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  • Blackhawks loan Henri Jokiharju to Finland for World Junior Championship

    Second City Hockey "The Blackhawks will loan defenseman Henri Jokiharju to Finland’s national junior team for the upcoming World Junior Championship, the team announced Tuesday. The 19-year-old Jokiharju will could miss up to eight NHL games as the tournament runs from..." December 18

  • Blackhawks activate Artem Anisimov, Gustav Forsling from injured reserve

    Chicago Sun-Times "Recovery went well for Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov, and he’ll likely be back on the ice for Tuesday’s home game against Nashville. The Hawks activated Anisimov from injured reserve on Tuesday after he missed four games with a concussion. He has been practicing and..." December 18

  • Blackhawks place Crawford on injured reserve

    The Score "The Chicago Blackhawks placed goaltender Corey Crawford on injured reserve Monday. The designation comes a day after the veteran netminder was forced from Sunday's game against the San Jose Sharks with a concussion. In turn, the team recalled goaltender Collin Delia from..." December 17

  • Where do Blackhawks go from here after Corey Crawford concussion?

    NBC Sports Chicago "It's been a troubling season for the Blackhawks and the calendar hasn't even flipped to 2019 yet. They parted ways with the second-winningest coach of all-time in Joel Quenneville, traded a player who was perceived to be part of the new core in Nick Schmaltz and sit in the basement of..." December 17

  • Blackhawks Goaltender Corey Crawford Out With Another Concussion

    Last Word On Hockey "The Chicago Blackhawks announced after tonight’s game, that goaltender Corey Crawfordhas been diagnosed with a concussion. Crawford’s injury was confirmed by his coach. The injury occurred Sunday night against the San Jose Sharks, where..." December 17

  • Cops say Tommy Hawk attacked at UC; video shows mascot land punches too

    Chicago Sun-Times "Things went from bad to worse for the Blackhawks during their 4-3 overtime loss to the Winnipeg Jets. Tommy Hawk was attacked by a fan on the United Center concourse on Friday, authorities say, in a video-recorded encounter that has made waves on social media. Chicago police..." December 16

  • Blackhawks place Jan Rutta on waivers

    Second City Hockey "The Blackhawks placed defenseman Jan Rutta on waivers Thursday morning, according to multiple reports. The 28-year-old was a healthy scratch Wednesday night against Pittsburgh as Carl Dahlstromwas called up from the AHL. Dahlstrom, 23, had an assist, three..." December 13

  • Blackhawks call up top forward prospect Dylan Sikura amid roster moves

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Blackhawks made a flurry of roster moves on Tuesday, highlighted by the call-up of top forward prospect Dylan Sikura from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. Carl Dahlstrom was also recalled while Alexandre Fortin was sent to Rockford. In addition, the..." December 12

  • Artem Anisimov (concussion) added to injury report, will not travel to Winnipeg

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Blackhawks announced Monday that Artem Anisimov will not travel to Winnipeg for Tuesday's game against the Jets because he is in concussion protocol. He suffered the injury on his very first shift of the third period on Sunday against the Montreal Canadiens when Shea Weber..." December 10

  • Blackhawks prospect gets 13-game KHL ban after brutal headshot, punching official

    Pro Hockey Talk "One of the wildest scenes in hockey this season played out in the KHL this past week when Chicago Blackhawks prospect Artur Kayumov delivered a brutal headshot to an opponent, punched a referee, and then attempted to pump up the crowd as he was escorted off the ice. All of it resulted..." December 08

  • Chicago Blackhawks Trying To Move Depth Defensemen

    Pro Hockey Rumors "In an all too predictable turn of events, the Chicago Blackhawks find themselves with too many depth defensemen. Scott Powers of The Athletic (subscription required) is reporting that the team is now shopping Brandon Manning and Jan Rutta, while colleague Mark..." December 07

  • Blackhawks’ Connor Murphy ‘itching’ to rejoin lineup, begin playing to potential

    Chicago Sun-Times "Here’s the thing about being a hockey player who’s stuck in a back brace, can’t play, can’t even skate and, half the time, doesn’t know what to do with himself: It’s not as fun as it sounds. “It’s the worst,” Blackhawks defenseman..." December 07

