Chicago Blackhawks: Jimmy Hayes

Former Hawks report: Leddy fitting in with Islanders

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Here’s a look at how some former recent Chicago Blackhawks are doing with their different teams:

Nick Leddy, defenseman, New York Islanders, traded October of 2014
The Blackhawks traded Leddy prior to this season because they needed to get under the salary cap. Leddy, 23, has adapted to a new team nicely for the Islanders. He has five goals, four assists, is a plus-7 and has averaged 19:28 of ice time in 19 games this season. He leads the Islanders with a 59.32 Corsi percentage.

Brandon Pirri, forward, Florida Panthers, traded March of 2014
The Blackhawks moved Pirri after he struggled to earn ice time last season. Pirri, 23, hasn’t played for the Panthers since Oct. 30 due to a concussion. He is expected to return soon. He was on a roll before suffering the injury, scoring goals in three consecutive games. He had also been a healthy scratch early in the season. He has three goals and is a plus-2 in four games this season.

Jimmy Hayes, forward, Florida Panthers, traded November of 2013
The Blackhawks traded Hayes after he didn’t fit the bill as a third-line winger early last season. Hayes, 25, was a healthy scratch early this season for the Panthers, but he has had better times as of late. He has scored in three of the last five games and has five points during that span. He has four goals, four assists and is a plus-5 in 11 games this season.

Dylan Olsen, defenseman, Florida Panthers, traded November of 2013
The Blackhawks traded Olsen as part of the deal to obtain Kris Versteeg. Olsen, 23, has found a permanent spot in the Panthers’ defense. He has played in 17 games this season and has averaged 16:01 of ice time. He has four assists and is a plus-1.

Ryan Stanton, defenseman, Vancouver Canucks, waived September of 2013
The Blackhawks were hoping to get Stanton through waivers, but the Canucks picked him up. Stanton, 25, hasn’t had a stellar season. He missed time early in the season with a lower-body injury and was a healthy scratch against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday. He has one assist, is a minus-1 and averaged 15:11 of ice time in 10 games this season.

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Book closes on Blackhawks, Hayes

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The Chicago Blackhawks officially lost out on Kevin Hayes, their 2010 first-round pick, Wednesday as he agreed to a contract with the New York Rangers, and there was nothing they could have done differently to change their fate.

Blackhawks general manger Stan Bowman will undoubtedly be disappointed in losing Hayes to another team, but this isn’t something he’ll be kicking himself over even if Hayes develops into a NHL star.

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Richard T Gagnon/Getty ImagesKevin Hayes left the Blackhawks organization, opting to sign with the Rangers.
Sometime during the winter, Hayes decided he was going to look at all of his NHL options. Hayes had told ESPN Chicago in January he envisioned himself signing with the Blackhawks once his season ended, but his mind changed before that time came around.

Hayes can’t be criticized too much for exploring his possibilities and eventually signing elsewhere. He took advantage of the rules in place. Because Boston College’s season went into April, it wasn’t a big deal for him not to sign with the Blackhawks then. He skipped the chance to play in just a couple of AHL games. After that, he didn’t miss out on anything by not having a contract in place from April until Aug. 15, the last day the Blackhawks had exclusive rights to him. Aside from prospect camp, something he had already attended four times, it’s not as if he was a no-show for team workouts or meetings.

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Agent: Prospect Hayes weighs signing

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Chicago Blackhawks forward prospect Kevin Hayes is in no rush to decide whether to sign with the organization, according to his agent Tuesday.

The 21-year-old Hayes was selected by the Blackhawks as the No. 24 overall pick of the 2010 draft. He became eligible to sign with the Blackhawks after his senior season at Boston College ended in the Frozen Four on April 10. He was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, which is given to the NCAA’s top player, and finished second in the nation with 65 points during his senior season.

“Because Boston College’s season ended so late, there’s no urgency to make a decision right away,” Hayes’ agent Robert Murray said in a phone interview Tuesday. “We just decided to sit back and take our time. When Kevin gets back from the World’s, we’ll kind of follow up.

