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5 storylines as Blackhawks begin camp

MARK LAZERUS: There were no late-June games this time around. No Grant Park rallies. No weeklong bar crawls through the city. No hometown parades, no Stanley Cup days, no shortest offseason in NHL history.

 

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  • Brad Richards hopes for a smooth transition with Hawks

    Brad Richards’ first taste of life with the Blackhawks was opening night of the fan convention Friday at the Hilton Chicago, with some 10,000 fans lining up just for a glimpse and an autograph. So the last thing he was thinking about was whether he …Read More

  • Johnny Oduya suffered broken foot in finale vs. Kings

    Defenseman Johnny Oduya showed up at the Blackhawks’ fan convention Friday at the Hilton Chicago sporting a thick beard and shaved temples. It was almost enough to distract people from noticing the walking boot on his right foot. ‘‘See? That’s smart,’’ he said. ‘‘That’s why …Read More

  • As convention opens, Hawks know they must move at least one player

    The speculation over which player (or players) would get traded this summer to get the Blackhawks under the $69 million salary cap reached a fever pitch at the NHL draft late last month. Every time general manager Stan Bowman picked up the phone or stood …Read More

  • Blackhawks top pick Nick Schmaltz comfortable with faster pro pace

    For Nick Schmaltz, the idea of being the Blackhawks’ 2014 first-round draft pick sunk in slowly during the organization’s prospect camp this week. It helped that he donned the Hawks sweater when the week began. By Thursday, essentially the last day of full practices, nerves …Read More

  • Toews, Kane are heartwarming exceptions in an age with few allegiances

    This is the way it’s supposed to be, in a perfect world, a world that doesn’t exist anymore. A team dearly wants its best players to remain on the roster, those players dearly want to remain on the roster and what everyone dearly wants comes …Read More

  • Kane, Toews contracts keep Blackhawks strong and flexible

    Go ahead. Pick one. Are you going to take Jonathan Toews — the leader, the captain, the indispensable and quintessential two-way center? Captain Serious, the guy many consider to be one of the two best hockey players in the world? Or are you going to …Read More

  • Blackhawks prospect Adam Clendening eager for chance at NHL

    Adam Clendening is one of a few defensemen at the Blackhawks’ prospect camp this week knocking on the door of an NHL career. But the 21-year-old ­expressed confidence that he was ready for a team to answer his knock. “I’ve played two years in the …Read More

  • Blackhawks look at college players more than most teams

    With a talented group of players in their prime, the Blackhawks don’t have many of the roster concerns teams looking to build a Stanley Cup contender have. The organization is already there, so it can afford to invest time — the most crucial element of …Read More

  • Stephen Johns brings experience to Blackhawks’ prospect camp

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    Defenseman Stephen Johns got a chuckle out of being reminded that this marks the fifth time he’s attended the Blackhawks’ prospect camp. The 60th overall pick in the 2010 NHL draft spent four college seasons at Notre Dame resisting the lure of the pro game, …

    Teuvo Teravainen determined to take game to next level

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    Veteran Brad Richards figures to be a place-holder as the Blackhawks’ second-line center. The team hopes Teuvo Teravainen eventually will make that spot his own.

    One would think that bringing in Richards, 34, to occupy the most scrutinized spot in the Hawks’ lineup would take …

  • For Blackhawks’ prospects, it all boils down to patience

    The Blackhawks have become renowned for developing prospects and turning them into NHL players. But they also have one of the most loaded rosters in the league.

  • Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane sign 8-year contract extensions

    Eight more years for Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. One last hurrah for the Blackhawks’ vaunted core? The Hawks on Wednesday locked up their two biggest stars by signing Toews and Kane to matching eight-year extensions worth a combined $168 million that will keep them …Read More