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Blackhawks among NHL's most valuable franchises

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Blackhawks among NHL's most valuable franchises

The Blackhawks remain one of the most valuable franchises in the NHL, according to Forbes magazine's study of the business of hockey released on Wednesday.

Currently valued at 306 million, the Blackhawks came in at No. 6 on the list, 215 million behind the most valuable franchise -- the Toronto Maple Leafs at 521 million.

The New York Rangers (507 million), Montreal Canadiens (445 million), Detroit Red Wings (336 million) and Boston Bruins (325 million).

According to the study, the average team value hit a record 240 million, but operating income fell 21 percent in the last year due to higher player salaries.

The Blackhawks current value is 2 percent greater than one year ago, but the wealth gap in the league has grown as 18 of the 30 teams are losing money. However, only seven teams are worth less today than they were last year.

However, one big potential problem lays ahead as the league's salary cap, at 57 percent of revenue, is too high for many teams to be profitable. This should cause a difficult set of negotiations when the NHL and players union begin to work on a new collective bargaining agreement to replace the current six-year deal that expires in September.

Check out 10 other observations from the Forbes report right here.

Anton Forsberg to tribute Avicii with new mask

Anton Forsberg to tribute Avicii with new mask

Goaltender masks are often a place for artistic expression and tribute. Blackhawks goalie Anton Forsberg is adding his own touching tribute this season.

The 25-year-old Swedish goalie chose to tribute Avicii with an image of the musician on his goalie mask. Avicii, a fellow Swede, died by suicide in April.

David Gunnarsson, a professional mask artist, did the art for Forsberg's mask and posted it on Instagram.

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Today we have the honor to present Anton Forsberg´s new Blackhawks mask for the coming season😊🥅. Anton knew what he wanted on his new mask, he wanted to pay tribute to the Swedish DJ legend Tim Bergling❤️, a.k.a Avicii, who recently passed away. Just as Anton I am also a big admirer of his music and person and family🙏🏻❤️. It was a huge honor for me to paint and create this painting together with Anton in honor to Avicii´s family, they were also the first to see this painting❤️. The rest of the mask is painted in an old school and clean style, and on the other side of the mask Anton`s best friend pop up and makes him company in the net. @antonforsbeerg @nhlblackhawks @nhl @daveart

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According to Tracey Myers of NHL.com, Forsberg asked Avicii's parents for permission before going ahead with it.

"I've always listened to his music and have been a big fan of it," Forsberg said. "For me, there was no hesitation putting him on the mask."

Forsberg wore last season's mask in his preseason debut in Detroit on Thursday so he hasn't shown off the new gear just yet. That may need to wait for the regular season.

Hawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks training camp twist, Boqvist in?

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks training camp twist, Boqvist in?

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Charlie Roumeliotis talk about Joel Quenneville leaving the door open for No. 8 overall pick Adam Boqvist to start the season with the Blackhawks. What are the chances he and Henri Jokiharju both make the team?

The guys also discuss Corey Crawford's status and what to make of his abbreviated on-ice session after six straight days of skating, Connor Murphy's injury that could sideline him until December, how the line of Brandon Saad, Nick Schmaltz and Patrick Kane will work and the new 1-3-1 power play structure.

They also weigh in on which position battles they're looking forward to tracking during the back half of training camp.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below, and be sure to subscribe, rate us and write a review!