The Blackhawks spent Wednesday morning clearing salary-cap space. A few hours later, they spent a little of that money.
The team signed Richard Panik to a one-year deal. Chris Johnston of Sportsnet.ca reported that Panik signed for $875,000, a $100,000 pay cut from what he earned last season.
The Blackhawks acquired Panik in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. Panik proved to be a solid utility player for the Blackhawks. He had six goals and two assists in 30 regular-season games and three assists in six postseason games.
“That was a nice surprise, if you want to call it that, the way Richard came in in the middle of the year. He was in the lineup first month or two, not a lot happened for him good or bad. Then he got his confidence and felt more comfortable as the year went down the stretch. I thought he played his best hockey in the playoffs, which is good for us,” general manager Stan Bowman said. “He’s able to do some things for us and he wanted to be part of it here and take the next step in his career.”
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.
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.
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.
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