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Coach Joel Quenneville said the Blackhawks had some decisions to make “for cap purposes.” A few hours later they made those moves, and they all involved defensemen.

The Blackhawks recalled defenseman Ville Pokka from the Rockford IceHogs, assigned Viktor Svedberg to Rockford and placed Michal Rozsival on long-term injured reserve. Pokka carries a cap hit of $925,000. But reassigning Svedberg ($575,000) as well as moving Rozsival and his $600,000 cap hit to LTIR – which means he’s out for at least 24 days and 10 games – gives the Blackhawks some wiggle room.

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All NHL rosters had to be finalized and cap compliant by 4 p.m. CT today.

Pokka was one of the players the Blackhawks acquired when they traded Nick Leddy to the New York Islanders last October. He earned AHL all-rookie team honors in 2014-15; he had eight goals and 22 assists in 68 games with the IceHogs last season.

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Coach Quenneville said Svedberg had a good training camp and he will get his opportunity with the Blackhawks this season.

“He gives us a defenseman who can play. I like his size, reach and stick. He was more effective with the puck, put it in good areas and made direct plays,” Quenneville said. “I think he’s one of those guys who came out of the development of a couple of years, one of the pleasant stories through camp. You could call him a surprise, so we’ll see what happens.”