Player News - Blackhawks

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David Rundblad and the Chicago Blackhawks have mutually agreed to a termination of his contract.

As a result, there will be no cap hit for the Blackhawks, which could help them try to sign pending unrestricted free agent Jimmy Vesey. "David indicated to us that he wanted to kind of get a fresh start, so I think he's looking to maybe pursue some other opportunities, whether it's in the NHL or maybe in Europe," GM Stan Bowman said earlier this month. He played in just nine games with Chicago last season and has 113 matches of NHL experience over his career.
Jul 26 - 11:05 AM

Kyle Cumiskey has signed with Skelleftea AIK in Sweden.

Cumiskey had a goal and five points in 17 AHL contests last season. The 29-year-old defenseman is a veteran of 139 career NHL games.
Jul 23 - 5:07 AM

Artemi Panarin is spending part of the summer learning Thai boxing.

Panarin didn't get in a single fight in 2015-16, but maybe things will be different next season. He had 30 goals, 77 points, and 32 penalty minutes in 80 games as an NHL rookie.
Jul 21 - 10:15 AM

Marian Hossa is upbeat about 2016-17 after a rough campaign.

Hossa was limited to 13 goals and 33 points in 64 contests in 2015-16. That left him one goal shy of the 500 milestone. "I was pretty close to having more than 13 goals last year with so many chances but the puck didn't want to go in," Hossa said. "I definitely feel like I have more than 13 (in me). But I don't want to put too many thoughts in my head offensively. I'll just play my game and I know good things will happen." At the age of 37, the question is whether or not he has a comeback year left in him. He's not a bad late round gamble in drafts next season, but he's just that: A gamble.
Jul 18 - 6:10 PM

There were points before his breakthrough where Corey Crawford considered leaving the Chicago Blackhawks system to play overseas.

After the 2009-10 campaign, Crawford was 26 years old and had only appeared in a career total of eight NHL contests. "I stayed pretty motivated most of the time, but obviously it's hard to (be in the minors) for your entire career," Crawford said. "There were definitely times when I thought I'd might like to move on, maybe go play in Europe or go try and play in Russia if I could. There were times I didn't think I was good enough to play in the NHL. But really it was more about just taking it day by day and just still having fun. It was still fun for me playing in the minors and I think that was the most important thing, is going out there every day and being with your teammates and just enjoying it. That was the most important part for me." Crawford got his big break in the 2010-11 campaign and of course he's gone on to win the Jennings Trophy twice and the Stanley Cup twice.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 17 - 8:01 AM

Mark McNeill's recently signed contract with Chicago is a two-way deal.

McNeill can earn $600,000 at the NHL level or $200,000 in the minors. He had 25 goals and 48 points in 64 AHL contests in 2015-16.
Jul 16 - 1:15 PM

Patrick Kane was very happy to see the Chicago Blackhawks sign Brian Campbell.

Campbell took a discount to the tune of a one-year, $2.25 million contract to fit under the Blackhawks' cap. "What an amazing pickup," Kane said. "That’s one of the things we missed last year, that guy who could take minutes away from [Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook] and [Niklas] Hjalmarsson. He should be able to fill that void. Adding another puck-moving defenseman, that’s good for us forwards, too, catching passes in strides and playing the game the way we want to. Great pickup." Campbell is 37 years old at this point, but he's coming off a solid season where he recorded six goals and 31 points in 82 games.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 16 - 5:19 AM

The Chicago Blackhawks have signed Mark McNeill to a one-year contract.

McNeill had 25 goals and 48 points in 64 AHL contests in 2015-16. The 23-year-old forward also made his NHL debut on Jan. 26, but he was promptly returned to the minors.
Jul 15 - 8:35 PM

Ryan Hartman is hoping to fill the void created when Chicago traded Andrew Shaw.

"We play similar styles: feed off energy, make plays at the net, be one of the hard players to play against," Hartman said. "Obviously with cap issues, stuff’s going to happen in the offseason. Nobody really knows what’s going to happen but it’s an opportunity now for me, especially, and some other guys to make a push, try to make the team this year." Hartman had 15 goals, 35 points, and 129 penalty minutes in 61 AHL contests in 2015-16. The 21-year-old has played in eight career NHL contests and has an assist and two penalty minutes over that span. He'll be worth keeping an eye on during training camp.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 11 - 1:45 PM

Jordin Tootoo's recently signed one-year contract is worth $750,000.

Tootoo had nine points and 102 penalty minutes in 66 contests with the New Jersey Devils in 2015-16. The 33-year-old forward has 982 PIM over 673 career games.
Jul 6 - 4:47 PM

Jordin Tootoo has inked a one-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Tootoo had four goals, nine points, and 102 penalty minutes in 66 games with the New Jersey Devils last season. Assuming Tootoo secures a regular bottom-six role with Chicago, he's likely to once again record over a PIM per game without contributing much offensively.
Jul 5 - 4:26 PM

Brian Campbell described Chicago as "where my heart is."

"The last time when I was a free agent, money played a factor," Campbell said. "This time it was about what was best for me and my family. I have two young daughters; one is going into preschool. I’ve been welcomed into the neighborhood I live in. It’s just where I wanted to be, where my heart was. It just makes our life perfect. We’re ecstatic about being here." Campbell inked a one-year, $2.25 million deal with Chicago. He probably could have gotten more elsewhere, but he presumably took a discount so that the Blackhawks could fit him under the cap. It's a nice break for the Blackhawks, which likely would have had trouble securing some extra defensive help for the 2016-17 campaign if not for Campbell's interest in returning.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 4 - 4:37 AM

The Chicago Blackhawks have placed David Rundblad on waivers with the purpose of buying out his contract.

Rundblad had one year left on his deal at $1.05 million. The buyout means Chicago will be charged with cap hits of $133,333 this season and $183,333 the year after that. "I think he’s looking to maybe pursue other opportunities, whether in the NHL or Europe, I can’t speak for him," Hawks GM Stan Bowman said. "He’s still a young guy and he wants to get back to playing a lot of hockey and that’s why he wanted to go to Europe mid-season. We were willing to honor that request. We’ll let him find a spot where he knows he’ll be a regular player every day."
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 3 - 11:02 AM

Brian Campbell allegedly left a lot of money on the table to sign with the Blackhawks.

Rumors are circulating that Campbell was offered a one-year deal worth $5 million by the Panthers. The contract the Hawks and Campbell agreed to was for $2.25 million. Campbell told the press he really wanted to play in Chicago, where he resides in the offseason. He certainly backed that up with his actions. Campbell is in line for serious five-on-five minutes and second power-play ice time and is worthy of a late round selection in fantasy pools especially those that have plus/minus as a category.
Jul 2 - 12:01 PM

Pierre-Cedric Labrie's new deal with Chicago is a two-way contract.

Labrie can make $575,000 at the NHL level and he's been guaranteed a minimum salary of $275,000 for 2016-17. He had 34 points and 102 penalty minutes in 66 AHL contests last season.
Jul 1 - 6:29 PM


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