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The 2010–11 Chicago Blackhawks season is the club's 85th season in the NHL.

The team was nicknamed the "Hangover 'Hawks" for having to recover from winning the franchise's first Stanley Cup in 49 years while adapting to the loss of several players from that team due to salary cap restrictions.

The Blackhawks lost to the Vancouver Canucks in seven games in the first round of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Off SeasonEdit

Under pressure to fit the team's player salaries under the salary cap for the 2010–11 season, the team began making trades shortly after winning the Stanley Cup.

On June 24, 2010, the club traded Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager, Brent Sopel and Akim Aliu to the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for Marty Reasoner, Joey Crabb, Jeremy Morin, a first-round pick (#24 overall) in 2010 and a second-round pick (#54 overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Later that same day, restricted free agent Colin Fraser was traded to the Edmonton Oilers for a sixth-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

On June 30, 2010, the Toronto Maple Leafs traded for right winger Kris Versteeg from Chicago in a five-player trade. The Maple Leafs gave up forwards Viktor Stalberg, Chris DiDomenico and Philippe Paradis & also acquired the rights to 21-year-old left winger Bill Sweatt who was a second-round pick in 2007.

On July 1, 2010, the Blackhawks traded Andrew Ladd to the Atlanta Thrashers for Ivan Vishnevskiy and a second-round draft pick in 2011.

On July 9, 2010, Niklas Hjalmarsson was signed to an offer sheet by the San Jose Sharks, but the Blackhawks matched the offer on July 12, 2010, thereby retaining his services and forgoing compensation from the Sharks for signing a restricted free agent.

This signing again put Chicago against the salary cap wall and as a result, it forced them to forego resigning goaltender Antti Niemi, who had filed for arbitration.

Regular SeasonEdit

Goaltender Marty Turco made his Blackhawks debut on October 7, 2010 in a 4–3 overtime loss against the Colorado Avalanche. His first Blackhawks win came on October 15, a 5–2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Defenseman Nick Leddy made his NHL debut on October 7, 2010 and scored his first NHL goal on October 11, 2010.

On October 23, 2010, Evan Brophey made his NHL debut.

Patrick Sharp had a record of 13 shots on goal, the highest shot total in a single game in Blackhawks history. Marian Hossa was named the NHL's Second Star of the Week for the week ending on October 18, 2010 & Duncan Keith was named Third Star of the Week for the week ending on November 1, 2010.

Team LeadersEdit

AwardsEdit

Regular Season
Player Award Reached
Marian Hossa NHL Second Star of the Week October 18, 2010
Duncan Keith NHL Third Star of the Week November 1, 2010
Corey Crawford NHL Second Star of the Week February 28, 2011
Jonathan Toews NHL First Star of the Month February 2011

