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Morin, Klinkhammer called up, Hossa on IR

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Morin, Klinkhammer called up, Hossa on IR

Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010
Posted: 12:15 p.m.

By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

Rob Klinkhammer didn't sleep too well on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old, who along with Jeremy Morin was called up from Rockford, was a little restless knowing he'll play in his first NHL game tonight when the Blackhawks host the Dallas Stars.

As nervous as he is, it was also perfect timing; Klinkhammer said his parents had just come into Rockford to see him play there, so there was a happy change of plans. His parents will be attending tonight's game.

"This is definitely a dream come true," he said this morning. "Whether it's a one-game stint or a week or whatever, I'm just glad to take it. I'll give it my best shot and see what happens."

Meanwhile, Morin was recalled after playing the last three games with the Blackhawks. Morin was also added to the World Junior roster for the tournament that runs Dec. 26 through Jan. 5 in Buffalo. Morin was part of the gold-medal winning U.S. team last year, scoring six goals and 10 points in seven games.

"Obviously it's a great tournament," he said. "Last year winning gold and this year having it in Buffalo, on home soil, it would be a great experience."

Then again, the Blackhawks could need him up here around that time.

"We'll see how it plays out," coach Joel Quenneville said. "If you ask players where they'd rather be, (the world junior tournament) is a good situation, but when they get to the NHL it's a pretty good challenge and chance to get to this level."
Hossa on IR

The Blackhawks placed Marian Hossa on injured reserve, retroactive to Nov. 29 when he sustained a lower-body injury in practice. Quenneville said that it was just procedural; Hossa has not suffered any setback in his recovery.

Neither he nor Fernando Pisani (upper body) are expected to make the trip to San Jose and Denver. Quenneville said the two will be working out here and hopefully ready to come back shortly after the Blackhawks return home.
Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

Could Hobey Baker winner Will Butcher be an option for Blackhawks?

Could Hobey Baker winner Will Butcher be an option for Blackhawks?

The calendar is quickly approaching August and a majority of the NHL's top free agents have already signed new deals or found new homes. But there's one marquee player who has suddenly shaken loose, and will surely draw heavy interest across the league.

That would be 22-year-old defenseman Will Butcher, who informed the Colorado Avalanche that he will hit the open market and become an unrestricted free agent on Aug. 15.

Butcher, a 2013 fifth-round draft pick, was named the recipient of the 2017 Hobey Baker Award, annually given to college hockey's top player, after scoring seven goals and 30 assists in 43 games during his senior campaign while helping Denver University capture its first national title since 2005. It's the second straight year NCAA's top player has elected not to sign with the club that drafted him, with Jimmy Vesey doing the same last year when he signed with the New York Rangers instead of the Nashville Predators.

So could Butcher be a real option for the Blackhawks? There's certainly a reason for both sides to be intrigued by a potential match. 

With Brian Campbell, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya no longer in the picture, the Blackhawks could use a young, NHL-ready blue liner with top-four potential and Butcher provides just that.

He's a 5-foot-10, 186-pound puck-moving defenseman with high offensive upside but also plays a solid two-way game and is responsible in his own end. He carries a left-handed shot, quarterbacked Denver's No. 1 power play unit and possesses strong leadership skills after serving as the team's captain for two years.

While he is certainly no sure thing, Butcher would be as close to pro ready as any prospect in Chicago's system and could factor into the cards as soon as this season. It also doesn't hurt that he shared the same blue line at Denver as Blackhawks prospect Blake Hillman, who drew great reviews from Joel Quenneville at prospect camp.

The good news for the cap-crunched Blackhawks is that the maximum allowable salary for an entry-level contract is $925,000, so that eliminates the possibility of getting into a bidding war with other teams. Signing and performance bonuses can still be included, but that's the least of their worries if they can land a player of Butcher's caliber.

His decision will really come down to best fit and opportunity to play and win, and the Blackhawks can offer all of the above.

Niklas Hjalmarsson says goodbye to Chicago in emotional Instagram post

Niklas Hjalmarsson says goodbye to Chicago in emotional Instagram post

Niklas Hjalmarsson has called Chicago home ever since he was drafted by the Blackhawks in 2005. But now it's time for a new chapter.

After being traded to the Arizona Coyotes in June, the former Blackhawks defenseman officially said goodbye to the city he spent a decade in and helped bring three Stanley Cups to with an emotional Instagram post that perfectly sums up his time here:

One marriage. Two kids. Three rings. 

Hjalmarsson will forever hold a special place in the hearts of Blackhawks fans.