Blackhawks Sign C Richards To 1-year Deal – Yahoo Sports

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”He brings so many things to the table for us,” Chicago general manager Stan Bowman said. ”He’s certainly got the experience and his leadership and I think his character off the ice is something that sometimes gets overlooked as the importance for us, but it’s really the whole package that we’re excited about.” The Blackhawks have been looking for a second-line center behind Jonathan Toews for a couple years, and Richards’ resume makes him a favorite to fill that role. The move also allows Chicago to bring along prospect Teuvo Teravainen more slowly. ”When you look at the opportunity to play here, it’s pretty exciting because you know that if you’re playing center on the top two lines you’re playing with a great player or probably two great players, actually,” Richards said. ”So it wasn’t hard for me to love Chicago.” What was hard was finding a deal that worked for Richards and the Blackhawks, who are $2.2 million over the salary cap, according to CapGeek.com. In addition to Richards’ contract, reportedly worth $2 million, Chicago also re-signed center Peter Regin on the first day of NHL free agency to a one-year contract reportedly worth $650,000. The Blackhawks are working on contract extensions for stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane that could be completed soon, so the willingness of Richards to accept a one-year contract was vital to the completion of the deal with the 2013 Stanley Cup champions. ”That was the only way this was going to work,” Bowman said. ”I think it’s a testament to Brad and how badly he wants to win, because I don’t doubt that he left more money and term on the table.” Bowman said the team has some ideas on what it is going to do to get under the salary cap, but he wanted to keep the focus on the addition of Richards. Bowman spoke with Richards’ agent, Pat Morris, at last weekend’s NHL draft, and Morris called his client on Sunday to let him know of Chicago’s interest. Richards then talked to Bowman and coach Joel Quenneville on a conference call Monday night. ”It was a great call that kind of made me feel even more excited about trying to figure this out,” Richards said, ”and then as we woke up today, kind of left it up to Stan and Pat Morris, my agent, to try to figure (it) out.” Richards joins a team that made it all the way to the Western Conference final in its title defense, losing to eventual NHL champion Los Angeles in seven games. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-sign-c-richards-1-214134688–nhl.html

Future WMU hockey forward Matheson Iacopelli drafted by Chicago Blackhawks in third round | MLive.com

17.Rob Wetterholt | MLive.com KALAMAZOO, MI Incoming Western Michigan University forward Matheson Iacopelli was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday. Chosen with the 83rd pick in the third round, the future Bronco became the 55th hockey player drafted in program history and his selection marks the fourth straight draft a future or current WMU player has been picked. Iacopelli is set to join the Broncos for the 2015-16 season. “It’s a huge honor to be drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks organization and getting a chance to be a part of an Original Six team someday,” Iacopelli told the official website of his United State Hockey League team, the Muskegon Lumberjacks. “It’s a surreal feeling right now as I really didn’t have any expectations of how high I was going to get selected. I was just happy to be picked as I couldn’t have accomplished it without the help of my family, friends, and coaching staff. This past season (with the Lumberjacks) was all about hard work, sacrifice, and having a little fun along the way to help get to me to where I am at today.” A 6-foot-3 native of Brownstown, Michigan, Iacopelli led the USHL in goals as a member of the Lumberjacks with a team-record 41 in 58 games. He finished seventh in overall points by adding 22 assists, setting another Lumberjacks record for total points with 63. Iacopelli is the third Bronco to be drafted in the third round, and his selection ties Kevin Connauton and Joe Corvo as the fifth-highest draft pick in WMU history. “We are very excited for Matheson,” WMU hockey coach Andy Murray said in a statement. “Chicago is a great organization and we are pleased that they are recognizing his hard work and abilities.” source: http://www.mlive.com/broncos/index.ssf/2014/06/future_wmu_hockey_forward_math.html

NHL Free Agents 2014: Latest Rumors and Predictions for Top Stars’ Landing Spots | Bleacher Report

Louis Jean (@LouisJean_TVA) June 28, 2014 Not a bad market for an aging star. The 42-year-old veteran has been with the New Jersey Devils since the 1991-92 season, in case anyone reading this thought Brodeur had been playing since the days of the Original Six. There is little to no chance that he’s used as an everyday starter in his new home considering his diminished play in recent years. Martin Brodeur 2011-2014 Stats 3 Hockey-Reference.com Brodeur, to his credit, appears to be taking things in stride and is aware his true value lies in his wealth of experience, not his ability to make limber kick saves. “Itll be fun for me just to see what the opportunities are,” Brodeur said, via ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun . “But Im open-minded, whether its a team with a good young goalie or being in a spot where Ive got a chance to win a Stanley Cup again just look forward to seeing whats out there.” If Brodeur truly wants another chance at a Stanley Cup, Chicago, Boston and Pittsburgh are his best spots. The Blackhawks gave up the most goals (220) out of those three teams, but they might be hesitant after 41-year-old Nikolai Khabibulin finished the season on injured reserve. The Penguins would be a good fit for Brodeur; it isn’t too far from New Jersey, they have cap space to work with and he can serve as an established backup to Marc-Andre Fleury on a team that finished second in the Eastern Conference last season. Prediction: Pittsburgh Penguins Dan Boyle Likely to Receive Multiple Offers David Zalubowski/Associated Press TSN’s Darren Dreger has the scoop on which teams might be faxing defenseman Dan Boyle an offer sheet: Dan Boyle will have multiple offers tomorrow on a 2 yr deal. TB, Tor, Det, NYR and Mtl believed to be his top 5. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2114724-nhl-free-agents-2014-latest-rumors-and-predictions-for-top-stars-landing-spots

 

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