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The Chicago Blackhawks announced that they will be building a new community training center.

The Hawks and visiting NHL teams will use the training complex to practice, but for the most part, it will be made available to the community. "Hockey's future is dictated by the ability of kids to get on the ice," Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz said in a statement. "For those in urban areas like Chicago, that’s an incredible challenge. We want to provide our community the opportunity to learn how to skate and help them develop a love and passion for the sport that has brought so much joy to Chicago and the region these past few years." The 125,000 square-foot facility will likely cost around $50 million and it will be privately funded.
Source: CSN Chicago
Aug 1 - 10:43 AM

Marcus Kruger's agent, J.P. Barry, said his client is willing to continue to wait as a restricted free agent until Chicago sorts out its cap issues.

Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman has already made some cost cutting trades, but the team still isn't in a good place from a cap perspective. It's expected that Kruger will sign with Chicago eventually, but it looks like the Blackhawks will have to make at least one more trade first.
Jul 28 - 9:58 AM

Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz believes that Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are worth every penny of their eight-year, $84 million contract extensions.

"I think that they're quality individuals," Wirtz told the Chicago Tribune editorial board. "They're never satisfied. They're great leaders, and I think they're terrific for the city. As the eight-year contracts go on, I think we'll see they're worth every penny." The contract extensions will kick-in this upcoming season. Limited cap space has forced the Hawks to part ways with veterans like Patrick Sharp and Johnny Oduya, but keeping Toews and Kane in the fold was a no-brainer for Chicago.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 26 - 9:34 AM

Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman anticipates there being an adjustment period for Artem Panarin.

Panarin had 26 goals and 62 points in 55 games with the KHL's St. Petersburg SKA last season. That was good enough to lead his team in scoring, which becomes more impressive when you factor in that SKA also featured Ilya Kovalchuk. "We're trying to be patient with the expectations because he's coming to a new country, learning the language. Everything is new to him," Bowman said of Panarin. "I always try to tell people, imagine you go to Russia and you’re expected to just jump in to a new culture and be a superstar right away. There will be a little adjustment there but he has special ability. It’s fun to think of the possibilities there." Panarin will be worth taking in the latter rounds of standard league drafts as he could pay off nicely, but he's too big of a risk to warrant taking sooner.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 20 - 9:32 AM

Jonathan Toews understands that more pressure accompanies his new contract.

Toews and Patrick each see their matching eight-year, $84 million contracts start this season. "As soon as the next season starts everyone tends to forget about what happened last year and it’s time to go to work again," Toews said. "We’ve shown we can do that and we know given the fact we just lost … important teammates and the focus is on us and our contract that there is more pressure than ever." With the amount of moves Chicago has made this summer, Toews will need to continue his stellar play — 28 goals, 66 points last season.
Jul 19 - 10:18 PM

Patrick Kane thinks he and Artem Anisimov could become a good combination.

With no clear No. 2 center on the Blackhawks, Anisimov is likely to get a chance to seize the opportunity. It would obviously benefit his value tremendously, as would playing with Kane. "He’s a big, smart, two-way centerman, a left-handed shot," Kane said. "That’s kind of the ideal center for someone like myself. He’s also got the skill, too. He could be a really dangerous fit on our team. So I’m looking forward to the chance of playing with him, if that’s the case." Anisimov had seven goals and 27 points in 52 games last year.
Jul 19 - 5:27 PM

Jonathan Toews said the Hawks' toughest opponent en route to the Cup was the Anaheim Ducks, who took Chicago to a seventh game in the Western Conference Final.

"Anaheim had so many components of the game," Toews said. "The physicality, the speed, the skill of the top-end players like the (Ryan) Getzlafs and (Corey) Perrys we ran up against. They were such a tough team in goaltending and all aspects.
Jul 19 - 10:06 AM

Hawks head coach Joel Quenneville said he envisions Teuvo Teravainen playing center next season.

