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Patrick Kane excited about youth movement, motivated to help lead Blackhawks back to Stanley Cup

Patrick Kane excited about youth movement, motivated to help lead Blackhawks back to Stanley Cup

Two months after the Blackhawks were ousted in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs for the second consecutive season, Patrick Kane has turned his attention to the 2017-18 campaign and he's already excited about the young faces who are expected to take the next step.

Particularly, Ryan Hartman and Nick Schmaltz were two of the team's top rookies last year, and will play major roles in the Blackhawks' pursuit of getting back to The Promised Land, something Kane believes can happen.

"I think for us, yeah we might be getting a little bit older, but I don't think we're slowing down," Kane said in a sit-down interview with CSN. "We have some young guys that will be even better than they were last year. Hartman had a great year but I think he can be better. I think Schmaltz will be even better. He's a guy to watch coming into the season. He's got all the talent in the world and can do some special things."

Kane also talked about using their first-round sweep at the hands of the Nashville Predators as motivation for next year, and taking advantage of his prime years in the NHL.

Watch the full interview in the video above.

Also, be sure to check back with CSNChicago.com during our NHL Draft coverage from June 22-24, as Kane joins us to reminisce about his draft day and how it forever changed his life.

Are Canadiens eyeing possible trade with Blackhawks?

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Are Canadiens eyeing possible trade with Blackhawks?

The NHL trade deadline isn’t for another two-plus months, but this is an important time of year because all 31 teams have a pretty good idea of what its roster is as the standings take shape going into the 2020 calendar year. 

Management groups across the league are starting to gather more information and dig deeper on players they could be interested in ahead of the Feb. 24 deadline, whether it’s a buyer or a seller.

One frequent observer in Chicago has been the Montreal Canadiens, who have heavily scouted both the Blackhawks and Rockford IceHogs in the American Hockey League. Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin has been spotted multiple times at the United Center this season, including Sunday, and has made several trips to Rockford as well.

It’s believed the Canadiens are searching for a left-handed shot defenseman and that’s a position the Blackhawks have a surplus of. Erik Gustafsson, most notably, is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and there haven’t been any talks about a possible extension to this point, according to a source.

With Drake Caggiula (concussion protocol), Duncan Keith (groin) and Andrew Shaw (concussion protocol) sidelined, the Blackhawks have had the opportunity to evaluate some of their prospects at the NHL level recently.

Dennis Gilbert and Anton Wedin have gotten several looks already, and same with Adam Boqvist and Matthew Highmore, both of whom were recalled on Monday ahead of the Blackhawks' three-game road trip. Dylan Sikura was called up over the weekend and made his season debut on Sunday against the Arizona Coyotes.

It’s too early to speculate what the Blackhawks’ trade-deadline plans may be because it will likely be determined by where they sit in the standings come February, but it’s worth monitoring going forward, as we discussed on the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast. The Blackhawks and Canadiens are each five points out of a playoff spot in their respective conferences.

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Why are the Blackhawks so inconsistent?

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Why are the Blackhawks so inconsistent?

On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Charlie Roumeliotis and Nick Gismondi discuss the coaches getting involved in practice (0:40), the latest roster moves (2:45), Dennis Gilbert standing up for Alex DeBrincat (7:15), Robin Lehner's shootout struggles (13:45), the Blackhawks' inconsistency woes (17:45), performance vs. results (23:50) and the importance of the next eight games (27:35).

Listen to the full episode here or in the embedded player below:

Blackhawks Talk Podcast

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