Blackhawks Rumors & News

  • Blackhawks take Swedish defenseman Adam Boqvist with No. 8 pick

    Chicago Sun-Times "Adam Boqvist very well might end up being the second-best defenseman taken in the 2018 NHL Draft. But it could be a few years before anybody knows for sure. With higher-ranked Noah Dobson and Evan Bouchard still on the board, and sniper Oliver Wahlstrom also available, the Hawks took..." June 22

  • Blackhawks' Nicolas Beaudin: Goes 27th overall at draft

    CBS Sports "Beaudin was drafted 27th overall by the Blackhawks at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft on Friday. Beaudin was expected to be an early second-rounder, so going off the board late in the first wasn't a stretch. He's a bit undersized at 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, but he's a super..." June 22

  • Crawford expected to be ready for Blackhawks next season, GM says

    NHL.com "Corey Crawford is expected to be ready for the 2018-19 NHL regular season, Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said. The 33-year-old goalie was 16-9-2 with a 2.27 goals-against average and .929 save percentage this season but missed significant time with injuries. On Dec...." June 21

  • Should the Blackhawks explore bringing back Artemi Panarin?

    NBC Sports Chicago "Here's an interesting development as we approach the NHL Draft: Artemi Panarin has informed the Blue Jackets that he's not ready to consider an extension "at this time" and because of that, Columbus is testing the market for the Russian winger, according to Elliotte Friedman..." June 20

  • Blackhawks thinking outside the box (and salary cap) in free agency

    Sporting News "Having missed the playoffs for the first time in a decade, the once-dominant Blackhawks could be poised to make a major move this summer.  The Athletic's Craig Custance cited a source speculating the Blackhawks are looking “to add something significant.” He..." June 16

  • Chicago Blackhawks Signs Vinnie Hinostroza To Two-Year Deal

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Chicago Blackhawks are getting their restricted free agents out of the way early. After agreeing to a two-year deal with John Hayden this morning, the team has also agreed to a two-year contract extension with Vinnie Hinostroza. The deal will carry a $1.5MM average annual value. " June 15

  • John Hayden signs two-year extension with Blackhawks

    Yardbarker "The Chicago Blackhawks have signed forward John Hayden to a two-year one-way contract extension that carries a $750K average annual value. Hayden was scheduled to become a restricted free agent for the first time, but will re-sign with the Blackhawks without much trouble. Hayden,..." June 15

  • Blackhawks ready for rare top 10 pick in NHL Draft

    NHL.com "The Chicago Blackhawks have not selected a player in the top 10 of the NHL Draft since 2007 but have a rare opportunity this year to accelerate their rebuild with the No. 8 pick. "I think we're in the neighborhood where we can get a player that can make a good impact on the..." June 14

  • Chicago Prospect Ivan Nalimov Asks For Trade

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It’s not often that a player not under contract requests a trade, but Ivan Nalimov is going for it. The Chicago Blackhawks’ 2014 sixth-round pick has asked for his rights to be dealt to another NHL team, reports The Athletic’s Scott Powers. As one of the KHL’s..." June 13

  • Blackhawks sign defenseman Henri Jokiharju to three-year contract

    Chicago Tribune "The Blackhawks agreed to terms on a three-year contract for defenseman Henri Jokiharju, the 29th overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft. Jokiharju, an 18-year-old from Finland, was named the Western Conference second all-star team with the Portland Winterhawks after..." June 12

  • Chicago Blackhawks Discussed Justin Faulk, Scott Darling

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Chicago Blackhawks need to find a way to get back to the playoffs next season, or risk wasting another year of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews while they are still effective. Though there is another wave of talent coming, the Blackhawks live and die with their two..." June 08

  • Oddsmakers peg Lightning, Knights as 2019 Cup favorites

    The Score "The Vegas Golden Knights fell just short of taking home the 2018 Stanley Cup title in the club's inaugural season, but that isn't getting in the way of hometown oddsmakers naming the Knights as the second favorite to take home the 2019 crown. Bookmakers in Vegas have..." June 08

  • Andreas Martinsen signs one-year extension with Blackhawks

    NBC Sports Chicago "After missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008, the Blackhawks maintained some depth with the signing of a familiar face. Forward Andreas Martinsen signed a one-year contract extension on Thursday morning that will keep him within Chicago's..." June 07

