Blackhawks Rumors & News

  • Hawks, David Rundblad agree to mutual termination of contract

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Blackhawks and defenseman David Rundblad have parted ways, mutually agreeing to a termination of his contract. Rundblad’s agent, Claude Lemieux, said Rundblad wanted to “explore other opportunities.” Rundblad, acquired by the Hawks from Arizona (in exchange for a second-round pick) on March..." August 26

  • Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews to wear 'A' for Team Canada

    Chicago Tribune "he leader of the Blackhawks will help lead his country during the World Cup of Hockey. Jonathan Toews, who has been captain of the Hawks since 2008, was named an alternate captain for Team Canada on Thursday for the upcoming two-week tournament that will be held in Toronto. The Pittsburgh..." August 26

  • Bouwmeester named to Canada’s World Cup team, replacing the injured Duncan Keith

    Pro Hockey Talk "St. Louis Blues veteran defenseman Jay Bouwmeester has been named to Canada’s 23-man roster for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. He will replace Chicago Blackhawks blue liner Duncan Keith, who is rehabbing a right knee injury. “As Duncan continues offseason rehabilitation on the right knee..." August 25

  • Friedman shares latest intel on top NHL RFAs

    Today's Slapshot "Fresh off his Olympic work assignment, Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman dove back into the hockey scene on Tuesday evening with an appearance on NHL Network that covered the status of some of the top restricted free agents. Sean Monahan’s name was recently removed from that list, with..." August 23

  • Blackhawks Player Artemi Panarin Reveals How He Bathed In Deer Blood For Strength

    BroBible "I wouldn’t be surprised if it was eventually revealed that Russia was actually some sort of fragment from another planet that crashed onto Earth and was covered up by the world’s governments. Russian people are nearly a different breed. If I was sent to Russia for a week and forced to survive of..." August 19

  • Vesey's met with all teams on his list, will discuss options Thursday

    The Score "The clock is ticking, Jimmy. As the hockey world patiently awaits what will prove to be a very drawn-out decision by Jimmy Vesey, ESPN's Joe McDonald reports that the 23-year-old Harvard product has met with all the teams on his short list." August 18

  • Blackhawks, Rangers, Bruins on Vesey's Wednesday schedule

    The Score "The Jimmy Vesey sweepstakes will continue in earnest Wednesday with a trio of meetings. The college standout and his agents are expected to meet with the Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, and Boston Bruins, according to Mark Divver of The Providence Journal. The Bruins, who will..." August 17

  • Jerseys, pucks at World Cup will include tracking chips

    The Score "The future is now for hockey. The NHL held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, including the introduction of brand new technology. It was unveiled that both pucks and player jerseys will feature computer chips that track player speed, distance between..." August 17

  • U.S. Senator says NHL sending ‘conflicting, mixed messages’ on concussions, CTE

    The Hockey News "In late July, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman responded to questions from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal about hockey and its link to concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Bettman wrote that research indicated no clear link could be drawn between the sport and CTE, and Blumenthal..." August 16

  • Blackhawks and Devils are favorites for Jimmy Vesey

    The Hockey News "With the NHL off-season now in its dog days, notable trade and free-agent activity has slowed to a crawl. As a result, speculation over where promising free-agent prospect Jimmy Vesey could end up is garnering headlines. Vesey, 23, is the 2016 Hobey Baker Award winner. Earlier this year, the..." August 13

  • NHL hot for Jimmy Vesey, and Harvard star is narrowing list for Monday

    Boston Herald "Decision day fast approaches for former Harvard star Jimmy Vesey, who next week will make one NHL club very happy. As of midnight Monday, the high-scoring left winger will become an unrestricted free agent, and, probably, the richest member of the Harvard Class of ’16. Likely all 30 NHL..." August 11

  • Bettman: NHL participation in 2018 Olympics not a current priority

    The Score "As of right now, the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang are not on Gary Bettman's mind. The NHL commissioner was at Busch Stadium on Tuesday to discuss January's Winter Classic between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, but touched on other topics during his press conference. One of the..." August 11

