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Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford will not play in the team's next two games according to the Chicago Sun-Times. | 10/22/2014 6:05 PM
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Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford will not play in the team's next two games according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
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Crawford missed Tuesday's game due to the upper body injury. He will not travel with the team to Nashville or St. Louis.
Blackhawks goalie Antti Raanta shined in his first start of the season. | 10/22/2014 10:22 AM
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Blackhawks goalie Antti Raanta shined in his first start of the season.
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He stopped all 32 shots from Philadelphia, and earned the shutout. However, Raanta is not a fantasy option moving forward, as Corey Crawford is only day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya scored his first goal of the season on Saturday against the Predators. | 10/19/2014 10:13 AM
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Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya scored his first goal of the season on Saturday against the Predators.
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Oduya's goal was his only shot of the game. He scored at the 1:49 mark of the first period, and Chicago won the game in overtime, 2-1. Oduya was plus-two.
Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews scored the game-winning overtime goal shorthanded on Saturday against the Predators. | 10/19/2014 10:13 AM
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Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews scored the game-winning overtime goal shorthanded on Saturday against the Predators.
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Chicago jumped out to an early 1-0 lead about two minutes into the game, but the Blackhawks did not score again until overtime. Toews was plus-one with three shots and one hit in over 22 minutes of ice time.
Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews scored the game-winning overtime goal shorthanded on Saturday against the Predators. | 10/19/2014 10:04 AM
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Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews scored the game-winning overtime goal shorthanded on Saturday against the Predators.
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Toews was on the ice as Chicago jumped out to an early 1-0 lead about two minutes into the game, but the Blackhawks did not score again until overtime. Toews was plus-one with three shots and one hit in over 22 minutes of ice time.
Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford had a rather easy night against the Flames. | 10/15/2014 10:58 PM
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Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford had a rather easy night against the Flames.
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He didn't see many shots as he saved 16-of-18 in Wednesday's OT loss. However, Crawford will be an elite option, moving forward.
Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp had an assist and 8 shots on goal on Wednesday against Calgary. | 10/15/2014 10:56 PM
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Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp had an assist and 8 shots on goal on Wednesday against Calgary.
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He continues to produce for owners just like last season, although he was -2 on the night. Playing on a team like Chicago, Sharp is in line for a big season.
The Blackhaws will use the same lines Saturday as they did in the first game of the season on Thursday. | 10/11/2014 12:35 PM
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The Blackhaws will use the same lines Saturday as they did in the first game of the season on Thursday.
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That means Andrew Shaw will be on the second line and Brad Richards the third. Shaw's fantasy value wins out over Richards' because the second line features Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad while the third line will be Richards with Bryan Bickell and Kris Versteeg.
Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp will be in the lineup on Saturday against the Sabres. | 10/11/2014 12:33 PM
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Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp will be in the lineup on Saturday against the Sabres.
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Sharp did not practice on Friday, but he is going to play. He will be on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa.
Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane scored the game-winning goal in a shootout against the Stars on opening night. | 10/09/2014 11:29 PM
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Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane scored the game-winning goal in a shootout against the Stars on opening night.
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Kane had an assist on Patrick Sharp's goal in the third period that tied the game with less than 10 minutes remaining in regulation. Kane was Chicago's second shooter in the shootout and easily put his shot past Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen. Chicago won, 3-2.
Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw was back centering a line with Brandon Saad and Patrick Kane. | 10/07/2014 11:50 AM
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Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw was back centering a line with Brandon Saad and Patrick Kane.
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The trio were together in the postseason last year, but brad Richards had played with the two wingers for much of training camp. This could be a fluid situation.
The Blackhawks have signed Brad Richards to a one-year, $2 million contract. | 10/01/2014 7:25 PM
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The Blackhawks have signed Brad Richards to a one-year, $2 million contract.
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The Rangers bought out Brad Richards in June. The 34-year-old had 51 points (20 goals) in 82 games last season, but he certainly could see an uptick as Chicago's second-line center.
Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane produced at a point per game rate last season. | 10/01/2014 7:24 PM
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Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane produced at a point per game rate last season.
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He had 69 points in as many games, and if is able to stay healthy, should be around the 80-point plateau. Kane is very worthy of a first round selection.
Blackhawks center Brad Richards should be a good fit in Chicago. | 10/01/2014 7:22 PM
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Blackhawks center Brad Richards should be a good fit in Chicago.
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He is coming off a 51-point season with the Rangers, and really should improve upon those numbers, as he will be playing alongside Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane. Expect around 60 points for Richards, in 2014-15.
Chicago left wing Patrick Sharp will look to build off a career-best year. | 10/01/2014 7:20 PM
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Chicago left wing Patrick Sharp will look to build off a career-best year.
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He had 78 points (34 goals, 44 assists) in 2013-14, and just like most members on the Blackhawks, should be able to produce similar numbers. Sharp should be taken no later than the third round.
Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa continues to be a force. | 10/01/2014 7:17 PM
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Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa continues to be a force.
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He had 30 goals and 30 assists last season, and there is no reason to believe Hossa will decline. Target him in the middle of your drafts, and enjoy having this guy on your team.
Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews should be targeted early in drafts. | 10/01/2014 7:15 PM
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Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews should be targeted early in drafts.
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This comes as no surprise. Toews should be pushing 30 goals and 45 assists this season. He should be off the board by the beginning of the second round.
Chicago left wing Brandon Saad is an underrated member of the team. | 10/01/2014 7:13 PM
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Chicago left wing Brandon Saad is an underrated member of the team.
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He will begin the season on the Blackhawks top line, and after coming off a 47-point season in 2013-14, could be in line for a career-year. At 22-years-old, Saad should be a sleeper on owners' radars.
Crawford already familiar with Jimmy Waite | 07/21/2014 9:36 AM
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Corey Crawford should have an easy time adjusting to goalie coach Jimmy Waite seeing as he used to work with Jimmy's brother, Stephane.
