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  • Corey Crawford ends session after 20 minutes, but Blackhawks say it's part of the plan

    Chicago Tribune "Corey Crawford’s 20-minute on-ice workout Wednesday morning seemed to end earlier than expected, but Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said it was part of a plan and there hasn’t been a setback in Crawford’s recovery from a concussion. “No (issues),”..." September 20

  • Blackhawks’ Duncan Keith flexes confidence at 35 with no plans to slow down

    Chicago Sun-Times "Defenseman Duncan Keith might be the second oldest player on the Blackhawks’ training-camp roster; and yes, he may be in the back half of his illustrious career. But despite turning 35 in July, Keith has no plans to slow down. Not even after last season’s..." September 20

  • Blackhawks’ Joel Quenneville believes ‘this year could be huge’ for Brandon Saad

    Chicago Sun-Times "Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said left wing Brandon Saad had an “abnormal year” last season. But Quenneville believes this season “could be huge.” Saad seems optimistic, too. After back-to-back 53-point seasons with the Blue Jackets, Saad’s..." September 18

  • At age 33, Brent Seabrook trying to adapt game while staying true to himself

    NBC Sports Chicago "At 33 years of age, Brent Seabrook knows he isn't getting any younger. Quite frankly, nobody is. Except for the NHL. Recognizing this, he had one goal — no pun intended — in mind this offseason. "As I get older, it's tougher to play [against] all..." September 17

  • Corey Crawford reveals he's dealing with concussion: 'I'm almost there'

    NBC Sports Chicago "Blackhawks training camp opened on Friday and all eyes were on Corey Crawford, who skated with goaltending coach Jimmy Waite one hour before the rest of the team did as he continues to recover from his mysterious upper-body injury. But it's not a secret anymore. In an effort to be..." September 14

  • Blackhawks defenseman Connor Murphy to miss 8 weeks with back injury

    Chicago Tribune "The Blackhawks will be without defenseman Connor Murphy until at least early November because of a back injury, the team announced Friday morning. Additionally, veteran defenseman Brent Seabrook will miss a week of training camp with an abdominal injury. " September 14

  • Blackhawks to honor Stan Mikita's memory with jersey patch, No. 21 painted on United Center ice

    Chicago Tribune "Stan Mikita will forever be a part of the Blackhawks, and this season he’ll be part of the iconic sweater he wore for 21 seasons. The Hawks announced Wednesday that they will honor Mikita, who died Aug. 7 after a long illness, by wearing a patch on home and road..." September 13

  • Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville faces defining season

    Chicago Sun-Times "This will be a defining season for the Blackhawks’ Joel Quenneville, who is coming off his first losing season in a 21-year coaching career. The mandate from team president John McDonough is clear. “We need to do better,” McDonough said last week. “We need..." September 12

  • Can Brandon Manning provide spark Blackhawks’ defense so desperately needs?

    Chicago Sun-Times "Brandon Manning’s task once he signed as a free agent in July was to pump life into the Blackhawks’ lackluster defense. That mission begins this week. The Hawks failed to add a top-four blue-liner during free agency, but the hard-hitting, shot-blocking Manning, 28,..." September 11

  • For many of the youngest Blackhawks, training camp has already begun

    Chicago Tribune "Blackhawks training camp won't officially begin until Friday. Unofficially, it started a couple of days ago in Traverse City, Mich. Twenty-five Hawks prospects — including forwards Dylan Sikura, Victor Ejdsell and recent first-round picks Henri Jokiharju, Adam Boqvist..." September 10

  • Blackhawks winger Dylan Sikura eager to shed ‘prospect’ label for good

    Chicago Sun-Times "Dylan Sikura doesn’t exactly bristle at the thought of being called a prospect, but he doesn’t exactly feel like one anymore, either. Not after getting into five games with the Blackhawks in the wake of a dominant senior season at Northeastern. Not at age 23. Not while..." September 10

  • Dominik Kahun To Play In Germany If Not Chicago This Season

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Earlier this spring, much was made of the apparent interest from young German Olympic standout Dominik Kahun in playing in the NHL, with many teams making offers to bring in the 23-year-old two-way forward. The Chicago Blackhawks took an early lead in the race to ink Kahun and a deal was..." September 09

