With training camp approaching, our tour of the new Central Division continues today. Yesterday, we looked ahead at one new addition, the Winnipeg Jets, and an old rival, the St. Louis Blues. Now, let’s look at the Nashville Predators. To say the last 14 months have been disappointing in Nashville is an understatement. They finished... Read more »
This summer’s crop of free agents in Chicago is loaded with veterans, most of whom aren’t expected back next year. But looking at the summer of 2013, the Blackhawks are looking at a number of intriguing decisions that could impact the roster in the coming season. Since taking over at the general manager of the... Read more »
Six members of the Chicago Blackhawks will represent three different countries in the IIHF World Championships. The tournament officially begins on May 4. Marcus Kruger and Viktor Stalberg will join Niklas Hjalmarsson for Sweden. Michael Frolik will represent the Czech Republic. And Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith will play for Canada. This year, all 64... Read more »
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. The Blackhawks scored a late, game-tying goal to force overtime. And then lost when Corey Crawford allowed a soft goal. Heard enough? So have I. Mikkel Boedker was credited with the game-winning overtime goal for the second straight game. Unlike Game Three, when Boedker shot the puck... Read more »
As he continues to blow past his career best numbers, Viktor Stalberg continues to emerge as a legitimate offensive threat in Chicago. He hasn’t scored this many goals since he was at the University of Vermont, and his 30 points is already six more than his best season (which was 24 points last year). But... Read more »
On Saturday night, the fans at the United Center were witness to a game that had playoff intensity and the last two champions on the ice. At the end, the Boston Bruins skated off with a 3-2 shootout victory.
But the action was worth every penny.
The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to terms on Tuesday afternoon with 2011 second round draft pick Brandon Saad. UPDATE: His NHL cap number for the deal is reportedly $795k. Saad will begin the season skating with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp on the Blackhawks top line. The 18-year-old Pittsburgh area native will at least skate the... Read more »
With the dull thud of a 4-1 loss in Washington, the preseason of the 2011-12 Chicago Blackhawks came to a close. So what were these exhibitions worth? Let’s take a look at how the roster could fill out. Brandon Saad still doesn’t have an entry-level contract (ELC), but he does apparently have a roster spot... Read more »
Early in the third period of Wednesday night’s preseason game, Chicago Blackhawks prospect Ben Smith was knocked out by a cheap shot to the head by Red Wings prospect Brendan Smith. Detroit’s Smith received a major penalty for the hit, and was escorted from the ice. He was the Wings’ first round pick (27th overall)... Read more »
On Friday night, prospect Brandon Saad stole all of the attention and headlines at the United Center. But Viktor Stalberg looked exceptional in the game as well, scoring the Blackhawks other two goals. Nobody has every questioned Stalberg’s talent, but could this be the year that he breaks into the Hawks’ top-six… and stays there?... Read more »