The Blackhawks called up another seven players from Rockford today and added them to their black aces (or practice) squad which previously consisted of Garnet Exelby, Jassen Cullimore, Jeff Taffe, and Hannu Toivonen. The players recalled were Rob Klinkhammer, Brandon Pirri, Shawn Lalonde, Ryan Stanton, Alec Richards, Jeremy Morin, and Brian Connelly.
There’s a few interesting/curious things from that. The first one is why would the Hawks call up four guys one day and then two days later, recall another seven guys. Not sure I really understand that but I’m sure Stan Bowman has his reasons, however arbitrary they might be.
Also of note is that Jeremy Morin was included on that list even though he hasn’t played in a game since January 15th. He left that game with an upper body injury which is thought to be a concussion. He had been practicing with the IceHogs prior to their season ending.
The final interesting nugget is that Kyle Beach was left off the list. I think it’s safe for everyone to start packaging Beach with Niklas Hjalmarsson in all your Hawk fantasy trades for this summer. If this doesn’t serve as the final dagger in Beach’s tenure with the Hawks, it would be a stunning turn of events.
–Other items of interest today from the Hawks, Tomas Kopecky and Dave Bolland were both ruled out for Game 2. Ryan Johnson will play. Joel Quenneville sure made it seem like Fernando Pisani was going to take Kopecky’s place. Though he later also added that John Scott could also play.
Before we all stick our heads in the oven imagining that scenario, it should probably serve as a reminder that no NHL coach is going tip his hand on roster decisions before he has to. however ridiculous they seem. That being said, if John Scott dresses in the playoffs, it would be one of the worst decisions ever made in NHL history.