Blackhawks Rumors & News

  • NHL awaits results of Hossa's independent medical evaluation

    Chicago Sun-Times "The NHL has yet to rule if Marian Hossa is eligible for long-term injured reserve — and if the Blackhawks are eligible for the $5.275 million in salary-cap relief that comes with it. But an answer is expected soon. ‘‘Marian Hossa underwent an independent medical evaluation several days ago,’’..." September 23

  • Blackhawks release trio from professional tryouts

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Chicago Blackhawks made some roster moves Thursday, releasing forwards Drew Miller and John Mitchell, and defenseman Mark Stuart from their professional tryouts. All three players were added to the training camp roster at the beginning of last week, after Cody Franson was previously brought..." September 21

  • After playoff flameout, Ryan Hartman enters camp with ‘a little anger’

    Chicago Sun-Times "Ryan Hartman used the term “learning experience” five times on Wednesday while describing his rookie season. He learned how to be a productive player on the ice. He learned how to be a professional off the ice. And he learned lots of little things that only experience can teach, like what you can..." September 20

  • NHL goalies won’t wear smaller chest protectors this season

    Sportsnet "NHL goalies will get to wait another year until they are required to downsize their chest protectors, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The proposal to reduce the size of certain pieces of goaltender equipment — specifically their chest protectors and pants — was discussed at last..." September 18

  • Saad picks up where he left off with Blackhawks

    NHL.com "It didn't take Brandon Saad long to feel comfortable wearing a Chicago Blackhawks jersey again. After helping them win the Stanley Cup in 2013 and 2015 before being traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets, the 24-year-old forward looked right at home in his first couple of days of training camp...." September 17

  • Michal Rozsival sidelined at start of camp after failing physical

    Pro Hockey Talk "Michal Rozsival is attempting to return for his 17th season in the NHL, but it is not off to a promising start. Rozsival, starting his sixth season with the Chicago Blackhawks, did not pass his physical at the start of training camp on Friday and is not able to participate at this time,..." September 16

  • Blackhawks' test seems more difficult this time around

    USA Today "When the Chicago Blackhawks won three Stanley Cups over six seasons from 2010-15, general manager Stan Bowman was constantly forced to shuffle his deck to comply with the salary cap constraints. His skillful retooling of the Blackhawks every season was an important element of his team’s..." September 16

  • IIHF president Rene Fasel shoots down talk of late NHL Olympics deal

    Sportsnet "Although the NHL said in April that it would no longer be participating in the 2018 Olympics, there has been hope that the league, IIHF and IOC would still be able to strike a late agreement to ensure a best-on-best tournament. A month after the NHL’s announcement, IIHF president Rene Fasel..." September 13

  • NHL players survey: 21 of 31 say Quebec City should be next for expansion

    USA Today "If the NHL decides to add a 32nd team, players would want it to be located in Quebec City, Quebec. USA TODAY Sports polled 31 high-profile players at the NHL/NHL Players' Association media tour and 21 (67.7%) chose Quebec as the venue the league should next embrace. Seattle finished second..." September 11

  • Blackhawks great Pierre Pilote dies at 85

    Pro Hockey Talk "Pierre Pilote, who won a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1961 and the Norris Trophy three times, passed away Saturday. He was 85 years old. The Blackhawks confirmed his passing in a statement on Sunday. “The Chicago Blackhawks offer our sincere condolences to the family of..." September 10

  • Cody Franson Signs PTO With Chicago Blackhawks

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Chicago Blackhawks have signed free agent defenseman Cody Franson to a professional tryout according to freelance journalist Dhiren Mahiban (and later confirmed by Chris Hine of the Chicago Tribune). Apparently Franson turned down one-year contracts with other teams in order to head to camp..." September 08

  • Report: NHL trade deadline will be Feb. 26

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL trade deadline, one of the most highly anticipated days of the hockey calendar, will take place on Feb. 26, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The lead-up to last year’s trade deadline saw a number of high profile deals." September 08

  • Don Cherry on Olympics: ‘I’m glad we’re not going’

    Sportsnet "NHL players may be unhappy with the league’s decision to not participate in the 2018 Olympics, but it suits Don Cherry just fine. The colourfully dressed commentator and former coach joined Sportsnet’s Starting Lineup on Tuesday morning and discussed how impractical it would be for everyone to..." August 22

  • Are Oilers duo’s extensions really comparable to Toews and Kane’s?