“There’s no decision made on any of that right now. There’s no decision that he’s not going to sign with Chicago. I’ve tried to stress that with Chicago. That’s not the intent -- because he hasn’t signed yet, [he won’t sign ever.] That’s not the case.”

Murray said he and Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman have been actively communicating since Hayes’ season ended. The Blackhawks own Hayes’ rights through Aug. 15. He would become an unrestricted free agent if he doesn’t sign with the Blackhawks.

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Q&A with Hawks prospect Kevin Hayes

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Boston College senior forward Kevin Hayes has had an eventful college career since being drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks as their first-round pick in 2010.

Hayes recently took to the time to talk about his college career, nearly having his leg amputated, having his brother Jimmy Hayes traded from the Blackhawks, playing in another outdoor game at Fenway Park and much more.

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AP Photo/Mike CarlsonKevin Hayes and Boston College will play Notre Dame at Fenway Park on Jan. 4
Boston College is playing Notre Dame at Fenway Park on Jan. 4. You also played there as a sophomore. What’s it like to be able to play in two outdoor games?

Kevin Hayes: It’s amazing. I grew up going to Fenway Park, going to 20-30 games a year. To be able to play there again, it’s a dream come true. I know a bunch of family, buddies are going to be there. It’s going to be a great atmosphere.

Does playing against Notre Dame make it more unique?

KH: We’ve established a rivalry. We have a rivalry with BU (Boston University.) I think as of late we’ve created one with Notre Dame. Our football teams are so big with each other. Them coming to play here should be an unbelievable night. The past couple years we’ve had some close games. They got some great players. I know they have two Chicago drafts picks with Stephen Johns and Vinnie Hinostroza. It should be fun playing those guys.

Have you gotten to know Johns from attending Blackhawks’ prospect camp together over the years?

KH: We grew up playing with each other. Played on a couple national teams with him. We’ve become real close since the draft. I’ve been texting him about the game. Hopefully, it’s a good game, and we both play well.

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Hayes, Olsen getting chance with Panthers

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CHICAGO -- Jimmy Hayes and Dylan Olsen were playing cards in a hotel room in Grand Rapid, Mich. just after a five-hour bus ride on Nov. 14 when they were invited to Rockford IceHogs general manager Mark Bernard’s room for a meeting.

Not long after, Hayes and Olsen discovered they had been traded by the Chicago Blackhawks to the Florida Panthers.

“We were both in a shock there for a little bit, but we both began to realize what opportunity we had,” Olsen said prior to facing the Blackhawks on Sunday.

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Hawks recall Pirri, assign Hayes to Rockford

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks recalled forward Brandon Pirri from the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL and assigned forward Jimmy Hayes to the IceHogs on Friday.

Pirri, a 2009 second-round pick by the Blackhawks, suffered an undisclosed injury during training camp and was among coach Joel Quenneville’s final roster cuts last month. Pirri has three assists in three games with the IceHogs this season.

Pirri told ESPNChicago.com earlier in the week he was still working toward an NHL opportunity.

“You can’t control where you are,” Pirri said in Rockford on Wednesday. “You just have to do the best with the situation you have. Obviously getting into some games and getting back into a routine, that helps a lot. I just want to show well. Hopefully, I get that opportunity with the Blackhawks or somewhere else.”

Hayes played in two of the Blackhawks’ first four games. He had zero points and a plus-1 rating. He was a healthy scratch against the New York Islanders on Friday.

Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 2, Red Wings 0

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CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 2-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings in a preseason game at the United Center on Tuesday.

How it happened: The Blackhawks' defense starred in the team's preseason opener. The Blackhawks limited the Red Wings to five shots in the first period, eight shots in the second period and six shots in the third period. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford wasn't challenged much, but he still kept the Red Wings off the board and made 19 saves. Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp broke a scoreless tie when he tallied a goal from the right circle at 16:37 of the second period. One minute and nine seconds later, Ben Smith put the Blackhawks ahead 2-0 when he tipped in a shot from Jimmy Hayes. The Red Wings' Teemu Pulkkinen and Mitch Callahan both received game misconducts. Pulkkinen received his for boarding Blackhawks defenseman Michael Kostka in the first period. Kostka suffered an injury on the hit and did not return to the game.

