Blackhawks Recall Jurco, Send Hayden To Rockford

In surprising news on Monday morning, the Blackhawks recalled forward Tomas Jurco from Rockford and sent forward John Hayden to the IceHogs.

Jurco, 25, has scored 13 goals with 12 assists in 36 games in Rockford this season. Chicago acquired him from Detroit for a third round pick in last summer’s draft at the deadline.

Hayden, who turns 23 on Valentine’s Day, has three goals and eight assists with the Blackhawks this season. He is also tied with Tommy Wingels for second on the roster with 103 hits in 39 games. He has also been credited with 14 takeaways and 19 blocked shots.

Hayden has been one of the guys on the roster that everyone points to as a max effort guy; he’s been flying every second he’s on the ice the entire season. Sending him to Rockford makes very little sense unless the Hawks are showcasing Jurco for a potential trade…

41 thoughts on “Blackhawks Recall Jurco, Send Hayden To Rockford

  • January 8, 2018 at 10:49 am

    You have got to be kidding?? Maybe SB and Donald Trump have the same inability to manage talent?! This makes no sense AND sends the wrong messsage to Hayden, who should be part of the Hawks immediate and distant future!! Holy Cow?!

  • January 8, 2018 at 10:59 am

    I absolutely do not understand this move.

    When I consider possible moves, Sharp and Panic come to mind – Hayden has been contributing.

  • January 8, 2018 at 11:05 am

    LOL, Hayden has played well imo and this must be some sort of showcase for what, a possible trade with Sens? I would take Hayden over Jurco based on what samples we have seen. If Jurco is the answer he will have to prove it. Maybe someone keeping close tabs on the Hogs can add some insight here?

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • January 8, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Got to be a showcase.

  • January 8, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Sounds like a bad Obama executive order.

  • January 8, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Something more to this. Maybe Jurco is going to be traded and they want to see him in an NHL game.

  • January 8, 2018 at 11:27 am

    My first inclination is that this is a showcase move. Panik has to go and no one will take him without someone else. I believe both Panik and Jurco are former #1 picks of their respective teams. Hayden is the only guy that you can send down without messing with the offensive output of the top 3 lines. It sucks. But, business has to be conducted.

  • January 8, 2018 at 11:48 am

    I think it might have been Totti who had been continuously calling for a Jurco call up.
    He’s getting it, but hopefully for a trade showcase as mentioned above.

    What would the Blackhawks receive in a trade for Jurco? I’m seriously not slamming on the guy, but I don’t think it could be for more than a draft pick somewhere down the road.

  • January 8, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Sacrafice a few games to showcase the two worst players on the team (Panik and Jurco). This typically dumb move by SB will keep the Blackhawks on the bottom of the Central for the rest of the year. It is time to send Stan Bowmen to the back room counting paper clips. Coasting on the name of his father for too long, Bowman trades of Sharp & Johns for Trevor Daly and the Seabrook contract for 7 mil are are just two examples of his incompetence. Kruger 3 mil contract hurt and this current 4th line is better without him (e.g Wingles, Bhouma, and Hayden).
    Finally get a decent team on the ice and they break it.
    Saad – Toews – Hinostrozza
    Schmaltz – Anisimov – Kane
    Dcat – Kempry – Hartman
    Wingles – Bhouma – Hayden

  • January 8, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Answer: Dale Tallon

  • January 8, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Hayden has the biggest b___s on the team, simply stated he is a bad ass. He pummeled the one guy on New Jersey, then fought a friend of his in the rematch. He can contribute offensively, skates well, has killed penalties also. I recall reading from a writer in another city that opposing players have taken notice of Hayden, and he is not someone they want to mess with. Hayden has earned the respect of others to not — or limit — taking liberties against the Hawks’ skilled players.

    Clearly, Jurco provides none of these attributes. Jurco will have to turn into an offensive juggernaut on the NHL level to offset Hayden’s departure. How likely is this? If one were to trade Jurco, his value is best suited in the AHL, where he has played well and an opposing GM might think he still has potential to translate these abilities on their given NHL team.

    There is no way this was a Q decision.

  • January 8, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    Franson waived too so may be more moves afoot.

