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Gustav Forsling impressed Chicago GM Stan Bowman at the prospects tournament.

"He was very impressive there [at Traverse City]. I thought comfortable, poised, very talented in both transitioning the offense, making plays. So there's a lot to like there," Bowman said. "We're certainly going to see how he plays in these exhibition games. Whether he benefited from going to Sweden? That's a great league, so if he does end up back there, he's going to continue to grow his game. But we haven't made that decision yet. We want to see how things go here." If he can't land a spot with the Blackhawks then he will probably be back with Linkoping HC of the Swedish Hockey League.
Source: CSN Chicago
Sep 27 - 4:17 PM

Nick Schmaltz lined up on the left side during Tuesday morning’s skate.

He has played primarily at center during his career, but the Blackhawks want to see if he can play on a line with Jonathan Toews. The exhibition games should give us a clearer picture. Coach Joel Quenneville and Toews also still have to rejoin the team from the World Cup of Hockey.
Source: CSN Chicago
Sep 27 - 4:13 PM

Christian Ehrhoff could get a contract from an NHL team after the World Cup of Hockey.

He has played well for Team Europe at the tournament, with three assists and a plus-3 rating in four games. Teammate Dennis Seidenberg, who is also an unrestricted free agent, may get a look because he has had a good showing as well. "They've done a great job for us," Europe GM Miroslav Satan said. "The way they've played, some NHL teams might take a look at them. This tournament might help them prolong their NHL careers."
Sep 27 - 3:28 PM

According to a source, Artemi Panarin is looking for a six-year deal worth more than $6 million per season.

"We're always confident," GM Stan Bowman said about reaching an agreement. "You go into a negotiation expecting to get a deal done. That's the way I've been in the past and that's the way I am now." Hopefully, this situation turns out better for Chicago than when they had to trade Brandon Saad because they couldn't agree to a new deal with him. Panarin scored 30 goals and 77 points in 80 games during his rookie campaign last year. Bowman doesn't have a timetable in place for when a new contract could be completed, but the 24-year-old winger is under contract for the 2016-17 season.
Sep 27 - 1:42 PM

Duncan Keith (knee) isn't expected to take part in any of Chicago's first four preseason contests.

That would still keep the door open to Keith playing on Oct. 4 against Detroit or Oct. 8 versus St. Louis. Chicago will open the regular season on Oct. 12 against the Blues. In the meantime, Keith has been practicing with the Blackhawks.
Sep 26 - 6:29 PM

Evan Mosey has been cut from the Chicago Blackhawks' training camp roster.

Mosey had 14 goals and 41 points in 52 contests with the EIHL's Nottingham Panthers in 2015-16. Although he attended the Blackhawks' camp, he doesn't have a contract with the franchise at this time.
Sep 26 - 5:12 PM

John Dahlstrom has been cut from the Chicago Blackhawks' training camp roster.

Dahlstrom will kick off the 2016-17 campaign with the WHL's Medicine Hat Tigers. He had an assist in 13 games with Frolunda HC of the Swedish league last season.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 26 - 11:55 AM

Duncan Keith (knee) was on the ice again on Sunday.

Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman said back on Sept. 15 that Keith's knee injury wasn't anything "to be alarmed about" and so far that seems to be a fair assessment. "The first day, Duncs, he got through the practice no problem. He didn’t have any issues. Talked to him the next day, the festival game day, and he said he was fine. Today was a little tougher day for defensemen, so we were asking a lot of them. There was a lot of 1-on-1, 2-on-1s, 2-on-2s. Duncs said after practice the forwards had it off and the D had the work day today. But he responded well afterwards," Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Kitchen said. "He even asked if he could come out for the other practice, but we said no." The next step is to see if Keith participates in any preseason games.
Source: CSN Chicago
Sep 26 - 10:28 AM

Alexandre Fortin has inked a three-year, entry-level deal with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Fortin was never drafted, but Chicago decided to ink him after he served in the Blackhawks' prospects camp. "You know, it’s a nice day for me. I’ve been working on that since I was young, so now it’s just Step 1 and I’m very excited for the future," Fortin said. It’s the first team that really believed in me. It’s awesome." He had 19 goals and 43 points in 54 QMJHL games in 2015-16. He's projected to spend another season playing at the junior level.
Source: CSN Chicago
Sep 26 - 10:25 AM

Richard Panik is a strong candidate to play on the Blackhawks' top line alongside Jonthan Toews and Marian Hossa.

Well, the Hawks actually have two top lines as Patrick Kane, Atremi Panarin and Artem Anisimov are no slouches. Although Panik is not a naturally gifted offensive player, a competent and hard working winger could put up some really fine numbers flanking Toews. Keep Panik in mind during the latter rounds of your draft if he solidifies this gig.
Sep 25 - 10:19 AM

Duncan Keith (knee) participated in the first day of Blackhawks practice on Friday.

The knee injury forced Keith to back out of the World Cup of Hockey. "Well, today was the first skate," he said. "I've been skating a little here this month, just trying to get going, trying to take it one day at a time." We still don't know if Keith will be ready for the regular season opener on Oct. 12, but expect him to be an impact defenseman as soon as he returns to the lineup.
Sep 24 - 10:33 AM

Artem Anisimov's surgically-repaired wrist hasn't been an issue during the World Cup of Hockey.

"I had surgery on the (right) wrist and it has healed up so I can play at my full force," Anisimov said. "I don't have any pain." He has been playing for Team Russia at the tournament, where he has one assist after two games.
Sep 22 - 8:23 AM

Corey Crawford stopped 19 of 20 shots in Team Canada's 4-1 win over Team Europe at the World Cup of Hockey.

The win allows Canada to finish the round robin portion of the tournament with a perfect 3-0-0 record and in first place in the group. Crawford got the start in this game because coach Mike Babcock wanted to give Carey Price some rest after he played against Team USA last night. Crawford was solid, but expect Price to be back in goal in the semi-final. Canada will take on either Team Russia or Team North America in that game.
Sep 21 - 10:57 PM

Marian Hossa scored in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey.

Although both teams had qualified for the semi-final, this was still an important game because first place in the group was on the line. Even though Team Europe came into this game with a 2-0-0 record, the end result was hardly surprising. Canada jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Hossa cut the deficit in half, but that's as close as Europe would come to tying the game. Team Europe will now take on Team Sweden in the semi-finals.
Sep 21 - 10:53 PM

Jonathan Toews scored two goals and an assist in Wednesday's 4-1 win over Team Europe.

The win allows Canada to finish at the top of their group. Toews' first period goal gave Canada a 2-0 lead at the time. His goal at the 14:48 mark of the second period extended Canada's lead to 3-1. Toews also assisted on Logan Couture's goal in the third period. The Blackhawks captain finishes the round robin with three goals and four points in three games. Canada will now face Team Russia or Team North America in the semi-final.
Sep 21 - 10:51 PM


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