Player News - Blackhawks

Date: Team: Pos:

Kyle Baun bounced back last season after an injury-shortened 2015-16 campaign.

Baun sat out nearly three months with a wrist injury in 2015-16 and he registered nine points (one goal, eight assists) in 43 games, but last season he accounted for 34 points (14 goals, 20 assists) in 74 matches. He is looking to build on that performance this year and hopes to get back to the NHL in the near future. Baun played three outings with the Blackhawks in 2014-15 and he made two appearances in 2015-16. He is still looking for his first NHL point.
Source: IceHogs.com
Aug 10 - 7:20 PM

Chicago is expected to put Marian Hossa on long-term injured reserve after the regular season begins to get the most cap flexibility they can.

Hossa has a $5.275 million cap hit for the next four seasons. He isn't expected to play at all in 2017-18 because of side effects from the medication to treat a progressive skin disorder. The Blackhawks could use the cap relief on roster help down the road like a defenseman or a rental at the trade deadline. If Hossa is forced to retire then a more long-term trade option may be considered by GM Stan Bowman.
Aug 9 - 9:22 AM

Eddie Olczyk has been diagnosed with colon cancer.

The 50-year-old played in 1,031 career games and currently serves as the color analyst for Blackhawks games on CSN as well as NHL on NBC. "I have been diagnosed with a form of colon cancer and am currently undergoing treatment for the disease," he said in a statement. "I have been working with outstanding health care professionals and expect to be back in the broadcast booth after I complete my treatment. Having the support and encouragement from my family, the Chicago Blackhawks organization, NBC Sports and all my friends and fans means the world to me and will give me continued strength to beat this. My family and I appreciate privacy during this time as we focus our attention on my treatments." We wish him the best in his recovery and hope to see him back on television soon.
Source: CSN Chicago
Aug 8 - 5:32 PM

Corey Crawford was not listed among the top-10 goaltenders by the NHL Network.

Crawford was listed as a netminder who just missed the cut and was placed at No. 13 even though he had better numbers than some of the goalies ranked in the top-10. Jonathan Quick (No. 6) appeared in only 17 games last season because of a groin injury and he posted eight wins along with a .917 save percentage. Henrik Lundqvist (No. 8) finished with a .910 save percentage and a 2.74 goals-against average, while Martin Jones (No. 9) earned a .912 save percentage. Crawford registered a 32-18-4 record with a 2.55 GAA and a .918 save percentage in 2016-17. For what it's worth, Crawford shouldn't be considered as a top-10 fantasy option in the crease going into the 2017-18 campaign.
Aug 7 - 5:17 PM

The Blackhawks have high expectations for prospect Henri Jokiharju.

Jokiharju was selected 29th overall in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft and he is slated to play his second season with the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL this year. "We would call him an easy skater," said Chicago director of amateur scouting Mark Kelley. "Easy skaters, especially on defense, go longer. They can play more minutes. [Keith] would probably be at the top of the bar." He suffered a lower-body injury playing for Finland at the World Junior Summer Showcase, but he should be ready for the upcoming season.
Aug 3 - 12:28 PM

Chad Krys sustained an injury at the World Junior Summer Showcase on Saturday and he will miss the remainder of the event.

However, it doesn't sound like a serious issue. "If somebody's injured, even the littlest of [things], you're going to take the precautionary [measures]," USA coach Bob Motzko said. "We're going to get to watch all of our players all through October, November and even early December. On a positive note, he was very noticeable. It's too bad. He was having an outstanding game when it happened, so we're excited about him." Krys, who is slated to play his second year with Boston University in 2017-18, was selected in the second round of the 2016 NHL Draft by Chicago.
Jul 31 - 6:13 PM

Tommy Wingels jumped at the chance to join the Chicago Blackhawks and he is looking forward to contributing in a leadership capacity in 2017-18.

