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  • At 30, Jonathan Toews rested and ready to move on from lost season

    Chicago Tribune "An unfamiliar red jersey hung in the locker behind Jonathan Toews, who was minutes away from making his debut Wednesday night in the Chicago Pro Hockey League. And on this night, there was one goal. No, not that One Goal. “Just going out and having fun and playing..." July 19

  • Zero NHL franchises on Forbes list of top 50 most valuable sports teams

    Sportsnet "Forbes released its annual ranking of the 50 most valuable sports teams Wednesday, but not a single NHL franchise managed to crack the list. NFL teams dominated with the Dallas Cowboys sitting at No. 1 with a valuation of $4.8 billion, a 14 per cent increase from their..." July 18

  • Stan Bowman explains how Blackhawks may utilize extra cap space

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Blackhawks had cap space to use this summer but elected to shore up their depth rather than make a splash when free agency opened up on July 1. Perhaps a large reason for that was because Marian Hossa's $5.275 million cap hit over the next three years complicated what they could do..." July 18

  • Boqvist's dream on track with Blackhawks "Adam Boqvist and his older brother, Jesper, had special privileges at their local hockey rink as kids growing up in Falum, Sweden.  As soon as they were old enough to ride their bikes there, they were given a key to the building to come and go as they pleased, because they spent..." July 17

  • Ex-NHL goalie Ray Emery dies while swimming

    Larry Brown Sports "Former NHL goalie Ray Emery died while going for a swim on Sunday morning, according to a report. The Hamilton Spectator reported Sunday that a man was with a group visiting a friend’s boat at Royal Hamilton Yacht Club when they decided to go for an early-morning swim around..." July 15

  • Blackhawks aim to find out if Henri Jokiharju is ready for the NHL

    Chicago Tribune "No matter where this hockey journey takes Henri Jokiharju, Finland always will be the starting point. It’s where he was born and learned to love the sport, where he has been living this summer and where he spent his final days before flying to Chicago to partake in..." July 15

  • Chicago Blackhawks, Arizona Coyotes Working On Deal For Marian Hossa

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Marian Hossa won’t be playing in the NHL this season (or likely ever again), but his contract is still on the books for the Chicago Blackhawks. Though they can place it on long-term injured reserve to get some cap relief, doing so still complicates things for a team that is always..." July 12

  • What should Blackhawks do with cap space after Hossa trade?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The most fun part of the Marian Hossa trade is pondering the possible future trades it opens up thanks to improved cap space for the Chicago Blackhawks. Cap space estimates tend to be tenuous at best in July, but that’s especially true with Chicago, as the Blackhawks..." July 12

  • Blackhawks deal Hossa to Coyotes in seven-player trade

    Sportsnet "The Chicago Blackhawks and Arizona Coyotes have completed a seven-player trade that includes the contract of Marian Hossa. In addition to taking on Hossa’s contract, the Coyotes receive forward Vinnie Hinostroza, defenceman Jordan Oesterle and..." July 12

  • Still waiting for the Blackhawks to land a top defenseman. Waiting. Wait. Ing.

    Chicago Tribune "It has been 10 days, and I still don’t get it. The Blackhawks’ signing of backup goalie Cam Ward, I mean. Backup goalie was a need, yes, but not their biggest need. A top defenseman was their biggest need. Still is, as a matter of fact. Maybe I’m missing..." July 11

  • Salary Cap Floor Should Not Pose Problems For Any Team In 2018-19

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The purpose of the salary cap in the NHL is to maintain a sense of competitive balance across the league. That means both limiting how much a team can spend, the salary cap ceiling, but also ensuring that every team is competitive with a minimum expenditure, the salary cap floor. Some teams,..." July 10

  • Blackhawks remain quiet in offseason despite clear need to improve

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Many teams in the Central Division have been quite active this offseason as they attempt to force their way to the top of the standings next season. However, the Chicago Blackhawks who need to move up in the standings more than anyone have been quite quiet so far this offseason. If..." July 08

  • Are the Blackhawks done making moves?

