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Last Word on Hockey

Chicago Blackhawks Summer of Uncertainty Part One – Goaltending

It's mid-August and hockey fans have entered that time of year they dread the most, the off-season after the NHL draft and free agency are over. This holds especially true in Chicago, where Chicago Blackhawks summer of uncertainty is causing their fans tremendous angst. After finishing out of the NHL playoff race, the Blackhawks faithful have not had much to look forward to this summer. The team's goaltending has recently been a hot topic. Especially when it comes to the health of Corey Crawford. Chicago Blackhawks Summer Goaltending Uncertainty Once Corey Crawford went down for the season...

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Hawks T25U25 for 2018: Kampf at No. 17

The Czech forward got his first taste of North American hockey last season. Following Blake Hillman on our Top 25 Under 25 series at No. 17 is David Kampf. The Czech forward Kampf is yet another player on this list with NHL experience, with four goals and 11 points with the Blackhawks in 46 games last season. Position: Forward Birth date: Jan. 12, 1995 (age 23) Acquired via: Free agency Most recent stop: Rockford IceHogs — AHL Size: 6’2, 194 pounds Contract: One year, $925,00 cap hit (entry-level deal) Last year’s ranking: Unranked Breakdown The Blackhawks signed Kampf from his...

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Hawks T25U25: Kahun at No. 22

The German forward impressed at the Winter Olympics and looks to continue his impressive play in the NHL. The NHL choosing not to send its players to this year’s Winter Olympics provided an opportunity for the world’s non-NHL talent to put on a showcase. Germany’s Dominik Kahun impressed the Chicago Blackhawks enough to earn himself an entry-level contract. Key information Position: Center/Left wing Birth date: July 2, 1995 (age 23) Acquired via: Free agency Most recent stop: Red Bull EHC Munchen — DEL Size: 5’11, 174 pounds Contract: Two-year, entry-level contract with $940,000...

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Hawks T25U25 for 2018: Fortin at No. 22

The winger missed 23 games with a groin injury, but still has plenty of promise with his skill set. Alexandre Fortin had his first taste of professional hockey this past season with the Rockford IceHogs in the AHL. But his speed and skill that earned him a contract out of prospect camp in 2016 were hampered by a groin injury. Still, his skill set and youth have the Chicago Blackhawks’ hopeful that he’ll turn out to be consistent scorer. Key information Position: Left wing Birth date: Feb. 25, 1997 (age 21) Acquired via: Free agency Most recent stop: Rockford — AHL Size: 6‘0, 174...

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MBS: 8-1-18

Our daily look at Blackhawks news and the happenings around the hockey world. Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Gustav Forsling will miss 14 weeks after having surgery on his right wrist. Forsling’s 14-week timetable puts his return at Oct. 30. He will miss at least 12 regular-season games. Chicago starts the season Oct. 4 at Ottawa. BLACKHAWKS **Forsling out 14 weeks after right wrist surgery (SCH) **Powers points (Blackhawks convention edition): A potential new line, panel highlights and more (The Athletic) **NHL free agency: Hawks news, rumors, updates (SCH) CENTRAL DIVISION **Petan signs...

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MBS: 7-31-18

Our daily look at Blackhawks news and the happenings around the hockey world. BLACKHAWKS **Kane eager to get Hawks back into playoffs (NHL.com) **Ward ready to thrive in Chicago (The Daily Herald) **NHL free agency: Hawks news, rumors, updates (SCH) CENTRAL DIVISION **Wild sign Read to 1-year, 2-way contract (theScore) **Preds re-sign Salmoaki to 2-year extension worth $1.5M (On The Forecheck) **Preds T25U25: Rem Pitlick at No. 23 (On The Forecheck) **Avs T25U25: Justus Annunen at No. 22 (Mile High Hockey) NHL **Rangers avoid arbitration with Hayes with 1-year, $5.175M deal (Blueshirt...

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MBS: 7-30-18

Our daily look at Blackhawks news and the happenings around the hockey world. BLACKHAWKS **Kane eager to get Hawks back into playoffs (NHL.com) **Hawks’ championship window is closing, but it’s not shut yet (Chicago Tribune) **Anisimov doesn’t pay attention to trade talk (Chicago Tribune) **Ward ready to thrive in Chicago (The Daily Herald) **Rozner: What to call Hawks’ plan? Good question (The Daily Herald) **Emergency backup goaltender Scott Foster opens up for first time about ‘unbelievable moment’ (Chicago Tribune) **NHL free agency: Hawks news, rumors, updates...

