Player News - Blackhawks

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Nathan Noel has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Noel had 24 goals and 50 points in 52 QMJHL games this season. Chicago took him with the 113rd overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 27 - 6:26 PM

Trevor van Riemsdyk will represent the U.S. at the 2017 IIHF World Championships.

He set new career highs with five goals, 16 points and a plus-17 rating in 58 games during the 2016-17 campaign. Van Riemsdyk will join a defense group that includes Danny DeKeyser, Noah Hanifin, Charlie McAvoy, Connor Murphy and Jacob Trouba.
Source: CSN Chicago
Apr 27 - 9:30 AM

The Chicago Blackhawks have fired assistant coach Mike Kitchen.

"We believe this decision is best for our organization moving forward," said Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman. "Mike had an impact on two different Stanley Cup championship teams during his tenure in Chicago. We appreciate his many contributions and wish he and his family success in the future." Kitchen has been with the Blackhawks since 2010 and was a big part of Quenneville's staff. The decision to shake up the coaching staff is the first move Bowman has made after calling the 2016-17 campaign "a complete failure." Chicago won 50 games in the regular season, but was swept in the first round by Nashville. It was the Blackhawks second straight first round exit.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 24 - 1:32 PM

Marcus Kruger has decided to play for Team Sweden in the 2017 World Championships.

Kruger is taking part in the tournament because Chicago was swept by Nashville in the first round. He had five goals and 17 points in 70 regular season games.
Apr 24 - 12:09 PM

Marian Hossa won't join Team Slovakia for the 2017 World Championships.

"Let the young guys play," Hossa said. He's 38 years old now, so it's not too surprising that he wouldn't opt to extend his season further. He had 26 goals and 45 points in 73 regular season contests.
Source: CSN Chicago
Apr 24 - 10:29 AM

Jonathan Toews has decided against playing for Team Canada in the 2017 World Championships.

Toews feels it would be better for his preparations for 2017-18 if he passed on the tournament. "At this point of my career, going through the last couple of years the way things have played out, there are some little changes here and there with how I approach my preparation, especially the last summer being a long offseason and coming in feeling I was as prepared as I could be and still not getting to the level of play I wanted to this season," Toews said. "There are some things I have to re-evaluate and think about this offseason. There's no satisfaction there but definitely take a different approach with how I prepare for next season. I didn't get to the level I needed to be to help our team survive a little bit longer in this last series, so I have to be responsible for that as well." Toews got off to a slow start in 2016-17, but he heated up in the second half of the campaign. He finished with 21 goals and 58 points in 72 regular season contests.
Source: CSN Chicago
Apr 23 - 9:58 AM

Brent Seabrook has declined an invite to play for Team Canada at the World Hockey Championships.

Seabrook has represented Canada at the Olympics, but with his wife scheduled to give birth in a few weeks, it's only normal that he won't be heading to Paris and Cologne for the tournament. He had three goals and 36 assists in 79 games this season.
Apr 22 - 1:41 PM

Patrick Kane isn't sure if he's going to represent Team USA at the World Hockey Championships.

Kane is eligible to go because the Blackhawks have been eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He's expected to make a final decision in the coming days.
Apr 22 - 1:32 PM

Richard Panik says he'd like to re-sign with the Chicago Blackhawks.

That all depends on how much money he's looking to make on his next contract. Panik, who is scheduled to become a restricted free agent, had a career year in 2016-17. He scored 22 goals and 22 assists in 82 games this season. The Blackhawks usually don't give depth players "big" money, so it'll be up to Panik to decide how much of a discount he's willing to take to stick around.
Apr 22 - 12:58 PM

Stan Bowman called his team's season "a complete failure".

The Blackhawks managed to win 50 games during the regular season, which led many to believe that they were the favorites to win the Stanley Cup. Instead, the Hawks were swept by the Nashville Predators in the opening round. "I am frustrated, I am angry, this was a tough, tough loss for us all to take," said Bowman. "Standing here April 22 is not the way we expected our season to end. It is a complete failure when you measure it against the expectations that we have for ourselves. We did not come even close to reaching the standard we have set over the years here. And that is unacceptable. Any successes that we did experience this year are completely overshadowed by the abrupt ending to our season. It is not close to good enough for anybody." Head coach Joel Quenneville's job isn't in jeopardy, but someone will pay the price for the early exit.
Apr 22 - 12:00 PM

Artemi Panarin posted his first point of the series on Thursday night against Nashville, but it was too little too late as the Blackhawks were eliminated from the playoffs in four straight games.

He registered an assist on Jonathan Toews' first goal of the postseason. Chicago scored just three goals in four games in their first-round exit. Panarin accounted for 31 goals and 74 points during the regular season, but he was held in check during the playoffs.
Apr 21 - 10:01 AM

Corey Crawford allowed three goals on 25 shots in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Nashville Predators.

Many picked the Hawks to make a long playoff run, but that doesn't matter anymore because they've officially been eliminated from the postseason. Crawford gave up three goals or more in Games 2, 3 and 4. He finishes the playoffs with a 2.84 goals-against-average and a .902 save percentage. Crawford wasn't spectacular in the series, but the fact that his team only managed to score three goals in four games certainly didn't help.
Apr 20 - 11:26 PM

Jonathan Toews scored a goal in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Nashville Predators.

That's it for the Hawks this season. A lot of hockey experts picked the Blackhawks to win the Stanley Cup in 2017. Not only will they not be hoisting the Cup, they didn't manage to win a single game in the postseason. Toews' goal cut the lead 3-1 late in the third period, but that's as close as his team would come to tying the game. This big problem was that Chicago scored just three goals in the series.
Apr 20 - 11:19 PM

Corey Crawford is expected to be in net Game 4 against Nashville on Thursday.

Crawford and Chicago will be looking for their first win of the series as well. The veteran netminder has allowed nine goals on 98 combined shots thus far, which amounts to a .908 save percentage.
Apr 20 - 6:32 PM

Gustav Forsling is expected to be scratched against Nashville in Game 4 on Thursday.

It would be his fourth straight game as a healthy scratch after putting up five points in 36 games during the regular season.
Apr 20 - 6:30 PM


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