Trevor van Riemsdyk: very pleasant surprise for Blackhawks

Trevor van Riemsdyk

Trevor van Riemsdyk surprised many by making the Chicago Blackhawks roster out of training camp. His addition led to the subtraction of Nick Leddy. Leddy was going to eventually command more money and it has been well-documented that the Hawks are against the salary cap.

The move was widely panned, but what fans and critics of the trade can agree upon is that van Riemsdyk has been a pleasant surprise through one month of the NHL season.

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Marian Hossa: Blackhawks’ consistent, reliable 2-way player


When Marian Hossa signed a monster twelve-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2009 he came to the team having played for the Stanley Cup runner-up the two previous seasons (2009 Detroit Red Wings and 2008 Pittsburgh Penguins). After winning two Stanley Cups with the Blackhawks, his career is more “complete.”

But he’s always been a very special player. Even though he goes overlooked sometimes. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are the faces of the franchise. After that, Patrick Sharp is the fan favorite. (Especially female fans). In terms of “star power,” a very unscientific and arbitrary metric (Highly debatable too), Marian Hossa might even be behind Duncan Keith and Corey Crawford too.

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When is Teuvo Teravainen time for the Blackhawks?


It won’t be long until Chicago Blackhawks fans embrace #FreeTuevo.  The #18 overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, Tuevo Teravainen has loads of potential. Teravainen began the season at Rockford, and he’s got two assists in his first games this AHL season. Tuevo had two goals in five games with Rockford last season, and also played in three contests with the parent club in 2013-14. (He did not make the score sheet)

The Blackhawks have scored 12 goals through the first four games this season. Doing the math for you that’s three per game, one per period. Chicago is around the middle of the pack in regards to the NHL scoring rankings.

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2014-15 Chicago Blackhawks season preview


Many hockey pundits, including Sports Illustrated, predicted the Chicago Blackhawks to win it all this year. So anything less than those coveted 16 postseason wins in spring/summer 2015 will constitute a disappointment. Yes, that’s the standard. Two Stanley Cups in a four year span will do that.

NHL on NBC Analysts Mike “Doc” Emrick, Pierre McGuire and Eddie Olczyk (yes the hometown call is national too) met the media on conference call to preview the upcoming NHL season. It all gets started tonight in Dallas.

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Special chance to re-live both Blackhawks title clinchers


Comcast SportsNet Chicago, television partner of the Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, will be celebrating its 10th anniversary throughout the month of October beginning on the official launch date – Wednesday, October 1st. As the Blackhawks have been the biggest winner by far during that decade, they have been the network’s biggest cash cow.

So among the top 10 moments in Chicago sports history since 2004, CSN has a couple Blackhawks moments that you can re-live:

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VIDEO: Blackhawks’ Jim Cornelison sings national anthem on Colbert Report


Jim Cornelison, the full time national anthem singer for the Chicago Blackhawks, has performed the Star Spangled Banner at numerous venues in addition to the United Center. Cornelison has performed the Star Spangled banner before NFL and college football games; as well as NASCAR races.

Last night, on the eve of the Star Spangled banner’s 200th birthday, he flexed his vocal muscles on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report. Stephen Colbert closed his show last night by interviewing his guest, Lonn Taylor, author of “The Star Spangled banner: the making of an American Icon,” then introducing Cornelison.

Watch below:

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Chicago Blackhawks, Kevin Hayes win Kevin Hayes sweepstakes

Former Chicago Blackhawks prospect Kevin Hayes

The Chicago Blackhawks are the latest team to gain a draft pick by losing one. Over the weekend, the time period to sign 2010 1st round draft pick Kevin Hayes ended with no resolution. Therefore, Hayes is allowed to sign anywhere he wants.

Good for Hayes and good for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Kevin Hayes has every right to bet on himself. He is also allowed to do so based on the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement. Hayes is allowed as a college-bound and graduated player to either sign with the team that took the chance on drafting him, or waits out the time period allotted to sign with another team.

Kevin Hayes is now allowed to sign an entry-level contract with whomever he feels gives to the best chance to play. Winning may not be high on his list of reasons to sign with a team considering two of the favorites to sign Hayes are the Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche. Calgary appears poised for a run at the first overall draft pick in 2015 and Colorado should regress in the arguably the best division in the NHL. [Read more…]

How do Toews, Kane extensions affect the Hawks big picture?

Chicago Blackhawks forwards Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews

As expected, the Chicago Blackhawks locked up their future. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane agreed to contract extensions that will last eight years and are worth a reported $10.5 million annually. The contract extensions will go into effect at the start of the 2015-16 season.

Toews and Kane were asking for as much as $12 million per season and were also reported to sign on the dotted line for $10.8 million. That being said, their extensions will make them the two highest paid players in the National Hockey League. [Read more…]

Chicago Blackhawks add Richards, re-sign Regin

New Chicago Blackhawks center Brad Richards

The Chicago Blackhawks may have a second-line center. The NHL’s first day of free agency included Chicago’s addition of center Brad Ricahrds, who was bought outby the New York Rangers. His one-year, $2-million deal is exactly what Chicago needed to address a glaring need while keeping their salary cap total close to the $69-million limit.

Richards may not have been the best option, but’s Dan Rosen reported that Richards was a okay with a one year deal for less money. The former Stanley Cup champion with Tampa Bay made $6.7 million last season with the New York Rangers. [Read more…]

2014 NHL Mock Draft Final


It’s time for the final update to our NHL Mock Draft.  We look to fill each team’s biggest need heading into the NHL Draft on June 27-28 in Philadelphia, PA.

The 2014 NHL Entry Draft has a lot of intrigue at the top 3 picks.  No one knows what Florida will do at #1, or if they will even keep the pick.  Aaron Ekblad, Sam Reinhart, and Sam Bennett have been jockeying for top prospects for the last year, and nearly every NHL mock draft has them as the first three off the board.  The other big factor will likely be the interest in American born or American university players.  Many will likely go early as the quality of play has increased at this level over the years. (Here’s what we have our hometown Blackhawks doing on draft night)

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Chicago Blackhawks 2014 NHL Draft Preview

Chicago Blackhawks 2014 NHL Draft prospect

The Chicago Blackhawks will be adding to the farm system this weekend when the 2014 NHL Draft takes place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This year’s crop of prospects is low on immediate impact, making it a draft worth taking chances. Chicago drafts 27th overall in the first round, and will have eight total picks. That could change with the usual influx of trades before/during the draft. Let’s not waste any time and get to the players to watch for Friday and as the draft continues into Saturday.

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NHL Awards Predictions 2014


It’s time for NHL Awards predictions, so it’s time for the 2014 NHL Awards Spectacular, which predicts the winner for each award handed out, as well as who should win all the awards. To see my NHL Awards predictions for who will take home the hardware, continue reading.

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