  • Defense first? Not if the Blackhawks are looking for immediate help

    Chicago Sun-Times "In a perfect world, the Blackhawks would use their rare top-10 draft pick to select a player who can address their biggest need: an unreliable defense. After all, that defense is largely responsible for them drafting so high in the first place. But this isn’t a perfect world,..." June 04

  • Jacob Nilsson Agrees To Terms With Chicago Blackhawks

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Chicago Blackhawks will add another European free agent to their forward mix, as the team announced today they’d agreed to terms with Swedish center Jacob Nilsson. No financial details were released, but Nilsson is eligible to sign a one-year entry-level..." May 31

  • Toews was 'secretly' rooting for Jets to win Cup

    The Score "Jonathan Toews would have liked to see his hometown team vie for a chance at the Stanley Cup. The Chicago Blackhawks captain's own club missed the playoffs for just the second time in his career and the first time since his rookie season in 2008. He admitted that though it pains..." May 29

  • NHL projects salary cap to be around $80M for 2018-19 season

    The Score "NHL deputy commissioner and chief legal officer Bill Daly confirmed during a press conference Monday that the salary cap for the 2018-2019 season is projected to be around $80 million, up from $75 million this season. A set number for next season has not yet been agreed upon..." May 29

  • NHL’s ‘Smart Puck’ will enhance fan experience

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL has already announced that the Smart Puck era is quickly approaching, which is exciting news for hockey fans all over the globe. The league is planning on having this added technology at their disposal for the start of the 2019-20 season, but there’s a chance that we..." May 24

  • Chicago Blackhawks Sign Four Players

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Chicago Blackhawks have signed four players this Monday morning, announcing deal for Dominik Kahun, Lucas Carlsson, Darren Raddysh and Kevin Lankinen. Carlsson has signed a three-year entry-level deal, while the other three have inked two-year entry-level contracts. " May 21

  • Hossa among top goal-scorers of expansion era, statistics show

    NHL.com "Marian Hossa of the Chicago Blackhawks has played his final game after 19 NHL seasons, he told Slovak newspaper Novy Cas.  According to the underlying numbers, the 39-year-old forward was one of the 20 most accomplished goal-scorers in the NHL expansion era (since the 1967-68..." May 20

  • Chicago Blackhawks’ Improvement Coming From Within

    Pro Hockey Rumors "2017-18 wasn’t a success for the Chicago Blackhawks. For a team that registered 109 points in the previous season, anything short of Stanley Cup contention would seem disappointing. Disappointment may have been the nicest way of expressing how fans felt after the season began and the team..." May 19

  • Chicago Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa To Retire

    Pro Hockey Rumors "While the status of Chicago Blackhawks star Marian Hossa has been up in the air since he was declared out for the season before this season due to a progressive skin disorder, it looks like Hossa’s hockey career has come to an end, as Elite Prospects has confirmed a story (translation..." May 19

  • Jaromir Jagr Will Play In Czech Republic In 2018-19

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though there is still bound to be speculation over a return to the NHL this summer, Nova Sport in the Czech Republic is reporting that Jaromir Jagr has agreed to return as a player for Kladno, the Czech team he owns. There apparently had been interest from the DEL in..." May 15

  • Blackhawks get No. 27 pick in NHL Draft with Predators loss

    NHL.com "The Chicago Blackhawks will have the No. 27 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft after the Nashville Predators were eliminated from the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Chicago acquired the pick Feb. 26 in a trade that sent forward Ryan Hartman to Nashville. The Blackhawks (33-39-10) also hold..." May 13

  • Blackhawks' biggest loss since '15 Stanley Cup? Almost half their local TV audience

    Chicago Tribune "What’s the most significant loss for the Blackhawks in the three seasons since their last Stanley Cup championship? Forget about players and playoff series, or even the postseason berth they failed to earn this year for the first time in a decade. It’s local TV viewers, who have bailed on..." April 30

  • Blackhawks Sign German Forward Dominik Kahun

    Pro Hockey Rumors "As expected for some time, Dominik Kahun has turned his success in his native Germany and at the 2018 Winter Olympics into his first NHL contract. The Athletic’s Scott Powers reports that the Chicago Blackhawks have signed Kahun to an entry-level deal. Both Kahun and the Blackhawks have confirmed..." April 28

