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Artem Anisimov returns vs. Andrew Shaw, Canadiens

Artem Anisimov returns vs. Andrew Shaw, Canadiens

Artem Anisimov is back and Ryan Hartman will start on the top line when the Blackhawks host the Montreal Canadiens tonight at the United Center.

Anisimov missed one game due to the upper-body injury he sustained against St. Louis earlier this week.

The Blackhawks will welcome back former teammates Andrew Shaw and Phillip Danault. Both had good nights in the Canadiens’ victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night; Shaw had a goal and two assists and Danault had a goal and an assist. The Blackhawks are looking forward to the reunion, especially with Shaw.

“It’ll be fun to see him out there,” Jonathan Toews said. “I’ve said this before, knock on wood, some of the former players that come through here seem to have their way with us. So we’ll try to do our best to keep him off his game tonight.”

Coach Joel Quenneville called Shaw, “a special guy, special player.”

“He brings a lot of intangibles you can appreciate and I’m sure he’s done a nice job over there. You miss a guy like that over the time we had here with him,” he said. “It’ll be fun to get to finally coach against him but you like all the intangibles and how he prepares and how he plays the game because he does so many things that are helpful to your team.”

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Hartman will have the same feeling seeing Danault; the two have been good friends since their days with the Rockford IceHogs.

“We still keep in touch; we talk pretty often. It’s going to be weird playing against him but we were both competitors,” Hartman said. “When the puck drops we’ll be going at it like we’re not friends. After, we’ll talk and it’ll be all good.”

Hartman, who finished Friday’s game playing on the top line with Toews and Patrick Kane, will start there tonight. Toews said Hartman brings plenty of energy.

“He works hard. He’s not afraid to use his body. He has a great shot, too, and we want him to use that and put the puck on net, and try to shoot through traffic,” Toews said of Hartman, who has been good since returning off a few healthy scratches.

“I think it’s hard for guys to go out of the lineup but you love to see that response that they come back into the lineup a little pissed off, [with] a little bit of an edge and they’re ready to contribute any way they can,” Toews continued. “When you do that, you get more opportunity, more ice time.”

Corey Crawford will start for the Blackhawks. Al Montoya is expected to start for the Canadiens.

Montreal Canadiens at Blackhawks

When: 6 p.m.

TV: WGN

Radio: WGN 720 AM

Chicago Blackhawks lines

Forwards

Ryan Hartman-Jonathan Toews-Patrick Kane

Artemi Panarin-Artem Anisimov-Marian Hossa

Vinnie Hinostroza-Dennis Rasmussen-Nick Schmaltz

Andrew Desjardins-Marcus Kruger-Richard Panik

Defensemen

Duncan Keith-Brian Campbell

Michal Kempny-Brent Seabrook

Gustav Forsling-Niklas Hjalmarsson

Goaltender: Corey Crawford

Injuries: Tyler Motte (lower body), Trevor van Riemsdyk (upper body).

Montreal Canadiens (via NHL.com)

Forwards

Paul Byron-Alex Galchenyuk-Alexander Radulov

Sven Andrighetto-Tomas Plekanec-Brendan Gallagher

Max Pacioretty-Phillip Danault-Andrew Shaw

Daniel Carr-Torrey Mitchell-David Desharnais

Defensemen

Alexei Emelin-Shea Weber

Andrei Markov-Jeff Petry

Nathan Beaulieu-Joel Hanley

Goaltender: Al Montoya

Getting to know four newly-signed Blackhawks

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Getting to know four newly-signed Blackhawks

The Blackhawks announced Monday that they have officially agreed to terms with forward Dominik Kahun, defensemen Lucas Carlsson and Darren Raddysh and goaltender Kevin Lankinen on entry-level contracts.

Kahun ($925,000 cap hit), Lankinen ($925,000) and Raddysh ($730,000) each signed two-year deals that run through the 2019-20 season while Carlsson's is a three-year deal that runs through the 2020-21 campaign and carries a cap hit of $792,500.

So who are these guys? Let's meet them:

Carlsson

Drafted in the fourth round (No. 110 overall) by the Blackhawks in 2016, Carlsson set a career-high with 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 44 games this season with Brynäs IF of the Swedish Hockey League. He was tied for fourth among all blue liners with seven goals.

Carlsson, 20, doesn't have major upside, but he's a reliable, well-rounded defenseman and that's what drew the attention of Blackhawks vice president of amateur scouting Mark Kelley.

