Blackhawks Rumors & News

  • NBC Sports chairman acknowledges Olympic hockey ratings are down dramatically with NHL players sitting out

    Awful Announcing "NBC’s shot at projected strong viewership for this winter’s Olympic hockey tournament ended on May 29, 2017, when the NHL announced that its players would not be allowed to participate. Nine months later, the Olympic group stages are through, and NBC is indeed suffering from an absence of..." February 20

  • With trade deadline looming, Blackhawks are poised to be significant sellers

    Chicago Sun-Times "During the Blackhawks fan convention last summer, Artem Anisimov was asked by a reporter for his thoughts on the possibility of Russian collusion with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. “First time I hear about it,” Anisimov said, entirely serious. “I don’t read newspapers. I probably..." February 20

  • Blackhawks ban fans who made racist remarks toward Smith-Pelly

    Bleacher Report "The Chicago Blackhawks permanently banned the fans who were ejected from the United Center for directing racist comments toward Washington Capitals right-winger Devante Smith-Pelly during Saturday's game. Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reported the news Monday, noting a team spokesperson..." February 19

  • Blackhawks trade Kempny to Capitals for 3rd-round pick

    CBS Chicago "The Blackhawks have traded defenseman Michal Kempny to the Capitals for a conditional third-round pick, they announced Monday. The move comes as the Blackhawks have struggled mightily, residing in last place in the Central Division and sitting 11 points outside of the final wild-card spot. The..." February 19

  • Chicago fans ejected after heckling Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly with racist taunt

    Sporting News "Four spectators were ejected from Chicago's United Center Saturday after heckling Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly while he was in the penalty box. Officials heard fans taunting the 25-year-old Toronto native by repeatedly yelling the word "basketball." The implication is that because..." February 18

  • Senators trade DiDomenico to Blackhawks for Pokka

    Ottawa Sun "The trades keep coming. The Ottawa Senators acquired 23-year-old defenceman Ville Pokka from the Chicago Blackhawks organization Thursday in exchange for forward Chris DiDomenico. Pokka, who had scored four goals and 18 assists in 46 games with the Blackhawks’ American Hockey League..." February 15

  • After placing Jeff Glass on waivers, what's next move for Blackhawks in goal?

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Blackhawks placed goaltender Jeff Glass on waivers Wednesday, and are expected to make a corresponding move Thursday morning. But what could that be? There are really only two options. The first is that Corey Crawford has been cleared to play and will return against the Anaheim Ducks...." February 15

  • Blackhawks have to play Corey Crawford this season to find out if he can save next season

    Chicago Tribune "The Blackhawks continue to find glorious and spectacular ways to embarrass themselves. So, congrats to them on that. On Monday night in Arizona, the Hawks face-planted to a new low, losing 6-1 to the Coyotes, the worst team in the league and the team with the worst goal differential in the..." February 13

  • Corey Crawford’s return imminent, but will it be too late to save Blackhawks?

    Chicago Sun-Times "Corey Crawford’s return is imminent. But is it too late to matter? The Blackhawks goaltender didn’t come to Minnesota with the rest of the team, but he’ll meet them in Arizona. Monday’s morning skate will be the first time he’ll be on the ice with his teammates, seeing live shots, since Dec...." February 12

  • Blackhawks confident they will sign a few key restricted free agents

    Chicago Tribune "All signs point toward some important signings for the Blackhawks in the coming months. General manager Stan Bowman said he expects to ink Anthony Duclair, Ryan Hartman and Vinnie Hinostroza, all restricted free agents at season’s end. “We have a lot of guys in that category,” Bowman said...." February 12

  • Jonathan Toews' troubling, sudden decline has Blackhawks in a bind

    Sporting News "Barring a late-season surge, the Blackhawks appear destined to miss the playoffs for the first time since the 2007-08 season. It’s been a pretty remarkable run of success in Chicago — three Stanley Cups and conference finals trips on two other occasions — but there are a lot of factors behind the..." February 12

  • Closer to a return? Crawford to join Blackhawks on road trip

    Pro Hockey Talk "Corey Crawford has not appeared in a game for the Chicago Blackhawks since Dec. 23 and his absence has been a big part of the team’s struggles in the standings. After some brief concern that his season could already be over, it seems that he is on the verge of returning to the lineup. Even..." February 10

