The picture on the blue line for the Blackhawks might be getting clearer on Tuesday, but the future might be coming sooner than expected.
First, Brian Campbell was officially diagnosed with a broken clavical and fractured ribs by the Blackhawks on Tuesday from California. However,while the team reports that he will not require surgery, his minimum recovery time would be 7-8 weeks. His season, and most likely all of the playoffs, ended on Sunday.
To replace Campbell, the Blackhawks also announced on Tuesday that Nick Boynton cleared re-entry waivers and will become part of the NHL roster. What will help the Hawks on the road trip is that Boynton, 31, was acquired by the Blackhawks from the Anaheim Ducks on March 2 before being assigned to Rockford. He scored seven points (1 G, 6 A) and 59 penalty minutes in 42 games with the Ducks this season, meaning the Hawks will be adding someone familiar with the West Coast teams the Hawks will play on the road trip, especially the Ducks.
More interesting was another piece of news the Blackhawks released on Tuesday. Shawn LaLonde, one of the team’s top blue line prospects, has been promoted from the OHL to Rockford.
Lalonde, 20, tied for fifth among OHL defensemen with 56 points (13 G, 43 A) in 58 regular season games with the Belleville Bulls. The second round (68th overall) pick in the 2008 NHL Draft, Lalonde led the Bulls in points and ranked second in assists this year. Listed at 6’1 and 192 pounds, LaLonde is a capable offensive defenseman who received a three-year contract from the Blackhawks on December 31 of last year. Because of his solid play in Belleville, LaLonde might be making a move to Rockford to accelerate his promotion to the NHL.