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  • Forbes names Pittsburgh Penguins fans best in NHL

    Sporting News "Forbes released its rankings of the top fans around the NHL  on Friday— and Pittsburgh Penguins fans topped the list. The media company named the Penguins, Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks as having the league's best fan bases. According to Forbes'..." December 13

  • No Extension Talks Between Blackhawks And Erik Gustafsson

    Yardbarker "Blackhawks defenseman Erik Gustafsson was one of the biggest surprises in the league last season.  While he was relatively productive in his two previous partial seasons with Chicago, no one expected him to go out and collect 17 goals and 43 assists in 2018-19, but that’s..." December 13

  • Blackhawks place Calvin de Haan on injured reserve with a right shoulder injury

    Chicago Tribune "The Blackhawks placed defenseman Calvin de Haan on injured reserve Thursday with a right shoulder injury, two days after he awkwardly fell on it and left a game against the Golden Knights. It’s not clear how long de Haan, who underwent surgery on his right shoulder in May and..." December 12

  • Hockey's moment of reckoning is in its infancy

    TSN "Fifteen days after Akim Aliu’s seismic tweet, an aftershock sent another shiver through the NHL when the Dallas Stars fired coach Jim Montgomery Tuesday for what the team called “unprofessional conduct.”   These two and a half weeks have shaken the..." December 12

  • Are Canadiens eyeing possible trade with Blackhawks?

    NBC Sports Chicago "The NHL trade deadline isn’t for another two-plus months, but this is an important time of year because all 31 teams have a pretty good idea of what its roster is as the standings take shape going into the 2020 calendar year.  Management groups across the league are..." December 12

  • 6 Canadiens trade targets to help shore up the blue line

    Sportsnet "The 2019-20 campaign appears to be slipping away from the Montreal Canadiens. After missing out on the post-season two years in a row, the Canadiens currently sit two points out of third place in their division, and five points out of a wild-card spot. They’re fresh off an..." December 11

  • Latest On Salary Cap Ceiling For 2020-21

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though NHL commissioner Gary Bettman wouldn’t give a specific salary cap range estimate for the 2020-21 season, Pierre LeBrun took the pulse of the league’s board of governors. LeBrun shared those thoughts on TSN today: "They had their..." December 10

  • Four teams that could take a shot on trading for Alex Galchenyuk

    Sportsnet "When Alex Galchenyuk first landed in Pittsburgh this past off-season, a returning asset to the Penguins in exchange for Phil Kessel going to Arizona, there was a lot of anticipation for the one-time 30-goal scorer to regain that offensive level alongside Evgeni Malkin. But..." December 10

  • NBA Schedule Change Ideas Should Also Be Considered By NHL

    Featurd "The NBA is proposing radical changes to the league’s schedule. These alterations would dramatically reshape the regular season, mess with tradition and completely alter the status quo. They’re also fabulous suggestions. Hopefully, the NHL is listening as..." December 10

  • Potential 2021 World Cup Of Hockey Cancelled

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL had been hoping to pull off another World Cup of Hockey in February of 2021, but commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters today including Chris Johnston of Sportsnet that the idea is now dead. The league will hold an All-Star game instead, though Pierre LeBrun..." December 10

  • Gary Bettman: Teams to face 'severe discipline' for not reporting incidents

    The Score "Gary Bettman is shedding some light on what the NHL plans to do to address inappropriate behavior by its coaches and those involved in the game. On Monday after the league's Board of Governors meetings in California, the commissioner laid out the initial steps the NHL will take in..." December 10

  • Sizing Up The Backup Goalie Trade Market

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With many teams hovering around the 30 games played mark, they’ve had a good chance to assess their goaltending situation.  While starters moving at this point of the season is rare, there could be some opportunities for teams to change their backups in an effort to shore up their..." December 10

  • Andrew Shaw Placed On Long-Term Injured Reserve

    NBC Chicago "The Chicago Blackhawks have placed forward Andrew Shaw on long-term injured reserve as the team called up additional players from Rockford.  The move was made retroactively, with Shaw’s spot dated back to Nov. 30, according to the team.  " December 09

