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Blackhawks updates: Artem Anisimov questionable against Capitals

Blackhawks updates: Artem Anisimov questionable against Capitals

Artem Anisimov is questionable and Corey Crawford will start when the Blackhawks host the Washington Capitals on Friday night.

Anisimov left in the second period of the Blackhawks’ 2-1 overtime victory over St. Louis on Wednesday night. Coach Joel Quenneville said they’re still hopeful that Anisimov, who suffered an upper-body injury, can play against the Capitals.

If Anisimov does not play, either Nick Schmaltz – who moved into Anisimov’s place on Wednesday night – or Marcus Kruger could anchor that second line.

“Well, last night, when you’re looking at lines, we mixed them up quite a bit over that stretch and we’ve had several line changes to date, different guys and different situations as we’ve gone along here. We get a little more educated in what the options are,” Quenneville said. “Obviously you’re missing a guy that has had a tremendous start for us in all areas of our team game. So, we’re still hopeful that he could play.

Regardless, forward Vinnie Hinostroza will be back in the lineup. Who he replaces isn’t know at this time.

Marian Hossa, Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith did not practice on Thursday but they’re all fine and are expected to play tomorrow night.

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.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast

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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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