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Tim Jackman is retiring from the NHL.

The 34-year-old got his first taste of NHL action with Columbus in 2003-04. Jackman scored 32 goals, 75 points and had 806 penalty minutes in 483 games with the Blue Jackets, Coyotes, Kings, Islanders, Flames and Ducks. He spent the majority of last season with AHL San Diego before being traded to Chicago on deadline day.
Aug 24 - 9:43 AM

Kevin Dineen is a "major" candidate for the Avs vacant head coaching position.

Dineen is currently an assistant coach with the Chicago Blackhawks. The 52-year-old played 1188 NHL games in his career. He also has experience behind the bench, as he was the head coach in AHL Portland from 2005 to 2011 and he had the same title with the Florida Panthers for parts of three seasons. Sharks assistant Bob Boughner and Lake Erie head coach Jared Bednar are also in the mix.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 23 - 8:14 AM

Ville Pokka (lower body) is expected to be ready to play in the World Cup of Hockey, according to a source.

He sustained a lower-body injury at the World Championship, but he is on track to be available for Finland in September at the tournament. Pokka produced 10 goals and 45 points in 76 games with Rockford of the AHL last year.
Aug 5 - 8:36 AM

Artemi Panarin's agent, Tom Lynn, and Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman have had preliminary talks about a contract extension, according to a source.

They are expected to continue negotiations later this month, but a new deal is unlikely to come before the World Cup of Hockey. The two sides also probably won't updates before something is finalized. "I think we've had good luck in the past just keeping the negotiations me, myself," said Bowman. "I know Tom Lynn pretty well. I don't think he's going to want to do a volley back and forth in the media. When we have something to announce, you guys will be the first to know." Both sides are expected to be patient, but ultimately they believe an agreement will be reached. Panarin can be a restricted free agent after the 2016-17 campaign.
Aug 4 - 8:07 PM

Vince Hinostroza has worked hard in the off-season to push for a roster spot at training camp.

"I just want to get stronger," he said. "I changed my diet and stuff. I just want to do everything right, so looking back I don't have any excuses of why I wasn't there." Coach Joel Quenneville praised Hinostroza for his speed and playmaking at Chicago's development camp. He has appeared in eight NHL games with the Blackhawks, including three last season.
Aug 2 - 1:45 PM

Tyler Motte is excited for the chance to battle for a roster spot with the Blackhawks.

"You're happy there's going to be an opportunity, not only for myself, but there's plenty of young guys in the organization that are going to get their chance," Motte said. "It's just a matter of taking the opportunity and doing the best you can with it. Hopefully you find your role and [can] produce in that role. I think that's what's really important." He could be a fit alongside Jonathan Toews if he earns a lineup position at training camp.
Aug 1 - 3:37 PM

Nick Schmaltz will be in the mix for a roster spot with Chicago at training camp.

"They have salary-cap issues so they need younger guys to play," said Schmaltz. "I think it's a great time [to turn pro], and I think a lot of young guys are going to be in the NHL this year. Hopefully I can work for a job." The Blackhawks shipped out Andrew Shaw and Teuvo Teravainen, so Schmaltz will have an opportunity to jump to the NHL.
Aug 1 - 3:29 PM

Christian Ehrhoff remains unsigned as an unrestricted free agent.

He will play for Team Europe at the World Cup of Hockey, which could help him earn a contract before the start of the regular season. Ehrhoff earned 12 points in 48 appearances with Los Angeles and Chicago last season.
Jul 30 - 3:46 PM

David Rundblad and the Chicago Blackhawks have mutually agreed to a termination of his contract.

As a result, there will be no cap hit for the Blackhawks, which could help them try to sign pending unrestricted free agent Jimmy Vesey. "David indicated to us that he wanted to kind of get a fresh start, so I think he's looking to maybe pursue some other opportunities, whether it's in the NHL or maybe in Europe," GM Stan Bowman said earlier this month. He played in just nine games with Chicago last season and has 113 matches of NHL experience over his career.
Jul 26 - 11:05 AM

Kyle Cumiskey has signed with Skelleftea AIK in Sweden.

Cumiskey had a goal and five points in 17 AHL contests last season. The 29-year-old defenseman is a veteran of 139 career NHL games.
Jul 23 - 5:07 AM

Artemi Panarin is spending part of the summer learning Thai boxing.

Panarin didn't get in a single fight in 2015-16, but maybe things will be different next season. He had 30 goals, 77 points, and 32 penalty minutes in 80 games as an NHL rookie.
Jul 21 - 10:15 AM

Marian Hossa is upbeat about 2016-17 after a rough campaign.

Hossa was limited to 13 goals and 33 points in 64 contests in 2015-16. That left him one goal shy of the 500 milestone. "I was pretty close to having more than 13 goals last year with so many chances but the puck didn't want to go in," Hossa said. "I definitely feel like I have more than 13 (in me). But I don't want to put too many thoughts in my head offensively. I'll just play my game and I know good things will happen." At the age of 37, the question is whether or not he has a comeback year left in him. He's not a bad late round gamble in drafts next season, but he's just that: A gamble.
Jul 18 - 6:10 PM

There were points before his breakthrough where Corey Crawford considered leaving the Chicago Blackhawks system to play overseas.

After the 2009-10 campaign, Crawford was 26 years old and had only appeared in a career total of eight NHL contests. "I stayed pretty motivated most of the time, but obviously it's hard to (be in the minors) for your entire career," Crawford said. "There were definitely times when I thought I'd might like to move on, maybe go play in Europe or go try and play in Russia if I could. There were times I didn't think I was good enough to play in the NHL. But really it was more about just taking it day by day and just still having fun. It was still fun for me playing in the minors and I think that was the most important thing, is going out there every day and being with your teammates and just enjoying it. That was the most important part for me." Crawford got his big break in the 2010-11 campaign and of course he's gone on to win the Jennings Trophy twice and the Stanley Cup twice.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 17 - 8:01 AM

Mark McNeill's recently signed contract with Chicago is a two-way deal.

McNeill can earn $600,000 at the NHL level or $200,000 in the minors. He had 25 goals and 48 points in 64 AHL contests in 2015-16.
Jul 16 - 1:15 PM

Patrick Kane was very happy to see the Chicago Blackhawks sign Brian Campbell.

Campbell took a discount to the tune of a one-year, $2.25 million contract to fit under the Blackhawks' cap. "What an amazing pickup," Kane said. "That’s one of the things we missed last year, that guy who could take minutes away from [Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook] and [Niklas] Hjalmarsson. He should be able to fill that void. Adding another puck-moving defenseman, that’s good for us forwards, too, catching passes in strides and playing the game the way we want to. Great pickup." Campbell is 37 years old at this point, but he's coming off a solid season where he recorded six goals and 31 points in 82 games.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 16 - 5:19 AM


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