Blackhawks Recall Gustafsson, Assign Franson To Rockford

On Tuesday morning, the Blackhawks assigned veteran defenseman Cody Franson to Rockford and recalled Erik Gustafsson.

Franson cleared waivers earlier in the morning, a bit of a surprise.

Gustafsson, 25, has 17 points in 25 games with the IceHogs this year and was selected to represent Rockford at the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic. In 2015-16 Gustafsson appeared in 41 regular-season games with Chicago, posting 14 assists. He was named Rockford’s Defenseman of the Year last season.

6 thoughts on “Blackhawks Recall Gustafsson, Assign Franson To Rockford

  • January 9, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    Gus for Franson is a big upgrade. Coupled with benching Seabrook, the Hawks D just got a lot faster.

    I think watching that loss to Vegas anyone could clearly see the outlandish speed advantage they had against our D. It is really hard to survive or play winning hockey trotting out 3 slow guys on D in today’s NHL (Seabs, Murphy, Franson).

  • January 9, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Mike good point i was thinking similar too. Doubt 7 be out long but sad to see him scratched none the less, nothing to be happy over. Wonder if this could be a indication of direction next year. If they reslly want to move on from Seabrook and go with younger guys like Jokiharju, and bought out both 5 and 7 , Murphys savings next 2 years covers 7s buyout costs with Hossa’s coming off to cushion higher cost years later on. Might be why Bowman was so willing to take Murphy on that trade. With cap increase and ability to move AA in off season you might be able sign a veteran who still has some legs too, possibly a Mike Green.

  • January 9, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Ugh. First Karlsson then Mike Green!? Has everyone on this blog forgotten what a D-man that knows where his own zone is looks like. At least wish for a Doughty or even a TJ Brodie or Trouba type. Give Crow some help with guys that have a clue how to play D in their own zone first.


  • January 9, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    Trouba a rfa Jets either sign him or trade and not likely in division, Doughty not likely to be moved, staying LA and if Brodie being shopped definitely be a good option. Greens defensive liability can be offset by offensive zone starts as they did with Franson. The thing is he is a excellent skater who should help the pl and offense and can.

  • January 9, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Darren I don’t get the vitrol aimed at Erik Karlsson. He is a generational talent. He has won what, two, three Norris Trophies? He is not your typical defenseman, he is more of a rover, like Paul Coffey and Phil Housley were. But he drives their entire offense and lifts the team to a higher level like in the playoffs when they lost to Pitt in the finals. And he has unreal wheels.

    Would he solve all the Hawks problems on the blue line? No. Plus, salary cap wise, it’s pretty unrealistic to think about adding him. But acting like he sucks seems really silly.

  • January 9, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    Maybe I don’t get it but has Kempny been that bad where as the Hawks need to carry 8 D-men again. You would think that he would have been given an oppertunity to play more verses bring Gustafasson up.

    Is Kempny in Q’s dog house and if so why. He sure is not Rundblad.

    Go Hawks

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