  • Blackhawks not buying this season

    NHL.com "The Chicago Blackhawks have been buyers at the Trade Deadline the past several seasons, looking for that extra piece to bolster playoff chances. But Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said Thursday that the team won't be in the same mode this deadline. "I don't expect us to be a buyer this..." February 09

  • As Blackhawks’ veteran core withers, Nick Schmaltz, next generation stepping up

    Chicago Sun-Times "It’s no secret that Blackhawks forward Nick Schmaltz’s speed can make a difference. ‘‘There are very few players in the league who can carry the puck at the speed he does,’’ teammate Tommy Wingels said. ‘‘He pushes the pace through the middle as well as I’ve seen in this league. Maybe [Oilers..." February 05

  • Crawford back on ice, Blackhawks goalie has missed 16 games

    NHL.com "Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford, who has missed the past 16 games with an upper-body injury, skated Saturday for the first time in six weeks. Crawford took the ice in Chicago while his teammates were in Calgary preparing to play the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome (10 p.m...." February 03

  • Marian Hossa’s absence looms large over Blackhawks’ trying season

    Chicago Sun-Times "Imagine how different the Blackhawks might look right now with an effective, proven finisher on Jonathan Toews’ right wing. Imagine how much better the power play might be with a big, strong body in front. Imagine how much improved their team defense might be with a Selke Trophy-caliber forward on..." January 31

  • Corey Crawford's return to the ice put on hold

    Chicago Tribune "Don’t call it a comeback. A setback might be more like it. Corey Crawford’s hopeful return to the ice last weekend was put on ice for the time being. The injured goalie did not make it there during the All-Star break like coach Joel Quenneville said he had hoped. Crawford has been on..." January 30

  • Crawford may travel with Blackhawks after All-Star break

    NHL.com "Goaltender Corey Crawford could join the Chicago Blackhawks during their road trip after the All-Star break. "It's something we're discussing, a possibility," coach Joel Quenneville said Wednesday. Crawford hasn't played since Dec. 23 because of an upper-body injury. He was removed during..." January 24

  • Report: Corey Crawford works out, could skate soon

    TSN "Chicago Blackhawks' Corey Crawford worked out Monday and Tuesday and head coach Joel Quenneville said he thinks the goalie could return to the ice soon, according to a report from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times. Lazerus added the team will get a better assessment of Crawford and where he..." January 23

  • NHL announces details of 2018 All-Star Skills Competition

    Pro Hockey Talk "We know who’s going to Tampa this week for the 2018 NHL All-Star Game, and now we know what events will make up this year’s Skills Competition. On Saturday night (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN), there will be six events focusing on individuality, with the winning player taking home $25,000 for each victory...." January 23

  • Blackhawks activate Artem Anisimov from IR

    Fanrag Sports "The Chicago Blackhawks have activated center Artem Anisimov from injured reserve, according to the team. In a corresponding roster move, the Blackhawks have assigned defenseman Gustav Forsling to the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs. Anisimov was originally placed on injured reserve due to an upper-body..." January 22

  • Blackhawks’ poor defense could lead Chicago to miss playoffs for first time since 2008

    Washington Post "The Chicago Blackhawks, a perennial Stanley Cup contender, are not living up to their usual lofty expectations this season. The team is last in the Central Division with a 22-17-6 record (50 points) with the possibility of losing goaltender Corey Crawford, out since Christmas with an..." January 18

  • Why Corey Crawford situation is tricky for Blackhawks

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Blackhawks have been tight-lipped about Corey Crawford's status ever since he was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 27 with an upper-body injury, and it's fueled rampant speculation on social media about what's really going on. That came to an end on Tuesday when Mark Lazerus of the Chicago..." January 18

  • Report | Blackhawks worried Corey Crawford done for season

    Fanrag Sports "Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford has been out since late December, and it doesn’t appear as though he’ll be returning to the ice any time soon. Although the only official word from the Hawks is that Crawford was put on injured reserve with an upper-body injury, three sources told Mark..." January 17

  • Blackhawks remain mum on injured goalie Corey Crawford’s status

    Chicago Tribune "Not only has Corey Crawford not been on the ice in Chicago since he was put on injured reserve Dec. 27, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he hasn’t talked to his goalie in a while. “It’s been quiet,” Quenneville said before Sunday’s 4-0 loss to the Red Wings, the 10th game Crawford has..." January 15

