Blackhawks Rumors & News

  • Blackhawks pursuing Czech defenseman Jan Rutta

    The Athletic "The Blackhawks are in contention for Czech Republic free agent defenseman Jan Rutta, according to a source. Rutta, 26, has played in his native Czech Republic throughout his career. He has played in the country’s top division, Czech Extraliga, for Pirati Chomutov the past two seasons. Rutta..." May 23

  • Former Blackhawks defenseman Bill White dies at 77

    Pro Hockey Talk "Bill White, who played 604 career regular season games in the National Hockey League, has passed away, the Chicago Blackhawks announced Sunday. He was 77 years old. More from the Blackhawks: White spent seven years in the minors before the National Hockey League grew from six to 12 teams..." May 22

  • Ulf Samuelsson top candidate for Blackhawks' assistant job: source

    Chicago Tribune "The Blackhawks might have found their new assistant to join coach Joel Quenneville behind the bench. A league source said that Ulf Samuelsson, a former teammate of Quenneville with the Hartford Whalers, is the leading candidate to replace Mike Kitchen, who was fired by the Hawks on April 24." May 22

  • Chicago Blackhawks Hire Jeremy Colliton As AHL Head Coach

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Chicago Blackhawks have a new coach for their AHL affiliate Rockford IceHogs, today naming Jeremy Colliton to that position. Colliton had been coaching in Sweden for Mora IK of the Allsvenskan for the past four seasons since his retirement from professional hockey. Obviously wanting to go in a..." May 18

  • Marc Savard Details Post-Concussion Anxiety, Depression In The Players’ Tribune

    NESN "For Marc Savard, it’s not the Matt Cooke hit that haunts him; it’s the hit that ended his career. The former Boston Bruins center last touched NHL ice on January 22, 2011, when he took a hit from then-Colorado Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick that caused his head to hit off the glass — his..." May 16

  • NHL’s top 17 UFAs of 2017: Latest rumours

    Sportsnet "As hotly anticipated as the Kevin Shattenkirk Sweepstakes are for Kevin and the Shattenkirks, 2017’s NHL free agency class is shaping up to be one of the weakest in years. Potential summer of ’17 UFA bank-breakers Jamie Benn, Victor Hedman, Brent Burns and Brad Marchand all inked maximum-term..." May 15

  • Blackhawks' cap problems only getting worse

    Daily Herald "In hindsight, it's a much simpler exercise.... It's pretty easy to look at some of the Blackhawks' contracts and recognize the ones that didn't work out very well. The Bryan Bickell deal was a stunner, four years and $16 million following his great playoff run in 2013. It was somewhat..." May 15

  • Blackhawks GM: Firing of assistant coach not a warning to Quenneville

    Chicago Sun-Times "Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman has seen the reports and has a message for anyone who thinks his firing of assistant Mike Kitchen was a warning shot directed at coach Joel Quenneville. Speaking with the Sun-Times on Friday at the world hockey championships, Bowman dismissed that..." May 14

  • Patrick Kane gives up first-class seat on flight to soldier

    Sportress of Blogitude "Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane is earning well-deserved praise this week after news surfaced that he gave up his first-class seat on a recent flight to a member of the U.S. military. Kane evidently noticed the serviceman seated in coach. According to American Airlines flight attendant..." May 12

  • Blackhawks Sign Richard Panik To 2-Year Extension "The Blackhawks have signed forward Richard Panik to a two-year extension through the 2018-’19 season, they announced Thursday morning. The 26-year-old Panik set career highs with 22 goals and 22 assists last season while playing in all 82 games. The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that..." May 11

  • Scott Darling: Signing extension with Hurricanes was 'no-brainer'

    Raleigh News & Observer "When the Carolina Hurricanes traded for goalie Scott Darling, general manger Ron Francis said he hoped to have him signed to a new contract sooner rather than later. There were no guarantees. The Canes acquired Darling’s negotiating rights from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a..." May 07

  • NHL unveils list of players exempt from expansion draft

    Fanrag Sports "The NHL has revealed a list of players exempt from the expansion draft as agreed upon with the NHLPA: Dave Bolland, Craig Cunningham, Chris Pronger, Cody McCormick, David Clarkson, Johan Franzen, Joe Vitale, Ryan Clowe, Mikhail Grabovski, Pascal Dupuis, Nathan Horton and Stephane Robidas. As..." May 03

