The Blackhawks signed Patrick Kane to an eight-year, $84 million dollar contract extension.
The Blackhawks signed Jonathan Toews to the exact same contract. The deal does not kick in until the 2015-16 season, but the annual cap-hit will be the highest in the league. When Kane and Toews joined the Blackhawks they had not reached the Finals since 1992, but since drafting Kane (first overall) in 2007 they have won two Stanley Cups and reached the Western Conference Final two other times. Kane tallied 29 goals and 40 assists (69 points) in 69 games last season. Kane went on to post 20 points (8G / 12A) in 19 postseason games. Kane has some of the best hands in the NHL and will be one of the first right wingers off of the board this season.
The Blackhawks signed Jonathan Toews to an eight-year, $84 million dollar contract extension.
The Blackhawks signed Patrick Kane to the exact same contract. The ,deal does not kick in until the 2015-16 season, but the annual cap-hit will make them the highest paid players in the NHL. When Toews and Kane joined the Blackhawks they had not reached the Finals since 1992, but since drafting Toews (third overall) in 2006 they have won two Stanley Cups and reached the Western Conference Final on two other occasions. Toews had 28 goals and 40 assists (68 points) with a plus-26 rating in 76 games last season. Toews has scored on a 74.5 point per 82 game pace in the first seven years of his career. He is one of the most reliable centres in the league and should be a top-15 pick in fantasy drafts next season.
The Blackhawks have signed Brad Richards to a one-year contract worth $2 million.
Richards was bought out by the Rangers after he scored 20 goals with 31 assists (51 points) in 82 regular season games. Richards has 12 points (5G / 7A) in 25 postseason games and he heads to a Chicago team with a ton of talent. He will likely centre the second line which will have playing with Patrick Kane. Should that be the case, his fantasy value should rise and another 50-plus point season seems very attainable.
The Blackhawks have re-signed Peter Regin to a one-year contract worth $650K.
Regin had four points (2G / 2A) in 17 games with the Blackhawks after being acquired from the Islanders. He suited up in just five postseason games, recording no points. The Hawks have signed him to a cheap contract that will provide them with some depth down the middle.
The Blackhawks have re-signed Jeremy Morin to a two-year contact worth $1.6 million.
Morin had 11 points (5G / 6A) in 24 games with the Blackhawks this season. While with Rockford (AHL) he scored 24 goals and 23 assists (47 points) in 47 games. The 23-year-old has a strong chance of making the Hawks out of of training camp in 2014-15.
Crawford will be the Blackhawks starter in game 3.
Crawford allowed five goals on 30 shots, including three unanswered to begin the third period, that put the Hawks down 4-2. The Kings went onto win the game 6-2, a performance Crawford will try to put behind him for game 3 tonight in Los Angeles.
Shaw (knee) will return to the Blackhawks' lineup in game 3.
Shaw missed the previous seven games, but will be back in the lineup tonight in Los Angeles. Peter Regin is expected to be a healthy scratch to make room for Shaw, who will center the Hawks' third line with Brandon Saad and Kris Versteeg.
Shaw will be out for the seventh consecutive game; he says it’s the most time he’s missed in his entire hockey career. The good news is, Shaw said he’s feeling no pain with his injury. The stops/starts and quick on-ice movements aren’t affecting him either. He is targeting a return for game 3.
Crawford saved 25 of 26 shots in the Hawks' 3-1 win over the Kings in game 1 on Sunday. He continues to be great in the post season as he paces the NHL with a 1.90 GAA. Chicago has been nearly unbeatable at the United Center, winning 18 of their last 20 at home.
Shaw (leg) is on the ice for Blackhawks' practice.
Shaw is participating again this morning, but is not taking line rushes on any of the top four lines which is not a good sign for his availability for game 2 on Wednesday. Shaw has not played since game 1 of the second round series vs. the Wild. Monitor his status during tomorrow's morning skate prior to game 2.
Crawford stopped 34 of 35 shots in the Blackhawks 2-1 OT win over the Wild in game 6 of round 2. He finished the second round with a 1.97 GAA and .926 SV% which has him ranked first in both categories in the postseason--1.97 GAA / .931 SV%. Crawford won his only start against the Kings this season.
Shaw (knee) will not play in game 1 vs. the Kings.
Shaw skated for the first time since sustaining a right-leg injury against the Minnesota Wild in Game 1 of the second-round series. Asked if Shaw could return sooner rather than later, coach Joel Quenneville said, “it’ll be sooner, but he’s not playing (on Sunday).”
Crawford will look to close out the series tonight in Minnesota.
Crawford stopped 27 of 28 shots in a 2-1 win over the Wild in game 5. But now he heads back to Xcel Energy Center where he allowed seven goals on 48 shots (.854 SV%) in games 3 and 4. The Blackhawks had trouble generating offence in those games, so Crawford will need to be bring his A-game this evening incase that trend continues.
Versteeg will be back in the Hawks lineup for game 5.
Versteeg is expected to skate on the top line with Bryan Bickell and Jonathan Toews. The Blackhawks are currently down two forwards: Andrew Shaw is injured and Brandon Bollig was suspended two games for his hit on Wild defenseman Keith Ballard in Game 4. Versteeg started the playoffs on the top line with Toews and looked good at the start. He struggled the rest of the way, however, and has been scratched several times, once for illness.