A Season in Review, the 2017-18 Chicago Blackhawks: the Intro

The Chicago Blackhawks had high hopes entering the 2017-18 season; they hade brought back Brandon Saad in a trade after shipping him off to Columbus just two offseasons earlier.  He was to be reunited with center Jonathan Toews, who had been struggling since Saad left his side.  Patrick Sharp was returning after playing two seasons in Dallas, signing a cheap contract to take a veteran leadership and depth role in the Windy City.

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Artemi Panarin and Brandon Saad were the main parts of a blockbuster trade on June 23, 2017.

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Reviewing Vinnie Hinostroza’s Time in Chicago

Vinnie Hinostroza was the most important piece of the trade that was sent away from Chicago when it comes to on-ice production.  Marian Hossa’s contract and salary cap hit was the focal point and the reason for the trade, but since he is not playing anymore, Hinostroza becomes the second biggest part of the trade.

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Meet the Blackhawks: Marcus Kruger

Kruger is the only player currently in the NHL that the Hawks got back in their most recent deal with the Coyotes.  He won two Stanley Cups with the Hawks in 2013 and 2015.  He was traded to Vegas on July 2, 2017, for future considerations, and was then traded to Carolina two days later for a fifth-round pick.

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Seattle’s NHL Franchise: the 13 Possible Names, Ranked

The city of Seattle was granted an expansion franchise this past season, and the CEO of the construction of their arena says the team will be on track to play for 2020, according to Seattle’s Fox affiliate.

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Hossa’s Contract, Hinostroza, Oesterle Expected to be Traded to Arizona

According to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, the Blackhawks are expected to trade Hossa’s contract, along with winger Vinnie Hinostroza and defenseman Jordan Oesterle, to the Arizona Coyotes.  This would free up $5.275 million in cap hit for each of the next three seasons from Hossa’s contract.  Hinostroza was set to have a cap hit of $1.5 million for the next two seasons.

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