Late Saturday night, the Blackhawks trimmed their roster to 24 by sending forwards Brandon Pirri and Jeremy Morin and netminder Antti Raanta to Rockford.
The moves leave the active NHL roster at 13 forwards, nine defensemen and two goaltenders. One of Ryan Stanton or Mike Kostka will have to be sent to Rockford to get the roster down one more spot.
Indications are that Kostka has won the eighth spot on the Hawks’ blue line over Stanton. In Saturday night’s preseason finale, Kostka skated 19:55 with one hit, one takeaway and one blocked shot. He also played 1:25 on the power play and 55 seconds short-handed. Meanwhile, Stanton was a healthy scratch.
Update (Sunday): the Blackhawks have placed Ryan Stanton on waivers. Also, Kyle Beach has been loaned to a team in Sweden.
Update II (Monday AM): the Vancouver Canucks claimed Ryan Stanton off waivers.