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  • Kris Versteeg Signs AHL Contract

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Kris Versteeg is back. The veteran forward has signed a one-year contract with the Rockford IceHogs for 2019-20 to play in the AHL. Versteeg spent the 2018-19 season in the KHL and Sweden after failing to get an NHL contract, but will return to North America to continue his professional..." April 22

  • Jacob Nilsson Signs One-Year Extension

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Chicago Blackhawks have signed defenseman Jacob Nilsson to a one-year contract extension. Nilsson current deal was scheduled to expire in July and make him a restricted free agent, something that will now be delayed until 2020. The forward will earn $700K next season on the one-way..." April 19

  • Fighting in the NHL is brutish and outdated, and needs to be banned

    USA Today "Yet another NHL player has been seriously hurt because Gary Bettman insists on fighting a losing game. Carolina Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svechnikov is in the concussion protocol and likely to miss Game 4 of the playoffs Thursday night, an outcome just about anybody could..." April 17

  • Kane to captain United States at World Championship "Patrick Kane was named captain of the United States for the 2019 IIHF World Championship to be held in Slovakia from May 10-26. The Chicago Blackhawks forward was third in the NHL with 110 points (44 goals, 66 assists).  "It's great to have Patrick back and..." April 15

  • Ode to the Joel Quenneville Era: A Blackhawks run we’ll never quite see again

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Joel Quenneville Era ended long before the former Blackhawks coach officially severed his ties to Chicago when he was hired as head coach of the Florida Panthers last week. In fact, it probably ended long before his firing 15 games into the 2018-19 season. In reality, the Q-era..." April 15

  • Top prospect Ian Mitchell now eligible to sign entry-level NHL contract

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Denver Pioneers were eliminated from the NCAA Frozen Four tournament last night by an overtime goal from Marc Del Gazio of the UMass Minutemen. That means their players are free to sign entry-level contracts with NHL clubs, including top prospect Ian Mitchell. The Chicago..." April 13

  • Why moving into Top 3 of NHL Draft is 'a game-changer' for Blackhawks

    NBC Sports Chicago "The worst place to be in the NHL is hovering around the middle of the pack, and that's exactly where the Blackhawks found themselves at the end of the 2018-19 season: Just outside the playoff picture, but not low enough in the standings to put themselves in a favorable position to..." April 11

  • Why this offseason could (and should) be different for Blackhawks

    NBC Sports Chicago "The belief around the NHL last offseason was that the Blackhawks were going to be aggressive via free agency. They were coming off a season in which they missed the playoffs for the first time since the 2007-08 campaign and had some cash to spend. But it was quite the..." April 09

  • Why all the pressure is now on Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman

    Second City Hockey "A second straight season without the playoffs cost a Hall of Fame coach his job. A third season without the playoffs? There’s no way a general manager survives that, right? Considering that franchise has won three Stanley Cups this decade and still has stars like Jonathan..." April 08

  • The Real NHL Expansion Markets Are in Europe

    The Hockey Writers "For any professional sports league, growth is crucial. The NHL has shown that they know this by adding the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017-18 and a new team in Seattle for the 2021-22 season. For the next expansion, the NHL needs to look bigger than North America. They need to look to..." April 08

  • Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman eyes defense in critical offseason

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Blackhawks can’t stay this way. Some players have been softening the failed season they just finished by pointing out their rally from an early hole or emphasizing their overall progress. But even at its best, this team wasn’t elite. Those who set the..." April 08

  • Blackhawks’ Crawford exits game with groin injury

    Chicago Sun-Times "Hawks goalie Corey Crawford suffered a groin injury in the second period and missed the rest of the game. He stopped all of his nine shots before being replaced by Cam Ward, who saved 25 of 26. Coach Jeremy Colliton said the team does not believe Crawford’s injury is serious and..." April 06

  • Patrick Kane's message to Blackhawks fans: 'We'll be back'

    NBC Sports Chicago "After being eliminated from postseason contention the night before, the Blackhawks defeated the St. Louis Blues 4-3 in a shootout on national television in the second-to-last home game of the season. Patrick Kane led the way with a goal and primary assist, and was named the No. 1 star of..." April 04

