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The 2015–16 Chicago Blackhawks season was the 90th season for the NHL.

The team entered the season as defending Stanley Cup champions.

The Blackhawks finished the season with a 47–26–9 record and qualified for the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the #3 seed in the Central Division, but they lost in the first round to the St. Louis Blues (four games to three).

Off-SeasonEdit

The Blackhawks faced an offseason of change after being crowned Stanley Cup Champions for a third time in six years.

Coming into the offseason, it was well known Chicago was facing impending cap space struggles and moves would need to be made.

On June 27, 2015, the Blackhawks traded backup goaltender Antti Raanta to the New York Rangers in exchange for AHL forward Ryan Haggerty.

On June 29, 2015 (two days after the trade), defenseman David Rundblad received a 2-year, $2 million contract extension.

The Blackhawks attempted to negotiate a contract for restricted free agent winger Brandon Saad who was a restricted free agent, but they were unsuccessful.

Unlikely to match any sizeable offer sheets due to cap constraints, the Blackhawks traded Saad & prospects Michael Paliotta and Alex Broadhurst to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for center Artem Anisimov, wingers Jeremy Morin & Corey Tropp, prospect Marko Dano and their 4th-round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft on June 30, 2015. The move did not sit well with the Chicago fanbase as Saad was viewed as another top young player on the Stanley Cup-winning squad.

The next day on July 1, 2015, Anisimov subsequently signed a 5-year, $22.75 million contract with the Blackhawks.

Chicago turned to Russia a few times throughout the offseason. KHL winger Viktor Tihkonov (the grandson of the legendary Soviet coach by the same name) signed a 1-year, $1.04 million contract with Chicago on July 1, 2015. Tihkonov was returning to the NHL for the first time since his 2009 season with the Phoenix Coyotes.

Also, the Blackhawks and Edmonton swapped minor league players, sending goaltender Anders Nilsson to the Oilers in exchange for forward Liam Coughlin.

Following season-long trade speculation, the Blackhawks pulled the trigger on another trade by trading another piece of its core Stanley Cup winning teams.

Another cap clearing move, Chicago traded alternate captain Patrick Sharp and defenseman Stephen Johns to the Dallas Stars in exchange for forward Ryan Garbutt and defenseman Trevor Daley.

The 3-time Stanley Cup winner carried a cap hit of $5.9 million in each of the next two seasons which limited the Blackhawks in what they could do with free agency. A trade was expected following a down year in terms of production and the large aforementioned cap hit.

Forward Andrew Desjardins returned on a 2-year deal worth $1.6 million, taking less to stay in Chicago.

The Chicago Blackhawks extended the contracts of defensemen Viktor Svedberg & Michal Rozsival & forward Marcus Kruger.

The team lost forwards Brad Richards & Antoine Vermette and defenseman Johnny Oduya during free agency.

Regular SeasonEdit

The Blackhawks began their title defense with an average month of October with a record of 6–5–0.

However, their fortunes increased in the months of November (7–3–1) and December (9–5–1). They finished the month of December on a two game winning streak.

Looking to keep the wins coming in 2016, The Blackhawks won their first 10 games of January, bringing the win streak to 12 games.

The streak set a franchise record for the most consecutive wins & tied the Florida Panthers win streak earlier in the season for the longest winning streak in the NHL during that season.

Team LeadersEdit

AwardsEdit

Regular season
Player Award Awarded
Patrick Kane NHL First Star of the Week November 9, 2015
Patrick Kane NHL First Star of the Month December 1, 2015
Corey Crawford NHL First Star of the Week December 14, 2015
Patrick Kane 2016 NHL All-Star Game Captain January 2, 2016
Patrick Kane NHL Third Star of the Month January 4, 2016
Jonathan Toews 2016 NHL All-Star Game selection (note: missed game due to illness) January 6, 2016
Patrick Kane NHL First Star of the Week January 18, 2016
Corey Crawford NHL Second Star of the Month February 1, 2016
Artemi Panarin NHL First Star of the Week April 4, 2016

