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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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, …Read More
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 …Read More
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.
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 …
Blackhawks assistant coach Jamie Kompon is leaving the team to become the head coach and general manager of the Portland Winterhawks, a junior team in the Western Hockey League, according to a source. Kompon has been a Hawks assistant the last two seasons, replacing Mike …
After a quiet holiday weekend, the Blackhawks finally broke their silence Monday by hiring Jimmy Waite as their goaltending coach. It wasn’t the anticipated contract extensions for Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane or a salary-clearing trade, but the Hawks checked off one of the last …Read More
As soon Anaheim general manager Bob Murray made a splash by acquiring bullish center Ryan Kesler, the trend in the NHL’s Western Conference has been to line up with the Ducks. Since that Kesler deal was struck between Vancouver and Anaheim, the Dallas Stars, St. …Read More
The Blackhawks had a long-standing yet (they hope) temporary hole at second-line center. They also had the allure that comes with being a perennial contender and the talent to resurrect careers. Brad Richards had what they needed. And the Hawks had what Richards wanted.