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Jimmy Waite is replacing Steve Weeks as the team's goalie coach. "I'm my own person, but we do think the same way about goaltending," Jimmy said. "For 20 years, we've been talking goalies all the time, so Stephane and I think the same way." Jimmy places an emphasis on positioning and being selective about when the goaltender is aggressive.
Brad Richards happy with any linemates | 07/21/2014 9:31 AM
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Brad Richards doesn't have a strong preference when it comes to who he wants to play alongside in Chicago.
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Richards might end up playing alongside Brandon Saad and Patrick Kane, but that's not set in stone. "I've only watched [Kane], and he's exciting to watch," Richards said. "All of that is played out when you get on the ice. It's so hard to talk about it now because it might or might not work. . . . There are so many different players you can play with when you play here. It's a great opportunity, no matter who [it is]. If that's the case, I'd be thrilled. If not, there are other options that are very enticing, too." If Richards plays with Kane and Saad, then that would allow Jonathan Toews to play with Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa. That would make for two pretty intimidating lines.
Teuvo Teravainen isn't joining Hawks soon | 07/20/2014 10:14 AM
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At 19, center Teuvo Teravainen has outstanding offensive skills, a fact that was reiterated to the Chicago Blackhawks at their recent development camp.
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The Hawks, however, don't think their 2012 first-round draft choice (18th overall) is ready for prime time just yet. While they did call on Teravainen for three games last season (no points), he'll likely begin next season with AHL Rockport. "It's going to take a number of years. . .He's only 19. There's a whole group of these young players where it's a process and you hope over the course of three or four years they're going to be able to develop not only there strength but the endurance," Hawks general manager Stan Bowman said. "The NHL season takes a toll on your body. Hopefully, you're playing over 100 games a year, so you're not going to be able to make those grounds up in just a few weeks of training. It's a process. I give him credit for taking it seriously. As a young player he's committed to becoming strong and working at it. We just have to be patient and allow those things to take time."
Not worried about money yet: Brandon Saad | 07/19/2014 10:15 AM
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Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad will be a restricted free agent after next season and is due for a huge raise to the $764,167 he's making on his entry-level contract.
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Saad said there have been no talks about an extension yet. ``If it happens, great,'' he said. ``It's always nice to have that security and feel comfortable that you've re-signed. But I'm more focused on having a good year and contributing to the team. All that stuff will take care of itself.'' General manager Stan Bowman said that ``it's been a busy time for us'' and that Saad's situation will be addressed eventually. ``The exciting thing for all of us is that he just keeps getting better,'' Bowman said. ``We certainly haven't seen the best of Brandon Saad yet.'' Saad had 19 goals and 28 assists in 78 games for Chicago last season.
Johnny Oduya broke foot in Western Final | 07/19/2014 10:11 AM
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It turns out that Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya broke his right foot blocking a shot from the point late in the third period of Game 7 of the Western Conference final against the Los Angeles Kings.
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He kept playing in overtime anyway, logging three shifts. Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said Oduya might not have been able to play if his team had beaten the Kings and moved on to the Stanley Cup championship series.
Teravainen still hopes to make Hawks' roster | 07/18/2014 6:58 PM
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Teuvo Teravainen still hopes to make the Chicago Blackhawks' opening game roster.
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Teravainen's chances of making the team were diminished when they signed Brad Richards. That gives the Blackhawks 12 forwards signed to one-way deals, not including Brandon Saad. Still, we wouldn't dismiss the possibility of Chicago trading away a forward before the season starts to free up some cap space. If that happened, Teravainen's chances of making the team would obviously improve.
Schmaltz thinks he'll excel in fast-paced NHL | 07/18/2014 9:19 AM
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Nick Schmaltz doesn't think he'll have problems adjusting to the fast pace of the NHL.
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"That helps my game as well because when you're playing fast, you can make plays and a lot of odd-man rushes," Schmaltz said. "I like playing fast, and it helps me raise my game." The Chicago Blackhawks took Schmaltz with the 20th overall pick of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He's expected to play for the University of North Dakota in 2014-15.
Sheldon Brookbank still open to re-signing | 07/17/2014 7:28 PM
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Sheldon Brookbank still has interest in returning to the Chicago Blackhawks if a slot opens up for him.
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The Blackhawks would likely only do that if they trade away a defenseman in a cap-saving measure. They currently have seven blueliners inked to one-way deals. Meanwhile, Brookbank is investigating his other options.
Report: Rangers interested in Kevin Hayes | 07/17/2014 10:20 AM
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The New York Rangers are reportedly interested in unsigned prospect Kevin Hayes.
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Hayes is only under Chicago's control until August 15. If he doesn't sign by then, he'll become an unrestricted free agent and can join any team. Hayes, who has experience playing alongside Rangers forward Chris Kreider, would have a good chance of making the Rangers' opening game roster if he decides to sign with them. He had 27 goals and 65 points in 40 games with Boston College last season.
Agent: Kane, Toews could have gotten more | 07/17/2014 9:42 AM
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Arguing that Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews' matching eight-year, $84 million extensions aren't excessive, agent Pat Brisson claimed that they could have gotten $13.8 million annually if they so desired.
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That's probably true, because the Chicago Blackhawks were negotiating from a weak position. Kane and Toews have restored credibility to the Blackhawks and the team was in a position where they were basically going to cave into whatever demands the duo made. However, Brisson used that as an argument to suggest that Kane and Toews gave Chicago a hometown discount in an effort to keep their team together, which is pushing it. Kane and Toews chose to make themselves the two highest paid players in terms of cap hit by a significant margin so while they probably could have gotten even more, their demands were still high enough to hurt Chicago's competitive edge. That said, they were under no obligation to make life easy on the Blackhawks in the first place. After all, they've been successful and it's their right to cash in.
