Blackhawks Rumors & News

  • Blackhawks among teams in contention to land Jimmy Vesey

    CSN Chicago "Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said at the ninth annual Blackhawks Convention that he's prepared to enter the 2016-17 season with the roster as currently constructed, but there could be one more addition coming, and an impactful one at that. Coveted free agent forward Jimmy Vesey will..." July 28

  • N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman Continues to Deny C.T.E. Link

    New York Times "Responding to written questions from a United States senator about the effects of concussions in hockey, N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman continued to deny a link between concussions and the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E. He blamed the news media for fanning fear of..." July 27

  • Hawks, David Rundblad agree to mutual termination of contract

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Blackhawks and defenseman David Rundblad have parted ways, mutually agreeing to a termination of his contract. Rundblad’s agent, Claude Lemieux, said Rundblad wanted to “explore other opportunities.” Rundblad, acquired by the Hawks from Arizona (in exchange for a second-round pick) on March..." July 26

  • Kris Versteeg expected to sign with Swiss League

    The Score "Kris Versteeg appears to be taking his talents across the Atlantic. The 30-year-old is expected to sign with SC Bern of the Swiss National League this weekend, according to TSN's Darren Dreger. " July 22

  • NHL TV schedule stinks, ignores Connor McDavid

    Sporting News "Connor McDavid could be one of the few best players in the NHL. Like, right now. He was also born in 1997. So, you'd think the best hockey talent to come along since Sidney Crosby would pop up on national American TV a couple times this season. You'd also be wrong. Exactly zero Oilers..." July 21

  • Brad Richards Retires After 15 Seasons

    NHL.com "Brad Richards is announcing his retirement today from the National Hockey League (NHL), following a decorated career that spanned 15 seasons. Richards played a total of 1,126 career NHL games with five different teams: Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks and..." July 20

  • Signing-bonus laden contracts could lead to next lockout

    TSN "If you needed any evidence that another NHL lockout might be on the horizon, look no further than the type of free agent contracts executed during the 2015-2016 off-season. Admittedly, this is attempting to project the future, the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) is fully binding..." July 19

  • Hossa not thinking about 500th goal despite sitting on 499

    The Score "Marian Hossa knows it's only a matter of time. The veteran, who will turn 38 on Jan. 12, is heading into next season with 499 career regular-season goals. He's one away from a milestone. But it's not really on his mind. "To tell you the truth, I never even thought about it this summer,"..." July 17

  • Why Corey Crawford considered leaving NHL before breakthrough with Blackhawks

    CSN Chicago "Corey Crawford is the only goaltender in Blackhawks history to have his named engraved on the Stanley Cup twice, a starter nonetheless. But it almost never happened. After spending five years in the American Hockey League from 2006-10 with the Norfolk Admirals — the Blackhawks' minor-league..." July 17

  • Keith, Seabrook pushed ‘Hawks GM to sign Tootoo

    Chicago Sun-Times "Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook aren’t just the Blackhawks’ alternate captains. They’re apparently the alternate general managers, too. The signing of veteran enforcer Jordin Tootoo this summer was initiated by the Hawks’ defensemen, who recruited him and turned GM Stan Bowman onto him. Keith,..." July 17

  • Blackhawks president: Shaw trade 'a tough one for a lot of reasons'

    Chicago Tribune "Once the most difficult year in more than three decades as a Chicago sports executive ended with a first-round playoff loss, Blackhawks President John McDonough retreated to his office hoping for a more conventional offseason than the last one. Normalcy greeted McDonough in the way of..." July 16

  • Blackhawks glad to have Brian Campbell back in the fold

    CSN Chicago "Patrick Kane could always appreciate the puck-moving defenseman, a big fan of Johnny Oduya during his few seasons here. So naturally he was thrilled to see Brian Campbell back in the Blackhawks’ fold. “What an amazing pickup,” Kane said prior to the Blackhawks’ convention kickoff on Friday..." July 16

  • Blackhawks sign Mark McNeill to one-year contract

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Chicago Blackhawks have had to go through yet another salary cap crunch this summer that has forced several key players out the door, including Teuvo Teravainen, Andrew Shaw and Andrew Ladd. Those departures are going to create openings that could be filled by younger players coming through..." July 15

  • Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

    Yardbarker "Never mind the fact the NHL expansion draft won’t take place for another yea, it has had an very strong effect on the happenings of the current offseason. Even before league commissioner Gary Bettman made the official announcement that the NHL will be adding a team in Las Vegas, it appeared..." July 15

  • NHL reaches landmark in-market streaming deal with Fox Sports

    Fox Sports "The NHL recently reached an agreement with Fox Sports for in-market streaming. Although not finalized, an agreement has been reached after negotiations spanning the course of five years. The agreement will allow in-market streaming of NHL games that are broadcast on Fox’s regional sports networks..." July 14

  • Eight NHL teams that could be active in trade market this offseason

    USA Today "While the high-profile unrestricted free agents have all been claimed, offseason shopping is far from finished. Free agents such as Sam Gagner, Justin Schultz, Matt Carle, Kris Versteeg and James Wisniewski are still available. i Now multiple teams are looking to make trades to ease their..." July 11

  • AHL announces new rules on fighting that could come to the NHL

    Puck Drunk Love "The AHL has announced new rules regarding fighting and they may eventually impact the future of fighting in the NHL. The new rules are an attempt to cut down on staged fights and aim to eliminate players who fall into the “goon” category. First, AHL players won’t be able to fight after a..." July 07

  • Top 50 defenseman rankings for July

    NHL.com "This offseason hasn't brought a lot of player movement along the blue line, but the outlook for fantasy defensemen heading into this NHL season did have a major change. Prior to the start of free agency, two big-name defensemen switched teams in a one-for-one trade, sparking plenty of debate in..." July 07

  • ‘Hawks sign Jordin Tootoo — one year, $750,000

    Pro Hockey Talk "Chicago has added some sandpaper to its forward group, inking veteran winger Jordin Tootoo to a one-year contract. From the club: Tootoo, 33, has played the last two seasons with the New Jersey Devils where he scored four goals and notched five assists in 66 games during the 2015-16..." July 05

  • Blackhawks prospect Forsling could return to Sweden next season

    The Athletic "Gustav Forsling may be another season away from joining the Blackhawks. Forsling, a defenseman prospect, will likely return to Sweden to play next season if he doesn’t make the NHL team out of training camp, his agent Gerry Johannson said Saturday. Johannson said the Blackhawks have to offer..." July 04

  • Andrew Ladd hopes to get Islanders to 'next level'

    NHL.com "The New York Islanders on Friday brought in two veterans they hope will get them to the next level while allowing three of their longest-tenured players to leave in free agency. On the opening day of free agency, the Islanders agreed in principle on a seven-year contract with former Chicago..." July 02

  • Andrew Ladd signs with Islanders on massive seven year deal

    SB Nation "The Andrew Ladd experiment is officially over in Chicago, as the left winger has signed with the New York Islanders on a seven-year deal. Ladd was brought to the Blackhawks at the trade deadline to bolster Chicago’s scoring touch. Even though the few months in Chicago did not work out, Ladd has..." July 01

  • Flyers sign forward Dale Weise to 4 year, $9.4 million deal

    Broad Street Hockey "The rumors were apparently true: forward Dale Weise has reportedly signed with the Philadelphia Flyers. TSN’s Bob McKenzie said on television that the deal is a four-year deal worth more than $2 million per season. Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet confirmed that it’s a total of $9.4 million per..." July 01

  • Blackhawks to buy out Rundblad

    The Score "The Chicago Blackhawks are clearing a bit more salary cap space. The club has placed defenseman David Rundblad on waivers for the purpose of a contract buyout, according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN." July 01

  • Blackhawks have reportedly reached out to Thomas Vanek

    Second City Hockey "The Chicago Blackhawks aren't in cap hell anymore. That said, they only actually have 10 forwards under contract for next season, so they still need to make use of their cap space and sign a couple of players. Thomas Vanek is a name that popped up on the market a year earlier than expected. The..." July 01

