The Blackhawks welcomed the Sabres to the United Center for their first meaningful home game of the 2014-15 season, and handled their business with authority in a runaway victory.
A number of Chicago Blackhawks are on the cusp of reaching significant career milestones as they get set for their 2014-15 home opener. Let’s look at some of the regular season benchmarks on the horizon for a few of the Blackhawks’ best.
It took 65 minutes and three shots for the Blackhawks to emerge victorious in Dallas to open the 2014-15 season.
Coach Joel Quenneville told the media on Wednesday that forward Kris Versteeg will miss around three weeks with a lower body injury. Michal Rozsival will be re-evaluated on Friday.
Also, Capgeek reported on Wednesday morning that the Coyotes retained 27 percent of David Rundblad’s contract at last year’s trade deadline, giving the Blackhawks the needed leverage to get under the cap in time for Tuesday’s cutoff.
On Tuesday the Blackhawks placed forward Brandon Mashinter on IR, retroactive to Oct. 1. This move get the team down to 23 players on the active roster.
In the wake of the Nick Leddy trade, many fans are concerned about the condition of the Blackhawks’ blue line. Coach Joel Quenneville has indicated the team plans to open the regular season with eight defensemen on the roster, but who will play? And with whom?
Nick Leddy has been traded to the New York Islanders for defensemen Ville Pokka and TJ Brennan and goaltender Anders Nilsson.
The Blackhawks have sent prospects Teuvo Teravainen and Klas Dahlbeck to Rockford.
Adding Dahlbeck and Teravainen to the Rockford roster puts the IceHogs at seven defensemen and 14 forwards after the cuts the IceHogs made on Saturday.
On Saturday, the Rockford IceHogs sent defensemen Kirill Gotovets, Justin Holl and Mathieu Brisebois, and goalies Mac Carruth and Kent Simpson Rockford’s ECHL affiliate, the Indy Fuel.
Rockford also released forwards Scott Brannon, Winston Day Chief, Garrett Klotz, Brett Perlini and Klarc Wilson, and defensemen Nick Bruneteau, Brett Kostolansky, Ildar Telyakov and Paul Swindlehurst from their training camp tryouts.