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The 2013–14 Chicago Blackhawks season was the 88th season for the NHL.

The Blackhawks were attempting to repeat as Stanley Cup champions, a feat that had not been accomplished in the NHL since the Detroit Red Wings won consecutive championships in 1997 and 1998.

They finished the season in 3rd place in the Central Division and 5th place in the Western Conference with a record of 46-21-15. Their home record was 27-7-7 and their road record was 19-14-8.

Regular SeasonEdit

As the defending Stanley Cup Champions, the Blackhawks kicked off the 2013–14 regular season on October 1, 2013 with a 30-minute banner-raising ceremony at the United Center to celebrate their historical 2012–13 season.

The banners were raised to mark the Blackhawks's clinch of the Central Division, Western Conference, Presidents' Trophy and the Stanley Cup Championship.

The Blackhawks then went on to defeat the Washington Capitals in its home opener, and became the first team since the 2008–09 Pittsburgh Penguins to do so.

However, unlike the previous season where the Blackhawks were undefeated for the first six games of the season, they quickly fell against the Tampa Bay Lightning and division rival St. Louis Blues in the next two games.

On October 15, with a win against the Carolina Hurricanes, the Blackhawks celebrated its 2,500th regular season win in franchise history.

On January 29, 2014 with a win against the Vancouver Canucks, Joel Quenneville reached 693 coaching wins, moving him into sole possession of 3rd place in all-time wins.

On February 3, 2014, the Blackhawks played their 6,000th regular season game in franchise history with a 5–3 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

On March 1, 2014, the Blackhawks played in their 2nd outdoor game in franchise history at Soldier Field (home of the NFL's Chicago Bears). The outdoor game was in part of the new NHL Stadium Series.

The Blackhawks hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins as Captains Jonathan Toews and Sidney Crosby would play against each other for the first time ever in their NHL careers.

In front of a sold out crowd of 62,921, the Blackhawks defeated the Penguins 5-1 in a classic winter storm setting.

On March 19, 2014 (with a win against the rival St. Louis Blues, Joel Quenneville reached 700 coaching wins.

PlayoffsEdit

The Blackhawks qualified for the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.

As the 3rd seed in the Central division, the Blackhawks played the 2nd seed of the Central against the St. Louis Blues in the season's new playoff format.

During the first round against the St. Louis Blues the Blackhawks fell to an early 2–0 deficit in the series with two overtime losses of 4–3 each in St. Louis. The Blackhawks would rally back with 4 consecutive wins to win the best of 7 series.

In game 3, Corey Crawford's stellar performance earned him a 2–0 shutout and the 1st star of the game.

In Game 4, the Blackhawks had a 2–1 lead until the Blues tied the game with 4.6 seconds left in the 2nd period.

The Blues would take the lead in the 3rd period with 7:33 left. The Blackhawks tied the game at 3 with Bryan Bickell's redirect with 3:52 left. In overtime, Patrick Kane would score the game-winning goal with 8:43 left in the game.

With the series tied 2, game 5 would return to St. Louis with another overtime game as Jonathan Toews scored on a breakaway with 12:25 left to take a 3–2 series lead back to Chicago. In game 6, the Hawks would take 1–1 tie into the 3rd period.

The Blackhawks would score 4 goals from Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Andrew Shaw and Duncan Keith to win the game 5–1 and the series 4–2.

The Blackhawks played the Minnesota Wild in the Second Round (a rematch of the 2013 Conference Quarterfinals where the Hawks won in 5 games), but this time around, the Blackhawks defeated them in 6 games.

On May 4, 2014, Joel Quenneville won his 800th coached NHL game for both the regular season and playoffs combined. The Blackhawks won Game 2 against the Wild 4–1.

In a back-and-forth series against the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference Finals, the Blackhawks lost in 7 games.

Team LeadersEdit

AwardsEdit

Regular Season
Player Award Reached
Duncan Keith James T. Norris Trophy June 24, 2014
Duncan Keith 2013-14 NHL First All-Star Team June 24, 2014

