The Blackhawks activated defenseman Jarred Tinordi from injured reserve ahead of tonight’s game against the Canadiens, as reflected in CapFriendly’s transactions log. In two corresponding moves, defensemen Wyatt Kaiser and Filip Roos were returned to AHL Rockford from their emergency loans.
Tinordi, 31, is in the lineup tonight for the first time in over two weeks. He last suited up on December 5 against the Predators but left late in the game and immediately entered concussion protocol. He was retroactively placed on injured reserve within the week, though head coach Luke Richardson said yesterday that Tinordi was nearing a return (via Scott Powers of The Athletic).
It has been a trying season for Tinordi, as he already missed most of November with an oblique injury. The 2010 first-round pick has never truly solidified himself as an everyday NHL player, but he’s a de facto top-six defenseman for a Blackhawks team missing their top pair of Seth Jones and Alex Vlasic due to injuries, not to mention their existing paper-thin depth. Last season, his first in Chicago, Tinordi played a career-high 44 games and logged no minor-league time for just the second instance of his pro career. Since making his NHL debut with the Canadiens in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, Tinordi has appeared in 165 games for the Predators, Coyotes, Bruins, and Rangers in addition to Montreal and Chicago, scoring four goals, eight assists, 22 points, and posting a -40 rating while averaging 15:19 per game.
The bruising 6-foot-6, 230-pound defender has a snarl to his game but carries little else in the form of offensive or defensive upside. His possession numbers routinely rank near the bottom of the league, posting a cumulative career Corsi share of 44.6% at even strength – a remarkably low number given his 100-plus game run in the league. Tonight, he occupies a second-pairing role alongside Louis Crevier in his return to the lineup.
Kaiser and Roos return to Rockford after being recalled under emergency conditions in direct response to Jones’ and Tinordi’s injuries earlier this month, respectively.