Chicago Blackhawks Morning Links-Rockford Back On The Radar

TORONTO - NOVEMBER 18: Prestin Ryan
TORONTO - NOVEMBER 18: Prestin Ryan /

Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! For years we talked about Rockford and their roster all the time, but the past couple of years it’s been a totally different story. 

When you think about all the Stanley Cup Champions with the Chicago Blackhawks that started in Rockford, there’s a reason why we used to be excited about who was playing for the IceHogs.

The past season or so there really hasn’t been much buzz coming from Rockford with the roster pretty depleted by trades and players playing in Chicago.  All of the top notch prospects were no long there which was probably why Ted Dent got frustrated and well is no longer with the franchise.

This year should be better especially if Alex DeBrincat and Alexandre Fortin both end up in Rockford which you know will cause me to do a lot of #Free tweets on Twitter. There will be other prospects too there which will be pretty exciting for us to watch and pay attention to the AHL affiliate once again.

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Another player that may be sent to Rockford this year could be John Hayden! With all of the 3/4th line guys the Hawks have on their roster, Hayden may end up in Rockford which nobody probably thought would happen after the end of this past season.  I’m fine with him refining his skills, but the Hawks like his big body so if he does go down, I don’t think it will be for very long.

I’m a fan of youth so I’m glad there will be prospects to root for in Rockford this year, and here are some morning links to start your day!

If you are excited about the IceHogs, here are some projected lines for the up coming season (Second City)

Patrick Kane ranks as the NHL’s best shooter (Madhouse Enforcer)

Ok, can you name all the former Chicago Blackhawks that are Carolina Hurricanes now? (CSN)

There is not time to stop now for the Chicago Blackhawks GM (ISportsWeb)

The Tampa Bay Lightning signed Tyler Johnson to a 7 year extension (Lightning)

So in the end, who is going to sign Jaromir Jagr (Sporting News)

Predators fans should prepare for Pekka Rinne to regress (Predlines)

The Dallas Stars have new toys, but they still need depth on offense (Blackout Dallas)

Lindy Ruff will be an assistant in NY for the Rangers next year (Pro Hockey Talk)

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