Nick Schmaltz will attend UND | 07/16/2014 9:38 AM
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Nick Schmaltz is getting ready for his first season with the University of North Dakota.
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The Chicago Blackhawk took Schmaltz with the 20th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Schmaltz is now participating in Chicago's prospects camp. "It was kind of a dream for a couple of weeks. Now it's a reality," said Schmaltz. "There's still a long way to go and this is just another step."
Kevin Dineen joins Hawks' coaching staff | 07/14/2014 2:05 PM
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Kevin Dineen has joined the Chicago Blackhawks as an assistant coach.
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Dineen spent parts of three seasons as the head coach of the Florida Panthers, but they fired him in November. He had a 56-62-28 record with the team. Dineen is also a former player and used to play on the Hartford Whalers with Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville. "I am thrilled to join Joel Quenneville, a future hall of fame coach, and Mike Kitchen, as we strive to reach the ultimate goal in professional hockey," said Dineen. "After spending time speaking with John McDonough, Stan Bowman and Al MacIsaac it is easy to understand why the Chicago Blackhawks are considered one of the top franchises in all of professional sports. Starting with Rocky Wirtz and continuing through the rest of the organization, the measure of success is very high in Chicago. I look forward to supporting the coaching staff and working with some of the best players in the National Hockey League."
Stephen Johns' happy he stuck with college | 07/14/2014 9:29 AM
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Stephen Johns feels he benefited from going back to Notre Dame for his senior year.
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"It was a great experience, going back for my senior year and having the ability to be a captain and take on more of a leadership role. It was such an important season in my career and the program's career," Johns said. "I felt like I had a strong year and ended the year in Rockford, so I got some pro experience under my belt. Those guys took me in; it was an awesome experience. I'm just looking forward to this year." With his college career over, Johns signed a two-year deal with Chicago. He'll fight for a roster spot during training camp, but he's more likely to end up in the AHL.
Teuvo Teravainen feels ready for 2014-15 | 07/14/2014 9:26 AM
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Teuvo Teravainen has been bulking up this summer.
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"I feel good but it's been (a long) time without hockey so I think my body needs hockey," Teravainen said. "I'm ready this season. I can't wait." Teravainen will enter training camp with a good chance of making the team, although the addition of Brad Richards means he probably won't serve as a top-six forward. Teravainen is a great prospect and has the potential to eventually establish himself as a strong second-line center for Chicago.
Pierre-Marc Bouchard signs with Swiss team | 07/10/2014 9:13 AM
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Pierre-Marc Bouchard has agreed to terms with the Swiss league's EV Zug.
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The Blackhawks acquired Bouchard from the New York Islanders in February. He had four goals and nine points in 28 games in 2013-14.
The Blackhawks have signed Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to matching eight-year, $84 million extensions. | 07/09/2014 1:27 PM
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The Blackhawks have signed Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to matching eight-year, $84 million extensions.
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Toews is one of the top two-way players in the NHL. He had 68 points (28 goals) in 76 regular season games and 17 points (nine goals) in 19 postseason games this past season.
The Blackhawks have signed Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews to identical eight-year, $84 million contract extensions. | 07/09/2014 1:25 PM
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The Blackhawks have signed Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews to identical eight-year, $84 million contract extensions.
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The new cap hits start in the 2015-16 season. Kane has produced 124 points (52 goals) in 116 games the past two seasons and has 91 points (37 goals) in 93 career playoff games.
Patrick Kane inks 8-year/$84 mil extension | 07/09/2014 1:07 PM
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The Chicago Blackhawks have signed Patrick Kane to an eight-year, $84 million contract extension.
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Jonathan Toews signed an identical contract. Kane and Toews new cap hits of $10.5 million annually don't take effect until the 2015-16 campaign, but currently they're projected to be the two highest in the league. Kane has emerged as a point-per-game player and a clutch performer in the playoffs, although his recent injury history makes him a bit of a risk going forward.
Jonathan Toews signs massive deal with Hawks | 07/09/2014 1:06 PM
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Jonathan Toews has agreed to an eight-year, $84 million contract extension.
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Patrick Kane signed an identical contract. Kane and Toews new cap hits of $10.5 million annually don't take effect until the 2015-16 campaign, but currently they're projected to be the two highest in the league. Toews fantasy value in standard leagues will always be a step below his actual worth as his offensive contributions are only a portion of what he brings to the table. He's a superb two-way center and a great team leader.
Jamie Kompon leaves Hawks to join WHL team | 07/09/2014 9:32 AM
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Jamie Kompon has decided to leave his post as the Chicago Blackhawks' assistant coach.
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Kompon is reportedly expected to serve as the head coach and general manager of the WHL Portland Winterhawks instead. Kompon won the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2013 with the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks respectively. He just completed his second season with the Blackhawks.
Chicago selects Jimmy Waite as goalie coach | 07/08/2014 9:32 AM
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The Chicago Blackhawks have hired Jimmy Waite as their new goaltending coach.
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Waite had a 3.35 GAA and .871 save percentage in 106 career NHL games. He's the brother of former Blackhawks' goalie coach Stephane Waite. "I'm very excited to come back to the Chicago Blackhawks, the team that drafted me in 1987," said Waite. "I look forward to working with Corey (Crawford) and Antti (Raanta), and to help contribute to the success of this organization."
Crazy rumour: Khabibulin to Toronto? | 07/05/2014 10:55 AM
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There is a rumour floating around that the Maple Leafs are talking to Nikolai Khabibulin about being the backup to starter Jonathan Bernier.
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If you are a Toronto fan you are praying this isn't true. Khabibulin hasn't been any good for a number of seasons now and he is 40-years-old and coming off shoulder surgery. The Buds are also considering Martin Brodeur for a backup position. Do you have to be over 40 to get on Dave Nonis' radar?
Kane, Toews signing isn't imminent | 07/04/2014 8:58 AM
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Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews aren't expected to re-sign with the Chicago Blackhawks until after the July 4 holiday weekend.
