Teuvo Teravainen Reassigned To Rockford, Hartman and Cumiskey Recalled

By Gail Kauchak

Jan 18, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Teuvo Teravainen (86) with the puck during the third period against the Dallas Stars at the United Center. Dallas won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks announced earlier today that they have reassigned forward Teuvo Teravainen to the Rockford IceHogs.  In the 15 games he has played with the Hawks this season, Teravainen recorded 2 goals and 2 assists.

Coach Quenneville said this move has been made because with Kris Versteeg back in the line-up, there’s not a roster spot available within the top nine forwards.  Teuvo’s skill set is on a scoring line, not on the checking fourth line.  For those of you that are wondering why Daniel Carcillo still has a spot in the lineup, there you have it.  His style of play fits much better within the fourth line’s role.

I agree that Teravainen should be playing and not sitting in the press box, so perhaps this is the best move.  But it is still disappointing to see him go.  He didn’t exactly take the NHL by storm, but he definitely showed a lot of potential.  Who knows what could have come with more some more time and chemistry with his teammates.  It will be interesting to see if this move sticks or if we will see TT again.  If Andrew Shaw keeps slumping, is it out question for Shawsy to be benched in favor of Teuvo?  Let’s all just hope he doesn’t get recalled because of an injury.  The Hawks certainly don’t need that.

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In addition to this move, the Blackhawks have recalled forward Ryan Hartman and defenseman Kyle Cumiskey from the Rockford IceHogs.

Ryan Hartman has 18 points (8G, 10A) with the Rockford IceHogs.  His 8 goals is third on the team.  He was a first round pick in Chicago’s 2013 draft.  He also ranks third on the team in penalty minutes (81 minutes).  That sounds like a fourth liner in the making.  He’s also from West Dundee, IL, so it will be fun to root for the local boy.

Kyle Cumiskey has 11 points (1 G, 10A) with the IceHogs, which is also good for third place on the team among defensemen.  He played in 4 preseason games with the Blackhawks.  With the problems the Hawks have been facing with Oduya, Rozsival, and even Rundblad, it will be interesting to see what kind of a shot Cumiskey gets in the lineup.

The Chicago Blackhawks are two games into an eight game homestand at the United Center.  They play they New Jersey Devils on Friday and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.  What do you think, Blackhawks fans?  Will Ryan Hartman and Kyle Cumiskey be like Dennis Rasmussen and just sit in the press box?  Or will they have a chance to show their stuff?

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