The Blackhawks reportedly signed veteran defenseman Cody Franson to a PTO this week because they may need a right-handed defenseman more than fans knew.
On Wednesday, agent Rich Winter told Scott Powers at The Athletic that Michal Rozsival is “not 100 percent healthy, which is a challenge because he’s got symptoms he’s managing as result of the knockout punch that was delivered to him unexpectedly.” Winter also serves as Marian Hossa’s agent.
Rozsival was sucker-punched by Anaheim’s Nick Ritchie late in the regular season and required facial surgery.
Without Rozsival, the Blackhawks would have only Brent Seabrook and newcomer Connor Murphy as right-handed shots on the blue line heading into the 2017-18 season. Jan Rutta and Ville Pokka, also righties, are also in the mix for a roster spot.