    NBC Sports Chicago "The NHL Draft and free agency came and went without any sort of fireworks for a Blackhawks team that missed the playoffs for the first time in a decade. It was a little surprising. But maybe it shouldn't have been. Stan Bowman has been very transparent on what the..." July 06

  • Blackhawks first rounder Boqvist signs with Knights

    The London Free Press "The London Knights have signed Swedish star Adam Boqvist to a major junior hockey contract. The 17-year-old defenceman, selected eighth overall by the Blackhawks in the 2018 NHL draft, will play at Budweiser Gardens this fall if he doesn’t crack the Chicago lineup..." July 05

  • Kicking around the idea of the Blackhawks trading for Erik Karlsson

    Chicago Tribune "The following might be an exercise in futility or a flight of fancy or the residual effects of a heat index that has sucked all manner or lucidity from a man’s mind, but when it comes to a team that once traded Patrick Kane’s favorite linemate,..." July 05

  • Why aren't the Blackhawks and Stan Bowman approaching this offseason with more urgency?

    Chicago Tribune "Stan Bowman is the minivan moseying along in the left lane of the expressway, moving forward but slower than he thinks, getting passed as everyone wonders why he’s not in a bigger hurry. Honk if you wish the Blackhawks would make a big move already. I..." July 03

  • Blackhawks to sign goalie Ward to 1-year contract

    Daily Herald "The Blackhawks are expected to sign 13-year NHL veteran goalie Cam Ward to a one-year contract when free agency opens Sunday. The deal is worth $2.5 million, according to SportsNet. Ward, who has 568 career starts and a 318-244-84 record, backstopped the Carolina Hurricanes..." July 01

  • Blackhawks sign veteran wing Chris Kunitz

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Blackhawks didn’t make a big splash as free agency opened Sunday morning, adding a trio of veterans to the roster. But the additions of goaltender Cam Ward, left wing Chris Kunitz and defenseman Brandon Manning could be just the start, as the trade market is expected to open up as..." July 01

  • Ward drawing interest from Blackhawks "Cam Ward is drawing interest from the Chicago Blackhawks, The Athletic reported Wednesday. The 34-year-old pending free agent goalie was 23-14-4 with a 2.73 goals-against average, .906 save percentage and two shutouts in 43 games with the Carolina Hurricanes this season. The..." June 29

  • Analyzing the Blackhawks’ goaltending options

    Pro Hockey Talk "There are lot of reasons the Chicago Blackhawks run of nine consecutive postseason appearances came to a sudden end during the 2017-18 season. Those reasons included, but were not limited to, the fact Jonathan Toews has started to slow down offensively (don’t deny it, it’s..." June 27

  • Blackhawks acquire Schroeder from Blue Jackets for Berube

    Sportsnet "The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired forward Jordan Schroeder from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for goaltender Jean-Francois Berube. Schroeder played in 21 games for the Blue Jackets in 2017-18 and recorded one goal and one assist. " June 27

  • Blackhawks winger Anthony Duclair set to become an unrestricted free agent

    Chicago Sun-Times "Anthony Duclair is just 22 years old, has a 20-goal season under his belt and can skate with just about anybody in the NHL. But he’ll be on his fourth NHL team in the fall. In a mild surprise, the Blackhawks decided not to tender Duclair a qualifying offer. That means the..." June 27

  • The next wave of Blackhawks defensemen is coming

    NBC Sports Chicago "It seems like yesterday the Blackhawks were scraping for young, impact defensemen prospects. Just one, even. Oh, how that's changed significantly over the last 12 months. In 2015 and 2016, the Blackhawks did not own a first-round pick. And before that, they hadn't..." June 25

  • NHL draft helps Blackhawks with the future; now it's time to look to the present

    Chicago Tribune "Sure, tomorrow is important. But what about today? It’s good to be excited about first-round picks Adam Boqvist and Nicolas Beaudin. Their offensive skills and slick passing would fit perfectly with the Blackhawks if only they weren’t a good two or three years away from..." June 24

  • Blackhawks Acquire Michael Chaput from Canucks for Tanner Kero

    Hockey Fights "The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have acquired forward Michael Chaput from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for forward Tanner Kero. Chaput, 26, spent time last season with the Canucks and Utica Comets of the American Hockey League. In 55 regular-season games..." June 24

