Rumor Roundup: Blackhawks not done, Zuccarello trade talk heats up

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The Chicago Blackhawks wasted little time utilizing the nearly $6 million in cap relief from superstar Patrick Kane going on long-term injured reserve. On Friday, they acquired veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen from the Philadelphia Flyers for a 2015 second-round pick and a conditional 2016 pick. The following day, they shipped minor-league defenseman Klas Dahlbeck and a 2015 first-round pick to Arizona for forward Antoine Vermette.

Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman might not be done dealing. Backup goalie Antti Raanta could be a trade chip. Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mark Lazerus notes Raanta, 25, was recently demoted to the minors while Scott Darling was called up as Corey Crawford’s backup. Lazerus wonders if Raanta still has a future with the Blackhawks. Read more

Chicago acquires Antoine Vermette from Arizona for first-round pick, Klas Dahlbeck

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Antoine Vermette  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Antoine Vermette didn’t have to wait until Monday to find out where he’s going to finish the 2014-15 season.

Late Saturday, the Chicago Blackhawks and Arizona Coyotes came to terms on a deal involving the veteran center. The trade sees defensive prospect Klas Dahlbeck and a first-round pick in 2015 going to the Coyotes, meeting what Arizona was reportedly demanding for Vermette.

Vermette, 32, was one of the big prizes this deadline, and the acquisition by the Blackhawks appears to be a sign the team intends on spending every last dollar of the cap relief they received when winger Patrick Kane went down with a shoulder injury and was subsequently placed on long-term injured reserve. Read more

Blackhawks acquire Kimmo Timonen from Flyers for draft picks

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Early during the first period of Chicago’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Blackhawks announced that they have acquired defenseman Kimmo Timonen from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a 2015 second-round pick and conditional fourth-round pick in 2016.

The trade comes just days after the Blackhawks lost blueliner Johnny Oduya to an upper-body injury and winger Patrick Kane to a broken clavicle. Timonen, 39, hasn’t suited up all season due to blood clots in his legs, but recently took the ice again with the Flyers for practice leading some to believe he could be back on the ice as soon as this week. Read more

Rumor Roundup: Blackhawks seek Kane replacement, Sharks have tough decision with Niemi

Patrick Kane's upper-body injury has landed him on the LTIR. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Chicago’s Patrick Kane is out with a broken clavicle, which has spurred on speculation the Blackhawks will be dogged in pursuing someone to replace some of the winger’s production.

To be fair, there’s no one in this year’s trade market capable of adequately replacing Kane. At best, the Blackhawks land a decent scoring winger to fill the void until Kane’s return sometime in mid-May, provided the ‘Hawks get that far into the post-season. Read more

THN Trade Deadline preview: Central Division

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As of Wednesday night, there is no division in the league that boasts more teams on the brink of the playoffs Central Division and that could have a major impact on the trade deadline action throughout the division. The Minnesota Wild made a major move in landing Devan Dubnyk in December and made another splash when they landed Sean Bergenheim from the Florida Panthers, so it will be interesting to see if the Winnipeg Jets – currently holding on for dear life to one of the West’s wild-card spots – answers back.

St. Louis, Chicago and Nashville are all probably done aside from minor deals and Colorado and Dallas are right in the middle – they could be buyers and they could be sellers. Don’t be shocked if the Central is the quietest of the four divisions at the deadline. Read more

Patrick Kane placed on long-term injured reserve – what will the Blackhawks do?

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Patrick Kane's upper-body injury has landed him on the LTIR. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Chicago Blackhawks’ worst nightmare came to pass on Tuesday evening, as Patrick Kane was sent crashing into the boards, labored off the ice and did not return. News came Wednesday that the Blackhawks have placed the NHL’s leading scorer on the long-term injured reserve, which likely means his regular season is through.

With Kane’s injury, the Blackhawks lose their current leader in goals and assists, one of the most dynamic offensive players in the sport and the type of game breaking talent that the team could use down the stretch.

Where does Chicago go from here? Can the team succeed with the loss of Kane, and what will the impact be on the lineup? Read more

Blackhawks star Patrick Kane injured in controversial collision into boards

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Patrick Kane (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Chicago Blackhawks fans were holding their breath Tuesday after star winger Patrick Kane was injured on a controversial play involving Florida Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic and had to leave the game.

Kane, Chicago’s leading scorer this season – and the man tied with Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom as the league’s top point-getter entering Tuesday’s action – entered the night tied for the NHL lead in points with 64, but the 26-year-old was hurt in the first period after Petrovic gave him a push from behind and he fell awkwardly into the boards: (video via SomeHockeyVideos) Read more

Chicago’s Oduya out “couple of weeks” with upper-body injury

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Johnny Oduya (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

For the Chicago Blackhawks, it appears the worst thing about Sunday’s 6-2 loss to the Boston Bruins wasn’t the score. Coach Joel Quenneville announced this afternoon the team will be without Johnny Oduya for at least, “a couple of weeks.”

In Sunday’s game, Oduya skated only one shift – 1:14 just minutes into the first period – before leaving the ice. He did not return to the game.

Oduya, 33, is slated to become an unrestricted free agent this season and has been heavily relied upon by the Blackhawks this season, averaging more than 20 minutes per game and nearly two minutes per outing on the league’s second-best penalty kill.

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