  • Report: NHL, NHLPA agree not to change playoff format

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL’s current playoff format is reportedly sticking around, at least for one more season. According to a report from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, the NHL and NHLPA have agreed to extend the format, as well as the current divisional alignment, for one more year. Even..." April 03

  • Blackhawks reassign Dylan Sikura to help Rockford IceHogs in playoff push

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Blackhawks kept their playoff hopes alive on Monday by picking up a point against Winnipeg, but the odds are still stacked against them. They need to win out in the final three games and receive major help around them to have a chance. Because of that, the Blackhawks reassigned..." April 02

  • Blackhawks won't stop believing until math says they're out

    NBC Sports Chicago "The calendar has flipped to April, which means we've reached the final week of NHL regular season. Time is running out for bubble teams to make a run and get in. But at this point those clubs need help, too. The Blackhawks are six points out of the second wildcard spot in the..." April 01

  • Broken doors, missing nets: Ex-players reflect on NHL's obsession with neutral-site games

    The Score "Alan May can't recall every single game of his dizzying pro hockey career. After all, he skated for 16 teams across five leagues from 1986 to 1999. But he does remember the night in February 1994 when a players' bench inside Richfield Coliseum - a since-demolished arena near..." April 01

  • Alex DeBrincat a bright spot in Blackhawks’ dreary season

    Chicago Sun-Times "One of the best signs for the Blackhawks’ future as they finish out another disappointing season is the emergence of Alex DeBrincat as one of the NHL’s elite scorers. As outstanding a season as Patrick Kane is having, DeBrincat tied him for the team lead in goals by..." April 01

  • Blackhawks sign D Carl Dahlstrom to 2-year extension

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Blackhawks have been impressed enough by defenseman Carl Dahlstrom in half a season that they signed him to a two-year extension. The team announced his deal this morning, and it carries an average annual value of $850,000 for 2019-20 and the following season. The Hawks..." March 27

  • Blackhawks on track to finish with NHL’s worst penalty kill in 30 years

    NBC Sports Chicago "One year ago, the Blackhawks finished the season in the bottom-third in both power play percentage (28th) and penalty kill (20th). The organization pointed to those rankings as something that needed to change going into the 2018-19 campaign. Jeremy Colliton took over as head coach on..." March 27

  • Blackhawks sign prospect Chad Krys to entry-level contract

    Second City Hockey "Chad Krys decided to forego his senior season at Boston University and sign a three-year entry-level contract worth $925,000 annually with the Blackhawks on Monday. The left-handed defenseman will join the Rockford IceHogs in the AHL for the remainder of the season on an amateur..." March 25

  • How Blackhawks have turned things around defensively under Jeremy Colliton

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Blackhawks are, statistically, one of the worst defensive teams in the NHL. They've allowed the second-most shots on goal per game (34.9), the second-most scoring chances per game (30.9), most high-danger chances at even strength per game (14.1) and second-most goals per game..." March 25

  • Dominik Kahun's body of work has the Blackhawks excited for what he can bring to the future

    Chicago Tribune "The final games of Dominik Kahun’s first NHL season are winding down and his body is hanging tough. It’s no surprise that a 23-year-old with no injury history could handle the rigors of an 82-game season, but that doesn’t mean it hasn't taken its..." March 25

  • Flyers to start 2019-20 season in Prague against Blackhawks "Playing in Europe will be a first for the Flyers, and the franchise will have a chance to spread its logo overseas. And two of their players, Radko Gudas and Jake Voracek, will have a chance to go home. The Flyers will open their 2019-20 season in Prague with two games..." March 20

  • Upsetting the hockey gods? Dylan Sikura feels close to breaking through for first NHL goal

    NBC Sports Chicago "Dylan Sikura has appeared in 30 career NHL games. He's been on the ice for 124 scoring chances, according to Forty-nine of those have been from high-danger areas. He has 50 shots on goal himself. But he's still looking for his first goal. What did he..." March 19

  • Joel Quenneville breaks his silence and eyes return to coaching sooner than later, but 'no hurry'

