Blackhawks Rumors & News

  • Patrick Kane declines invite to go to World Championships

    Fanrag Sports "Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane is rarely available for the World Championships in May. When the international tournament is being played out, the Blackhawks are typically still deep in postseason play; this season’s early first-round exit is an anomaly for the current incarnation of the..." April 25

  • Blackhawks fire their AHL head coach

    Pro Hockey Talk "Yesterday, the Chicago Blackhawks fired longtime assistant coach Mike Kitchen. Today, it was longtime AHL coach Ted Dent who got the ax. Dent has been the head coach of the Rockford IceHogs the past six seasons, and he was an assistant coach for Chicago’s AHL affiliate the previous five..." April 25

  • Quenneville upset by Kitchen's firing

    NBC Chicago "The Chicago Blackhawks made the first move of their offseason on Monday when they cut ties with assistant coach Mike Kitchen, but according to a report, not everyone in the organization was on board with the move. That includes head coach Joel Quenneville, who was miffed by the decision to fire..." April 25

  • Blackhawks fire assistant coach Kitchen after playoff sweep

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After being swept in the first round of the playoffs, Blackhawks’ GM Stan Bowman promised there would be changes in Chicago and the first decision has come down. The team has fired Assistant Coach Mike Kitchen, and released this statement: We believe this decision is best for our..." April 24

  • Blackhawks' Bowman: Quenneville safe, but other changes coming

    TSN "The Chicago Blakhawks suffered their second straight first-round playoff exit on Thursday in a four-game sweep by the Nashville Predators. The Blackhawks, who finished as the top team in the Western Conference during the regular season, were outscored 13-3 by the Predators and were held without..." April 22

  • Predators complete stunning sweep of Blackhawks

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- By not planning on a sweep, the Nashville Predators accomplished what few thought was possible. Roman Josi scored twice, Colton Sissons and Viktor Arvidsson each chipped in a goal and an assist, and Pekka Rinne capped an otherworldly series with 30 saves Thursday night as..." April 21

  • Kane: Wins in close games gave Blackhawks false sense of security

    Chicago Sun-Times "Patrick Kane slumped his locker, his body language betraying the level tone of his voice. Like everybody else in the aftermath of the Predators’ stunning sweep of the once-mighty Blackhawks, he was trying to figure out how a 50-win season ended so suddenly, so pathetically. “Maybe we won a..." April 21

  • Fiala's OT goal gives Preds 3-0 lead over Blackhawks

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Chicago Blackhawks finally cracked the code on Pekka Rinne and owned a two-goal lead Monday night in the third period of Game 3 in their Western Conference first-round playoff series. But none of that mattered when the Nashville Predators chased them down on two Filip..." April 18

  • Chicago Blackhawks Recall Baun, Motte, Gustafsson From AHL

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Chicago Blackhawks have brought up some “Black Aces”, recalling Kyle Baun, Tyler Motte and Erik Gustafsson from the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs. None of the three are expected to play in the important game four match against the Nashville Predators. In the playoffs every year, teams recall..." April 18

  • Rinne, Predators earn second straight shutout win over Blackhawks

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne insisted that his second consecutive shutout had more to do with the way his teammates played defense in front of him than the way he stopped pucks. Rinne's coach smiled when he heard about the comment. "He's lying, first of all,"..." April 16

  • The Chicago Blackhawks are using a really dumb slogan for the playoffs

    Yardbarker "Playoff mottos and slogans are extremely common in the sporting world. In the NHL, they work like clockwork. Every playoff team rushes to start their new slogans and campaigns as soon as the regular season concludes and the hunt for the Stanley Cup begins. As you might expect, most are pretty..." April 16

  • Hawks not panicking, but Joel Quenneville is already tinkering

    Chicago Sun-Times "In the middle of practice Friday at the United Center, Jonathan Toews stickhandled a couple of times, shimmied his way past an imaginary defender, roofed a shot over an imaginary goaltender, then celebrated the imaginary feat — pirouetting with his stick raised high above his head. So no, a 1-0..." April 15

