Blackhawks Select F Frederik Olofsson

With the 98th overall selection in the fourth round of the 2014 NHL Draft, the Blackhawks select Frederik Olofsson.


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Blackhawks Select F Beau Starrett

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With the 88th overall selection in the 2014 NHL Draft, the Chicago Blackhawks select center Beau Starrett.
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Blackhawks Select F Matheson Iacopelli

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With the 83rd overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, the Chicago Blackhawks select forward Matheson Iacopelli. Chicago received this pick from Calgary for Brandon Bollig moments before the selection.
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Blackhawks Trade Brandon Bollig

The Blackhawks traded forward Brandon Bollig to the Calgary Flames for the 83rd overall selection in the third round of the 2014 NHL Draft.

Moving Bollig saves the Blackhawks $1.25M against the cap for the next three years.

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Blackhawks Select C Nick Schmaltz

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In the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft, the Chicago Blackhawks traded up to select center Nick Schmaltz.
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Blackhawks Make Coaching Change

After selecting Nick Schmaltz in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft, the Blackhawks confirmed that goaltending coach Steve Weeks will not return next year. Coach Joel Quenneville said it was his decision to make the chance. Weeks was in the position for only one season.

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2014 NHL Draft: Round One

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1. Florida Panthers – Aaron Ekblad, D, Barrie (OHL)
2. Buffalo Sabres – Sam Reinhart, C, Kootenay (WHL)
3. Edmonton Oilers – Leon Draisaitl, C, Prince Albert (WHL)
4. Calgary Flames – Sam Bennett, C, Kingston (OHL)
5. New York Islanders – Michael Dal Colle, LW, Oshawa (OHL)
6. Vancouver Canucks – Jake Virtanen, LW, Calgary (WHL)
7. Carolina Hurricanes – Haydn Fleury, D, Red Deer (WHL)
8. Toronto Maple Leafs – William Nylander, C, Modo (SWE)
9. Winnipeg Jets – Nikolaj Ehlers, LW, Halifax (QMJHL)
TRADE: PIT trade F James Neal to NSH for F Patric Hornqvist and F Nick Spaling.
10. Anaheim Ducks – Nick Ritchie, LW, Peterborough (OHL)
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Ryan Kesler Traded – To Anaheim

Ryan Kesler has reportedly been traded before the 2014 NHL Draft, but he isn’t coming to Chicago.

The Anaheim Ducks appear to have landed the coveted center.

Anaheim will trade center Nick Bonino, Luca Sbisa and tonight’s 24th overall pick to Vancouver, and teams will swap third-rounders.

Bonino, 26, had more points (49) than Kesler (43) last season in 77 games with the Ducks. Sbisa, 24, had only six points in 30 games in the NHL last season.

UPDATE: Kesler and Canucks brass confirmed that the Blackhawks were in the mix for Kesler “to the end.”

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Blackhawks Sign Smith, Morin and Raanta To 2 Year Deals

Before the NHL Draft starts on Friday, the Blackhawks have been busy.

The Hawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with forward Ben Smith and goaltender Antti Raanta on two-year contract extensions, which run through the end of the 2015-16 season. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun is reporting Raanta’s deal has a $750,000 cap hit, while Smith’s has a $1.5M cap hit.

UPDATE: Chicago has also agreed to a two-year, one-way deal with forward Jeremy Morin.

Of course, that is the season that new contracts for Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad (among others) would begin.

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2014 NHL Draft: The Worst First Round Picks in Blackhawks History

Finally the day has arrived! The 2014 NHL Draft is upon us, and fans across the NHL have hope that their team won’t blow it with one (all) of their picks.

Unfortunately, the Blackhawks have a distinguished history of passing on some pretty good players. Let’s take a look back at some of the all-time swing-and-miss first round draft picks in Chicago history.

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