Player News - Blackhawks

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Patrick Kane was chosen as the MVP of the 2018 World Championship.

Kane led all players at the tournament with 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists) in 10 games and served as the captain of Team USA's bronze-medal winning team.
May 20 - 5:50 PM

Gustav Forsling isn't upset that he was unable to stick with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2017-18.

"I just tried to think positive and do as best as I can down here and try to get back up as fast as possible," said Forsling, who spent the second half of the campaign in the minors. "I'm still very young, I just wanted to keep developing down here. I know what it takes to be up there, I have to be more reliable every night. They want me to play my game and sometimes it's a good thing to get sent down to get your confidence back and keep playing your game. I think I've been more stable defensively. I think I've taken steps and I think they can trust me back there, so it feels good." He had a great start to the year and played in 41 games with the big club. Forsling, who is only 21 years of age, will try to secure his spot on the back end next season.
May 20 - 10:46 AM

Victor Ejdsell has impressed Chicago since his acquisition from Nashville at the trade deadline.

"Terrific shot. High, high hockey IQ," said Mark Bernard, who serves as the Blackhawks' senior director of minor league affiliations. "The pace of his game as we continue to play has continued to get better and better, I think that's just adapting to the smaller ice surface where things happen a little quicker, he has to make his decisions a little faster. But very high hockey IQ, great release and we're glad he's on our side right now." He had one assist in six outings with Chicago. Ejdsell has elevated his game during Rockford's AHL playoff run with five goals and eight points in eight games. He was told to work on his strength and speed over the summer. Ejdsell will compete for a roster spot with the Blackhawks at training camp.
May 20 - 10:40 AM

Marian Hossa has confirmed that his playing career is officially over.

Hossa missed out on the entire 2017-18 season due to a rare skin disorder and will be moving back to his native Slovakia. However, he has decided not to sign any retirement papers until his contract expires at the conclusion of the 2020-21 season. Despite a $5.275 million cap hit, he will earn $1 million each of the next three seasons and will likely spend both years on Chicago's long-term injured reserve list but there is also the possibility of a NHL team picking up his contract in a trade in order to reach the salary cap floor without having to pay the entire cap hit in salary. The 39-year-old forward will end his career with 1134 points in 1309 games and three Stanley Cups.
May 19 - 12:03 PM

Cody Franson doesn't expect to be back with the Chicago Blackhawks next season.

Franson will be testing the UFA market this summer, but after being unable to maintain a spot in the NHL with Chicago in 2017-18, he'll be moving on to a different franchise. "I'm quite certain I won't be back next year," Franson said. "This year obviously didn't go the way that I envisioned it going and they're in a situation with their group right now where they're in kind of a transitional period. They've got some young guys that started to get some experience this year and they've got all those guys signed up for next year, so I'll be looking for something different I think unless something changes. Obviously it's not like my door's closed, but I don't see it going that way." If there's a silver lining, it's that Franson has done great in the AHL. He had nine goals and 28 points in 37 AHL regular season games and has added another four goals and eight points in seven playoff contests.
May 18 - 8:40 AM

Collin Delia has excelled in the 2018 AHL playoffs.

Delia has led the Rockford IceHogs to the Western Conference Final by posting a 1.64 GAA and .948 save percentage in seven games. This is Delia's first pro campaign after previously playing for Merrimack College and it's been a crazy one as he's seen time in the ECHL, AHL, and even appeared in two games for the Chicago Blackhawks. After all that, one thing that's impressed Rockford's goaltending coach Peter Aubry has been his mental toughness. "We talk about doing the same things every day," Aubry said. "One of the things that is great for me right now, whether I'm watching him in Game 4 against Manitoba or at practice this morning, he looks the same. The jerseys are different, but the puck's the same, he's handling the situation the same way and it just shows me that his habits are so strong."
May 18 - 8:36 AM

Patrick Kane found the back of the net twice to lead Team USA to a 3-2 win over the Czech Republic in the 2018 World Championships Quarterfinals.

Kane has been on fire throughout the tournament with eight goals and 19 points in eight contests. Cam Atkinson accounted for America's other goal on Thursday. The United States will now play the winner of Sweden versus Latvia in the semifinals.
Source: USA Hockey
May 17 - 12:56 PM

Alex DeBrincat has excelled in the 2018 IIHF World Championships.

DeBrincat has a goal and eight points in seven games for Team USA. The tournament has been a nice way for him to build on his outstanding rookie campaign for Chicago where he scored 28 goals and 52 points in 82 contests. The United States are set to face the Czech Republic in the Quarterfinals.
May 17 - 9:05 AM

Patrick Kane has amassed 12 points through five games at the IIHF World Championship in Denmark.

Kane ranks second in the tournament in scoring and first on Team USA. He notched two goals and three assists in a 13-1 victory over South Korea this past Friday.
May 13 - 10:01 AM

Dominik Kahun has agreed to an entry-level deal with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Kahun announced the deal on Instagram Saturday. The 22-year-old posted 12 goals and 41 points in 42 games for EHC Munchen of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga in 2017-18. He also added 14 points in 17 playoff outings and had five points in seven contests for Germany at the 2018 Winter Olympics en route to a silver medal.
Apr 29 - 11:16 AM

The Chicago Blackhawks have signed Dennis Gilbert to a three-year, entry-level contract.

He'll join the AHL's Rockford IceHogs right away. The 21-year-old was drafted by Chicago in the third round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Gilbert spent the last three years at Notre Dame. He had four goals and six assists in 39 games with the Fighting Irish this season.
Apr 14 - 10:42 AM

Duncan Keith still feels that he has "a lot left in the tank" and he will look to bounce back in 2018-19.

"Obviously it wasn't the year that I expected. It was frustrating in a lot of ways," said Keith of the 2017-18 campaign. "It just seemed like there's a lot that went wrong. When you're a successful team, everything seems easier. Little plays, you know our habits — we've got to get back to that." Keith, who will turn 35 this summer, struggled defensively and offensively. He scored only two goals in 82 games on 187 shots and he finished with a minus-29 rating. Keith intends to train hard over the summer and come back renewed for the 2018-19 season.
Apr 12 - 10:45 AM

Brandon Saad has plenty of bounce-back potential for next year.

"When he was on the ice, our team had a lot of chances," GM Stan Bowman said. "His conversion rate was just really low this year. We look at that as more of an anomaly. We think he's going to get back to his normal production." The Blackhawks controlled 56.04 percent of the shot attempts when Saad was on the ice during 5-on-5 situations. Saad's shooting percentage at 5-on-5 dropped to 6.68 after he had an average of 8.93 going into the season. He picked up 18 goals and 35 points in 82 contests. Saad is confident he can get back on track.
Apr 11 - 9:59 AM

Marian Hossa's status is the same after he missed the entire 2017-18 season because of a skin disorder.

"What I do know is that his status is unchanged, so at this point there's no indication he's going to play next year, either," GM Stan Bowman said. "We'll probably have more discussions on that in the coming weeks, but his medical condition is unchanged." Hossa still has another three years remaining on his contract with a $5.275 million cap hit.
Apr 10 - 9:41 AM

Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman expects Corey Crawford to bounce back in 2018-19.

"We have expectations that he's going to be the same goalie he's been," Bowman said. "I don't think there's any reason to doubt that. He's got a lot of confidence. The last couple of seasons, he's played a bigger role on our team, and we're looking for that next year. We're hopeful that's the case." Crawford sat out the last 47 games of the season with a head injury, but Chicago expects him to return to form.
Apr 10 - 9:37 AM

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