  • For Blackhawks, Brent Seabrook’s value goes beyond $55-million contract

    Chicago Sun-Times "It was quiet in the visitors dressing room in Ottawa last Tuesday. Oh, there was the usual low din of ripping tape, clattering sticks, and jostling equipment. But there was something missing: The booming voice of Brent Seabrook and the usual pregame platitudes that tend to spill out of him like..." January 15

  • Blackhawks acquire Anthony Duclair from Coyotes for Richard Panik

    Sportsnet "The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired forward Anthony Duclair from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for forward Richard Panik. Duclair has nine goals and 15 points in 33 games this season. The 22-year-old was drafted in the third round of the 2013 NHL Draft by the New York Rangers (80th..." January 10

  • Brent Seabrook a scratch as Blackhawks continue search for right combinations

    Chicago Tribune "Brent Seabrook was in unfamiliar territory Tuesday morning and, as a result, was wearing a suit and tie Tuesday night. The Blackhawks veteran defenseman and alternate captain was one of the last players to leave the ice following the team’s morning skate after coach Joel Quenneville had told..." January 10

  • Seabrook to serve as healthy scratch vs. Senators

    TSN "Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Brent Seabrook will be a healthy scratch against the Ottawa Senators tonight. Seabrook has just one goal and 11 points in 41 games this year while averaging 20:08 of ice time per game - his lowest mark since debuting with the team during the 2005-06 season. He is..." January 09

  • Blackhawks waive veteran defenceman Cody Franson

    Sportsnet "Veteran defenceman Cody Franson has been placed on waivers by the Chicago Blackhawks. Franson played 23 games with Chicago this season tallying one goal and seven points." January 08

  • No news on Corey Crawford, Artem Anisimov not necessarily good news for Blackhawks

    Chicago Tribune "No news isn’t necessarily good news for the Blackhawks. Goalie Corey Crawford hasn’t been on the ice since he was put on injured reserve Dec. 27 with an upper-body injury. Same for center Artem Anisimov, who was placed on IR with an upper-body injury two days later. “No news,” coach Joel..." January 08

  • With second half looming, Blackhawks tackle major opportunity on home ice

    Chicago Sun-Times "It’s not as though the Blackhawks have been a train wreck this season. Their 44 points through 40 games would have put them rather comfortably among the top eight of the Western Conference standings in the last two NHL seasons. So why — with a half-season to go after their home game Sunday..." January 06

  • IIHF head will do 'everything in his power' to get NHL players in 2022 Olympics

    Sporting News "The head of the International Ice Hockey Federation is going to do all he can to get NHL players back into the Olympics in 2022. The NHL decided its players would not participate in the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018 for several reasons. For one, the 14-hour time..." January 05

  • Blackhawks uniform voted greatest in NHL history

    NBC Chicago "The fans have spoken. After racking up nearly six million votes from Nov. 28 to Dec. 31, the Blackhawks were selected as having the greatest uniform in league history, according to a recent NHL.com poll. The sweater was originally designed in 1956 by Dorothy Ivan, who was the wife of..." January 03

  • Joel Quenneville not sweating short-term job security, long-term legacy

    Chicago Sun-Times "Joel Quenneville doesn’t want to be here. As he takes off his coat and has a seat at the restaurant in the team hotel in Calgary for a rare one-on-one interview with the Sun-Times, Quenneville cracks that this is “like going to the dentist.” The Blackhawks coach frequently says that nobody..." January 03

  • Why the Winter Classic is still an NHL home run

    New York Post "The Winter Classic no longer creates the national footprint it did when the NHL’s outdoor extravaganza was created 10 years ago. It no longer makes for appointment viewing. Fact is, the national TV audience that peaked at 2.5 million for the 2009 game at Wrigley Field between the Blackhawks and..." January 02

  • Jonathan Toews still waiting for the results to catch up to his play

    Chicago Sun-Times "Jonathan Toews has long been a forward-thinking person. Whether it’s his diet, his training regimen or his personal causes, the Blackhawks captain is always trying to learn more. So it’s little surprise that he’s also the rare breed of player who keeps an eye on the analytics behind the game —..." January 02

  • Jeff Glass finally joins his famous 2005 WJC teammates in the NHL

    Sportsnet "Sidney Crosby. Ryan Getzlaf. Patrice Bergeron. And Jeff Glass. “I was 19, and I was ready to make the NHL and play a long career,” said Glass, a rare name off that famous Canadian roster from the 2005 World Junior Hockey Championships that isn’t a household name in Canada. “After all these..." December 30