What it means: Some of the Blackhawks battling for a roster spot got on the score sheet in the win. Hayes and Smith hooked up for the second goal, and Jeremy Morin set up Sharp for the first one. Blackhawks forwards Brandon Saad and Teuvo Teravainen are both learning to play center and gained some game experience Tuesday. Saad and Teravainen struggled on the faceoff in the first period, but their numbers improved as the game went on.

Player of the game: Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook had an assist, a plus-2 rating and two blocked shots.

What's next: The Blackhawks will play six preseason games before their season opener on Oct. 1. They will host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday.

Blackhawks training camp observations

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Here are some observations from the four days of the Chicago Blackhawks training camp at Notre Dame:

  • Brandon Saad looked more comfortable playing center as the week went along. Early in the week he often glided to the left side of the rink and was getting ahead of the play. By Sunday he was waiting for the puck and skating down the middle of the ice. He’s also looking to distribute more and had a couple impressive passes. Faceoffs will be a work in progress for him, and he has to get more repetitions in.

  • Duncan Keith appeared to have some aggression to get out the past few days. He went all out on Ben Smith in a fight on Saturday. He was on the verge of another fight with Jimmy Hayes on Sunday. He knocked Hayes in the face wearing his glove, and the two had to be separated. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville downplayed both incidents, but they did seem out of the ordinary.

  • Hayes had to put himself in a good position for a roster spot with his play over the last three days. He’s got a big frame, but he also has a lot of speed and quickness. He was often around the puck and created a number of scoring chances. He scored goals on Saturday and Sunday.

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    Notebook: Saad sees progress at center

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    SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The Chicago Blackhawks' experiment with Brandon Saad as the second-line center completed its third day Saturday.

    Saad found the results to be more pleasing this time around.

    “I felt better today than yesterday,” Saad said. “[Friday’s scrimmage] was a new experience. Talking with the coaches positionally-wise and being able to play today, I felt much better today than I did yesterday.”

    Saad, who hadn’t previously played center prior to training camp, has noticed there are a couple of areas that have been especially difficult in making the transition.

    “Faceoffs are going to be something I’m going to need to work at, for sure,” Saad said. “But that is something you can work on to improve. Just not getting ahead of the play, coming to get the puck and supporting the wingers, it’s something new and something I’ll have to adjust to.

    “With the wing, you’re usually more ahead of the play. You kind of have to slow yourself down and think a little bit more just because it’s a new experience for me. Like I said, it’s getting better each day.”

    Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville gave Saad a favorable review Saturday.

    “He looks alright,” Quenneville said. “It seems like he has the puck. Play recognition is there. Defensively, I think that continues to be a work in progress. But I like him right now, but we’ll see.”

    Saad will get his first taste of center in a preseason game against the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center on Tuesday.

    Toews still out: Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews sat out Saturday’s practices and scrimmages due to a lower-body injury. Toews participated in a practice Friday, but he missed the scrimmages. Quenneville said Toews would likely rest again Sunday.

    “Toews, [he’s] much better today,” Quenneville said. “He wanted to skate today, but make sure we’re more than ready with him.”

    Handzus, Rozsival improving: Blackhawks forward Michal Handzus and defenseman Michal Rozsival participated in two practices Saturday, but they were kept out of the scrimmages. Quenneville said both were progressing.

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    Hawks notebook: Not focusing on repeat

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    SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The Chicago Blackhawks obviously want to repeat as Stanley Cup champions.

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    Gregory Shamus/Getty ImagesJonathan Toews says now is not the time to begin talk about the Blackhawks' chances of repeating their Stanley Cup season.
    Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews just didn't think Wednesday, the first day of training camp, was the time to be focused on that.

    "When you win the Stanley Cup and you come in the following season, it's happened to us twice now, the talk is always going to be about repeating," Toews said at a news conference at the University of Notre Dame. "We kind of understand that. But we know that we don't really want to be talking about that yet. It's a long ways away. Like we said, we got to focus on the start of the season and not making the mistakes we made last time.