  • Blackhawks still waiting on Corey Crawford's status for training camp

    Chicago Tribune "Nothing is more important to the Blackhawks than whether Corey Crawford will be ready to skate for the first day of training camp on Sept. 14. At the Blackhawks Convention in July, the goaltender said he was not yet skating and wouldn't return to the ice from..." September 07

  • NHL players respond to Jalen Ramsey: 'I think it's insulting to our league'

    The Score "Jacksonville Jaguars All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey made waves in the hockey world recently, claiming in a tell-all interview with ESPN's Mina Kimes that he could probably crack the NHL with six months of training. Cue the outrage. With training..." September 07

  • Kane, Toews ready to turn page on playoff-less 2017-18 season

    Pro Hockey Talk "After a nine-year run that saw three Stanley Cup titles, the good times streak ended last season for the Chicago Blackhawks. A December injury that caused goaltender Corey Crawford to miss the rest of the season played a big role in their failure, as well as “a lot of little..." September 06

  • Blackhawks' Kane praises Maple Leafs, Matthews: He's 'fun to watch'

    The Score "Patrick Kane is hopping on the Toronto Maple Leafs bandwagon. While speaking at the NHL's media day, the Chicago Blackhawks forward was asked which team - other than his own - he thinks will win the Stanley Cup. His answer? The Maple Leafs, according to NHL.com's Mike..." September 06

  • Blackhawks have decisions to make about using new-found cap room

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With a significant amount of cap space remaining to them, the Chicago Blackhawks find themselves in an unusual position. The team has been very quiet this offseason, not including the trade that sent Marian Hossa to Arizona or signing Cam Ward to be the backup goaltender. However, with almost..." September 02

  • Red Wings, Blackhawks paying for past glory

    TSN "Ten years ago, the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks ushered in a new era of hockey – one built on speed, puck possession and an incredible pool of talent that ensured playoff contention every season. But hockey, like most things, is cyclical. The state of the..." August 27

  • Finding Joe Murphy: Former Blackhawk and No. 1 overall pick is homeless

    NBC Sports Chicago "Joe Murphy is a former No. 1 overall pick, two-time 30-goal scorer and Stanley Cup champion. He's also now homeless living on the streets of Northern Ontario, which TSN revealed in a recent documentary titled, 'Finding Murph.' He spent 15 seasons in the NHL, four..." August 23

  • Blackhawks 2013 Stanley Cup champion Michal Handzus to retire from professional hockey

    NBC Sports Chicago "Michal Handzus, who helped the Blackhawks win a Stanley Cup in 2013 as the second-line center, is officially hanging up the skates. The 41-year-old forward hasn't played in the NHL since the 2013-14 season but spent the last three years with Banska Bystrica HC 05 in Slovakia,..." August 21

  • Why aren’t teams experimenting with 3-on-3 lineups?

    TSN "The National Hockey League introduced the 3-on-3 overtime rule in the 2015-16 season, which was designed to marginalize the frequency of shootouts resolving games during the regular season. The league struck a bit of unintended gold with the decision. The pace and talent on display..." August 20

  • Bryan Berard Suing NHL for Not Protecting Him from Brain Injuries During Career

    Bleacher Report "Former hockey star Bryan Berard has filed a lawsuit against the NHL for failing to protect him from brain injuries during his career, according to TMZ Sports. "The time has come for the NHL to not only care for those former players on whose backs and..." August 17

  • How Dylan Larkin's new contract impacts Nick Schmaltz, Blackhawks

    NBC Sports Chicago "Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman has consistently stated that the plan is to re-sign Alex DeBrincat and Nick Schmaltz when their entry-level contracts expire. It's why the Blackhawks have had a quiet offseason via free agency, because any contract brought in longer than two years might interfere..." August 14

  • NHL not invested in the numbers when it comes to analytics

    Toronto Star "It was 15 years ago this summer that Moneyball, the groundbreaking book by Michael Lewis, began to make its mark on the curious minds of athletic power brokers around the world. And if the intervening time has taught us anything, it’s that the copycat tendencies of sports executives..." August 13

  • NBC's hockey schedule going where it hasn't been much before

    USA Today "NBC will televise the Vegas Golden Knights twice in the first week of the NHL season. The Nashville Predators will be featured three times in the first month. The Arizona Coyotes, Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Winnipeg Jets and Tampa Bay Lightning will appear on NBC before Sidney..." August 13