MilestonesEdit

Regular season
Player Milestone Reached
Nick Leddy 1st Career NHL Game October 7, 2010
Brandon Pirri 1st Career NHL Game October 9, 2010
Nick Leddy 1st Career NHL Goal
1st Career NHL Point
October 11, 2010
Brent Seabrook 400th Career NHL Game October 20, 2010
Duncan Keith 200th Career NHL Point October 22, 2010
Evan Brophey 1st Career NHL Game October 23, 2010
Ben Smith 1st Career NHL Game October 29, 2010
Jonathan Toews 200th Career NHL Point October 29, 2010
Jordan Hendry 100th Career NHL Game November 1, 2010
Jeremy Morin 1st Career NHL Game November 6, 2010
Jeremy Morin 1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
November 30, 2010
Jassen Cullimore 800th Career NHL Game December 8, 2010
Rob Klinkhammer 1st Career NHL Game December 8, 2010
Jeremy Morin 1st Career NHL Goal December 8, 2010
John Scott 100th Career NHL Game December 28, 2010
Troy Brouwer 200th Career NHL Game January 3, 2011
Brian Campbell 300th Career NHL Point January 9, 2011
Tomas Kopecky 300th Career NHL Game January 9, 2011
Dave Bolland 200th Career NHL Game
100th Career NHL Point
January 16, 2011
Jonathan Toews 100th Career NHL Goal January 16, 2011
Brian Campbell 600th Career NHL Game February 4, 2011
Marian Hossa 800th Career NHL Point February 12, 2011
Troy Brouwer 100th Career NHL Point February 16, 2011
Patrick Sharp 300th Career NHL Point February 24, 2011
Viktor Stalberg 100th Career NHL Game March 2, 2011
Patrick Kane 300th Career NHL Game March 4, 2011
Patrick Kane 100th Career NHL Goal March 14, 2011
Nick Leddy 1st Career NHL Assist March 20, 2011
Marcus Kruger 1st Career NHL Game March 23, 2011
Chris Campoli 100th Career NHL Assist March 28, 2011
Patrick Kane 300th Career NHL Point April 5, 2011
Jake Dowell 100th Career NHL Game April 6, 2011
Jonathan Toews 300th Career NHL Game April 6, 2011
Bryan Bickell 100th Career NHL Game April 8, 2011
Ryan Johnson 700th Career NHL Game April 8, 2011
Ben Smith 1st Career NHL Goal
1st Career NHL Point
April 8, 2011
Patrick Kane 200th Career NHL Assist April 10, 2011
Playoffs
Player Milestone Reached
Jake Dowell 1st Career NHL Playoff Game April 13, 2011
Michael Frolik 1st Career NHL Playoff Game April 13, 2011
Nick Leddy 1st Career NHL Playoff Game April 13, 2011
Ben Smith 1st Career NHL Playoff Game April 13, 2011
Viktor Stalberg 1st Career NHL Playoff Game April 13, 2011
Michael Frolik 1st Career NHL Playoff Assist
1st Career NHL Playoff Point
April 15, 2011
Marcus Kruger 1st Career NHL Playoff Game April 15, 2011
Ben Smith 1st Career NHL Playoff Goal
1st Career NHL Playoff Point
April 15, 2011
Viktor Stalberg 1st Career NHL Playoff Goal
1st Career NHL Playoff Point
April 15, 2011
John Scott 1st Career NHL Playoff Game April 17, 2011
Bryan Bickell 1st Career NHL Playoff Goal April 19, 2011
Corey Crawford 1st Career NHL Playoff Win April 19, 2011
Michael Frolik 1st Career NHL Playoff Goal April 19, 2011
Corey Crawford 1st Career NHL Playoff Shutout April 21, 2011
Marcus Kruger 1st Career NHL Playoff Assist
1st Career NHL Playoff Goal
April 21, 2011

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

Date
Details
June 24, 2010 To Atlanta Thrashers
Dustin Byfuglien
Ben Eager
Brent Sopel
Akim Aliu
To Chicago Blackhawks
Marty Reasoner
Joey Crabb
Jeremy Morin
1st-round pick (#24 overall) in 2010
2nd-round pick (#54 overall) in 2010
June 24, 2010 To Edmonton Oilers
Colin Fraser
To Chicago Blackhawks
6th-round pick (#151 overall) in 2010
June 25, 2010 To New York Islanders
1st-round pick (#30 overall) in 2010
To Chicago Blackhawks
2nd-round pick (#35 overall) in 2010
2nd-round pick (#58 overall) in 2010
June 26, 2010 To Toronto Maple Leafs
2nd-round pick in 2010
To Chicago Blackhawks
Jimmy Hayes
June 26, 2010 To Boston Bruins
7th-round pick in 2010
To Chicago Blackhawks
7th-round pick in 2011
June 30, 2010 To Toronto Maple Leafs
Kris Versteeg
Bill Sweatt
To Chicago Blackhawks
Viktor Stalberg
Chris DiDomenico
Philippe Paradis
July 1, 2010 To Atlanta Thrashers
Andrew Ladd
To Chicago Blackhawks
Ivan Vishnevskiy
2nd-round pick in 2011
July 22, 2010 To Florida Panthers
Marty Reasoner
To Chicago Blackhawks
Jeff Taffe
February 9, 2011 To Florida Panthers
Jack Skille
Hugh Jessiman
David Pacan
To Chicago Blackhawks
Michael Frolik
Alexander Salak
February 28, 2011 To Ottawa Senators
Ryan Potulny
Conditional 2nd-round pick in 2011
To Chicago Blackhawks
Chris Campoli
Conditional 7th-round pick in 2012

