Some quick news flashes for Blackhawks’ fans as the team wraps up activities for the day in San Jose:
Multiple sources on the scene are reporting that Corey Crawford will be in net for the Blackhawks when they take on the Sharks on Saturday. This should not be a surprise to anyone.
It was also suggested by Coach Joel Quenneville that Jordan Hendry may return to the lineup against San Jose. We haven’t seen him wearing the Indian Head sweater since November 7th against Edmonton. And few people were complaining. Hendry is a big goose-egg on the scoresheet and a -2 in 11 games this season.
This next one is interesting: in addition to recalling I-just-scored-my-first-NHL-goal-who-wants-to-touch-me winger Jeremy Morin on Saturday morning, he could be joined on the plane by the wholly unremarkable Ryan Potulny. The choice of Potunly makes sense from one perspective: he does not have an entry-level contract, which makes him a more salary-cap friendly option as opposed to younger and perhaps more talented players.
And finally, the Rockford IceHogs have signed NHL journeyman center Ryan Johnson to a professional try-out (PTO) contract. The 34-year-old Johnson has 12 NHL seasons behind him, the most recent of which with Vancouver. With multiple injuries to roster players on the Blackhawks requiring frequent call-ups to the big club, this may just be back-fill roster management on the part of the IceHogs. But you can bet Johnson is hoping he can wiggle his way into a two-way contract and play for Chicago. PTO contracts can last up to 25 games and can be terminated at any time by the club, so he may be departing as quickly as he arrives. With a mere 119 points and a -85 cumulative plus-minus in 667 games, let’s hope that’s the case.
Oh, and apparently Nick Boynton has shaved his mustache. I guess it tickled Jen Patterson’s girl parts.
Look for our preview of the Hawks/Sharks tilt tomorrow afternoon here on BlackhawkUp.com.