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

The Blackhawks opened up the season with four games against Eastern Conference competition, all in six days, playing the first two at home.  The first eight games the Blackhawks played were against teams who had made the playoffs the season before, including the defending champions and the defending runner-ups. Their season-opener was to be against the two-time defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins.  Then, the ‘Hawks would see a familiar face in Artemi Panarin when they faced the Blue Jackets.  They would face the Maple Leafs and the Canadiens up in Canada.  They would then go on to finally play against Western Conference teams, playing against the Wild, the Predators, the Blues, and the Oilers.  Today, however, we will just be looking at the first game, when the Blackhawks hosted Pittsburgh on October 5.

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Reviewing Jordan Oesterle’s Time in Chicago: What This Means for the ‘Hawks D-Line

In a year of inconsistency, Jordan Oesterle was a bright spot on the Blackhawks’ defense, even if it was only for a short while.

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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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