After trading Kris Versteeg and Joakim Nordstrom to Carolina on Friday, the Blackhawks opened up some cap space to re-sign Marcus Kruger.
They also left a little bit of room to bring in one more player at a low price.
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Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline reported Saturday that former Blue Jackets and Avalanche defenseman Jan Hejda has accepted a professional tryout with the Blackhawks, and will report to training camp with the team on Sept. 18.
In 627 career games, Hedja has registered 25 goals and 135 points. Last season, he played in all but one game with the Avalanche, where he recorded 13 points — one goal and 12 assists.
Hejda has averaged at least 20 minutes of ice time in all nine NHL seasons except one (2012-13), but at age 37, he figures to battle for and provide stability to the Blackhawks' bottom pairing.
On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Adam Burish and Pat Boyle discuss which Blackhawks could be on the trading block and what players are building blocks for the Hawks future.
Burish also shares a couple memorable trade deadline days and his “near” return to the Blackhawks in 2012. Plus, he makes his bold trade deadline prediction for the Hawks.
Listen to the full Blackhawks Talk Podcast right here:
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.