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Patrick Sharp, 32, must stay in tip-top shape to compete

Patrick Kane spent some of his summer playing around in recreational leagues with old friends back in Buffalo. In one league, he had six goals and eight assists in three games, earning the vaunted Performax Hockey League title-game MVP to go along with that old …Read More

 

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  • Blackhawks’ Brandon Saad looking to take next step

    Blackhawks winger Brandon Saad has everything a team could want in a young player. He’s big, fast and skilled and already has experienced two long playoff runs. But to get everything possible out of those attributes, Saad will have to show more consistency than he …Read More

  • Blackhawks winger Jeremy Morin should make roster, but it's a battle

    He has been all but anointed by general manager Stan Bowman and coach Joel Quenneville as the next guy to make the jump. He was one of the most effective players down the stretch last April when injuries forced him into the lineup. He signed …Read More

  • Blackhawks prospect Phillip Danault’s extra strength pays off

    Phillip Danault said he worked on getting stronger over the offseason. It showed Friday night. Danault, a 2011 first-round pick, created the Blackhawks’ only goal in their 4-1 loss to the Rangers. Midway through the second period, Danault drove from the boards to the crease …Read More

  • Antti Raanta must adjust to being a backup; Blackhawks edged 3-2

    DETROIT — Even in a preseason game, Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford wasn’t entirely thrilled with playing only a half-game Tuesday. If Crawford had his way, he probably would play every minute of every game. ‘‘I like to play,’’ he said. That’s good for the Hawks, …Read More

  • Andrew Shaw a ‘team guy,’ doesn’t mind going back to 3rd line

    If you’re looking for bitterness and frustration or for someone to angrily spout off about how unfair it all is, don’t go to Andrew Shaw. He might be a trash-talker and an agitator on the ice, but off the ice, Shaw seems to find the …Read More

  • Marian Hossa preps for 17th NHL season; Jonathan Toews nets OT winner

    This is the 17th time now for Marian Hossa — the welcome-backs, the how-was-your-summers, the fitness tests, the medium-effort scrimmages, the just-don’t-get-hurt preseason games. For 17 autumns, Hossa has come to an NHL training camp, looked at the excruciating and long road ahead and taken …Read More

  • Kris Versteeg has pep back in his step

    For the record, Kris Versteeg agrees with Blackhawks fans. ‘‘I was brutal last year in the end stretch,’’ he said, echoing a sentiment among those who turned on him as he trudged through the playoffs, a shell of his old self. But Versteeg has a …Read More

  • Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp survive injury scares in scrimmage

    A pair of Patricks gave the Blackhawks a pair of scares during a scrimmage Monday at the United Center. Wingers Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane missed parts of the skate after taking knocks to the face. Sharp, who took a high stick from forward Matt …Read More

  • Mark McNeill, Phillip Danault trying to crack loaded Blackhawks

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — It would be a heck of a lot easier somewhere else. There are teams around the league playing guys who have little business being in the NHL — teams on which Mark McNeill could be a major contributor this season, on …Read More

  • Patrick Kane impressed with LeBron James’ knowledge of Blackhawks

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Patrick Kane has been one of the biggest stars in Chicago for years. After shooting two national commercials this summer, one for Gatorade and another for McDonald’s, his national profile is starting to catch up to his local one. ‘‘I’ve had …Read More

  • Teuvo Teravainen has talent but might not make Blackhawks

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — This is all still sort of new to Teuvo Teravainen — the speed of the game, the size of the rink, the strength of the players, the pace and the language of the interviews. Off the ice, he looks like a …Read More

  • Blackhawks’ new second line shows it can click

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Seems easy enough. Take a world-class talent like Patrick Kane, a skilled veteran playmaker like Brad Richards and a net-crashing, puck-possessing power forward like Brandon Saad, throw them all on the ice at the same time and wait for the Jack …Read More