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added 2:46pm, from the Chicago Blackhawks,
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have acquired defensemen T.J. Brennan and Ville Pokka and the rights to restricted free agent goaltender Anders Nilsson from the New York Islanders in exchange for defenseman Nick Leddy and goaltender Kent Simpson. Brennan and Pokka will report directly to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League, while Nilsson will remain with Ak Bars of the Kontinental Hockey League.
from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,
Defenseman Nick Leddy might have played his last game in a Blackhawks sweater.
After the Hawks’ 3-2 shootout loss Friday to the New York Rangers — the second consecutive game in which Leddy was a healthy scratch — coach Joel Quenneville sounded like someone who didn’t expect to have the 23-year-old defenseman on his team for much longer.
‘‘We’ll see,’’ Quenneville said.
The Hawks are above the salary cap and have until Tuesday afternoon to get below it, and Leddy has been at the center of trade discussions all summer.
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Carcillo was added to the Blackhawks roster yesterday after being released from his PTO with Pittsburgh on Thursday.
from Nina Falcone of CSNChicago,
Within the next few days, the Blackhawks will have to deal a player or two to shed the $2.2 million it'll take to get them back under the $69 million cap.
But general manager Stan Bowman has said from the beginning that the team has a good idea of the move they'll make before the start of the season and doesn't want the cap to distract fans from the big season the Blackhawks expect to have in 2014-15.
"(The salary cap's) gotten a lot of attention, and rightfully so," Bowman said on SportsTalk Live. "But what I've tried to say all along is that we're going to get it worked out and we're going to be compliant come (Thursday). It's one of those topics where we've had a lot of discussions internally, we know how we're going to make it work. But I don't want to lose focus of some of the exciting things we're looking forward to next year."...
"We have a very similar group back from last year and we added an elite player in Brad Richards. When you bring someone like that in — he's won a Stanley Cup, he went to the Final just last year — and he doesn't have to be the guy. I think there was a lot of pressure for him in New York and I think he's really relieved in a lot of ways. He's made comments about 'it's just nice to be here, there's a lot of great players on this team and I'm just trying to fit in.'
In case you missed it, the Blackhawks added Dan Carcillo to their training camp roster today.
from Dave Savini of CBS Chicago,
Just like football, hockey is a physical and powerful sport, but with players hitting pucks at well over 100 mph. Is enough being done to protect fans?
CBS 2’s Dave Savini sat down with a Blackhawks fan who suffered brain damage and hearing loss.
At least three people were injured last season at the United Center, including a Yorkville man who may never be the same.
Chip Green suffered a severe head injury. He was struck by a puck during a Blackhawks playoff game against Minnesota in May....
he couple wants the NHL to make safety changes. To keep fans safe, the Greens say safety nets should be expanded to cover the corners of the rinks, too.
Chip Green was sitting just above the safety glass where the netting ends when he was struck by a corner shot from Blackhawks star Duncan Keith....
Green’s attorney filed a lawsuit Thursday against the United Center and NHL, which has not responded to CBS 2’s request for comment.
NEW YORK, NY (September 23, 2014) – Premium TV network EPIX and the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today that they have formed a partnership to produce and distribute a two-part original series, debuting on EPIX in December 2014, that will bring hockey fans onto the ice and behind-the-scenes with the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals as they prepare to compete in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, and the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks on their road to the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™.
Produced by 52-time Emmy award winner Ross Greenburg, the series will offer viewers an exclusive look inside the world of the NHL, with strategically placed cameras and microphones providing an all-access pass to players’ homes, locker rooms, training rooms, and the arena.
Washington Capitals to Unveil NHL Winter Classic Uniforms
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman; NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins; NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr; Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent C. Gray; Washington Capitals Chairman & Owner Ted Leonsis; Washington Capitals President Dick Patrick; Washington Capitals Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian MacLellan; Chicago Blackhawks President & CEO John McDonough; Chicago Blackhawks Executive Vice President Jay Blunk; Chicago Blackhawks Vice President & General Manager Stan Bowman; Chicago Blackhawks Vice President, Hockey Operations Al MacIsaac; Washington Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin, Center Nicklas Backstrom and Goaltender Braden Holtby; Washington Nationals Vice Chair & Principal Owner Mark Lerner; Bridgestone Vice President of Sports & Events Phil Pacsi; EPIX President & CEO Mark Greenberg
You can watch the special event below which is scheduled to begin at 12:00pm ET.
from Jesse Lawrence at Forbes,
According to TiqIQ, the season average for Blackhawks tickets at the United Center is currently $262.32 on the secondary market. This marks an 12% increase from last year’s season average of $234.43. The significant increase in ticket price on the secondary market comes on the heels of the team’s Western Conference Final appearance last season, though the Blackhawks ultimately fell to the Los Angeles Kings in seven games. The Blackhawks won 46 games last season, the most wins in a single season since 2009-10, despite a franchise-record 15 overtime losses. In the lockout-shortened season of 2012-13, the average secondary market price for Blackhawks tickets was $237.38 in 24 home games, marking a 10.5% jump in price for the upcoming season in comparison to 36-7-5 season the Blackhawks had two years ago. The Blackhawks also have the highest average price for any American NHL franchise this season on the secondary market.
The Blackhawks will host their most expensive home game of the season against the Detroit Red Wings on February 18. The current average price of Blackhawks vs Red Wings tickets is $333.60 on the secondary market, 27% above the season average.
from Scott Powers of ESPN,
The Blackhawks are around $1.3 million over the $69 million cap and would have to shed more cap payroll if they wanted to include Teuvo Teravainen or any of their other prospects on the NHL roster.
Bowman believed the Blackhawks would be able to locate a trade partner in the coming weeks.
“I think leading into training camp most guys want to get going,” Bowman said Thursday before the Blackhawks open training camp at Notre Dame. “Like I said, everyone sort of has a plan that they like how things go. Then a week from now, your plan might have to be changed because players you expected to do something [don’t do something.]
“A lot of teams have some high hopes for some of the young players and then you get them in games and you realize, well, they’re a young player, they’re not going to be able to do what I thought they might. It’s a bit of a waiting game at this point. We’ve had a lot of discussions over the last weeks or months, but until guys get on the ice not a lot changes from July until now. I think we’ll see that play itself out over the next couple weeks here.”
from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,
With 23 men on the roster (that includes Joakim Nordstrom or Teuvo Teravainen), the Hawks are about $2.2 million above the salary cap of $69 million. Even if they broke camp with 22 players, they still would be above the cap. So between the time the puck drops for the first practice Friday in South Bend and the time the puck drops for the regular-season opener Oct. 9 in Dallas, general manager Stan Bowman has to make a move. There are plenty of possibilities.
Defenseman Johnny Oduya has one year and $3.375 million left on his contract, so he makes the most sense from a strictly financial standpoint. But he and Niklas Hjalmarsson make up the Hawks’ top defensive tandem, charged with stopping the opponents’ best players. That allows Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook to be more offensive-minded. And any deal might hinge on how healthy Oduya looks in the preseason after suffering a broken foot in Game 7 of the Western Conference final.
Defenseman Nick Leddy, who makes $2.7 million and will be a restricted free agent next summer, is a 24-year-old puck-mover and power-play quarterback and might fetch a nice prospect or two. He has lost coach Joel Quenneville’s trust in two consecutive postseasons, but Bowman and the organization remain high on thim. If Bowman can find a taker for 36-year-old Michal Rozsival instead, he likely would jump at it.
I don't expect many moves early in training camp. There is always the possibility a player gets injured, maybe placed on LTIR which would give a team some cap relief for a period of time.
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