    Sportsnet "It’s been a busy off-season in Edmonton, what with general manager Peter Chiarelli dishing out $168 million to star duo Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. The latter forward got his number on Wednesday, when it was announced that the Oilers had re-signed Draisaitl to an eight-year deal paying..." August 19

  • Blackhawks need a push from young forwards Hartman, Schmaltz

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Chicago Blackhawks got an injection of youth into their group of forwards last season, with Nick Schmaltz and Ryan Hartman cracking the roster out of training camp. Having prospects challenging for and earning roster spots is critical for every team across the league, especially with the..." August 11

  • Blackhawks’ Toews looking forward to playing alongside Saad again

    Sportsnet "When Jonathan Toews hits the ice to start the 2017-18 season, he’ll do so with a familiar face to his left. The Chicago Blackhawks‘ move to re-acquire winger Brandon Saad wasn’t cheap—they had to send Artemi Panarin to Columbus in return—but it’s expected to pay off in the form of Toews’ point..." August 11

  • Blackhawks analyst Eddie Olczyk diagnosed with cancer

    CSN Chicago "The Blackhawks anounced Tuesday afternoon broadcaster Eddie Olczyk has been diagnosed with colon cancer. The 50-year-old serves as the color analyst for Blackhawks games on CSN as well as NHL on NBC and was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. Olczyk released a statement..." August 08

  • Crawford snubbed from NHL Network’s top-10 goalies list

    Chicago Sun-Times "The NHL Network released its list of the top-10 current NHL goalies Sunday night and one Blackhawk was noticeably missing. Corey Crawford didn’t even crack the top-10 list. The NHL Network shared another article of its honorable mentions. The national hockey experts ranked Crawford at No...." August 07

  • Patrick Kane warming up to Blackhawks' offseason moves

    NHL.com "Right wing Patrick Kane is growing more comfortable with the moves the Chicago Blackhawks made this offseason. After parting with almost half the roster, including Kane's former linemate, Artemi Panarin, the Blackhawks acquired 11 players via trade and free agency. Headlining the list are a..." August 06

  • No longer homesick, Jokiharju of Blackhawks thriving in North America

    NHL.com "Chicago Blackhawks defenseman prospect Henri Jokiharju could have stayed in Finland to continue his development as a hockey player, like a lot of his friends did. Instead, Jokiharju, 18, the No. 29 pick of the 2017 NHL Draft, is preparing for his second season with Portland of the Western..." August 03

  • Blackhawks sign goalie Delia, from Rancho Cucamonga

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Chicago Blackhawks handed a two-year, two-way contract to goalie Collin Delia on Friday. Delia turned 23 about a week ago. He spent the last three years goaltending for Merrimack College, putting up nice numbers in Hockey East last season. As Second City Hockey notes, Delia’s put in the..." July 29

  • Tommy Wingels on 'cloud nine' getting to suit up for hometown Blackhawks

    CSN Chicago "Tommy Wingels remembers his Chicago youth hockey days. A native of Wilmette, Wingels said the leagues were pretty good then but nothing like the opportunities area kids have to play hockey here now. “This city has so many youth programs, so much ability for kids to play at every level. If they..." July 29

  • What a difference a year makes: Blackhawks sign goaltender Collin Delia

    CSN Chicago "One year ago Collin Delia had just wrapped up his first Blackhawks prospect camp, hoping to improve off a sophomore season at Merrimack College where he struggled in net. Fast forward to this summer and Delia, who responded in a major way as a junior, is now joining the professional ranks after..." July 28

  • Plenty of opportunity on revamped Blackhawks defense

    Pro Hockey Talk "For almost a decade, Niklas Hjalmarsson was a mainstay on the Blackhawks’ back end, quietly providing some of the most effective defense in the league. But with Hjalmarsson in Arizona now, traded to the Coyotes for the younger-though-less-proven Connor Murphy, it remains to be seen how..." July 24

  • Corey Crawford's 'forgetfulness' impresses Blackhawks goaltending coach Jimmy Waite

    Chicago Tribune "Corey Crawford has short-term memory. Maybe not in everyday situations, but when Crawford is on the ice, everything negative slips away. Evidently it works because he has spent a successful decade with the Blackhawks as a goaltender. "Nothing bothers him," goaltending coach Jimmy Waite said..." July 23

