2014 Hockey Hall of Fame Class Announced

On Monday, the Hockey Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2014: Peter Forsberg, Mike Modano, Rob Blake, Dominik Hasek, Pat Burns and Bill McCreary.

Sadly, Steve Larmer still has not yet taken his place in the Hall where he belongs.

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Blackhawks 2014-15 Schedule Released

Here’s your 2014-15 Chicago Blackhawks regular season schedule.

The Hawks open the season on Thursday, Oct. 9 at Dallas, and the United Center will open its doors for the regular season on Saturday, Oct. 11 when the Buffalo Sabres visit.

The end of the schedule could have immediate playoff implications. Chicago’s home finale is Tuesday, April 7 against Minnesota, before the Hawks close out the season with road games at St. Louis and at Colorado.

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Report: Ryan Kesler Wants Chicago (or Pittsburgh)

According to a report, Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler wants to be traded and “only wants to go to either” the Blackhawks or Pittsburgh Penguins.

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2014 NHL Draft: 5 Names To Watch

With the 2014 NHL Draft upcoming next week, the Chicago Blackhawks have eight selections (none in the second round). With their first round selection currently slotted for 27th overall, here are five players the Hawks might be targeting.

Ryan MacInnis

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Blackhawks headed to Winter Classic

The Blackhawks will be featured outdoors again in 2015, this time traveling to Washington DC to play the Washington Capitals.

Winter Classic

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USA Hockey Announces World Junior Championship Camp Invites

On Wednesday, USA Hockey announced the roster for next year’s World Junior Championship Evaluation Camp. The Chicago Blackhawks have three forward prospects on the list.

John Hayden, C, Yale (6-3, 210)
Hayden had six goals and ten assists in 33 games at Yale last year. He was selected by the Blackhawks in the 3rd round (74th overall) in 2013.

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Tyler Motte, F, Michigan (5-10, 180)
Drafted: 4th round (121st overall) – 2013
Motte scored nine goals and added nine assists in 34 games for the Wolverines last year. He led the silver medal-winning USA team with five goals and tied for team lead with seven points at the 2013 U18 World Championships in Sochi.

Anthony Louis, F, Miami (5-7, 150)
Drafted: 6th round (181st overall) – 2013
Louis scored 12 goals with 13 assists for Miami (Ohio) last season. Chicago selected him in the 6th round (181st overall) in 2013.

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Rockford IceHogs Announce 8 Home Dates

On Wednesday, the Rockford IceHogs announced eight specific home dates. These games will reportedly start at 7 pm CT.

  • Saturday, Oct. 11 – Home opener
  • Friday, Nov. 28 – Brovember-Men’s Health
  • Friday, Dec. 26
  • Saturday, Jan. 24 – Pink In The Rink
  • Saturday, Feb. 7
  • Saturday, Feb. 28
  • Saturday, Mar. 7
  • Saturday, Mar. 21

The rest of the IceHogs 2014-15 regular season schedule will be announced later this summer.

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Blackhawks, Michal Handzus Part Ways

Handzus, 37, posted five goals and 17 assists in 70 regular season games in his second tour of duty in Chicago. He added five goals and nine assists in 42 games over the last two postseasons.

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Blackhawks Trade Target: Jason Spezza

Spezza

The Ottawa Senators are in the process of finalizing a divorce with one of the central figures in their franchise over the last decade. Spezza has given Ottawa a list of teams he won’t accept a trade to, which leaves the rest of the NHL to decide how his $7M cap hit fits into their situation.

That’s a big number, but Spezza could be the right guy to hold the center spot on Chicago’s second line down until Teuvo Teravainen is ready.

But how would the Hawks fit Spezza into their roster – and under the cap?

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Blackhawks Free Agent Target: Brian Boyle

As the Blackhawks prepare for free agency, obviously the first order of business is getting Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane locked-up long term. After the two faces of the franchise, the team will start looking to the future, and there may be a few tough decisions coming.

How the Blackhawks move into the draft, free agency and the summer trade season will all be tied back to keeping Toews and Kane in the Indian head sweater for a long, long time. Thankfully, there are a few options this summer that might help the team and bridge the gap between where the Hawks are today, and when they might have a few top prospects ready to help at the NHL level.

One free agent Stan Bowman might consider is center Brian Boyle.

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