Blackhawks Rumors & News

  • Blackhawks to build facility for team practice and community skating

    ESPN Chicago "The Chicago Blackhawks announced Wednesday they will build a practice facility and community ice center on the land currently occupied by Malcolm X College in Chicago. The facility, which will be across from the United Center, will be 125,000 square feet and will include two ice rinks...." July 30

  • New big NHL contracts appear to have protection from potential upcoming lockout

    TSN "NHL lockout. It's the one phrase that can send a chill down your spine on the sweatiest summer July day. Rest easy, for now: the NHL and NHL Players' Association has guaranteed labour peace for each of the next five seasons, through the 2019-20 campaign. While another hockey work..." July 29

  • Marcus Kruger willing to sign short-term deal with cap-strapped Blackhawks

    The Score "It appears as though restricted free agent Marcus Kruger is willing to accept a short-term deal with the Chicago Blackhawks should general manager Stan Bowman fail to clear up the cap space needed for a longer commitment. The Blackhawks currently have the NHL's second-highest payroll, with only..." July 27

  • Jamal Mayers returning to 'Hawks in front office role

    Pro Hockey Talk "Jamal Mayers, who played in 100 games with Chicago and won a Stanley Cup with the team in 2013, is returning to the Blackhawks in a community liaison role. “We are proud to welcome Jamal back to the organization in this role,” Blackhawks president John McDonough said in a statement. “We..." July 27

  • Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz: Toews and Kane 'worth every penny'

    CSN Chicago "Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane have cemented themselves as two of the best players in the NHL for years, and now they're about to be paid like it. After signing matching eight-year, $84 million contract extensions that kick in this season, the Blackhawks are already feeling the effects against..." July 26

  • NHLPA’s Fehr: Players want to play in Olympics

    Sportsnet "NHL players competing at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics certainly isn’t the most important storyline in hockey these days – expansion, off-season transactions and managerial moves are – but it’s still a topic many are interested in. NHLers have competed at the Olympics since the 1998 Nagano..." July 25

  • Post expansion, could NHL realign with eight divisions?

    Pro Hockey Talk "After the NHL received just two bids for expansion teams — one for Las Vegas, the other for Quebec City, but nothing for Seattle or Portland — could the league be headed for another realignment? From the Globe and Mail’s Eric Duhatschek: When the NHL last realigned, the commitment was only..." July 22

  • Can young NHLers be trusted?

    TSN "One of the hockey narratives I’ve always been curious about is the reputation that veterans pick up as the steady, reliable defensive options. The reputation seems to be built out of the fact that these players have extensive experience at the NHL level, and through that experience, they have..." July 22

  • Taylor Swift once distracted Patrick Kane from playing hockey, leading to an opponent goal

    Fox Sports "When Patrick Kane first entered the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2007-08 season, he was a young, wide-eyed flashy forward that could entertain everyone on the ice. At the the team's Fan Convention Saturday, Kane and his head coach during his rookie year, Blackhawks legend Denis..." July 21

  • Quebecor submits expansion bid for NHL franchise in Quebec City

    The Score "The company hoping to bring NHL hockey back to Quebec City has formally applied for an expansion franchise. Quebecor, the media conglomerate that operates Sun Media, TVA, Videotron, and Canoe, confirmed the bid in a brief statement Monday. A new arena in Quebec City, the Videotron Centre,..." July 20

  • Lack of cap room has made for ‘really difficult’ summer for some free agents

    Columbus Dispatch "It's been nearly three weeks since NHL free agency opened, and there are still plenty of good players on the market. There will be a second wave of signings, but one longtime NHL agent told The Dispatch that the market has never been this stagnant. "It's tough," the agent said. "There are..." July 20

  • Stars GM compares Benn, Seguin to Toews, Kane "The Dallas Stars are admittedly measuring themselves against the Chicago Blackhawks, so the comparison from general manager Jim Nill was not out of the blue. "The Benns and Seguins remind me of [Jonathan] Toews and [Patrick] Kane when they were 22, 23, 24 years of age," Nill told the Dallas..." July 19