  • Blackhawks' Artem Anisimov: Placed on IR

    CBS Sports "The Blackhawks placed Anisimov (upper body) on injured reserve Friday. This is a significant blow to the Blackhawks' forward group, as Anisimov will miss the team's next four games at a minimum, and Chicago is already extremely thin down the middle. " December 29

  • How will Blackhawks respond to Corey Crawford’s latest injury?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Anyone wanting to conduct a quick experiment on how a team manages life when they lose one of the best goaltenders in the league can look no further than the Chicago Blackhawks. Corey Crawford, who sits second in save percentage among goalies who have played more than 20 games (starters,..." December 28

  • Blackhawks put Crawford back on injured reserve

    NBC Chicago "The Chicago Blackhawks will once again have to deal with an existence without goaltender Corey Crawford, as he was placed back on injured reserve Wednesday. Crawford, who spent a week on I.R. earlier this season, has been one of the league’s best goaltenders, with a 16-9-2 record and a 2.27..." December 27

  • Blackhawks figuring out how best to utilize Alex DeBrincat

    Chicago Tribune "One bright spot for the Blackhawks has been the play of rookie winger Alex DeBrincat. The 20-year-old is proving NHL players come in all sizes. The 5-foot-7 DeBrincat has 12 goals, third on the Hawks, and 11 assists and has earned recent playing time on the top line with Jonathan Toews and..." December 25

  • Kane becomes 1st player from 2007 draft class to reach 300 goals

    Chicago Tribune "A smile crept across Joel Quenneville’s face when asked about the importance of the Blackhawks playing hard during their last game before Christmas break. Quenneville knew the Hawks didn’t have the best track record in recent seasons playing games before extended breaks. “That’s always the..." December 24

  • Have the Blackhawks turned the corner?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Chicago Blackhawks might not be in one of the top three slots in the Central Division right now, but at least they’re in a playoff spot. The ‘Hawks making the playoffs seems automatic, but as of a couple of weeks ago that wasn’t the case. Now, they’ve rattled off five wins in a row and they..." December 21

  • Second-period woes are first on Blackhawks' list of fixes

    Chicago Tribune "The Blackhawks played some of their best hockey of the season over their last two games, handily defeating the Jets and Wild by a combined 9-2. They did so in part because they fixed a glaring problem that had plagued them for most of the year: playing poorly in the second period. “It’s not..." December 20

  • Will Blackhawks bench struggling Patrick Sharp for Thursday's game?

    Chicago Tribune "Patrick Sharp didn’t have to say he was frustrated. You could hear it in his voice and see it on his face. Although the Blackhawks have won five consecutive games, the 35-year-old’s second tenure with the franchise he helped win three Stanley Cups hasn’t gone as he had hoped. Sharp has..." December 19

  • As Patrick Kane approaches 300 career goals, Jeremy Roenick says he will be best Blackhawk ever

    NBC Chicago "Patrick Kane's career to this point has already cemented him as one of the best Blackhawks ever, but former Blackhawk Jeremy Roenick thinks Kane will stand alone in Blackhawk history by the time he hangs up the skates. Roenick made a guest appearance on Intermission Live during the first..." December 18

  • Blackhawks defenseman Jordan Oesterle's rule: 'Don't want to come out'

    Chicago Tribune "Jordan Oesterle always has preferred sweaters over suits and ties. But the Blackhawks defenseman has had little control over his wardrobe options this season. For the first seven games Oesterle’s look was more businessman, less hockey player because he was a healthy scratch. They were..." December 17

  • Blackhawks recall defenseman Ville Pokka, put Cody Franson on IR

    Chicago Sun-Times "Ville Pokka has been waiting for his NHL opportunity ever since the Blackhawks acquired him way back before the 2014-15 season in the Nick Leddy trade with the Islanders. He might finally get his chance Thursday in Winnipeg. The Hawks recalled Pokka from Rockford on Wednesday after placing..." December 13

  • Playmaker Nick Schmaltz trying to develop a more selfish game

    Chicago Sun-Times "Like just about every other player who makes it to the NHL, Nick Schmaltz was almost always the best player on the ice as a kid. But unlike most other hockey prodigies, Schmaltz didn’t pile up the goals in comical numbers. He has always preferred to defer. “I’ve never been a guy that scores a..." December 12

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