  • NHL preseason schedule highlighted by arena debuts

    NHL.com "The 2016-17 NHL preseason schedule, released Wednesday, features the first games at two NHL arenas. On Sept. 26, the second day of the 15-day, 106-game schedule, the Edmonton Oilers open Rogers Place with a split-squad game against the Calgary Flames. Edmonton also will host the Anaheim Ducks..." August 10

  • Blackhawks, Blues reveal retro logos for 2017 Winter Classic

    CBS Sports "January seems a long, long way away right now, but the NHL held its annual late-summer press event to promote the forthcoming Winter Classic. The 2017 event, which will take place Jan. 2 at Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals, will feature the St. Louis Blues and Chicago..." August 10

  • Where Jimmy Vesey ends up adds to summer intrigue

    North Jersey "Yet it’s also a month of great anticipation. The players will start filtering back to their respective teams’ training facilities to begin skating informally — some are already there – before training camps open next month, both for the league’s 30 teams and the eight squads participating in the..." August 09

  • Dates NHL Fans Should Have Marked on Their Calendars for the 2016-17 Season

    Bleacher Report "The National Hockey League will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this season, and it should be a special one. There will be four outdoor games featuring some big rivalries and historic firsts, and new NHLers will be introduced to hockey's biggest stage and play important roles for their new..." August 09

  • Jimmy Vesey becomes a free agent next week

    Die By The Blade "The story of the summer for Buffalo Sabres fans (and Bruins fans, and Leafs fans, and Blackhawks fans, and...) has been where impending free agent Jimmy Vesey will sign when he becomes a free agent on August 15th, one week from today. The Sabres, who traded a third round pick to the Nashville..." August 08

  • Artemi Panarin, Hawks taking patient approach in negotiations

    The Athletic "The Chicago Blackhawks and Artemi Panarin are confident a contract extension will get done. When will that be? It’s probably best to be patient because it may take some time. Neither side appears to be rushing the process. Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman and Panarin’s agent Tom Lynn..." August 05

  • Ranking the 31 NHL general managers

    The Score "Every day this week, theScore's hockey editors are evaluating NHL teams on a different level of management. This time, we're focusing on the GMs, ranking them based on salary cap and asset management, as well as draft history. Farm systems Head coaches General managers Owners (Thursday, Aug...." August 03

  • Blackhawks among teams in contention to land Jimmy Vesey

    CSN Chicago "Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said at the ninth annual Blackhawks Convention that he's prepared to enter the 2016-17 season with the roster as currently constructed, but there could be one more addition coming, and an impactful one at that. Coveted free agent forward Jimmy Vesey will..." July 28

  • N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman Continues to Deny C.T.E. Link

    New York Times "Responding to written questions from a United States senator about the effects of concussions in hockey, N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman continued to deny a link between concussions and the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E. He blamed the news media for fanning fear of..." July 27

  • Hawks, David Rundblad agree to mutual termination of contract

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Blackhawks and defenseman David Rundblad have parted ways, mutually agreeing to a termination of his contract. Rundblad’s agent, Claude Lemieux, said Rundblad wanted to “explore other opportunities.” Rundblad, acquired by the Hawks from Arizona (in exchange for a second-round pick) on March..." July 26

  • Kris Versteeg expected to sign with Swiss League

    The Score "Kris Versteeg appears to be taking his talents across the Atlantic. The 30-year-old is expected to sign with SC Bern of the Swiss National League this weekend, according to TSN's Darren Dreger. " July 22

  • NHL TV schedule stinks, ignores Connor McDavid

    Sporting News "Connor McDavid could be one of the few best players in the NHL. Like, right now. He was also born in 1997. So, you'd think the best hockey talent to come along since Sidney Crosby would pop up on national American TV a couple times this season. You'd also be wrong. Exactly zero Oilers..." July 21

  • Brad Richards Retires After 15 Seasons

    NHL.com "Brad Richards is announcing his retirement today from the National Hockey League (NHL), following a decorated career that spanned 15 seasons. Richards played a total of 1,126 career NHL games with five different teams: Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks and..." July 20

  • Signing-bonus laden contracts could lead to next lockout

    TSN "If you needed any evidence that another NHL lockout might be on the horizon, look no further than the type of free agent contracts executed during the 2015-2016 off-season. Admittedly, this is attempting to project the future, the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) is fully binding..." July 19