  • 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBC seeing ratings uptick from last year

    Awful Announcing "The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are doing well for NBC on its cable, broadcast and online platforms. NBC says through 49 games in the postseason, it’s averaging 829,000 viewers across broadcast and online and it adds that’s up three percent from 2016. Last year, the average was 808.000. And it..." May 02

  • Blackhawks sign Czech F David Kampf to 2-year contract

    The Athletic "The Blackhawks have signed forward David Kampf to a two-year, $1.85 million entry-level contract, according to a source. Kampf, 22, had 15 goals and 16 assists in 52 games for Pirati Chomutov in the Czech Extraliga this past season. He has played in the Czech Republic throughout his..." May 02

  • League points finger at union in NHL concussion case

    TSN "The National Hockey League says the NHL Players’ Association has repeatedly interfered with its attempts to introduce rules over the past 50 years to limit staged fighting, better safeguard players and bolster penalties for dangerous head hits. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly made the..." May 02

  • Can Blackhawks find another reliable backup goalie?

    CSN Chicago "What we all expected to happen did happen on Friday night when the Blackhawks traded Scott Darling to the Carolina Hurricanes. One way or another, be it via trade or just going to unrestricted free agency on July 1, Darling was headed elsewhere. He’s earned the opportunity to be a No. 1..." April 30

  • Devils win No. 1 pick in NHL Draft Lottery "New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero has been steadfast in his approach to acquire assets in an attempt to turn them into legitimate Stanley Cup Playoff contenders again. He gained a significant piece Saturday by winning the NHL Draft Lottery and the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft,..." April 30

  • Francis: Darling trade worth the risk for Hurricanes

    Raleigh News & Observer "The Carolina Hurricanes have traded for a goalie, acquiring Scott Darling from the Chicago Blackhawks. Now, the Canes have to sign him to keep him. The Canes on Friday obtained Darling in exchange for Ottawa’s third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Carolina retains exclusive..." April 29

  • Hurricanes acquire Scott Darling from Blackhawks

    TSN "The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired the rights to goalie Scott Darling from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a 2017 third round draft pick, which originally belonged to the Ottawa Senators. The 28-year-old Darling is a pending unrestricted free agent after serving as the Blackhawks'..." April 29

  • Patrick Kane declines invite to go to World Championships

    Fanrag Sports "Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane is rarely available for the World Championships in May. When the international tournament is being played out, the Blackhawks are typically still deep in postseason play; this season’s early first-round exit is an anomaly for the current incarnation of the..." April 25

  • Blackhawks fire their AHL head coach

    Pro Hockey Talk "Yesterday, the Chicago Blackhawks fired longtime assistant coach Mike Kitchen. Today, it was longtime AHL coach Ted Dent who got the ax. Dent has been the head coach of the Rockford IceHogs the past six seasons, and he was an assistant coach for Chicago’s AHL affiliate the previous five..." April 25

  • Quenneville upset by Kitchen's firing

    NBC Chicago "The Chicago Blackhawks made the first move of their offseason on Monday when they cut ties with assistant coach Mike Kitchen, but according to a report, not everyone in the organization was on board with the move. That includes head coach Joel Quenneville, who was miffed by the decision to fire..." April 25

  • Blackhawks fire assistant coach Kitchen after playoff sweep

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After being swept in the first round of the playoffs, Blackhawks’ GM Stan Bowman promised there would be changes in Chicago and the first decision has come down. The team has fired Assistant Coach Mike Kitchen, and released this statement: We believe this decision is best for our..." April 24

  • Blackhawks' Bowman: Quenneville safe, but other changes coming

    TSN "The Chicago Blakhawks suffered their second straight first-round playoff exit on Thursday in a four-game sweep by the Nashville Predators. The Blackhawks, who finished as the top team in the Western Conference during the regular season, were outscored 13-3 by the Predators and were held without..." April 22

