Blackhawks Rumors & News

  • Strong camp helps Alexandre Fortin earn 3-year deal with Blackhawks

    CSN Chicago "After earning a couple of invites from the Blackhawks this offseason, Alexandre Fortin earned a contract on Sunday. Fortin agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the Blackhawks, who had invited him to prospect and training camp. The 19-year-old, who was passed over in two NHL drafts, was..." September 26

  • Blackhawks winger Richard Panik 'focusing on myself' during training camp

    Chicago Tribune "There would appear to be an open spot on the Blackhawks' top line and Richard Panik would appear to be one of those players under serious consideration to fill it. But the veteran winger isn't pondering the possibility of skating alongside Jonathan Toews. Instead, Panik is concentrating on..." September 25

  • Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith practices as camp starts

    Chicago Tribune "Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith participated in practice on the first day of training camp's Red vs. White scrimmage Friday. Keith did not play in the World Cup of Hockey to continue rehab on his right knee. The two-time Norris Trophy winner had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in October,..." September 24

  • Marian Hossa feeling recharged after long summer

    CSN Chicago "Marian Hossa never welcomes a long summer but he’ll take the chance to get rejuvenated that comes from it. “After so many years playing long in the playoffs, it’s definitely beneficial to recharge, not just because of injuries but also getting ready for the new season with a long summer..." September 21

  • 'Very content' Artemi Panarin in contract talks with Blackhawks

    Chicago Tribune "rtemi Panarin isn't concerning himself with thoughts of a new contract with the Chicago Blackhawks while he is busy playing for Team Russia in the World Cup of Hockey. That, Panarin said, he is leaving up to his agent, Tom Lynn. On Tuesday, Lynn confirmed that he has had discussions with..." September 20

  • Team Canada enters World Cup of Hockey as betting favourite

    Sportsnet "Team Canada’s 3-2 win over Russia in their pre-tournament finale has solidified their spot atop the odds to win the World Cup of Hockey at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Canada tallied two wins in three pre-tournament contests, but have been forced to make a number of roster changes..." September 17

  • Duncan Keith's status unclear for start of Blackhawks regular season

    Chicago Tribune "The World Cup of Hockey is set to get underway this weekend without Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith, who won't play for Team Canada because of a lingering knee issue. The question now is if Keith will be ready for the start of the Hawks season and general manager Stan Bowman was..." September 16

  • Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews says he's primed for rebound season

    Chicago Tribune "The photos on Jonathan Toews' Instagram account have provided a candid glimpse into the Blackhawks captain's life this summer. Toews is pictured relaxing on a beach, fishing, golfing, traveling abroad, kayaking, attending a concert, wakeboarding and hiking, among other activities. A few of the..." September 15

  • New Goalie Equipment Rules For 2016-17 Season

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL will have at least one new goaltending equipment restriction this season: slimmer hockey pants. 2016-17 was supposed to usher in a new era of streamlined goaltending equipment, but manufacturer delays pushed those changes back until further notice. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly stated..." September 13

  • Marian Hossa 'good to go' after injury scare

    Chicago Tribune "Blackhawks fans can breathe easy – winger Marian Hossa is OK. After Hossa was injured in an exhibition for Team Europe on Thursday, his coach Ralph Krueger described the injury as “minor” and said Hossa was “good to go.” "He’s fine,” Krueger told reporters in Montreal. “He had a lower-body..." September 10

  • Hossa taken to hospital for x-rays after Team Europe loss

    Pro Hockey Talk "Team Europe and Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa has been taken to a hospital in Quebec City for x-rays following Thursday’s World Cup pre-tournament game, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. Hossa was credited with 10:47 of ice time in Europe’s 4-0 loss to Team North America,..." September 09

  • Trade to Chicago was a ‘disaster,’ says Weise

    Pro Hockey Talk "None of Chicago’s trade deadline pickups last season panned out very well. Andrew Ladd was OK, but didn’t produce much in the playoffs. Tomas Fleischmann looked decent during the regular season, then faded. Christian Ehrhoff was a non-factor. And then there was Dale Weise. “Going to..." September 08

