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

Jared Clinton
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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Blackhawks, Darling agree to two-year deal, Raanta demoted

Jared Clinton
Chicago's Scott Darling (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

After getting walloped 6-2 by the Boston Bruins Sunday afternoon, it seemed something was bound to happen in Chicago. Well, something happened, just likely not what many would have expected.

Sunday evening the Blackhawks announced they had demoted netminder Antti Raanta and winger Ryan Hartman and called up goaltender Scott Darling and winger Joakim Nordstrom. Then, shortly after announcing they had brought Darling back to the big club, news came that Chicago had come to terms on a two-year contract extension with him. Read more

Bruins’ Rask snaps after surrendering goal, chops down Hawks’ Versteeg in process

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Tuukka Rask and Jonathan Toews (Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask has had his share of meltdowns prior to Sunday’s game against the Blackhawks. But when the star netminder snapped after surrendering a goal to Jonathan Toews late in the first period, his stick-swinging freak-out managed to take down Hawks winger Kris Versteeg with a nasty slash.

Rask had taken a penalty for playing the puck in the restricted area with eight seconds left in the first – and just six seconds after Chicago’s power play began, the Hawks capitalized with his 17th goal of the season with 1.4 seconds remaining. The veteran Finnish goalie was less than pleased: (via Reddit user Sunjot) Read more

Hawks’ Niklas Hjalmarsson takes a Zdeno Chara slap shot in a very tender spot

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Niklas Hjalmarsson (Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

Veteran Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson is famous for his willingness to block shots. But it takes a special kind of NHLer to put his body in front of a slap shot from Bruins behemoth Zdeno Chara. And as he showed Sunday by taking a shot from Chara directly in the stomach, Hjalmarsson is one of those special kind of guys.

Chara – who still holds the NHL All-Star record for hardest shot (108.8 km/hour) – wound up and fired toward the Hawks net, but Hjalmarsson was directly in the line of fire and took the puck right in his mid-section: (GIF via Reddit user ersal) Read more