    "Once we get to building ourselves up as a team the way we did last year and preparing ourselves for the playoff run, we want to put ourselves in a position come playoff time to be that team that can compete for it again. But we know with what happened last year, we know there's a lot of pressures, a lot of things that play into that. That's our goal for now. We believe that we can be that team that has a chance to [repeat] and can be one of those motivating factors."

    Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp also said he thought he and his teammates had moved on from last season's success and the trophy that accompanied it.

    "If you ask the players, the three of us [Duncan Keith, Toews and himself], we're certainly done with [the Stanley Cup]," Sharp said. "We enjoyed it. We had our fun with it. But we're focused on starting a new season and kind of turning the page on what happened last year. Personally, I'm done with it. I had a great time; my family and friends enjoyed it. But I'm ready to go and try to win it again."

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    Top storylines countdown: 30-21

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    Daniel Cleary and Michal RozsivalAP Photo/Nam Y. HuhMichal Rozsival posted one of the best plus/minus ratings for the Blackhawks last season.
    ESPNChicago.com’s Blackhawks reporter Scott Powers is counting down this season’s top-50 storylines leading into this week’s training camp. Here’s the third installment:

    30. Brookbank, Rozsival splitting time
    Good things happened for the Blackhawks last season when defenseman Michal Rozsival was on the ice. He had a plus-18 rating, third on the team, in the regular season and a plus-9 rating, tied for fifth, in the playoffs. During the regular season, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville split ice time between Rozsival and Sheldon Brookbank. Quenneville did that partly because Rozsival was dealing with an injury early in the season, but he also wanted to keep both players fresh. Quenneville eventually opted to use Rozsival throughout the playoffs, but expect Rozsival and Brookbank to be involved in another rotation this season. The Blackhawks hope Brookbank will bounce back from a subpar 2013 season and play as he did in his final season with the Anaheim Ducks, when he had 14 points and a plus-11 rating in 80 games.

    29. The third line -- Shaw and who else?
    Andrew Shaw is likely to center the third line for another season. It’s just not certain who will be beside him. Shaw, Bryan Bickell and Viktor Stalberg gave the Blackhawks a consistent third line last season. Bickell is now likely to move into a top-6 forward role after receiving a sizeable pay increase in the offseason, and Stalberg signed with the Nashville Predators. If Brandon Saad doesn’t work out as the second-line center, he could be a perfect fit on the third line. Saad would give the line some scoring punch and ease the pressure off him as he plays in his first 82-game NHL season. Jimmy Hayes is another possibility. He got called up from Rockford last season and had four points in 10 games with the Blackhawks. Jeremy Morin, who led the IceHogs with 30 goals last season, Brandon Pirri, who led the IceHogs in points, and Ben Smith could be in the mix as well.

    28. Oduya’s continued consistency
    Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman hasn’t traded for many players over the last few seasons, but the few players he has acquired have worked out for the Blackhawks. Defenseman Johnny Oduya was dealt for in the 2011-12 season and quickly proved to be a valuable asset. Oduya continued to be a consistent defenseman last season and had a plus-12 regular-season rating and a plus-12 playoff rating. He and Niklas Hjalmarsson have given the Blackhawks a strong second defensive pairing. The Blackhawks will hope for more of the same this season. Not that Oduya is solely responsible, but the Blackhawks are 49-9-9 in the regular season since Oduya was traded for in 2012.

    27. The other Swedish defenseman
    There were rumors just a season ago that the Blackhawks could deal Niklas Hjalmarsson to free up money. A lot has changed since then. Hjalmarsson helped the Blackhawks to another Stanley Cup last season with a plus-15 regular-season rating and a plus-10 playoff rating, and Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman recently showed how important Hjalmarsson is to the franchise’s future. Bowman made sure Hjalmarsson would continue to be a part of the Blackhawks’ core for many years to come as Hjalmarsson signed a five-year extension which will keep him in Chicago through the 2018-19 season.

    26. Bickell-Toews-Kane line
    Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville toyed with the team’s lines during the playoffs last season until he found something that worked. One of the lines he found to be most the productive was Bryan Bickell, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. The line had success in the Western Conference finals and Stanley Cup finals. It’ll be interesting to see whether Quenneville tries that line again to start the season. Bickell was a regular on the third line last season, but is expected to a be a top-6 forward this season after his new contract. Quenneville often split up Kane and Toews last season to balance the lines. Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa are also expected to be on the first two lines, along with a new second-line center.

