Chicago Blackhawks

Choosing NHL's top franchise player
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The beauty of those working in hockey is that their passion for the sport runs just as high as those who cheer on the teams. It’s the middle of the summer, and even while some were relaxing at a cottage or in the mountains, they took a moment to answer one question fans love to debate: If you were starting a franchise from scratch and could choose from any current player in the NHL, who would be your top choice?

Agent: Kevin Hayes unlikely to sign
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Kevin Hayes, the Chicago Blackhawks' 2010 first-round draft pick, likely will not sign with the organization before the Aug. 15 deadline and become an unrestricted free agent, the forward's agent said Tuesday.

Hawks' early '14-15 AHL lineup projections
The Chicago Blackhawks might be as deep organizationally as they have been in some time. Following up on our NHL projections for the Blackhawks this season, here's how they could look at the AHL level with the Rockford IceHogs:Projected lines LW Pierre-Cedric Labrie -- C Teuvo Teravainen -- RW Mark McNeill LW Garret Ross -- C Alex Broadhurst -- RW Joakim NordstromLW Matt Carey -- C Phillip Danault -- RW Ryan HartmanLW Drew LeBlanc -- C Dennis Rasmussen -- RW Cody BassAdditional depth: Ryan Schnell (AHL contract)Defenseman pairingsKlas Dahlbeck -- Stephen JohnsViktor Svedberg -- Adam ClendeningKyle Cumiskey -- Trevor van RiemsdykAdditional depth: Mathieu Brisebois, Dillon Fournier, Zach Miskovic (AHL contract), Kirill Gotovets (AHL contract)Projected goaltendersNo.

Early Hawks' '14-'15 NHL lineup projections
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The Chicago Blackhawks still have to make a move or two before the season begins to get under the salary cap, so their roster will change in the near future.

Schmaltz leaves strong first impression
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CHICAGO -- Nick Schmaltz may just be a future linemate for Jonathan Toews or Patrick Kane with the Chicago Blackhawks.Schmaltz is only 18 years old and heading into his freshman year at North Dakota, so he won’t be joining the duo anytime soon.

Blackhawks' Patrick Kane shows up to men's hockey game, predictably dominates
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Hawks could accelerate college prospects
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The Chicago Blackhawks are bursting at the seams as an organization with NHL-caliber players.For the most part, that's a good situation to be in. But one of the potential issues has come to light this year.

Who stood out at Hawks prospect camp
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CHICAGO – The Chicago Blackhawks wrapped up their annual prospect camp Friday. The camp entailed mostly skill work and practice for players under entry-level contracts, but unsigned prospects had a number of chances to compete throughout.

Johns uses prospect camp to build case
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CHICAGO -- Stephen Johns is an old pro when it comes to the Chicago Blackhawks prospect camp.Johns, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound defenseman, attended his fifth prospect camp this past week since being selected by the Blackhawks in the second round of the 2010 draft.

Teravainen stands out to Quenneville
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville has spoken highly of the organization’s top prospect Teuvo Teravainen before.Just never as high as he did after watching the 19-year-old Teravainen play Friday.

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