Player News - Blackhawks

Date: Team: Pos:

Teuvo Teravainen has been working five days a week with Blackhawks strength coach Paul Goodman to add some muscle before training camp.

"The gym has been my home this summer," Teravainen said Friday via phone from Toronto. He is participating in the 2014 NHLPA Rookie Showcase and said he feels much stronger now. Teravainen tipped the scales at 169 pounds at the end of the year, but now he weighs in at around 180. It will be hard for him to crack Chicago's roster, but his goal is to play in the NHL this campaign.
Aug 22 - 5:16 PM

Michael Leighton has agreed to a one-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.

He was originally drafted by the Hawks in the sixth round (165th overall) of the 1999 draft and he was in goal for Philadelphia when Patrick Kane scored in overtime to win the 2010 Stanley Cup. Antti Raanta is still expected to back up Corey Crawford this season, so Leighton will serve as a depth option in the minors.
Aug 18 - 12:11 PM

It seems like a big factor keeping Adam Clendening from the NHL is the solid depth the Blackhawks have on their blueline.

The 21 year-old offensive-minded defenseman lit up the AHL last season with 59 points in 74 games in his sophomore year. Clendening’s defensive capabilities have been a work in progress, and they will be tested at training camp. Nonetheless, the future appears bright for the puckmoving defenseman.
Aug 17 - 5:38 PM

Jonathan Toews edged out Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby for first place in a poll which ranked the top-5 franchise players in the league.

ESPN.com's Craig Custance compiled the votes of a handful of NHL executives, coaches, and players. Toews collected 43 points, including six first-place votes, while Crosby received four first-place votes and 41 points. For what it's worth, Crosby is still far ahead of Toews in terms of fantasy value.
Source: CSN Chicago
Aug 4 - 5:53 PM

Coach Joel Quenneville said it was "inevitable" that Andrew Shaw would get playing time with Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad again.

It's unclear if he said that before or after the Blackhawks signed Brad Richards, who is expected to occupy that spot at the beginning of the 2014-15 campaign. Shaw played well in that role for parts of last season and during the playoffs. If Richards doesn't work out then Shaw's fantasy value will go up dramatically, but for now you can pencil him in as Chicago's third-line center.
Aug 4 - 4:24 PM

Justin Holl has signed an AHL contract with the Rockford IceHogs.

The Blackhawks chose him in the second round (54th overall) in the 2010 draft. Holl has played the last four seasons with the University of Minnesota. He had a goal and 13 points in 39 matches last year.
Aug 4 - 2:57 PM

Andrew Shaw is hoping that he can earn a bigger role with the Blackhawks.

"I love being part of the bench and keep working to get better at it," Shaw said. "I'm the kind of guy who, once I get somewhere, it's not enough. I want more." Shaw logged an average of 15:41 minutes per contest in 2013-14. He's tentatively projected to serve as the team's third-line center due to the signing of Brad Richards.
Source: CSN Chicago
Aug 1 - 9:15 AM

Maxim Shalunov has inked a two-year deal with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg of the KHL.

Shalunov, 21, had four points in 20 AHL games and another 34 points in 43 ECHL contests in 2013-14. He might eventually return to North America, but he's not likely to ever have any fantasy value.
Source: KHL.ru
Jul 28 - 3:59 PM

As a youngster, Brad Richards dreamed about joining the Chicago Blackhawks -- but as a goalie.

When he was growing up, his idol was then-Chicago goalie Ed Belfour. "I always wanted to be a goalie, but my dad, Glen, would never let me," Richards was quoted as saying. "He played goalie a bit himself, but he wouldn’t have it. I liked all the equipment, the gear, and whenever he wasn’t around, I was a goalie in street hockey. But he wouldn’t allow it, and I cried my eyes out when he said no." Part of Richards' dream has come true, as he recently agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with the Hawks. But the club expects him to fill the void at second-line center next season.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 26 - 8:49 AM

Phillip Danault has been asked to model his game after Marcus Kruger.

In other words, the Blackhawks see Danault as a future third or fourth liner. "Not everyone can be the goal scorer," said AHL Rockford IceHogs coach Ted Dent. "He was a big scorer in juniors. But the way he plays in the AHL, it was more of a third or fourth-line center, more of a shutdown center. It took some time for him to adapt to that, play in that role and not be relied upon for offense. He'll try to fine-tune his game to be the best defensive forward he could be." Danault had six goals and 26 points in 72 AHL games in 2013-14.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 25 - 9:29 AM

Kirill Gotovets has agreed to an AHL contract with the Rockford IceHogs.

The IceHogs are affiliated with the Chicago Blackhawks. Gotovets is getting ready for his first pro seaosn after recording four points and 20 penalty minutes in 32 games with Cornell University last season.
Jul 21 - 1:16 PM

Corey Crawford should have an easy time adjusting to goalie coach Jimmy Waite seeing as he used to work with Jimmy's brother, Stephane.

Jimmy Waite is replacing Steve Weeks as the team's goalie coach. "I'm my own person, but we do think the same way about goaltending," Jimmy said. "For 20 years, we've been talking goalies all the time, so Stephane and I think the same way." Jimmy places an emphasis on positioning and being selective about when the goaltender is aggressive.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 21 - 9:36 AM

Brad Richards doesn't have a strong preference when it comes to who he wants to play alongside in Chicago.

Richards might end up playing alongside Brandon Saad and Patrick Kane, but that's not set in stone. "I've only watched [Kane], and he's exciting to watch," Richards said. "All of that is played out when you get on the ice. It's so hard to talk about it now because it might or might not work. . . . There are so many different players you can play with when you play here. It's a great opportunity, no matter who [it is]. If that's the case, I'd be thrilled. If not, there are other options that are very enticing, too." If Richards plays with Kane and Saad, then that would allow Jonathan Toews to play with Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa. That would make for two pretty intimidating lines.
Jul 21 - 9:31 AM

At 19, center Teuvo Teravainen has outstanding offensive skills, a fact that was reiterated to the Chicago Blackhawks at their recent development camp.

However, the Hawks don't think their 2012 first-round draft choice (18th overall) is ready for prime time just yet. Teravainen is expected to begin next season with AHL Rockford. "It’s going to take a number of years. . .He’s only 19. There’s a whole group of these young players where it’s a process and you hope over the course of three or four years they’re going to be able to develop not only their strength but the endurance," Hawks general manager Stan Bowman said. "The NHL season takes a toll on your body. Hopefully, you’re playing over 100 games a year, so you’re not going to be able to make those grounds up in just a few weeks of training. It’s a process. I give him credit for taking it seriously. As a young player he’s committed to becoming strong and working at it. We just have to be patient and allow those things to take time."
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 20 - 10:14 AM

Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad will be a restricted free agent after next season and is due for a huge raise to the $764,167 he’s making on his entry-level contract.

Saad said there have been no talks about an extension yet. ‘‘If it happens, great,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s always nice to have that security and feel comfortable that you’ve re-signed. But I’m more focused on having a good year and contributing to the team. All that stuff will take care of itself.’’ General manager Stan Bowman said that ‘‘it’s been a busy time for us’’ and that Saad’s situation will be addressed eventually. ‘‘The exciting thing for all of us is that he just keeps getting better,’’ Bowman said. ‘‘We certainly haven’t seen the best of Brandon Saad yet.’’ Saad had 19 goals and 28 assists in 78 games for Chicago last season.
Jul 19 - 10:15 AM


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