  • Leighton signs one-year contract with Canes

    Raleigh News & Observer "Goaltender Michael Leighton is returning to the Carolina Hurricanes, signing a one-year, two-way contract on Wednesday. Leighton, 35, played parts of three seasons with the Canes from 2007 to 2009 and had an 8-12-2 record with a 3.20 goals-against average in 29 games. Leighton is coming off..." September 07

  • Team USA names Joe Pavelski captain, Patrick Kane, Ryan Suter alternates

    Sportsnet "Team USA has announced who will be their captain and two alternates for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks will wear the ‘C’ for the Americans. He serves as captain for the Sharks and has been a part of the American entry at the past two Olympics. The team..." September 07

  • Daly: NHL is happy with CBA, no ‘storm clouds on the horizon’

    Pro Hockey Talk "According to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, the league is happy with how the current CBA is working and doesn’t think “there is anything major that would need fixing.” Translation: Daly doesn’t foresee another work stoppage, at least from the NHL’s perspective. “I think there’s a general..." September 06

  • Rundblad reportedly staying in Switzerland after Hawks contract terminated

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Unrestricted free agent defenseman David Rundblad is reportedly close to signing a one year contract with Zurich of the Swiss NLA, reports NZZ’s Nicola Berger (link in German). Rundblad is no stranger to the team as he spent time with them last season on loan from the Blackhawks, picking up two..." September 02

  • NHL to add meldonium to banned substances list

    The Hockey News "Meldonium use has become a hot-button issue over the past several months, and the NHL is taking steps to ensure its players aren’t taking the substance. Russian news outlet TASS reported Tuesday that meldonium will be added to the list of substances banned by the NHL ahead of the coming season...." August 31

  • Power shifting from West to East in NHL

    SI "In any sport, league conferences are rarely created equal, and the NHL is no exception. Since 2010, the West has branded itself as the modern, faster-paced incarnation of hockey. The Chicago Blackhawks (Stanley Cups in 2010, '13, '15) and Los Angeles Kings (2012, '14) have done the loudest talking..." August 31

  • Bovada gives Canada best odds at 2016 World Cup of Hockey

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s no secret that Canada’s been on a strong run at the international level, and it’s no surprise that they’re considered the favorites heading into the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Seriously, just look at the B Team put together by The Hockey News’ Mike Brophy; even with the strange hook of..." August 29

  • 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..." August 26

  • Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews to wear 'A' for Team Canada

    Chicago Tribune "he leader of the Blackhawks will help lead his country during the World Cup of Hockey. Jonathan Toews, who has been captain of the Hawks since 2008, was named an alternate captain for Team Canada on Thursday for the upcoming two-week tournament that will be held in Toronto. The Pittsburgh..." August 26

  • Bouwmeester named to Canada’s World Cup team, replacing the injured Duncan Keith

    Pro Hockey Talk "St. Louis Blues veteran defenseman Jay Bouwmeester has been named to Canada’s 23-man roster for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. He will replace Chicago Blackhawks blue liner Duncan Keith, who is rehabbing a right knee injury. “As Duncan continues offseason rehabilitation on the right knee..." August 25

  • Friedman shares latest intel on top NHL RFAs

    Today's Slapshot "Fresh off his Olympic work assignment, Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman dove back into the hockey scene on Tuesday evening with an appearance on NHL Network that covered the status of some of the top restricted free agents. Sean Monahan’s name was recently removed from that list, with..." August 23

  • Blackhawks Player Artemi Panarin Reveals How He Bathed In Deer Blood For Strength

    BroBible "I wouldn’t be surprised if it was eventually revealed that Russia was actually some sort of fragment from another planet that crashed onto Earth and was covered up by the world’s governments. Russian people are nearly a different breed. If I was sent to Russia for a week and forced to survive of..." August 19

  • Vesey's met with all teams on his list, will discuss options Thursday

    The Score "The clock is ticking, Jimmy. As the hockey world patiently awaits what will prove to be a very drawn-out decision by Jimmy Vesey, ESPN's Joe McDonald reports that the 23-year-old Harvard product has met with all the teams on his short list." August 18