Wingels feels he can help the players coming up to fill spots on the third and fourth lines because it can be tougher for them to relate to the star players on the team. He is excited to be playing closer to home and he will bring some "sandpaper" to the lineup, while helping out on the penalty kill.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 29 - 3:28 PM

Coach Joel Quenneville indicated that he plans to reunite Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad.

"Jonny's line is key for our team's success," Quenneville said. "Whether it's Saad returning or (Richard) Panik having some good stretches last year … those three potentially being on a line (is) really good to see. (It gives us) some size, some strength (and) puck possession." Saad was reacquired from Columbus in June and he has had offensive chemistry with Toews in the past. The Blackhawks captain wants to play looser and have more fun this campaign after some struggles in 2016-17 got the better of him. Toews is excited to have Saad back on the team and they could be a productive duo this year.
Jul 29 - 10:14 AM

Collin Delia has signed a two-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Delia posted a 9-8-3 record last season with Merrimack College, while registering three shutouts, a 2.15 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage. He was named a Hockey East Third Team All-Star after completing his third year with the team.
Jul 28 - 10:29 AM

Blackhawks goalie coach Jimmy Waite is looking forward to working with Anton Forsberg.

"I can't wait to work with him," Waite said. "I've watched many videos of him. You'll like him." The Hawks traded Scott Darling to Carolina during the offseason, which is why they needed to find a new backup for Corey Crawford. Forsberg was acquired from Columbus as part of the Artemi Panarin trade in late June, and he signed a two-year contract extension with Chicago this summer. He won't have much fantasy value going into next season.
Jul 23 - 10:26 AM

Tommy Wingels feels he would play through his fractured foot had the injury occurred during the season.

As recently reported, Wingels sustained the injury during his summer training. "I was doing some jumps and awkwardly rolled my ankle. It's just a little break there," Wingels explained. It's expected to take six-to-eight weeks to heal, so he should be fully recovered for training camp.
Jul 22 - 7:03 PM

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville raised the possibility of Patrick Sharp playing with Patrick Kane.

Sharp is coming off a terrible season with the Dallas Stars where he scored eight goals and 18 points in 48 contests. He's campaign was brought to an end due to hip surgery, but he should be fine by training camp. He signed a one-year contract with Chicago and that reunion might do him some good. Playing alongside a talent like Kane would certainly help him substantially too. Sharp is a risk as at the age of 35 he might simply be entering the twilight of his career, but if the Blackhawks intend to use him as a top-six forward then there's also bounce back potential there.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 22 - 8:47 AM

Tommy Wingels fractured his foot during his summer training.

Wingels should recover in six-to-eight weeks, so he's expected to be fine for training camp. It's just unfortunate because it looks like he will be healing for pretty much the rest of the summer, so perhaps that will have an impact on how he trains.
Jul 21 - 2:46 PM

Boston University coach David Quinn is anticipating big things from Chad Krys in his sophomore campaign.

Krys had five goals and 11 points in 39 NCAA games as a freshman. "Now that he’s comfortable and knows what’s expected of him, I don’t want to put too much pressure on him but I think he can have a breakout year," said Quinn. "He’s played a lot of hockey, and I really think he has the elite talent, the work ethic continues to improve and his conditioning really improved." Chicago took Krys with the 45th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. As an aside, that pick was traded around a lot before the draft. Minnesota traded it to Buffalo in 2014 as part of the Matt Moulson deal, Montreal got it later that year in exchange for Josh Gorges, and finally that pick was traded to Chicago as part of the Canadiens acquisition of Andrew Shaw.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 21 - 6:48 AM

Alexandre Fortin underwent sports hernia surgery in late June.

Fortin won't be able to participate in the on-ice portions of the Blackhawks' development camp as a result. He should be fine for training camp though, where he will compete for a roster spot. "I worked a lot this year to improve what I had to improve," said Fortin. "I think we had some problems during the season and I got injured. But I just have to stay focused and know I have to work hard. I’m excited for September." He had 22 goals and 52 points in 52 QMJHL games last season.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 19 - 7:31 AM


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