    Chicago Tribune "Former Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville has avoided speaking to reporters since his firing in November. But on Sunday, while coaching a team of Hawks alumni in a charity hockey game in Willowbrook, Quenneville broke his silence and spoke to WGN-TV’s Dan Roan..." March 18

  • NHL must eradicate refereeing oversights before playoffs

    Sportsnet "You know there has been an astonishing interpretation of the NHL rule book when the most shocking thing about the Canucks’ 3-2 shootout win Sunday against the Dallas Stars was not Vancouver winger Tim Schaller scoring twice. Or the Canucks winning. Frequently..." March 18

  • How Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome have changed Chicago’s outlook

    Sportsnet "Looking at season totals, sometimes it’s not obvious which players are tearing it up for extended stretches. Week to week a few players will go on serious hot streaks that will turn heads, but often there’s a player or two who’ll go on a strong run for a longer period of time..." March 16

  • Why the Blackhawks are the most entertaining team in the NHL

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Blackhawks are doing it again. They’re toying with the city of Chicago, whose fans just about wrote the playoffs off for the a millionth time only to see their team rattle off four consecutive victories and pull within four points of a wildcard spot with 12 games left. The..." March 14

  • Blackhawks sign 2019 World Juniors goals leader Philipp Kurashev to entry-level contract

    Sporting News "Philipp Kurashev was a sparkplug for the Swiss at the 2019 World Junior Championship, and now the Blackhawks hope he'll do the same for their organization after signing him to a three-year deal Tuesday. The contract, which has an AAV of $925,000, runs through the 2021-22..." March 12

  • Blackhawks keep playoff hopes alive with offensive explosion

    NBC Sports Chicago "All season long the Blackhawks have preached playing a full 60 minutes. They'll often go through stretches where they look great, but somewhere in between there's usually a time where their play tails off and the complete effort isn't there. That wasn't the case on..." March 12

  • Why Dylan Strome and Nick Schmaltz trade has become a win-win for both Blackhawks and Coyotes

    NBC Sports Chicago "It’s hard to believe it’s taken this long, but the Blackhawks and Coyotes will meet at the United Center on Monday for the first time since their Nov. 25 trade when Brendan Perlini and Dylan Strome were sent to Chicago and Nick Schmaltz was shipped to Arizona. And looking..." March 11

  • He’s back: Corey Crawford’s breakthrough just what Blackhawks need

    Chicago Sun-Times "Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford missed this feeling. Every part of it. He skated off the ice Saturday in Dallas with triumphant confidence after a game that seemed to signal he’s back. There was playoff-like tension for the Hawks, who are going all-out for the minuscule chance..." March 11

  • Blackhawks face extension decisions for Alex DeBrincat, Dylan Strome

    Daily Herald "With the Blackhawks' playoff odds nearly at zero, I thought we'd take a moment to address some issues that will affect the team's near and distant future. First up: What will it take to extend the contracts of Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome? 1. DeBrincat and..." March 08

  • Chicago, Philadelphia To Begin 2019-20 Season In Prague

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL has been very happy with their Global Series efforts in recent seasons and very motivated to continue their preseason and regular season ventures in countries throughout Europe and Asia. As early as November, Prague – the capital of the Czech Republic, a major supplier of hockey..." March 08

  • Blackhawks add to pipeline, sign forward Reese Johnson to entry-level contract

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Blackhawks added to their pipeline on Wednesday, signing forward Reese Johnson to a three-year, entry-level contract that runs through the 2021-22 season and carries a $925,000 cap hit.  Johnson, 20, has 45 points (22 goals, 23 assists) in 62 regular-season games this season..." March 07

  • Is the NHL the future of marijuana in pro sports? Why it could be

    ESPN "Player X is in the NHL. After home games, he has a routine. Typically, he'll meet a few teammates at a local restaurant for a late dinner. He likes to order steak after games -- medium rare, with a side salad and mashed potatoes. Then he'll go home. Player X sometimes has a..." March 07

  • Why Blackhawks are exploring idea of separating Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews

    NBC Sports Chicago "A lot has changed for the Blackhawks in a short amount of time. They went from sitting in a playoff spot to being closer to the basement of the Western Conference in a matter of a week and a half. But they're not waving the white flag just yet. The Blackhawks returned to..." March 06