  • Patrick Kane ‘disappointed’ by Artemi Panarin trade

    Chicago Sun-Times "Patrick Kane spent much of his career cycling through linemates, a new center or a new left wing showing up on a nearly nightly basis. He broke into the league alongside Jonathan Toews, fared well with Patrick Sharp, won a Stanley Cup with Michal Handzus, went on a tear with Kris Versteeg and..." July 22

  • Who goes where? Quenneville is already plotting the options

    CSN Chicago "For hockey coaches, thinking the game never really stops. With the Blackhawks likely not to make many more changes, at least among the forwards, coach Joel Quenneville is already thinking about line combinations, especially with those top two lines. “You’ve got [Nick Schmaltz] who can play..." July 22

  • Boston University coach predicts breakout year for Blackhawks prospect Chad Krys

    CSN Chicago "Chad Krys was like any other freshman college hockey player last season. He had his ups and downs and improved as the season continued. In a few months the Blackhawks prospect will be heading to Boston University for his sophomore year, and his coach believes he can be one of college’s best..." July 21

  • 'Hawks Wingels fractures foot in training

    TSN "New Chicago Blackhawks centre Tommy Wingels fractured his foot during off-season training, the team's doctor said in a statement on Friday. Dr. Michael Terry added the team expects the 29-year-old native of Evanston, Illinois to need six to eight weeks for recovery and be ready in time for..." July 21

  • Columnist warns Blackhawks fans: DeBrincat may not make the jump

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s easy to see why Chicago Blackhawks fans are excited about Alex DeBrincat. The undersized forward already seemed like a potential steal when the Blackhawks drafted him in the second round (39th overall) back in 2016, as he was coming off consecutive 100-point seasons in the OHL. DeBrincat..." July 21

  • AHL players eligible to appear in 2018 Winter Olympics

    Fanrag Sports "As the war wages on of which hockey players can and cannot appear in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, another shoe dropped on Wednesday night with the announcement that players on AHL contracts will be allowed to appear. The same does not hold true at this time for those who..." July 20

  • Last year’s breakout star Alexandre Fortin aiming for roster spot

    Chicago Sun-Times "Alexandre Fortin had a pretty modest goal last summer as an undrafted, unaffiliated prospect-camp invitee. He just wanted a contract and an organization to call his own — a viable path to the NHL, no matter how long and unrealistic it might have seemed. A year later, Fortin is 20 pounds..." July 18

  • Blackhawks D Brian Campbell retires at 38, joins front office

    TSN "Brian Campbell is hanging up his skates after 17 seasons in the NHL. Campbell told WGN Radio 720 in Chicago on Monday he had retired from hockey at the age of 38. The defenceman was an unrestricted free agent this summer and coming off a five-goal, 17-point season with the Chicago Blackhawks...." July 17

  • Blackhawks sign Gustafsson; Kings avoid arbitration with Gravel

    Pro Hockey Talk "A couple of 25-year-old defensemen signed contract extensions today. First in Chicago, where Erik Gustafsson has re-upped for a year. No financial details were released by the club. Gustafsson has not played for the Blackhawks since the 2015-16 season. From the press..." July 14

  • Blackhawks make changes after first-round exit from playoffs

    NHL.com "Change was inevitable for the Chicago Blackhawks after they scored three goals in four games and were swept by the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference First Round. The first major personnel change came June 21, and it was unwelcome. The Blackhawks announced forward Marian Hossa, 38,..." July 13

  • Blackhawks want to place Marian Hossa on LTIR once season begins

    The Athletic "The Blackhawks have indicated to the NHL they would place Marian Hossa on long-term injured reserve during the season and not in the offseason, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly acknowledged on Tuesday. The NHL has yet to officially determine whether Hossa is eligible to be placed on the LTIR..." July 12

  • Blackhawks trade Marcus Kruger to Golden Knights

    Chicago Sun-Times "Marcus Kruger was never the most exciting player on the Blackhawks, the most noticeable, or the most appreciated. But he was always one of Joel Quenneville’s most trusted players. It was Kruger who was almost always the first over the boards for a big penalty kill. It was Kruger who almost always..." July 02

  • Blackhawks sign F Bouma to one-year deal

    TSN "The Chicago Blackhawks have signed centre Lance Bouma to a one-year contract. Bouma, 27, was bought out by the Calgary Flames earlier this week after scoring three goals and adding four assists in 61 games." July 01