  • Blackhawks lure Brian Campbell back to Chicago

    Chicago Sun-Times "Brian Campbell is coming home. Well, technically, Campbell is from Strathroy, Ontario, about halfway between Detroit and Toronto. But ever since his three-year stint with the Blackhawks from 2008-2011, Chicago has been his second home. His wife is from Chicago. He lives in the area during the..." July 01

  • Islanders hosting Andrew Ladd

    The Score "The New York Islanders are hosting pending free-agent forward Andrew Ladd, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday. Ladd has made it clear he wants to play for a contender, and with Kyle Okposo set to hit the market, Isles' general manger Garth Snow could be looking at a suitable replacement. " June 30

  • Blackhawks' Toews thanks Weber for leaving Central Division

    The Score "While the Montreal Canadiens faithful appear devastated to see P.K. Subban traded to the Nashville Predators for fellow defenseman Shea Weber, Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is relieved by the ramifications of the trade. Toews has battled against Weber since he joined the NHL in..." June 30

  • Brian Campbell likely heading back to Chicago, per report

    Second City Hockey "The signs keep pointing to Brian Campbell's return to the Chicago Blackhawks. Campbell is an unrestricted free agent on July 1, and it "sounds like he's headed back to Chicago," reports the Miami Herald's George Richards. A beat writer for the Panthers, Richards says the team expects Campbell to..." June 30

  • Blackhawks re-sign Michal Rozsival, Brandon Mashinter

    Chicago Tribune "Michal Rozsival isn't ready to call it a career just yet. The 37-year-old defenseman will be back with the Hawks next season after agreeing to a one-year contract, the team announced Wednesday. The Hawks also announced winger Brandon Mashinter signed a one-year deal. " June 30

  • Predators speak to free agents Andrew Ladd, Loui Eriksson

    Tennessean "Ahead of the opening of the NHL free agent market Friday, the Predators have expressed interest in and spoken to pending free agent forwards Andrew Ladd and Loui Eriksson, according to agent J.P. Barry. Ladd finished last season with the Blackhawks, scoring eight goals and 12 points in 19..." June 29

  • Canadiens, Islanders, Lightning among suitors for Andrew Ladd

    NESN "Steven Stamkos is the grand prize of the NHL’s free-agent market this summer, but veteran winger Andrew Ladd is a pretty good consolation prize for teams that miss out on the Tampa Bay Lightning center. TSN’s Darren Dreger reported Wednesday a list of several teams interested in acquiring the..." June 29

  • Andrew Shaw's agent says they didn’t ask for $4.5 million from the Blackhawks

    The Athletic "Andrew Shaw wanted to get paid in his next contract with the Blackhawks, but he wasn’t demanding anything unreasonable, his agent Pat Brisson said Tuesday. “The Blackhawks did everything they could to sign ‘Shawzsy,’” Brisson said in a phone interview on Tuesday. “They just don’t have the cap..." June 29

  • Canadiens contacted UFA Dale Weise

    The Score "Is "Dutch Gretzky" making a return to Montreal? The Canadiens have reportedly reached out to unrestricted free agent Dale Weise with a view to bringing him back to the club on a new deal, according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN." June 28

  • Habs sign Andrew Shaw to six-year deal worth $23.4 million

    Montreal Gazette "It didn’t take long for Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin to collect Andrew Shaw’s autograph on a new contract. The Canadiens announced Monday night that Shaw has signed a six-year deal worth $23.4 million. That represents an annual cap hit of $3.9 million, which is slightly more than the..." June 28

  • Ranking the top 20 NHL unrestricted free agents

    USA Today "The NHL free agent signing period doesn’t start until Friday at noon, ET, but teams have been allowed to talk to potential free agents since Saturday. Scorers are in short supply, as are impact defensemen, particularly right-shot defensemen. Here is a ranking of the top 20 potential..." June 27

  • Andrew Shaw is looking forward to joining the Montreal Canadiens this season

    CSN Chicago "Andrew Shaw and Montreal general manager Marc Bergevin go back a few years. It was Bergevin, when he was assistant general manager with the Blackhawks, who signed Shaw to his entry-level contract. And now they’re together again. “He likes the rat in me, the work ethic,” Shaw said on Saturday..." June 26

