorado Avalanche, Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Thursday. Toews, who left late in the third period of the 5-1 loss to the Avalanche on Tuesday, will be re-evaluated next week, Quenneville..." March 22

  • NHLPA agrees to GM-recommended change for goalie interference

    The Score "The NHL Players Association has approved the general mangers' proposed change to goaltender interference video reviews that would give the league's hockey operations department the final call over the on-ice referee. Unanimous approval from the Board of Governors is still required before the..." March 22

  • Source: Joni Tuulola signs entry-level contract with Blackhawks

    The Athletic "Defenseman Joni Tuulola has signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Blackhawks, according to a source. Tuulola, 22, was drafted by the Blackhawks in the sixth round in 2015. He is 6-foot-3, 181 pounds and a left-handed shot. Tuulola is expected to join the Rockford IceHogs for the..." March 22

  • NHL recommends hockey ops makes goalie interference calls

    The Score "NHL general managers have officially recommended a change to the goaltender interference rule, agreeing to leave video reviews up to the league's hockey operations department rather than on-ice referees, commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday. The team responsible for making the calls..." March 21

  • Blackhawks Eliminated from Playoff Contention for 1st Time in 10 Years

    Bleacher Report "The Chicago Blackhawks' disastrous 2017-18 season will not feature a miraculous postseason turnaround at the end. According to Scott Powers of The Athletic, Chicago was officially eliminated from playoff contention Tuesday thanks to a 5-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. It marks the first time..." March 21

  • The pros and cons of reuniting Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews on Blackhawks top line

    NBC Sports Chicago "Jonathan Toews' offense usually comes in spurts. We're seeing it again right now. But it's no coincidence his numbers have spiked since Patrick Kane joined him on the top line. After recording another two points in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres, the Blackhawks captain has 11..." March 19

  • Goaltender Interference Dominates GM Meetings

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL General Managers are currently at their yearly meetup in Boca Raton, Florida, and the agenda is filled with discussions on how to make the game better and more appealing to fans. Goaltender interference reviews were one of the biggest issues heading into the meetings, and one brought up..." March 19

  • Amid all the losses, Blackhawks are trying to reinforce a ‘winning culture’

    Chicago Sun-Times "It was a fair question and a fair time to ask it, an attempt to find a faint silver lining on the black cloud that has hovered over this Blackhawks this season. Now that their playoff fate is set in stone, the heavy weight of a disastrous February off their shoulders, might the Hawks play a..." March 19

  • Blackhawks ‘not as optimistic’ about Corey Crawford’s return — and they probably shouldn’t be

    Chicago Tribune "This season went nowhere fast for the Blackhawks after goalie Corey Crawford was put on injured reserve. Next season promises more of the same for the Hawks if Crawford isn’t 100 percent recovered from what the team has termed an “upper-body” injury, reportedly concussion-related. Which..." March 15

  • Connor Murphy still learning, still aiming for a major role with Blackhawks

    Chicago Sun-Times "Connor Murphy knows what kind of defenseman he wants to be and what kind of role he wants to have. “More of a defensive matchup guy,” he said. “A guy who can consistently play against the other team’s top line or top two lines and be relied upon to shut down good five-on-five play. A guy who..." March 15

  • With deal sealed, Blackhawks defenseman Erik Gustafsson out to prove he’s worth it

    Chicago Tribune "Erik Gustafsson laughed when asked if he wished he could sign a contract extension every day. “Yeah,” he said. “No, I feel grateful for the contract. … I’m blessed.” Since signing the two-year, $2.4 million deal a week ago, Gustafsson has two goals and four assists in four games. The..." March 13

  • Anthony Duclair injured after high hit from Brad Marchand

    Pro Hockey Talk "Oh, Brad Marchand. The NHL’s department of player safety is likely going to have to press its big red ‘Brad Marchand’ button on its phone once again after Marchand’s latest indiscretion. Is there anyone more talented yet more frustrating than Marchand? To be fair to Marchand, he actually..." March 10

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