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Blackhawks drop preseason finale to Blues in final audition for bubble players

Blackhawks drop preseason finale to Blues in final audition for bubble players

The Blackhawks fell to the St. Louis Blues, 2-1, in their preseason finale Saturday night which essentially served as a final audition for players on the bubble.

Notable players such as Niklas Hjalmarsson, Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews did not travel with the team, staying in Chicago to rest up before for the regular season officially begins.

Dennis Rasmussen scored the lone goal for the Blackhawks on a Trevor van Riemsdyk redirect while Corey Crawford, who played the entire game, stopped 19 of 21 shots in the loss.

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Vladimir Tarasenko and Alex Pietrangelo each found the back of the net, the latter of which turned out to be the game winner on the power play early in the third period.

The Blackhawks finished the preseason with a 2-4-0 record and kick off the 2016-17 campaign on Wednesday night against these same Blues at the United Center.

Rosters must be finalized by Tuesday at 4 p.m. CT but coach Joel Quenneville indicated before Saturday's game that the final 23-man roster is expected to be released Monday.

Hawks Talk Podcast: Kris Versteeg on signing with IceHogs and possibility of one more spin with Blackhawks

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Kris Versteeg on signing with IceHogs and possibility of one more spin with Blackhawks

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle catches up with two-time Stanley Cup winner and the newest member of the Rockford IceHogs Kris Versteeg.

Versteeg explains his recent medical issues and his experience playing last season in the KHL and Swedish Elite League. He also talks about why he decided to sign a one-year deal with Rockford and defines his role with the IceHogs.

Versteeg weighs in on getting a third chance to play for the Blackhawks organization and what would be the perfect ending to the Kris Versteeg hockey movie?

1:00 - Why sign with Rockford?
2:00 - KHL experience
3:00 - Back on track in Sweden
4:30 - Health update
6:00 - Deal with Rockford
7:30 - Contact with Kane and Toews?
9:00 - Family coming to Rockford?
10:00 - Mentor or last fling with Hawks?
12:00 - Kris Versteeg Movie Ending

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

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Blackhawks remove interim tag and name Derek King head coach of Rockford IceHogs

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Blackhawks remove interim tag and name Derek King head coach of Rockford IceHogs

One day after mutually parting ways with assistant coach Don Granato, the Blackhawks announced Thursday that they have removed the interim label from Derek King's title and named him the head coach of the AHL's Rockford IceHogs. Anders Sorensen also received a multi-year extension to remain on the staff as an assistant.

While King may have been a worthy candidate for the vacant assistant coaching position on Jeremy Colliton's staff in Chicago, the Blackhawks like the continuity this gives them within the organization. King is familiar with Colliton's philosophy and has a strong rapport with his players.

After Colliton was promoted to head coach of the Blackhawks on Nov. 6, 2018, King moved into his role on an interim basis while the organization got their house in order. Sheldon Brookbank was later added to Colliton's coaching staff with the Blackhawks, which led to Sorensen — who had previously worked as a development coach for the last five years — stepping in for Brookbank. 

King, 52, guided the IceHogs to a 29-28-3-4 record and fell short of the Calder Cup Playoffs after reaching the Western Conference Final a year ago. He joined the organization in July of 2016.

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