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  • Top 10 entry-level players of the salary cap era

    The Score "With a ton of restricted free-agent chatter around the league - but little action - we thought it would be interesting to review which players performed the best while on their entry-level deals since the salary cap era began in 2005-06. Our list summarizes the 10 most productive..." August 22

  • NHL free agency 2019: Full list of signings, best available players

    Sporting News "Charles Dickens opened "A Tale of Two Cities" with: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness" - or, what the hockey world calls, free agency. Some of the biggest names in the game will be..." August 22

  • The best (and worst) NHL teams of the past decade

    ESPN "A lot changed in the NHL standings during the past decade. There was an expansion team added, another that relocated and another that was renamed. There were six divisions when the decade began, with the top eight teams in each conference advancing to the playoffs; by 2014, we were..." August 21

  • NHL farm system rankings: Best, worst prospect pipelines for 2019-20, from 1 to 31

    Sporting News "The general managers who run NHL front offices, with support from their staff, use a variety of methods to identify, develop and assess the future talent within their own organizations. Unfortunately for the general public, they tend to keep us in the dark about the inner workings, which is why..." August 20

  • #NHLTopPlayers: Top 20 Defensemen "Whether it's breaking up a big play, setting up a goal, or scoring on the power play, some defensemen can do it all. NHL Network producers and analysts chose the top 20 defensemen in the League for a special program that premiered Sunday as the third in a nine-part series leading up to the..." August 19

  • The All-Decade Team for all 31 NHL clubs

    ESPN "In 2009-10, the New Jersey Devils were confident that 25-year-old Zach Parisewould help define their next decade in the NHL. Ditto the Washington Capitals, and their 25-year-old, 40-goal scorer Alex Semin. The Columbus Blue Jacketshad a 25-year-old franchise player..." August 19

  • Brian Campbell on Adam Boqvist's progression and preaching patience in his development

    NBC Sports Boston "The breakout star of Blackhawks development camp in July was undoubtedly Adam Boqvist, who was taken No. 8 overall in 2018. It was evident how much his game has grown over the past year. Former Blackhawks defenseman — and now player development coach — Brian Campbell..." August 18

  • Calvin de Haan on what it will be like to play for former teammate Jeremy Colliton

    NBC Sports Chicago "When Jeremy Colliton was hired as the Blackhawks head coach in November of 2018, he immediately became the youngest NHL bench boss at age 33. In fact, he was even younger than some of the guys he was coaching (Corey Crawford, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, to name a few). It was a..." August 17

  • Drake Caggiula looks back on how he could've played with Alex DeBrincat, Dylan Strome in OHL

    NBC Sports Chicago "Drake Caggiula had a successful college hockey career. He compiled 127 points (62 goals, 65 assists) in 162 career games across four seasons at North Dakota, and served as an alternate captain during his senior year. But before committing to college, Caggiula was being recruited by..." August 17

  • Forecasting Canada's roster for potential 2021 World Cup

    The Score "With news that the NHL is "cautiously optimistic" that current CBA talks might lead to a World Cup in February 2021, we've decided to predict what each team's roster could look like should the tournament take place. We adopted the NHL's format for the..." August 16

  • ‘Cautiously optimistic’ NHL CBA talks could result in 2021 World Cup

    Sportsnet "Deputy commissioner Bill Daly says he’s “cautiously optimistic” about the direction of collective bargaining talks with the NHL Players’ Association and believes the sides are committed to staging the next World Cup in February 2021 if they can extend or renew the..." August 16

  • Ranking the NHL's top 5 defensive pairings

    The Score "After analyzing the NHL's best forward lines, our focus now shifts to the league's top defensive pairings. These pairings are weighed against each other through a series of advanced statistical categories that quantify their on-ice impact at even strength. Of course,..." August 16

  • 2019-20 NHL Fantasy Hockey Sleepers include goalie great Henrik Lundqvist

    CBS Sports "There are always tough decisions to make early on in Fantasy hockey drafts, but it's hard to go wrong when there are a plethora of superstars still on the board. However, things become much less straightforward in the mid-to-late rounds when big-name players become increasingly scarce...." August 15