  • Toews says Ducks, not Lightning, were Blackhawks' toughest opponent

    Pro Hockey Talk "There’s a scene in “Talladega Nights” where Will Ferrell’s character deeply insults someone, but feels like he can get away with it by saying “with all due respect.” It was hard not to think of that moment when Jonathan Toews praised the Anaheim Ducks’ efforts just a little bit more than the..." July 19

  • The damage hockey did to my brain: NHL star Bernie Nicholls explains why he's suing the league

    New York Daily News "I had a pretty spectacular 17-year career playing in the National Hockey League. Who would have thought a kid from a small town in Canada would have 475 career goals in 1,127 games? Yet despite these great seasons, as I look back on my career 36 years after it began, I have come to realize that..." July 19

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    Brian Hedger @BrianHedger

    Bickell had a tooth that needed to be pulled this summer and said infection from that tooth was most likely cause of his vertigo in SCF.

  • Teuvo Teravainen moving to center to open next season

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Blackhawks lost their second and third centers to free agency when Brad Richards signed with Detroit and Antoine Vermette returned to Arizona. But it’s pretty clear who’ll get the first crack at those coveted spots — Artem Anisimov and Teuvo Teravainen. Joel Quenneville reiterated on Friday..." July 18

  • Champion Blackhawks hurting after salary cap moves

    Daily Herald "Barely a month after winning their third Stanley Cup in six seasons, the Chicago Blackhawks hinted they're experiencing greater-than-expected pain inflicted by the NHL's salary cap. Even if the league's most resilient, successful team of the past decade has endured forced player turnover..." July 18

  • Blackhawks' Bickell doesn't expect to be traded: 'I feel like I'm staying'

    CSN Chicago "Forgive Bryan Bickell if he hasn’t been listening intently to all the rumors of where he could or could not be playing next season. “I have a 10-month-old baby girl, so she keeps me busy. I’m building a house,” Bickell said on Friday. “With a short summer, I’m just looking to get back in shape..." July 18

  • Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews feel added pressure with new deals

    ESPN Chicago "Chicago Blackhawks forwards Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews admitted Friday they feel additional pressure is on them with their pay raises going into effect next season. Kane and Toews each agreed last summer to eight-year, $84 million contract extensions, which begin in the 2015-16 season...." July 18

  • Duncan Keith on ‘extremely difficult’ year off the ice, from divorce to Sharp rumors

    Pro Hockey Talk "From a hockey standpoint, this past year was incredible for Duncan Keith. The same can’t be said for the Chicago Blackhawks defenseman’s off-the-ice life, though. Keith spoke candidly about raising his son after going through a divorce – and the rumors that surfaced regarding former teammate..." July 17

  • Leaving San Jose 'for the better,' says Burish

    CSN Bay Area "Adam Burish doesn’t seem too distressed over getting bought out by the San Jose Sharks in June. Speaking recently with the Chicago Tribune the 32-year-old forward said: "I'm working my tail off and I'm in the best shape I've been in in the last five years. … I'm waiting for my next chance to..." July 16

  • Johnny Oduya signs $7.5-million deal with Stars

    Sportsnet "Patrick Sharp will see a familiar face at training camp. Unrestricted free agent Johnny Oduya signed a two-year, $7.5-million contract with the Dallas Stars Wednesday, the club announced. The former Chicago Blackhawks defenceman spent two weeks on the open market and reportedly fielded..." July 15

  • Stars, Sabres, Blue Jackets pursuing Oduya: report "The Dallas Stars, Buffalo Sabres and Columbus Blue Jackets are among the teams attempting to sign unrestricted free agent defenseman Johnny Oduya, the Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday. Oduya, 33, played the past three-plus seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks, winning the Stanley Cup twice...." July 15

  • Top 15 NHL UFAs of 2015: Best of who’s left

    Sportsnet "Where does the unrestricted free-agent class of 2015 stand now, after July 1’s flurry of signings? Well, admittedly, it’s looking a little thin. Although most big acquisitions will be made through trade at this point, that doesn’t mean useful players aren’t still out there to be scooped..." July 14

  • Johnny Oduya won't re-sign with Blackhawks

    CBS Sports "Another important piece of the Chicago Blackhawks' last two Stanley Cup titles is on his way out of town. Unrestricted free agent defenseman Johnny Oduya, who won the Cup in 2013 and 2015 with the Blackhawks, confirmed through agent Don Meehan that he will not be returning to the club according to..." July 14

  • Patrick Sharp Traded Due to Cheating Scandal?