  • After settling back into apartment, Blackhawks recall goalie Collin Delia

    Chicago Sun-Times "Rookie Collin Delia lived out of a suitcase in a hotel for more than two months, while Corey Crawford was recovering from a concussion. Though Crawford’s activation last month meant the young goalie would be demoted to Rockford, he was delighted to return to his apartment and..." March 06

  • NHL GMs propose new rule for players who lose helmet in game

    Sportsnet "NHL players minus their helmets, hair flapping in the breeze as they attempt to rejoin the action, could soon be a thing of the past. The league’s general managers announced Tuesday at their meetings in Florida that a new rule has been drafted that would force skaters to..." March 05

  • GM Stan Bowman says Blackhawks heading in ‘right direction’

    Chicago Sun-Times "The trade deadline came and went, and for the second year in a row, the Blackhawks have nothing to show from it. Up until the deadline at 2 p.m. Monday, general manager Stan Bowman was talking to several teams about potential scenarios. But he wasn’t interested in wasting a..." March 04

  • Corey Crawford to return for Chicago Blackhawks

    Yardbarker "The Chicago Blackhawks will have an important name on the lineup card tonight, as Corey Crawford will make his first start since mid-December. Crawford was activated from injured reserve yesterday, while Collin Delia was returned to the minor leagues on Monday in time to retain AHL playoff..." February 27

  • Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford will return from concussion this week

    Second City Hockey "Corey Crawford will return to action this week during the Blackhawks’ three-game road trip for the first time since his second concussion in December. Head coach Jeremy Colliton, however, did not specify which game Crawford will play in. The Blackhawks begin their..." February 26

  • After quiet trade deadline, what's next for Blackhawks?

    NBC Sports Chicago "A year ago, the Blackhawks were clear sellers going into the NHL trade deadline because of what they had and where they were at in the standings. They shipped out Ryan Hartman, Michal Kempny and Tommy Wingels, and collected future assets in the form of draft picks and prospects. This..." February 26

  • Blackhawks see playoff percentage drop dramatically going into NHL trade deadline day

    NBC Sports Chicago "Just four days ago, the Blackhawks found themselves sitting in a wildcard spot in the Western Conference, albeit for a brief moment. After Sunday's slate of games, they found themselves five points back of Minnesota for the second spot and four points behind Colorado, which has a..." February 25

  • Corey Crawford activated after missing 2 months

    Sporting News "The Blackhawks have activated goaltender Corey Crawford from injured reserve, clearing the way for his return after missing 28 games with a concussion. Crawford suffered the concussion in a Dec. 16 game against the Sharks. He also missed 47 games last season with a..." February 25

  • Blackhawks acquire Spencer Watson from Kings for Matt Iacopelli

    Second City Hockey "The Blackhawks acquired forward Spencer Watson from the Kings in exchange for forward Matt Iacopelli in a minor-league swap Sunday night. Watson only played in two AHL games this season for the Ontario Reign. The 2014 seventh-round pick has 22 goals and..." February 25

  • How Patrick Kane traded weights for points

    ESPN "At the end of last season, Patrick Kane wasn't happy. The Chicago Blackhawks had missed the playoffs for the first time in a decade. Though the right winger was once again an All-Star, putting up 27 goals and 76 points, it was a drop-off from his 46-goal, 106-point MVP campaign just two..." February 24

  • 'Big opportunity for us': Blackhawks know importance of what's at stake this weekend

    NBC Sports Chicago "Every game is crucial at this time of year. But there's no downplaying the importance of this weekend for the Blackhawks. It starts Friday night at the United Center, where the Blackhawks will take on the Colorado Avalanche. And the winner will move into the second wild card spot..." February 22

  • Blackhawks are back in playoff race, but are they a serious threat?

    Pro Hockey Talk "It was barely one month ago that the Chicago Blackhawks had the worst record in the NHL. Not just one of the worst, but the absolute worst. Dead last and sitting in the basement all by themselves. They had just 41 points in their first 49 games, their season looked lost even in the..." February 20