Chicago Blackhawks Player News: All Positions

News: Kalynuk penned a two-year, entry-level contract with the Blackhawks on Thursday.
Impact: Kalynuk spent the past three seasons at the University of Wisconsin, racking up 19 goals and 78 points in 110 games and serving as the team's captain during his junior year. The 23-year-old blueliner was selected by the Flyers in the seventh round of the 2017 draft, but Philadelphia's ownership of his rights expired in June, paving the way for Kalynuk to sign with the team of his choice. He'll likely spend most of the 2020-21 campaign in the minors, but he could get a look with the big club at some point next season.
News: Suter signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Blackhawks on Thursday.
Impact: The Blackhawks have become known for signing prized European free agents in recent years, and Suter is no different. The 24-year-old forward won Switzerland's National League-A MVP award in 2019-20, leading the league with an impressive 30 goals and 53 points in 50 games. He'll battle for a spot in Chicago's top six during next season's training camp.
News: De Haan missed Tuesday's practice due to a family emergency, Eric Lear of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
Impact: At this point, it's unclear when de Haan might be ready to rejoin the team, but the Blackhawks certainly won't rush him back with over two weeks remaining before Game 1 against Edmonton. Another update on the 29-year-old blueliner should be released once he's able to resume practicing.
News: Shaw (concussion) indicated Monday that he intends to return for the 2020-21 season, Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: Shaw sat out all but 26 games in 2019-20 due to a concussion and admitted that he had battled with concussions the previous season, as well. While it may not spell an end to his career at this point, it certainly puts him more in danger of longer absences should future incidents occur. For now, Shaw is gearing up for a return to the Blackhawks next season after compiling 10 points (three goals, seven assists) this year.
News: Crawford was designated "unfit to play" by the team after missing Monday's practice, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Crawford almost certainly would have been the clear No. 1 option heading into the club's play-in clash with Edmonton, however, his issue will no doubt raise red flags for fantasy players. If the netminder is facing a long-term absence, the Hawks will likely have an open camp battle between Malcolm Subban and Collin Delia.
News: De Haan (shoulder) was with the team for Monday's training camp kick-off, Eric Lear of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
Impact: De Haan underwent shoulder surgery back in December, which was expected to keep him out of action through the end of the season. With the league shutdown, the blueliner was given extra time to get healthy and appears ready to go. The 28-year-old Canadian managed just six points in 29 contests this year, so fantasy players shouldn't be relying on him for much in terms of offensive contribution.
News: Seabrook (hip) practiced with the team as part of Monday's training camp session, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Originally expected to miss the rest of the season, the league's hiatus has afforded Seabrook the ability to get back onto the ice. The veteran defender may have lost a step and likely won't be pushing for the 40-point mark anytime soon but can still add value in DFS contests as a low-cost option.
News: Delia has been included in Chicago's Phase 3 training camp roster.
Impact: Delia went 16-13-1 with a .912 save percentage and 2.66 GAA in 32 games for HAL Rockford this season. Depending on what the team does with pending free agents Corey Crawford and Malcolm Subban, the 26-year-old Delia could find himself in the mix for a spot on the 23-man roster heading into 2020-21 and could even compete for regular starts. In addition to Delia, the team also added forwards Dylan Sikura, Mackenzie Entwistle, John Quenneville, Reese Johnson, Philipp Kurashev, defensemen Chad Krys and Alec Regula and netminders Kevin Lankinen and Matt Tomkins.
News: Seabrook (hip) joined his teammates for voluntary small-group workouts Thursday, Charlie Roumeliotis of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Impact: Seabrook has already expressed that he's hoping to return for postseason play, and his presence on the ice with his teammates Thursday brought him one step closer to doing just that. If the 35-year-old vet is in fact able to suit up for Game 1 of Chicago's qualifying round matchup with the Oilers, he'll likely be playing sheltered minutes on the team's bottom pairing, limiting his fantasy potential.
News: Seabrook (hip) will attempt to play in the NHL's upcoming 24-team playoff, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Seabrook underwent surgery on his right shoulder in December before undergoing surgery on his left hip in January and right hip in February. The 35-year-old blueliner clearly wasn't the same player he once was this season, which led to he and the Blackhawks making the decision to have him undergo that laundry list of surgeries in the hope that he'd be revitalized and ready to return closer to full health in 2020-21 than he's been in years. However, thanks to the NHL's lengthy hiatus, the 15-year vet may be able to come back and contribute in Chicago's qualifying round matchup against the Oilers. Seabrook has yet to be cleared for contact, but he has been skating, and he appears on track to join the Blackhawks for training camp, which is set to get underway July 13. Another update on the three-time Stanley Cup champion should emerge shortly after training camp kicks off.
