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The Chicago Blackhawks prepare for a high-paced season

The CBA has been hammered out, the MOUs have been signed, and teams across the NHL welcome fans back into their buildings starting on Sunday as training camps open for the league.

It's long overdue for a lockout that should not have happened to begin with. While the fans eagerly flock back - as the league knew they would - they should not be taken for granted.

In Chicago, a number of Blackhawks supplemented by players like Mike Brown (TOR), Al Montoya (WPG), Ben Eager (EDM), and Troy Brouwer (WSH) have been skating at least three times a week since the lockout began. Kenny McCudden, skating and skills coach for the Chicago Wolves (AHL), has worked with the players at least...

Blackhawks' Teravainen back from injury

Photo taken by Maggie Avila

2012 first round Blackhawk draft selection Teuvo Teravainen is back from a month long hiatus due to a broken finger. His team Jokerit is probably very happy to have back in the line up. Unfortunately for the rest of the teams in the Finnish League SM-Liiga he has come back with a fury while leading his team Jokerit  up the league standings. 

What has Teuvo been up to? Well since he has come back here is a list:

11/20/12 - he had one assist in 4-3 win over Karpat.

11/22/12 - he tallied one goal and one assist to lead his team past Lock in a decisive 4-0 win. 

11/24/12 - he had one goal in a 5-1 defeat to JYP.

11...

Bowman, Hawks Look to Move On After Parise/Suter Rejection


Despite receiving the cold shoulder from top NHL free agents forward Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter, Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman, like several other rejected general managers, is optimistic he can continue to improve the Chicago Blackhawks in other ways. 

Although this summer's pool of free agent talent is somewhat shallow by typical standards, there are still quite a few players available, whether as free agents or on the trading block, who could potentially fill a few of Chicago's needs within the lineup. 

With the signing of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter in Minnesota and defenseman Matt Carle, many teams have been forced to move on to their "P...

Zach Parise Rumors: No Decision Yet for The Free Agent

According to a report from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune, unrestricted free agent Zach Parise has returned to his native Minnesota and has not yet made a decision on where he will sign.

It had been assumed that Parise's decision had been made when it was announced that he would meet with reporters on Monday afternoon. Parise merely told reporters that a decision had not been made and that he would not put a deadline on when he would choose.

The teams rumored to be in the running for Parise are the New Jersey Devils, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Detroit Red Wings, and his hometown Minnesota Wild.

Free Agency 2012: Philadelphia Flyers Sign Michael Leighton To 1-Year Deal

In their first move during the free agency period, the Philadelphia Flyers brought back a familiar face to fill their backup goaltender position, signing Michael Leighton to a 1-year, $900k contract. Leighton replaces Sergei Bobrovsky, who was traded from the Flyers to the Columbus Blue Jackets on June 22 in return for three draft picks.

Chicago Blackhawks select Teuvo Teravainen with the 18th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft

With the 18th overall pick, the Blackhawks selected Teuvo Teravainen.

 

Teravainen, 17, earned a promotion to the SM-liiga with Jokerit in the 2011-12 season and produced a respectable 11 goals and 18 points in 40 games against older competition. The promotion came on the heels of a dominating performance in the junior league, in which he produced 12 goals and 20 points in 11 games with Jokerit.

The 5-11, 165-pound offensive left winger doesn’t play a physical game due to his size, but he’s said to possess patience to his game which allows him to anticipate play and remain a consistent offensive threat.

The Helsinki-native is a left-handed shooter ...

With the 18th pick in the 2012 NHL entry draft the Chicago Blackhawks select …

Yes it is that time of year again folks. That time when eternal optimism rises no matter how poorly one’s hockey team has performed in the past. It’s springtime - when budding flowers are awaiting to be picked so they can be nurtured and blossom into beauties. In other words it is the week of the 2012 NHL entry draft. The time when hockey clubs and their fan bases are hoping to hit the jackpot with player(s) that will vault their teams into Stanley Cup Champions.

This year the Chicago Blackhawks find themselves in unfamiliar territory. For the first time in quite awhile they only have their own draft picks to consider. They have no multiple picks until the 5th round sinc...

Hawks finding the right fit

This past week Hawks GM Stan Bowman was a busy man. He was signing players left and right which, I’m sure some Hawk fans are happy about and others are not. You can’t please everyone. In any event the Blackhawks are sure active this off season and it appears are gearing up for something. This week the Hawks inked two returning veterans in Jamal Mayers RW/C and Johnny Oduya D which I think were solid returns.

Jamal Mayers was signed to a one year deal for approximately $600,000. Like I mentioned in a previous blog this signing is a little surprising because Mayers sat on the bench for most of the playoffs. Still Mayers brings veteran experience and grit that the Hawks are...

Chicago Blackhawks – medals, signings, national honors and rumors this week

 

Even though this is the slow part of the NHL season unless your team is in the Stanley Cup Finals that is.  The Blackhawks are giving us plenty of things to write and talk about until draft day which will be in about another month. Below is a summary of everything I heard this past week surrounding this team.

Medals - As I wrote about before Michael Frolik was the sole Blackhawk left in the IIHF World Championships. He was playing for his homeland team of the Czech Republic who ended up winning the bronze medal after defeating Finland. Frolik did not score in this game but ended the tournament with 2 goals and 1 assist in 10 games. Congratulations you represented t...

Blackhawks take on the World

 

Although the Chicago Blackhawks season may have ended some Blackhawks were  not ready to put their hockey sticks down just yet. Several Blackhawks decided to represent their countries teams at the IIHF World Championships held simultaneously in Helsinki, FIN and Stockholm, SWE.

Duncan Keith D and Patrick Sharp LW played for team Canada while Viktor Stalberg RW, Niklas Hjalmarsson D and Marcus Kruger C donned the Swedish team jersey. Michael Frolik also is playing for the Czech Republic team.

Unfortunately, on Thursday both Team Canada and Team Sweden were knocked out of the quarterfinal rounds by Slovakia and Czech Republic respectively. Michael Frolik is the...