  • What Erik Gustafsson hopes to learn from healthy scratch

    NBC Sports Chicago "When Erik Gustafsson came into training camp, he looked like a new man. His confidence was high, and both he and the Blackhawks expected him to take on a larger role this season, which he's done. Gustafsson has seen his ice-time spike to 21:46 from the 18:33 it was a year ago and..." December 06

  • Patrick Kane: Blackhawks’ biggest problem is they’re ‘not ready to play’

    Chicago Sun-Times "There’s no easy way to say it. It packs a wallop and is plenty damning. But Patrick Kane is tired of this strange new normal for the Blackhawks, who don’t seem to recognize one another until they’re staring at yet another early deficit on the scoreboard. “I..." December 06

  • Blackhawks interested in Sam Gagner again, per report

    Second City Hockey "The Blackhawks are interested in acquiring Sam Gagner, a source tells Jay Zawaski of 670 The Score. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman first reported Chicago’s interest in his 31 Thoughts column. As a free agent, Gagner chose the Canucks over..." December 05

  • For Blackhawks, it’s not how you start… well, actually it is

    NBC Sports Chicago "Forget the old sports cliché it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.  In the NHL this season, the team that scores first goes on to win 65% of the time. It’s even more daunting for the team that wears the Indian Head sweater. The Hawks opponents have won 88%..." December 04

  • The Blackhawks' 5-foot-7 Alex DeBrincat is no stranger to on-ice tussles

    Chicago Tribune "At 5-foot-7 and 165 pounds, Alex DeBrincat isn’t necessarily known to Blackhawksfans as a brawler. Well, he wasn’t until Saturday night, when he came to veteran defenseman Duncan Keith’s defense. Keith was boarded by the Predators’ Miikka Salomaki and..." December 03

  • 'Enough's enough': Blackhawks running out of ways to explain poor starts

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Blackhawks have been talking about starting on time for a while now. It's putting them way behind the 8-ball because they're not just going down one goal. They're giving up two or three in a short amount of time, and it's snowballing. It happened again on Saturday..." December 03

  • How Dylan Strome can reinvigorate his career with Blackhawks

    The Score "It didn't take long for Dylan Strome to show the hockey world that he can still be a valuable NHL player. Strome was a force in his Chicago Blackhawks debut, scoring once and adding an assist in Tuesday's 8-3 home loss to the Vegas Golden Knights. While the game result..." November 28

  • Blackhawks’ Brandon Davidson out 6-8 weeks after right knee surgery

    Second City Hockey "Blackhawks defenseman Brandon Davidson will miss 6 to 8 weeks after undergoing surgery on his right knee Tuesday. Chicago placed Davidson on injured reserve Nov. 16 after he injured his right leg four days prior in the Blackhawks’ 3-2..." November 28

  • No captain, my captain: Tradition-rich NHL teams are no longer giving players the ‘C’

    Washington Post "Henrik and Daniel Sedin were Vancouver mainstays for 18 years, and while it was Henrik who formally wore the ‘C' on his chest as the team captain for eight seasons, the two shared the privilege and the burden of being the twin faces of the Canucks. In a first season without them,..." November 27

  • Where did it go wrong for Nick Schmaltz and Blackhawks?

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Blackhawks had big plans for Nick Schmaltz. He was supposed to be part of the core going forward.   Set to become a restricted free agent at the end of the season, there was never any doubt that the Blackhawks would be able to fit him into their long-term plans. They were..." November 27

  • What direction are Blackhawks heading? ‘We’re trying to improve,’ Bowman says

    Chicago Sun-Times "In 2016, the Blackhawks’ future looked bright despite being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. At the time, general manager Stan Bowman believed he held the pieces that were going to develop and improve the team. He pointed to budding prospects such as..." November 27

  • Blackhawks Trade Schmaltz to Coyotes for Strome, Perlini

    The Hockey Writers "The Chicago Blackhawks have traded Nick Schmaltz to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini, the Blackhawks announced Sunday. Strome was taken with the third overall pick in 2015, drafted behind only Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel. While McDavid,..." November 26

