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Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford faced only 24 shots on Friday and stopped all but one of them. | 11/28/2014 7:12 PM
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Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford faced only 24 shots on Friday and stopped all but one of them.
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Impact
Crawford posted a .958 save percent to capture his 10th victory of the season. He is 10-5-1 with a 1.98 GAA and .926 save percentage.
Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane scored twice on Friday against the Ducks. | 11/28/2014 7:08 PM
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Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane scored twice on Friday against the Ducks.
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Impact
Kane scored about halfway through the second period and then added an empty-netter with a minute left in the game. Kane had eight shots on goal and finished plus-three. He has eight goals and 13 assists in 22 games this season.
Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford stopped 27 shots in a victory Wednesday against Colorado. | 11/27/2014 11:18 AM
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Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford stopped 27 shots in a victory Wednesday against Colorado.
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Impact
Crawford saw 29 total shots on goal, and raised his record to 10-5-1 with a 1.98 GAA and .926 save percentage. He continues to be a solid option.
Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews scored scored a goal in Wednesday's win over the Avalanche. | 11/27/2014 11:16 AM
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Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews scored scored a goal in Wednesday's win over the Avalanche.
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Impact
He also had five shots on goal and now has 19 points through 22 games.
Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford allowed just one goal in Saturday's win versus Edmonton. | 11/23/2014 10:50 AM
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Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford allowed just one goal in Saturday's win versus Edmonton.
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Impact
He stopped 24-of-25 shots on goal and simply continued his stellar play this season. Crawford is now 9-4-1 with a 1.90 GAA and .928 save percentage.
Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews scored two goals in Chicago's 7-1 victory against the Oilers. | 11/23/2014 10:46 AM
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Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews scored two goals in Chicago's 7-1 victory against the Oilers.
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Impact
He is as steady as they come, and Toews now has 18 points and a +5 rating on the season.
Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane had two points in Saturday's win over Edmonton. | 11/23/2014 10:45 AM
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Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane had two points in Saturday's win over Edmonton.
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Impact
He had a goal and an assist, along with two shots on goal and a +1 rating on the night. Kane has now recorded a point in four-consecutive games and at least two points over his past three. He has eight goals and 18 points through 20 games, and it seems Kane is starting to really heat up.
Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa had a big night Saturday against the Oilers. | 11/23/2014 10:41 AM
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Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa had a big night Saturday against the Oilers.
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Impact
Hossa had one goal and three assists, along with a +2 rating on the night. He now has recorded at least one point in six of his past seven games, and now has 15 points this season.
Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp is close to skating according to the Chicago Sun-Times. | 11/20/2014 4:33 PM
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Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp is close to skating according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
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Impact
Sharp could join the team on their road trip but not play. He will not immediately return to game action once he starts skating, however, he will be close at that point.
Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp's is close to skating according to the Chicago Sun-Times. | 11/20/2014 4:32 PM
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Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp's is close to skating according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
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Impact
Sharp could join the team on their road trip but not play. He will not immediately return to game action once he starts skating, however, he will be close at that point.
Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw will miss Thursday's game due to an upper body issue, according to Chicsgo Sun-Times beat reporter Mark Lazerus. | 11/20/2014 3:06 PM
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Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw will miss Thursday's game due to an upper body issue, according to Chicsgo Sun-Times beat reporter Mark Lazerus.
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Impact
Shaw has three goals and three assists in 18 games. Added with a minus 4 rating makes him a non-fantasy factor.
Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp's "indefinite" timetable has become the next two to three weeks with a leg injury. | 11/18/2014 3:07 PM
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Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp's "indefinite" timetable has become the next two to three weeks with a leg injury.
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Impact
He has missed the last five games. Sharp has three goals and six assists in 13 games and was close to a point-a-game guy in 2013-14 (78 in 82 games).
Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford took the loss Friday against the Red Wings. | 11/14/2014 9:59 PM
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Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford took the loss Friday against the Red Wings.
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Impact
He made 33 saves on 36 shots, but it was not enough. Crawford is now 6-4-1 this season.
Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane scored the team's lone goal in Friday's loss to Detroit. | 11/14/2014 9:57 PM
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Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane scored the team's lone goal in Friday's loss to Detroit.
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Impact
He had six shots on goal, but was also -3 on the night. Kane now has 11 points in 17 games, and is still looking to really get going.
Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford was superb on Tuesday against the red-hot Lightning. | 11/12/2014 10:06 AM
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Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford was superb on Tuesday against the red-hot Lightning.
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Impact
Crawford stopped 25-of-27 shots in regulation and overtime, then turned aside all three Lightning shootout attempts. Patrick Kane scored in the shootout, and Chicago won, 3-2. Crawford is now 6-3-1.
Blackhawks center Brad Richards scored his third goal of the season on Tuesday. | 11/12/2014 10:02 AM
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Blackhawks center Brad Richards scored his third goal of the season on Tuesday.
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Impact
Richards tied the game at one with a score at the 9:13 mark of the second period. Kris Versteeg and Brandon Saad had the assists. Chicago went on to win in a shootout due to Patrick Kane's shootout goal.
Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith scored against the Capitals. | 11/08/2014 10:17 AM
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Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith scored against the Capitals.
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Impact
Chicago jumped out to a, 2-0, lead, but allowed three second period goals and lost, 3-2. Keith has eight points and a plus-two rating this season.
Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury. | 11/05/2014 10:56 AM
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Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury.
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Impact
Coach Joel Quenneville said "Sharp is probably going to be out a bit." We are still waiting to find out as many details as possible. Stay tuned.
Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford pitched a shutout Tuesday against the Canadiens. | 11/04/2014 10:36 PM
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Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford pitched a shutout Tuesday against the Canadiens.
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Impact
he had lost his previous two starts, but stopped all 28 shots on Tuesday. This could get Crawford going, as he is now 4-2-1 overall.
Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford pitched a shutout Tuesday against the Canadiens. | 11/04/2014 10:36 PM
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Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford pitched a shutout Tuesday against the Canadiens.
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Impact
He had lost his previous two starts, but stopped all 28 shots on Tuesday. This could get Crawford going, as he is now 4-2-1 overall.
Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane scored his fourth goal of the season. | 11/04/2014 10:33 PM
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Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane scored his fourth goal of the season.
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Impact
He has only nine points in 13 games, but owners should not worry, as Kane is one of the best offensive players in the entire league.
Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews recorded two points in Tuesday's win over Montreal. | 11/04/2014 10:32 PM
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Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews recorded two points in Tuesday's win over Montreal.
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Impact
He had a goal and an assist, along with four shots on goal and two penalty minutes. Toews now has 10 points on the season, and owners should expect that total to increase quickly.
Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford was not particularly sharp in his return to the ice on Saturday. | 11/01/2014 10:42 PM
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Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford was not particularly sharp in his return to the ice on Saturday.
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Impact
Crawford allowed three goals on 27 shots for a .889 save percentage against the Maple Leafs. It was the goaltender's first game in two weeks. It was Crawford first regulation-loss this season.
Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews scored two goals Thursday against Ottawa. | 10/30/2014 10:18 PM
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Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews scored two goals Thursday against Ottawa.
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Impact
Toews now has four goals, and eight points overall. Look for this game to get him going.
Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa broke out of his slump on Thursday. | 10/30/2014 10:17 PM
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Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa broke out of his slump on Thursday.
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Impact
He had only three points coming into the game, but recorded one goal and one assist, along with a +2 rating and four shots on goal. Owners will hope that this gets Hossa rolling.
Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp notched two points on Saturday against the Blues. | 10/25/2014 10:51 PM
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Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp notched two points on Saturday against the Blues.
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Impact
He had a goal and an assist, and now has eight points on the season. Sharp will continue to produce well for fantasy owners, as he plays on one of the best offensive teams in the league
Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw score his third goal of the season on Thursday against the Predators. | 10/23/2014 10:55 PM
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Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw score his third goal of the season on Thursday against the Predators.
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Impact
The goal cut the Nashville lead to 3-2 with about seven minutes left in the third period. The Predators held on to win, though, 3-2. Shaw had one shot on goal and a plus-one rating.
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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.
Chicago Sun-Times

Impact
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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Impact
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.
Chicago Sun-Times

Impact
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.
Chicago Sun-Times

Impact
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.
Brian Hedger on Twitter

Impact
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.
Chicago Sun-Times

Impact
"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.
Chris Kuc on Twitter

Impact
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.
New York Post

Impact
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.
CSN Chicago

Impact
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.
CSN Chicago

Impact
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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Impact
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.
CSN Chicago

Impact
"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.
CSN Chicago

Impact
"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.
Pro Hockey Talk

Impact
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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Impact
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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Impact
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.
Darren Dreger on Twitter

Impact
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.
Darren Dreger on Twitter

Impact
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.
CSN Chicago

Impact
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.
Chicago Tribune

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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.
Chicago Tribune

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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.
Chris Kuc on Twitter

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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.
Mark Lazerus on Twitter

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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.
Mark Lazerus on Twitter

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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.
Chicago Sun-Times

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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.
Rotoworld.com

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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.
Chicago Tribune

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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.

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