3 Roster Moves the Chicago Blackhawks Should Make After Demoting Lukas Reichel

Another player deserves to be demoted while two trades should take place.
Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
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The Chicago Blackhawks finally had enough of Lukas Reichel’s struggles and demoted him to the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL.

Although this is not the organization giving up on the talented 21-year-old forward.

It was a move the organization had to make as the healthy scratches and moving him up and down the lines were not working.

The Chicago Blackhawks should not stop with demoting Lukas Reichel. There are three more roster moves the team needs to make…

Demote Arvid Soderblom

The backup goaltender has been terrible during his first full NHL season. He ranks 90th in the NHL among 92 goalies in goals saved above expected. That is -11.2 saves worse than an average goalie would allow in a game. In layman’s terms, he struggles to make the routine save. Soderblom also tends to forget how big he is in front of the goal.

He has played so poorly that you must start wondering if he should be loaned out to a European club next season like what the team did with Cristobal Huet many years ago. Soderblom is clearly not the long-term No. 1 goalie for the Blackhawks.

Drew Commesso can be that player, but he is not ready for the NHL. The Hawks do have Jaxson Stauber in Rockford who can come up and replace Soderblom as Petr Mrazek’s backup.

Stauber is not exactly shutting down opposing teams in the minors, but his production certainly can be better than Soderblom’s.

Stauber is 7-7-3 with a 3.16 goals-against average and a .894 save percentage. He even accomplished a rare feat recently when shut out the Chicago Wolves and scored a goal.

Performing something rare is not the main reason Stauber should get a shot. The reason is Soderblom has played terribly and should be held accountable like Reichel was.

Soderblom’s GAA is 4.01 and has an .875 save percentage. He has three games in his 19 starts where he has allowed two goals or less.

Stauber was serviceable in his six-game call up last season. It cannot hurt to see if he can prove he is worthy of being considered for the backup job next season with a couple games in the NHL while Soderblom regains the form that originally had him pegged to be a starting goalie.