  • Blackhawks rookie Henri Jokiharju to be healthy scratch vs. Lightning

    Second City Hockey "Rookie defenseman Henri Jokiharju will miss his first NHL game as a healthy scratch Friday when the Blackhawks visit the Lightning at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. Jokiharju leads the Blackhawks in Corsi-For at 56.09 percent while playing in a top-four..." November 23

  • Blackhawks’ Chris Kunitz, 39, at a crossroads in quietest season of career

    Chicago Sun-Times "Wing Chris Kunitz was under no illusions when, on the first day of free agency, he signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Blackhawks: He was coming aboard to give the team whatever little things he could. There would be limits to his game, of course, for such is life at 39..." November 22

  • The thought process behind overloading one line for Blackhawks

    NBC Sports Chicago "Depth scoring is key in today's NHL. If you can't roll four lines, it will eventually catch up to you over the course of an 82-games season and, if you get there, in the playoffs, where it will certainly be exposed. But equally important in today's NHL is having one..." November 21

  • Concussion suits against NHL face headwinds

    Detroit News "The legal strategy of the NHL to defeat a class-action suit by players concerned about brain injuries might prove successful, but the issue of legal responsibility for potential long-term effects of brain trauma remains at issue, according to legal experts. In attempting to settle..." November 20

  • The NHL is doing everything it can to avoid another lockout

    New York Post "The Canceler-in-Chief’s collective bargaining history precedes him, so buyer beware, but it is a fact that all precincts are reporting reason for optimism as the NHL and the NHLPA continue a series of preliminary talks aimed at extending the CBA before either party can exercise its..." November 19

  • Blackhawks' Patrick Kane isn't showing any signs of slowing down as he turns 30

    Chicago Tribune "If the Blackhawks haven’t had a trying enough season already, consider this fact: Patrick Kane turns 30 on Monday. Kane is the final player of the Hawks’ vaunted core to reach that milestone — Jonathan Toews turned 30 on April 29 —..." November 19

  • Fired Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville tailgates with Bears fans before Vikings game

    USA Today "The Chicago Blackhawks fired longtime coach Joel Quenneville two weeks ago, but he doesn't seem to be taking his dismissal too hard. Coach Q is a noted Bears fan, and he was out tailgating with his fellow fans ahead of Chicago's prime-time matchup with the Minnesota..." November 19

  • Blackhawks, Kings trying to adjust to in-season coaching changes

    NHL.com "Patrick Kane remembers how successful the Chicago Blackhawks and the Los Angeles Kings were a few seasons ago. "Yeah, for a while there, it was like ourselves and L.A. were the teams to beat in the West," the Blackhawks forward said Friday.  But times have..." November 18

  • David Kampf's playing time on the rise under new Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton

    Chicago Tribune "David Kampf never played big minutes under Joel Quenneville, but his ice time had really started to dwindle during Quenneville’s finals days as Blackhawks coach. The 23-year-old center from the Czech Republic played less than 11 minutes during each of..." November 15

  • Coach Jeremy Colliton thinks Hawks are improving despite wavering confidence

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Blackhawks are in a ‘‘fragile’’ state at the moment. A week after firing longtime coach Joel Quenneville and replacing him with 33-year-old Jeremy Colliton, the Hawks are riding an eight-game winless streak (0-6-2). And they’re 0-2-1 under..." November 14

  • Gustav Forsling call-up comes at perfect time for Blackhawks

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Blackhawks recalled defenseman Gustav Forsling from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League and placed forward Marcus Kruger (left leg) on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 9, the team announced Tuesday. Forsling, who underwent wrist surgery in the offseason, was sent..." November 13

  • Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane likely to keep racking up loads of ice time

    Chicago Sun-Times "A big topic heading into the Blackhawks’ 4-0 defeat here Saturday: Just how extensively is new coach Jeremy Colliton going to use Patrick Kane? Kane logged 27 minutes, 43 seconds of ice time Thursday in a 4-3 loss to the Hurricanes in Colliton’s debut. That..." November 13

  • Joel Quenneville expected to return to coaching

    Yardbarker "When the Chicago Blackhawks made the surprising decision to fire legendary coach Joel Quenneville on Tuesday morning, it wasn’t clear if he would return to the NHL to try again with another team. Quenneville is still owed the remainder of his $6M salary this year and next, and could..." November 10

