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Blackhawks hoping Stars burn out on CSN

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Blackhawks hoping Stars burn out on CSN

After another impressive performance Tuesday night against the Blues, the Blackhawks will push to continue their success tonight against the Stars in Dallas tonight. Coverage begins at 7:00 with Blackhawks Pregame Live only on Comcast SportsNet.

Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa continue to lead the undefeated Blackhawks' roster with 5 points each as the team heads to Dallas for their fourth game of the season.

After ending the Kings' Stanley Cup celebration with a 5-2 victory and defeating the Coyotes -- who ended Chicago's postseason run in 2012 -- in Glendale, the Blackhawks went into Tuesday's matchup against another 2-0 team in their home opener. As big as the BlackhawksBlues rivalry has become, St. Louis has struggled in the past in Chicago, winning only one of their last 10 regular season matchups at the United Center. Tuesday was no different.

"The Blackhawks came real hard in the first and got on top of our defensemen early," Blues forward Andy McDonald told CSNChicago.com after the game. "Even on our wingers coming out of the zone, they were right on top of us."

The Blackhawks have created momentum early in their first three games, and the strong balance between their four lines has already caused the team to see a close resemblance to the 2010 championship squad.

Now the Hawks begin a two-game road trip in Dallas, facing a team that's won two of its first three games this season. In his first season with the Stars, NHL veteran Jaromir Jagr leads his team in points with two goals and two assists while Ray Whitney -- who was acquired during the offseason from the Coyotes -- is close behind with one goal and two assists.

Tonight marks the first of three matchups between the Blackhawks and Stars during the course of the shortened 2013 campaign. Make sure to catch all the action tonight on Comcast SportsNet and join the Blackhawks conversation on Twitter by using HawksTalk.

Could Hobey Baker winner Will Butcher be an option for Blackhawks?

Could Hobey Baker winner Will Butcher be an option for Blackhawks?

The calendar is quickly approaching August and a majority of the NHL's top free agents have already signed new deals or found new homes. But there's one marquee player who has suddenly shaken loose, and will surely draw heavy interest across the league.

That would be 22-year-old defenseman Will Butcher, who informed the Colorado Avalanche that he will hit the open market and become an unrestricted free agent on Aug. 15.

Butcher, a 2013 fifth-round draft pick, was named the recipient of the 2017 Hobey Baker Award, annually given to college hockey's top player, after scoring seven goals and 30 assists in 43 games during his senior campaign while helping Denver University capture its first national title since 2005. It's the second straight year NCAA's top player has elected not to sign with the club that drafted him, with Jimmy Vesey doing the same last year when he signed with the New York Rangers instead of the Nashville Predators.

So could Butcher be a real option for the Blackhawks? There's certainly a reason for both sides to be intrigued by a potential match. 

With Brian Campbell, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya no longer in the picture, the Blackhawks could use a young, NHL-ready blue liner with top-four potential and Butcher provides just that.

He's a 5-foot-10, 186-pound puck-moving defenseman with high offensive upside but also plays a solid two-way game and is responsible in his own end. He carries a left-handed shot, quarterbacked Denver's No. 1 power play unit and possesses strong leadership skills after serving as the team's captain for two years.

While he is certainly no sure thing, Butcher would be as close to pro ready as any prospect in Chicago's system and could factor into the cards as soon as this season. It also doesn't hurt that he shared the same blue line at Denver as Blackhawks prospect Blake Hillman, who drew great reviews from Joel Quenneville at prospect camp.

The good news for the cap-crunched Blackhawks is that the maximum allowable salary for an entry-level contract is $925,000, so that eliminates the possibility of getting into a bidding war with other teams. Signing and performance bonuses can still be included, but that's the least of their worries if they can land a player of Butcher's caliber.

His decision will really come down to best fit and opportunity to play and win, and the Blackhawks can offer all of the above.

Niklas Hjalmarsson says goodbye to Chicago in emotional Instagram post

Niklas Hjalmarsson says goodbye to Chicago in emotional Instagram post

Niklas Hjalmarsson has called Chicago home ever since he was drafted by the Blackhawks in 2005. But now it's time for a new chapter.

After being traded to the Arizona Coyotes in June, the former Blackhawks defenseman officially said goodbye to the city he spent a decade in and helped bring three Stanley Cups to with an emotional Instagram post that perfectly sums up his time here:

One marriage. Two kids. Three rings. 

Hjalmarsson will forever hold a special place in the hearts of Blackhawks fans.