Player News - Blackhawks

Date: Team: Pos:

Blackhawks goalie coach Jimmy Waite is looking forward to working with Anton Forsberg.

"I can't wait to work with him," Waite said. "I've watched many videos of him. You'll like him." The Hawks traded Scott Darling to Carolina during the offseason, which is why they needed to find a new backup for Corey Crawford. Forsberg was acquired from Columbus as part of the Artemi Panarin trade in late June, and he signed a two-year contract extension with Chicago this summer. He won't have much fantasy value going into next season.
Jul 23 - 10:26 AM

Tommy Wingels feels he would play through his fractured foot had the injury occurred during the season.

As recently reported, Wingels sustained the injury during his summer training. "I was doing some jumps and awkwardly rolled my ankle. It's just a little break there," Wingels explained. It's expected to take six-to-eight weeks to heal, so he should be fully recovered for training camp.
Jul 22 - 7:03 PM

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville raised the possibility of Patrick Sharp playing with Patrick Kane.

Sharp is coming off a terrible season with the Dallas Stars where he scored eight goals and 18 points in 48 contests. He's campaign was brought to an end due to hip surgery, but he should be fine by training camp. He signed a one-year contract with Chicago and that reunion might do him some good. Playing alongside a talent like Kane would certainly help him substantially too. Sharp is a risk as at the age of 35 he might simply be entering the twilight of his career, but if the Blackhawks intend to use him as a top-six forward then there's also bounce back potential there.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 22 - 8:47 AM

Tommy Wingels fractured his foot during his summer training.

Wingels should recover in six-to-eight weeks, so he's expected to be fine for training camp. It's just unfortunate because it looks like he will be healing for pretty much the rest of the summer, so perhaps that will have an impact on how he trains.
Jul 21 - 2:46 PM

Boston University coach David Quinn is anticipating big things from Chad Krys in his sophomore campaign.

Krys had five goals and 11 points in 39 NCAA games as a freshman. "Now that he’s comfortable and knows what’s expected of him, I don’t want to put too much pressure on him but I think he can have a breakout year," said Quinn. "He’s played a lot of hockey, and I really think he has the elite talent, the work ethic continues to improve and his conditioning really improved." Chicago took Krys with the 45th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. As an aside, that pick was traded around a lot before the draft. Minnesota traded it to Buffalo in 2014 as part of the Matt Moulson deal, Montreal got it later that year in exchange for Josh Gorges, and finally that pick was traded to Chicago as part of the Canadiens acquisition of Andrew Shaw.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 21 - 6:48 AM

Alexandre Fortin underwent sports hernia surgery in late June.

Fortin won't be able to participate in the on-ice portions of the Blackhawks' development camp as a result. He should be fine for training camp though, where he will compete for a roster spot. "I worked a lot this year to improve what I had to improve," said Fortin. "I think we had some problems during the season and I got injured. But I just have to stay focused and know I have to work hard. I’m excited for September." He had 22 goals and 52 points in 52 QMJHL games last season.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 19 - 7:31 AM

Alex DeBrincat is focused on getting stronger this summer.

Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman said that DeBrincat, who is on the small side for a potential NHLer at 5-foot-7, would need to increase his strength in order to wrestle his way onto Chicago's 2017-18 opening game roster. "This year more than other years I've been in the gym a lot and focusing on things I need to improve on," DeBrincat said. "I'm just trying to get better with what they need me to be better at. I'm really working toward that. Everyone wants to make the team. That's a big thing for me this summer." DeBrincat had 65 goals and 127 points in 63 OHL games last season. He's someone to watch during the Blackhawks' training camp.
Jul 18 - 5:37 AM

Brian Campbell has decided to end his playing career and join the Blackhawks' operations department.

Campbell is bringing an end to a playing career that spanned 1,082 games. He scored 87 goals and 504 points with the Buffalo Sabres, Florida Panthers, Chicago Blackhawks, and San Jose Sharks. The defenseman surpassed the 40-point milestone on five different occasions and set a career-high of 62 points in 2007-08. He also won the Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2010. "I'm excited to transition into the next step in both my professional career and life," said Campbell. "I'm grateful to the countless number of teammates, coaches, team staff and fans that I have crossed paths with throughout my playing career in Chicago, Buffalo, Florida and San Jose. The Blackhawks organization has allowed me to take on this challenge and I'm thankful for this new opportunity."
Source: NHL.com
Jul 17 - 9:12 AM

Erik Gustafsson has inked a one-year contract extension with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Gustafsson had 14 assists and a plus-11 rating in 41 games as a rookie with Chicago in 2015-16. He didn't play at all in the NHL last season though, instead scoring five goals and 30 points in 68 AHL contests.
Jul 14 - 5:43 PM

Tommy Wingels believes he brings to the table something that the Chicago Blackhawks lacked during their first round exit in the 2017 playoffs.

"I'm a guy who is expected to bring energy, bring a compete level, play a straight-line game and get into the dirty areas," Wingels said. "More important is getting to that hard area in the blue paint; that's where goals are mostly scored. Watching how the team fared in the playoffs, that's a piece that was missing." Chicago inked Wingels to a one-year contract on July 1. He's a solid bottom-six forward and his presence is all the more valuable now that Marcus Kruger has been dealt to Vegas (and then in turn traded to Carolina). Wingels probably isn't going to do a whole lot offensively though, which makes him an unappealing option in standard fantasy leagues.
Jul 5 - 4:12 AM

Patrick Sharp, whose 2016-17 campaign ended due to hip surgery, should be ready for training camp.

"I know where I have to be physically and mentally to start the season," Sharp said. "And the hip surgery, the time I've given myself for that surgery is plenty. I'm pushing it pretty hard in the gym, I've been on the ice in full equipment skating, so I don't anticipate any problems. I still have a ton of time to be ready for day one and be ready for training camp." The Blackhawks inked Sharp to a one-year, $800,000 contract that could balloon to $1 million with games played bonuses. Sharp is coming off a rough campaign where he was limited to eight goals and 18 points in 48 contests.
Jul 3 - 4:26 AM

Anton Forsberg looks like he is the favorite to be Corey Crawford's understudy in 2017-18.

The Blackhawks signed J.F. Berube on Saturday to improve their goaltending depth, but it appears that Forsberg is being looked at as the team's backup and Berube will head to the AHL. Make a note of this for draft day.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 2 - 11:12 AM

Jordan Oesterle has agreed to a two-year contract with Chicago.

His new is reportedly worth $650,000 per season. Oesterle played in 44 games with Bakersfield of the AHL last year and he compiled 32 points. He also appeared in two matches with the Oilers.
Jul 1 - 3:56 PM

The Blackhawks have signed Tommy Wingels to a one-year contract.

Wingels can be a useful third or fourth-line player with the Hawks after registering 12 points in 73 games between Ottawa and San Jose. At least he has some speed. For fantasy purposes, we would pass on Wingels.
Jul 1 - 2:52 PM

The Blackhawks have signed Lance Bouma to a one-year contract.

Bouma registered only seven points in 61 games with the Flames and his contract was just recently bought out. He will be looking to win a job on the Hawks' third-defenseman pairing. Needless to say, his fantasy value is not very high.
Jul 1 - 1:56 PM


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