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Richards signing hasn’t deterred Teravainen

Jul 18, 2014, 9:51 PM EDT

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Going into this summer, one of the big questions facing the Chicago Blackhawks was who they could get to serve as their second-line center. The fact that they were close to the cap complicated matters, but their problem was solved when Brad Richards agreed to join them at the discounted price for $2 million for the 2014-15 campaign.

One of the perks of that signing is that it allows the Blackhawks to take some pressure off of 19-year-old forward Teuvo Teravainen, who was a potential fallback option. Now it’s possible that Teravainen won’t make the team at all and instead get some seasoning in the minors.

That might not be a bad thing for him as he has very little North American experience, but it’s not what Finnish league standout wants.

“My goal is to play NHL and I’m going to go to training camp and try to get it,” Teravainen told’s Brian Hedger.

Originally taken with the 18th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Teravainen had nine goals and 44 points in 48 games with Jokerit Helsinki last season. He then came over to North America where he played in three games with Chicago and five with the AHL Rockford IceHogs.

Although he was originally penciled in as a center, Teravainen is happy to serve as a winger if it means making the team. Even still, it will be a tough battle for him as Chicago currently has 12 forwards signed to one-way contracts and that doesn’t include Brandon Saad.

  1. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Let him play 1st or 2nd line in the AHL, get stronger physically, and be ready to be called up as an injury replacement. Or is someone does not play well.

  2. blomfeld - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    “This has been tough weeks in that country” – George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., April 13, 2004

    Sorry all you Blackhawk fans out there, however we Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings no longer consider you people to be a ‘legitimate’ threat ! :)

    • tas750 - Jul 19, 2014 at 12:36 AM

      Blomfeld, go pound sand! Hawks are the favorite, check your odds makers. Btw, take you & your lame ass video post’s back to the 19th century & stay there

      • blomfeld - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:37 PM

        “take you & your lame ass video post’s back to the 19th century” … Tas750

        Yeah sure, Elvis was making movies in the 1800’s eh ? … no offense, but man are you Blackhawks ever a bunch of ‘dumb-assed’ losers !

    • comeonnowguys - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:35 AM

      …and yet here you are, on every Blackhawks article. Your bravado is oh so transparent.

  3. blackhawks2010 - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Teuvo time is going to be another superstar for the Hawks. No need to rush the 19 year old, plenty of time…

  4. jpat2424 - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:14 AM

    Fantastic ^

  5. jpat2424 - Jul 19, 2014 at 7:16 AM

    Blomfield is a douche today tomorrow and forever. Go hawks

    • blomfeld - Jul 19, 2014 at 10:44 PM

      “Blomfield” ? … Jpat2424

      another Chicago cretin, this time one who can’t even spell correctly ? … no offense pal, but man are you Blackhawks ever a bunch of ‘dumb-assed’ losers ! … go eat some pizza and hustle up Oprah ya goof !

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