  • Brandon Saad looking to regain spot on Blackhawks' top line: 'That’s something that I think I’m capable of'

    NBC Sports Chicago "Brandon Saad emerged as a breakout star almost immediately in his early days with the Blackhawks. He quickly became a fixture on the top-six and developed unique chemistry on the first line with Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews. The Blackhawks were hoping Saad's second..." August 15

  • Blackhawks sign defenseman Philip Holm to 1-year, 2-way deal

    Second City Hockey "The Blackhawks added another defenseman to the pipeline Tuesday by signing Philip Holm to a one-year, two-way contract ($700,000 NHL/$300,000 AHL). The 27-year-old Swedish defenseman led Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod in scoring among defensemen with seven goals and 26..." August 13

  • Still-unsigned Blackhawk Brendan Perlini is just one small piece of NHL’s massive restricted free agent blockade

    Chicago Sun-Times "Fans look at the Blackhawks’ contract chart and worry about winger Brendan Perlini, who remains a restricted free agent nearly a month after the team’s last offseason transaction. Perlini looks around the league and sees nothing strange at..." August 12

  • Andrew Shaw grateful for second chance with Blackhawks "Andrew Shaw is a different person. Sort of. Since the 28-year-old forward last played for the Chicago Blackhawks, he married longtime girlfriend Chaunette Boulerice in August 2017. They welcomed a daughter, Andy, on June 18, 2018. He said he's..." August 10

  • Robin Lehner's Masterton Trophy has a very unfortunate engraving error

    Yahoo! Sports "The NHL annually hands out the Masterton trophy to the player who “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.” The league is pretty much testing all of those qualities with the trophy they delivered to this year’s..." August 10

  • Islanders Gamble Semyon Varlamov Can Replace Robin Lehner

    The Hockey Writers "Can anyone blame New York Islanders fans for being upset with the departure of goaltender Robin Lehner as a free agent on July 1? After all, Lehner departed the team on a one-year, $5 million contract to the Chicago Blackhawks. The Islanders answer to their goaltending situation? Signing..." August 10

  • Who Was Better? Bobby Orr Or Nicklas Lidstrom?

    The Sports Daily "Comparing the two greatest NHL defenseman was not an easy task. The prolific skater Bobby Orr or the best European defenseman ever, Nicklas Lidstrom. Who ya got? Bobby Orr is one of the greatest ever players of all-time. He was a defenseman and used his speed and play-making..." August 10

  • Ranking the NHL's 5 best lines

    The Score "A really good line can start clicking for a number of reasons. Sometimes, it's simply due to the individual talent of the three forwards in question, but it isn't always that easy. Putting the best three players together doesn't always pay dividends. Often, it's more..." August 09

  • Blackhawks goalie duo needs to be healthy, consistent

    Pro Hockey Talk "One of the main reasons the Blackhawks have missed the playoffs in back-to-back seasons is because starting netminder Corey Crawford has been limited to 28 and 39 games over the last two years. The veteran says he’s feeling 100 percent healthy, but his battle with concussions and vertigo..." August 07

  • Depth, defense, and Alex Nylander will be Blackhawks’ biggest questions

    Pro Hockey Talk "It is time to ponder three significant questions for the 2019-20 Chicago Blackhawks. 1. Did they do enough to fix their defense? The Blackhawks have steadily devolved into one of the worst defensive teams in hockey over the past couple of years and seemingly hit rock bottom..." August 07

  • Ryan Strome’s development will be huge factor for Blackhawks

    Pro Hockey Talk "One of the few bright spots for the 2018-19 Chicago Blackhawks had to be the emergence of Dylan Strome following his mid-season acquisition from the Arizona Coyotes. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2015 draft, Strome was a talented young player that had performed and produced at an..." August 07

  • Predicting the NHL's latest 'lottery ticket' contracts

    ESPN "This may come as a shock, but National Hockey League teams are known to hand out a contract or two that they later regret. Sometimes it's because the signing was ill-advised in the first place. Sometimes it's because of unforeseen circumstances, like a player suffering through..." August 07

