In this edition of Hawks Headlines, we will be taking a look at the debut of Chicago Blackhawks prospect Artemi Panarin, how clearing waivers has motivated Bryan Bickell, and how Stan Bowman is approaching defending a Stanley Cup championship for the third time.
- Panarin made his debut for the Blackhawks in their final preseason game on Saturday night, and he definitely impressed as his stick-handling and offensive acumen were on full display. The organization has high hopes for him this season, and he recognizes the challenge ahead. [Chicago Tribune]
- Blackhawks winger Bryan Bickell was placed on waivers this week, and although he did clear, he is still on the Hawks’ roster. Despite the decision to waive him and potentially send him down to Rockford, Bickell is still motivated to prove that he deserves a spot on the roster. [ESPN Chicago]
- The Blackhawks now have a slew of key players locked up to long term deals after Brent Seabrook signed an extension in September, but what does that mean for the team long-term? Mark Lazerus explains how Bowman and company are playing the long-game for the Hawks. [Chicago Sun-Times]
- Can the Blackhawks repeat as champions? As Greg Beacham explains, the race to win the Cup is as wide open as ever this season. [Yahoo Sports]
- Raffi Torres, whom was suspended during the 2012 playoffs for a vicious blow to the head of Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa, is in trouble again after drilling Ducks forward Jakub Silfverberg in the head during a preseason game over the weekend. He will have a hearing with the NHL Monday. [The Hockey Writers]
- Finally, blog author James Neveau will begin co-hosting a Blackhawks podcast this week with Jay Zawaski of 670 the Score. Stay tuned to this space for more information, follow the podcast’s Facebook page, or follow the guys on Twitter @JamesNeveau and @JayZawaski670.