  • Blackhawks take Swedish defenseman Adam Boqvist with No. 8 pick

    Chicago Sun-Times "Adam Boqvist very well might end up being the second-best defenseman taken in the 2018 NHL Draft. But it could be a few years before anybody knows for sure. With higher-ranked Noah Dobson and Evan Bouchard still on the board, and sniper Oliver Wahlstrom also available, the Hawks took..." June 22

  • Blackhawks' Nicolas Beaudin: Goes 27th overall at draft

    CBS Sports "Beaudin was drafted 27th overall by the Blackhawks at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft on Friday. Beaudin was expected to be an early second-rounder, so going off the board late in the first wasn't a stretch. He's a bit undersized at 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, but he's a super..." June 22

  • Crawford expected to be ready for Blackhawks next season, GM says "Corey Crawford is expected to be ready for the 2018-19 NHL regular season, Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said. The 33-year-old goalie was 16-9-2 with a 2.27 goals-against average and .929 save percentage this season but missed significant time with injuries. On Dec...." June 21

  • Should the Blackhawks explore bringing back Artemi Panarin?

    NBC Sports Chicago "Here's an interesting development as we approach the NHL Draft: Artemi Panarin has informed the Blue Jackets that he's not ready to consider an extension "at this time" and because of that, Columbus is testing the market for the Russian winger, according to Elliotte Friedman..." June 20

  • Blackhawks thinking outside the box (and salary cap) in free agency

    Sporting News "Having missed the playoffs for the first time in a decade, the once-dominant Blackhawks could be poised to make a major move this summer.  The Athletic's Craig Custance cited a source speculating the Blackhawks are looking “to add something significant.” He..." June 16

  • Chicago Blackhawks Signs Vinnie Hinostroza To Two-Year Deal

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Chicago Blackhawks are getting their restricted free agents out of the way early. After agreeing to a two-year deal with John Hayden this morning, the team has also agreed to a two-year contract extension with Vinnie Hinostroza. The deal will carry a $1.5MM average annual value. " June 15

  • John Hayden signs two-year extension with Blackhawks

    Yardbarker "The Chicago Blackhawks have signed forward John Hayden to a two-year one-way contract extension that carries a $750K average annual value. Hayden was scheduled to become a restricted free agent for the first time, but will re-sign with the Blackhawks without much trouble. Hayden,..." June 15

  • Blackhawks ready for rare top 10 pick in NHL Draft "The Chicago Blackhawks have not selected a player in the top 10 of the NHL Draft since 2007 but have a rare opportunity this year to accelerate their rebuild with the No. 8 pick. "I think we're in the neighborhood where we can get a player that can make a good impact on the..." June 14

  • Chicago Prospect Ivan Nalimov Asks For Trade

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It’s not often that a player not under contract requests a trade, but Ivan Nalimov is going for it. The Chicago Blackhawks’ 2014 sixth-round pick has asked for his rights to be dealt to another NHL team, reports The Athletic’s Scott Powers. As one of the KHL’s..." June 13

  • Blackhawks sign defenseman Henri Jokiharju to three-year contract

    Chicago Tribune "The Blackhawks agreed to terms on a three-year contract for defenseman Henri Jokiharju, the 29th overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft. Jokiharju, an 18-year-old from Finland, was named the Western Conference second all-star team with the Portland Winterhawks after..." June 12

  • Chicago Blackhawks Discussed Justin Faulk, Scott Darling

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Chicago Blackhawks need to find a way to get back to the playoffs next season, or risk wasting another year of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews while they are still effective. Though there is another wave of talent coming, the Blackhawks live and die with their two..." June 08

  • Oddsmakers peg Lightning, Knights as 2019 Cup favorites

    The Score "The Vegas Golden Knights fell just short of taking home the 2018 Stanley Cup title in the club's inaugural season, but that isn't getting in the way of hometown oddsmakers naming the Knights as the second favorite to take home the 2019 crown. Bookmakers in Vegas have..." June 08