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They were initially expected to sign on July 1, but it's way too early to be concerned. The only question is how high their combined cap hits will be. They have a lot of bargaining power in their negotiations, but the more they demand, the harder it will be for the Blackhawks to continue to compete for the Stanley Cup.
Kyle Cumiskey returns to North America | 07/02/2014 1:16 PM
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Kyle Cumiskey has signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks.
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Cumiskey had four goals and 28 points in 45 Swedish league games in 2013-14. He also has nine goals and 35 points in 132 career NHL contests.
Peter Regin hopes to earn bigger role | 07/02/2014 8:58 AM
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Peter Regin hopes to play a bigger role in 2014-15 than he had after being acquired by Chicago in February.
Chicago Tribune

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Regin signed a one-year, $650,000 contract with the Blackhawks. "It's up to me that prove that I belong in the lineup every night," Regin said. "That's kind of all I've been asking is to get a shot and I think with a full season it's going to benefit my chances." He had four goals and 11 points in 61 games last season.
Hawks remain optimistic about Kane, Toews | 07/02/2014 8:55 AM
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The negotiations between the Chicago Blackhawks and stars Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are ongoing.
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July 1 was the first day Chicago was eligible to sign Toews and Kane to contract extensions. They won't become unrestricted free agents for another year, but the Blackhawks don't want to enter the 2014-15 campaign with their future being unknown. "Nothing has changed from my original expectation that they're both going to be signed," Chicago GM Stan Bowman said. "We're looking forward to that."
Pressure's off Teuvo Teravainen | 07/02/2014 8:52 AM
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Signing Brad Richards to a one-year deal has taken some of the pressure off of Teuvo Teravainen.
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Teravainen has a bright future ahead of him, but he's not a safe bet to be an impact player in 2014-15. Fortunately, he won't have to be because the Blackhawks are looking pretty good up the middle at this point. "(Teravainen) is going to dictate that when he's ready to go," Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman. "We don't have to force anything."
Richards looks forward to playing with Hawks | 07/02/2014 8:49 AM
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Brad Richards is excited to be a member of the Chicago Blackhawks.
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Richards probably could have gotten significantly more money elsewhere, but he agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract so that he could fit within Chicago's tight budget. "To get an opportunity to play with these type of wingers, the four in their top six, I don't know where you're finding that type of talent in the league. I feel I can take advantage of that and it's up to me to do that," Richards said. "What they've accomplished, it's not just about points put up; they seem to find a way to win all the time and they're always relevant." He'll play alongside the likes of Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, and Marian Hossa as Chicago's second-line center.
The Blackhawks have signed Brad Richards to a one-year, $2 million contract. | 07/01/2014 8:21 PM
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The Blackhawks have signed Brad Richards to a one-year, $2 million contract.
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The Rangers bought out Brad Richards in June. The 34-year-old had 51 points (20 goals) in 82 games last season, but he certainly could see an uptick as Chicago's second-line center.
Brad Richards takes discount to join Hawks | 07/01/2014 4:39 PM
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The Chicago Blackhawks have signed Brad Richards to a one-year, $2 million contract.
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That's incredibly cheap for Richards, but Chicago was already against the ceiling, so they're still going to have to make a move to accommodate this signing. All the same, this is a great addition for the Blackhawks as Richards firmly addresses their need for a second-line center. With him joining Chicago's offensive core of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, and Marian Hossa, the Blackhawks are in a great position going into the 2014-15 campaign.
Hawks sign Cody Bass to 1-year contract | 07/01/2014 3:35 PM
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Chicago has signed Cody Bass to a one-year deal.
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Bass played one game for Columbus last season, but played most of the season in the AHL with Springfield, where he had 18 points and 132 penalty minutes in 58 contests. He'll probably play in Rockford for most of the 2014-15 season as well.
Labrie agrees to terms with Chicago | 07/01/2014 3:34 PM
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The Chicago Blackhawks have signed Pierre-Cedric Labrie to a one-year deal.
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Labrie had no points and 20 penalty minutes in 13 games with Tampa Bay last season. He will probably start the 2014-15 campaign in the minors, but he might get called up by Chicago a few times over the course of the season.
Scott Darling agrees to terms with Chicago | 07/01/2014 3:32 PM
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The Chicago Blackhawks have inked Scott Darling to a one-year deal.
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Darling had a 2.00 GAA and .933 in 26 AHL games in 2013-14. He's never played in the NHL and it would probably take a couple injuries for him to make his NHL debut next season.
Peter Regin re-signs in Chicago | 07/01/2014 2:36 PM
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The Chicago Blackhawks have re-signed Peter Regin to a one-year/$650,000 contract.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter

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Regin was acquired from the Islanders in February and was mostly a depth player, especially during the playoffs. He played 61 regular season games in the NHL last season, scoring four and adding seven assists. He could have a bigger role in 2014-15 as he has a very friendly salary cap hit and the Blackhawks could be up against the cap.
Blackhawks do not qualify five players | 07/01/2014 12:05 PM
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The Chicago Blackhawks did not qualify five players including Theo Peckham.
Tracey Myers on Twitter

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Peckham played 45 games with Rockford in 2013-14 but had spent a lot of time on the blueline for the Edmonton Oilers. Terry Broadhurst, Byron Froese, David Gilbert and Philippe Lefebvre also were not qualified.
Kane, Toews might not sign on July 1 | 07/01/2014 11:49 AM
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Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews might not sign on July 1 after all.
Chris Johnston on Twitter

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Kane and Toews will almost certainly re-sign with Chicago anyways, but this could be an indication that the duo is demanding more than the Blackhawks are comfortable with. If that's the case then Chicago could run into problems continuing to build a Stanley Cup-caliber team around them once they do sign.
Kanes, Toews likely to re-sign on Tuesday | 07/01/2014 8:45 AM
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Look for Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews to be signed on July 1.