    25. Need some luck
    The Blackhawks possess plenty of skill. No doubt. But to win a Stanley Cup, you also have to possess some luck. In Rob Vollman’s "Hockey Abstract," he breaks down that luck can be accounted for by a team’s shooting and save percentages, special teams index, injuries, post-regulation record and record in one-goal games. After taking into account all those factors, Vollman determined the Blackhawks were the third luckiest team last season behind the Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins. He also calculated what the standings would have been last season if there had been 82 games and luck wasn’t a factor, and his luck-neutral standings were the Ottawa Senators would have finished with 104 points, the Detroit Red Wings with 103 points and the Blackhawks with 99 points. Finally, he predicted this season’s standings based on last season’s results, the removal of luck and major roster changes, and he has the Senators and New Jersey Devils finishing with 105 points, and the Blackhawks in 11th place overall with 93 points.

    24. A new, but old, backup
    The Blackhawks were the league’s best regular-season team last season largely because of the play of two goaltenders. Corey Crawford carried the goaltending load in the playoffs, but Ray Emery was just as important in the regular season, posting a 17-1-0 record, a 1.94 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage. Emery is gone now, and the Blackhawks’ backup responsibilities fall upon Nikolai Khabibulin, who is back with the Blackhawks for a second time. Khabibulin is 40 years old, but the Blackhawks are convinced he can still be a solid backup. He has been that at times the past few seasons, but he’s also had some inconsistencies due to injuries. If Antti Raanta progresses as the Blackhawks hope, he could fill in for Khabibulin if his play declines in the second half of the season.

    23. Hitting the road twice
    The Blackhawks will face two lengthy road trips this season. They will play seven consecutive road games from Nov. 19-Nov. 30 with games at Colorado, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Dallas and Phoenix. They’ll also play seven consecutive road games beginning on Jan. 28 and ending on Feb. 27 with the Olympics in between those dates. Prior to the Olympics, the Blackhawks will play at Calgary, Vancouver, San Jose, Los Angeles, Anaheim and Phoenix. After the Olympics, the Blackhawks open on the road against the New York Rangers. The Blackhawks were 18-4-2 on the road last season and went 4-0-2 on their longest road trip of the season.

    22. That power-play issue
    No, a team doesn’t need an effective power play to win the Stanley Cup. The Blackhawks proved that again last season. But, yes, it wouldn’t hurt to have one. The Blackhawks’ power play struggled to find consistency for the second consecutive season last year. They ranked 19th with a 16.7 power-play percentage in the regular season. The Blackhawks undoubtedly have talented offensive players, but that hasn’t translated to power-play success. Blackhawks assistant coach Jamie Kompon said at the convention, “Eventually, there comes a time when players try to do too much as opposed to keeping it simple. When you simplify things, that's usually the way the pucks go into the net.” That will be the goal this season.

    21. Replacing Frolik
    Michael Frolik made himself a valuable piece to the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup run last season with his play on the penalty kill. Frolik and Marcus Kruger were considered unsung heroes, but everyone knew about their penalty kill contributions by the end of the season. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville recently said Ben Smith could be the guy to replace Frolik. Smith hasn’t stuck in the NHL yet, but he has played in some big games – like Game 3 of the Stanley Cup last season – and seems mature enough to understand the importance of that role.

    Top storylines countdown: 40-31

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    Jonathan Toews and Patrick KaneVictor Decolongon/Getty ImagesLocking up Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews to new extensions will be a priority for the Blackhawks.
    ESPNChicago.com's Blackhawks reporter Scott Powers is counting down this season's top-50 storylines over the next week leading into training camp. Here's the second installment:

    40. Kane and Toews extensions
    Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews aren't unrestricted free agents until after the 2014-15 season and can't negotiate contract extensions until after the 2013-14 season, but still expect this to be a storyline throughout this season. Those deals are Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman's priorities, and he's been planning for them for a long time. Everything Bowman has done -- the extensions he gave Bryan Bickell, Corey Crawford and Niklas Hjalmarsson, signing restricted free agents, etc. -- has been with Kane's and Toews' contracts in mind. The salary cap is expected to be raised in the future, which will help the Blackhawks. Kane and Toews have implied they'd like to remain in Chicago and may be willing to give the Blackhawks a hometown deal. To put both among the top-15 paid players in the NHL, the Blackhawks would have to give them around $7.5 million each.