  • January 8, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Never have understood this interest in Jurco. Smells like the elder Bowman remembering some potential he saw when he was back in Detroit, but he has not lived up to it at the NHL level at all.
    I wonder if Hayden did something to get into Cheateau-Bow-Wow?
    It’s been odd all year the guys who are getting scratched so lumps like Panik and Sharp can go out and contribute next to nothing.

  • January 8, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Sorry to see Hayden get sent down. But it might help him playing top line minutes.
    But it is what it is. I wonder if Anisimov is close to coming back.


    It will be interesting to see how it works out.

  • January 8, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Could have something to do with 6 day break coming up plus maybe wanting to showcase some players. Go down for a couple weeks and play or stay and not play much.

  • January 8, 2018 at 12:42 pm



    January 8, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Answer: Dale Tallon

  • January 8, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    they’d get a bag of pucks for him

  • January 8, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    I was thinking that maybe Bouma could be moved out of the starting lineup now that Hayden has more or less taken on the tough guy role … but, what do I know?

    Jurco? Got talent for sure but how many chances does he get to make something of that talent at the NHL level? I guess there’s always hope this might be the time the light goes on for him. As for showcasing him – really? Certainly not for long and then what could the Hawks get for him? Not much unless he scores 4 or 5 goals in 2 or 3 games and then the Hawks wouldn’t want to trade him. Very confusing move unless they’ve given Hayden something to work on.

  • January 8, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    Whos Dale Tallon.

  • January 8, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    I love people who keep talking about Dale Tallon like he was a mastermind. Since he has taken over the Panthers, what kind of powerhouse they have become. These are the same people that wanted to keep Brandon Pirri…lol
    The bullshit meter on this blog gets pegged daily.

  • January 8, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    Odd move to say the least. Hayden has been looking good and not just as a tough guy. His puck handling has improved, he wins puck battles in the corners and is willing to go to the front of the net. I was even wondering why Q had not given him more time on the Toews line (formally known as the top line) before Vinnie took over. I felt that Hayden could play the physical power forward roll that neither Toews nor Saad seem to have a stomach for on a consistent basis.

    Here’s to hoping that this is just a pre-trade show case. Hayden should continue to a have a place with the big team.

    Go Hawks

  • January 8, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    Hayden has had 2 assists in his last 15 games, he has regressed in production and a reboot looks necessary. See Schmaltz, Nick 2016/2017.

    Gustafsson will be recalled tomorrow to replace Franson. Franson was OK, but his style didn’t fit. He’s slow and a defensive liability. His possession numbers look good because most of his starts were in the O-zone. They kept him out of D-zone at all costs.

  • January 8, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Hayden will be back. This be good for him it was for 8.

  • January 8, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    I’m with you, Big Al. Enough of this Tallon nonsense. If he was so freakin smart, why did he leave Marchessault unprotected in the draft? The best scorer on his team last year with a 50+ point season that included 30 goals and he lets Vegas pluck him away for nothing. He’s 27 and Vegas now has him locked for 6 years at 30 mil. Such a genius that Tallon.

  • January 8, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    I hope Hayden is back soon he’s not going to get many points skating with Wingels and Bouma that line is supposed to check and play defense. As far as points go how many does Sharp have. Hopefully these moves are to set up a trade of some kind or to let the remaining defensemen get into a more specific rotation. I can’t see where Jurco fits.

  • January 8, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    I’m not sure what is going on, but I don’t believe Hayden deserved to be sent down. Maybe they think Jurco can provide more offense, but Hayden was showing up every night.

  • January 8, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    Credit Jurco with going down to Rockford and producing instead of sulking. He’s been hot lately, on the score sheet often.

    With 4 games between now and the “bye week”, he’s likely going to play.
    If they are going to give him a look, this is the week to do it. 4 games in 6 days is insane.

    I am a Hayden fan and everything he brings. He definitely will be back. Playing a handful of games in Rockford, will not hurt him one iota. He’s a character kid.

  • January 8, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    Agree with Big Al and Tony. Many talk of Tallon as if hes an oracle. He drafted Kane over Turris. Kudos. Toews fell in his lap. Ditto for Ekblad, Barkov, and Huberdeau. He also drafted Gudbranson 3rd overall in 2010.

