Blackhawks Recall Wyatt Kalynuk, Send Mike Hardman To Rockford

In a somewhat intriguing move, the Blackhawks recalled defenseman Wyatt Kalynuk and sent forward Mike Hardman to Rockford on Tuesday afternoon.

Kalynuk gives the Blackhawks nine defensemen on the roster.

Caleb Jones was not at the morning skate because of a non-COVID illness. And Connor Murphy is in concussion protocol. But this recall limits the number of options Derek King has up front.

However, there have been persistent rumors that the Blackhawks are going to be active in the trade market. And as injuries start piling up around the NHL, something might hit before the holiday roster freeze.

Ian Mitchell has played much better since his recall so we’ll have to wait and see how the crowded blue line gets sorted out in the days/games to come.

8 thoughts on “Blackhawks Recall Wyatt Kalynuk, Send Mike Hardman To Rockford

  • December 7, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    Yes it’s a strange move but at the same time Hardman was not doing a lot to stay with the big team .
    Mitchell had time in Rockford and I think he did learn that it’s not easy to comeback in NHL . .maybe he can stay and help the Hawks now …let see
    Kalynuk is also in the learning process and he needs to stay focus on giving 100%
    Many teams are looking for answer lately so big 2-5 players trade between 2-3 teams is possible.

  • December 7, 2021 at 5:05 pm

    Hopefully a large move is forthcoming which would enable Mitchell and Kalynuk to grab spots in the top 6. As I said earlier, Murphy,McCabe,Stillman,DeHaan have very similar games. And with Gus being a Coach King favorite now,I could see a couple D Men on the move for a real NHL Center or an offensively talented wing with speed.

  • December 7, 2021 at 5:28 pm

    Going out on a very short limb tonight, Toews with a goal and assist tonight. Tonight’s the night.

  • December 7, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    If the Hawks are looking to make a trade right now, I would suggest they should be buyers looking to add a scorer rather than being sellers. At least for now.

    If the Hawks can pry a top six forward who can score and not sell the farm to do it, they should. It sends a message that the management is behind this roster and there is belief they can make the playoffs.

    The team put themselves in such a hole the first 12 games going 1-9-2. But In the next 12 games they went 8-4 with one of the worst 5 on 5 offenses in the league. I am not suggesting the Hawks will make the playoffs, but I think there is a lot of value for them to position themselves that way, if for no other reason than to lessen the impact of losing their first round pick to complete the Jones trade. I would rather they give up the 15th pick (just missing the playoffs) than start selling now and not get a lottery pick and lose the 4th or 5th pick.

    It is way too early to talk about selling.

  • December 7, 2021 at 6:24 pm

    Sure, let the “intern” who has no known experience in even “scouting” hockey players, wheel and deal players on his own. This ought to be good.

  • December 7, 2021 at 6:30 pm

    Agree to move but not sale and give up .

  • December 7, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    Maybe 1,2 or all of Kalynuk, Mitchell and Slavin are up getting showcased for a potential trade.

  • December 7, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    Please not Slavin
    I have a good feeling about this guy .

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