The Blackhawks made a few player moves recently, mostly related to salary cap implications.  Forwards Vincent Hinostroza, Thomas Jurco, Alex Debrincat, defenseman Gustav Forsling, and goalie J.F. Berube were assigned to the Rockford Ice Hogs.  Jordin Tootoo and Michal Roszival were placed on the long-term injured reserve list.  This leaves the roster at twelve forwards, six defensemen and two goalies, the league minimum for the season-opening roster (due at 5 pm Eastern on October 4th).  It is highly expected that these moves were made purely from a salary cap perspective.  Thanks to a final ruling confirming the team’s ability to place Hossa on long-term injured reserve, the team will keep him on the starting roster that is submitted allowing the team the option of keeping his entire $5.275MM salary cap hit open the entire season.  Once the roster has been finalized, the team will be able to bring up three players prior to the first game.  While I am not sure if anyone beyond Forsling and Debrincat will be called back to the team for the season opener on Thursday night, the team will have the roster spot and salary cap available.  The roster for the game against Pittsburgh is expected to look like this:

Forward Lines

LineLeft WingCenterRight Wing
OneBrandon SaadJonathan ToewsRichard Pánik
TwoRyan HartmanNick SchmaltzPatrick Kane
ThreePatrick SharpArtem AnisimovAlex DeBrincat
FourLance BoumaTanner KeroTommy Wingels
BenchJohn Hayden

Defence Pairings

Pairing 1Duncan KeithConnor Murphy
Pairing 2Gustav ForslingBrent Seabrook
Pairing 3Michal KempnýJan Rutta
Bench Cody Franson


StarterCorey Crawford
BackupAnton Forsberg

Trading for Saad this summer helped the team a couple of ways, primarily giving Toews a player he played well and has a comfort with on left wing, extending the control of a young player (extra two years vs. Panarin) as well as securing a solid backup goaltender in Forsberg.  In general, I like the look of the expected roster and lines.  But, at some point this season I would also like to see Sharp get a chance to play with Kane and Schmaltz, as they seemed to have some good chemistry throughout the preseason.  The fourth line looks like it could be a good checking line with two players 6’2+ and the other two at 6’0.  


Blackhawks Make Some Moves for Opening Day Roster
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Blackhawks Make Some Moves for Opening Day Roster
The Chicago Blackhawks have made a few moves to be ready for the start of the 2017/2018 season! Check out all the details broken down inside!
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Steven Holben

Steven Holben has been a fan of hockey since his first Phoenix Roadrunners game in the early 90’s. His passion for hockey extends from watching all levels of games to playing in a weekly men’s league as well as collecting hockey cards. Although he is still a firm Coyotes fan, he has learned to root for the Blackhawks since he moved to the Chicago area in 2007. He also supports his wife’s favorite team (Redwings) as well as the Michigan State Spartans. He will be covering the Blackhawks as well as other Chicagoland related hockey news.

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