The Hawks re-assigned Ryan Potulny and Ben Smith to Rockford today. With Dave Bolland on Injured Reserve and his earliest return date being Saturday and Marian Hossa being unable to participate in contact drills at practice, it’s safe to say at least one player will be recalled before Wednesday night’s game.
There was some debate awhile back on the process of how Potulny is called up and then sent down. While some parts of the Collective Bargaining Agreement are fairly straight-forward, the waiver process is not. From what I’ve been told after asking around, Potulny is exempt from waivers for the rest of the year because he cleared at the end of training camp. I wasn’t 100% sure this was the case until Potulny was simply re-assigned to Rockford today without having to clear waivers. Same thing goes for Jassen Cullimore when/if he gets sent down. He cleared at the beginning of the year, therefore he can go up and down without having to clear waivers again.
Either way, unless the Hawks want to give Tomas Kopecky a chance to best his -5 from last Friday, I anticipate them calling up someone who can play center. So Potulny, Brandon Pirri, and Evan Brophey are all options. With Pirri playing exceptionally well so far and no timetable on Bolland’s return, he could be given a legitimate shot to nail down a roster spot.
–Speaking of Rockford hopefuls, this is a fairly interesting article about the budding relationship between Igor Makarov and Ivan Vishnevskiy. It is a little bizarre, however, to read about Vishnevskiy as though he’s some 33 year-old journeyman like the article makes him out to be. He and Makarov are nearly the same age.
–I think I’d like to challenge Stan Bowman’s memory here.
“I’m happy with our depth,” Bowman said. “Last year we had a pretty good year [health wise] other than toward the end.”
Ben Eager, Adam Burish, Dave Bolland, and Marian Hossa all missed significant portions of the first half of last season. Burish and Bolland missed nearly the entire season. The Hawks never missed a beat with any of those guys out.
This year, they’ve been without only Brian Campbell and just recently have lost Bolland and Hossa for any length of time. I don’t think anyone will say things have gone swimmingly to this point.
But to say their depth is fine and then re-write what happened last year is comical at best, insulting at worst.