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Kane and Toews weren't eligible to be signed prior to that, but if Tuesday ends without them inking an extension, it would be surprising. The only question is how much their extensions will cost the Blackhawks as the more they asked for, the harder it will be for Chicago to stay competitive in the years to come.
Blackhawks' cap problems tie their hands | 07/01/2014 8:42 AM
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The Chicago Blackhawks are going into the unrestricted free agent period with their hands tied.
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Chicago is right up against the salary cap, which makes it difficult for Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman to make even a mid-level signing. Chicago might attempt to address their needs via the trade market though.
Hawks will give Brandon Mashinter a shot | 06/30/2014 11:40 AM
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Brandon Mashinter could be an option for the Blackhawks in 2014-15.
Chicago Tribune

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Chicago traded Brandon Bollig at the NHL draft over the weekend and Mashinter may get a shot if the team is seeking to add some toughness. "We're certainly going to give him every opportunity to show what he can do," GM Stan Bowman said. He recorded 14 goals, 28 points and 79 penalty minutes in 47 games with the Blackhawks' AHL affiliate in Rockford after he was acquired from the New York Rangers.
Teuvo Teravainen will have to impress at camp | 06/30/2014 11:35 AM
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Chicago coach Joel Quenneville is eager to see what Teuvo Teravainen can do at training camp in the fall.
Chicago Tribune

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"I'm sure he's going to grow (and) he's going to get stronger. I'm looking forward to seeing how he plays in camp," Quenneville said. "I expect some progress. We liked what we saw last year at the beginning of the year. He's going to make the decision for us with exactly where he's going to fit and where we're going to play him." Teravainen netted two goals in five games with AHL Rockford after he played three contests with Chicago this past season. It wouldn't be a shock if he spent most of the 2014-15 campaign in the minors, but he'll get a long look at camp.
Jeremy Morin to get his NHL chance next year | 06/30/2014 11:26 AM
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Jeremy Morin is expected to stay on Chicago's roster next season.
Chicago Tribune

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"Jeremy has been patient with us," GM Stan Bowman said. "I know sometimes it's tough to spend a couple of years in the minors when you're an NHL-ready player. Give him credit, he really has done everything we've asked him to. The only thing that missing was an opportunity. Now, we're giving him that opportunity. He's going to be on the team." He skated in 24 games with the Blackhawks last season. Chicago won't be bringing back Michal Handzus and Brandon Bollig was traded, so there are openings for Morin.
Beau Starrett will hone his game in college | 06/29/2014 9:37 AM
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Beau Starrett knows he won't be playing in the NHL in the near future.
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The Chicago Blackhawks took Starrett with the 88th overall pick of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Rather than play in the minors immediately, Starrett will play NCAA hockey in Cornell. "It's a marathon, not a sprint, for someone like me," he said. "I've got to work hard (at college), get bigger, faster and stronger to get to the next level. I'll cross that (NHL) bridge when we get there."
Hawks take top-ranked HS player Snuggerud | 06/28/2014 7:32 PM
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The Chicago Blackhawks took defenseman Luc Snuggerud in the fifth round (141st pick) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
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Snuggerud, a University of Nebraska-Omaha commit, is the top-ranked U.S. high school player He earned the Reed Larson Award as the best senior boys' defenseman in Minnesota after putting up nine goals and 46 points in 28 games. The defenseman has been called a "fourth forward" by scouts. He is a strong skater, and has shown the ability to contribute defensively; his skating ability and acceleration help him recover in that area, though his aggressiveness can benefit and harm him. He is confident with the puck, is a good passer and has a solid shot. Snuggerud's high school coach compared his vision to Nick Leddy's when the Blackhawks blueliner left for college and said that he's already adept at beating the first forechecker. Snuggerud is no sure thing, but he possesses some hard-to-teach skills, so the Blackhawks will be sure to monitor him as he starts his college career.
Oduya on the trade block | 06/28/2014 12:12 PM
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The NHL's and NHLPA's determination of a $69 milliion salary cap for the 2014-15 season may force the Blackhawks to trade a number of players with Johnny Oduya at the top of the list.
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The Hawks have already moved Brandon Bollig to the Flames for a draft pick to save $1.25 million and may have to move Oduya who makes a whopping $3.375 million in order to re-sign a number of players and address the extensions of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane while staying under the cap. Stay tuned.
Hawks take Nick Schmaltz with 20th pick | 06/27/2014 9:16 PM
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The Chicago Blackhawks have selected center Nick Schmaltz with the 20th overall pick in the 2014 NHL entry draft.
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Nick Schmaltz is an offensive juggernaut who shreds defenses with elite stickhandling, passing and shooting skills. He is a superb skater who constantly finds ways to feed his linemates even when few options are apparent. The six-foot, 172 pound center needs to add considerable muscle and improve his play away from the puck, but when the disc finds his stick, Schmaltz displays elite skill and poise while honing flashy one-on-one abilities. Schmaltz is also known for rising to the occasion, seeming to play his best when the international spotlight is on him. The Green Bay Gambler posted 63 points in 55 USHL games this year, and should have a strong offensive impact when he's ready to break into the NHL. It may take a season or two but Schmaltz will benefit from playing on the same squad as Patrick Kane, a player he can pattern his game after.
Chicago and San Jose swap draft picks | 06/27/2014 9:12 PM
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The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired the 20th and 179th picks in this year's draft from San Jose for the 27th and 62nd picks.
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The Blackhawks must love someone on the board who they think wouldn't get to them at 27. Stay tuned.
Chicago inks Jeremy Morin to two-year deal | 06/27/2014 3:07 PM
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Jeremy Morin has signed a two-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.
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Morin is the third restricted free agent the Blackhawks have locked up on Friday, along with Ben Smith and Antti Raanta. Morin had 11 points and 32 penalty minutes in 24 games in 2013-14. Morin has a decent amount of offensive upside, but he's not likely to get an opportunity to consistently play on one of Chicago's top two lines.