  • Why Vinnie Hinostroza has been a hidden gem for Blackhawks

    NBC Sports Chicago "When looking back on the 2017-18 season, it's easy to single out Alex DeBrincat and Nick Schmaltz as the two most notable silver linings for the Blackhawks, both of whom showed real promise as important pieces going forward. But lost in the shuffle — or quietly flying under the radar — has been..." April 26

  • NHL players must step up if they want this headhunting to end

    New York Post "Rule 48.1 splits hairs so that it remains legal to crack skulls. An overstatement? Well, of course, except the NHL and essentially all of its stake-holders are so fearful that banning all blows to the head would all but eliminate the little hitting that remains in the game, they are willing to..." April 23

  • Patrick Sharp to serve as guest NHL analyst for NBC Sports' Stanley Cup Playoff coverage

    NBC Sports Chicago "Despite announcing his retirement from the NHL this season, Patrick Sharp insisted he's not going anywhere. And he won't be. The three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Blackhawks will be serving as a guest analyst on NHL Live tonight and Wednesday during NBC Sports' first-round Stanley Cup..." April 17

  • Top-four defenseman has to be first priority for Hawks GM Stan Bowman

    Chicago Sun-Times "Sheldon Brookbank . . . David Rundblad . . . Kyle Cumiskey . . . Trevor Daley . . . Whether the Blackhawks’ first playoff-less season since 2007-08 is a blip or the first step into an era of irrelevance is debatable. But even if goalie Corey Crawford returns in elite form, Alex DeBrincat, Nick..." April 16

  • Can Blackhawks count on Corey Crawford returning to top form?

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Blackhawks have repeatedly stated that they expect Corey Crawford to be 100 percent healthy and ready to go by training camp after missing the final 47 games of this season with an upper-body injury. That's Step 1. Step 2 is projecting whether or not he can return to an elite..." April 13

  • Chicago Blackhawks Sign Dennis Gilbert To Three-Year Deal

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After we saw Jordan Gross sign with the Arizona Coyotes yesterday, another Notre Dame defenseman has decided to turn pro. Dennis Gilbert has signed his three-year entry-level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks, that will take him through the 2020-21 season. Gilbert is headed to the Rockford..." April 13

  • At 34, Blackhawks’ Duncan Keith to go ‘above and beyond’ to regain lost form

    Chicago Sun-Times "A year ago, Duncan Keith seemed surprised by questions about his advancing age and the possibility of slowing down. And you couldn’t blame him. At 33, the Blackhawks’ two-time Norris Trophy-winning defenseman still was fairly close to the top of his game. While his shooting percentage (3.3) was..." April 12

  • The Blackhawks' summer shopping list should include a sniper for Patrick Kane

    Chicago Tribune "Last offseason, you’ll recall, it was Jonathan Toews who got a new playmate. Brandon Saad was brought back to the United Center to make the Blackhawks captain better, a move that came at the stiff cost of the best winger Patrick Kane ever had. And everybody and everything got worse – Toews,..." April 11

  • Biggest contract years for NHL playoff teams

    Pro Hockey Talk "Technically speaking, NHL players only get paid for the 82-game regular season, aside from the pocket change that comes from certain bonuses for playoff wins. In reality, a player can make a living off of a magical postseason run or two. A strong couple of months could end up being costly in..." April 11

  • Breaking down Brandon Saad's struggles and why he's due for a big bounce-back season with Blackhawks

    NBC Sports Chicago "Brandon Saad's homecoming didn't exactly go as planned. He compiled 35 points, his fewest since totaling 27 during his rookie campaign in 2012-13, tallied only 15 goals in 81 games following a hat trick on Opening Night and finished with a career-low 7.6 shooting percentage What..." April 10

  • Patrick Kane Named Captain of Team USA

    NBC Chicago "The Chicago Blackhawks won’t be competing for a Stanley Cup championship this summer, but their biggest star will play a key role in another team’s quest for a title. Patrick Kane, who won a silver medal with the United States Olympic team in 2010, will go for the gold in the upcoming IIHF..." April 10

  • Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews doesn't sound like he has any answers