  • Jean-Francois Berube agrees to two-year contract with Blackhawks

    NHL.com "Goalie Jean-Francois Berube agreed to terms with the Chicago Blackhawks on a two-year contract Saturday. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed, but TVA Sports reported it is worth $1.5 million, an average annual value of $750,000. Berube, who will turn 26 on July 13, was 3-2-2..." July 01

  • Blackhawks sign Evanston native Tommy Wingels as free agency begins

    Chicago Tribune "The Blackhawks weren't expected to make any big-money moves entering free agency thanks to the constraints of the salary cap and when they are likely to place Marian Hossa on injured reserve. And after free agency opened on Saturday, the Hawks announced the signing of former winger Patrick..." July 01

  • Patrick Sharp returning to Blackhawks

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Blackhawks’ most pressing needs in free agency are on the blue line and down the middle, but when a three-time Stanley Cup champion, four-time 30-goal winger and longtime fan favorite is willing to sign on the cheap, it can be tough to pass up. Patrick Sharp never wanted to leave Chicago,..." July 01

  • Patrick Kane emotional and disappointed to see Artemi Panarin traded

    Sportsnet "Patrick Kane would be lying if he said he was thrilled when he first heard that his Chicago Blackhawks teammate Artemi Panarin had been traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets. “My first reaction was pretty emotional,” said Kane, who joined Sportsnet The FAN 590’s Hockey Central @ Noon on Friday to..." June 30

  • Blackhawks allow Dennis Rasmussen to become unrestricted free agent

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Blackhawks did not tender a qualifying offer to Dennis Rasmussen, making him an unrestricted free agent and all but certainly ending his Blackhawks career. A source said over the weekend that the Hawks were likely going to qualify Rasmussen — which would require only the league minimum of..." June 27

  • Chicago Blackhawks Sign Anton Forsberg, Tomas Jurco

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Chicago Blackhawks have signed two of their pending restricted free agents, inking Anton Forsberg to a two-year contract and Tomas Jurco for one year. While no details have been released, getting the two restricted free agents under contract early is a nice bonus for the Blackhawks, who will..." June 26

  • Hjalmarsson shocked by Blackhawks trade, but Coyotes could improve soon

    Arizona Republic "The Coyotes enhanced their pool of defensive prospects at the NHL draft this weekend, using five of their nine picks on the position, but the defenseman set to make the most impact the quickest wasn’t among them. Niklas Hjalmarsson, acquired Friday in a trade with the Blackhawks, immediately..." June 26

  • Artemi Panarin 'dynamic' addition to Blue Jackets

    NHL.com "The Columbus Blue Jackets entered the offseason seeking a dangerous scoring forward. They found their guy in Artemi Panarin, but he didn't come cheap. The Blue Jackets acquired Panarin on Friday with forward Tyler Motte and a sixth-round pick (No. 170) in the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas..." June 24

  • After major changes, Bowman thinks Blackhawks are in ‘good spot’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Stan Bowman received a lot of kudos for getting the old Blackhawks defense together for another kick at the can. But the way it played out, bringing back two aging veterans in Brian Campbell and Johnny Oduya was a mistake by the general manager. The magic just couldn’t be recreated, and Chicago..." June 24

  • Contract stability and cost certainty key to Blackhawks’ overhaul

    Pro Hockey Talk "Stan Bowman promised change this offseason and he delivered a lot of it on Friday when he completed two blockbuster trades to significantly alter the makeup of his core. After sending Niklas Hjalmarsson to the Arizona Coyotes for defensemen Connor Murphy and Laurent Dauphin, the Blackhawks..." June 23

  • Blackhawks reacquire Saad from Blue Jackets for Panarin

    NBC Chicago "The Chicago Blackhawks have reportedly made another massive trade on Friday before the NHL Draft, sending Artemi Panarin to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Brandon Saad. Panarin scored 61 goals and dished out 90 assists in two seasons with the Blackhawks. The winger signed a two-year..." June 23

  • Blackhawks trade Niklas Hjalmarsson to Arizona for Connor Murphy and Laurent Dauphin

    WGN Radio "The Chicago Blackhawks have released the following statement: The Chicago Blackhawks today acquired defensemen Connor Murphy and Laurent (luh-RAH) Dauphin (DAW-fah) from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson. “Niklas’ contributions to the three Stanley Cup..." June 23

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