Ben Smith signs two-year deal with Chicago | 06/27/2014 10:30 AM
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Ben Smith has inked a two-year extension with the Chicago Blackhawks.
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Smith would have become a restricted free agent this summer. The defensive forward had 14 goals and 12 assists in 75 games in 2013-14.
Chicago re-signs Antti Raanta | 06/27/2014 10:27 AM
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The Chicago Blackhawks have inked Antti Raanta to a two-year contract extension.
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Raanta had a 2.71 GAA and .897 save percentage in 25 games with Chicago in 2013-14. He was originally expected to spend the season in the minors, but he moved up in the depth charts because Nikolai Khabibulin spent most of the campaign on the sidelines. This time around, Raanta will enter the season as Chicago's clear backup.
Hawks won't draft immediate impact players | 06/27/2014 9:19 AM
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With the 27th overall pick, the Chicago Blackhawks know they're not going to get a guy that will play in the NHL in 2014-15.
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That being said, Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman is comfortable having his prospects slowly work their way up through the system, especially given the depth that Chicago already has. "It's a decent draft; there are players we like," Bowman said. "We have a pretty good recent history of finding players who weren't highly touted going in. We're not picking early so not expecting that impact player to come in and play for or team. But if we do our job, we'll find players throughout the draft."
Agent: Hawks won't trade Patrick Sharp | 06/26/2014 12:28 PM
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Patrick Sharp's agent, Rick Curran, has received multiple assurances from Chicago GM Stan Bowman that his client won't be traded.
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"There's no truth to any rumor that Patrick Sharp is available to trade," Curran said. "He absolutely is not available. I had a meeting with Stan Bowman a week ago to ask him what was going to happen. He said, 'I don't know what's going to happen, but I can tell you that Patrick Sharp is not available right now.' When the Sportsnet guy, Nick Kypreos, erroneously made a statement and everyone went crazy, I called Stan again. I asked, 'Has anything changed?' He said, 'absolutely not.' He's full of [expletive]." The Blackhawks have been linked to Ryan Kesler and Jason Spezza in trade rumors and Sharp's name surfaced as a trade candidate, but those reports appear to be false.
Chicago's Duncan Keith has won the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman for the 2013-14 season. | 06/24/2014 9:33 PM
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Chicago's Duncan Keith has won the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman for the 2013-14 season.
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Duncan received the same honor back in 2010. He was second in points among defenseman last season with 61 in 79 games. Duncan turns 31 in July.
Duncan Keith wins 2nd career Norris Trophy | 06/24/2014 8:45 PM
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Duncan Keith was awarded his second career James Norris Trophy Tuesday as the NHL's top defenseman.
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The Chicago blueliner experienced a fantastic season in 2013-14 and beat out Boston's Zdeno Chara and Nashville's Shea Weber for the honor. Minnesota's Ryan Suter and the Blues' Alex Pietrangelo rounded out the top five vote-getters for the award.
Toews, Kane want to sign deals together | 06/24/2014 1:28 PM
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Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane have discussed signing extensions together on July 1 like they did when they agreed to identical five-year, $31.5 million contracts during the 2009-10 campaign.
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"We're in discussions right now, but as far as I know nothing is concrete," Toews said. "We'll see where it continues to go. Stan probably has a lot on his docket as the manager of our team so he's trying to get things done. Kaner and I will take it slow and make the right decision." Toews and Kane have one season left on their respective deals, but all signs point to them signing long-term extensions in short order with the Blackhawks.
Keith favorite to win Norris Trophy | 06/21/2014 11:18 AM
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Duncan Keith is regarded as the favorite to win the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman.
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He is listed as 10/11 favorite to take Norris honors according to oddsmakers. Zdeno Chara is listed as 8/5, while Shea Weber is listed as 4/1. The Trophy will be awarded next week in Las Vegas.
Report:Caps will host Hawks in Winter Classic | 06/20/2014 12:03 PM
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The Chicago Blackhawks will reportedly play against the host Washington Capitals in the 2015 Winter Classic.
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If that's true, then this will be Chicago's third outdoor game and the second time they've participated in the Winter Classic. It will, however, be the first time that they've been the visiting team in an outdoor contest.
Source: Hawks may re-sign Sheldon Brookbank | 06/20/2014 8:48 AM
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Sheldon Brookbank can become an unrestricted free agent in July.
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According to a source, Brookbank is in the mix to return next season. He played 48 games with the Blackhawks last year and appeared in seven playoff matches. Brookbank mostly serves as a depth defender for Chicago, but he can also play at forward which makes him a handy player to have.
There likely won't be much demand for Handzus | 06/17/2014 8:51 AM
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Michal Handzus might have a hard time finding a new team now that Chicago is reportedly out of the mix.
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Handzus is coming off of a rough season where he scored four goals and 16 points in 59 contests and averaged just 13:38 minutes per game. He's 37 years old now, so the once reliable secondary scorer isn't expected to do much offensively going forward.
Blackhawks won't bring back Michal Handzus | 06/16/2014 2:19 PM
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Michal Handzus won't be back with the Blackhawks next season.
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The team has informed him of their decision, so the veteran forward will test the open market as an unrestricted free agent in July. Handzus said he wasn't ready to retire, so he'll seek a job with another club in the summer. He's coming off a disappointing season, where he generated four goals and 16 points in 59 games, and at the age of 37 he probably won't demand that much in terms of salary.
Toews, Hawks should announce terms on July 1 | 06/15/2014 9:56 AM
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Chicago is hoping that Jonathan Toews will re-sign on July 1, which is the earliest possible date he can sign an extension.
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Although there's little doubt Toews will sign, the timing matters because Chicago wants to know how much cap space it will have moving forward. How much Toews and Patrick Kane, who they would also like to ink on July 1, end up demanding will influence the rest of their offseason plans.
