Blackhawks Activate Rozsival, Assign Gustafsson

On Friday morning, the Blackhawks made a couple roster moves.

Veteran defenseman Michal Rozsival was activated off LTIR, and rookie defenseman Erik Gustafsson was assigned to Rockford.

Which means David Rundblad is still on the NHL roster.

Rozsival, 37, has been a member of two Stanley Cup championship rosters in Chicago. Unfortunately, a gruesome ankle injury brought his 2015 postseason to a premature end. He posted one goal and 12 assists in 65 regular season games last year with the Hawks.

Gustafsson, 23, registered three assists in six games with the Blackhawks after he was recalled. He looked good in last night’s loss to New Jersey and is clearly ready for the NHL, but is headed back to the IceHogs while Rundblad continues to waste a roster spot in Chicago.

23 thoughts on “Blackhawks Activate Rozsival, Assign Gustafsson

  1. Hof – we all get it. Doesn’t mean Rundblad should still be here. Is there a risk that someone takes Rundblad? Yes. Would that be a bad thing? No. He needs to be gone. There are better players in the organization to flip at the 6-7 dman spot w/ Rozsival (and Daley) than Rundblad. He’s just sitting in the press box collecting checks.

    They unloaded Erixon via waivers. Worst thing that would happen is Rundblad is in Rockford taking away ice time from a prospect.

  2. I am baffled by this angst to put Rundblad on waivers. Clearly Q has no confidence in him so what difference does it make if you can trade him for a 7th round pick or if you lose him on waivers. The only reason I can come up with is that SB thinks he could be a throw-in chip in a larger trade. Doesn’t make sense to keep him in Chicago to sit in the press box every night.

  3. Tab, we all get it. Rundblad is terrible. You want him on waivers and if he gets claimed so what. We all get it.

    However, the Blackhawk brass apparently thinks differently. You chided posters about “realism” didn’t you?

    By the way, Tim Erixon was a totally different situation than Rundblad – they had no development time invested in Erixon.

    I am no great fan of Rundblad and don’t want anyone accusing me of defending him because I’m not. I do like to think along with management and what they’re trying to do and their approach. They could have waived Rundblad 100 times already and they haven’t done it.

    Maybe they still will Tab and I’m sure that’ll be a blog you’ll be happy to post!

  4. MS point about Bowman possibly thinking Rundblad could be a chip in a larger trade, yup. Could very well be the case.

  5. re: Rundblad being a chip in a larger trade – the Hawks made 2 significant trades over the summer that included young defensemen. Bowman had two opportunities to move Rundblad and didn’t. I don’t see a “major” deal in which Rundblad is thrown in at this point that makes sense.

  6. I believe this is the right move. Gustafsson shows legitimate future promise. Moreso than Svedberg. So let Gustafsson continue to grow and develop in Rockford for a while longer. Very glad to be getting Rosival back.

  7. Practice notes:


    I already feel better about the blue line. Rozsival babysitting Daley w/ Svedberg & Rundblad on the outside looking in is fine by me. That’s a strong top 4.

    Dano was back w/ 19 & 81. the third line was interesting: Shaw-Kruger-Teravainen. Mashinter-Kero-Garbutt for a 4th.

  8. So I continue to watch Dano closely, and while there is lots of interesting skill there, he looks bewildered and very raw on the ice. So I’m sorta okay if he is going to stay up and “learn on the job,” but the better strategy would be for him to play heavy minutes in Rockford for a few months. He is just not ready to play Blackhawks / Quenneville style hockey.

  9. MS- agree… SB , hoping and waiting for some more PO teams, to be desperate w/ Injuries at TDL on D side… then SB might be able to turn that lemon into lemon-aide…

    I think there is a big dis-connect between how FO and Q see Runbad…
    at this point – you look at #5- and his abilities and FO thinks-wow!!!! he is gonna be a player… and then you actually see him play a few times… and continues to make same mistakes… Q … NO LIKE

    Kinda like looking at Dano’s Hilites from BJ’s… you think can’t miss prospect…
    YET- he hasn’t shown one flicker of hope to me thus far in Hawks Jersey…
    Dano, is still young/and early in system- so I am NOT giving up yet… but I was really wrong on him so far… I still wonder if that knee injury he took for Czech team in summer has long term lingering effects ( Bickell, Rusty)

  10. Dumping Rundblad also further hurts the organizational depth at D. After all the trades in the past year shipping out young defensemen, Stan probably doesn’t want to risk losing another one for free.

  11. Note to Q: Patience is a virtue – try it once in a while. I get that your modus operandi is to juggle the lines, but at some point you need to leave players in the same role for a couple games so you can make an assessment on something more than the fits and starts you’re getting by constantly shuffling the lineup.

    Dano practicing on the 1st line today – good, let’s see it it works over 2 – 3 games before you toss the dart and move on to the next plan.

    Regarding Dano getting OJT and needing big minutes – how about just leaving him with Toews and Hossa and he’ll get the big minutes he needs.

  12. Addendum to my previous post:

    Playing Dano at 1LW for at least a few games – what do you have to lose? The bar has been set so low by the other guys who played with Toews and Hossa that Dano can’t be worse unless he scores on Crawford or does something equally ridiculous.

  13. re: JEG’s comment – Stan doesn’t want to risk losing another “young” dman for free? Rundblad is 25 and sucks. I would prefer they get some use out of Gustafsson – the better player. If someone wants Rundblad for this year AND NEXT for nothing, good riddance.

  14. At what point does Stan FINALLY give up on the Rundblad “hope and a prayer” project. Especially if Q isn’t going to play him or play him so infrequently that he doesn’t get the game time experience necessary to improve. It’s past time to cut our losses on Rundblad. Send him to Rockford and maybe a miracle happens and whatever hasn’t “clicked in” before finally does. And if some GM claims him on waivers – so be it – good luck to David and his new soon to be frustrated organization.

  15. ^Agreed. And Pokka has also been playing really well lately from what I’m reading, so that’s another good, young player that needs time and space to grow. Rundblad had his shot. Time to clear the way for the younger guns.

  16. Here’s my question: Why did Svedburg stay and Gustafsson get sent down? Cap reasons? It seemed to me that Gustafsson was a better option hockey wise to stay.

    Tab, totally agree, waive Rundblad.

    Would live to see: 2, 4, 7, 57, Then rotate 6-52-32 rotating as the third pair. Unfortunately 43 instead of 52.

    Give 6 another 10 games. If it doesn’t work, try and package him off.

  17. Tab totally share your sour taste for Runblad as to many here. I see Gus as a keeper. Don’t care for Sveddy, but would still keep him over Runblad. I don’t understand Stanbo’s obsession with the guy. I was shocked when we resigned him in the off season and didn’t move him. And, now he is sitting in the press box most of the season. We have the need for help on defense with Keith out and we bypass the guy for AHL players. What does that telegraph to other clubs about his value? I don’t see that you have any alternative but to waive him because I can’t see anyone trading for him.

  18. Now that Rozy’s back, we can add defense to the list of weaknesses alongside bipolar goaltending and lack of 5-on-5 scoring…

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