  • NHL Seattle could unveil logos, colors in February "NHL Seattle could reveal logo designs and colors at the same time it announces the name of the League's 32nd team in February or March, president and CEO Tod Leiweke said following his presentation to the NHL Board of Governors on Monday. "We think so, but we're still..." December 09

  • 2020 World Juniors: Blackhawks prospect Alec Regula named to Team USA’s camp roster

    Second City Hockey "USA Hockey named Blackhawks defenseman prospect Alec Regula to the United States national junior team’s preliminary roster for the 2020 World Junior Championship on Monday. Regula missed the World Junior Summer Showcase in July with a knee injury, but is off..." December 09

  • What Your Team Is Thankful For: Chicago Blackhawks

    Pro Hockey Rumors "As the holiday season approaches, PHR will take a look at what teams are thankful for as the season heads past the one-quarter mark. There also might be a few things your team would like down the road. We’ll examine what’s gone well in the early going and what could improve as the..." December 08

  • Snoop Dogg now featured in ‘NHL 20’ as color analyst, player

    Sportress of Blogitude "Snoop Dogg, one of the biggest celebrity NHL fans on the planet, is now a featured character in to “NHL 20,” both as a color analyst and more strangely, as a playable character. EA Sports has been hinting at Snoop’s inclusion in the latest iteration of the..." December 06

  • How Robin Lehner's trailblazing mental health battle can make a difference

    The Score "Near the end of the 2017-18 NHL season with the Buffalo Sabres, Robin Lehner crashed. The addiction and mental health issues the goaltender had battled throughout his career became overwhelming, and he nearly took his own life. But he reached out and got help..." December 06

  • When will Blackhawks be something different?

    Second City Hockey "A 2-5-2 start. A 7-2-2 stretch! A 1-5-1 skid. That’s been the first two months of the 2019-20 Blackhawks, a roller-coaster ride that Six Flags would struggle to re-create. No, the Blackhawks probably aren’t as bad as the 14-5 aggregate score..." December 05

  • Former NHLer Brent Sopel releases statement on Marc Crawford

    Sportsnet "Former NHLer Brent Sopel released a statement on Thursday about Chicago Blackhawks assistant coach Marc Crawford, whose past conduct with other organizations is being investigated by the Blackhawks. The statement aims to clarify a story Sopel told during a November 2018..." December 05

  • Report: NHLPA accused of covering up theft of over $100K from union funds

    Yahoo! Sports "A former technical support analyst for the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) alleges that the NHLPA covered up a theft exceeding $100,000 in union funds by one of its executives, according to a lawsuit filed in Ontario Superior Court. TSN’s Rick..." December 05

  • Pittsburgh’s Primanti Brothers restaurant honors ‘Doc’ Emrick

    NBC Sports "One of the ultimate signs of respect from the city of Pittsburgh is when Primanti Brothers, the local sandwich shop known for piling mountains of french fries and cole slaw on its sandwiches, names something after you. NBC Sports announcer ‘Doc’ Emrick recently had that..." December 05

  • Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Jake Muzzin and the secondary NHL free agents due for significant raises in 2020

    Sporting News "Over the course of this season, the status of the top pending unrestricted free agents will garner growing interest among fans and pundits. The contract talks of the best potentially available talent, such as New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall and St. Louis Blues..." December 05

  • 'Still a long way to go,' but women are gaining ground with new roles in the NHL

    USA Today "Caley Chelios is a story in Tampa because she is a female radio analyst working for an NHL team. The bigger story is Chelios, 26, is a broadcasting wunderkind with national potential. “She is as knowledgeable as anyone I talk to in the game,” Lightning coach Jon..." December 05

  • Manon Rhéaume will be honoured with statue in Quebec City

    CBC "Manon Rhéaume, the first woman to play in the NHL, will be immortalized outside Quebec City's Videotron Centre. Next year, a life-size bronze statue of the former goalie will go up at place Jean-Béliveau, right outside the arena. As a child,..." December 05

