According to a Russian report, goaltender Ivan Nalimov plans to sign with the Blackhawks after his current KHL season ends.
Nalimov, who turns 21 on March 12, was the Hawks sixth round pick (179th overall) in the 2014 Draft. He has a 10-10-5 record with a .900 save percentage for Vladivostok this season.
Early Wednesday morning, the Chicago Tribune’s Chris Kuc tweeted a few pieces of information from his sources that Blackhawks fans didn’t want to hear.
While being sure to note that nothing is confirmed (yet), Kuc reported that Patrick Kane suffered a broken collarbone in the first period Tuesday night, and is expected to be sidelined for at least six – and possibly more than ten – weeks.
Six weeks from Wednesday is April 8, three days before the end of the 2014-15 regular season. Ten weeks would put Kane out until, conservatively, late in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Alex Petrovic, the Florida Panthers defenseman who put Kane into the boards, received a cross checking minor penalty during the game. He will reportedly not face any additional discipline from the league.
After a brutal performance on Sunday afternoon, the Blackhawks hoped for redemption against the Florida Panthers in the finale of their longest homestand of the season.
But when Patrick Kane suffered an upper-body injury early in the first period, the Hawks found themselves short-handed their leading scorer.
With his assist on Kris Versteeg’s second period goal on Tuesday night, Patrick Sharp becomes the second active Blackhawks player to accumulate 500 points in the Indian head sweater.
During the first period of Tuesday night’s game against Florida, Patrick Kane was cross-checked by Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic. Petrovic received a two-minute cross checking minor; Kane immediately went to the room and did not return.
Kane had surgery on his left wrist in 2011.
Sean Bergenheim was a healthy scratch on the lineup sheet for Tuesday night’s game in Chicago, but this time there was finally a good reason.
The Florida Panthers have granted Bergenheim’s wish to be traded, sending the disgruntled forward and a seventh round pick in the 2016 Draft to the Wild for Minnesota’s third round pick in 2016.
Scott Darling, who was recalled from Rockford on Sunday evening and subsequently received a two-year extension, will start in net when the Blackhawks host the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.
After practice Monday, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville confirmed that defenseman Johnny Oduya will miss “a couple weeks” because of an upper-body injury.
Oduya, 33, skated only one shift before leaving Sunday’s loss to the Bruins. He is averaging 20:06 on the ice this year, and has been credited with two goals and three assists in 60 games.
Late Sunday night, the Blackhawks announced that they have agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension with goaltender Scott Darling, running through the 2016-17 season.
UPDATE: According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, Darling will be paid $575,000 next season and $600,000 in the 2016-17 season.
You can start the running clock on Antti Raanta’s days as a member of the organization… now.
On Sunday night, the Blackhawks announced a few roster moves that
will certainly fix everything they hope will help get the team out of their current funk.
The Hawks recalled forward Joakim Nordstrom and goaltender Scott Darling from the IceHogs and reassigned forward Ryan Hartman and goaltender Antti Raanta to Rockford.