Hawks hope to sign Patrick Kane on July 1 | 06/15/2014 9:52 AM
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Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman wants to have Patrick Kane signed on July 1.
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Kane has already made it clear that he'd like to re-sign with Chicago and the two sides shouldn't have trouble meeting that target date. The only real question is how much Kane will get as it will obviously have an impact on how much space the Blackhawks have for the team's supporting cast.
Money squeeze could land Sharp elsewhere | 06/14/2014 10:57 AM
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If the Blackhawks re-sign stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to large extended contracts this month, there is a chance Patrick Sharp may have to be moved to deal with cap issues.
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The Hawks have made no secret about their desire to ink Toews and Kane to lucrative long-term deals before July 1st. If they do, the team may not be able to afford to keep Sharp, who would fetch a good haul of young players in the trade market. Stay tuned, this could get interesting.
Chicago sees Antti Raanta as 2014-15 backup | 06/11/2014 5:03 PM
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The Chicago Blackhawks are looking for Antti Raanta to continue to serve as the team's backup goaltender in 2014-15.
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Raanta gained that role when Nikolai Khabibulin suffered a season-ending injury. The Blackhawks need to re-sign him as he's scheduled to become a restricted free agent, but it looks like they plan to do so and not pursue a veteran backup to take his place.
Hawks sign Swedish forward Dennis Rasmussen | 06/10/2014 12:17 PM
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The Chicago Blackhawks have signed Dennis Rasmussen to a one-year, two-way deal.
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Rasmussen, 23, had 16 goals and 40 points in 52 games in 2013-14. Given how deep the Blackhawks are, it would be surprising if Rasmussen made the team out of training camp. Even if he does end up getting a few stints in the NHL next season, he will probably be limited to third or fourth line duties.
Blackhawks remain source of pride for Chicago | 06/08/2014 9:25 AM
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The Chicago Cubs, hoping that they can live up to the Blackhawks' success, invited several players from the hockey team to Wrigley Field for batting practice.
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"Is that the hope for us here? Absolutely," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "The process of turning anything around may seem daunting, but you keep chipping away and it would be great for the Cubs to be a part of that championship landscape." The Blackhawks have become a source of immense pride for Chicago over the past several years. Even though the Blackhawks were unable to successfully defend the Stanley Cup in 2014, Bryan Bickell said he still hears from fans about how proud they are that the Blackhawks battled back from a 3-1 series deficit against the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference Final.
Patrick Sharp doesn't say if he was hurt | 06/07/2014 7:32 AM
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Patrick Sharp did not say when asked if he was hurt during the Stanley Cup playoffs.
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Sharp was at Wrigley Field taking batting practice on Friday and hit one to the warning track. He had taken batting practice once before at U.S. Cellular Field, the home of the White Sox, where he homered, so playing at Wrigley was another honor. Getting back to hockey, Sharp would not say if he was hurt as he struggled in the Conference final. "Everyone has something going on at this time of year," Sharp said. "To bring that kind of stuff up sounds like I'm making excuses. I'm not going to talk about that kind of stuff."
Blackhawks looking to sign Kevin Hayes | 06/07/2014 7:26 AM
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The Chicago Blackhawks are looking to sign former first round pick Kevin Hayes in the off-season.
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Hayes was selected with the 24th pick in the 2010 draft and spent four seasons with Boston College. He became a left winger this past season after three years at center and responded with a 27 goal and 65 point season in 40 games after picking up only 17 goals and 50 assists in his first three college seasons which spanned 102 games. "He's 22 years old, so he's not in that 19-year-old category. He may not be a guy who has to spend a long time developing. So that's the benefit of leaving a player in college for four years," GM Stan Bowman said. "He's got a lot of talent.

 He played his first three years as center and this last year he was on the wing. It's certainly nice to see him be able to do both. He's got the combination of size and skill and that's hard to find." His brother Jimmy was a member of the Blackhawks organization before he was dealt to Florida in the Kris Versteeg deal in November.
Blackhawks won't rush Teuvo Teravainen | 06/05/2014 11:48 AM
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The Blackhawks won't rush prospect Teuvo Teravainen.
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It wouldn't be surprising if he spent a good portion of the 2014-15 season shifting between the NHL and the AHL. "He's going to have to get stronger and playing away from the puck," coach Joel Quenneville said. "He'll adapt quickly to that." Teravainen didn't have a point in three games with Chicago this season, but he scored two goals in five appearances with Rockford in the minors.
Michal Handzus not ready to call it a career | 06/05/2014 11:42 AM
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Michal Handzus isn't ready to retire yet, but he may not be back with the Blackhawks next season.
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"I'll be playing," said the 37-year-old pending unrestricted free agent. "I know what my situation is. I'm not a young guy anymore so we'll see what's going to happen. Obviously this year wasn't the year I'd hoped it would be. I'll put work in, in the summer. Get my body in better shape and we'll see what happens next year." He produced just four goals and 16 points in 59 games this past season.
Patrick Kane loves playing in Chicago | 06/05/2014 11:35 AM
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Patrick Kane would gladly welcome signing a contract extension with the Chicago Blackhawks.
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That should come as no surprise. Kane and Jonathan Toews have one year left on their respective contract and the Blackhawks have made signing them to extensions their top off-season priority. "I know we both love it here in Chicago, love playing here and having the chance to win every year," said Kane. Agent Pat Brisson represents both players and Chicago GM Stan Bowman is excited to start the negotiation process.
Peter Regin uncertain if Hawks want him back | 06/04/2014 5:00 PM
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Peter Regin isn't sure if he factors into the Blackhawks' future plans.
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Chicago acquired Regin from the Ottawa Senators, but didn't use him much during the playoffs. He's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. For what it's worth, Regin would like to re-sign with Chicago.
