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  • NHL draft: The best player ever picked at every spot from 1-31

    USA Today "While it’s indisputable that NHL teams are more likely to find a superstar in the first few picks of the draft than they are later on, USA TODAY Sports research shows that quality picks can be found deep into the first round. In many cases, we found multiple desirable..." June 20

  • Three reasons why the NHL salary cap could get tighter

    Sportsnet "I have a theory. And, after the Rangers/Winnipeg trade involving Jacob Trouba, I’ve decided to lay it out. That deal was a surprise because the Jets were asking for more, and, on paper, Trouba is worth a greater return. So, why didn’t it happen? I think..." June 18

  • Report: Multiple teams fear that salary cap will be less than $82M

    The Score "The salary cap for the 2019-20 NHL season could come in below the $83-million upper limit that was initially estimated. The NHL and NHLPA are meeting Tuesday, and many teams reportedly told TSN's Bob McKenzie that they're concerned about the current forecast for the..." June 18

  • NHL draft: Six of the worst picks in league history

    USA Today "The NHL draft will be held Friday night and Saturday in Vancouver. Here's a look at some of the worst draft decisions NHL teams have made through the years: In 1993, the Ottawa Senators drafted Quebec Major Junior Hockey League star Alexandre Daigle with the No. 1..." June 17

  • Pittsburgh Penguins Olli Maatta Traded to Chicago Blackhawks for Dominik Kahun

    Last Word On Hockey "The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to trade defenceman Olli Maatta to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forward Dominik Kahun and a fifth-round pick in this year’s NHL Draft. In Maatta, the Blackhawks get a young defenseman who can eat up minutes on the blueline. Despite..." June 16

  • Blackhawks, Blue Jackets discussed Ryan Murray trade

    Yardbarker "The Chicago Blackhawks are on the hunt for a defensive upgrade, and Scott Powers of The Athletic (subscription required) reports on at least one name they have inquired about. In a new column on all things Blackhawks, Powers notes that the team recently spoke with the Columbus Blue Jackets..." June 07

  • Blackhawks hire Marc Crawford as new assistant coach

    Sportsnet "The Chicago Blackhawks have added veteran coach Marc Crawford to Jeremy Colliton’s staff for the 2019-20 season. Crawford, who most recently served as interim head coach with the Ottawa Senators, is joining his son in Chicago. Dylan Crawford is an assistant video..." June 05

  • If Bowen Byram is the best player available, the Blackhawks won't shy away from drafting another defenseman

    Chicago Tribune "Just a few months ago, it seemed a foregone conclusion that either Kirby Dach or Dylan Cozens would land behind top prospects Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko in the NHL Central Scouting's final rankings. As the season progressed, however, something changed. NHL Central..." June 04

  • Gary Bettman's War and Peace: The cases for, against a lockout-free CBA

    ESPN "Putting Gary Bettman in charge of hockey labor peace is like putting a cat in charge of rodent safety. There are just some things that are inherently, instinctually part of an individual's comportment, and there's nothing they can do to suppress the urges. For Bettman,..." May 30

  • After signing entry-level contract, where does Dominik Kubalik fit into Blackhawks lineup?

    NBC Sports Chicago "After acquiring his rights from the Los Angeles Kings on Jan. 24 in exchange for a 2019 fifth-round draft pick, the Blackhawks have officially agreed to terms with 23-year-old forward prospect Dominik Kubalik on a one-year deal worth $925,000. He was originally selected by the Kings in the..." May 30

  • Blackhawks sign Swiss-league MVP Dominik Kubalik

    NBC Sports Chicago "After acquiring his rights from the Los Angeles Kings on Jan. 24 in exchange for a 2019 fifth-round draft pick, the Blackhawks have officially agreed to terms with 23-year-old forward prospect Dominik Kubalik on a one-year deal worth $925,000. He was originally selected by the Kings in the..." May 29

  • Full List Of 2019 Expiring Draft Rights

    Pro Hockey Rumors "When drafting a player out of North America or more European countries, a team acquires their exclusive negotiating rights for a set amount of time. Each year on June 1, a long list of players see those rights expire and they become unrestricted free agents. While this doesn’t always..." May 24

  • Blackhawks hire Tomas Mitell as assistant coach

    Second City Hockey "The Blackhawks filled their assistant coaching vacancy Thursday by hiring Tomas Mitell, who was an assistant under head coach Jeremy Colliton at Mora IK in Sweden’s second division, Allsvenskan, during the 2016-17 season. The 38-year-old Mitell served as..." May 23

  • Six contracts with cap concerns that could be traded this summer

    Sportsnet "As a rule, even rich people hate spending money on nothing. It’s just one of those things that irks the human soul on a fundamental level. Given that, there’s understandable hesitation when it comes to the potential of buying out players on cumbersome contracts. Sometimes..." May 23

  • 7 NHL teams that desperately need to find a goalie (or two)