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MBS: 7-29-18

Our daily look at Blackhawks news and the happenings around the hockey world. BLACKHAWKS **Hawks’ championship window is closing, but it’s not shut yet (Chicago Tribune) **Hawks could face crisis with Crawford still shrouded in mystery (Sporting News) **Emergency backup goaltender Scott Foster opens up for first time about ‘unbelievable moment’ (Chicago Tribune) **NHL free agency: Hawks news, rumors, updates (SCH) CENTRAL DIVISION **Stars GM Nill gives update on Seguin contract negotiations (Sportsnet) **Avs T25U25: Cam Morisson at No. 23 (Mile High Hockey) **Blues confident in...

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Storm Advisory: 7/29/18

We’re going to the ends of the hockey world to bring you #content. Reading Assignments Hoo boy, there really ain’t much out there. *checking for NHL news* pic.twitter.com/RC1xN3CQzO— James Mirtle (@mirtle) July 29, 2018 Old friend Michelle McMahon catches up with Cam Ward, who may well be the Blackhawks’ opening night starter after Corey Crawford revealed his timetable to return is undetermined. [NBC Sports Chicago] Six years and $31.5 million was the cost of Brady Skjei and the Rangers avoiding arbitration. [Sporting News] How does the Metro stack up after free agency and the...

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MBS: 7-28-18

Our daily look at Blackhawks news and the happenings around the hockey world. BLACKHAWKS **Crawford: ‘I’m not 100 percent, yet’ (SCH) **Quenneville: Hawks won’t carry 3 goalies this season (SCH) **Former Hawk of the Week: Jeff Shantz (SCH) **Emergency backup goaltender Scott Foster opens up for first time about ‘unbelievable moment’ (Chicago Tribune) **Schmaltz wants to take next step, become ‘top guy’ (Chicago Sun-Times) **NHL free agency: Hawks news, rumors, updates (SCH) CENTRAL DIVISION **Avs T25U25: Cam Morisson at No. 23 (Mile High Hockey) **Blues confident in...

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MBS: 7-27-18

Our daily look at Blackhawks news and the happenings around the hockey world. BLACKHAWKS **Former Hawk of the Week: Jeff Shantz (SCH) **After first down season, Wirtz keeps the faith: ‘We’re going to be fine’ (Chicago Sun-Times) **Roenick on CTE: ‘You play the game understanding the dangers of it’ (Chicago Sun-Times) **Prospect Mitchell is too promising to ignore (SCH) **NHL free agency: Hawks news, rumors, updates (SCH) CENTRAL DIVISION **Preds T25U25: Carl Persson at No. 24 (On The Forecheck) **Avs T25U25: Anton Lindholm at No. 24 (Mile High Hockey) **Blues confident in...

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MBS: 7-26-18

Our daily look at Blackhawks news and the happenings around the hockey world. BLACKHAWKS **Prospect Mitchell is too promising to ignore (SCH) **Kuc: Man with a plan? Onus squarely on Stan Bowman to right Blackhawks’ ship (The Athletic) **How former second-round pick Chad Krys is approaching a pivotal year for his development (The Athletic) **Roenick talks Hall of Fame, split from Hawks, his on-ice ‘soulmate’ and finally attending fan convention (Chicago Tribune) **NHL free agency: Hawks news, rumors, updates (SCH) CENTRAL DIVISION **Wild sign Zucker to 5-year, $27.5M deal...

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MBS: 7-24-18

Our daily look at Blackhawks news and the happenings around the hockey world. Our daily look at Blackhawks news and the happenings around the hockey world. BLACKHAWKS **Chelios to serve as Hawks ambassador (SCH) **Agent: Prospect Kayumov willing to come North America next season (SCH) **Crawford’s status is still Hawks’ most pressing issue (Chicago Sun-Times) **Path from prospect to NHL goalie is long, difficult and no sure thing (Chicago Tribune) **NHL free agency: Hawks news, rumors, updates (SCH) CENTRAL DIVISION **Is Trouba’s time in Winnipeg coming to an end? (PHT) **Who is the...

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MBS: Scrimmage to close out Hawks prospect camp

Our daily look at Blackhawks news and the happenings around the hockey world. The Chicago Blackhawks will wrap up its annual prospect camp with a scrimmage at 9:30 a.m. Friday at MB Ice Arena. There will be a live stream on the team’s website. BLACKHAWKS **Former Hawk of the Week: Cam Russell (SCH) **For older Hawks prospects, race is on to establish themselves (Chicago Sun-Times) **Leaving Hawks stings, but Hinostroza ‘excited’ to join up-and-coming Coyotes (The Daily Herald) **Hawks expect Entwistle to be worth the wait (Chicago Tribune) **NHL free agency: Hawks news, rumors,...