  • Nicolas Beaudin Signs Entry-Level Contract

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Chicago Blackhawks have inked one of their newest prospects, signing Nicolas Beaudin to a three-year entry-level contract. Beaudin is currently playing with the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL and will remain there for the rest of the season, meaning his deal will slide forward and..." November 10

  • With system changes coming, adjustments already beginning for Blackhawks in Colliton's debut

    Sporting News "In just about every way imaginable, new Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton is different than Joel Quenneville. Just 33 years old, Colliton is a modern hockey coach who pays close attention to analytics but is short on experience. His message is relentlessly positive and..." November 09

  • Can Jeremy Colliton unlock Nick Schmaltz's full potential?

    NBC Sports Chicago "With a coaching change comes a fresh start for everyone. A clean slate. Nick Schmaltz, in particular, is somebody the Blackhawks were counting on to take that next step in his development, especially in a contract year, and he has struggled to do so early on. He entered..." November 09

  • Jeremy Colliton receives congrats text from Joel Quenneville

    ESPN "Jeremy Colliton begins his Chicago Blackhawks coaching tenure Thursday night, and he's got support from an unlikely source. He received a congratulatory text from the man he replaced, Joel Quenneville. "It means a lot," Colliton said, according to The Athletic...." November 08

  • New Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton, 33, doesn't think his age will be an issue in the locker room

    Chicago Tribune "The circus atmosphere that came with Tuesday’s stunning Blackhawks coaching change was largely gone a day after, but the biggest questions surrounding the move remained. How will players react to going from Joel Quenneville, one of the greatest coaches..." November 08

  • Blackhawks should follow Rangers’ rebuild plan

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Chicago Blackhawks sent shockwaves through the NHL on Tuesday by firing Joel Quenneville, their decorated head coach. In a lot of ways, it paralleled the coaching change that happened in Los Angeles, as the Blackhawks said goodbye to a key player from their glory days of..." November 07

  • Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman on a reported rift with Joel Quenneville: 'None of that is true'

    Chicago Tribune "Inside the Blackhawks dressing room at MB Ice Arena after the news conference crowd had thinned, general manager Stan Bowman wanted to talk. Tuesday had been the longest of days. It started before 8 a.m. when Bowman met with Joel Quenneville to..." November 07

  • Blackhawks fire coach Joel Quenneville

    Chicago Tribune "The Blackhawks fired coach Joel Quenneville Tuesday and named Jeremy Colliton to replace him, making him the 38th head coach in franchise history. The Blackhawks have also fired assistant coaches Kevin Dineen and Ulf Samuelsson. Barry Smith was named as an assistant coach on..." November 06

  • Blackhawks players react and accept responsibility for Joel Quenneville's firing

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Blackhawks arrived at MB Ice Arena on Tuesday morning to find out that three-time Stanley Cup winner Joel Quenneville was relieved of his head coaching duties. Not only did it shock the hockey world, but it surprised players inside the locker room. While they all..." November 06

  • NHL goalies making adjustments to new controversial chest protector

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Over the course of a 12-year career as an NHL goalie, Sharks goaltending coach Johan Hedberg said he only changed his chest protector twice.  “The one when I retired, there was nothing left,” Hedberg said in a phone interview with NBC Sports California. “[It..." November 05

  • Is it time for Blackhawks to call up Dylan Sikura?

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Blackhawks hit the one-month mark of the season on Sunday and find themselves outside of a playoff spot with a 6-6-3 record (15 points). They've dropped five in a row (0-4-1) after starting the season 6-2-2, and have scored only six goals in their past four games. Despite..." November 05

  • Blackhawks' Keith ejected after slamming Flames' Dube into boards

    Chicago Tribune "The Flames scored twice in 66 seconds late in the third period — the latter coming on an own goal by Artem Anisimov — to complete a comeback and send the Blackhawks to a 5-3 loss at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Hawks are 0-4-1 in their last five games and lost all three..." November 04

  • Blackhawks’ Duncan Keith Unlikely To Face Supplemental Discipline

    Yardbarker "Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith had a short night against the Calgary Flames last night. The veteran logged just 37 second of ice time, as he was ejected from the game on just his second shift, less than three minutes into the first period of the game. Keith was guilty of a..." November 04