  • Predators blank Blackhawks for Game 1 win

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- The Nashville Predators never gave Pekka Rinne much breathing room to work with on Thursday. So when the Predators found themselves with a golden opportunity to steal a victory on the road in Game 1 of their Western Conference playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks, Rinne..." April 14

  • Bowman: Blackhawks' expansion plans set

    TSN "Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said Thursday his team's plans for the upcoming Vegas Golden Knights expansion draft are set. "I could tell you, but I'm not going to," Bowman said at a news conference ahead of Game 1 against the Nashville Predators. "Yeah, we have that figured..." April 14

  • Team USA Names Fifteen Players To World Championship Squad

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though some of the names had already been confirmed, USA Hockey has released a full list of the 15 players that have agreed to play in the upcoming World Championships. The team so far is as follows: Nick Bjugstad (Florida Panthers) Daniel Brickley (Minnesota State, undrafted) J.T. Compher..." April 13

  • No local blackouts for NBC’s cable 1st round NHL Playoff telecasts except in two cities

    Awful Announcing "As the NHL Playoffs are about to begin, one of the pet peeves for NBC was that it had to black out its telecasts in the local U.S. home markets in the first round. Take the Chicago-Nashville series for example. In the past, NBCSN or its sister networks would be blacked out to protect the Comcast..." April 12

  • NHL Releases Official Draft Lottery Odds

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL has released the official odds for the upcoming draft lottery, which determines the order in which each team outside the playoffs will select in this year’s entry draft. The Colorado Avalanche lead the way with an 18% chance of winning, while the Vegas Golden Knights will be given the same..." April 12

  • Maxim Shalunov Ends Negotiations Due To Olympic Decision

    Pro Hockey Rumors "While it’s still not clear how the NHL’s decision to forego the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang will affect the contract negotiations of certain free agents already in the league, it has now officially claimed its first victims overseas. In a piece from AFP published this morning on Yahoo..." April 11

  • Artem Anisimov set to return for Blackhawks in Game 1 vs. Predators

    CSN Chicago "It was frustrating for Artem Anisimov to miss the final month of the regular season. The second-line center was at the top of his game when he suffered an injury to his left leg in Montreal on March 14. Still, there are silver linings to everything; in Anisimov’s case, it’s being ready for the..." April 11

  • How NHL nixing the Olympics is a harbinger of another lockout

    New York Post "This is what the NHL and Gary Bettman do when they don’t get their way: They take their puck and go home. Or stay home. They refuse to play. They did it through Owners’ Lockouts I, II and III in 1994, 2004 and 2012 and they’re doing it again with the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South..." April 09

  • Artem Anisimov ‘good to go’ for Game 1 of the playoffs

    Chicago Sun-Times "Center Artem Anisimov will be ready to go for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Anisimov, who suffered an apparent leg injury last month, has been skating well in Chicago during the team’s season-ending road trip and will be in the lineup when the..." April 09

  • Kings' OT goal send Blackhawks to fourth straight loss

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- In their final home game of a disappointing season, the Los Angeles Kings gave their fans some optimism that next season will not end in mid-April. The Chicago Blackhawks turn their attention to a far bigger prize as they return to the Windy City. Drew Doughty scored the..." April 08

  • Ducks' Gibson stellar in shutout of Blackhawks

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Goaltender John Gibson used one of his best performances of the season to draw the Anaheim Ducks closer to their fifth straight Pacific Division title. Gibson stopped 37 shots to earn his sixth shutout of the season in the Ducks' 4-0 rout of the Chicago Blackhawks on..." April 07

  • Blackhawks expected to rest Toews, Hossa, Keith, Seabrook vs. Ducks

    CSN Chicago "The Blackhawks have two more regular-season games, with no significant attachment to either. So on Thursday, with the season nearly done, the Blackhawks will rest a few more veterans. Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook are expected to take the night off when the..." April 06

