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Hawks Headlines: Where Does Brad Richards Fit in for Blackhawks?

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    New York Rangers' Brad Richards (19) celebrates with teammates after his goal in the second period of game 7 of a second-round NHL playoff hockey series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh Tuesday, May 13, 2014. (AP Photo)

    The Chicago Blackhawks are still dormant, but the NHL keeps on spinning, and we catch up on all the major stories going on today in this edition of Hawks Headlines.

    • We’ll start out with a couple of stories about the Blackhawks, with Brad Richards being the first focal point. With it largely assumed he’s going to start out the season as the team’s second line center, is it reasonable to assume that he’s going to have a jump in production from what he did last season with the New York Rangers? [Second City Hockey]
    • Yesterday we discussed Chris Block’s report about where the Blackhawks are with Teuvo Teravainen, and Sam Fels also weighed in on the subject. [Committed Indian]
    • There was some big news on the NHL expansion front on Tuesday night, as it was reported that a decision to bring a team to Las Vegas was “a done deal.” [The Score]
    • Vegas isn’t the only city that’s reportedly in the running to get an expansion team. According to Howard Bloom from Sports Business News, Quebec City, Toronto, and Seattle will also get expansion teams under an NHL plan, and the league will rake in nearly $1.5 billion in expansion fees. Talk about a salary cap booster. [CSN Chicago]
    • Former Blackhawks goaltender Craig Anderson won’t be returning to the Windy City any time soon, as he inked a three-year extension with the Ottawa Senators. [ESPN]
    • Finally, the Arizona Coyotes have a new name, a new outlook, and several new pieces as they look to climb their way back into playoff relevance. [NHL.com]