    How many non Oilers gms have had 6 top 3 draft picks in 13 drafts? Going back to the 06/07 drafts….NHL games played by players other than Toews and Kane? 11. 11 NHL games between 14 players.

  • January 8, 2018 at 10:15 pm

    ………Hayden ….Franson…..are just scapegoats in a mid season crisis that doesn’t bode well for Blackhawks……..the real culprits are the entire power play crews and coaching staff….injuries to Anisimov and Crawford are possible explanations but the fact of the matter is the power play sucks and we are at the bottom of the barrel of talent….merely juggling them around doesn’t do the trick anymore…

  • January 8, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    And Big Al, now that you opened the door and mentioned Pirri, don’t forget about his perennial running mate Morin; is that one on Tallon as well?

    Ahhhh…. no. Morin was one of Bowman’s true loves; wasn’t there someone on this site who was on the same page as Bowman about Morin? Hmmm……

    As for Tallon, anyone making fun of Tallon is barking up the wrong tree. Sure, he had some misses, but he built the core of the team that won the 3 Cups, either as GM or assistant capacity. Of course, Bowman deserves credit as well taking the reins thereafter. There are Tallon haters as well as Bowman haters out there. How about the Hawks trade Bowman to Florida for Tallon? King Scotty lives down there half the year.

  • January 8, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    When I posted whos Tallon I meant it like these guys are saying. Nothing agasint the guy. Enough is enough they both did really good at times and both got us a Cup and Cups. Bowmans a better manager and I am glad we have him and his dad. Good blood on our side.

  • January 8, 2018 at 11:38 pm

    Wasnt making fun of Tallon, but his influence on the current roster is grossly overstated. Bowman has been in the front office since 01. Tallon joined in 98.

    Iceman- are you sure you really want to bring up love for Morin?

  • January 9, 2018 at 2:27 am

    Sending Hayden down makes sense.

    With Hartman day to day, the Blackhawks need a left wing. Thomas Jurco is a left wing. Maybe if he does OK the Blackhawks can trade Jurco.

    While Hayden played physical and was good defensively he had not scored since November 25th, He was one few persons the Blackhawks could send down who would not have to clear waivers.

  • January 9, 2018 at 2:39 am

    Some people love Stan Bowman, other don’t – I don’t think he has done a great job but has done OK.

    1. Keeps bringing back ex hawks who are past prime like Brian Campbell, Johnny Oduya and Patrick Sharp which keeps some young talent off roster.

    2. Gave too long contracts to Seabrook and Keith. Overpaid Seabrook on his contract. Too many no trade contracts.

    3. Should have kept Vinnie Hizastroza on roster all season. Keeping Tanner Kero on was a mistake.

    4.Trading a third round pick for Thomas Jurco was stupid.

    5. Made some really bad trades getting rid of Patrick Sharp the first time. Would have been better to waive him and kept Stephen Johns.

    Stan Bowman has done good at:

    1. Finding free agents in Europe

  • January 9, 2018 at 7:08 am

    If Crawford out for awhile wouldn’t be surprised if goaltender help might be coming.

  • January 9, 2018 at 8:59 am

    Mr Carpenter’s comment made me chuckle… thanks for that.

  • January 9, 2018 at 9:03 am

    Ernie: have to poke fun at myself, no question. Although the downside (two years later) to Morin for Panik trade now is Panik’s large cap hit for one more season.

  • January 9, 2018 at 9:08 am

    Nothing wrong with self deprecating humor!

    Saad last 4 games…6pts. Slow your roll partner. They’re different players. Saad has to go to the net. Which he wasn’t doing. He may have turned the corner. Theres more to a player than pts.

  • January 9, 2018 at 10:07 am

    Sorry if I offended anyone regarding my brief Dale Tallon reply. Wirtz’s comment regarding the identity of Vortex just made me laugh – thus my applause. No harm intended – I appreciate both Dale and Stan.

  • January 9, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Gusafsson has 14 games of waiver exempt left before a decision has to be made and Jurco 10 games 30 days which be 6 or 7th of Feb. a decision have to be made. If AA returns a roster move needed to accommodate him so one of them likely the move unless a trade happens.

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