On Monday the Blackhawks announced they have agreed to termson a two-year contract with NCAA free agent defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk. The contract will begin at the start of the 2014-15 season.
The Blackhawks were closer to finding a cure for insomnia than solving Pekka Rinne and the Preds on Sunday night, falling 2-0 at the United Center.
On Sunday, the brackets for the 2014 Frozen Four tournament were released and seven Blackhawks prospects will be in action.
With a number of key players missing from the lineup, the Blackhawks handled their business and earned two points for a regulation victory at home on Friday night.
During the Blackhawks’ morning skate broadcast on Friday, coach Joel Quenneville indicated the team would be without a number of key players for tonight’s game against Carolina.
Patrick Kane’s regular season is done, which we already knew. Quenneville also indicated that defenseman Michal Rozsival will miss a few more games. Brandon Saad won’t play against the Canes as he continues to recover from an upper-body injury, and Bryan Bickell is also out of the lineup with an injury.
Jeremy Morin will play tonight, but Teuvo Teräväinen will not. The Hawks expect newly-signed forward Matt Carey to join the team later on Friday.
Early Friday morning, the Blackhawks made three roster moves.
Patrick Kane was placed on LTIR, effectively ending his regular season. He will miss 10 games and 24 days at minimum with the designation.
To take his place, the Blackhawks officially recalled forwards Jeremy Morin and Teuvo Teräväinen.
Teräväinen will wear number 86.
The Blackhawks have signed college free agent center Matt Carey to a two-year, entry-level contract.
Carey, 22, scored 18 goals and posted 19 assists in 38 games with St. Lawrence University (ECAC). He is listed at 6-0 and 195 pounds, and previously played for the Toronto Jr. Canadiens and Hamilton Red Wings (OJHL).
According to College Hockey News, Carey’s entry-level contract will begin this season; he will effectively take Patrick Kane’s roster spot. He will reportedly join the Blackhawks as early as Friday, and could play this weekend.
With news that Patrick Kane’s ankle/knee injury could end his regular season, the concern becomes how well Kane will bounce back from the injury.
On Thursday morning, Boston College forward Kevin Hayes was named one of 10 finalists for the 2014 Hobey Baker Award. Hayes, the Hawks first round pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, posted 24 goals and 32 assists in 37 games for BC this season.
Fans can vote for Hayes here: http://www.hobeybaker.com/awards/the-hobey-baker-memorial-award/vote
Michal Handzus played in his 1,000th game in the NHL. Coach Joel Quenneville won his 700th in the NHL. Patrick Sharp collected his 300th assist. And the Blackhawks moved back into second place in the Central Division with a dominant 4-0 win over the first place St. Louis Blues.