    39. The No. 3 shootout shooter
    The Blackhawks were slightly above .500 in shootouts last season with a 6-5 record. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville turned to Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews in every shootout last season, and the pair scored 11 of the team's 16 shootout goals. But Quenneville couldn't consistently decide on a No. 3 shooter and used a number of different players there. Marian Hossa, Michal Rozsival, Brandon Saad, Andrew Shaw and Patrick Sharp were among the players to get multiple shootout attempts last season. Of the group, Hossa was the only player to score more than one goal. He had two goals in three attempts. It will be interesting to see whether Quenneville sticks with Hossa as the No. 3 shooter this season or goes a different route.

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    Blackhawks building for the long term

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    The Chicago Blackhawks have their team and they’re making a run at becoming a dynasty with it.

    After having to dissolve a large portion of the 2010 Stanley Cup team due to salary cap restraints, Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman is doing his best to keep nearly everyone together for years to come after their latest Cup win.

    The Blackhawks will now have at least 14 players, including seven forwards, six defensemen and one goaltender, from last season’s Stanley Cup roster together over the next two seasons, and that number will likely grow with Andrew Shaw and Ben Smith among the group of upcoming restricted free agents.

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    Early look at Blackhawks' 2013-14 lines

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    After trading away Daniel Carcillo on Tuesday, Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman is likely done adding or deleting any significant pieces to next year’s team.

    It’s still early and Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville can be unpredictable, but here’s a look at the potential lines for next season’s team.

    FIRST LINE

    Left wing Bryan Bickell, Center Jonathan Toews, Right wing Patrick Kane
    This line produced magic in the playoffs. Quenneville has preferred to keep Kane and Toews on separates lines for the most part in recent seasons, but Quenneville can’t ignore the success the trio had together last season. Kane and Toews are coming off two of their most all-around seasons. They may cancel out each other in the Hart Trophy voting, but they can be expected to be in the discussion if they continue to play as they did last season. Bickell spent the regular season on the third line, but he earned a promotion by becoming one of the go-to guys in the playoffs. Bickell’s 17 playoff points were only second to Kane’s 19 points. There’s still uncertainty whether Bickell can be that same type of player consistently throughout an 82-game regular season, but Bickell received a large raise to do just that.

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    Blackhawks recall 8 from Rockford

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    CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks recalled forwards Jimmy Hayes, Jeremy Morin, Brandon Pirri and Ben Smith, defensemen Adam Clendening, Shawn Lalonde and Steve Montador and goaltender Henrik Karlsson from the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL on Friday.

    Hayes had one goal and two assists in nine games with the Blackhawks earlier this season. He had 25 goals and 20 assists in 67 games with the IceHogs this season.

    Morin had one goal in two games with the Blackhawks earlier this season. He had 30 goals and 28 assists in 67 games with the IceHogs this season.

    Pirri led the AHL with 75 points, which included 22 goals and 53 assists, in 76 games this season. He had 12 points in the final four games. He has played in six career NHL games with the Blackhawks.

    Smith had 27 goals and 20 assists in 54 games with the IceHogs this season. He has played in 19 regular-season games and seven playoff games for the Blackhawks in his career.

    Clendening ranked second among AHL defensemen with 46 points, which included nine goals and 37 assists, in 73 games for the IceHogs this season. He also had a plus-17 rating. He has not played in the NHL.

    Lalonde had five goals and 18 assists in 59 games for the IceHogs. He has not played in the NHL.

    Montador had two goals and three assists in 14 games for the IceHogs this season. He missed a majority of the season with an upper-body injury. He has 131 points in 571 career NHL games.

    Karlsson had an 11-5-0 record with a 2.86 goals-against average and a .894 save percentage in 18 games with the IceHogs this season. He has played in 26 career NHL games.

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