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.
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.
Former Blackhawks assistant captain Steve Smith stepped down from being the assistant coach of the Carolina Hurricanes to being the assistant coach of the Buffalo Sabres.