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Roenick wants No. 27 retired by Blackhawks

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Roenick wants No. 27 retired by Blackhawks

GLENDALE, Ariz. Jeremy Roenick took it all in with pride, a humbling moment for a guy who admits hes hard to humble. But for Roenick, seeing his No. 97 listed among the Phoenix Coyotes Ring of Honor was truly a special moment.

And it would mean just as much to him if the Chicago Blackhawks also retired his number.

Roenick, who was drafted and spent his first eight NHL seasons with the Blackhawks would love to see his No. 27 hanging from the United Center rafters. While Roenick lives in the Phoenix area and could be involved in a potential purchase of the Coyotes, Chicago will also be dear to him.

They just drag their feet a little bit slower than these guys, Roenick joked prior to his Ring of Honor ceremony on Saturday night. Without question thats a huge goal of mine, to (have my number) retired in Chicago. Its the best honor as an athlete, with exception of the Hall of Fame. Its the best thing that you can have bestowed upon you.

Just based on the numbers, Roenicks certainly earned it. He tallied back-to-back, 50-goal seasons in 1991-92 and 1992-93 and had three consecutive 100-plus point seasons from 1991 to 1994.

The Blackhawks were on the bench during Roenicks pregame ceremony, something he appreciated greatly.

Both teams are special to me, no question, he said. Twenty-three years ago I was 155 pounds coming out of high school, it was unheard of for a team to draft anyone out of high school and Chicago took a chance on me. Theyll forever be in my heart. To be so passionate about one city and then be traded to another and feeling that same passion (for it), thats a special thing.

And as far as his former teams current struggles?

I think they gotta get their ass going, Roenick said. Every team goes through that. Theyre a strong team, they have a great coach. Theyll be all right.

Roenick will get his moment with the Blackhawks some day. His years and numbers with them have earned him that. Hell enjoy that chance when it comes. But on Saturday, it was about the team that retired his number first.

I think we have a good enough relationship after 20 years that well get there, Roenick said. But tonight its about Phoenix and how I appreciate being here and how much I love being here.

Corey Crawford to start in goal for Blackhawks vs. Oilers

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Corey Crawford to start in goal for Blackhawks vs. Oilers

Corey Crawford will start in goal for the Blackhawks when they take on the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night. He's 0-2-0 with a 4.63 goals-against average and .875 save percentage this season.

In 18 career appearances against the Oilers, Crawford is 9-7-0 with a 2.53 goals-against average, .909 save percentage and one shutout. 

The decision is a little surprising, given how well Lehner performed on Saturday against the Winnipeg Jets and what his career numbers are against the Oilers. In eight starts vs. Edmonton, Lehner is 5-1-2 with a 1.86 goals-against average, .943 save percentage and one shutout.

"We're going to continue to ... both guys are going to get in," coach Jeremy Colliton said after Monday's morning skate. "They're both going to play. I'm not going to give you the road map, but today it's Crawford and we'll go from there."

The Blackhawks are seeking their first win of the season (0-2-1) against an Oilers team that's 5-0-0.

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A recap of Kirby Dach’s AHL debut and Blackhawks explanation for conditioning stint

A recap of Kirby Dach’s AHL debut and Blackhawks explanation for conditioning stint

Kirby Dach made his pro debut on Saturday, but it wasn't with the Blackhawks.

The No. 3 overall pick from this past June was activated from his injured/non-roster designation and assigned to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League for conditioning purposes and jumped right into the lineup. He didn't appear in any NHL preseason games because he was under the league's concussion protocol during training camp.

In his season debut, Dach recorded two shots on goal and had a minus-1 rating in a 4-2 loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins. He centered the fourth line with Brandon Hagel and Nick Moutrey.

Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton discussed the decision to send Dach to Rockford after Saturday's game against the Winnipeg Jets, and it sounds like the organization remains committed to giving him a look at the NHL level whenever his conditioning stint is over.

"He hasn't played in a long time," Colliton said. "Missed training camp, missed the exhibition season. We think he can help us so we're trying to set him up, give him the best opportunity so when he does get the chance here he'll be as ready as he can be. It's a good league down there and a chance for him to get his feet wet against men. And I think he's been getting better and better in his practice time here with us. So I'm excited. Hopefully, he can gain confidence down there and then be ready to help us."

Because he's not eligible to play in the AHL full-time this season due to Canadian Hockey League rules, Dach's conditioning stint in Rockford can last up to 14 days, according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, before the Blackhawks are forced to either recall him or send him back to the Saskatoon Blades in the Western Hockey League.

Rockford has four more games over that span, with its next one on Monday against the Laval Rocket at BMO Harris Bank Center.

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