    Terez Owens "In spite of a an alleged serious cheating scandal that took place during the regular season, the Chicago Blackhawks persevered and still won the Stanley Cup. Now the fallout from the off the ice affair has begun. We’re being told Former Blackhawks star Patrick Sharp was recently traded to the..." July 14

  • Oduya remains top target of Sabres GM: report "Defenseman Johnny Oduya remains the primary target of Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray in his attempt to add a left-handed shot on the blue line. "He hasn't signed anywhere yet, so I haven't moved on," Murray told the Buffalo News on Sunday. "We've looked at everybody we feel are going..." July 13

  • Dano excited to be with Blackhawks, ready to impress "Marko Dano was surprised to be part of a blockbuster trade June 30 between the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets. After he had eight goals and 21 points in 35 games last season to begin his NHL career, Dano, 20, figured he would play for the Blue Jackets for years and years to..." July 12

  • Patrick Sharp proud of what he accomplished as a Blackhawk

    Chicago Tribune "There was never any doubt that Patrick Sharp would answer his phone this summer and be informed he was no longer a member of the Blackhawks. The call from Hawks general manager Stan Bowman finally came Friday night and it triggered a wave of emotions from a player who appeared in 679 games with..." July 12

  • Blackhawks trade Patrick Sharp to Dallas Stars

    Chicago Tribune "During the two previous salary-cap purges following Blackhawks Stanley Cup championships, general manager Stan Bowman had managed to avoid disrupting the team’s core group of players. That all changed as the Blackhawks' core was breached with the highly-anticipated trade of alternate captain..." July 11

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    Adrian Dater @adater

    NHL source tells me, in fact, Oduya will not be retained by Blackhawks

  • GM Stan Bowman: Blackhawks add pieces that 'could help us now'

    CSN Chicago "The move was made primarily to help ease the Blackhawks’ salary-cap issues, the problems we all knew they were going to have entering the 2015-16 season. But when Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman traded Patrick Sharp he said he wanted to get players who could help this team now, not..." July 11

  • Source: Kruger patiently waiting for Blackhawks to clear cap space

    ESPN "Marcus Kruger is seeking to sign a long-term contract extension with the Chicago Blackhawks and is patiently waiting for the organization to clear salary-cap space in order to complete a deal, a according to a source Friday. The Blackhawks placed a qualifying offer on Kruger, who became a..." July 11

  • Ducks, Capitals stand out as teams with best salary cap situations

    CBS Sports "When you're a good team in the NHL over an extended period of time it is inevitable that the salary cap is going to become an issue. The Chicago Blackhawks are still experiencing that this offseason (again), whiles teams like Pittsburgh, Boston, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Vancouver and San Jose..." July 09

  • Blackhawks practicing patience, but for how long?

    CSN Chicago "Patience: it seems to be the word of the offseason for the Blackhawks. They still have salary to cut but, as of now, the right deal hasn't come along to get that process going. They still have a player or two they'd like to re-sign, Marcus Kruger among them. But until the Blackhawks take care..." July 07

  • Top 14 NHL UFAs of 2015: Best of who’s left

    Sportsnet "Where does the unrestricted free-agent class of 2015 stand now, after July 1’s flurry of signings? Well, admittedly, it’s looking a little thin. Although most big acquisitions will be made through trade at this point, that doesn’t mean useful players aren’t still out there to be scooped up...." July 07

