The Blackhawks trimmed their roster down again on Friday afternoon. This time, some big names were sent packing to Rockford. Kyle Beach, Igor Makarov, Brian Connelly, Brandon Pirri, and Ben Smith were all sent to the AHL affiliate.
The Hawks have 9 defensemen left in camp. Nick Leddy and Jassen Cullimore are the last two standing of the eventual cuts.
14 forwards remain. Jack Skille was injured in last night’s game so Jeremy Morin or Viktor Stalberg bought themselves one extra day to impress. And with Morin skating on Sharp and Kane’s line tonight, it’s likely his spot to lose.
Skille’s injury isn’t said to be serious.
–The lede of this story was brutally buried.
Another role player was goaltender Antti Niemi who made a name for himself in the playoffs. I’m told Head Coach Joel Quennville was less than pleased the organization didn’t do more to try and keep this guy.
Maybe it’s nothing, but I find it very interesting this is the first time we’re hearing about a rift between Quenneville and a front office decision. Something to keep an eye for sure, at least at the beginning of this season.