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Blackhawks make several roster moves

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Blackhawks make several roster moves

The Blackhawks made several roster moves Monday morning, recalling forward Tomas Jurco from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League and sending down forward John Hayden. Shortly after, they placed defenseman Cody Franson on waivers.

Jurco, who was acquired by the Blackhawks last February, has 13 goals and 12 assists for 25 points with the IceHogs this season, and has scored a goal in three of his past four games. The 25-year-old winger was drafted in the second round (No. 35 overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft by the Detroit Red Wings, but has yet to live up to those high expectations.

Hayden has spent the majority of the season on the fourth line, where he developed instant chemistry with Lance Bouma and Tommy Wingels early in the year. In fact, that trio has arguably been Chicago's most consistent. 

But Hayden has been quiet over the last couple weeks, and saw his ice time dip to 6:07 — his second-fewest of the season — on Friday in a 5-4 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights before being a healthy scratch in a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday.

The interesting move is on the back end.

Franson had earned an opportunity in November to play alongside Duncan Keith on the top pairing and ran with it for a month. But an injury in December forced him out of the lineup for three weeks, and he eventually lost his job to Jordan Oesterle, who has been magnificent in Franson's absence. 

Oesterle has seven points in 12 games since re-entering the lineup on Dec. 10, has logged at least 19 minutes of ice time in each of them and has scored a goal in three of his last five games. His emergence essentially put Franson on the outside looking in on a team carrying eight defensemen.

It wouldn't be surprising to see Franson, who's on a one-year, $1 million deal, claimed by another team 24 hours from now.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: How should Hawks mentally approach getting back into playoff race?

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: How should Hawks mentally approach getting back into playoff race?

On the latest Blackhawks Talk podcast, Adam Burish joins Pat Boyle to discuss the three-game losing skid the Hawks are experiencing, the problems on the power play and how they should mentally approach getting back into the playoff race.

The guys also discuss Corey Crawford’s first public sighting, trade rumors and Burish shares his favorite Original 6 story.

Listen to the full Blackhawks Talk Podcast right here:

Patrick Kane hits milestone, but Blackhawks get blown out by Islanders

Patrick Kane hits milestone, but Blackhawks get blown out by Islanders

Probably not the way the Blackhawks wanted to start their second half of the season.

After a five-day break, the Blackhawks suffered a brutal 7-3 loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday night at the United Center. This coming after a 4-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on home ice last Sunday.

"It was a game we had to win," Quenneville said after Saturday's loss. "Disappointing in a lot of ways."

The Blackhawks needed both goaltenders to get through 60 minutes. Anton Forsberg and Jeff Glass combined for 39 saves on 46 shots.

On the offensive side of things, Patrick Kane hit a milestone.

The 29-year-old had two goals and an assist and recorded his 800th career point, becoming the fifth player in franchise history to reach 800 points.

The Blackhawks are now 22-18-6 on the season with 50 points and rank last in the Central Division, five points behind the Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild.

The Blackhawks' schedule doesn't get any easier when the Tampa Bay Lightning — the league-leader in points — come to town on Monday.

See what Quenneville and Kane had to say about Saturday's loss in the video above.