MilestonesEdit

Regular season
Player Milestone Reached
Artemi Panarin 1st career NHL game
1st career NHL goal
1st career NHL point
October 7, 2015
Viktor Svedberg 1st career NHL game October 9, 2015
Ryan Garbutt 200th career NHL game October 9, 2015
Trevor van Riemsdyk 1st career NHL goal October 10, 2015
Artemi Panarin 1st career NHL assist October 10, 2015
Viktor Svedberg 1st career NHL goal
1st career NHL point
October 15, 2015
Vinnie Hinostroza 1st career NHL game October 17, 2015
Tanner Kero 1st career NHL game October 29, 2015
Erik Gustafsson 1st career NHL game
1st career NHL assist
1st career NHL point
October 30, 2015
Viktor Svedberg 1st career NHL assist November 2, 2015
Ryan Hartman 1st career NHL assist
1st career NHL point
November 4, 2015
Marcus Kruger 300th career NHL game November 4, 2015
Tanner Kero 1st career NHL goal
1st career NHL point
November 6, 2015
Andrew Desjardins 300th career NHL game November 8, 2015
Artem Anisimov 200th career NHL point November 8, 2015
Tanner Kero 1st career NHL assist November 18, 2015
Patrick Kane 19 game point streak - American Record (later 26 games)
600th career NHL game
November 28, 2015
Michal Rozsival 900th career NHL game December 3, 2015
Patrick Kane 22 game point streak - Blackhawks Record (later 26 games) December 6, 2015
Dennis Rasmussen 1st career NHL game
1st career NHL goal
1st career NHL point
December 8, 2015
Patrick Kane 600th career NHL point December 8, 2015
Marian Hossa 1,200th career NHL game December 13, 2015
Niklas Hjalmarsson 500th career NHL game December 13, 2015
Dennis Rasmussen 1st career NHL assist December 13, 2015
Brandon Mashinter 1st career NHL goal
1st career NHL point
December 13, 2015
Patrick Kane 1st American born player to score 20 goals in each of their first 9 seasons December 13, 2015
Jonathan Toews 600th career NHL game December 20, 2015
Phillip Danault 1st career NHL assist
1st career NHL point
December 20, 2015
Brent Seabrook 800th career NHL game December 27, 2015
Artem Anisimov 100th career NHL goal December 31, 2015
Jonathan Toews 4th OT goal this season - Blackhawks Record (later 5 goals) December 31, 2015
Corey Crawford 300th career NHL game January 3, 2016
Phillip Danault 1st career NHL goal January 8, 2016
Duncan Keith 800th career NHL game January 10, 2016
Joel Quenneville 783rd career NHL coaching win - 2nd all time January 14, 2016
Patrick Kane 1st career NHL hat-trick January 15, 2016
Andrew Shaw 300th career NHL game February 6, 2016
Jonathan Toews 300th career NHL assist February 6, 2016
Patrick Kane 400th career NHL assist February 15, 2016
Artemi Panarin 1st career NHL hat-trick February 17, 2016
Artemi Panarin 1st career NHL playoff goal April 15, 2016
Trevor van Riemsdyk 1st career NHL playoff goal April 23, 2016

TransactionsEdit

Player TradesEdit

Date
Details
June 27, 2015 To New York Rangers
Antti Raanta
To Chicago Blackhawks
Ryan Haggerty
June 30, 2016 To Columbus Blue Jackets
Brandon Saad
Alex Broadhurst
Michael Paliotta
To Chicago Blackhawks
Artem Anisimov
Marko Dano
Jeremy Morin
Corey Tropp
4th-round pick in 2016 NHL Entry Draft
July 6, 2015 To Edmonton Oilers
Anders Nilsson
To Chicago Blackhawks
Liam Coughlin
July 10, 2015 To Dallas Stars
Patrick Sharp
Stephen Johns
To Chicago Blackhawks
September 11, 2015 To Carolina Hurricanes
Kris Versteeg
Joakim Nordstrom
3rd-round pick in 2017 NHL Entry Draft
To Chicago Blackhawks
Dennis Robertson
Jake Massie
5th-round pick in 2017 NHL Entry Draft
December 14, 2015 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Trevor Daley
To Chicago Blackhawks
Rob Scuderi
January 3, 2016 To Toronto Maple Leafs
Jeremy Morin
To Chicago Blackhawks
Richard Panik
January 21, 2016 To Anaheim Ducks
Ryan Garbutt
To Chicago Blackhawks
Jiri Sekac
February 25, 2016 To Winnipeg Jets
Marko Dano
1st round pick in 2016 NHL Entry Draft
conditional 3rd round pick in 2018 NHL Entry Draft
To Chicago Blackhawks
Andrew Ladd
Jay Harrison
Matt Fraser
February 26, 2016 To Los Angeles Kings
Rob Scuderi
To Chicago Blackhawks
Christian Ehrhoff
February 26, 2016 To Montreal Canadiens
Phillip Danault
2nd round pick in 2018 NHL Entry Draft
To Chicago Blackhawks
Dale Weise
Tomas Fleischmann
February 26, 2016 To Los Angeles Kings
Rob Scuderi
To Chicago Blackhawks
Christian Ehrhoff
February 29, 2016 To Carolina Hurricanes
Dennis Robertson
To Chicago Blackhawks
Drew MacIntyre
February 29, 2016 To Anaheim Ducks
Corey Tropp
To Chicago Blackhawks
Tim Jackman
7th-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft
June 15, 2016 To Carolina Hurricanes
Teuvo Teravainen
Bryan Bickell
To Chicago Blackhawks
New York Rangers's 2nd round pick in 2016 NHL Entry Draft
CHI's 3rd round pick in 2017 NHL Entry Draft

