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Montador ready for challenge of returning

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Montador ready for challenge of returning

Steve Montador is readjusting to the road-trip preparation.

It took me a while to pack today because I forgot what its like, even though its only a one-game trip, Montador joked. But its my turn to buy dinner, so thats probably one of the reasons why Im coming on the trip.

As much as Montador probably hopes his wallet isnt too much lighter after this quick trip to New Jersey, hes more hopeful hell play his first game in nearly two months. The Blackhawks defenseman is feeling good again after suffering a concussion Feb. 7 against the Colorado Avalanche, and he could play when the Blackhawks play the Devils Tuesday night.

Its been a long road for Montador, who has been cleared for contact for a few days but said he passed one of his better tests at Mondays practice.

Obviously, contact is a critical test. But the other part is just the game speed, game situations, and todays practice was a good, up-tempo one, Montador said. It was a good practice for me.

Montador and the Blackhawks will give it one last check at Tuesdays morning skate before deciding if hell go. If he plays, it should benefit the Blackhawks to get another veteran presence along the blue line in Duncan Keiths absence (suspension).

Still, it will be a bit of a challenge coming back right now, but Montador welcomes it.

This is as big of a challenge as the injury itself; Im back at a fast time of the season, he said. This is when teams are rolling and accustomed to each other, systems are down pat. But at the same time Im excited about that challenge.

Blackhawks ban four ejected fans from future home games

Blackhawks ban four ejected fans from future home games

The Blackhawks have banned the four fans — who were ejected from Saturday's game against the Washington Capitals for their racist remarks towards Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly — from future home games.

On Monday, a Blackhawks spokesperson released this statement:

We have contacted the select individuals involved in the incident on Saturday to notify them that they are no longer welcome at our home games. Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks also wanted to remind fans that they can alert security at the United Center by texting the following to 69050: UCASSIST <SPACE> followed by the seating section, row and a brief description of the issue.

Blackhawks deal Michal Kempny to Capitals for conditional third-round pick

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Blackhawks deal Michal Kempny to Capitals for conditional third-round pick

The Blackhawks dealt defenseman Michal Kempny to the Washington Capitals for a third-round pick. Kempny had seven points in 31 games this season.

Kempny, 27, recorded 15 points in 81 career games for the Blackhawks. He tallied an assist in Saturday's 7-1 victory over the Capitals.

Kempny signed a one-year extension through the end of this season back in May.