  • Avalanche rally from three-goal deficit to defeat Blackhawks

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche are headed for another early vacation; but, against one of the top teams in the league, they played like they want to get there on a roll. Erik Johnson scored at 1:57 of overtime and the Avalanche rallied to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Tuesday..." April 05

  • Joel Quenneville balancing rest, staying sharp in final week

    Chicago Sun-Times "With the top seed in the Western Conference locked up, Joel Quenneville is using the last three games of the regular season to rest some guys, and keep others sharp and ready. Duncan Keith, who had been one of only four Blackhawks to play in all 79 games up this point (along with Patrick Kane,..." April 05

  • ‘Hawks recall Forsling from AHL

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Chicago Blackhawks, with two games left in their regular season and first place in the Western Conference already wrapped up, have recalled defenseman Gustav Forsling from the AHL. The ‘Hawks finish off their 82-game schedule in California. They play the Ducks Thursday and the Kings..." April 05

  • Olympic decision could lead to more labor strife for NHL

    Chicago Sun-Times "If indeed the Olympics are played in South Korea next year without the likes of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid and all the other best players in the world, it’ll be a blow for the sport of hockey. But look beyond February of 2018 and ahead to September 2019, when both..." April 04

  • Pyeongchang holding out hope to see NHLers

    TSN "South Korean Olympic organizers still hope to see NHL players competing at next year's Winter Games despite the National Hockey League's insistence it won't happen. Nancy Park, a spokeswoman for the Pyeongchang 2018 organizing committee, said Tuesday there's still time for "meaningful..." April 04

  • NHLPA disagrees with NHL’s ‘shortsighted decision’ to skip Olympics

    Sportsnet "The NHL Players’ Association voiced displeasure on Monday after learning of the NHL’s decision to not send players to the 2018 Winter Olympics. In a statement, the NHLPA said that it’s disappointed and disagrees with the NHL’s “shortsighted decision to not continue our participation in the..." April 04

  • NHL will not participate in 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics

    TSN "For the first time since 1994, NHL players will not attend the Winter Olympics. The league released a statement Monday saying it "considers the matter officially closed" and that it won't participate in the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Negotiations between the league, the NHL..." April 03

  • Artemi Panarin leads 3 Stars of the Week

    NHL.com "Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin, Washington Capitals left wing Marcus Johansson and Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending April 2. FIRST STAR - ARTEMI PANARIN, LW, CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS Panarin led the League with five..." April 03

  • Friedman predicts ‘wild trade market after this season’

    Fanrag Sports "Trades. If you ask fans across the spectrum what excites them the most about the NHL, the answer will generally revolve around either trades or the possibility of them. Needless to say, the in-season trend in this league in recent campaigns has seen a dearth of meaningful swaps, with most of..." April 03

  • Bruins down Blackhawks for fifth straight win

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron understood the stakes as he waited for a faceoff against Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews with 7.5 seconds remaining in the third period Sunday afternoon. Chicago had an extra attacker on the ice and needed Toews to win the draw to try..." April 02

  • NHLPA May Bar Agents From Contacting Players Under 16

    Pro Hockey Rumors "TSN’s Rick Westhead reported last week that the NHLPA is considering a new regulation prohibiting any certified agent from contacting an under-16 player or player’s family. The NHLPA controls agents through a certification process, and only certified agents may represent NHL players. The rule’s..." April 02

  • Blackhawks defeat Blue Jackets for 50th win

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks right winger Marian Hossa is grateful that he does not have to face Corey Crawford in the opposing net. If only the Columbus Blue Jackets could be so fortunate. Crawford stopped 32 of 33 shots, including a point-blank opportunity against Boone Jenner in the..." April 01

  • Blackhawks reach 50 wins for just second time in franchise history

    Pro Hockey Talk "Remember when many, many smart hockey people believed that the Chicago Blackhawks would struggle this season? Do you recall the not-so-outrageous arguments that they might miss the playoffs altogether? Well, much like people who wondered if Tom Brady was washed up, the Blackhawks have been..." April 01

