Player News - Blackhawks

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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.

The Hawks, however, don't think their 2012 first-round draft choice (18th overall) is ready for prime time just yet. While they did call on Teravainen for three games last season (no points), he'll likely begin next season with AHL Rockport. "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

It turns out that Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya broke his right foot blocking a shot from the point late in the third period of Game 7 of the Western Conference final against the Los Angeles Kings.

He kept playing in overtime anyway, logging three shifts. Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said Oduya might not have been able to play if his team had beaten the Kings and moved on to the Stanley Cup championship series.
Jul 19 - 10:11 AM

Teuvo Teravainen still hopes to make the Chicago Blackhawks' opening game roster.

Teravainen's chances of making the team were diminished when they signed Brad Richards. That gives the Blackhawks 12 forwards signed to one-way deals, not including Brandon Saad. Still, we wouldn't dismiss the possibility of Chicago trading away a forward before the season starts to free up some cap space. If that happened, Teravainen's chances of making the team would obviously improve.
Jul 18 - 6:58 PM

Nick Schmaltz doesn't think he'll have problems adjusting to the fast pace of the NHL.

"That helps my game as well because when you're playing fast, you can make plays and a lot of odd-man rushes," Schmaltz said. "I like playing fast, and it helps me raise my game." The Chicago Blackhawks took Schmaltz with the 20th overall pick of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He's expected to play for the University of North Dakota in 2014-15.
Jul 18 - 9:19 AM

Sheldon Brookbank still has interest in returning to the Chicago Blackhawks if a slot opens up for him.

The Blackhawks would likely only do that if they trade away a defenseman in a cap-saving measure. They currently have seven blueliners inked to one-way deals. Meanwhile, Brookbank is investigating his other options.
Jul 17 - 7:28 PM

The New York Rangers are reportedly interested in unsigned prospect Kevin Hayes.

Hayes is only under Chicago's control until August 15. If he doesn't sign by then, he'll become an unrestricted free agent and can join any team. Hayes, who has experience playing alongside Rangers forward Chris Kreider, would have a good chance of making the Rangers' opening game roster if he decides to sign with them. He had 27 goals and 65 points in 40 games with Boston College last season.
Jul 17 - 10:20 AM

Arguing that Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews' matching eight-year, $84 million extensions aren't excessive, agent Pat Brisson claimed that they could have gotten $13.8 million annually if they so desired.

That's probably true, because the Chicago Blackhawks were negotiating from a weak position. Kane and Toews have restored credibility to the Blackhawks and the team was in a position where they were basically going to cave into whatever demands the duo made. However, Brisson used that as an argument to suggest that Kane and Toews gave Chicago a hometown discount in an effort to keep their team together, which is pushing it. Kane and Toews chose to make themselves the two highest paid players in terms of cap hit by a significant margin so while they probably could have gotten even more, their demands were still high enough to hurt Chicago's competitive edge. That said, they were under no obligation to make life easy on the Blackhawks in the first place. After all, they've been successful and it's their right to cash in.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 17 - 9:42 AM

Nick Schmaltz is getting ready for his first season with the University of North Dakota.

The Chicago Blackhawk took Schmaltz with the 20th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Schmaltz is now participating in Chicago's prospects camp. "It was kind of a dream for a couple of weeks. Now it's a reality," said Schmaltz. "There's still a long way to go and this is just another step."
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 16 - 9:38 AM


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