TransactionsEdit

Player TradesEdit

Date
Details
June 30, 2013
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Dave Bolland
To Chicago Blackhawks
2nd round pick in 2013 NHL Entry Draft
Anaheim Ducks' 4th round pick in 2013 NHL Entry Draft
4th round pick in 2014 NHL Entry Draft
June 30, 2013
To Winnipeg Jets
Michael Frolik
To Chicago Blackhawks
3rd-round pick in 2013 NHL Entry Draft
5th-round pick in 2013 NHL Entry Draft
June 30, 2013
To San Jose Sharks
Anaheim Ducks' 4th-round pick in 2013 NHL Entry Draft
5th-round pick in 2013 NHL Entry Draft
To Chicago Blackhawks
4th-round pick in 2013 NHL Entry Draft
5th-round pick in 2014 NHL Entry Draft
July 16, 2013
To Los Angeles Kings
Daniel Carcillo
To Chicago Blackhawks
Conditional 6th-round pick in 2015 NHL Entry Draft
November 14, 2013
To Florida Panthers
Jimmy Hayes
Dylan Olsen
To Chicago Blackhawks
Kris Versteeg
Philippe Lefebvre
December 6, 2013
To New York Rangers
Kyle Beach
To Chicago Blackhawks
Brandon Mashinter
December 14, 2013
To Edmonton Oilers
Future considerations
To Chicago Blackhawks
Jason LaBarbera
February 6, 2014
To New York Islanders
4th-round pick in 2014 NHL Entry Draft
To Chicago Blackhawks
Pierre-Marc Bouchard
Peter Regin
February 26, 2014
To Minnesota Wild
Brad Winchester
To Chicago Blackhawks
Brian Connelly
March 2, 2014 To Florida Panthers
Brandon Pirri
To Chicago Blackhawks
3rd-round pick in 2014 NHL Entry Draft
5th-round pick in 2016 NHL Entry Draft
March 4, 2014 To Phoenix Coyotes
2nd-round pick in 2014 NHL Entry Draft
To Chicago Blackhawks
David Rundblad
Mathieu Brisebois

Acquired Free AgentsEdit

Player Former team Contract terms
Nikolai Khabibulin Edmonton Oilers 1 year, $2 million
Theo Peckham Edmonton Oilers 1 year, $575,000
Mike Kostka Toronto Maple Leafs 1 year, $625,000
Brad Winchester Milwaukee Admirals 1 year, $550,000
Matt Carey St. Lawrence University 2 years, $1.85 million entry-level contract
Trevor van Riemsdyk University of New Hampshire 2 years, $1.85 million entry-level contract
Dennis Rasmussen Vaxjo Lakers 1 year, $925,000 entry-level contract

Lost Free AgentsEdit

Player New team Contract terms
Ray Emery Philadelphia Flyers 1 year, $1.65 million
Viktor Stalberg Nashville Predators 4 years, $12 million
Henrik Karlsson Skellefteå AIK 1 year
Rostislav Olesz New Jersey Devils 1 year, $1 million
Carter Hutton Nashville Predators 1 year, $550,000

Players Claimed Via WaiversEdit

Players Lost Via WaiversEdit

Player New team Date claimed off waivers
Ryan Stanton Vancouver Canucks September 30, 2013
Mike Kostka Tampa Bay Lightning February 23, 2014

Player SigningsEdit

Player Date Contract terms
Bryan Bickell June 30, 2013 4 years, $16 million
Nick Leddy July 3, 2013 2 years, $5.4 million
Michal Handzus July 5, 2013 1 year, $1 million
Michal Rozsival July 5, 2013 2 years, $4.4 million
Marcus Kruger July 12, 2013 2 years, $2.65 million
Ryan Stanton July 16, 2013 2 years, $1.1 million
Kyle Beach July 17, 2013 1 year, $550,000
Drew Leblanc July 19, 2013 2 years, $1.15 million
Teuvo Teravainen August 22, 2013 3 years, $2.775 million entry-level contract
Corey Crawford September 2, 2013 6 years, $36 million contract extension
Niklas Hjalmarsson September 4, 2013 5 years, $20.5 million contract extension
Andrew Shaw November 12, 2013 2 years, $4 million contract extension
Ryan Hartman November 18, 2013 3 years, $2.775 million entry-level contract
Brandon Bollig March 3, 2014 3 years, $3.75 million contract extension
Dillon Fournier March 10, 2014 3 years, $2.1275 million entry-level contract
Brandon Mashinter March 19, 2014 2 years, $1.125 million contract extension
Stephen Johns April 2, 2014 2 years, $1.8 million entry-level contract

Draft PicksEdit

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
1 30 Ryan Hartman RW USA Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
2 51 Carl Dahlstrom D Sweden Linkopings Jr. (Sweden-Jr.)
3 74 John Hayden C USA USA NTDP (USHL)
4 111 Robin Norell D Sweden Djurgarden U18 (Sweden-Jr.)
4 121 Tyler Motte C USA USA NTDP (USHL)
5 134 Luke Johnson C USA Lincoln Stars (USHL)
6 181 Anthony Louis C USA USA NTDP (USHL)
7 211 Robin Press D Sweden Sodertalje SK (Sweden-2)

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