The Blackhawks have acquired Kimmo Timonen from the Flyers for a 2015 2nd draft pick and a conditional 2016 4th round pick.
Timonen has not played yet this season because of blood-clots, but he was due to make his season debut on Saturday. The 39-year-old scored six goals with 29 assists (35 points) in 77 games a season ago. He is a solid veteran blue liner who can skate, move the puck and score.
Darling allowed two goals on 35 shots in the Blackhawks shootout win over the Panthers on Tuesday. With Corey Crawford starting last night, it will be Darling tonight in Tampa Bay. Darling has gone 4-1-0 with a 2.33 GAA and .927 SV% on the road.
Crawford was pulled after allowing four goals on 14 shots in the Blackhawks loss to the Bruins on Sunday. He has lost his last three starts while posting a 3.83 GAA and .861 SV%. Those numbers are ugly, but he has a strong matchup against a Panthers team who have dropped six of their last eight.
Kane is expected to miss 12 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a broken left clavicle.
This is even longer than the original reports, but with the playoffs starting in seven weeks, Kane’s season appears to be over. This is a terrible break for a player who was trying to become the first American born player to win the scoring title. This will put a lot of weight Kris Versteeg and Patrick Sharp to put the puck in the net.
The Blackhawks have reassigned Trevor van Riemsdyk to Rockford (AHL).
van Riemsdyk has been out since November 16th, but has been practicing as of late and his return to the AHL means that he is ready to return to game action. He will likely stay with Rockford until he is back up to game-speed and then should switch spots with Kyle Cumiskey.
The Blackhawks have placed Patrick Kane (upper-body) on long-term IR.
Kane suffered a “significant” upper-body injury in Tuesday’s game against the Panthers. There has been no official word on exactly how long he will be sidelined, but his movement to LTIR means that he will miss a minimum of 10 games or 24 days. He is expected to be sidelined for longer than that, but we will wait for the official timeline from the team.
The Blackhawks have reportedly recalled Teuvo Teravainen from Rockford (AHL).
After losing Patrick Kane for what could be the remainder of the season, the Hawks made their first move to try and replace that hole, by recalling Teravainen. The 20-year-old has two goals and two assists in 15 games with the Blackhawks this season. While in Rockford, he has 25 points (6G / 19A) in 39 games.
Kane is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury.
Kane crashed shoulder first into the boards after being pushed from behind by Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic. Kane immediately left the ice and did not return. There is speculation that Kane could miss more than a month with a clavicle injury, but the Blackhawks have not released an official injury update. Kane was tied for the league lead in points and is irreplaceable. However, a if he misses significant time, Patrick Sharp will be leaned on more heavily to produce offensively.
Oduya will miss a couple of weeks with an upper-body injury.
Oduya left Sunday’s game in the first period with an upper-body injury and did not return. The injury will keep him out for at least two weeks, which means that Kyle Cumiskey should draw back into the lineup on Tuesday.
Darling has not started an NHL game since December 13th, but has been strong with the Blackhawks, going 5-2-0 with a 1.97 GAA and .937 SV%. In the AHL, the 26-year-old is 14-8-2 with a 2.20 GAA and .927 SV% in 26 games. He will face a Florida team who have lost five of their last seven.
Timonen (blood clots) targeting a return for Saturday.
Timonen said that he needs a few more practices before he returns to the lineup. He doesn’t anticipate playing on Tuesday or Thursday, but is hopeful that he will make his season debut on Saturday vs. the Rangers.
The Blackhawks have signed Scott Darling to a two-year contract extension.
Darling was set to become an unrestricted free agent at season’s end. The 26-year-old has gone 5-2-0 with a 1.97 GAA and .937 SV% with the Blackhawks this season. He was recalled on Sunday evening after going 14-8-2 with a 2.20 GAA and .927 SV% with Rockford (AHL) this season.
The Blackhawks have recalled Scott Darling from Rockford (AHL).
Darling, 26, has gone 14-8-2 with a 2.20 GAA and .927 SV% with Rockford this season. All three Blackhawks have played well this season and it looks like the Blackhawks are just giving him another chance to start an NHL game with a back-to-back coming up on Thursday and Friday.
The Blackhawks reassigned Antti Raanta to Rockford (AHL).
Raanta has posted a 1.89 GAA and .936 SV% in 14 games this season. He is coming off of a relief appearance where he allowed two goals on 16 shots in Sunday’s loss to the Bruins. His demotion is certainly a surprising one, considering that Rockford is off until Friday, so he isn’t going down to get playing time this week.