Artem Anisimov likely has the inside track to center the Hawks' second line, pushing Teravainen down to the third line. It would be a huge boost to Teravainen's fantasy value if he could beat out Anisimov for the second line spot next to Patrick Kane, but we won't know that until training camp.
Jul 18 - 1:33 PM

Chicago’s recent trades still have not kept Bryan Bickell’s name out of the rumor mill, but the bulky forward hopes to stay with the Blackhawks.

"I hope it's not me<' Bickell said on the upcoming trades. "I love this city. I love winning, really. It's a great feeling and I want to do this for my career." The Blackhawks, however, are still in a very tight cap situation despite parting with Brandon Saad, Patrick Sharp, Johnny Oduya, Brad Richards and Antoine Vermette this off-season. Bickell’s $4 million cap hit over the next two years has the team in a tough situation, as the 29-year-old did not even crack the lineup in five of the Hawks’ six Stanley Cup Final games.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 18 - 12:04 PM

Nick Mattson has agreed to a one-year deal with AHL Rockford.

The Rockford IceHogs are affiliated with the Chicago Blackhawks. Mattson was taken by Chicago with the 180th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He went on to play for the University of North Dakota and is going pro after completing his senior year. He had four goals and 21 points in 33 games last season.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 17 - 10:40 AM

Trevor Daley (hip) expects to be fine for the start of the season.

Daley underwent hip surgery in April and he was originally projected to need three to four months to recover, so it wouldn't be surprising if he's good by the time training camp starts. He'll be playing for Chicago next season after being included in the trade that sent Patrick Sharp to the Dallas Stars.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 14 - 10:08 AM

Marcus Kruger's contract talks with the Chicago Blackhawks appear to be in limbo.

Kruger is still hoping for a long-term deal and is waiting to see if Chicago will clear up the cap space necessary to accommodate him. He's a serviceable bottom-six forward who scored seven goals and 17 points in 81 contests last season.
Jul 13 - 10:49 PM

Marko Dano could be a useful later-round gamble in fantasy leagues this coming season.

Dano was acquired by the Blackhawks as part of the trade that sent Brandon Saad to the Blue Jackets on June 30. Dano tallied 21 points in 35 NHL games last year. The 20-year-old was the 27th-overall pick by the Blue Jackets in 2013. "I'm a two-way player with good hockey sense," Dano said. "I can protect the puck in the corners and make those little plays in there. Every player is different, but I like to play a hard game and Marian Hossa plays kind of the [same] style of game as me, but he's a different level. I'm trying to catch him with that." Dano figures to be a great player to own in dynasty leagues, too.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 12 - 8:51 PM

Marcus Kruger is hoping to sign a long-term deal with the Blackhawks once they clear salary-cap space, according to ESPN’s Scott Power.

Kruger, a restricted free agent, had seven goals and 17 points last season. Chicago has about $982,000 in cap space after Friday’s trade that sent Patrick Sharp to Dallas and Ryan Garbutt and Trevor Daley to the Blackhawks. Kruger had a cap hit of $1.325 million last season. It’s clear the Blackhawks aren’t done wheeling and dealing; they still hope to come to terms with restricted free agents Viktor Svedberg and Joakim Nordstrom, too.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 11 - 5:36 PM

Stan Bowman believes that acquiring Trevor Daley and Ryan Garbutt helps his team right away.

The Hawks sent Patrick Sharp to Dallas, but Bowman still feels that his team will be fine going forward. "Sometimes when you make trades of players who make a lot of money, you’re trying to get picks or prospects back. The key is to make our team better," Bowman said. "Obviously we’re trading away a good player. But this wasn’t trying to just get things that would help us down the road. We like our team as it is. We think we have a strong group of guys coming back that led us to the Cup a month ago. That was really the thing we talked about when in discussions with Dallas, trying to get something that could help us now."
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 11 - 9:22 AM


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