Player News - Blackhawks

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The Chicago Blackhawks have picked Alex DeBrincat with the 39th overall choice in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Perhaps there's never been a better time for a player like Alex DeBrincat to enter the NHL's fold, as he stands at a fearless and defiant 5'7" and 165 lbs. He's posted consecutive 51-goal campaigns with 205 total points over that span in the regular season. He has 17 goals and 35 points in 33 combined playoff games as well. DeBrincat boasts a relentless drive and scoring ability not often seen in any era, so it will be up to him to develop the rest of his game and mind in order to make it to the next level.
Jun 25 - 12:01 PM

Patrick Kane was selected as the 2016 Hart Trophy winner.

No surprise there as Kane ran away with the 2015-16 scoring title with 106 points in 82 games. He also won the Ted Lindsay Award, which also goes to the league's best player, but as voted by his peers. This is the first time a member of the Chicago Blackhawks has won the Hart Trophy since 1968 when Stan Mikita claimed it for the second consecutive season.
Jun 22 - 9:05 PM

Patrick Kane has won the 2016 Ted Lindsay Award.

The Lindsay award goes to the best player as voted by his peers. Kane was the favorite after scoring 46 goals and 106 points in 82 contests last season. This is the first time he's won this award after Carey Price took it in 2015.
Jun 22 - 7:33 PM

Artemi Panarin won the 2016 Calder Trophy.

Panarin finished with 1,258 points in the vote ahead of defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere at 955 points and Connor McDavid with 858 points. It would have been interesting to see what McDavid could have done with a full season, but as it is it's not surprising to see Panarin on top. He had 30 goals and 77 points in 80 games.
Jun 22 - 7:21 PM

Dennis Rasmussen has signed a one-year extension with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Rasmussen had four goals and nine points in 44 games last season. He also had seven games and 16 points in 25 contests at the AHL level.
Jun 22 - 5:43 PM

Patrick Kane is happy with how the 2015-16 season went, but he still feels there is room for improvement.

"I'm pretty happy with where my game was at during the regular season last year," said Kane, who is the favorite to win the Hart Trophy as the player judged most valuable to his team. "I still think there are some ways I can improve. ... As a competitive player, you always want to work on everything. You want to work on every part of your game and make sure it's getting better. That's what I'll probably try to do this offseason. Then I'll probably stay off the ice for a little bit, try to get my body where I want it." Kane amassed 46 goals and led the league with 106 points in 82 games last year.
Jun 21 - 3:47 PM

Tyler Motte and recently-signed prospect Nick Schmaltz could compete for roster spots with Chicago next season.

The Blackhawks opened some space when they traded Teuvo Teravainen to Carolina along with Bryan Bickell in a salary dump transaction. Motte posted two goals and three assists in five games with Rockford of the AHL after completing his third season with the University of Michigan.
Jun 20 - 10:56 AM

The Chicago Blackhawks announced the signing of Nick Schmaltz to a three-year, entry level contract.

A report surfaced earlier today about Schmaltz signing, but the Hawks made it official this afternoon. The 20-year-old is one of the organization's top prospects. The 20-year-old had 11 goals and 46 points in 37 games with the University of North Dakota this past season. He was Chicago's first round pick in 2014.
Jun 19 - 6:20 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks have reportedly signed prospect Nick Schmaltz.

The 20-year-old was selected in the first round, 20th overall, back in 2014. Schmaltz had 11 goals, 46 points and a plus-44 rating in 37 games with the University of North Dakota in 2015-16. He added two goals and eight points in seven games for Team USA at last winter's World Junior Hockey Championship. Schmaltz might have a shot to make the team with the departures of Bryan Bickell and Teuvo Teravainen.
Jun 19 - 12:49 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks will have $3.07 million of salary cap overages against them in 2016-17.

What that means is that the Blackhawks exceeded the 2015-16 cap by that amount due to performance bonuses being triggered. When that happens, the excess cap hit is carried over to the following season, which essentially puts Chicago behind the curve as far as usable cap space is concerned. That might be part of the reason why they felt clearing Bryan Bickell's $4 million cap hit was so important that they were willing to package him with top prospect Teuvo Teravainen in a trade with Carolina.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jun 17 - 8:27 AM

Richard Panik recently signed one-year deal with Chicago is reportedly worth $875,000.

That represents a $100,000 pay cut from Panik's 2015-16 salary. He had six goals and eight points in 30 contests in 2015-16.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jun 16 - 8:12 AM

Richard Panik has inked a one-year contract with Chicago.

In 30 games with the Blackhawks last season, he produced six goals and eight points. Panik was acquired from Toronto in January in exchange for Jeremy Morin.
Jun 15 - 5:07 PM

Andrew Ladd is looking forward to seeing what unrestricted free agency has in store for him.

"Right now it's like you just want to get there. It seems like we've been waiting for quite some time now to get the next contract," Ladd said. "It's exciting to think about the opportunities, [to] see who is interested." He wants another chance at a Stanley Cup and he wants a situation that is good for his family.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 14 - 6:17 PM

Mac Carruth has agreed to a one-year contract with Chicago.

He began the 2015-16 season with the Indy Fuel of the ECHL before joining the AHL's Rockford IceHogs. With the Fuel, he posted a 12-10-3 record, a 2.43 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage in 25 games. As a member of the IceHogs, he had a mark of 6-5-2 with a 2.30 GAA, a .926 save percentage and two shutouts.
Jun 14 - 5:37 PM

Chicago will participate in six preseason games this fall.

The Blackhawks will kick off their schedule by hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sept. 28 and wrap it up by playing in St. Louis on Oct. 8. Chicago's full exhibition schedule will consist of two games against each of the Penguins, Blues, and Detroit Red Wings.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jun 2 - 8:41 AM


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