    Chicago Tribune "Jonathan Toews keeps repeating himself, and not in a good way. Oh, he’s still taking the blame. That’s the way he has always been. That’s what captains do. But when the same things are said after repeated Blackhawks failures, it calls into question the ability to learn and change, a..." April 10

  • Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman expects Corey Crawford to be ‘same goalie he’s been’

    Chicago Sun-Times "A snowy, wintry, February-like Chicago morning greeted Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman, coach Joel Quenneville and their players at the United Center on Monday — as if to further drive home the point that it’s way too early to be cleaning out lockers, analyzing the season and planning for..." April 10

  • Multiple NHL playoff games will air on Golf Channel, for some reason

    Awful Announcing "The NHL announced the broadcast schedule for the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Sunday night, offering us a look at how NBCUniversal will shuffle the various series across its numerous networks. As usual, many games will air on NBCSN, others will appear on CNBC, others on USA, a handful..." April 09

  • Chicago Blackhawks Focused On Keeping Young Talent

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Chicago Blackhawks have an interesting summer in front of them, as they try to turn around what was a disastrous season and compete again in 2018-19. The core of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Corey Crawford will all be on the wrong side of 30 by the middle of..." April 09

  • Longtime Blackhawks star Patrick Sharp to retire Saturday

    Sporting News "Patrick Sharp ended the speculation Friday, announcing that he will play his final NHL game Saturday against the Jets. Blackhawks fans at the United Center gave Sharp an emotional sendoff after Chicago's 4-1 loss to the Blues as Sharp skated solo around the ice, acknowledging fans, teammates..." April 07

  • Anthony Duclair on collision with Brad Marchand: 'I thought it was pretty dirty'

    The Athletic "A lot of people have shared their opinions regarding whether Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand purposely clotheslined Blackhawks forward Anthony Duclair last month in a collision that ultimately led to Duclair missing the rest of the season due to a lower-body injury. On Friday, after..." April 06

  • Kane, Toews supportive of Blackhawks' decision to keep Quenneville

    The Score "The Chicago Blackhawks will head into next season with the same coaching staff, and Patrick Kane couldn't be happier. On Thursday, president John McDonough announced that the organization will bring back Joel Quenneville and general manager Stan Bowman, and Kane feels the team will be better..." April 05

  • Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville and GM Stan Bowman will be back next season, team says

    Chicago Tribune "Blackhawks coach Joel Quennville and general manager Stan Bowman will return to the team next season, team president John McDonough said Thursday during a press conference at the United Center." April 05

  • Which NHL teams will make a coaching change after the season?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL season will come to an end this weekend and barring some last-minute decision, no head coach will have been fired; that’s something that hasn’t happened since the league expanded in 1967. It’s a rarity that no coach has been canned, despite the calls for management to take..." April 05

  • Blackhawks center Victor Ejdsell trying to get up to speed in the NHL

    Chicago Sun-Times "Everything happened so fast for Victor Ejdsell. Less than a month after being traded from the Predators’ system to the Blackhawks in the Ryan Hartman deal, Ejdsell went from Sweden to Rockford to Chicago in less than a week. But now that things have finally slowed down for Ejdsell off the ice,..." April 05

  • Stanley Cup stripping big names off hardware to make room for future winners

    Sporting News "The Stanley Cup is erasing some of the biggest names in hockey to make room for future winners. The names from the teams that won the Cup from 1954-64 will be stripped off the hardware this spring, the Chicago Tribune reported. That means legendary names such as Gordie Howe and Robert Hull..." April 04

  • Jonathan Toews prepares to return as Blackhawks season nears end

    Chicago Tribune "The Blackhawks expect to have captain Jonathan Toews back this week to help steer them to the finish line of this lost season. Toews practiced Monday in preparation for Wednesday’s road game against the Blues. After missing the last five games with an upper body injury, he hopes to play in the..." April 03

  • Blackhawks’ Duncan Keith on verge of setting NHL record for shooting futility

    Chicago Sun-Times "This whole idea that if the Blackhawks can close out the season with a few morale-boosting victories, they can carry that momentum into their offseason and even into the start of next season? Duncan Keith isn’t buying it. “No, I don’t believe that at all,” he said. “That’s crazy.” Of..." April 03

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