News: Kalynuk has agreed to a deal with the Blackhawks, Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: Kalynuk was drafted by the Flyers in the seventh round of the 2017 NHL Draft and subsequently spent the last three seasons with the University of Wisconsin. He accumulated 19 goals and 59 assists across 110 contests during that span. However, the Flyers' ownership rights of him recently expired, which rendered him a free agent. He will now look to earn a role with the Blackhawks.
News: General manager Stan Bowman expects de Haan (shoulder) to be ready for the Blackhawks' pre-postseason training camp, Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: De Haan underwent shoulder surgery in late December and was originally expected to miss the rest of the campaign, but the league's hiatus has evidently allowed him to progress in his recovery to the point he should be ready for Chicago's pre-playoffs training camp, which is expected to get underway July 10. His return would be huge for a Blackhawks club that gave up goals in bunches during the regular season, as he was playing well in a top-four role prior to his injury, notching six points while posting a plus-10 rating in 29 contests.
News: According to general manager Stan Bowman, Caggiula has fully recovered from the hand injury he suffered just before the NHL halted its season in mid-March, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Caggiula has had more than three months to recover from his injury at this point, so he shouldn't have any limitations if the Blackhawks are in fact able to begin training camp in early July. The 25-year-old winger, who's notched 15 points in 40 games this campaign, will slot into a bottom-six role if and when the NHL's proposed 24-team playoff gets underway.
News: Per general manager Stan Bowman, Boqvist has fully recovered from the concussion he suffered shortly before the NHL put its season on hold in mid-March, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Boqvist has been skating in his native Sweden for a while, so this news doesn't exactly come as a surprise, but it's still nice to get confirmation that he'll be ready to play if and when the NHL begins its proposed 24-team playoff. The 19-year-old rookie has notched 13 points while averaging 16:13 of ice time in 41 games this campaign.
News: De Haan (shoulder) skated with a small group of fellow NHL players in Ottawa on Friday, Charlie Roumeliotis of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Impact: De Haan underwent what was believed to be season-ending shoulder surgery in late December, but the fact that the Blackhawks will be playing meaningful games in August has left the door open for a potential return this year, particularly since he's already skating. However, his availability for the playoffs likely won't be determined until Chicago begins its pre-postseason training camp in mid-July. De Haan was playing well in a top-four role for the Blackhawks prior to his surgery, notching six points while registering a plus-10 rating in 29 contests.
News: Chalupa signed a two-year, $1.85 million contract with the Blackhawks on Friday.
Impact: Chalupa has spent the past two seasons with Hradec Kralove of the Czech Extraliga, notching 11 goals and 38 points in 98 games. The 6-foot-2 winger's contract doesn't kick in until next season, so he won't be eligible to participate in this year's playoffs, but he'll get an opportunity to battle for a roster spot in next year's training camp.
News: Saad found twine 21 times and chipped in 12 assists in 58 games prior to the league going on hiatus in mid-March.
Impact: The veteran has officially reached the 20-goal plateau for the fifth time in his NHL career. Saad has actually scored at a better clip than last season's 23-goal output over 80 games (0.36 goals per contest compared to 0.29), so the 27-year-old still makes for a nice complementary piece of offense behind stars Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews and the younger Dominik Kubalik and Alex DeBrincat.
News: Strome recorded 12 goals and 26 assists in 58 games prior to the suspension of play in mid-March.
Impact: In the same amount of games last season, the 2015 third-overall pick produced 13 more points (58), which is a development the Blackhawks and fantasy owners can't be too pleased with. Strome's ice time is down from 17:04 to 15:56 -- and from 3:11 to 2:36 on the power play -- so one has to wonder what Chicago's plans are for the pending restricted free agent.
News: Kubalik racked up 30 goals and 16 assists in 68 games before the mid-March suspension of play.
Impact: At 24 years old, Kubalik is older than the typical rookie, but owners certainly don't mind. He's run wild this season en route to dominating the rookie goal-scoring race by a wide margin -- Buffalo's Victor Olofsson is second with 20 tallies and has received an average of 4:01 more of ice time. Kubalik's 46 points are third among Blackhawks only to stars Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, as well, so it looks like the team could have another winner on its hands in the 2013 seventh-round pick.
News: Wedin signed with HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League on Sunday, Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Impact: Wedin joined the Blackhawks for the 2019-20 season but appeared in only four games, spending most of the season with AHL Rockford. The 27-year-old will return to his homeland to continue his professional career.