“When he’s on the ice, he makes things happen," Kelley told Scott Powers of The Athletic last summer. "I think what impressed the Sweden under-20 coach was Lucas’ ability to challenge in all three zones. He’s an active defensively. Offensively, he challenges. He keeps plays alive.”

Kahun

The 22-year-old forward spent the last four seasons with EHC München of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, Germany's top professional hockey league, where he established career highs in assists (29), points (41) and tied a personal best with 12 goals, leading Munchen to their third straight championship in 2018 after recording four goals and 10 assists in 17 playoff contests.

He raised eyebrows at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, where he compiled five points (two goals, three assists) in seven games and won 55.4 percent of his faceoffs (41 of 74), helping Germany capture a silver medal.

“He has made an enormous step this year, has become much more stable and mature," German national team coach Marco Sturm said after the Olympics. "I am sure that he would grab it in the NHL,” Sturm told the Hamburger Morgenpost.

Most recently, Kahun had a goal and two assists in seven games for Germany during the IIHF Men's World Championship. He's 5-foot-11, 176 pounds whose known to be a solid two-way player and can play center but may need some time to adjust to the smaller ice surface and NHL style of speed and physicality.

Lankinen 

Lankinen is 23 years old and coming off a season in which he was in the discussion for the Urpo Ylönen trophy, annually awarded to the top goaltender of the Finnish Elite League, after registering a league-best 1.33 goals against average and .946 save percentage in 15 games with HIFK.

He missed a large portion of the season because of an injury, but it didn't stop him from turning in a strong postseason, guiding his team to a bronze medal after posting a 1.99 GAA and .936 save percentage in 13 playoff games. The year before that, he led the league with seven shutouts in 42 games, backstopping his team to a silver medal.

This is a low-risk, medium-sized reward signing for the Blackhawks, who could use some more young goaltending depth in the pipeline, especially given how this season unfolded with the big club.

Raddysh

The Blackhawks signed Raddysh to a one-year AHL contract last June, and he turned it into an NHL one after a strong season with the Rockford IceHogs.

Raddysh, 22, accumulated 22 points (five goals, 17 assists) in 66 regular-season games with the IceHogs, and has appeared in each of the team's playoff games en route to the Western Conference Final.

Last season Raddysh was named the OHL's top defenseman after scoring 16 goals and 65 assists for 81 points in 62 games for the Erie Otters, where he was teammates with current Blackhawks winger Alex DeBrincat. He's the Otters' all-time leader in assists (143) and points (184) among defensemen.

Raddysh might be nothing more than a depth defenseman, but his development is worth monitoring because the offensive production is there and that's something the Blackhawks lacked this past season from their back end.

Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa: 'I will not play hockey anymore'

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Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa: 'I will not play hockey anymore'

Days after putting his Gold Coast condo on the market, Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa revealed to a Slovakian newspaper that he is moving back to his hometown country and doesn't plan on returning to the NHL.

"I will not play hockey anymore," said Hossa, who missed the entire 2017-18 campaign due to a progressive skin disorder and the side effects of the medications involved to treat it. "I have a valid contract with Chicago for the next three years, but I have only one health and it does not allow me to return."

Because he has three years left on a deal that carries a $5.275 million cap hit, Hossa is not expected to sign his retirement papers until the contract is completed or else it would result in salary cap consequences.

The news is not surprising, but it officially allows the Blackhawks to move on without him in the fold roster-wise and toy around with some options this summer.

The first is stashing his contract on long-term injured reserve, as they did last season when they utilized the in-season preference.

The second, which Hossa wondered could happen, is finding a trade partner that would absorb the remainder of his contract, usually done by lower payroll teams aiming to reach the cap floor.

And it wouldn't be difficult trying to find a buyer, considering Hossa's actual salary is $1 million per year over the next three seasons. Hossa, of course, has a no movement clause but it's likely he would waive it given his status at this point.

The good news for Chicago is, the three-time Stanley Cup winner didn't rule out joining the Blackhawks organization in some capacity after his contract expires in 2020-21, whether it's in a front office role or as a team ambassador.

In 19 NHL seasons, Hossa accumulated 525 goals and 609 assists for 1,134 points in 1,309 regular-season games, and added 149 points (52 goals, 97 assists) in 205 postseason contests. He's one of 45 players in league history to net at least 500 goals in his career.