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Chicago has made the signing of Ville Pokka official.

As previously reported, it is a one-year contract. Pokka has led Rockford's defensemen in points in each of the last two seasons. He generated six goals and 30 points in 76 games last year after he had 45 points in 76 matches in 2015-16.
Jun 27 - 6:15 PM

Ville Pokka will reportedly sign a one-year contract with Chicago, according to a source.

Pokka has been in the AHL for the last three seasons with Rockford. He has 23 goals and 78 assists in 207 games during that span. Pokka could get a chance at NHL action in 2017-18.
Jun 27 - 4:37 PM

Dennis Rasmussen is eligible for unrestricted free agency.

Rasmussen didn't get a qualifying offer from Chicago. He could be an attractive player for teams seeking a fourth-liner with versatility and penalty killing skills.
Jun 27 - 3:24 PM

Chicago has agreed terms with Tomas Jurco on a one-year contract.

Jurco was obtained from the Red Wings for a third-round pick in February. He posted just one goal in 13 appearances with the Blackhawks after the move, but the organization feels he can still turn it around.
Jun 26 - 4:03 PM

Anton Forsberg has signed a two-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Forsberg was acquired from Columbus in the Artemi Panarin-Brandon Saad swap. He is projected to be Chicago's backup goaltender in 2017-18.
Jun 26 - 3:56 PM

The Blackhawks will decide by Monday whether they want to make a qualifying offer to RFA Tomas Jurco.

Jurco, who was acquired from the Red Wings for a third-round pick in February, was often a healthy scratch in The Windy City. He was unproductive in 2016-17 registering only one point in 29 games. The Hawks will have a similar decision to make on fellow RFA Dennis Rasmussen.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jun 25 - 9:49 AM

The Chicago Blackhawks selected Evan Barratt in the third round (90th overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

The Blackhawks took two defenseman in the first two rounds, so the fact that they added a forward wasn't surprising. Throughout his young career, Barratt has shown that he can produce offense at every level. He’s not an elite scorer, but he’s talented enough to be a contributor. Last season, he picked up 18 goals and 56 points in 63 games with the US National Team Development Program. Barratt also added six points in seven games for Team USA during the 2017 Under-18 World Hockey Championship. The knock on Barratt is that his skating just isn’t where it should be at this point. That appears to be the biggest reason why he hasn’t been selected earlier in the draft. He’ll play at Penn State during the 2017-18 season.
Jun 24 - 11:37 AM

Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman believes first-rounder Henri Jokiharju has a "great skill set".

"Henri is a player we've really been high on all year," Bowman said. "He's a right-handed shot defensemen, those are a commodity in today's game, it's hard to find them. He plays a modern style of hockey. Great skill set, good skater, can handle the puck, make plays. ... He's a big asset. Just looking around the league, it's really hard to find defensemen, particularly right-handed, so we're really thrilled." He's still a couple of years away from being NHL-ready.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jun 24 - 9:37 AM

Brandon Saad says he's excited to be reunited with Jonathan Toews.

Saad was acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets as part of a trade that saw Artemi Panarin head the other way. Toews and Saad did some damage together during Saad's first tenure in Chicago, so they're hoping they'll be able to leave right where they left off. "(Toews) is someone I talked to shortly after it happened. He’s a guy I’ve always kept in touch with, great friend," Saad said. "To be reunited, getting that chance to play with him again, he’s an incredible player and his resume speaks for itself. I look forward to trying to rekindle that."
Source: CSN Chicago
Jun 24 - 9:35 AM

Chicago has taken Henri Jokiharju with the 29th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Chicago moved down from the 26th overall pick and added a third-round choice in a deal with Dallas. Jokiharju's move to North America was a successful one as the Finnish defenseman posted nine goals and 39 points in 71 games with the WHL's Portland Winterhawks in 2016-17. The 18-year-old is a capable two-way defenseman with good hockey smarts. He's fully capable of breaking out of his own zone with the puck. The fact that he's a smooth skater doesn’t hurt his game either. Jokiharju will need more time in the junior ranks and minor leagues, but he could eventually turn into a reliable puck-mover at the next level for Chicago's defense corps.
Jun 23 - 9:58 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks have reacquired Brandon Saad along with Anton Forsberg and a 2018 fifth-round pick in exchange for Artemi Panarin, Tyler Motte, and a 2017 sixth-round pick.

Panarin and Saad both come with a $6 million annual cap hit, so this isn't about saving money in the short-term for Chicago, but Saad is signed through 2020-21 while Panarin can become an unrestricted free agent following the 2018-19 campaign, so Chicago is gaining some cost certainty here. Saad had 24 goals and 53 points in 82 games last season, making it the third straight campaign where he recorded between 52 and 53 points. He's a known quantity for Chicago as he played with the Blackhawks until 2015 when they dealt him to Columbus in the first place.
Jun 23 - 12:46 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired Anton Forsberg from Columbus as part of the Artemi Panarin trade.

Forsberg posted a 2.28 GAA and .926 save percentage in 51 AHL contests in 2016-17. With Scott Darling now in Carolina, Forsberg could be the Blackhawks' backup goaltender next season.
Jun 23 - 12:42 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired Connor Murphy and Laurent Dauphin from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Niklas Hjalmarsson.

Murphy scored two goals and registered 15 assists in 77 contests while averaging 19:11 minutes in 2016-17. He'll help fill the void left by Hjalmarsson and, critically for Chicago, he's providing the Blackhawks with some long-term cost certainty. He's entering just the second season of his six-year, $23.1 million deal.
Jun 23 - 12:32 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired Laurent Dauphin and Connor Murphy from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Niklas Hjalmarsson.

Dauphin had two goals and three points in 24 games with Arizona in 2016-17. He also recorded 17 goals and 28 points in 38 AHL contests.
Jun 23 - 12:28 PM

Although Marcus Kruger wasn't selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft, that might still be his destination.

Chicago reportedly might trade Kruger to Vegas in exchange for a defenseman. He doesn't bring much to the table offensively, but he's strong without the puck and when it comes to killing penalties. While parting ways with Kruger would be a tough pill for the Blackhawks to swallow, they could use the $3,083,333 in cap relief that a trade would provide.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jun 22 - 4:19 AM


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