Acquired Free AgentsEdit

Date Player Former team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
July 1, 2015 Viktor Tikhonov SKA Saint Petersburg 1 year, $1.04 million
July 2, 2015 Cameron Schilling Washington Capitals 2 years, $1.15 million
July 2, 2015 Michael Liambas Milwaukee Admirals 1 year, $575,000
August 18, 2015 Nolan Valleau Bowling Green Falcons 2 year, $1.335 million
February 28, 2016 Mac Carruth Rockford IceHogs 1 year, $575,000
May 24, 2016 Lars Johansson Frolunda HC 1 year, $575,000
May 24, 2016 Michal Kempny Avangard Omsk 1 year, $700,000
May 24, 2016 Martin Lundberg Skelleftea AIK 1 year, $692,500

Lost Free AgentsEdit

Date Player New team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
July 1, 2015 Brad Richards Detroit Red Wings 1 year, $3 million
July 1, 2015 Antoine Vermette Arizona Coyotes 2 years, $7.5 million
July 4, 2015 Cody Bass Nashville Predators 1 year, $575,000
July 15, 2015 Johnny Oduya Dallas Stars 2 year, $7.5 million

Players Lost Via WaiversEdit

Player New team Date
Viktor Tikhonov Arizona Coyotes December 6, 2015
Jiri Sekac Arizona Coyotes February 27, 2016

Player Lost Via RetirementEdit

Player SigningsEdit

Date Player Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
June 29, 2015 David Rundblad 2 years, $2 million
June 30, 2015 Michael Leighton 1 year, $575,000
July 1, 2015 Artem Anisimov 5 years, $22.75 million
July 3, 2015 Andrew Desjardins 2 years, $1.6 million
July 7, 2015 Trevor van Riemsdyk 2 years, $1.65 million
July 9, 2015 Dennis Rasmussen 1 year, $575,000
August 5, 2015 Viktor Svedberg 1 year, $575,000
September 2, 2015 Joakim Nordstrom 1 year, $605,000
September 11, 2015 Marcus Kruger 1 year, $1.5 million
September 19, 2015 Michal Rozsival 1 year, $600,000
September 26, 2015 Brent Seabrook 8 years, $55 million contract extension
October 15, 2015 Kyle Cumiskey 1 year, $575,000
March 3, 2016 Kyle Baun 2 years, contract extension
March 3, 2016 Marcus Kruger 3 years, $9.25 million contract extension
March 14, 2016 Viktor Svedberg 2 years, contract extension
April 4, 2016 Robin Norell 3 years, entry-level contract
April 6, 2016 Tyler Motte 3 years, entry-level contract
April 14, 2016 Carl Dahlstrom 3 years, entry-level contract
April 29, 2016 Luke Johnson 3 years, entry-level contract
May 11, 2016 Gustav Forsling 3 years, entry-level contract
June 14, 2016 Mac Carruth 1 year
June 15, 2016 Richard Panik 1 year
June 19, 2016 Nick Schmaltz 3 years, entry-level contract
June 22, 2016 Dennis Rasmussen 1 year

Suspensions & FinesEdit

Player Explanation Length Salary Date issued
Jonathan Toews Missing the NHL All-Star game 1 game N\A January 28, 2016
Duncan Keith Striking Minnesota Wild center Charlie Coyle
in the face with his stick (intent to injure)
6 games N\A April 1 - April 13, 2016
Andrew Shaw Uttering an anti-gay slur 1 game N\A April 21, 2016

Draft PicksEdit

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
2 54 Graham Knott LW Canada Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
3 91 Dennis Gilbert D United States Chicago Steel (USHL])
4 121 Ryan Shea D United States Boston College High School (USHS–Massachusetts)
5 151 Radovan Bondra RW Slovakia HC Kosice (Slovak Extraliga)
6 164 Roy Radke RW United States Barrie Colts (OHL)
6 181 Joni Tuulola D Finland HPK ([[Liiga)
7 211 John Dahlstrom LW/C Sweden Frolunda HC Jr. (Sweden-Jr.)

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