To say this is a make-or-break year for Corey Crawford wouldn't be original; he's said it himself on more than one occasion since training camp opened. But the Blackhawks' hopes of winning a second Stanley Cup inside five years rests between the pipes, and Crawford will need to back up his open self-assessment quickly when the new season begins.
Let's take a look at the two goalies on the Blackhawks roster as we get closer to the season (finally) beginning...
Now that the lockout is over, the NHL will return to the ice soon. Teams will have incredibly short training camps and games are expected to start in the next two weeks. So what will the Chicago Blackhawks look like when they hit the ice? Here’s a quick reminder. The Blackhawks will have depth to... Read more »
Early Sunday morning, news broke that the NHL and NHLPA had agreed on a 10-year Collective Bargaining Agreement. The 2012-13 season is saved! In the coming days, the NHL will announce the length of the upcoming season, key dates (including the more-fascinating-than-ever-before trade deadline) and season ticket holders will (finally) get money back. But most... Read more »
Reports out of Switzerland are that Patrick Kane is headed overseas. He will join Swiss league team EHC Biel on a lockout deal, where he’ll play with Boston Bruins forward Tyler Seguin. The news was made official on the Biel website. Kane becomes the fifth Hawks player headed overseas, joining Viktor Stalberg, Michael Frolik, Michal... Read more »
As the NHL and the NHLPA continue leaving fans at home, the AHL season is about to begin. The Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate in Rockford has an impressive roster with a handful of young players with NHL experience. Now two full seasons removed from the Stanley Cup victory (and subsequent break-up), it’s worth looking at this... Read more »
This weekend, the puck was supposed to drop on the 2012-13 NHL regular season. But it won’t. The league has locked the players out, and they continue to show very little signs of progress. Meanwhile, players continue to sign with teams in Europe and Russia. With that in mind, here’s a video that’s worth a... Read more »
Big thanks to Connie’s Pizza for this tweet on Monday morning. Enjoy the lockout, folks… and remember to do it with a slice from Connie’s!
On Wednesday, Hockey Prospectus published their top 100 rankings. The Blackhawks were fairly well represented on the list. Here’s a look at where the Hawks top prospects landed on the list: 11. Teuvo Teravainen, LW 30. Brandon Saad, LW 50. Brandon Pirri, C 63. Mark McNeill, C 90. Jeremy Morin, LW
On Wednesday morning, the NHL informed the NHLPA that they intend to either terminate or renegotiate the Collective Bargaining Agreement. According to the CBA, both parties have until 120 days prior to the expiration date of the existing CBA to file a notice of termination. If the 120 day benchmark was reached without either side... Read more »
On Monday evening, while most of Chicago was watching the rebirth of the Detroit Lions, the NBA cancelled the first two weeks of the 2011-12 season. What does this mean to Bulls fans? The NBA has already removed the first two weeks from team calendars online. If the NBA doesn’t cancel any other games, the... Read more »