6:39 AM EDT, Sat July 22, 2017
Chicago Tribune 6 hours ago

Jonathan Toews, 'Captain Serious', wants to lighten up for bounce-back season

Jonathan Toews was discussing the loss of Blackhawks teammate Marian Hossa to a skin disorder for the upcoming season and in praising the veteran touched on some of his own personality traits that appear to have had a negative effect on his game. "veryone knows I kind of get worked up, get a little...
Chicago Tribune 9 hours ago

Sidelined Marian Hossa not far from thoughts of Blackhawks teammates

A month has passed since the announcement that Marian Hossa would miss at least the 2017-18 season with a skin disorder, and his Blackhawks teammates still appear stunned by the news. "It's heartbreaking what he has to go through when you know it's too soon (to not play again)," Hawks captain Jonathan...
Second City Hockey Jul 18, 2017
Blackhawks’ power play will look a lot different on the wings next season

Blackhawks’ power play will look a lot different on the wings next season

The Chicago Blackhawks have already made a lot of changes this offseason in hopes of finding more success in the postseason. While bringing back stars from previous lineups such as Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp, the Hawks have lost a lot of players, too, both new and old. Dependable winger Marian Hossa will be unable to suit up this year because of medical issues while Artemi Panarin and Niklas Hjalmarsson were sent to other teams. Hopefully these changes can help the Hawks make their way back to the final rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but it will be interesting to see how they...
Second City Hockey Jul 17, 2017
Brian Campbell’s arrival confirmed the birth of a new hockey era in Chicago

Brian Campbell’s arrival confirmed the birth of a new hockey era in Chicago

His 2008 signing was a franchise turning point It’s easy to forget just how different the climate was around the Blackhawks prior to the signing of Brian Campbell. There have been other big acquisitions over the years, such as the steal of a deal in the 2005 Patrick Sharp trade and the free agent deal offered to Marian Hossa in 2009. But no one move indicated how different things were going to be than the free agent signing of Brian Campbell in 2008. There was reason for optimism that summer. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane exploded onto the NHL scene in their rookie seasons. A...
Second City Hockey Jul 15, 2017
Blackhawks’ possible interest in Cody Franson makes a lot of sense

Blackhawks’ possible interest in Cody Franson makes a lot of sense

Franson could be invited to training camp, which would be a smart move by Chicago. The Chicago Blackhawks don’t have a lot of options left to improve their roster before next season, but they could invite free agent defenseman Cody Franson to training camp if he’s still available by then, according to 670 The Score’s Jay Zawaski. Presumably how this would work is that Franson would sign a professional tryout contract for camp, and if both sides decide it’s worth moving forward together for the season, they’d sign a contract right after Marian Hossa is placed on long-term injured...
Sports Mockery Jul 12, 2017
Blackhawks Are Delaying NHL Decision On Marian Hossa Contract

Blackhawks Are Delaying NHL Decision On Marian Hossa Contract

The NHL wants to play games with how to handle Marian Hossa's contract but the Blackhawks will play just as hard.
Second City Hockey Jul 5, 2017
Blackhawks stick to the clearance section while free agent shopping

Blackhawks stick to the clearance section while free agent shopping

Like they always do. And should. It’s been the same story for the Chicago Blackhawks on each July 1 for about eight years now. When free agency opens, the NHL goes bonkers, throwing out insane amounts of money dispersed over a period of time that’s far too long. And then there’s the Blackhawks, sitting on the sidelines, grabbing a few pieces off the bargain racks. Chicago hasn’t done much in free agency following the back-to-back signings of Brian Campbell and Marian Hossa in 2008 and 2009, respectively. They signed Tommy Wingels, who’s a fourth-line forward. They signed Lance...
Second City Hockey Jul 2, 2017
Projecting the Blackhawks’ 2017-18 lineup after the start of free agency

Projecting the Blackhawks’ 2017-18 lineup after the start of free agency

Time for a projection now that the big moves have happened. The Chicago Blackhawks may be done making big moves for the summer. They’re ready to be cap compliant for opening day using some tricks, even without Marian Hossa on long-term injured reserve, which will likely happen on the second day of the season. We’ll likely see a minor signing here and there, but the group you see now with the Blackhawks is likely what you’ll get in training camp. To do a quick summary, here’s who left, and who has entered the picture: Losses: Artemi Panarin, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Scott Darling, Marcus...
Chicago Tribune Jul 1, 2017

Blackhawks to sign Evanston native Tommy Wingels as free agency begins

The Blackhawks weren't expected to make any big-money moves entering free agency thanks to the constraints of the salary cap and when they are likely to place Marian Hossa on injured reserve. And after free agency opened on Saturday, the Hawks were expected to announce their expected signing of...
Chicago Tribune Jun 30, 2017

Why the Blackhawks will likely stay quiet during free agency

Across the NHL, deals will be flying Saturday as free agency opens, but outside of a likely trade of Marcus Kruger, the Blackhawks figure to stay relatively quiet. Salary-cap constraints and Marian Hossa's contract status are combining to limit the Hawks' options. They have a couple pertaining...
Chicago Tribune Jun 29, 2017

Blackhawks Q&A: Marian Hossa's status, losing Niklas Hjalmarsson and more

Last week was a franchise-altering week for the Blackhawks. Marian Hossa said that he is out for next season and potentially beyond because of a skin disorder. The team traded defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, who helped the Hawks win three Stanley Cups, to the Coyotes for defenseman Connor Murphy...
Second City Hockey Jun 27, 2017
Marian Hossa is the best free agent signing in Chicago sports history, and it’s not close

Marian Hossa is the best free agent signing in Chicago sports history, and it’s not close

How was this even a discussion? There’s been a lot of talk coming out of the news that Marian Hossa will sit out the 2017-18 NHL season, from appreciation of his career to questions about how it’ll impact the Blackhawks’ salary cap. There’s also been a discussion going around social media: Is he the greatest free agent signing, from any sport, in the Chicago’s history? It’s a very fun debate. It’s also a hilariously unnecessary one because the answer is yes. CLEARLY yes. C’mon people. Let us not disrespect the Demi-God. It’s time to go to bat for Hossa, just like I’ll...
Chicago Tribune Jun 26, 2017

NHL, Blackhawks still discussing Marian Hossa situation

With the NHL looking into the matter, the Chicago Blackhawks remain in a holding pattern when it comes to what to do with their roster in the wake of Marian Hossa’s announcement that he will not play during the 2017-18 season. Hossa and the Hawks announced Wednesday that the veteran winger would...
Chicago Tribune Jun 24, 2017

GM Stan Bowman's gamble on Connor Murphy huge for Blackhawks' future

While you were digesting the likely end of Marian Hossa's career and dusting off your old Brandon Saad sweater in your basement, you might not have noticed Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman completely remade the team's defense this week. For as big a loss as Hossa is, and for as gifted an...
Chicago Tribune Jun 23, 2017

Jonathan Toews on Blackhawks' roster moves: 'It's definitely a shock'

It has been a whirlwind week for the Blackhawks, and the players certainly felt the sea change in the organization as it said goodbye to cornerstone players in defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, Marian Hossa and upstart winger Artemi Panarin while welcoming back Brandon Saad and new defenseman Connor...

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