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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.

Where do Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews rank among NHL jersey sales in 2017-18?

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Where do Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews rank among NHL jersey sales in 2017-18?

The NHL announced their final jersey sales from the 2017-18 regular season, and there's a new name at No. 1.

Reigning Calder Trophy winner Auston Matthews edged out last season's winner Sidney Crosby as the top-selling jersey after finishing fourth in 2016-17.

The Blackhawks may have missed the playoffs for the first time since Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews were rookies, but that's not stopping fans from purchasing their merchandise.

Each of them stayed inside the top 10, although it's a drop-off from a year ago when Kane was second and Toews was third.

Here what the rest of the Top 15 looked like:

A behind-the-scenes look at Dylan Sikura's journey from college to Blackhawks

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A behind-the-scenes look at Dylan Sikura's journey from college to Blackhawks

It's not often you see NHL-ready players stay all four years of college, but that's exactly what Dylan Sikura did because of his desire to help Northeastern win a championship and also complete school.

It fueled a little speculation among the fanbase about whether Sikura would actually sign with the Blackhawks after his season ended, probably because it happened to them before when Kevin Hayes, their 24th overall pick in 2010, decided to test the market after college in 2014.

But the Blackhawks were confident all along that Sikura would ink an entry-level deal once his career at Northeastern ended and he did.

In a web documentary released on Friday, the Blackhawks provided a behind-the-scenes look at Sikura's journey from college to the NHL, reaffirming that internal belief from the beginning.

It's well-done, and covers a lot of ground in 11 minutes and 38 seconds, ranging from following him around to class, practices and games, taking us inside the Blackhawks' pro scout mid-season meetings and Sikura's arrival at O'Hare Airport and leading up to his NHL debut on March 29.

Check it out here: