NHL Rumors: Oilers, Blackhawks, Jets, More

NHL Rumors: Oilers, Blackhawks, Jets, More

July 18th, 2019 In today's NHL rumor rundown there is news out of Edmonton where the Oilers might be interested in a forward from the New York Rangers. The Oilers also have some options for Milan Lucic and Jesse Puljujarvi but what are they and how realistic would they be? In Chicago, the Blackhawks are trying...
Senators, Blackhawks Swap Smith, Anisimov

Senators, Blackhawks Swap Smith, Anisimov

July 16th, 2019 OTTAWA — The Ottawa Senators traded forward Zack Smith to the Chicago Blackhawks for centre Artem Anisimov on Tuesday. Smith, 31, had been the current longest-serving member of the Senators after being drafted 79th overall in the 2008 NHL draft. T...

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July 10th, 2019
Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks reached their pinnacle in June of 2015 with their third Stanley Cup in six seasons. However, as we all know, things have not gone well since. After being bounced in seven games by the St. Louis Blues in 2016 and being swept by the Nashville Predators in 2017, the Blackhawks have not qualified for the playoffs in each of the last two seasons. The pressure is on general manager Stan Bowman as the “One Goal” standard that was set earlier this decade is no longer being met. Over the next few weeks, we are going to look at the changes made to the roster and profile all the new faces for the 2019-20 season. Another Low-Risk/High-Reward Move Bowman made his first significant move for the upcoming season back on January 24 when he sent a fifth-round draft pick to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for forward Dominik Kubalik. The soon-to-be 24-year-old left winger was originally drafted by the Kings in the seventh round (191st overall) in the 2013 NHL...
July 9th, 2019

The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired forward Alex Nylander from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for defender Henri Jokiharju, the Blackhawks announced Tuesday. https://twitter.com/NHLBlackhawks/status/1148683278360223745 Both Nylander and Jokiharju were first-round selections in their respective draft classes with Nylander going eighth-overall to the Sabres in 2016 and Jokiharju going 29th overall the following Draft in 2017. For both teams, this feels like a reset of sorts. It isn't the first time the Blackhawks have done this either as they acquired Brendan Perlini and Dylan Strome from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Nick Schmaltz just last season. The deal paid off early for the Blackhawks as Strome would finally reach his potential in Chicago after stifling in Arizona. The third-overall pick from 2015 would score only seven goals and 15 points in 48 games in Arizona over three seasons before scoring 17 goals and 51 points in just 58 games with the Blackhawks to...
July 8th, 2019
St Louis Blues

In today's NHL rumor rundown, there are updates out of St. Louis where Patrick Maroon is finding he may not get what he wants, the Chicago Blackhawks feel they are a much better team in better salary cap shape but might not be done yet and the Calgary Flames are looking for the right deals, just not finding them. Are the Vancouver Canucks and Brock Boeser closer to a deal and did something go down between the Islanders and Robin Lehner? Maroon Wants to Stay Lou Korac of NHL.com is reporting that unrestricted free agent forward Patrick Maroon really wants to stay in St. Louis. Maroon went home to St. Louis and signed a one-year contract last summer. It was for a lower value than he wanted but the hope was that he'd impress and get a longer-term deal. Despite playing well in the second half of last season, it appears that plan hasn't worked out. St. Louis Blues left wing Patrick Maroon and Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski (Billy Hurst-USA TODAY...
July 7th, 2019
Blackhawks Transactions

Following some of the best years in Chicago Blackhawks history, the franchise entered into a two-season playoff drought, which left fans old and new wondering how long it would take for the team to become serious contenders again. Then, this offseason, the Blackhawks announced that Andrew Shaw—who won the Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2013 and 2015—would bereturning for the 2019-20 season.  While the return of a previous Stanley Cup champion might bring thoughts of another playoff run, fans should keep their nostalgia for the Blackhawks' winning rosters in perspective. Since the 2010 victory, the team has now reacquired eight notable champions, and the players prior to Shaw didn't often bring the results fans hoped for. Kris Versteeg  After getting his name etched in the Cup in 2010, Kris Versteeg was the first to come back to the Blackhawks in the 2013-14 season. Having played with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers and Florida Panthers in only two seasons...
July 4th, 2019
Long Read

Ice hockey is so much more than a sport to many around the globe. It is a lifestyle, it is family, it is a tradition and it is an escape from reality. Hockey has been all of those for me during this roller coaster called life. It is that last quality, an escape from reality, that has been the most important to me over the past seven years. The game is a great tool for numerous things, but as an outlet for dealing with loss and grief, it has been monumental. When I lost my father to cancer in Sep. 2012, it was there to help. When I lost my partner of nearly 10 years this past April, it was still there, helping me through every horrible moment of my new reality. For this, I am forever grateful. Love of the Game Starts Early My love affair with this amazing game began at a very young age. My parents instilled a love of hockey in my older sister and me long before we had any clue about the real world and its hardships. Mom and Dad went on dates to the old Chicago Stadium to...
July 3rd, 2019
Long Read

With recent trades and free agent signings, the Chicago Blackhawks have certainly been quite active so far this offseason. Considering last summer the big acquisitions were Cam Ward, Chris Kunitz, and Brandon Manning, it’s reassuring to see general manager Stan Bowman make some bold and savvy moves for the 2019-20 season. On paper, the Hawks look like a much better team than they were in April. It’s an exciting time to be a Blackhawks’ fan! And a perfect time for a roundtable. Today Meghan Dillon, Greg Boysen, and Gail Kauchak discuss the impact and implications of some of the recent additions to the Blackhawks’ roster. Here we go! Related – What Will Patrick Kane Do Next? The Blackhawks surprised everyone by re-acquiring forward Andrew Shaw the Sunday night before free agency started. Shaw began his NHL career with the Blackhawks in the 2011-12 season. He was with the team for both the 2013 and 2015 Stanley Cup championships before being traded for salary cap...
July 2nd, 2019
Blackhawks Prospects

After missing the playoffs for two seasons in a row, Blackhawks fans were delighted to have the third-overall pick at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. Jonathan Toews was the last player the Blackhawks picked third overall, so expectations were high. Experts and fans predicted that the Blackhawks would pick Bowen Byram or Alex Turcotte, but they picked Kirby Dach of the WHL’s Saskatoon Blades. Dach promises to be a strong player for the Blackhawks, but there are still questions that need to be answered. Here are three pros and two cons about the Blackhawks drafting Dach. Pro: Track Record Though it took some time for Dach to establish himself as a reliable center on the Blades, he exceeded expectations in the 2018-19 season with a total of 25 goals and 48 assists in 62 games. He also added five goals and three assists in 10 playoff games. Kirby Dach, Chicago Blackhawks, 2019 NHL Draft (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers Blackhawks scouts liked what they saw from him, as...
July 1st, 2019
Blackhawks Transactions

MONTREAL — Andrew Shaw is heading back to the Windy City. The Chicago Blackhawks reacquired the winger from the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday in exchange for second- and seventh-round picks in the 2020 NHL draft and third-rounder in 2021. Chicago also g...