Player News - Blackhawks

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Marian Hossa didn't practice Monday because of a minor lower-body injury.

Coach Joel Quenneville expects Hossa to practice on Tuesday, so this ailment shouldn't be anything to worry about.
Sep 30 - 12:12 PM

Trevor van Riemsdyk has been a surprise success at training camp for the Chicago Blackhawks.

"Every camp there's always a surprise or two — (van Riemsdyk) is definitely one where we're very pleased," coach Joel Quenneville said. "It's still early in measuring him and seeing where he could go, but we'll look a little bit longer because we like what we saw." The younger brother of Toronto forward James van Riemsdyk is still with the Hawks at training camp, but he should still be considered a long shot to make the final roster.
Sep 30 - 12:04 PM

Brandon Mashinter appears to have earned a spot on Chicago's roster, as the team's resident tough guy.

Pierre-Cedric Labrie and Cody Bass are poised to be roster cuts and coach Joel Quenneville wants to see how Mashinter performs this week. He could be a player to watch if he sticks with the Blackhawks and you are looking for penalty minutes. Mashinter amassed 79 minutes in the sin bin in 47 games with AHL Rockford last year.
Sep 30 - 12:00 PM

Joakim Nordstrom has been sent to AHL Rockford.

Nordstrom will probably still get called up at some point this season to fill the void left by an injury. He had a goal and three points in 16 games with Chicago in 2013-14.
Sep 29 - 12:10 PM

Teuvo Teravainen got into Chicago's lineup for the first time this preseason on Sunday.

He had been out of action since he was leveled in a team scrimmage on Sept. 20. Teravainen scored his first goal in a Hawks' uniform in the team's 5-0 win over Edmonton.
Sep 29 - 10:34 AM

Joakim Nordstrom (upper body) suited up in his first exhibition match on Sunday.

He had been sidelined by an upper-body injury. Nordstrom is battling for a roster spot with the Blackhawks, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him start the year in the minors.
Sep 29 - 10:29 AM

Kris Versteeg made his preseason debut Sunday after battling an illness.

He picked up a goal and an assist in Chicago's 5-0 whitewash of Edmonton. Versteeg is projected to open the regular season on the Blackhawks' third line.
Sep 29 - 10:24 AM

Scott Darling made 22 saves as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Edmonton Oilers 5-0 in Saskatoon on Sunday.

Bryan Bickell, Garret Ross, Teuvo Teraivanen, Andrew Shaw and Kris Versteeg scored for the Blackhawks. Unless the Blackhawks suffer an injury to Corey Crawford or Antti Raanta, Darling won’t see any time with the big club this season.
Sep 28 - 9:03 PM

Despite some solid offensive production last season, Blackhawks’ winger Brandon Saad wants to be more consistent coming into the 2014-15 season.

Saad scored 19 goals and 45 points in 78 regular season games, and added 16 points in 19 playoff games last year, but still expects more from himself. "You can’t take anything for granted," said Saad. "[Quenneville] wanted more out of me, and I should expect it out of myself. I’m a young guy. It’s not an excuse, [but] it’s something you learn through experience. You’ve got to bring it every night because you’ve got to push yourself." If he stays healthy this season, the 21-year-old will have a good shot at surpassing the 50-point mark.
Sep 28 - 11:47 AM

Athough it is likely that Jeremy Morin will earn a roster spot with the Blackhawks to start the season, he is still in a battle.

There is one or possibly two forward spots up for grabs in Chicago and Morin along with Peter Regin, Joakim Nordstrom and Teuvo Teravainen are the prime candidates to fill them. Morin is the best bet as he signed a one-way contract and had played very well in April and seems ready to make the jump from the AHL. No matter who is left standing they will have little fantasy impact in a bottom six role.
Sep 27 - 12:08 PM

Cam Barkers' comeback came to an end Firday with his release from the Blackhawks.

Barker, who started his career in Chicago and played in the Hawks' organization for six seasons, was cut along with three other players Friday. It is unclear if Barker will try and catch on with another NHL club.
Sep 27 - 12:03 PM

Dennis Rasmussen scored Chicago's lone goal in a 4-1 loss vs the Rangers.

Rasmussen jammed home a rebound past Henrik Lundqvist midway through the 2nd period. He also managed 3 shots in 15:24 of ice time. Don't expect Rasmussen to make too much of an impact for Chicago this year as he is most likely AHL bound when the season starts.
Sep 26 - 11:14 PM

Antti Raanta will begin the 2014-15 season seeking a comfort level as an NHL backup goalie.

"You try to focus a little bit more when you're not playing and maybe try to get your practice [to feel like] a game," said Raanta. "So we'll see how it's going to go. You have to be mentally ready to be not playing so much. But I don't want to talk too much about sitting on the bench. I just want to play when I get the chance and try to do my best." He played well when he filled for an injured Corey Crawford as Chicago's starter, but his play fell off when he was relegated to the backup role. Raanta is hopeful that he can make the adjustment this season after getting a year of NHL experience under his belt.
Sep 26 - 10:15 AM

Ryan Hartman is expected to miss some time with a lower-body injury.

Hartman did not skate with his teammates on Thursday. According to Chicago coach Joel Quenneville, the injury should keep Hartman out for about a week.
Sep 25 - 2:12 PM

Andrew Shaw isn't upset that his spot on the second line will probably be taken by Brad Richards this season.

"He knows what he's doing," Shaw said referring to coach Joel Quenneville. "We have a great group of guys, a real deep team. It just means we're going to win a lot of games." There's still a chance that Shaw could move up the lineup during the season, but he should continue to get opportunities to succeed after he had a career year offensively in 2013-14.
Sep 25 - 1:12 PM

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