    Sportsnet "As Tuukka Rask’s post-season brilliance reminds us all, good goaltending is paramount to NHL success. Of the top 15 in 2018-19 team save percentage, all but three clubs (Arizona, Anaheim, Montreal) qualified for the playoffs. So, with the needle about to drop on the..." May 18

  • Blackhawks Prospect Fredrik Olofsson Signs In Sweden

    Second City Hockey "Frederick Olofsson is going home to Sweden. He’ll play for MODO Hockey in Sweden’s second division, HockeyAllsvenskan, after signing a one-year contract with the club Tuesday. “It is a big, physically strong player who can play both the center and the outer..." May 17

  • Five-alarm fire: NHL playoffs show officiating, review process need significant overhaul

    USA Today "It’s no longer a question of whether the NHL should look at how the game is officiated. The question is: How could they not? This year’s Stanley Cup playoffs has provided overwhelming evidence that significant changes are required. What happened Wednesday, when..." May 16

  • Blackhawks star Patrick Kane sets Team USA’s World Championship career scoring record

    Second City Hockey "Patrick Kane is making history once again. The Blackhawks winger eclipsed Mark Johnson’s United States career scoring record of 33 points at the World Championship with a goal and two assists in a 6-3 win over Great Britain on Wednesday in..." May 15

  • Blackhawks re-sign defenseman Slater Koekkoek to 1-year, $925,000 contract

    Second City Hockey "The Blackhawks re-signed defenseman Slater Koekkoek, who was set to become a restricted free agent this summer, to a one-year contract worth $925,000 on Monday. Koekkoek scored one goal and five points and blocked 36 shots in 22 games last season after being..." May 13

  • Could the Blackhawks take another defenseman at No. 3?

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Blackhawks have been consistent in their draft approach over the years: Don't prioritize an organizational need or a player who may be the most NHL ready. Select the prospect who has the highest ceiling and best chance at making an impact in the long term, no matter where..." May 13

  • Anton Wedin Chooses To Sign One-Year Deal With Chicago Blackhawks

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Chicago Blackhawks will be adding some extra forward depth for next season after the team was informed that Swedish free agent Anton Wedin has chosen Chicago over two other teams and will sign a one-year entry-level contract, according to The Athletic’s Scott Powers (subscription..." May 12

  • Artemi Panarin tops 2019 Free Agent Frenzy class

    TSN "The Bread Man is going to make cake. Artemi Panarin delivered the goods despite a circus swirling around him in Columbus, leading the Blue Jackets to the best season in franchise history. Now, after fulfilling his contract, he’ll head to free agency as the No. 1..." May 10

  • What does returning to Sweden mean for Victor Ejdsell's future with Blackhawks?

    NBC Sports Chicago "After one full season with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs, Blackhawks prospect Victor Ejdsell is returning to the Sweden Hockey League, where he signed a two-year deal with Farjestad BK. He's set to become a restricted free agent this summer, so the Blackhawks still own his NHL..." May 09

  • Chicago Blackhawks Sign Two Prospects

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with two of their international prospects, signing Mikael Hakkarainen and Tim Soderlund to three-year entry-level contracts. Both deals will carry the maximum $925K cap hit in the NHL. Hakkarainen, 21, was the 139th..." May 06

  • Blackhawks again look to European free agency in search of the next Artemi Panarin or Erik Gustafsson

    Chicago Tribune "The NHL draft won’t take place until late June, and free agency involving players with expiring NHL contracts won’t begin until 10 days after. That doesn’t mean the Blackhawks won’t be able to add an NHL-ready player this month without the..." May 01

  • The resurgence of Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews

    NBC Sports Chicago "Jonathan Toews had sensational underlying analytics last season. When he was on the ice at 5-on-5, the Blackhawks controlled 56.7 percent of the shot attempts and generated 56.3 percent of the scoring chances, according to naturalstattrick.com. He was among the NHL's leaders in both..." April 29

  • Blackhawks’ moment is here, and their rebuild hinges on GM Stan Bowman

    Chicago Sun-Times "Stan Bowman is about to say some unpopular things about the state of the Blackhawks. Because everything Bowman says is unpopular. He’s among the most derided figures on the Chicago sports landscape, the scapegoat for the collapse of a dynasty that brought home three Stanley..." April 29

  • Kane, Kucherov, McDavid finalists for Ted Lindsay Award

    NHL.com "Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks and Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning were named as finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award on Wednesday. The award is presented annually to the most outstanding player in the NHL as..." April 25

  • Reports: Blackhawks among finalists for a pair of international forwards

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Blackhawks are always active in the overseas market. Over the last few years, Dominik Kahun, David Kampf, Michal Kempny, Jacob Nilsson, Artemi Panarin and Jan Rutta are among the notable Chicago signings that have come from there.  And they continue to be an..." April 23

  • 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

    NHL.com "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