Brandon Saad steps up in sophomore season | 06/04/2014 9:07 AM
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Brandon Saad had a very successful sophomore season.
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Saad scored 19 goals and 47 points in 78 games in 2013-14, but he did even better in the playoffs with six goals and 16 points in 19 contests. "I think he's kind of taken his game up to that next level," Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman said. "He had a very good season in general; it wasn't just he past few weeks. But you're looking for, expecting him to kind of play up to that level starting next year." We wouldn't be surprised if he surpasses the 50-point mark in 2014-15 while getting plenty of time on one of the Blackhawks' top two lines.
Johnny Oduya was hurt in Game 7 of WCF | 06/04/2014 9:02 AM
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Johnny Oduya sustained an undisclosed injury in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final.
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Had Chicago advanced to the Stanley Cup Final, Oduya might not have been able to play. Given that the Kings eliminated the Blackhawks though, Oduya has plenty of time to recover.
Andrew Shaw will rehab right knee injury | 06/04/2014 9:00 AM
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Andrew Shaw will spend some of the summer rehabbing a right knee injury.
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Shaw was sidelined for about three weeks due to the injury before he returned on May 24. "Obviously it was painful but at a time like that, you feel like the team needs you and you want to be a part of it," Shaw said. "So you push through it." He's expected to be fine for the start of training camp.
Hawks' top priority's re-signing Kane, Toews | 06/04/2014 8:57 AM
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Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman's highest priority this offseason will be re-signing Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.
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Toews and Kane's contracts run through 2014-15, but Bowman would understandably rather avoid a scenario where questions about their future persist into the season. "There's no doubting the importance of those two players. The direction this franchise has taken has really been in tandem with those two players," Bowman said. "When Patrick and Jonathan came on to the scene, it really breathed life into our franchise and into our team. They've played a huge part in this." Ultimately, they should get both players signed. The bigger question is at what price and how much the raise Kane and Toews will get will impact their ability to build around them.
Blackhawks look for more out of Versteeg | 06/03/2014 5:40 PM
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Chicago's hoping for more out of Kris Versteeg in 2014-15.
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Versteeg was listed as a healthy scratch for four games during the playoffs and logged just 3:44 minutes of ice time in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final. He got off to the campaign on the wrong foot because of a knee injury that he spent his summer recovering from, but he's healthy going into the 2014 offseason.
Hawks to start contract talks with Smith soon | 06/03/2014 3:28 PM
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The Chicago Blackhawks plan to enter into contract talks with Ben Smith in the coming weeks.
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Smith is scheduled to be a restricted free agent, so there's no urgency. Still, it's fair to assume that he'll get a meaningful raise from his 2013-14 salary of $575,000.
Antti Raanta projected to backup in 2014-15 | 06/03/2014 2:41 PM
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Look for Antti Raanta to be back as the Chicago Blackhawks' backup goaltender in 2014-15.
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Raanta spent most of the campaign in that role, but that was because Nikolai Khabibulin suffered a season-ending injury. It looks like Chicago won't go down the route of signing another veteran to backup Corey Crawford. They do need to come to terms with Raanta though, as he's a restricted free agent.
Defensive woes sank Blackhawks | 06/03/2014 9:26 AM
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Chicago struggled defensively against Los Angeles in the Western Conference Final.
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The Kings ended up winning the series in Game 7 after Chicago conceded the lead three times. Their worst collapse though came in Game 2 when the Blackhawks had a 2-0 lead late in the second period and Los Angeles responded with six unanswered goals. "Obviously we gave up a lot of leads this series, especially," Duncan Keith said. "You go back to Game 2, we had the lead going into the third. I don't know. We played hard, but it just seemed like obviously you've got to give L.A. a lot of credit. They were resilient and never gave up. In Game 7, overtime, anything can happen."
Toews isn't happy with almost making it | 06/03/2014 9:22 AM
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As good as this campaign was for the Blackhawks, Jonathan Toews expects better in 2014-15.
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"People forget pretty quick about the team that came up short. We never want to be that team. You can learn something from it but right now we're not going to accept that or think about that," Toews said. "It's tough. You never want to lose. When you get the chance to win a Cup and then win another one, you see how great it feels and how amazing it is to be a part of a group like that that gives everything to get the result you want, especially when the city of Chicago rallies around you. To come up short, it's not fun, especially knowing what we're missing out on." Before Chicago has a chance to compete for the Stanley Cup again, the Blackhawks will likely begin their contract negotiations with Toews. His current deal won't expire until the summer of 2015, but Chicago would probably prefer to have the matter settled before the 2014-15 campaign even begins. Toews is in line for a big payday, but how much of a hometown discount he's willing to give Chicago will ha
Quenneville is very proud of Chicago | 06/03/2014 9:14 AM
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Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville remained upbeat about his team after their elimination.
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Chicago lost to Los Angeles in Game 7 of the Western Conference Final. "I couldn't be more proud of our guys, the way we competed in tough situations, down 3-1 (in the series) and one shot away from trying to do it again," Quenneville said. "We were pretty close to getting to the big dance. Look how close we were, how competitive it was. It's a tough league. Tough thing to do, to win the Cup." Chicago is likely to stay competitive for many years to come as their core is still pretty young.
Hawks can start talking with Toews, Kane soon | 06/02/2014 5:47 PM
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The Chicago Blackhawks can start negotiating long-term contracts for potential unrestricted free agents Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane on July 1.
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Both players have one year left on their respective deals. Chicago GM Stan Bowman expects to get his cornerstone forwards locked up and then the Blackhawks have the depth in their system to be contenders for a long time. "Top to bottom, we've got a lot of talent. I think we've got more character than anything," said Toews. "I could go on and on about that all day. Tough way to go down. It just goes to show how tough it is to win a Stanley Cup, let alone one time, but twice and twice in a row. It's pretty amazing to think what this team has accomplished and again, there's no satisfaction at all for one minute. I think that's the only reason we came this far."

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