  • Predators complete stunning sweep of Blackhawks

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- By not planning on a sweep, the Nashville Predators accomplished what few thought was possible. Roman Josi scored twice, Colton Sissons and Viktor Arvidsson each chipped in a goal and an assist, and Pekka Rinne capped an otherworldly series with 30 saves Thursday night as..." April 21

  • Kane: Wins in close games gave Blackhawks false sense of security

    Chicago Sun-Times "Patrick Kane slumped his locker, his body language betraying the level tone of his voice. Like everybody else in the aftermath of the Predators’ stunning sweep of the once-mighty Blackhawks, he was trying to figure out how a 50-win season ended so suddenly, so pathetically. “Maybe we won a..." April 21

  • Fiala's OT goal gives Preds 3-0 lead over Blackhawks

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Chicago Blackhawks finally cracked the code on Pekka Rinne and owned a two-goal lead Monday night in the third period of Game 3 in their Western Conference first-round playoff series. But none of that mattered when the Nashville Predators chased them down on two Filip..." April 18

  • Chicago Blackhawks Recall Baun, Motte, Gustafsson From AHL

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Chicago Blackhawks have brought up some “Black Aces”, recalling Kyle Baun, Tyler Motte and Erik Gustafsson from the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs. None of the three are expected to play in the important game four match against the Nashville Predators. In the playoffs every year, teams recall..." April 18

  • Rinne, Predators earn second straight shutout win over Blackhawks

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne insisted that his second consecutive shutout had more to do with the way his teammates played defense in front of him than the way he stopped pucks. Rinne's coach smiled when he heard about the comment. "He's lying, first of all,"..." April 16

  • The Chicago Blackhawks are using a really dumb slogan for the playoffs

    Yardbarker "Playoff mottos and slogans are extremely common in the sporting world. In the NHL, they work like clockwork. Every playoff team rushes to start their new slogans and campaigns as soon as the regular season concludes and the hunt for the Stanley Cup begins. As you might expect, most are pretty..." April 16

  • Hawks not panicking, but Joel Quenneville is already tinkering

    Chicago Sun-Times "In the middle of practice Friday at the United Center, Jonathan Toews stickhandled a couple of times, shimmied his way past an imaginary defender, roofed a shot over an imaginary goaltender, then celebrated the imaginary feat — pirouetting with his stick raised high above his head. So no, a 1-0..." April 15

  • Predators blank Blackhawks for Game 1 win

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- The Nashville Predators never gave Pekka Rinne much breathing room to work with on Thursday. So when the Predators found themselves with a golden opportunity to steal a victory on the road in Game 1 of their Western Conference playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks, Rinne..." April 14

  • Bowman: Blackhawks' expansion plans set

    TSN "Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said Thursday his team's plans for the upcoming Vegas Golden Knights expansion draft are set. "I could tell you, but I'm not going to," Bowman said at a news conference ahead of Game 1 against the Nashville Predators. "Yeah, we have that figured..." April 14

  • Team USA Names Fifteen Players To World Championship Squad

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though some of the names had already been confirmed, USA Hockey has released a full list of the 15 players that have agreed to play in the upcoming World Championships. The team so far is as follows: Nick Bjugstad (Florida Panthers) Daniel Brickley (Minnesota State, undrafted) J.T. Compher..." April 13

  • No local blackouts for NBC’s cable 1st round NHL Playoff telecasts except in two cities

    Awful Announcing "As the NHL Playoffs are about to begin, one of the pet peeves for NBC was that it had to black out its telecasts in the local U.S. home markets in the first round. Take the Chicago-Nashville series for example. In the past, NBCSN or its sister networks would be blacked out to protect the Comcast..." April 12

  • NHL Releases Official Draft Lottery Odds

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL has released the official odds for the upcoming draft lottery, which determines the order in which each team outside the playoffs will select in this year’s entry draft. The Colorado Avalanche lead the way with an 18% chance of winning, while the Vegas Golden Knights will be given the same..." April 12

  • Maxim Shalunov Ends Negotiations Due To Olympic Decision

    Pro Hockey Rumors "While it’s still not clear how the NHL’s decision to forego the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang will affect the contract negotiations of certain free agents already in the league, it has now officially claimed its first victims overseas. In a piece from AFP published this morning on Yahoo..." April 11