  • Andreas Martinsen signs one-year extension with Blackhawks

    NBC Sports Chicago "After missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008, the Blackhawks maintained some depth with the signing of a familiar face. Forward Andreas Martinsen signed a one-year contract extension on Thursday morning that will keep him within Chicago's..." June 07

  • Defense first? Not if the Blackhawks are looking for immediate help

    Chicago Sun-Times "In a perfect world, the Blackhawks would use their rare top-10 draft pick to select a player who can address their biggest need: an unreliable defense. After all, that defense is largely responsible for them drafting so high in the first place. But this isn’t a perfect world,..." June 04

  • Jacob Nilsson Agrees To Terms With Chicago Blackhawks

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Chicago Blackhawks will add another European free agent to their forward mix, as the team announced today they’d agreed to terms with Swedish center Jacob Nilsson. No financial details were released, but Nilsson is eligible to sign a one-year entry-level..." May 31

  • Toews was 'secretly' rooting for Jets to win Cup

    The Score "Jonathan Toews would have liked to see his hometown team vie for a chance at the Stanley Cup. The Chicago Blackhawks captain's own club missed the playoffs for just the second time in his career and the first time since his rookie season in 2008. He admitted that though it pains..." May 29

  • NHL projects salary cap to be around $80M for 2018-19 season

    The Score "NHL deputy commissioner and chief legal officer Bill Daly confirmed during a press conference Monday that the salary cap for the 2018-2019 season is projected to be around $80 million, up from $75 million this season. A set number for next season has not yet been agreed upon..." May 29

  • NHL’s ‘Smart Puck’ will enhance fan experience

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL has already announced that the Smart Puck era is quickly approaching, which is exciting news for hockey fans all over the globe. The league is planning on having this added technology at their disposal for the start of the 2019-20 season, but there’s a chance that we..." May 24

  • Chicago Blackhawks Sign Four Players

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Chicago Blackhawks have signed four players this Monday morning, announcing deal for Dominik Kahun, Lucas Carlsson, Darren Raddysh and Kevin Lankinen. Carlsson has signed a three-year entry-level deal, while the other three have inked two-year entry-level contracts. " May 21

  • Hossa among top goal-scorers of expansion era, statistics show "Marian Hossa of the Chicago Blackhawks has played his final game after 19 NHL seasons, he told Slovak newspaper Novy Cas.  According to the underlying numbers, the 39-year-old forward was one of the 20 most accomplished goal-scorers in the NHL expansion era (since the 1967-68..." May 20

  • Chicago Blackhawks’ Improvement Coming From Within

    Pro Hockey Rumors "2017-18 wasn’t a success for the Chicago Blackhawks. For a team that registered 109 points in the previous season, anything short of Stanley Cup contention would seem disappointing. Disappointment may have been the nicest way of expressing how fans felt after the season began and the team..." May 19

  • Chicago Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa To Retire

    Pro Hockey Rumors "While the status of Chicago Blackhawks star Marian Hossa has been up in the air since he was declared out for the season before this season due to a progressive skin disorder, it looks like Hossa’s hockey career has come to an end, as Elite Prospects has confirmed a story (translation..." May 19

  • Jaromir Jagr Will Play In Czech Republic In 2018-19

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though there is still bound to be speculation over a return to the NHL this summer, Nova Sport in the Czech Republic is reporting that Jaromir Jagr has agreed to return as a player for Kladno, the Czech team he owns. There apparently had been interest from the DEL in..." May 15

  • Blackhawks get No. 27 pick in NHL Draft with Predators loss "The Chicago Blackhawks will have the No. 27 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft after the Nashville Predators were eliminated from the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Chicago acquired the pick Feb. 26 in a trade that sent forward Ryan Hartman to Nashville. The Blackhawks (33-39-10) also hold..." May 13

  • Blackhawks' biggest loss since '15 Stanley Cup? Almost half their local TV audience

    Chicago Tribune "What’s the most significant loss for the Blackhawks in the three seasons since their last Stanley Cup championship? Forget about players and playoff series, or even the postseason berth they failed to earn this year for the first time in a decade. It’s local TV viewers, who have bailed on..." April 30

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