  • Where should Jonathan Toews rank among NHL’s top centers?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Life comes at you fast sometimes. It was not that long ago that the Chicago Blackhawks were the NHL’s most powerful team on the ice and their captain, Jonathan Toews, was regarded as one of the best players in the league. Perhaps even, in the opinion of some,..." August 08

  • Blackhawks all-time leading scorer Stan Mikita dies at 78

    NBC Sports Chicago "Stan Mikita, the Blackhawks' all-time leading scorer with 1,467 points, has died. He was 78. “There are no words to describe our sadness over Stan's passing," Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz said in a statement. "He meant so much to the Chicago Blackhawks, to..." August 07

  • Signing bonus issue lingers over next NHL labour deal

    TSN "To land superstar centre John Tavares, the Toronto Maple Leafs exercised their financial might and structured a contract most teams around the league couldn’t possibly fathom. On the surface, Tavares’ contract isn’t that exotic. A seven-year, $77 million contract for..." August 07

  • Ivan Nalimov Rescinds Trade Request

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Back in June, news broke that Chicago Blackhawks goaltending prospect Ivan Nalimov wanted out of their system in order to receive a better chance at an NHL future. Nalimov requested for his rights to be traded despite not even having a contract with Chicago, hoping for a direct line to playing..." August 06

  • Gustav Forsling Undergoes Wrist Surgery

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Chicago Blackhawks have several interesting defensive prospects pushing for spots on the NHL roster, including Gustav Forsling who impressed in 41 games last season. Unfortunately, Forsling looks like he’ll be unable to crack the team out of camp given that he underwent surgery on his..." July 31

  • Kane eager to get Blackhawks back into playoffs

    NHL.com "Patrick Kane is using the adversity the Chicago Blackhawks went through in missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in a decade as motivation to prepare for this season. "The way the season went last year, you know everyone is going to come back with extra..." July 30

  • Blackhawks' Ward excited to play in 'sold-out building' after 13 years in Carolina

    Daily Herald "The questions came at Cam Ward faster than an 80-mph slap shot. One after another for a whopping 20 minutes. Ward -- the new backup goaltender for the Blackhawks -- was absolutely surrounded while sitting at a table inside the Waldorf Room of the Chicago Hilton before the..." July 30

  • Quenneville says he's not thinking about job security with Blackhawks

    NHL.com "Joel Quenneville acknowledged some uncertainty about his future as coach of the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday. "As a coach, [getting fired] can happen at any moment. That's all part of our business. It's the way it goes," Quenneville said at the annual Blackhawks..." July 28

  • Blackhawks' Crawford not '100 percent' healthy yet

    Chicago Sun-Times "Since the end of the dismal 2017-18 season — a year of promise that was derailed by Corey Crawford’s head injury in late December — the Blackhawks have steadfastly said they expect their star goalie to be back in time for training camp and the start of the..." July 28

  • Chris Chelios leaving Detroit Red Wings for Blackhawks couldn't wait?

    Detroit Free Press "Really, Cheli? I don’t own a Detroit Red Wings sweater. But I feel like buying my first one today: a Chris Chelios No. 24 Red Wings sweater, just so I can burn it. Preferably during lunch time in front of Cheli’s Chili Bar. To be clear, I have zero..." July 25

  • Jokiharju could make jump for Blackhawks this season

    NHL.com "Henri Jokiharju is doing whatever it takes to play for the Chicago Blackhawks this season. That includes picking the brain of two-time Norris Trophy winner Duncan Keith. Jokiharju, a defenseman, was Chicago's first-round pick (No. 29) at the 2017 NHL Draft. The..." July 24

  • Chelios joins star-studded list of Blackhawks ambassadors

    The Score "Hall of Fame defenseman Chris Chelios will join the Chicago Blackhawks as a team ambassador, the club announced Monday. "Through multiple generations of players and fans, Chris Chelios will forever be etched into the history of the Chicago Blackhawks. His contributions to our..." July 23