  • Artem Anisimov set to return for Blackhawks in Game 1 vs. Predators

    CSN Chicago "It was frustrating for Artem Anisimov to miss the final month of the regular season. The second-line center was at the top of his game when he suffered an injury to his left leg in Montreal on March 14. Still, there are silver linings to everything; in Anisimov’s case, it’s being ready for the..." April 11

  • How NHL nixing the Olympics is a harbinger of another lockout

    New York Post "This is what the NHL and Gary Bettman do when they don’t get their way: They take their puck and go home. Or stay home. They refuse to play. They did it through Owners’ Lockouts I, II and III in 1994, 2004 and 2012 and they’re doing it again with the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South..." April 09

  • Artem Anisimov ‘good to go’ for Game 1 of the playoffs

    Chicago Sun-Times "Center Artem Anisimov will be ready to go for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Anisimov, who suffered an apparent leg injury last month, has been skating well in Chicago during the team’s season-ending road trip and will be in the lineup when the..." April 09

  • Kings' OT goal send Blackhawks to fourth straight loss

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- In their final home game of a disappointing season, the Los Angeles Kings gave their fans some optimism that next season will not end in mid-April. The Chicago Blackhawks turn their attention to a far bigger prize as they return to the Windy City. Drew Doughty scored the..." April 08

  • Ducks' Gibson stellar in shutout of Blackhawks

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Goaltender John Gibson used one of his best performances of the season to draw the Anaheim Ducks closer to their fifth straight Pacific Division title. Gibson stopped 37 shots to earn his sixth shutout of the season in the Ducks' 4-0 rout of the Chicago Blackhawks on..." April 07

  • Blackhawks expected to rest Toews, Hossa, Keith, Seabrook vs. Ducks

    CSN Chicago "The Blackhawks have two more regular-season games, with no significant attachment to either. So on Thursday, with the season nearly done, the Blackhawks will rest a few more veterans. Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook are expected to take the night off when the..." April 06

  • Avalanche rally from three-goal deficit to defeat Blackhawks

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche are headed for another early vacation; but, against one of the top teams in the league, they played like they want to get there on a roll. Erik Johnson scored at 1:57 of overtime and the Avalanche rallied to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Tuesday..." April 05

  • Joel Quenneville balancing rest, staying sharp in final week

    Chicago Sun-Times "With the top seed in the Western Conference locked up, Joel Quenneville is using the last three games of the regular season to rest some guys, and keep others sharp and ready. Duncan Keith, who had been one of only four Blackhawks to play in all 79 games up this point (along with Patrick Kane,..." April 05

  • ‘Hawks recall Forsling from AHL

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Chicago Blackhawks, with two games left in their regular season and first place in the Western Conference already wrapped up, have recalled defenseman Gustav Forsling from the AHL. The ‘Hawks finish off their 82-game schedule in California. They play the Ducks Thursday and the Kings..." April 05

  • Olympic decision could lead to more labor strife for NHL

    Chicago Sun-Times "If indeed the Olympics are played in South Korea next year without the likes of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid and all the other best players in the world, it’ll be a blow for the sport of hockey. But look beyond February of 2018 and ahead to September 2019, when both..." April 04

  • Pyeongchang holding out hope to see NHLers

    TSN "South Korean Olympic organizers still hope to see NHL players competing at next year's Winter Games despite the National Hockey League's insistence it won't happen. Nancy Park, a spokeswoman for the Pyeongchang 2018 organizing committee, said Tuesday there's still time for "meaningful..." April 04

  • NHLPA disagrees with NHL’s ‘shortsighted decision’ to skip Olympics

    Sportsnet "The NHL Players’ Association voiced displeasure on Monday after learning of the NHL’s decision to not send players to the 2018 Winter Olympics. In a statement, the NHLPA said that it’s disappointed and disagrees with the NHL’s “shortsighted decision to not continue our participation in the..." April 04

  • NHL will not participate in 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics

    TSN "For the first time since 1994, NHL players will not attend the Winter Olympics. The league released a statement Monday saying it "considers the matter officially closed" and that it won't participate in the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Negotiations between the league, the NHL..." April 03