  • Hossa not thinking about 500th goal despite sitting on 499

    The Score "Marian Hossa knows it's only a matter of time. The veteran, who will turn 38 on Jan. 12, is heading into next season with 499 career regular-season goals. He's one away from a milestone. But it's not really on his mind. "To tell you the truth, I never even thought about it this summer,"..." July 17

  • Why Corey Crawford considered leaving NHL before breakthrough with Blackhawks

    CSN Chicago "Corey Crawford is the only goaltender in Blackhawks history to have his named engraved on the Stanley Cup twice, a starter nonetheless. But it almost never happened. After spending five years in the American Hockey League from 2006-10 with the Norfolk Admirals — the Blackhawks' minor-league..." July 17

  • Keith, Seabrook pushed ‘Hawks GM to sign Tootoo

    Chicago Sun-Times "Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook aren’t just the Blackhawks’ alternate captains. They’re apparently the alternate general managers, too. The signing of veteran enforcer Jordin Tootoo this summer was initiated by the Hawks’ defensemen, who recruited him and turned GM Stan Bowman onto him. Keith,..." July 17

  • Blackhawks president: Shaw trade 'a tough one for a lot of reasons'

    Chicago Tribune "Once the most difficult year in more than three decades as a Chicago sports executive ended with a first-round playoff loss, Blackhawks President John McDonough retreated to his office hoping for a more conventional offseason than the last one. Normalcy greeted McDonough in the way of..." July 16

  • Blackhawks glad to have Brian Campbell back in the fold

    CSN Chicago "Patrick Kane could always appreciate the puck-moving defenseman, a big fan of Johnny Oduya during his few seasons here. So naturally he was thrilled to see Brian Campbell back in the Blackhawks’ fold. “What an amazing pickup,” Kane said prior to the Blackhawks’ convention kickoff on Friday..." July 16

  • Blackhawks sign Mark McNeill to one-year contract

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Chicago Blackhawks have had to go through yet another salary cap crunch this summer that has forced several key players out the door, including Teuvo Teravainen, Andrew Shaw and Andrew Ladd. Those departures are going to create openings that could be filled by younger players coming through..." July 15

  • Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

    Yardbarker "Never mind the fact the NHL expansion draft won’t take place for another yea, it has had an very strong effect on the happenings of the current offseason. Even before league commissioner Gary Bettman made the official announcement that the NHL will be adding a team in Las Vegas, it appeared..." July 15

  • NHL reaches landmark in-market streaming deal with Fox Sports

    Fox Sports "The NHL recently reached an agreement with Fox Sports for in-market streaming. Although not finalized, an agreement has been reached after negotiations spanning the course of five years. The agreement will allow in-market streaming of NHL games that are broadcast on Fox’s regional sports networks..." July 14

  • Eight NHL teams that could be active in trade market this offseason

    USA Today "While the high-profile unrestricted free agents have all been claimed, offseason shopping is far from finished. Free agents such as Sam Gagner, Justin Schultz, Matt Carle, Kris Versteeg and James Wisniewski are still available. i Now multiple teams are looking to make trades to ease their..." July 11

  • AHL announces new rules on fighting that could come to the NHL

    Puck Drunk Love "The AHL has announced new rules regarding fighting and they may eventually impact the future of fighting in the NHL. The new rules are an attempt to cut down on staged fights and aim to eliminate players who fall into the “goon” category. First, AHL players won’t be able to fight after a..." July 07

  • Top 50 defenseman rankings for July

    NHL.com "This offseason hasn't brought a lot of player movement along the blue line, but the outlook for fantasy defensemen heading into this NHL season did have a major change. Prior to the start of free agency, two big-name defensemen switched teams in a one-for-one trade, sparking plenty of debate in..." July 07

  • ‘Hawks sign Jordin Tootoo — one year, $750,000

    Pro Hockey Talk "Chicago has added some sandpaper to its forward group, inking veteran winger Jordin Tootoo to a one-year contract. From the club: Tootoo, 33, has played the last two seasons with the New Jersey Devils where he scored four goals and notched five assists in 66 games during the 2015-16..." July 05