  • Blackhawks agree to terms with van Riemsdyk "The Chicago Blackhawks announced today they have agreed to terms with defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk on a two-year extension, which runs through the end of the 2017-18 National Hockey League season. van Riemsdyk, 23, notched one assist in 18 regular-season games with the Blackhawks last year...." July 07

  • Blackhawks acquire Coughlin for Nilsson "The Chicago Blackhawks announced today they acquired forward Liam Coughlin from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for goaltender Anders Nilsson. Coughlin, 20, tallied 60 points (20G, 40A) in 54 games for the Vernon Vipers of the British Columbia Hockey League last season. He went on to record 10..." July 06

  • 23 Players Elect Salary Arbitration "Twenty-three players have elected Salary Arbitration: Arizona Coyotes Mikkel Boedker Phil Samuelsson Brendan Shinnimin Buffalo Sabres Phil Varone Calgary Flames Lance Bouma Paul Byron Josh Jooris Colorado Avalanche Andrew Agozzino Mathew Clark Detroit Red..." July 06

  • Blackhawks, Marcus Kruger still working on contract

    ESPN Chicago "The Chicago Blackhawks and restricted free agent forward Marcus Kruger are continuing to negotiate a new contract, a source said on Saturday. “Things are progressing OK,” the source said. “Nothing really to report, but nothing to worry about either.” Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman..." July 05

  • Blackhawks: Local brewery names beer after Jonathan Toews

    CSN Chicago "Jonathan Toews has three Stanley Cups and a Selke Trophy with the Blackhawks. He has two gold medals with Team Canada. He has a few places bearing his name in his hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba. But it’s all fun and games until you get a tasty beverage named after you." July 03

  • Blue Jackets Sign Brandon Saad a six-year, $36 million contract extension

    The Hockey Writers "Just days after being dealt to the Columbus Blue Jackets in a blockbuster trade, Brandon Saad is the new holder of a nice, long contract. The former Chicago Blackhawks left wing, who was a restricted free agent, has agreed to a six-year, $36 million contract that will keep him with the Blue..." July 03

  • Andrew Desjardins signs 2-year, $1.6 million deal with Blackhawks, per report

    Second City Hockey "Free agent forward Andrew Desjardins has agreed to a two-year, $1.6 million contract with the Chicago Blackhawks, reports Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet. The deal, which includes an annual cap hit of just $800,000, will keep Desjardins in Chicago through the 2016-17 season. Several teams had..." July 03

  • Blackhawks biding their time as free-agent frenzy dies down

    Chicago Sun-Times "Settle in, Blackhawks fans. This could take a while. Day 2 of free agency came and went on Thursday, and Patrick Sharp is still on the Hawks roster. So are Bryan Bickell and Kris Versteeg. Marcus Kruger remains unsigned. So do Joakim Nordstrom and Andrew Desjardins. Johnny Oduya remains an..." July 03

  • Report: Blackhawks agree to terms with D Cameron Schilling

    CSN Chicago "The Blackhawks reportedly signed defenseman Cameron Schilling to a two-year deal on Thursday morning. Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports the deal carries a cap hit of $575,000 per season; the second year of the contract is one way." July 02

  • Antoine Vermette Returns to Arizona with a 2-Year Deal

    The Hockey Writers "Antoine Vermette has come back to the Arizona Coyotes as the forward signed a two-year, $7.5 million deal as reported by TSN’s Pierre LeBrun and Bob McKenzie. The cap hit will be $3.75 per season for the two years. It’s actually a smaller hit than the last deal Vermette signed with the..." July 02

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    Darren Dreger @DarrenDreger

    Deal isn't quite done, but Brad Richards and the Red Wings are working on a 1 yr deal.

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    Elliotte Friedman @FriedgeHNIC

    Tikhonov one-year deal in CHI is worth $1.04M

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    Elliotte Friedman @FriedgeHNIC

    2008 first-round draft pick Viktor Tikhonov, returning to NHL after four seasons in Russia, is closing in on a deal with CHI.

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    Chris Johnston @reporterchris

    Talks on a Brandon Saad contract extension with #CBJ continue this morning.

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