In surprising news on Monday morning, the Blackhawks recalled forward Tomas Jurco from Rockford and sent forward John Hayden to the IceHogs.
Jurco, 25, has scored 13 goals with 12 assists in 36 games in Rockford this season. Chicago acquired him from Detroit for a third round pick in last summer’s draft at the deadline.
Hayden, who turns 23 on Valentine’s Day, has three goals and eight assists with the Blackhawks this season. He is also tied with Tommy Wingels for second on the roster with 103 hits in 39 games. He has also been credited with 14 takeaways and 19 blocked shots.
Hayden has been one of the guys on the roster that everyone points to as a max effort guy; he’s been flying every second he’s on the ice the entire season. Sending him to Rockford makes very little sense unless the Hawks are showcasing Jurco for a potential trade…