Blackhawks Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Blackhawks want to move up in draft

    TSN "The Chicago Blackhawks own a first-round pick for the first time since 2014, but according to Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune, they aren't satisfied selecting 26th overall. Kuc reports the the Blackhawks are focused on moving up in the first round of Friday's draft in Chicago, hoping to throw..." June 23

  • Vegas trades van Riemsdyk to Hurricanes

    TSN "Less than 24 hours after announcing him as a member of the team, the Vegas Golden Knights have traded Trevor van Riemsdyk to the Carolina Hurricanes, according to TSN's Frank Seravalli. van Riemsdyk scored five goals and added 11 assists in 58 games this season as a member of the Blackhawks." June 22

  • NHL to review whether Hossa can be placed on long-term IR

    Sportsnet "Marian Hossa and the Chicago Blackhawks announced Wednesday the forward will miss the 2017-18 season as he deals with severe side effects associated with medication he’s on to treat a skin condition. The team is expected to place Hossa on long-term injured reserve. Losing Hossa isn’t something..." June 22

  • Blackhawks' Hossa won't play 2017-18 season

    TSN "Chicago Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa will not play next season due to the side effects of medication to treat a skin disorder. The Blackhawks announced the decision made by Hossa, the team and the Blackhawks' medical staff on Wednesday. Hossa, 38, scored 26 goals and tallied 45 points in..." June 21

  • Report | Marian Hossa to possibly call an end to NHL career

    Fanrag Sports "Chicago Blackhawks veteran Marian Hossa may have to call an end to his NHL career after 20 years due to an allergic reaction suffered from the equipment he wears to play, sources told Sportsnet on Tuesday. Hossa, who’s played on all three of the Blackhawks Stanley Cup title-winning teams over..." June 21

  • Marcus Kruger, Trevor van Riemsdyk among Blackhawks left unprotected in expansion draft

    Chicago Tribune "After more than a year of speculation, NHL teams on Sunday revealed their protected lists for Wednesday's expansion draft for the Vegas Golden Knights. From the Blackhawks perspective, there were no surprises in whom they left vulnerable. Center Marcus Kruger and defenseman Trevor van..." June 19

  • Blackhawks add ex-NHLer Brookbank to AHL coaching staff

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Chicago Blackhawks continued to shape the coaching staff for their American Hockey League team on Wednesday when they announced that former NHL defenseman Sheldon Brookbank has joined the Rockford IceHogs staff as an assistant. Brookbank, along with Derek King, will serve as the assistants..." June 15

  • NHL’s salary cap likely to be set at $75-million for 2017-18

    Fanrag Sports "In a bit of good news, the Athletic Toronto’s James Mirtle has reported that the NHL is likely to see the salary cap go up for the upcoming season. In a bit of bad news, though, it isn’t expected to go up by much. Mirtle reports that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman expects the league to see..." June 14

  • Trade rumblings getting loud in Chicago

    Pro Hockey Talk "With the Chicago Blackhawks entering the summer in the middle of another salary cap crunch trade speculation is once again starting to pick up around the team. On Friday night Jay Zawaski of 670 The Score in Chicago reported that he has heard there is “a good chance” that a core player — not..." June 10

  • Blackhawks sign prized Czech d-man Jan Rutta

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Chicago Blackhawks have reportedly signed highly sought after free agent and Czech defenseman Jan Rutta, according to Pierre LeBrun of TSN. It’s a one-year deal, per Scott Powers of The Athletic. Rutta was never drafted in the NHL, however, the 6-foot-3 tall blue liner had an impressive..." June 07

  • Ulf Samuelsson to join Blackhawks coaching staff

    Sportsnet "The Chicago Blackhawks will hire Ulf Samuelsson as an assistant coach, according to reports. Samuelsson had been the head coach of the Carolina’s AHL affiliate in Charlotte, and has also been an assistant with the New York Rangers since retiring from a 1,080-game penalty-filled NHL..." June 07

  • Planet Serious: Jonathan Toews weighs in on climate change

    Pro Hockey Talk "Jonathan Toews earned the nickname “Captain Serious” in part because he follows the simple, humble script of often giving the most vanilla quotes possible. (Then again, Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid give him great competition in that regard.) It’s probably not that shocking that these..." June 03

  • OHL coach believes Blackhawks prospect Alex DeBrincat is just about ready for NHL

    CSN Chicago "Alex DeBrincat’s Ontario Hockey League career appears to be over. He and the Erie Otters advanced to the Memorial Cup championship before falling to the Windsor Spitfires. There isn’t much DeBrincat didn’t do with the Otters, be it team titles (they claimed the OHL crown this season) to individual..." June 03

  • Golden Knights close to agreement for van Riemsdyk, Kruger

    TSN "The Vegas Golden Knights and Chicago Blackhawks could be working out a deal ahead of the expansion draft in June. TSN Senior Hockey Reporter Frank Seravalli reports the Blackhawks could allow the Golden Knights to select Trevor van Riemsdyk in the expansion draft, on the condition Vegas also..." May 31

  • NHL to consider ‘centralized’ decision-maker for goalie interference challenges

    Pro Hockey Talk "It was the offside challenge that drew most of the attention last night, but according to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, there could be a change coming to the process of goalie interference challenges. Daly was asked Monday if it might be better to have just one person in Toronto, with one..." May 31

  • NHL officially won’t participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, cites hypocritical reason for not playing

    The Comeback "Prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly spoke with the media about a variety of topics concerning the league. The interviews went great if you hate ads on jerseys, mediocre..." May 30

  • Otters’ Alex DeBrincat named CHL player of the year

    Sportsnet "The CHL announced its 10 national award winners on Saturday and Erie Otters forward Alex DeBrincat has been named the CHL’s player of the year. Other award winners include the Saint John Seadogs' Thomas Chabot for defenceman of the year, the Owen Sound Attack's Michael McNiven for goaltender..." May 28

  • Stanley Cup playoffs structure highlights absurd regular season

    New York Post "Nashville, which finished with the exact same record as the Islanders and with the same number of points as the Lightning (with one fewer victory, no less), is four wins away from the Stanley Cup — so remind me again of the value of the six-month, 82-game grind of the NHL regular season, if you..." May 28

  • Chicago Blackhawks sign Michal Kempny to 1-year extension

    Sportsnet "The Chicago Blackhawks signed defenceman Michal Kempny to a one-year contract extension, the team announced in a press release on Saturday. “Michal’s style of play is an asset to our defence,” said Senior Vice President and General Manager Stan Bowman. “He is the type of player who will..." May 27

  • NHL and Apple agree to deal to put iPads on benches

    Fanrag Sports "Technology has been slowly seeping its way into professional sports over the last several years more and more, and now the NHL is going with the trend. The league has struck a multi-year deal with Apple that should make it easier on coaches and players alike to make in-game adjustments. Rather..." May 26

  • Maxim Shalunov Still In Blackhawks’ Future Plans

    Pro Hockey Rumors "When negotiations were ended in early April between Maxim Shalunov and the Chicago Blackhawks, it was reported that part of the reason was due to the NHL’s decision not to go to the Olympics. Turns out, according to Scott Powers of The Athletic, that the Blackhawks didn’t push very hard for him..." May 26

  • 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