Blackhawks Update: Offseason begins with a trade and more from NHL

The Chicago Blackhawks news today has been all about the trade that occurred yesterday involving two bottom-six forwards.

Even though Chicago has not played a hockey game in over a month, there is still so much to talk about right now revolving the Chicago Blackhawks. Whether it is potential players getting traded away, players to add at the draft, or players to sign things are certainly heating up.

Tuesday, October 6th is the day to set your calendar for the NHL draft. I am sure this is going to be a great event for the Blackhawks as they look to turn the page and get ready for next season.

The buyout window for the Blackhawks is still open, and it has been interesting to see how little has been happening around that front. Honestly, by now I think we all expected to see a player like Zack Smith, or maybe Olli Maatta bought out. As of now the only noticeable player to get bought out was Bobby Ryan of the Ottawa Senators. More should be joining the list soon.

Arguably the biggest piece of news right now is the fact that we have a Stanley Cup Champion. The Tampa Bay Lightning managed to get the job done last night in game six by beating the Dallas Stars by a score of 2-0. This championship was earned do not even think about putting an asterisk next to this year’s championship title.

The championship game was very fun to watch. An interesting note was the fact that the Lightning beat Dallas 2-0, the same score the Blackhawks beat Tampa in 2015, also in a game six. Even though the ‘Hawks were not in this series, this game truly did remind us of the Blackhawks. Jan Rutta is now officially a Stanley Cup Champion!

News From Around the League:

Columbus Blue Jackets: Patrik Laine should be top trade target (Puck Prose)
I believe every team is going to be chasing after some pretty big trade partners this offseason. With a flat cap, we could be seeing more changes than ever. If Patrik Laine is going to be traded it might as well be out of the central division!

Toronto Maple Leafs Desperately Need to Find a Diamond in the Rough (Editor In Leaf)
The Toronto Maple Leafs are like every other team trying to add a Diamond in the rough at this year’s draft. It is truly mind-numbing to me that they are drafting above the Blackhawks. Yes Chicago technically made the playoffs and they didn’t, but their team is way more put together than the ‘hawks right now.

Seattle Kraken: Expect Some Expensive Star Players To Be Available (Kraken Chronicle)
I truly am excited to see what the Seattle Kraken do when they break into the NHL. It is just a matter of time before we see them join the Pacific Division. Pretty soon Chicago is going to have to consider who they are going to safe at the expansion draft.

Buffalo Sabres: Jack Eichel trade rumors are a wakeup call (Puck Prose)
The Jack Eichel trade talk is something I think every fan should watch this time of year. It is not really going to affect the Blackhawks that much, but it is just entertaining as a hockey fan!

I hope you enjoyed today’s Blackhawk Update! We hopefully will be back later this week with another update breaking down news from around the league and about your Chicago Blackhawks!