With their bye week coming to an end, the Blackhawks recalled Tanner Kero and Nick Schmaltz from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. Gustav Forsling and Vinnie Hinostroza remain in Rockford.
The Blackhawks opened up $477,360 in cap space by assigning those four players to the AHL during their five days off, and as of Thursday have a projected $4.19 million to spend at the trade deadline, according to CapFriendly.com.
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Schmaltz, who's been playing well on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Richard Panik, has four goals and six assists in 38 games this season.
Kero has four goals and four assists in 22 games, and has done a solid job contributing in all areas on the bottom six.
The Blackhawks will return to practice on Friday before hosting the Edmonton Oilers at the United Center on Saturday at 6 p.m.
The Blackhawks officially agreed to terms with prospect Matheson Iacopelli on a two-year entry-level contract that begins next season and runs through the 2018-19 campaign.
He will report to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.
The 22-year-old forward recently completed his sophomore season at Western Michigan, where he scored a team-high 20 goals and added 16 assists in 40 games. It was a huge bounce-back year after recording only one goal and six assists in 27 games during his freshman season.
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A third-round pick (No. 83 overall) by the Blackhawks in 2014, Iacopelli possesses a dangerous shot and is a big-bodied winger at 6-foot-3, 206 pounds. His two-way game still needs fine-tuning, something he will certainly work on in Rockford, but he gives the IceHogs another much-needed scorer.
Iacopelli is the fourth Blackhawks prospect to sign this season out of college, joining John Hayden, Anthony Louis and Luc Snuggerud.
Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd break down the Blackhawks' upcoming schedule in the latest edition of the Blackhawks Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda dealers.
There are less than two weeks left in the NHL regular season and teams are jockeying for playoff seeding.
The Blackhawks have the best record in the Western Conference with 103 points. The Blackhawks' next two opponents, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Columbus Blue Jackets, also have 103 points. Washington leads the league with 106 points.
Wednesday the Hawks will travel to Pittsburgh. Two days later they host the Blue Jackets.
After that, the Blackhawks take on the Boston Bruins on Sunday. Boston is in line for one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.
"There's no easy games from here on out." Konroyd said in the video. "Even teams on the outside, looking in are playing for contracts next year."
Watch the video above to see Boyle and Konroyd discuss the upcoming matchups for the Blackhawks.