  • Blackhawks name Chelios team ambassador

    TSN "The Chicago Blackhawks announced Monday the appointment of Chris Chelios to the role of team ambassador, joining Tony Esposito, Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita and Denis Savard. Chelios spent nine seasons during his career with the Blackhawks, scoring 92 goals and adding 487..." July 23

  • For older Blackhawks prospects, the race is on to establish themselves

    Chicago Sun-Times "Blake Hillman is no dummy. As his junior season at Denver drew to a close, he took a deep dive into the Blackhawks’ organizational depth chart. He went online and tracked down contract details and minor-league stats, recent draft picks and future draft targets. He knew 2017..." July 20

  • At 30, Jonathan Toews rested and ready to move on from lost season

    Chicago Tribune "An unfamiliar red jersey hung in the locker behind Jonathan Toews, who was minutes away from making his debut Wednesday night in the Chicago Pro Hockey League. And on this night, there was one goal. No, not that One Goal. “Just going out and having fun and playing..." July 19

  • Zero NHL franchises on Forbes list of top 50 most valuable sports teams

    Sportsnet "Forbes released its annual ranking of the 50 most valuable sports teams Wednesday, but not a single NHL franchise managed to crack the list. NFL teams dominated with the Dallas Cowboys sitting at No. 1 with a valuation of $4.8 billion, a 14 per cent increase from their..." July 18

  • Stan Bowman explains how Blackhawks may utilize extra cap space

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Blackhawks had cap space to use this summer but elected to shore up their depth rather than make a splash when free agency opened up on July 1. Perhaps a large reason for that was because Marian Hossa's $5.275 million cap hit over the next three years complicated what they could do..." July 18

  • Boqvist's dream on track with Blackhawks

    NHL.com "Adam Boqvist and his older brother, Jesper, had special privileges at their local hockey rink as kids growing up in Falum, Sweden.  As soon as they were old enough to ride their bikes there, they were given a key to the building to come and go as they pleased, because they spent..." July 17

  • Ex-NHL goalie Ray Emery dies while swimming

    Larry Brown Sports "Former NHL goalie Ray Emery died while going for a swim on Sunday morning, according to a report. The Hamilton Spectator reported Sunday that a man was with a group visiting a friend’s boat at Royal Hamilton Yacht Club when they decided to go for an early-morning swim around..." July 15

  • Blackhawks aim to find out if Henri Jokiharju is ready for the NHL

    Chicago Tribune "No matter where this hockey journey takes Henri Jokiharju, Finland always will be the starting point. It’s where he was born and learned to love the sport, where he has been living this summer and where he spent his final days before flying to Chicago to partake in..." July 15

  • Chicago Blackhawks, Arizona Coyotes Working On Deal For Marian Hossa

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Marian Hossa won’t be playing in the NHL this season (or likely ever again), but his contract is still on the books for the Chicago Blackhawks. Though they can place it on long-term injured reserve to get some cap relief, doing so still complicates things for a team that is always..." July 12

  • What should Blackhawks do with cap space after Hossa trade?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The most fun part of the Marian Hossa trade is pondering the possible future trades it opens up thanks to improved cap space for the Chicago Blackhawks. Cap space estimates tend to be tenuous at best in July, but that’s especially true with Chicago, as the Blackhawks..." July 12

  • Blackhawks deal Hossa to Coyotes in seven-player trade

    Sportsnet "The Chicago Blackhawks and Arizona Coyotes have completed a seven-player trade that includes the contract of Marian Hossa. In addition to taking on Hossa’s contract, the Coyotes receive forward Vinnie Hinostroza, defenceman Jordan Oesterle and..." July 12

  • Still waiting for the Blackhawks to land a top defenseman. Waiting. Wait. Ing.

    Chicago Tribune "It has been 10 days, and I still don’t get it. The Blackhawks’ signing of backup goalie Cam Ward, I mean. Backup goalie was a need, yes, but not their biggest need. A top defenseman was their biggest need. Still is, as a matter of fact. Maybe I’m missing..." July 11

  • Salary Cap Floor Should Not Pose Problems For Any Team In 2018-19

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The purpose of the salary cap in the NHL is to maintain a sense of competitive balance across the league. That means both limiting how much a team can spend, the salary cap ceiling, but also ensuring that every team is competitive with a minimum expenditure, the salary cap floor. Some teams,..." July 10