Player News - Blackhawks

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Henri Jokiharju will be someone to keep an eye on during Chicago's training camp.

Jokiharju will be going into it with a real shot of making the Blackhawks' opening game roster. He's coming off a strong season in the WHL where he scored 12 goals and 71 points in 63 games for the Portland Winterhawks. He also made strides defensively over the last year. "For a smaller defenseman (6-foot-1, 180 pounds), the way he uses his stick, the way he’s able to pivot and squeeze guys off, that’s really underrated in his game," Winterhawks associate head coach Kyle Gustafson said. "And those are all defensive aspects of his game that go a little bit unnoticed." Chicago took Jokiharju with the 29th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Jul 14 - 3:24 AM

Marcus Kruger is excited to be back with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Kruger was reacquired by Chicago in a trade with Arizona on Thursday. It was the second time Kruger had been traded this summer as he spent the 2017-18 campaign with Carolina. His stint with the Hurricanes went poorly, but he had been playing with a sports hernia, so that was presumably part of the problem. He underwent surgery and it sounds like the injury is behind him. "I feel ready to go, so it’s not going to be any problem for training camp or next year," Kruger said. "What went wrong, I don’t know. I wasn’t playing enough, as a team, or me either. I’m really excited to show what I can do and how I can play and get better from it."
Jul 13 - 4:05 AM

The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired Andrew Campbell from the Arizona Coyotes.

Campbell had two goals and six points in 60 AHL games last season. The 30-year-old defenseman has played in 42 career NHL games.
Jul 12 - 3:23 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired MacKenzie Entwistle from Arizona.

Entwistle had 15 goals and 38 points in 49 OHL games last season. He was a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Jul 12 - 3:20 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired Marcus Kruger from the Arizona Coyotes.

This is the second time Kruger has been traded this summer. He had a goal and six points in 48 games with Carolina in 2017-18 before being sent to the AHL. It was later revealed that he had been playing through a sports hernia so he's a potential bounce back candidate this season. Kruger is returning to Chicago after being apart from the organization for only one season.
Jul 12 - 3:17 PM

Adam Boqvist has signed with the OHL's London Knights.

Boqvist spent the 2017-18 campaign playing in Sweden. Chicago selected him with the eighth overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft and he's already accepted an entry-level contract with the Blackhawks. However, if he doesn't make the team out of training camp, he will play for London.
Jul 6 - 3:27 AM

Brandon Manning credited a call from Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman and coach Joel Quenneville with helping him decide to sign with Chicago.

"When Stan and Joel talked to me, they talked about how they see me as a player. I was like, ‘That’s bang on,’" Manning said. "That’s who I am, that’s what I take pride in. Take pride in my defense, maybe chip in (offensively) once in a while, play physical. They’re like, ‘That’s what we need, that’s what we’re looking for.’" Manning inked a two-year, $4.5 million contract with the Blackhawks. He had seven goals, 19 points, and 56 penalty minutes in 65 contests with the Philadelphia Flyers last season.
Jul 5 - 5:16 AM

Chris Kunitz shouldn't have problems fitting in with the Blackhawks given his recent roots with the team.

Kunitz's wife is from the area, so he's been spending his summers in Chicago for a while now. That's led to him spending the offseasons training with Blackhawks players, including Patrick Kane. "We're just excited to be part of an unbelievable organization that has a chance to win every single year," Kunitz said. "They're going to put the right pieces in place to try to accomplish that and we want to come aboard and help in any way we can, [whether] that's playing a checking role, going out and shutting down other teams down or if it's getting moved up once in a while, I'm ready for all facets of helping a team to win and maybe helping some of the young guys along the way."
Jul 2 - 4:42 AM

For Cam Ward, leaving the Carolina Hurricanes has been tough to swallow.

Ward, 34, has spent his entire career up to this point with Carolina. "It has been really emotional, to be honest," Ward said. "Never did I imagine that I would be in this situation and have to picture myself playing anywhere else but in Carolina. I definitely loved being a Hurricane and dedicated a lot of blood, sweat and tears to the organization over all the years. Once I found out that things were going to happen and go in a different direction, I was humbled by the response of other organizations reaching out to me. That got me excited again to think about the new possibilities and any idea of being in the new organization. Today being the day, it has really started to sink in. We're excited and nervous and all the other emotions." Ward agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract with the Chicago Blackhawks. Assuming Corey Crawford is healthy for the 2018-19 campaign, Ward will serve as the backup goaltender.
Jul 2 - 4:39 AM

The Chicago Blackhawks have signed Adam Boqvist to an entry-level deal.

The defenseman was selected eighth overall in the 2018 Draft and the Blackhawks are thrilled to have the Swedish blueliner. He has plenty of offensive potential but likely could use some seasoning in the minors before he is ready for the NHL. He should be drafted in keeper leagues only.
Jul 1 - 2:08 PM

Defenseman Brandon Manning has signed a two-year deal with Chicago.

The Blackhawks get themselves a serviceable defenseman in Manning who played 65 games with the Flyers and had seven goals and 19 points. Expect a few more points with the Blackhawks as he should get 25-30 points for Chicago. Draft him accordingly.
Jul 1 - 12:18 PM

Chris Kunitz signed a one-year contract with Chicago.

Kunitz played for Tampa Bay last season and had 13 goals and 29 points. He is a bottom-six forward at this stage of his career but will add another veteran presence to their lineup. He is not worth taking in pools.
Jul 1 - 12:11 PM

Cam Ward has signed a one-year deal with Chicago.

He will get $3 million with a full no-trade clause and back up Corey Crawford barring any injury. He was 23-14-4 last season for the Hurricanes with a 2.73 GAA and a .906 save percentage but will leave the franchise he has known since the start of his NHL career.
Jul 1 - 12:06 PM

Andy Strickland of Fox Sports is reporting that goaltender Cam Ward will likely sign a one-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks are in the market for a veteran goaltender to pair with Corey Crawford and it appears they have zeroed in on their target. Ward is no longer at the peak of his game but he will be a better option to turn to in the event that Crawford again misses time this upcoming season. Ward had a 23-14-4 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage last season.
Jun 30 - 5:21 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks will be looking for a top-four defenseman and a backup goaltender when free agency kicks off on July 1.

The names to look out for on the back end include Calvin De Haan, Ian Cole and John Moore. All three players are under the age of 30, with Cole having the most experience, winning two Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Between the pipes, the Blackhawks appear to have already zeroed in on Cam Ward to back up Corey Crawford. The 34-year-old Ward has previously spent his entire 13-year career with the Carolina Hurricanes, winning the Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe in his 2005-06 rookie season. Chicago currently has just over $9.2 million in cap space, with the option to create more by trading Marian Hossa's contract or placing the veteran on long-term injured reserve.
Jun 30 - 9:44 AM


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