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Blackhawks' Brent Seabrook: Healthy for training camp
Seabrook (hip) says he's healthy and "excited for training camp," NHL.com reports.
Seabrook will still need to be cleared medically but it sounds like the veteran blueliner is ready to make a comeback after a brutal year. Since last playing in December of 2019, the 35-year-old has had surgeries on his shoulder and both hips. He may not get back to eating up over 20 minutes per game, but the Blackhawks would surely welcome back Seabrook's physical play and shot-blocking abilities.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Kirby Dach: Joining Team Canada's roster
The Blackhawks will loan Dach to Team Canada for the World Junior Championship, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
The WJC will begin Dec. 26 and will run through Jan. 5, but if the NHL season starts before the tournament wraps up, Dach will be recalled by the Hawks. The 19-year-old pivot had a solid rookie campaign in 2019-20, notching eight goals and 15 assists while averaging 14:16 of ice time in 64 contests.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Lucas Wallmark: Joining Blackhawks
Wallmart and the Blackhawks agreed to a one-year, $950,000 deal Monday, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.
Wallmark scored 25 points in 67 games with the Hurricanes and Panthers last season, and Florida neglected to offer him a qualifying offer this offseason. The 25-year-old averaged 12:47 of ice time in those 67 games and should get similar playing time in Chicago's bottom six to start the 2020-21 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Mattias Janmark: Grabs one-year contract
Janmark signed a one-year, $2.25 million deal with Chicago on Monday.
Janmark is coming off his fourth straight 20-plus point campaign despite playing in just 62 games this year. If the 26-year-old center can avoid any significant injury absences, he should be capable of pushing for the 30-point threshold this season. It was a rough end of the year for Janmark as he scored one goal in his last 37 outings including the playoffs.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Anton Lindholm: Shipped to Chicago
The Avalanche traded Lindholm and Nikita Zadorov to the Blackhawks for Brandon Saad and Dennis Gilbert on Saturday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Lindholm hasn't piled up points at any stage of his hockey career, so this change of scenery likely won't change things for the 25-year-old blueliner. He'll bring 66 games of NHL experience to the Blackhawks, however, and he can work on the third pairing if injuries pop up on the blue line. Lindholm likely will begin the upcoming season with AHL Rockford.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Nikita Zadorov: Packs bags for Windy City
The Avalanche traded Zadorov and Anton Lindholm to the Blackhawks for Brandon Saad and Dennis Gilbert on Saturday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
According to Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times, Zadorov signed the Blackhawks' one-year, $3.2 million qualifying offer following the trade. The 25-year-old blueliner was inconsistent with the Avalanche last season, recording 13 points over 64 games, but he performed better in the postseason with five points over 15 contests. Zadorov will continue developing in Chicago and could be a key piece of the team's rebuild if he can shake off the highs and lows of his game.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Malcolm Subban: Re-ups with Blackhawks
Subban re-signed with Chicago on Friday to a two-year, $1.7 million deal.
Subban had a mostly disastrous showing last year with Vegas before being traded to the Blackhawks, posting a 3.18 GAA and .890 save percentage through 20 appearances. With longtime No. 1 netminder Corey Crawford departing in free agency, Subban technically stands as the incumbent top option at the moment between the pipes in the Windy City ahead of Collin Delia. However, Chicago is expected to sign another goalie this offseason to assume the No. 1 spot ahead of Subban.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Dominik Kubalik: Inks two-year deal
Kubalik signed a two-year, $7.4 million contract with Chicago on Friday.
Kubalik is coming off a fantastic rookie season in which he tallied 30 goals and 16 helpers in 68 games and was nominated for the Calder Trophy. The Czech winger should continue to get first-line minutes alongside Jonathan Toews and certainly has the ability to put together another 30-goal campaign. Fantasy player won't want to wait to select Kubalik in season-long formats as he figures to go early given his offensive upside.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Wyatt Kaiser: Adds depth to Chicago system
Kaiser was drafted 81st overall by the Blackhawks at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft on Wednesday.
It was difficult for scouts to get a read on Kaiser this past season because he was clearly too good for the high school level at which he played. Kaiser's calling card is his mobility. He's an excellent skater and his foot speed alone should give him a chance to carve out a long career as a potential NHL regular. The downside is that there isn't much to be excited about here from an offensive standpoint. Kaiser is committed to Minnesota-Duluth.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Landon Slaggert: Physical forward joins Chicago
Slaggert was drafted 79th overall by the Blackhawks at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft on Wednesday.
A two-way forward who can play both center and wing, Slaggert is known for his strong physical game. He often does the dirty work in the corner and in front of the net for his teammates. Slaggert doesn't project to put up a ton of points as a professional but he has enough offensive ability to keep opposing teams honest. Slaggert will remain in his hometown of South Bend, Indiana to play for Notre Dame.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Drew Commesso: Drafted by Chicago
Commesso was drafted 46th overall by the Blackhawks at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft on Wednesday.
Commesso was arguably the top North American goaltender available in what is clearly a down year for netminders. The US NTDP product is a solid all-around option. Commesso doesn't possess elite athleticism, but he's a Tim Thomas-type battler. And at 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, brings plenty of size to the table. Every team in the NHL, apart from the Rangers, could stand to add quality goaltending depth to their system, and Commesso certainly provides that for Chicago. A Boston native, the young man will stay close to home and play for Boston University this coming season.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Lukas Reichel: Great skater selected by Chicago
Reichel was drafted 17th overall by the Blackhawks at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft on Tuesday.
Reichel has great pedigree, soft hands and high-end hockey smarts. The guy won't be mistaken for a playmaker, but he does know how to finish. Reichel reminds us a lot of his comparable, Mike Hoffman, but he's a better skater. Reichel isn't particularly edgy, but he's not soft, either, and he could be a really effective goal-scoring winger on Chicago's second line. Reichel is a few years away from donning the famous Blackhawks jersey.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Brad Morrison: Traded to Chicago
Morrison was traded to the Blackhawks by the Kings on Sunday in exchange for Olli Maatta.
Morrison was a fourth-round pick by the Kings in the 2015 draft out of Lethbridge in the WHL. The 23-year-old supplied 20 points for AHL Ontario in 2018-19, and 19 points across 17 games in the ECHL for Fort Wayne this past campaign. Morrison could suit up for AHL Rockford next season, but the trade was essentially a salary dump to move Maatta's $4 million contract off the books for Chicago.... See More ... See Less
Blackhawks' Brandon Hagel: Joining Swiss team on loan
Hagel will be loaned to HC Thurgau of the Swiss league, Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Hagel played in just one NHL game this season, but he produced 19 goals and 31 points in 59 contests with AHL Rockford. With Thurgau, Hagel will be able to earn some playing time before returning to North America for training camp. The 22-year-old forward will likely spend most of 2020-21 in the minors given the Blackhawks' solid center depth.... See More ... See Less