Blackhawks Rumors & News

  • Blackhawks’ much-maligned power play is now clicking

    NBC Chicago "It’s an annual rite of passage if you cover or are a fan of the Blackhawks: you question the power play, because there always seems to be an issue with the power play. You wonder why every season, given the talent on this team. And again this fall the power play has sputtered. But a funny thing..." November 21

  • Crawford avoids injury

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Chicago Blackhawks have been up-and-down so far in 2017-18, but Corey Crawford has been brilliant almost every night he’s been in net. It’s to the point that he might be a little underrated, as people assume that Chicago will keep finding ways to win, possibly missing how big a part he’s..." November 19

  • Bruins To Play Blackhawks In 2019 Winter Classic At Notre Dame Stadium

    NHL.com "The National Hockey League announced today, ‪November 18, that the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks will compete in the 2019 Bridgestone Winter Classic at Notre Dame Stadium ‪on January 1, 2019. This is the third time the Bruins will make an appearance in the annual event, after hosting..." November 18

  • Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews: Stuck in scoring rut

    CBS Sports "Toews has only potted one goal in his last 13 contests. The 29-year-old pivot has picked it up a bit lately, notching one goal and two assists in his last six games, but his four goals and seven assists in 18 matches this campaign is pretty disappointing. " November 15

  • With wholesale changes unlikely, Blackhawks need to look within

    Chicago Sun-Times "The most frustrating thing about the Blackhawks’ sputtering start to the season — they fell back to .500 with Saturday’s 7-5 loss to the Devils — hasn’t been the putrid power play or the frequent first-period flops. It wasn’t the monthlong scoring drought they finally snapped out of. It’s how..." November 14

  • With all the talk about the Blackhawks' struggling power play, penalty kill is back to being team's friend

    CSN Chicago "There are certain parts of the Blackhawks’ game that rarely change. Yes, that includes that much-maligned power play; it’s usually not so good. Their penalty kill is usually on the opposite side of that spectrum: reliable, strong and stingy. Last year, however… “That beginning was..." November 08

  • Report: Bruins will play Blackhawks in 2019 Winter Classic

    WEEI Boston "The Bruins are going back outside, and for the third time in nine years. But this time, and for the first time, it will be as a visitor. According to Barstool Sports, the Bruins will skate against the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2019 NHL Winter Classic, which will be held at Notre Dame Stadium,..." November 07

  • Best NHL trade targets with Duchene off the market

    Pro Hockey Talk "Fans of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets, Carolina Hurricanes, and other teams must feel a little left out after this weekend. While those GMs either were afraid to pay the sticker price or weren’t in the conversation, the bottom line is that the Ottawa Senators got Matt Duchene,..." November 07

  • Wild’s Marcus Foligno won’t seek revenge against Blackhawks

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Wild winger Marcus Foligno claims revenge won’t be on his mind during Saturday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Xcel Energy Center. When the Central division rivals played in Chicago on Oct. 12, Foligno dropped the gloves with Blackhawks winger John Hayden midway through the second..." November 04

  • Blackhawks working through frustrations: 'We're trying to find our way'

    CSN Chicago "You’ve seen it at times in recent Blackhawks games. A player waiting one extra second to make that pass or take that shot. Another going full steam ahead up ice toward the net, only to stop not far past the blue line and look for other options. As the early losses have piled up several trends..." October 31

  • Veteran Patrick Sharp embracing more limited role with Blackhawks

    Chicago Sun-Times "Maybe at another stage of his career, maybe in another city, Patrick Sharp would bristle at this role — third-liner, veteran mentor, power-play specialist. Maybe when he was younger and the stat sheet mattered more to him, Sharp would stew more on his ice time, or on his current points..." October 30

  • James, Trevor van Riemsdyk set for on-ice battle in front of parents

    Sportsnet "Red or blue? How do Frans and Allison van Riemsdyk dress for nights like these? “Usually they’re wearing both colours,” says James van Riemsdyk, 28, the eldest of the family’s three hockey-playing sons. The two-thirds of the van Riemsdyk boys who have already realized their NHL dreams are..." October 26

  • Stan Bowman pleased with early returns from offseason overhaul

    Chicago Sun-Times "After dramatically making over his team during an offseason that was far too long for his liking, general manager Stan Bowman was as curious as everyone else to see how the new-look Blackhawks would handle a brutal eight-game stretch against playoff teams to open the season. While Bowman’s job..." October 25

  • Blackhawks’ Ryan Hartman fined for slashing Brayden McNabb

    Sportsnet "Chicago Blackhawks forward Ryan Hartman has been fined $2,320.79 for slashing Vegas Golden Knights defenceman Brayden McNabb on Tuesday. Hartman got two minutes for slashing, and another two for roughing after jumping McNabb after the Golden Knights defender laid a hit on Blackhawks forward..." October 25

