The Hawks recalled goaltender Scott Darling from Rockford and assigned goaltender Antti Raanta to the IceHogs.
Darling, 25, was good in his time with the NHL club earlier this season. In three games with Chiacgo, Darling posted a a .933 save percentage and a 1.98 goals against average, winning two of his three games. He has been dominant since joining the IceHogs, posting a 5-1-0 record in six games with the IceHogs. Darling currently ranks fifth in the AHL with a 1.79 goals-against average and sixth with a .939 save percentage.
Raanta, 25, hasn’t been bad with the Blackhawks this season but he hasn’t been in a game in three weeks. He has the same .933 save percentage as Darling and his 2.03 goals against average is better than a 1-2-0 record would indicate, but he hasn’t appeared in a game since a 3-2 loss on Oct. 25 in St. Louis.
Darling’s cap hit is only $570,000, almost $200,000 less than Raanta ($750,000). The swap of netminders will give the Hawks some cap flexibility to accommodate the recall of Nordstrom so the team can carry 13 forwards on the upcoming Circus Trip.