Chicago Blackhawks: Andrew Desjardins

Hawks notes: Desjardins pumped after trade

March, 4, 2015
Mar 4
2:57
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CHICAGO -- Newly-acquired Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Desjardins got the pronunciation question out of the way first thing on Wednesday.

He pronounced it “Deh-zhahr-din”.

“Just because I don’t speak French, and I don’t want to confuse them,” Desjardins said on his first day with the Blackhawks since being acquired from the San Jose Sharks on Monday. “People that are going to try to speak French to me, so keep it as English pronunciation as possible.”

Desjardins was still adjusting to his new surroundings Wednesday. He has spent his entire professional career with the Sharks up until now, so it was a new experience being somewhere else.

“It’s just kind of a completely new thing for me,” he said. “Never been traded, never been on a different team. It’s a new experience, but I’m really pumped for it.

“I probably knew there was going to be some changes, but I didn’t know I was going. But when I found out where I was going, I was really excited. To play in this building is just amazing. Being the opposition, you’re always like admiring this building. It seems like if not the hardest building to play in, so it’s good to be on this side."

Desjardins will likely fit into a fourth-line checking role for the Blackhawks. He’s known for his physical game. He has five goals and three assists in 56 games this season.

“I definitely want to play my style which is be that intense, in your face, gritty kind of guy,” Desjardins said. “That’s what I’m going to try to bring.”

It’s unclear when Desjardins will get a chance to play. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville sounded as if he was going to stick with the same lineup against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday. Quenneville said he does like what Desjardins adds to the team.

“He gives us some versatility,” Quenneville said. “I was talking to him today. He’s played all three forward positions and I think he gives us some bite to our game, and that flexibility of playing in all three positions is going to be beneficial for us. We’re coming off a real good game with the lines. We liked our lines, but we’re still not certain on Friday exactly.”

Oduya update: Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya skated again by himself on Wednesday. He skated Monday for the first time since suffering an upper-body injury on Feb. 22.

Oduya’s return timetable is still unknown. Quenneville said Oduya will not play Friday. Oduya has two goals, three assists and is minus-9 in 60 games this season.

Van Riemsdyk update: Blackhawks rookie defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk will play for the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL this weekend. He practiced with the IceHogs on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Van Riemsdyk has not played in a game since suffering a knee injury on Nov. 16.

“He’s come along fine,” Quenneville said. “He hasn’t played yet. Will be playing this weekend for Rockford, and we hope that he comes along real well, because he’s one of those guys who was such a great, I don’t want to say surprise, but we’re very pleased with his initial contribution to our team and our organization right off the bat, and hopefully he can recapture that quickly.”

Bowman pushes for 2015 Stanley Cup at trade deadline

March, 2, 2015
Mar 2
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman didn’t ignore the future, but his focus was mainly on the present as he approached the trade deadline.

Bowman’ objective was to keep the Blackhawks a Stanley Cup contender despite losing Patrick Kane to an injury for 12 weeks. Bowman believed he accomplished that mission by acquiring defenseman Kimmo Timonen and forwards Antoine Vermette and Andrew Desjardins. In exchange, he gave up Ben Smith, prospect Klas Dahlbeck, a first-round draft pick in 2015, a second-round pick in 2015, a conditional fourth-round pick in 2016 and a conditional seventh-round pick in 2017.

Bowman acknowledged there was a price to be paid for his new players, but it was one he was willing to pay.

“You don’t like to give up draft picks, but at the same time, it is a draft pick,” Bowman said following the trade deadline Monday afternoon. “It’s something you have time to recoup those down the road. Right now, we’re trying to improve our team. I think we have a good chance here to be even better than we’ve been. We’re bringing in two players, and then we add another one today. We think three new faces to give our group some excitement and push for the playoffs.”

Bowman was enabled to make all of those moves because Kane’s cap hit because available once he was placed on long-term injured reserve. Bowman’s hope is for the Blackhawks to be good enough now to get deep enough in the playoffs for Kane to return to the lineup. For now, the Blackhawks are concentrating on the present.

“I think the goal for us, if you talk to our coaches, it's about the guys that are suiting up that night,” Bowman said. “Patrick Kane's a tremendous player. He's probably having the best season this year. But right now he's not an option for us, so we've got to focus on the guys who are here.

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Desjardins fined $2,500 for hit on Lepisto

December, 12, 2011
12/12/11
6:38
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San Jose Sharks forward Andrew Desjardins was fined $2,500 on Monday for boarding Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Sami Lepisto in Sunday's game.

At 2:12 of the first period, Desjardins was assessed a two-minute minor for boarding Lepisto.

The fine is the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Report: Desjardins hearing Monday

December, 12, 2011
12/12/11
12:55
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San Jose's Andrew Desjardins will have an NHL supplementary discipline hearing Monday afternoon for an incident that occurred in Sunday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks, according to NHL.com

At 2:12 of the first period, Desjardins was assessed a two-minute minor for boarding Sami Lepisto.

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