Blackhawks Recall Skille, Lose Smolenak

Jack Skille

The Chicago Blackhawks accounced two roster moves on Saturday morning. One was logical, the other intriguing.

The logical move was the Hawks recalling wing Jack Skille from the AHL. Skille, 22, has been considered a top prospect in the organization since Chicago drafted him seventh overall in 2005. In the absence of Marian Hossa, Skille figured to see time with the Blackhawks at some point this season, but was among the final cuts made before the season began.

The intriguing move that happened Saturday was the loss of wing Radek Smolenak. Smolenak, 22, was claimed off waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning on September 25 and made his first appearance for the Hawks in Thursday’s loss in Detroit. He received a fighting major in the loss, and played just over four minutes.

What made the loss of Smolenak intriguing was the nature of the transaction. Tampa Bay, who lost Smolenak on waivers just a few weeks ago, claimed him back off waivers from the Blackhawks on Saturday. Apparently Smolenak is using Hertz as his agent, as the Hawks apparently only rented him.

The Blackhawks host Colorado in their home opener Saturday night.



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