Moving Day: Blackhawks Send IceHogs Packing

On Monday afternoon the Chicago Blackhawks trimmed the roster to what it will likely be for Opening Night on Wednesday.

After placing four players on waivers, the Blackhawks sent the following 10 players to their AHL affiliate in Rockford:

Forwards
Andrei Altybarmakian
Evan Barratt
Matej Chalupa
MacKenzie Entwistle
Reese Johnson
Cam Morrison
Tim Söderlund
Michal Teplý

Defensemen
Chad Krys
Alec Regula

Chicago also released forward Michael Krutil from camp and released goaltender Cale Morris from his PTO.

18 thoughts on “Moving Day: Blackhawks Send IceHogs Packing

  1. Sounds like what was said by GM, that youngsters would be on taxi squad to start year until Rfd. season gets going. Need 3 more moves at least off remaining players to taxi squad to get to 23, need at least 4 with max of 6 on taxi squad. Smith, plus waived players likely candidates to be on taxi squad, sooner or later as needed.

    This years draftees Kriever and Philips could start year in Rfd. as well until their junior leagues start or restart. Wonder if they do that, overager draftee Yetman signed an Ahl deal with Rfd. in last couple of days for this season.

  2. Now we will see iff they are serious about rebuilding….they should not add anybody from now .jus let those youngsters get ice time.
    Quenville should be pick by Florida with Papa.

  3. Ebony Raptor
    As stated previously, you are good at playing devil’s advocate.
    But you stink at playing Bowman apologist.

    He messed up on Crawford.

    Your point about his offer to Crawford is crap.

    Any good poker player knows You bet like that from a point of strength.
    3 peach fuzz goalies is 3 of a kind against Crawford’s fill house.

    No strength there

    You lose.

    Just like Bowman did.

    A wise negotiater sees what the counter offer is.

    Ask any States Atty at 26th and California.

    Just don’t ask Bowman.
    He signed Marty Turco and Andrew Brunette in the same year.

  4. Crawford for 1 year to work with these younger goalies and see what they can bring to the show and be in a position to resolve the goalie situation for immediate future next summer would’ve been a good move. Crawford for 2 years and keeping the goalie of the future question in limbo for another year, not so good for the organization overall, maybe had they drafted Askarov then a argument for 2 years could be made as Askarov is projected as an Nhl starter as soon as then. See how that plays out for Preds.

  5. @Perimeter player

    Thought you made a New Years resolution to not spouse the same thing in every thread?

  6. PP, that’s your opinion. My opinion is that not only did Stan not “mess up” with Crawford, he made the correct decision to not sign Crawford for more than 1 year. What exactly do you think the primary objective is for this season? If you think it’s to win as many games as possible – then I can see how this misguided viewpoint can lead you to believe not signing Crawford was a mistake. I think it’s clear the primary objective for the 2021 season is to sort out the young players and get experience for the keepers from that group. The unsaid agenda item is that, oh by the way, if we lose a few more games because the goaltending isn’t very good … I guess it won’t hurt to get a better draft position.

  7. In terms of prospects, the future looks a little brighter than the past. No real top 6 Forwards or Top 4 Dmen talent amongst them ( other than perhaps Mitchell ) but you can start to see some elements of drafting the right type of players. Some of these kids sent down today ( and a few left for the taxi squad ) will potentially make the big show some year. However, we need to avoid drafting any player again with sub par skating ( i.e John Hayden ). Too many of those for too many years. As for the scrimmages, I was pleasantly surprised with Cam Morrison and I think Regula might be useful some day soon as well. I think Kurashev can be an effective third line center. Again, not top 6 talent here but we`re deeper in prospects now than we`ve been in a long time.

  8. I expect Kurashev, Hagel, Kalynuk and Beaudin to be assigned to the taxi suad until the AHL starts (early Feb I believe) but hopefully they get in a game or two before they go – even though they’ll be sent to RKF they should be back as injuries take their toll

    Be interesting to see what happens with Lank and Carlsson – I suspect Lankinen goes down as well leaving Tomkins on the taxi squad (although hopefully he doesn’t get in any games) but maybe they’ll keep him up and rotate him in until the competition is over – unfortunately for him because he’s waiver exempt he’s almost certain to be sent down

    Carlsson may survive depending on Seabrook’s health but eventually Seabs will be back (as the 7th D – Seeler as the 8th) and then I expect he’ll go down although he should be first call up amongst D men and could easily be a regular if there’s an injury or by TDL – I like him

  9. To be clear Lank and Carlsson should survive on taxi squad until at least the AHL starts but possibly longer

  10. Troy mentioned during the scrimmage that teams must carry a 3rd goalie this season because there won’t be an emergency goalie in the building (ala Foster a couple years ago) – so with Tompkins being sent down it’s going to be Subban, Delia and Lankinen.

  11. ER – that’s the way it is now but once the AHL starts the Hawks will want Lankinen playing games regularly so I imagine that unless Lank has won a job in CHI which in the short time frame before the AHL opens, I doubt, then I see Tomkins being recalled and Lank going down

    If Lank were to stay on taxi squad he’d need to be getting in NHL games regularly or he’s just being wasted

    If they want Lank to be one of the two NHL goalies then they’d need to expose Delia or Subban to waivers to send them down or even to the taxi squad

    I don’t think they’ll want to do that so Lank is odd man out and likely the AHL goalie come Feb.

  12. Lankinen won’t sit on taxi squad of not getting into any games, mentioned that before good chance he plays in Rfd. when they start if that’s the case. Could see for first few games until Soderberg cleared to play, that he stays on Nhl roster if the plan is to get him in a game or 2.

  13. Wrap – good point re: Lankinen.

    Just curious what others think about Pirri. I think he looked pretty good in the scrimmage and probably earned a spot in the starting-12 ,,, but he will be 30 before the season ends so he’s probably not a long term option in this rebuild youth movement. That begs the question – what should the “age cutoff” be for considering players to be part of the youth movement. I’m pretty sure 30 is over the limit but Zadorov and Kubalik are 25 and they are most likely part of the rebuild so it’s got to be somewhere between 25-30 – but what?

  14. @Ebony

    Pirri is on the roster because of Soderberg being out for now. He’s in Chicago but has to quarantine for 7 days.
    Better Pirri being scratched then a young player. Also kurashev and Hagel are both still up on the roster as of now:

  15. @mrfenn92 – I know Soderberg is on his way and he’ll knock out someone when he is cleared to play – hopefully it’s Pirri because I don’t see the point in playing a soon-to-be 30 year old when there are kid options available. We’ll see what happens.

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