  • Blackhawks rout slumping Penguins

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- A matchup between the past two Stanley Cup winners, who also accounted for five of the past nine titles, held the promise of a close, intense game. Instead, it fizzled Wednesday when the Chicago Blackhawks dominated, taking a four-goal lead in the first period as they routed..." March 29

  • NHL to unveil protected and available player lists for expansion draft

    Sportsnet "Call it a victory for the people. The NHL has decided to change course and publicly release the list of protected and available players during the June expansion draft. The decision was made after "further consideration of views and feedback we received on the subject," NHL deputy..." March 29

  • IOC email links NHL South Korea participation to Beijing 2022

    Sportsnet "Last week, International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel said his organization needed to know by the end of April whether or not NHL players would be competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Afterwards, I reached out to the International Olympic Committee to see if its..." March 29

  • If NHL decides to skip 2018 Olympics, fallout will ‘last for a very long time’: NHLPA chief Don Fehr

    National Post "Don Fehr is not making any promises. But he’s also not making any threats. With, presumably, one month to go until a decision has to be made about NHL participation at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea, the head of the NHL Players’ Association sounds hopeful that a deal can be worked out in..." March 28

  • Lightning rally, defeat Blackhawks in OT

    The Sports Xchange "TAMPA, Fla. -- Yanni Gourde's second NHL goal was a huge one, as the 25-year-old rookie stole the puck and scored a breakaway game-winner with 35 seconds left in overtime as the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied for a 5-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night at Amalie Arena. "It's a..." March 27

  • Panthers rout Blackhawks 7-0

    The Sports Xchange "SUNRISE, Fla. -- Panthers center Jonathan Marchessault had a brief moment of doubt, maybe his only one of the night. When he scored his third goal on Saturday night, completing a natural hat trick in Florida's 7-0 rout over the first-place Chicago Blackhawks at the BB&T Center, he didn't see..." March 25

  • Blackhawks pull off shootout win over Stars

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks right winger Patrick Kane practiced a new shootout maneuver against backup goaltender Scott Darling during Thursday's morning skate. Kane crossed from left to right and paused in front of the crease before flipping a backhand shot. "It ended up working..." March 24

  • Donald Fehr: Players won't concede in Olympic stalemate

    ESPN "The NHL should not be waiting for the players to give up something in return for Olympic participation, National Hockey League Players' Association executive director Donald Fehr told ESPN on Thursday. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said earlier this week that if things stayed status quo,..." March 23

  • Chicago Blackhawks Sign Tanner Kero To Two-Year Extension

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Chicago Blackhawks have decided Tanner Kero has done enough to stick around, as they have signed him to a two-year extension that will run through 2018-19. The 24-year old was set to become a restricted free agent this summer, and would have been eligible for salary arbitration. The financials..." March 23

  • Sedins lift Canucks past Blackhawks in OT

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- At 36 years old, twin brothers Daniel and Henrik Sedin are on the downslope of their careers. But whatever the Sedins have lost in youth and athleticism, they have gained in knowledge and experience. The veteran duo's craftiness was on full display as they led the Vancouver..." March 22

  • Bettman: 'Assume' NHL not going to Olympics

    TSN "National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman is advising fans to brace for the 2018 Winter Olympics to take place without NHL players in Pyeongchang. Speaking to Reuters in New York on Tuesday at the Sports Business Summit, Bettman said “people should assume” the NHL is not going to play in..." March 21

  • Hossa out with lower-body injury, but it’s not serious, says Quenneville

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Chicago Blackhawks visit the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, and they’ll do so without Marian Hossa in their lineup. Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville told reporters prior to the game that Hossa is out with a lower-body injury. He did add, however, that the injury is not believed to..." March 19

  • Blackhawks stun Avalanche with third-period binge

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- For the better part of 50 minutes Sunday night, it appeared the Chicago Blackhawks' winning streak had reached its end. But in a span of 34 seconds, everything changed, as a flurry of sudden offense allowed the Blackhawks to keep rolling. The Blackhawks went from down two goals to..." March 19