Acquired Free AgentsEdit

Player Former team Contract terms
Mathis Olimb Frolunda HC 1 year, $600,000 entry-level contract
John Scott Minnesota Wild 2 years, $1.025 million
Marty Turco Dallas Stars 1 year, $1.3 million
Hugh Jessiman Milwaukee Admirals 1 year, $500,000
Fernando Pisani Edmonton Oilers 1 year, $500,000
Ryan Potulny Edmonton Oilers 1 year, $500,000
Garnet Exelby Toronto Maple Leafs 1 year, $500,000
Ryan Johnson Vancouver Canucks 1 year, $500,000

Lost Free AgentsEdit

Player New team Contract terms
Joey Crabb Toronto Maple Leafs 1 Year, $525,000
Richard Petiot Edmonton Oilers 1 year, $550,000
Adam Burish Dallas Stars 2 years, $2.3 million
Kyle Greentree Washington Capitals 2 years, $1.025 million
Danny Richmond Toronto Maple Leafs 1 year, $550,000
John Madden Minnesota Wild 1 year, $1 million
Antti Niemi San Jose Sharks 1 year, $2 million

Players Claimed Via WaiversEdit

Players Lost Via WaiversEdit

Player New team Date claimed off waivers
Nick Boynton Philadelphia Flyers February 26, 2011

Player SigningsEdit

Player Contract terms
Marcus Kruger 3 years, $2.205 million entry-level contract
Niklas Hjalmarsson 4 years, $14 million
Bryan Bickell 3 years, $1.625 million
Jack Skille 1 year, $600,000
Nick Leddy 3 years, $4.2 million entry-level contract
Igor Makarov 2 years, $1.105 million entry-level contract
Evan Brophey 1 year, $500,000
Nathan Davis 1 year, $500,000
Jassen Cullimore 1 year, $500,000
Hannu Toivonen 1 year, $550,000
Jordan Hendry 1 year, $600,000
Nick Boynton 1 year, $500,000
Brandon Pirri 3 years, $1.945 million entry-level contract
Dylan Olsen 3 year entry-level contract
Brent Seabrook 5 years, $29 million contract extension
Jimmy Hayes 3 years, $1.9625 million entry-level contract
Joe Lavin 2 years, $1.18 million entry-level contract

Draft PicksEdit

In the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, the Blackhawks were active in trading, moving up from 30th in the draft to 24th to select Kevin Hayes.

Through other trades, the Blackhawks picked up three selections in the second round and had ten selections overall in the draft.

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 24 (from Atlanta via New Jersey) Kevin Hayes RW Template:USA Noble and Greenough School (USHS–MA)
2 35 (from NY Islanders) Ludvig Rensfeldt C Template:SWE Brynas IF (J20 SuperElit) (Sweden)
2 54 (from New Jersey via Atlanta) Justin Holl D Template:USA Omaha Lancers (USHL)
2 58 (from San Jose via Ottawa via NY Islanders) Kent Simpson G Template:CAN Everett Silvertips (WHL)
2 60 Stephen Johns D Template:USA US National Team Development Program (USHL)
3 90 Joakim Nordstrom C Template:SWE AIK IF (Elitserien Jr.) (Sweden)
4 120 Rob Flick C Template:CAN Mississauga St. Michael's Majors (OHL)
6 151 (from Edmonton) Mirko Hofflin C Template:GER Adler Mannheim Jr. (Germany Jr.)
6 180 Nick Mattson D Template:USA Indiana Ice (USHL)
7 191 (from Dallas) Macmillian Carruth G Template:USA Portland Winterhawks (WHL)

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