  • NHL Draft Picks Tracker

    NHL.com "The first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at First Niagara Center on Friday marked the first step toward an NHL career for 30 young men. NHL.com has the vital information and analysis for each selection here. DATA TRACKER: PICK-BY-PICK 1. Toronto Maple Leafs - Auston Matthews, C,..." June 25

  • Blackhawks trade Andrew Shaw to Montreal for two picks

    Chicago Sun-Times "Three years to the day Andrew Shaw became a Blackhawks icon — blood streaking down his cheek as he unleashed a primal scream and raised the Stanley Cup over his head — he became just another Blackhawks cap casualty. The Hawks traded the irascible — and “irreplaceable,” in Joel Quenneville’s..." June 25

  • Blackhawks' Shaw asking for at least $4.5M per year on next deal

    Chicago Tribune "Normally Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman conducts his business with other general managers by phone. But perhaps Bowman's phone bill won't be quite as high this weekend considering he will be in the same room with the other 29 NHL GMs. If he needs to discuss a deal, he can just walk over..." June 24

  • NHL Entry Draft's later rounds wrongly ignored on many levels

    Edmonton Journal "The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will unfold this Friday, when the Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to draft Auston Matthews first overall. History has proven the first round is usually where the most prolific offensive players are chosen. The top-25 point producers during the last five NHL seasons..." June 24

  • Blackhawks seem optimistic as they negotiate a new contract with Andrew Shaw

    CSN Chicago "We’re entering the meaty portion of this offseason. The NHL draft begins Friday in Buffalo and free agency commences July 1. The Blackhawks have selections to make, questions to answer and a roster to shape. And so it begins again. With the salary cap set at $73 million for the 2016-17..." June 24

  • Patrick Kane wins 2016 Hart Trophy

    Second City Hockey "Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane won the 2015-16 Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player, the league announced Wednesday at the 2016 NHL Awards at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Dallas Stars winger Jamie Benn and Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby were the..." June 22

  • Patrick Kane wins 2016 Ted Lindsay Award

    Second City Hockey "Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane won the 2015-16 Ted Lindsay Award as the NHL's most outstanding player, the league announced Wednesday at the 2016 NHL Awards at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The award is voted on by fellow members of the NHL Players Association. Kane, 27,..." June 22

  • Blackhawks' Artemi Panarin Wins 2015-16 Calder Trophy

    Hockey Fights "Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin has won the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League,” as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Panarin received votes on all 150..." June 22

  • NHL confirms expansion to Las Vegas for 2017-18 season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday that the league's Board of Governors unanimously approved expansion to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season. Bill Foley will be principal owner of the franchise, which will play its home games at the recently opened T-Mobile Arena. Foley and his..." June 22

  • Here's your handy guide to how the NHL's Las Vegas expansion draft will work

    SB Nation "The NHL announced their expansion into Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon. That's all very exciting for their fans and the city of Las Vegas, but the fans of the other 30 teams are probably wondering what this means for their clubs. That's because an expansion draft is coming in 2017. Every NHL..." June 22

  • Report: Brian Campbell interested in returning to the ‘Hawks

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Blackhawks might get some defensive help from a familiar source…well, if the price is right at least. Brian Campbell, who is expected to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, “has serious interest” in playing for Chicago again, according to Chicago Tribune writer Chris Kuc’s..." June 22

  • NHL sets 2016-17 salary cap at $73M

    The Score "The salary cap for the 2016-17 NHL season has been set at $73 million, with a floor of $54 million, the league and NHLPA announced on Tuesday. The new cap marks an increase $1.6 million (2.2 percent) from last season, and comes from the NHLPA's vote to use its five-percent growth factor." June 22

  • Report: Blackhawks are ‘seriously kicking tires on Evgeni Malkin’

    Pro Hockey Talk "A few weeks ago, Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos predicted the Stanley Cup Final would be the last series for Evgeni Malkin in a Pittsburgh Penguins uniform. The prediction got a fair bit of attention at the time, but then everyone’s focus turned to the games. Malkin had a frustrating start against..." June 21