The Blues bolstered their forward group by acquiring former No. 1 overall pick Nail Yakupov from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for forward prospect Zach Pochiro and a conditional third-round draft pick in 2017.
The third-rounder becomes a second-round selection if Yakupov scores 15 or more goals this season.
There has been speculation over the last 24 hours that the Blackhawks were showing serious interest in the 23-year-old Russian winger, but talks likely broke down due to salary retention.
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Yakupov has one year remaining on his contract that carries a $2.5 million cap hit, which wouldn't have fit under the cap for the Blackhawks, who have slightly less than $2 million in cap space as of Friday, according to generalfanager.com. That number could fluctuate, however, when rosters are finalized Tuesday at 4 p.m. CT.
Yakupov scored eight goals and 15 assists in 60 regular-season games last season with the Oilers, and has compiled 111 points (50 goals, 61 assists) in 252 games across four seasons in the National Hockey League.
Former Blackhawk Patrick Sharp joins Pat Boyle on the latest episode of the Blackhawks Talk Podcast to discuss the Blackhawks' recent struggles (1:45) and to look back on winning the 2013 Stanley Cup Championship with the Hawks (7:45).
Plus, Sharpy looks back on the games following the birth of his two daughters (11:45), memories from the mother's and father's trip (13:45) and finally starting a new chapter with his broadcasting career (15:00).
Listen to the full episode here or in the embedded player below:
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The Blackhawks placed defenseman Duncan Keith and forward Andrew Shaw on injured reserve Friday, retroactive to Nov. 29 and 30, respectively. The move opens up two spots on the 23-man roster, although the team did not make any corresponding transactions due to cap reasons.
Keith, who has missed the last three games with a groin injury, and Shaw, who is in the league's concussion protocol, will not play in Friday's game against the New Jersey Devils but they will both be eligible to return after that, whenever they're cleared to do so. Injured reserve requires a player to miss a minimum of seven days from their retroactive date.
The Blackhawks do not receive any cap relief by putting Keith and Shaw on regular injured reserve, but if their injuries continue to linger, the team could transfer one or both to long-term injured reserve (LTIR) for financial reasons, which would force them to miss a minimum of 10 games and 24 days from the time of their injury.
The Blackhawks do not have the cap space to make a call-up and with Drake Caggiula, who's on LTIR, inching closer to a return, that complicates things from a financial standpoint. They're currently sitting at 21 players and have $240,030 in projected cap space, according to Cap Friendly.
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