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A farewell to Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp

We all knew it was coming. No matter how the move was made, no matter how much sense it makes from a salary cap perspective, any time a player with a tenure as long and as successful as Patrick Sharp’s in Chicago is ended, the disappointment is going to linger for more than just a night. Let me take you back to my first memory of Patrick Sharp as a Blackhawks: April 5, 2007. The Blackhawks were approaching ...

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Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad got himself traded

Or maybe it was his agent. Either way, Brandon Saad forced the hand of the Blackhawks into making this deal when he entered the negotiations for his new contract. Brandon Saad was just coming off his entry-level deal, which is the three-year contract that all newly-drafted players sign, although the years don’t start ticking until that player reaches the NHL. He just wrapped up an 82-game regular season whe ...

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Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane to share cover of EA Sports NHL 16

During the annual NHL awards in Las Vegas Wednesday night, the Blackhawks were honored and picked up some awards for their play this season. But two players will share something for the first time. EA Sports announced that Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane would appear on the NHL 16 cover. The official cover was released and shows both players holding the Stanley Cup. Check out the cover: https://twitter.com/ ...

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Are these the final days of the Blackhawks’ “core” group?

This image was the wallpaper on my computer for what seemed like a decade. Seems like there’s been a never-ending list of different players with big moments that have contributed to the incredible run that the Chicago Blackhawks have been on in the last eight seasons. But the five players you see pictured above have been the foundation upon which this franchise turnaround was built upon: Brent Seabrook, Dun ...

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Stanley Cup Final: Chicago Blackhawks survive a wild Game 4 to even series

The Chicago Blackhawks were not panicking heading into Game 4 but knew they had to look at this game as a must win. The Tampa Bay Lightning announced just hours before the game that Ben Bishop, their starting goalie, would not play in Game 4 with an undisclosed injury and that rookie Andrei Vasilevskiy would start in net. Vasilevskiy is looked at as a future star goalie in the NHL and had a good overall gam ...

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Down 3-2? This series still isn’t over for the Chicago Blackhawks

In my 28 years as a fan of the teams that call the city of Chicago home, I’ve learned that the Chicago sports fan base tends to be a cynical, pessimistic bunch. And can you blame us? Since the turn of the century it’s had to deal with the nightmare of the Bartman game as well as a fourth-and-eight in a regular season finale and DEAR GOD WHY ISN’T ANYONE COVERING RANDALL COBB?! But I don’t bring up these pai ...

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Blackhawks firing on all cylinders in Game 2 win over the Wild

The general consensus on my Twitter timeline following the Hawks 4-1 dismantling of the Wild was that Game 2 was the most complete performance we’ve seen out of the Blackhawks this postseason. It’s hard to disagree, as there were contributions from the entire lineup. Top-liners Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa combined for a shorthanded goal thanks to a fortuitous bounce off the butt end of Devan Dubnyk’s go ...

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Don’t ever turn your back on the Blackhawks: Game 1 Reaction

Consider this a public service announcement, for those of you who are relatively new to the Stanley Cup Playoffs or are unfamiliar with its insane momentum swings. No matter how what you think of this year’s version of the Blackhawks, there will be moments in this postseason where the team you see on the ice will fail to resemble an NHL-caliber squad. There will be baffling mistakes made by your favorite pl ...

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Predicting the Blackhawks playoff chances a lesson in futility

How are you supposed to make any type of predictions about the Chicago Blackhawks postseason run this year? How are you supposed to know anything about the state of this team as it enters the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the seventh season in a row? The final month of the regular season has been a series of skyscraping highs and plunging lows. It started with Patrick Kane’s injury during a game against the Flor ...

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Chicago Blackhawks’ deadline moves could lead to more offense for captain Jonathan Toews

The trade deadline had, in the past few years, been a quiet part of the season for the Chicago Blackhawks. But some unique circumstances in the 2014-15 season forced the hand of Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman, leading him to pick up the phone and swing a trio of trades over the weekend. Kimmo Timonen, Antoine Vermette and Andrew Desjardins were all added to the roster, with some draft picks, prospec ...

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