Blackhawks Rumors & News

  • 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 "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

  • 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