Blackhawks Update: NHL nears closer to season and free agent market

Chicago Blackhawks, Dylan Strome (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)
Chicago Blackhawks, Dylan Strome (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images) /

The NHL is one day closer to a potential season in 2021, and we have the latest Chicago Blackhawks Update with all the news you need.

Dylan Strome is still without a contract with the Blackhawks. Getting him signed should be the Blackhawks number one priority during the coming weeks as the team prepares for another season.

With the season still over a month away, we have been looking to the past a lot during the past few weeks. Recently our very own Shaun Filippelli highlighted the all-decade team of the ’90s for the Blackhawks. Did your favorite player make the list? (Blackhawk Up)

The Blackhawks have given out many no-movement clauses in the past, but moving forward, I hope they do not hand out anymore for a while. Check out one of our latest articles to see why no-movement clauses hinder Chicago.  (Blackhawk Up)

We couldn’t have a Blackhawks update without talking about one big event FanSided just launched yesterday. The FanSided 250 launched yesterday and introduced the updated list of the 250 hottest fandoms around. Comparing all of the major sports with tv and entertainment creates a rather fun list. If you want to check out where the Blackhawks rank amongst some of the biggest fandoms around, check it out! (FanSided)

Greg Wyshynski reported yesterday that an NHL exec has confirmed the start date and how many games next season will have. It is important to note the logistics for next season are still not confirmed and that there is going to be some waiting as the NHL tries to figure this all out. We have included the tweet below. If you want to hear about what next season could look like for the ‘Hawks, check out the NBC Sports Chicago podcast.

Other Blackhawks and NHL News:

Chicago Blackhawks first-round draft pick Lukas Reichel has tested positive for COVID-19. This shows that while even though we all want hockey back, it will be challenging and look different during an era of a pandemic.

The Florida Panthers are changing their approach to coaching their goaltenders, and it might help spark Bobrovsky’s career. If it works out well for the Panthers this coming season, maybe Chicago should follow suit with all of their young goalies in the organization. (Puck Prose)

A lot of teams will benefit from this shortened season. With an all Canadian division likely, three teams look to be set in a good position in 2021. (Puck Prose)

With the NHL season drawing near, free agents are going to start getting picked up by teams looking to add some depth to their roster. Check out a list of some of the free agents around. Who do you think could potentially sign with Chicago? (NHL)

Stan Bowman hinted at the NHL expansion draft next offseason as a time when many goalies could be available to take via trade. While it might not happen, it is something to pay attention to this season. Could Montreal leave one of their best goalies available during the expansion draft? (Kraken Chronicle)