Blackhawks Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Tommy Wingels on 'cloud nine' getting to suit up for hometown Blackhawks

    CSN Chicago "Tommy Wingels remembers his Chicago youth hockey days. A native of Wilmette, Wingels said the leagues were pretty good then but nothing like the opportunities area kids have to play hockey here now. “This city has so many youth programs, so much ability for kids to play at every level. If they..." July 29

  • What a difference a year makes: Blackhawks sign goaltender Collin Delia

    CSN Chicago "One year ago Collin Delia had just wrapped up his first Blackhawks prospect camp, hoping to improve off a sophomore season at Merrimack College where he struggled in net. Fast forward to this summer and Delia, who responded in a major way as a junior, is now joining the professional ranks after..." July 28

  • 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