Blackhawks Release Hejda, Kero From Camp

Late Saturday night, the Blackhawks made two roster moves.

Chicago assigned forward Tanner Kero to the Rockford IceHogs. The Blackhawks also released veteran defenseman Jan Hejda from training camp. Hejda had been with the team on a PTO.

The Blackhawks roster is now down to 36 players (21 forwards, 12 defensemen and three goaltenders).

9 thoughts on “Blackhawks Release Hejda, Kero From Camp

  1. Like Kero good movement very aggressive. Visnovsky fits Hawks system a lot better than Hejda. Hejda looked stiff around the net.

  2. Visnovsky still on PTO – has not signed a contract w/ the Blackhawks. And the Hawks already have 7 dmen (including Rozsival) signed. Something has to give for there to be room for the veteran.

  3. Quenneville indicated it’s questionable Rozsival is ready for start of the season. Roster shuffling this week will tell the story, but I think LTIR is realistic. If so, that means there’s temporarily room for Visnovsky.

    Further I think Cameron Schilling’s showing last night sealed Hejda’s release. Schilling should be a good emergency recall guy in case of injury but he does not offer what Visnovsky does, which is power play ability.

    Further, Bowman does not anticipate any outside additions, meaning the roster will come from who is in camp. I’m still seeing a trade in the next 7-8 days, bringing back a prospect they’ve had their eye on or a draft choice, with some money being shipped out.

    One kid they would love to get – center Christian Dvorak from Arizona. He’d be tough to pry away but he’s a local young man who was on their radar when he was draft eligible but Arizona took him in the 2nd round, higher than the Blackhawks thought he’d go.

  4. Personal opinion in response to Hof’s comments about Rozsival & Visnovsky – having “temporary room” is a more likely scenario for a kid like Gustafsson or Schilling to get a few weeks and then head back to Rockford, because he can, than sign an NHL veteran for a full season. The best case scenario for Visnovsky to stay is somehow unload Rundblad AND put Rozsival on LTIR. Remember: this Hawks team still doesn’t have a lot of cap space, and the roster isn’t limitless.

  5. Tab…my thoughts exactly…Rozy starts on LTIR and it would be no surprise if we see a trade before opening day involving Rundblad. I have no idea what Visnovsky would command $ wise for a year. That would be a great addition to the D for sure.

  6. Thinking they’ve already discussed their situation with Visnovsky, we’ll see. Schilling is on waivers right now along with Mashinter. I presume both will clear but who knows.

    Room is very tight both in terms of money and bodies as Tab states. They cleared some room with the Versteeg & Nordstrom trade – I’m confident there’s one more in the cards here soon.

    At the moment (emphasis on at the moment) Visnovsky is a really good fit. Left shot and power play skills. Usually when they see a good fit they make something happen.

  7. The Bickell trade will now happen but will need a sweetener in order to maximize the cap space value. (if we’re lucky it will be McNeil, Kero or Danault and not any of the newer, better kids)

    As for defense, likely to be a rotating shuttle all year with Rozy/Visnovsky plugging in as is the Hawks style. In this 7 year run with 5 trips to the WCF and 3 Cups, just remember defensemen like Walker, Sopel, Scott, O’Donnell, Brookbank, Cumiskey and Rozival – all relative castaways have skated in the playoffs for the Hawks. Nothing different this year, just add Visnovsky to the list.

  8. Love what I’ve seen from Vishnovsky. Stan Bowman answered a question yesterday about trading young defensemen in recent deals, the obvious reference was to Johns and Paliotta.

    He said that TVR and Rundblad are still very young in his mind.

    I would be stunned if Stan moves Rundblad add to that, Roszival is just now putting skating weight on his ankle. Add to that, NHL conditioning is an incredibly high level. So I would imagine Roszival is out for at least the first 10 or dozen games.

    So you have the top 4, TVR, Rundblad And Lubomir + rosy on Injured Reserve.

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