  • Blackhawks prospect Forsling could return to Sweden next season

    The Athletic "Gustav Forsling may be another season away from joining the Blackhawks. Forsling, a defenseman prospect, will likely return to Sweden to play next season if he doesn’t make the NHL team out of training camp, his agent Gerry Johannson said Saturday. Johannson said the Blackhawks have to offer..." July 04

  • Andrew Ladd hopes to get Islanders to 'next level'

    NHL.com "The New York Islanders on Friday brought in two veterans they hope will get them to the next level while allowing three of their longest-tenured players to leave in free agency. On the opening day of free agency, the Islanders agreed in principle on a seven-year contract with former Chicago..." July 02

  • Andrew Ladd signs with Islanders on massive seven year deal

    SB Nation "The Andrew Ladd experiment is officially over in Chicago, as the left winger has signed with the New York Islanders on a seven-year deal. Ladd was brought to the Blackhawks at the trade deadline to bolster Chicago’s scoring touch. Even though the few months in Chicago did not work out, Ladd has..." July 01

  • Flyers sign forward Dale Weise to 4 year, $9.4 million deal

    Broad Street Hockey "The rumors were apparently true: forward Dale Weise has reportedly signed with the Philadelphia Flyers. TSN’s Bob McKenzie said on television that the deal is a four-year deal worth more than $2 million per season. Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet confirmed that it’s a total of $9.4 million per..." July 01

  • Blackhawks to buy out Rundblad

    The Score "The Chicago Blackhawks are clearing a bit more salary cap space. The club has placed defenseman David Rundblad on waivers for the purpose of a contract buyout, according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN." July 01

  • Blackhawks have reportedly reached out to Thomas Vanek

    Second City Hockey "The Chicago Blackhawks aren't in cap hell anymore. That said, they only actually have 10 forwards under contract for next season, so they still need to make use of their cap space and sign a couple of players. Thomas Vanek is a name that popped up on the market a year earlier than expected. The..." July 01

  • Blackhawks lure Brian Campbell back to Chicago

    Chicago Sun-Times "Brian Campbell is coming home. Well, technically, Campbell is from Strathroy, Ontario, about halfway between Detroit and Toronto. But ever since his three-year stint with the Blackhawks from 2008-2011, Chicago has been his second home. His wife is from Chicago. He lives in the area during the..." July 01

  • Islanders hosting Andrew Ladd

    The Score "The New York Islanders are hosting pending free-agent forward Andrew Ladd, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday. Ladd has made it clear he wants to play for a contender, and with Kyle Okposo set to hit the market, Isles' general manger Garth Snow could be looking at a suitable replacement. " June 30

  • Blackhawks' Toews thanks Weber for leaving Central Division

    The Score "While the Montreal Canadiens faithful appear devastated to see P.K. Subban traded to the Nashville Predators for fellow defenseman Shea Weber, Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is relieved by the ramifications of the trade. Toews has battled against Weber since he joined the NHL in..." June 30

  • Brian Campbell likely heading back to Chicago, per report

    Second City Hockey "The signs keep pointing to Brian Campbell's return to the Chicago Blackhawks. Campbell is an unrestricted free agent on July 1, and it "sounds like he's headed back to Chicago," reports the Miami Herald's George Richards. A beat writer for the Panthers, Richards says the team expects Campbell to..." June 30

  • Blackhawks re-sign Michal Rozsival, Brandon Mashinter

    Chicago Tribune "Michal Rozsival isn't ready to call it a career just yet. The 37-year-old defenseman will be back with the Hawks next season after agreeing to a one-year contract, the team announced Wednesday. The Hawks also announced winger Brandon Mashinter signed a one-year deal. " June 30

  • Predators speak to free agents Andrew Ladd, Loui Eriksson

    Tennessean "Ahead of the opening of the NHL free agent market Friday, the Predators have expressed interest in and spoken to pending free agent forwards Andrew Ladd and Loui Eriksson, according to agent J.P. Barry. Ladd finished last season with the Blackhawks, scoring eight goals and 12 points in 19..." June 29