  • Duncan Keith to miss at least 2 more games with groin injury "Duncan Keith will miss at least the next two games for the Chicago Blackhawks. The 36-year-old defenseman missed a 4-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues at United Center on Monday because of a groin injury sustained in the second period of a 5-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Nov...." December 04

  • Seattle NHL expansion team energized on one-year anniversary "It has been one year since the NHL announced expansion to Seattle on Dec. 4, 2018. The arena is under construction. The team has no name, logo or colors, let alone coaches or players. It won't begin play until 2021-22.  Yet, since Oct. 30, the first season-ticket..." December 04

  • Chicago Blackhawks Recall Kevin Lankinen

    NBC Sports Chicago "With Robin Lehner out with flu-like symptoms, the Blackhawks have added goaltender Kevi Lankinen to the roster. Lankinen joins on an emergency basis for Monday’s game against the St. Louis Blues. Lehner did not participate in Monday's morning skate. Corey Crawford is..." December 03

  • Coach Behavior To Be Main Topic At NHL Board Of Governors Meetings

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It has been a whirlwind few weeks in the NHL coaching ranks. After the Toronto Maple Leafs fired head coach Mike Babcock back on November 20, several former players used the opportunity to criticize the veteran coach’s tactics and the way he treated some of his players. Former..." December 03

  • Akim Aliu says ‘big change coming’ after meeting with NHL

    Sportsnet "Akim Aliu believes some much-needed change is coming to the NHL. The former Calgary Flames forward met with commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly on Tuesday, and told reporters after the meeting that he’s excited to see that change come..." December 03

  • Why the NHL might finally be ripe for a European coach

    Sportsnet "Rikard Gronborg believes it’s only a matter of time. And with the disturbing crackling of the old boys coaching network in recent days, the most qualified coaching candidate outside of North America might be on to something. Nineteen years have passed since the last..." December 03

  • Marc Crawford being investigated by Blackhawks for abuse of former player "Marc Crawford was not behind the bench as an assistant coach for the Chicago Blackhawks against the St. Louis Blues on Monday because the Blackhawks are investigating allegations that he abused a former player. Sean Avery claims Crawford kicked him while he was playing for the Los..." December 02

  • Sean Avery says Marc Crawford kicked him during game

    USA Today "Former NHL player Sean Avery told the New York Post that Marc Crawford, currently a Chicago Blackhawks assistant coach, kicked him during an NHL game in the 2006-07 season. At the time, Crawford was the head coach of the Los Angeles Kings and Avery was his..." December 02

  • Ignore the negative noise, this is hockey’s reckoning

    Sportsnet "It’s great that hockey’s having this moment, that topics such as inclusion, bullying and hazing have been pushed into the forefront by the forced resignation of Bill Peters as head coach of the Calgary Flames stemming from allegations of racial epithets dating back to his time as a..." December 02

  • Duncan Keith's injury will test Blackhawks' depth and character

    NBC Chicago "The Blackhawks were near the bottom of the NHL in man-games lost last season, but the injury bug is starting to hit them all at once this season and it's coming at an inopportune time. With Drake Caggiula and Dylan Strome both in concussion protocol and Connor Murphy recently back..." November 30

  • Report: Akim Aliu, NHL meeting to discuss hockey's cultural issues

    Yahoo! Sports "Akim Aliu brought past racist comments by now-former Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters into the public eye earlier this week and will reportedly meet with the NHL to discuss hockey’s cultural problems. According to Gare Joyce of Sportsnet, the two parties will have..." November 29

  • 5 Biggest Surprises of the NHL Season Thus Far

    12 Up "The Stanley Cup Playoffs are the least predictable and toughest to win of those of any sport. However, the NHL has proven that even the regular season can amaze its fans through these five unexpected moments this season. 5. Florida Panthers Developing Ahead of..." November 29

  • Ice wizards: NHL stars are embracing their creative side

    NBC Sports "Matthew Tkachuk watched Carolina’s Andrei Svechnikov from 20 feet away and knew something special was about to happen. Svechnikov picked the puck up behind the net, cradled it on the end of his stick and rammed it past the goaltender from behind the net. Someone..." November 28

