When defenseman Steve Montador cleared waivers on Tuesday, the Blackhawks shipped him to Rockford. The move opened up a roster spot, which was filled by forward Jimmy Hayes.
This season, Hayes has enjoyed a strong second half for the IceHogs and currently is tied for tenth in the AHL with 22 goals; one of the other five players at that mark is Rockford forward Jeremy Morin. Eight of his 22 goals came on the powerplay, and his 39 total points ranked fourth on the IceHogs.
Hayes, 23, spent 31 games in the NHL last year, registering nine points (five goals, four assists). Listed at 6-5 and 210 pounds, Hayes will bring some much-needed size to the Hawks’ lineup as they begin their road trip in Columbus on Thursday night.