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Blackhawks recall Anton Wedin, place Drake Caggiula on long-term injured reserve

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Blackhawks recall Anton Wedin, place Drake Caggiula on long-term injured reserve

The Blackhawks announced Wednesday evening that they have recalled forward Anton Wedin from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. To make room for him financially on the 23-man roster, Drake Caggiula (concussion protocol) was transferred to long-term injured reserve (LTIR), retroactive to Nov. 10.

Wedin has four goals and seven assists in 17 games with the IceHogs this season, and his 11 points is tied for third on the team. He's the second call-up in three days for the Blackhawks, joining Matthew Highmore, who made his season debut in Tuesday's 3-0 win over the Dallas Stars. 

With Dylan Strome being placed in concussion protocol on Tuesday and Caggiula still sidelined, Wedin gives the Blackhawks an extra forward as Caggiula and Strome recover from their injures. The Blackhawks have a home-and-home series against the Colorado Avalanche on Friday and Saturday, and it's likely Wedin gets into at least one of those games.

Because he was moved to LTIR, Caggiula is not eligible to play until Dec. 5 against the Boston Bruins. He skated on his own before practice on Monday, which is a step in the right direction, but LTIR rules say he cannot return to game action for 24 days and a minimum of 10 games from his retroactive date.

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Why the Stanley Cup was late to Blackhawks' 2015 Game 6 win over Lightning

Why the Stanley Cup was late to Blackhawks' 2015 Game 6 win over Lightning

Out of tradition and superstition, the Stanley Cup is never in the building until after puck drop during a Stanley Cup Final game in which it could be won, unless it's a Game 7 when both teams have a shot.

On June 15 in 2015, when the Blackhawks won their sixth Stanley Cup in franchise history, old Stanley was a little late to his own party at the United Center.

As the Keeper of the Cup Philip Pritchard tells host Pat Boyle on the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, fans were already celebrating the Hawks Cup-clinching win over the Lightning outside the UC as the trophy was pulling in.

Broadcasters 'Doc' Emrick and Eddie Olczyk were filling time waiting for the Cup to arrive, which was still absent during the handshake line.

According to Pritchard, the Cup left the hotel around puck drop and it was the stormy weather that made the Keeper and the best trophy in sports tardy for the celebration.

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"People that weren't (at the game yet) were in traffic and just leaving their cars and walking and the roads were flooded, the highways were flooded, the bypass was like a lake. And as we were coming out towards the arena, we realized then that we were going to need some help, not just Mother Nature help, but we're going to need security help with it as well," Pritchard said.

"As we pulled into the arena — obviously the game had finished and the Blackhawks won — the home team's going nuts, the hometown fans are going crazy. So we presented (the Conn Smythe) to Duncan Keith and then we brought the Stanley Cup out and I remember on the ice talking to Jonathan Toews and he said, 'That was so cool that it took so long and the fans were loving it.' And I was telling him what went on and he goes, 'Really? I just thought it was part of the effect.'"

Report: NHL 2020 training camp, hub city report, playoff start dates emerge

Report: NHL 2020 training camp, hub city report, playoff start dates emerge

Friday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reported some key dates being targeted for the NHL's Return To Play plan, including the start of the 24-team playoff format.

McKenzie said the new slated date for team training camps (Phase 3) is July 13. Teams would report to the hub cities (reportedly Edmonton and Toronto) on July 26 with games and Phase 4 beginning on August 1. 

Bob also shed some light on when Phase 2 of the NHL Draft Lottery and the conclusion of the playoffs may pan out.

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"The second phase of the NHL draft lottery will occur immediately following the best-of-five, play-in qualifying series, so around Aug. 10-12 if all were to go well. Stanley Cup final would wrap up in early October. NHL draft would happen soon after that," he tweeted Friday.

Related: Report: Edmonton expected to host Stanley Cup Final

In Phase 1, the No. 1 overall pick for the 2020 NHL Draft went to a placeholder team. Each of the eight teams that lose in the qualifying round of the postseason format will have a 12.5 percent chance of getting the top pick in Phase 2. 

Related: What if Blackhawks get No. 1 pick and select Alexis LaFreniere?