The Chicago Blackhawks have made several roster moves heading into the season, including moving Jordin Tootoo to long-term injured reserve. The list also includes assigning several players to the minor leagues, but both Alex DeBrincat and Gustav Forsling are expected to be back with the club.
Tootoo joins Michal Rozsival on LTIR for the Blackhawks, who are also expected to use it for Marian Hossa after the roster deadline passes today. Chicago is using these transactions to maximize the amount of cap space they’ll be able to use, and set themselves up to sign Cody Franson to an NHL contract. The team is right up against the cap at the moment, but will have some room to play with once the season begins.
Interestingly, both Tootoo and Rozsival signed one-year contract extensions on the same day last season, in order to fulfill some of the expansion draft requirements for the Blackhawks. Now both will start the year away from the team on LTIR, without clear timelines on when they’ll be back with the team. Chicago will instead turn to another crop of young players to contribute this season, including DeBrincat and John Hayden.