  • Corey Crawford’s ability to make goaltending look easy sets him apart

    Chicago Sun-Times "The art of goaltending is lost on the average fan — and even on the average player. The nuances of the position and the mechanics involved — reverse VH, T-push, cushioning, protecting the six-hole — are solely the purview of goalies and goalie coaches. To the untrained eye, a great goalie is..." October 24

  • A solution to the NHL’s advanced stats problem

    New York Post "During a recent casual conversation with someone who has been intimately involved in the NHL for decades, he jokingly said this: “You ever think that all of these off-ice officials are actually the same people in every arena?” It was a funny take on this gaggle of people in each city who keep..." October 20

  • Report: NHL might scrap All-Star Game in favor of international event

    CBS Sports "The NHL All-Star Game has been somewhat of a shapeshifting beast over the years. A lot about the annual midseason event has changed, from the game's format to the way teams are picked and how players are voted in. But soon the league's All-Star Game may cease to exist altogether. According to a..." October 17

  • Canadiens acquire Baun from Blackhawks

    TSN "The Montreal Canadiens have acquired forward Kyle Baun from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for winger Andreas Martinsen. Baun, who played last season for the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL, will report to the Habs' AHL affiliate, Laval Rocket. The 25-year-old Baun, who has five games NHL..." October 04

  • Bryan Bickell signs one-day contract to retire with ‘Hawks

    Pro Hockey Talk "Bryan Bickell is going to finish his NHL career where it all began. The veteran forward signed a one-day contract so that he can retire with the Chicago Blackhawks. Bickell spent parts of nine seasons with the ‘Hawks from 2006-07 to 2015-16. He also managed to win an impressive three Stanley..." October 04

  • Blackhawks can put Marian Hossa on LTIR

    Sportsnet "The NHL has informed the Chicago Blackhawks that they can put Marian Hossa on long-term injured reserve, according to The Athletic’s Scott Powers. Hossa is unlikely to play another game after developing a skin allergy. The 38-year-old has four years remaining on a contract that carries a..." October 03

  • Alex DeBrincat reportedly cracks Blackhawks’ opening night roster

    Pro Hockey Talk "It appears Alex DeBrincat has indeed made the jump — at least for right now — from junior hockey to the NHL, cracking the Chicago Blackhawks’ opening night roster, per multiple reports. A prolific scorer and point producer during his time in the Ontario Hockey League and a second-round pick in..." October 02

  • Anisimov adjusting to new linemates in Chicago

    CSN Chicago "For a while, Artem Anisimov didn’t have to deal with much change. He, Patrick Kane and fellow countryman Artemi Panarin clicked immediately after Anisimov was traded to the Blackhawks from Columbus, and with rare exception the three were together for the last two seasons. Even with Panarin’s..." October 01

  • NHL Board of Governors discuss place of anthems before games

    Sportsnet "“It” wasn’t supposed to even be on the agenda at Wednesday’s NHL Board of Governors meeting. This was supposed to be a regular, run-of-the-mill meeting in New York City to rubber stamp a rule change, and get regular updates from various league departments. “It” was a discussion about..." September 29

  • Olympic roster decisions starting to take shape

    Sportsnet "As the parent of a five-year-old, my interest in minor hockey has grown exponentially the last few years. He’s a decent skater, but isn’t sure he wants to play. Despite that, you’re trying to learn everything you can. Toronto is a funny place for minor hockey. A friend of mine who used to coach..." September 28

  • NHLPA issues statement in support of players’ peaceful protests

    Sportsnet "The NHL Players’ Association officially joined the political conversation on Wednesday. In an email sent to players by executive director Donald Fehr, the NHLPA stated that any players who would like to participate in peaceful protests of their own “would of course have the full support of the..." September 28

  • Huge step? Doctors may find a way to identify CTE in living NHL players

    Pro Hockey Talk "Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper and TSN’s Rick Westhead pass along what could be a breakthrough Boston University study – or at least the early stages of a breakthrough – in how concussions/CTE are handled in sports. The key: after only being able to study brains of deceased athletes, there’s a..." September 27

  • A new No. 1: McDavid edges Crosby in TSN's Top 50 player poll

    TSN "Not even back-to-back Conn Smythe trophies were enough for Sidney Crosby to hold off Connor McDavid for one more year. For the first time in the eight-year history of TSN’s Top 50 player poll, Crosby was knocked off his perch as the projected No. 1 player in the NHL, as decided by a panel of 22..." September 26

  • NHL’s Bettman says he respects players’ views on political issues

    Sportsnet "National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman says he respects players’ views on political and social issues and "people are going to have to decide what makes them comfortable." Several pro hockey players have commented President Donald Trump’s call for protesting NFL players to be fired...." September 26

  • IIHF release Olympic hockey schedule

    TSN "Canada opens defence of its Olympic men's hockey gold Feb. 15 versus Switzerland and women's gold Feb. 11 against Russia. The International Ice Hockey Federation released the ice hockey schedules and matchups Monday for the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Canada's women, who are..." September 25

  • 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