The Blackhawks signed Jordin Tootoo to a one-year deal.
Tootoo spent the last two seasons with the Devils, where he picked up 14 goals and 10 assists (24 points) in 134 games—he also picked up 174 penalty minutes. With Andrew Shaw and Teuvo Teravainen both being traded this offseason for salary cap purposes, the Blackhawks needed to add some veteran presence to their bottom-6.
The Blackhawks have signed Brian Campbell to a one-year contract.
Campbell, 37, played with the Blackhawks from 2008-2011 before signing with the Panthers, where he spent the last five seasons. He never missed a game in his time with Florida, while averaging an impressive six goals and 32 assists per 82 games. He’ll fit in nicely on the Blackhawks’ second pairing behind Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook.
Rundblad had been on a loan with Zurich in the Swiss league, where he collected two goals and 13 assists (15 points) in 11 games. There’s no word on who will come out of the lineup for Rundblad, but it looks like he is in—the 25-year-old had two assists in nine games with the Blackhawks before going to Switzerland.
Crawford allowed three goals on 36 shots in the Blackhawks 3-2 loss to the Blues in game three. Crawford has gone 1-2 wit ha 1.92 GAA and .929 SV% through the the first three games of this series. Crawford has gone 4-3 with a 2.04 GAA, .934 SV% and one shutout in his last seven playoff starts on home ice.
Keith returns from his six-game suspension on Friday.
Keith was suspended for six games for slashing Charlie Coyle in the face and he returns to the Blachawks' lineup with his team down 1-0 in the series. Chicago went 3-3 during the six games that Keith was suspended for. Erik Gustafsson is expected to come out of the lineup for Keith.
Crawford allowed five goals on 25 shots in the Blackhawks loss in Columbus in the season finale. It wasn’t a great return to the crease, but it was great for Crawford that least get a game in before the playoffs. Crawford will likely be a Vezina Trophy finalist after going 35-18-5 on the year. The 31-year-old has gone 2-0-2 with a 2.42 GAA and .913 SV% in four starts against the Blues this season.
Anisimov missed the last two games of the regular season, but will be in the lineup in Game 1 vs. the Blue. Anisimov had a strong season between the NHL’s leading scorer Patrick Kane and rookie sensation Artemi Panarin, posing 20 goals and 22 assists (42 points) in 77 games.
Hossa (knee) will return to the Blackhawks lineup in Game 1.
Hossa missed the final three games of the regular season and will be in the lineup for Game 1 on Wednesday. Hossa had a down season, posting a just 13 goals and 20 assists (33 points) in 64 games, but has averaged 0.73 points per game in his last three playoff appearances.