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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Report: Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane Ask For $12M

 

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Blackhawks: Patrick Sharp, Kevin Hayes Updates

On Wednesday night, Mark Lazerus at the Sun-Times posted a telling article quoting Patrick Sharp’s agent, Rick Curran. This quote from the article sums it up well:

“There’s no truth to any rumor that Patrick Sharp is available to trade,” Curran told the Sun-Times. “He absolutely is not available. I had a meeting with Stan Bowman a week ago to ask him what was going to happen. He said, ‘I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I can tell you that Patrick Sharp is not available right now.’ When the Sportsnet guy, Nick Kypreos, erroneously made a statement and everyone went crazy, I called Stan again. I asked, ‘Has anything changed?’ He said, ‘absolutely not.’ He’s full of [expletive].”

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The Hockey News has an interesting piece up about Kevin Hayes, who the Blackhawks drafted in the first round in 2010. Here are the Cliff Notes from Brian Costello’s article:

“While the Blackhawks would like to sign him to a pro contract, they haven’t yet. It’s starting to look as though the Hayes camp is looking for another deal elsewhere. If Chicago doesn’t sign him by Aug. 15, he’ll become an unrestricted free agent… GM Stan Bowman has said he’ll continue to negotiate with Hayes’ agent, Robert Murray. But if the sense is Hayes is bound and determined to wait until Aug. 15 in order to make the jump to the NHL quicker, Bowman should trade his rights as soon as this weekend’s draft…The Hawks would love to retain this organizational asset. Hayes might have his own agenda.”

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Duncan Keith Wins Norris Trophy

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Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith won the 2013-14 Norris Trophy in a landslide.

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