  • Top available NHL free agents by position

    The Score "With free agency underway, here's a roundup of all the best players still available. The biggest names are off the board, but some potentially helpful talent remains up for grabs. Left wing Thomas Vanek Patrick Marleau Pat Maroon Jamie..." August 06

  • One month into NHL free agency, who’s left on the market?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL free agent market opened one month ago today and there was plenty of cash thrown around and faces headed for new places. While there were 126 signings of different varieties on July 1 there have been 167 total in the 30 days since. Even with all those contracts signed, there..." August 01

  • Chris Kunitz’s new position in Blackhawks coaching staff to ‘evolve over time’

    Chicago Sun-Times "Chris Kunitz is officially a Blackhawks player development adviser, but what that role exactly entails has yet to be determined. “It’s a unique position, something that’s going to evolve as time goes along and see how it plays itself out,” Kunitz said..." August 01

  • Fighting in NHL hit record lows during 2018-2019 season, continuing downward trend

    CBS Sports "If you've been watching the NHL over the past handful of years, you likely don't need numbers to tell you what's pretty obvious: The league and its product is not quite the same as it once was, say, in the 80s, 90s or even early 2000s.  Plenty about the game has..." July 30

  • Chris Kunitz announces retirement, will join Blackhawks' staff

    Sporting News "Chris Kunitz is calling it a career. The Blackhawks forward on Tuesday announced his retirement after 15 seasons in the NHL. Kunitz is set to join the Blackhawks' hockey operations department as a player development adviser and will assist with the team's coaching..." July 30

  • Dylan Strome looks to build on breakout season, get Blackhawks back to playoffs "Dylan Strome is entering this season with a lot of confidence. It's understandable, considering the forward is coming off a strong first season with the Chicago Blackhawks, who acquired him and forward Brendan Perlini in a trade with the Arizona Coyotes for forward Nick Schmaltz..." July 29

  • Andrew Shaw: Returning to Blackhawks is 'something you wish for'

    The Score "Andrew Shaw became one of the Chicago Blackhawks' many cap causalities during their dynasty when he was dealt to the Montreal Canadiens three years ago. He's now back in Chicago, but his heart never left the Windy City. "Guys always joked in the dressing room..." July 28

  • Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews excited by direction Blackhawks are heading "Jonathan Toews looked on with a feeling that was half excitement, half nerve-wracking as the Chicago Blackhawks made a number of changes to their roster this offseason.  "Every day felt like July 1," Toews said at the 12th annual Blackhawks Convention on Friday...." July 27

  • Blake Hillman Signs In ECHL

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It was just over a year ago that Blake Hillman was part of a mass exodus from the University of Denver, signing his two-year entry-level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks after three seasons at the school. Hillman had just recorded 12 points in 41 games as a junior, and jumped immediately to..." July 26

  • Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews on next season, Blues winning Cup: 'No part of me that was happy'

    Sporting News "Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews had a lot to say this week about the rival Blues' run to the Stanley Cup, his personal resurgence last season and his team's focus heading into the 2019-20 season. A few excerpts from his interview Thursday on "Waddle and Silvy," an..." July 26

  • 5 players likely to regress next season

    The Score "It's incredibly difficult to stay consistent at the NHL level; some players experience regression, unable to carry over their success from one campaign to the next. Regression doesn't necessarily result in a poor season or a downward trend that will last for the rest of a..." July 26

  • Signing depth players long-term is usually losing move for NHL teams

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Nashville Predators’ decision to sign Colton Sissons to a seven-year contract earlier this week certainly raised a lot of eyebrows around the NHL. As PHT’s James O’Brien argued immediately after the signing, the salary cap hit is pretty..." July 26

  • Ranking the 10 worst contracts in the NHL

    The Score "Nearly every general manager in the NHL has a contract they'd like to get rid of. Not including LTIR-eligible players or players signed this summer, here are the current 10 worst deals in the league based on cap hit, term, and expected value over the duration of the..." July 25

