Blackhawks Recall Pokka, Put Franson On IR

On Wednesday, the Blackhawks placed veteran defenseman Cody Franson on IR (retroactive to Dec. 9) and recalled defenseman Ville Pokka from Rockford.

Pokka, 23, has 12 points in 26 games with Rockford this season. He has not appeared in an NHL game yet.

On Tuesday night, Jan Rutta left the Hawks win over Florida in the second period after taking a shoulder to the head. His potential absence, coupled with Franson still not being 100 percent, made the Hawks need an extra body even while carrying eight defensemen on the NHL roster to date.

20 thoughts on “Blackhawks Recall Pokka, Put Franson On IR

  • December 13, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Curious if Pokka will play tomorrow or if they unearth Michael Kempny. If Q indeed overlooks Kempny Stan should really try to trade him. It would be glaring to see Pokka play over Kempny in this situation. You would have to assume that Jordan O will play again after playing OK last night.

  • December 13, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    It will be interesting to see what Q ends up deciding.

  • December 13, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Hawks have had 2 right shot D go down.

    2,42,6,82 all left shot.

    5,7,11,44 all right shot.

    5 and 7 have been paired together, I would assume that trend continues. Despite what Makita thinks, that pairing has had the best +/- since being paired.

    2 and 82 continue. 82 played both sides before he got here and has said he’s comfortable playing both.

    That leaves 42 and 6. Who would compliment 42 best? Would Pokka being a right shot fit? Pokka may also help the pp. But Kempny would probably help as well. If Kempny enters the lineup the d pairings get blown up. Do you change 3 pairs to help 1 pair?

    Ultimately this recall may just be an acknowledgement to Pokka. A way to reward him being a good soldier.

  • December 13, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Kempny has a mystery “illness” … okay.

    Let’s see what Pokka can do.

  • December 13, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Wow! Kempny really must have peed in Q’s rice crispies. That shocks me. Maybe it is something behind the scenes that we don’t know, like his attitude about not playing has been negative or something. I can’t imagine why he has been blackballed like this. If he was playing he could easily be our 5th best defenseman but he needs to develop.

  • December 13, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    You sure the illness info is accurate? Was reported as an illness 11/22. Last updated before the previous Panthers game.

  • December 13, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    From the looks of the aftermath, Rutta may be in the concussion protocol. Seemed pretty wobbly trying to get up and then coming off the ice. Hope for his sake first, and then the team’s, that his absence is not too prolonged. He’s been solid.

    Wondering if it’s Panik or Hartman against the Jets?

  • December 13, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Pokka will play 10 or 11 minutes. The directive : make a good first pass,
    do not get scored on. It’s that simple.

  • December 13, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    When was the last time Q was completely wrong about a player be decided to scratch? Morin, Hayes, Pirri,Dano, Olsen, Clendening…

    Just sayin.

  • December 13, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    I’m going out on a limb and saying I think 38 & 14 both dress and they sit 48 or 10 for this game . 48 has shown great speed as usual but has looked also out of sorts at times.

    Ogie makes excellent points regarding the Dmen and especially, “Do you change 3 pairs to help 1 pair?” Seabs has played his best hockey this year as a 3rd pairing guy with less minutes, but…

    Kempny has a history of a high “Corsi for” and would help the PP so ultimately it will be these pairings for Jets game

  • December 13, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Agree Hinostroza takes a seat. He’s been ok… but with a bigger team, I think Panik plays. I dont think Hartman has done enough to get scratched and I don’t think vinny has done enough to stay in.

  • December 14, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Ogie, “the last time Q was completely wrong about a player be decided to scratch?” — Vermette.

    (Hartman is debatable.)

  • December 14, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Is that why Arizona waived him 1 year after re-signing him?

    Trades are a little different than guys that have been with the system. Vermette didnt want to leave. His wife was pregnant and due in mid june. Hell, look at Matt Duchene. Eeep! And even still, Duchene has 5 points in 16 games. Vermette had 3 assists in 19 games before getting scratched.

    28 pts in 72 games last year…but hes great at the dot so all is forgiven.

  • December 14, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Agree Balcony.

    At some point were going to have or add a very good faceoff player. You guys know how any of our prospects are at that. Anybody good that coming for 19 season or will we have to add at deadline and or summer.

  • December 14, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Keep line pairs same unless player cant sub in then we have no choice and would rearrange to do what we have to. Thats where you have higher and lower min for certain guys.

  • December 14, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Ogie, “…but hes great at the dot so all is forgiven.” — that’s what I’m talking about. That, and three GWG 2015-15 post season.

  • December 14, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Dont get me wrong, I am glad they got Vermette. But they got him to be a 2 c. He’s always been a 3c. A very good 3c. When players are forced to play up a line and focus on different things just because they were really good at others, that’s when expectations arent met. When he was dropped back down to 3c playing the role he was comfortable with that’s when he got back on track. He was still below his career average offensively in the playoffs that year despite his 3 GWG’s.

    Side note…Hawks could really use a REAL 3c…

  • December 14, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Seabsy boy and Murph have played good since being united. I wouldnt f with that.

  • December 14, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    ALERT. ALERT. Kempny out of hibernation, let’s see if he still knows how to skate or handle a hockey stick.

    Dickie – accurate re: Q & Vermette. Vermette would have signed here after Arizona cut him but for Q. Who would you rather have — Panik @ $2.8M cap hit or Vermette @ $1.8M cap hit, likely a little less to come back here, and faceoff worries would be minimal at best.


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