  • Blackhawks, Rangers, Bruins on Vesey's Wednesday schedule

    The Score "The Jimmy Vesey sweepstakes will continue in earnest Wednesday with a trio of meetings. The college standout and his agents are expected to meet with the Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, and Boston Bruins, according to Mark Divver of The Providence Journal. The Bruins, who will..." August 17

  • Jerseys, pucks at World Cup will include tracking chips

    The Score "The future is now for hockey. The NHL held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, including the introduction of brand new technology. It was unveiled that both pucks and player jerseys will feature computer chips that track player speed, distance between..." August 17

  • U.S. Senator says NHL sending ‘conflicting, mixed messages’ on concussions, CTE

    The Hockey News "In late July, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman responded to questions from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal about hockey and its link to concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Bettman wrote that research indicated no clear link could be drawn between the sport and CTE, and Blumenthal..." August 16

  • Blackhawks and Devils are favorites for Jimmy Vesey

    The Hockey News "With the NHL off-season now in its dog days, notable trade and free-agent activity has slowed to a crawl. As a result, speculation over where promising free-agent prospect Jimmy Vesey could end up is garnering headlines. Vesey, 23, is the 2016 Hobey Baker Award winner. Earlier this year, the..." August 13

  • NHL hot for Jimmy Vesey, and Harvard star is narrowing list for Monday

    Boston Herald "Decision day fast approaches for former Harvard star Jimmy Vesey, who next week will make one NHL club very happy. As of midnight Monday, the high-scoring left winger will become an unrestricted free agent, and, probably, the richest member of the Harvard Class of ’16. Likely all 30 NHL..." August 11

  • Bettman: NHL participation in 2018 Olympics not a current priority

    The Score "As of right now, the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang are not on Gary Bettman's mind. The NHL commissioner was at Busch Stadium on Tuesday to discuss January's Winter Classic between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, but touched on other topics during his press conference. One of the..." August 11

  • NHL preseason schedule highlighted by arena debuts

    NHL.com "The 2016-17 NHL preseason schedule, released Wednesday, features the first games at two NHL arenas. On Sept. 26, the second day of the 15-day, 106-game schedule, the Edmonton Oilers open Rogers Place with a split-squad game against the Calgary Flames. Edmonton also will host the Anaheim Ducks..." August 10

  • Blackhawks, Blues reveal retro logos for 2017 Winter Classic

    CBS Sports "January seems a long, long way away right now, but the NHL held its annual late-summer press event to promote the forthcoming Winter Classic. The 2017 event, which will take place Jan. 2 at Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals, will feature the St. Louis Blues and Chicago..." August 10

  • Where Jimmy Vesey ends up adds to summer intrigue

    North Jersey "Yet it’s also a month of great anticipation. The players will start filtering back to their respective teams’ training facilities to begin skating informally — some are already there – before training camps open next month, both for the league’s 30 teams and the eight squads participating in the..." August 09

  • Dates NHL Fans Should Have Marked on Their Calendars for the 2016-17 Season

    Bleacher Report "The National Hockey League will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this season, and it should be a special one. There will be four outdoor games featuring some big rivalries and historic firsts, and new NHLers will be introduced to hockey's biggest stage and play important roles for their new..." August 09

  • Jimmy Vesey becomes a free agent next week

    Die By The Blade "The story of the summer for Buffalo Sabres fans (and Bruins fans, and Leafs fans, and Blackhawks fans, and...) has been where impending free agent Jimmy Vesey will sign when he becomes a free agent on August 15th, one week from today. The Sabres, who traded a third round pick to the Nashville..." August 08

  • Artemi Panarin, Hawks taking patient approach in negotiations

    The Athletic "The Chicago Blackhawks and Artemi Panarin are confident a contract extension will get done. When will that be? It’s probably best to be patient because it may take some time. Neither side appears to be rushing the process. Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman and Panarin’s agent Tom Lynn..." August 05

  • Ranking the 31 NHL general managers

    The Score "Every day this week, theScore's hockey editors are evaluating NHL teams on a different level of management. This time, we're focusing on the GMs, ranking them based on salary cap and asset management, as well as draft history. Farm systems Head coaches General managers Owners (Thursday, Aug...." August 03

  • 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