  • Alex Vlasic focuses on improving skating for Blackhawks "Alex Vlasic knows all eyes are on his skating. Selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round (No. 43) of the 2019 NHL Draft, Vlasic (6-foot-6, 199 pounds) has prepared for it. "It's going to be tougher for me to move my feet faster or just as fast as the..." July 24

  • 5 players poised for bounce-back seasons

    The Score "Some years, things just don't go as planned. The NHL season is a grind, and even some of the top talents are bound to endure a mediocre year or two. Several factors can result in a player taking a step back, including injuries, coaching, or just sheer bad luck. Here are..." July 24

  • Something to crow about: Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford marries longtime girlfriend Kristy Muscolino

    Chicago Tribune "Two-time Stanley Cup-winning goalkeeper Corey Crawford added some bling to his collection over the weekend: a wedding ring. The Blackhawks veteran married his longtime girlfriend, Kristy Muscolino, on Saturday in Chicago. And plenty of his teammates — past and present —..." July 24

  • Is there too much offence from the defence in today’s NHL?

    TSN "One of the questions I’ve wrestled with over the years is how to value individual offensive contributions from defencemen, particularly when it comes to goal scoring. It’s an important subject because, much like forwards, there is a strong correlation between two..." July 22

  • Breaking Down the Potential of the Chicago Blackhawks Goalies

    Last Word On Hockey "Fans of the Chicago Blackhawks have been experiencing a weird phenomenon lately. For the first time this decade, the team has been undergoing serious changes. Players like Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith are frequently mentioned in trade rumours, while other..." July 22

  • Adam Boqvist amazes, Alex Nylander underwhelms at Blackhawks’ development camp scrimmage

    Chicago Sun-Times "Josiah Slavin had a hat trick and Antti Saarela added two goals, but it was undeniably Adam Boqvist’s non-stop magic that lifted the red team to victory in the Blackhawks’ prospect scrimmage Friday. Boqvist looked like an NHL All-Star disguised as an 18-year-old, flashing..." July 19

  • Kirby Dach comfortable with trying to meet expectations for Blackhawks "Kirby Dach isn't letting the pressure of being the Chicago Blackhawks' highest draft pick since forward Patrick Kane get to him. The 18-year-old center, the No. 3 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, has his own expectations to meet. "I think the biggest pressure is going to come..." July 18

  • There’s now a tool to compare NHL players to Pokemon and it’s absolutely incredible

    Newark Star-Ledger "The tool you never knew you needed has arrived. Thanks to CJ Turtoro, a hockey analytics writer and contributor for All about the Jersey, you can now find every NHL player’s best Pokemon comparable with a new generator, which takes stats from hockey..." July 18

  • Blackhawks acquire Zack Smith from Senators for Artem Anisimov

    Sporting News "The Blackhawks have traded one forward for another. Chicago has acquired Senators alternate captain Zack Smith for Artem Anisimov, the team announced Tuesday. Both players are signed through 2021, but Smith is due to make $3.25 million per year and Anisimov is due about..." July 16

  • Where should the best remaining NHL free agents sign?

    ESPN "While hundreds of free agents have signed with NHL teams this summer (at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars in total), some notable names remain on the market. Will they re-sign with their 2018-19 clubs, or move on to new opportunities? Our panel debates the 2019-20 destinations for..." July 15

  • Chicago Shopping Brendan Perlini

    Pro Hockey Rumors "There’s been no shortage of turnover in Chicago this summer, with the team acquiring Olli Maatta, Calvin de Haan, Andrew Shaw, and Alexander Nylander, signing Robin Lehner, and drafting Kirby Dach, while watching Dominik Kahun, John Hayden,..." July 14

  • An early look at the NHL's UFA class of 2020

    The Score "Most marquee names in 2019 unrestricted free agency are off the board, so the majority of offseason excitement is behind us, aside from potential trades, offer sheets, and big-ticket RFA signings. Without an idea of when said transactions may come, the hockey world doesn't have..." July 12