Player News - Blackhawks

Date: Team: Pos:

Teuvo Teravainen feels ready to play in the NHL.

Whether or not Teravainen is at that level might not be the determining factor though. Barring an injury, there's no top-six forward spot open for him, so the Blackhawks might send him to AHL Rockford where he'll get significantly more minutes. "I have to earn my spot," Teravainen said. "I have a chance to make it. I just have to work hard."
Source: CSN Chicago
Sep 19 - 5:25 PM

The Blackhawks plan to begin the season with Brad Richards on the second line with Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad.

That's what people have suspected since Richards signed a one-year deal with Chicago in July, but now coach Joel Quenneville has confirmed the Blackhawks' intentions. This is a great opportunity for Richards to bounce back after recording 20 goals and 51 points in 82 games last season.
Sep 19 - 12:33 PM

Cam Barker will attend training camp with the Chicago Blackhawks.

The former Blackhawks defender was originally drafted by the organization in 2004 with the third overall pick. Barker was shipped to Minnesota for Nick Leddy in 2010, but he was never able to display the same form he had in 2008-09 when he hit the 40-point mark.
Sep 18 - 11:42 AM

Michal Handzus has reportedly been talking to several teams, but nothing has been worked out yet.

The veteran center was allowed to walk as an unrestricted free agent after spending a year and change with the Blackhawks. Handzus wants to continue playing in the NHL and it sounds like he could find a new home with training camps about to open.
Sep 15 - 6:15 PM

Nick Leddy could be a trade candidate for the Chicago Blackhawks, according to hockey insider Elliotte Friedman.

He has to be qualified at $3.4 million next season. The Blackhawks may let him walk to avoid having to pay him that kind of money or they could try to move him elsewhere for some kind of return. There were rumors that Chicago might deal Johnny Oduya to get under the cap, but he's an important shutdown defender.
Sep 15 - 4:19 PM

Hawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville complimented superstar Patrick Kane on Saturday for his commitment to get better and add another dimension to his game each and every season.

"His development's been very noticeable," Quenneville said of Kane. "Every year, coming into camp, it seems like it's a different Kaner. He looks a little bit bigger, he's a little bit stronger, his handshake's a little bit more firm. I think his growth as far as his behavior off the ice has gotten better just like his game on the ice. Coach Q said he saw Kane the other week and observed that "he's taken another step" since Chicago was eliminated from the playoffs in the spring.
Source: CSN Chicago
Sep 14 - 2:38 PM

Kris Versteeg is in a battle for a spot on the Blackhawks' third line.

He did not have a good season in 2013-14 registering only 36 points in 81 games while playing for both Florida and Chicago. The Hawks expect more out of him this campaign and are willing to give him ample chance to redeem himself as they believe his lack of production was partially attributable to rust after injury. "I think Steeger knows and [I] would expect him to be at a different level next year", said Chicago coach Joel Quenneville. "I think this summer of being able to train and put a real concentrated effort to get up to the speed that we want him at, as far as his conditioning level and his pace, where we want him to play his game at, is what we're looking for. And that will be the challenge for him this summer. But certainly we expect more going forward." Versteeg better give it to them or he could lose a spot on the third unit ot Jeremy Morin.
Sep 13 - 12:31 PM

Ryan Winn of the Arizona Republic thinks that the Coyotes should take advantage of teams over the NHL salary cap.

Winn writes that the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks are two of the four team who are already over the salary cap limit and will each need to make at least one trade to get under the cap by the start of the season. The Coyotes are well under the cap as they have spent almost $57.9 million and can go as high as $69 million. Defenseman Johnny Oduya is slated to make only $2.825 million with a cap hit of $3.375 million and will make a solid addition to the Arizona blueline. Stay tuned.
Sep 6 - 7:01 AM

Based on the odds provided by online oddsmaker Bovada, the Chicago Blackhawks are the favorites to win the Stanley Cup in 2015.

The Blackhawks have 13/2 odds, with the defending champion Los Angeles Kings ranking second at 9/1. Boston rounds out the top three (10/1) while Anaheim, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis are tied for fourth with 12/1 odds. The least likely to win the Cup (all at 75/1 odds) are Buffalo, Calgary, Florida, and Nashville. Obviously, we have a lot of hockey ahead of us, so all predictions need to be taken in the proper context.
Sep 2 - 2:25 PM

Niklas Hjalmarsson is expected to try to do more offensively going forward.

Hjalmarsson had four goals and a career-high 26 points in 81 games in 2013-14. If he does manage to top that in 2013-14, it probably won't be by much. He's known more for his defensive contributions though and it's his work without the puck that's made him one of the Blackhawks' most valuable blueliners.
Source: CSN Chicago
Sep 2 - 8:07 AM

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


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