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Lingering questions for all 32 NHL teams heading into training camp: Goaltending, lineup, injuries, more

But now that fall is officially set to begin on Thursday, it’s also time for training camps around the NHL to open, as we look ahead to opening night of the season on Oct. 11. To help get you ready for the next few weeks — as teams decide on which players make the roster, […]

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Chicago Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane: Trade rumors are just rumors

“It was all just rumors,” Kane said on Thursday from Chicago’s training camp media availability. “A lot of the rumors are just rumors, maybe people looking for things to talk about in August when nothing’s really going on with hockey, right? I don’t think there have been any legitimate discussions between other teams and the […]

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Bouncebacks: Can Chychrun, Pastrnak, Hamilton find their past scoring?

While expectations are one thing, I wanted to quantify exactly what we are looking for here. Taking the fantasy production put up by all NHLers over the past three years, I took the average fantasy points per game (FPPG) and per 60 minutes (FPP60) from the first two years and looked at the difference compared […]

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Fantasy hockey reaction to 2022 NHL free agency signings, trades and more

Will the big defenseman Brent Burns continue to be a top fantasy option in Carolina? What effect will Claude Giroux and Andre Burakovsky have on their new linemates? ESPN Fantasy Hockey analysts Victoria Matiash and Sean Allen sort through the biggest free agent deals to help fantasy managers prepare for the 2022-23 season. NHL free […]

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Hockey Hall of Fame icon Scotty Bowman leaves executive post with Chicago Blackhawks after ‘a pretty uncomfortable year’

Bowman announced Tuesday he no longer works for the organization as of July 1, saying he decided it was time to move on after 14 years as the Blackhawks’ senior hockey operations adviser. Bowman’s son Stan stepped down as general manager in October after an independent investigation into the team’s mishandling of sexual assault allegations […]

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Chicago Blackhawks trade Alex DeBrincat to Ottawa Senators for three draft picks

The Chicago Blackhawks traded forward Alex DeBrincat to the Ottawa Senators for three draft picks, including the No. 7 overall selection on Thursday night, which they used to select defenseman Kevin Korchinski. In addition, the Blackhawks received the No. 39 pick in this year’s draft and Ottawa’s third-round selection in 2024. In DeBrincat, the Senators […]

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Luke Richardson, 53, accepts ‘challenge’ of coaching Chicago Blackhawks, feels ‘ready for it’

Enter Luke Richardson. “I like a challenge and I’m ready for it,” Richardson said. The Blackhawks think so, too, and that’s why they hired Richardson as the 40th coach in franchise history. The former NHL defenseman takes over a team in transition under GM Kyle Davidson, one that has fallen on hard times since it […]

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Interim coach Derek King still in consideration for Chicago Blackhawks’ full-time job, GM says

The Blackhawks announced over the weekend that assistants Marc Crawford and Rob Cookson will not return to the organization next season. But Davidson said that doesn’t affect King’s situation. “With respect to Marc and Rob, we want to have a bit of a clean slate here as we go into the next head-coaching and coaching […]

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Fantasy hockey playoffs waiver watch: Hot streaks and strong matchups

This week we’re focussing on players to help get you through the first round of your head-to-head playoff bracket. There’s no round two if you don’t get through the first match-up. Alex Killorn, RW, Tampa Bay Lightning (Rostered in 54.8% of ESPN.com leagues): To be honest, I’m more enchanted with Tampa’s current schedule than this […]

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Edmonton Oilers’ Duncan Keith returns to Chicago, receives standing ovation from Blackhawks fans

It was just like old times — and much different, too. Keith returned to his first NHL home Thursday night, playing his first game in Chicago since he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers in July. The 38-year-old Keith got a warm ovation when he was introduced with Edmonton’s starting lineup, but the response hit […]

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