  • 8 Oilers trade targets to help improve the club’s depth scoring

    Sportsnet "Depending on how you look at it, the Oilers either house one of the game’s elite offences, or one in desperate need of help. On one hand, they’re led by the top two scorers in the league, with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl amassing an absurd 95 combined points through..." November 28

  • Patrick Kane extends point streak to 13 games

    ESPN "Patrick Kane scored his 12th goal of the season in the Chicago Blackhawks' 3-0 win over the Dallas Stars on Tuesday, extending his point streak to 13 games. It's something his teammates are getting used to. "It seems like he always..." November 27

  • NHL Seattle should most certainly pursue Mike Babcock next year if he’s still available

    Seattle Times "We’ve got this season’s first big-name coaching casualty in Mike Babcock, a Toronto Maple Leafs castoff NHL Seattle should take a serious look at. Those familiar with junior hockey will remember “Babs’’ as a highly decorated Spokane Chiefs..." November 27

  • Robin Lehner calls out hockey 'experts' following shootout loss

    NBC Sports Chicago "Robin Lehner's Blackhawks career has gotten off to a stellar start. The 28-year-old's 2.38 goals against average is No. 7 in the NHL and his .938 save percentage is No. 1. One area where Lehner struggles is in shootouts — he's lost 22 of his 30 career..." November 25

  • Meet the man behind some of hockey's most legendary images

    Sportsnet "For 45 years, Bruce Bennett has captured hockey's greatest players, teams and memories, and shaped the way we see the game Acouple of hours before ticketholders start to file into TD Garden for Game 1 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, Bruce Bennett is setting up remote cameras at..." November 24

  • Off Script: Eddie Olczyk opens up about his battle with colon cancer

    NBC Sports "NHL on NBC analyst and 2019 NHL Hockey Fights Cancer ambassador Eddie Olczyk discusses his career and fight with colon cancer in an interview with Kathryn Tappen in a 30-minute special. Olczyk was named the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer ambassador earlier this month and November..." November 23

  • Key numbers, trends helping to shape this NHL season

    The Score "Believe it or not, roughly one-quarter of the 2019-20 NHL season is in the rearview. It's featured a boatload of goals - 6.16 per game, to be exact, which is the highest average since 2005-06. Nine players are on pace for 100 points. Every night seems to feature at least one..." November 23

  • Gambles on goaltending are proving to be losing bets for many NHL GMs

    Yahoo! Sports "Coming into the season, much was made of San Jose’s decision to roll its two goalies from last year once again. Understandably so. The Sharks had the worst goaltending in the league, and to gamble that they would turn it around was risky at best, especially given the age of many..." November 21

  • Why punching your opponent in hockey is fine but spitting on him is not

    The Guardian "When done properly, a hockey fight between two (or more) consenting adults is a beautiful tradition with its own rules. There’s a disagreement between opposing players due to a rough hit or perceived dirty play – either in the immediate moments before a fight or in a prior meeting...." November 21

  • NHL stars carrying the biggest offensive burden for their teams

    ESPN "An exercise I do every season is looking at which players played the biggest role in their team's overall offensive production. While the raw list of scoring leaders is a good starting point and features a collection of the league's most prolific offensive players, it also doesn't..." November 21

  • ‘Blow the damn whistle’: The NHL has to stop letting player safety depend on referees’ judgment calls

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "The NHL has a problem. “Matt Calvert is helpless at the top of the circle—there’s blood still down all over the Avalanche zone!—and they don’t blow the whistle.” Avalanche commentators Mark Moser and Peter McNab were..." November 21

  • Kirby Dach emerging as impact-type player for Blackhawks

    NBC Sports Chicago "One of the top storylines going into Blackhawks training camp this season was whether Kirby Dach would be ready to make the jump to the NHL full-time. It was a goal of his, too, ever since he got drafted third overall in June. But after exiting early in the final game of the 2019..." November 20