The Blackhawks agreed to terms on three-year contracts with four more players on Tuesday: forward Joakin Nordstrom, defenseman Klas Dahlbeck and goaltenders Mac Carruth and Kent Simpson.
Nordstrom, who played with the AIK of the Swedish Elite League this season, had three goals and three assists with the team. He was also part of Sweden's gold-medal team at the 2012 World Junior Championships, where he tallied four goals. He was the Blackhawks' third-round selection (90th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Dahlbeck had four points and a plus-3 rating in 55 games with Linkoping HC of the Swedish Elite League.
Carruth recorded a career-high 42 victories (and a 2.96 goals-against average) in 63 appearances with the Portland Winterhawks, who won their second consecutive WHL Western Conference title. Simpson made his pro debut with the Rockford IceHogs on April 14, stopping 38 of 41 shots in a shootout loss to Charlotte. He spent most of the season with the Everett Silvertips (WHL), posting a 20-31-7 record and a .909 save percentage.
The Bears are getting good news on their injury report, but the Saints definitely are not.
While it sounds like Mitchell Trubisky will return for the Bears, the Saints will be missing both of their backfield starters for Sunday’s game at Soldier Field.
Quarterback Drew Brees was already known to miss the game, but now running back Alvin Kamara is officially listed as out with an ankle injury. Kamara had 11 carries for 31 yards and seven receptions for 35 yards in last week’s 13-6 win at Jacksonville, but won’t take on the Bears.
The 24-year-old has 373 rushing yards and 276 receiving yards this season.
Latavius Murray is expected to fill in for Kamara as the starter. Murray has the same 4.3 yards per carry average as Kamara so far this season.
Brees has been out since injuring his thumb in a Week 2 loss at the Rams. Teddy Bridgewater has gone 4-0 as the starting quarterback, but won’t have the threat of Kamara behind him on Sunday.
On top of that, starting tight end Jared Cook is also out with an ankle injury. Cook has 15 receptions for 168 yards and two touchdowns this season.
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Everything leading into Week 7’s Bears-Saints game makes it sound like Mitchell Trubisky will make his return under center, but officially he’s still questionable.
Trubisky still has that designation despite being a full participant in practice on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Trubisky has missed the past two games with a left shoulder injury.
Defensive tackle Bilal Nichols and offensive lineman Ted Larsen are also questionable. Nichols was limited in practice on Friday with hand and knee injuries. Larsen was a full go in practice on Friday with a knee injury after being limited on Wednesday and Thursday.
Wide receiver Taylor Gabriel and linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe are listed on the injury report, but expected to play.