Player News - Blackhawks

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Mike Liambas has inked a one-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Liambas had eight points and 158 penalty minutes in 54 contests with the AHL Milwaukee Admirals last season. He's likely to spend the bulk, if not all, of the 2015-16 campaign in the minors.
Jul 2 - 1:04 PM

Newly acquired Artem Anisimov hopes to help Artem Panarin make the transition to the NHL.

Panarin has been playing at an elite level in the KHL, but North America is uncharted territory for him. Anisimov has an idea of what Panarin will be going through given that he played in Russia too before heading over to North America. "I'm going to help him around, adapt him to the NHL a little bit," Anisimov said. "It's going to be good for us to have some Russians on this team." Chicago acquired Anisimov in the Brandon Saad trade.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 2 - 10:04 AM

Cam Schilling has inked a two-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.

The deal comes with a $575,000 annual cap hit when Schilling's on the team's roster. What makes this signing a bit more noteworthy is the fact that it becomes a one-way deal in 2016-17. He had 18 points and 63 penalty minutes in 63 AHL contests in 2014-15.
Jul 2 - 9:58 AM

The Chicago Blackhawks have signed Viktor Tikhonov to a one-year, $1.04 million contract.

Tikhonov has played in the KHL since 2011-12 and finally became an unrestricted free agent today from the Coyotes. Expect him to be a bottom-six forward without great stats.
Jul 1 - 1:18 PM

Artem Anisimov has reportedly sign a five-year, $22.75 million extension with the Chicago Blackhawks.

That's a $4.55 million annual cap hit. Anisimov will come with a roughly $3.3 million cap hit for the 2014-15 campaign though as he wraps up his existing three-year deal. He was acquired by the Blackhawks as part of the Brandon Saad trade. Anisimov had seven goals and 27 points in 52 contests in 2014-15.
Jul 1 - 9:44 AM

The Boston Bruins "are interested" in Chicago Blackhawks' forward Bryan Bickell, according to a source.

Bickell has two seasons left on his contract which carries a $4M cap hit, and $9M in combined salary. The Bruins meanwhile have about $5.9M in cap space and may require the Blackhawks to "retain some salary." Chicago only has about $1.4M left under the ceiling, and may not be so inclined to deal the bruising forward unless Boston sweetens the pot.
Jun 30 - 9:00 PM

It appears that centerman Marcus Kruger and the Chicago Blackhawks are "closing in on a deal."

The 25-year-old RFA Kruger is coming off a two-year, $2.65M contract, and his second Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks. Unfortunately, Chicago has only about $1.4M in cap space under the ceiling. Kruger has accumulated just 15 goals and 45 points over the last two seasons, while blocking 120 shots and winning well over half his face-offs while skating over 13 minutes per night. It's not yet known how much Kruger is seeking, but it won't break the bank.
Jun 30 - 7:13 PM

Marko Dano is a member of the Chicago Blackhawks following a seven-player swap with Columbus.

The deal helped the Blue Jackets land Brandon Saad. Dano had eight goals and 21 points in 35 games during his first taste of NHL action. He'll get to develop with the Hawks now and if he can land a top-six role then he will be an interesting player to watch.
Jun 30 - 5:51 PM

Columbus has shipped Artem Anisimov to Chicago in a package to acquire Brandon Saad.

Saad, Michael Paliotta and Alex Broadhurst were traded to the Blue Jackets in exchange for Anisimov, Jeremy Morin, Corey Tropp, Marko Dano and a fourth-round pick in 2016. Anisimov notched seven goals and 27 points in 52 games with Columbus this past season. His season was cut short due to injuries and he missed 23 matches with a triceps ailment.
Jun 30 - 5:47 PM

Corey Tropp has been dealt to the Chicago Blackhawks as part of a seven-player trade.

In his first full season with Columbus, Tropp recorded eight points and 76 penalty minutes in 61 games. He was claimed off waivers from the Buffalo Sabres during the 2013-14 campaign.
Jun 30 - 5:41 PM

Jeremy Morin has been traded back to Chicago as part of the package for Brandon Saad.

Morin was just traded to the Blue Jackets in 2014-15 and he played 28 games with Columbus after suiting up in 15 matches with the Blackhawks. He had six points in 43 combined contests.
Jun 30 - 5:37 PM

Michael Leighton has been re-signed by Chicago on a one-year contract.

He is expected to be the top goalie for Rockford of the AHL next season and the third-string netminder for the Blackhawks. Leighton posted a mark of 22-13-4, including five shutouts, with a .920 save percentage and a 2.26 goals-against average with the IceHogs in 2014-15.
Jun 30 - 1:48 PM

Chicago has re-signed David Rundblad to a two-year contract.

He had 14 points and a plus-17 rating in 49 games with the Blackhawks last season. Rundblad also suited up in five playoff games for the Stanley Cup champions.
Jun 29 - 3:26 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks are committed to keeping Brent Seabrook long-term.

According to Sportsnet's Elliott Friedman, don't be surprised if the Hawks make Seabrook's contract a top priority in the next couple of weeks. Seabrook can be an unrestricted free-agent after next season, but Stan Bowman has already said that he wants to keep the big defenseman. The 30-year-old is very valuable to the Blackhawks, but even if he takes less money to stay, he will eat up a good chunk of cap space. With so much money committed to Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith and others, it may not be possible for the Hawks to keep everybody.
Jun 28 - 10:00 PM

The Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Blackhawks discussed a trade involving Kris Versteeg.

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman mentioned in his "30 Thoughts" blog that Chicago would have received a 5th round pick for Versteeg's services, but it fell through for an unknown reason. Versteeg has already said that he didn't veto a trade because of the lack of a contract extension in place.
Jun 28 - 1:16 PM


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