With their bye week coming to an end, the Blackhawks recalled Tanner Kero and Nick Schmaltz from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. Gustav Forsling and Vinnie Hinostroza remain in Rockford.
The Blackhawks opened up $477,360 in cap space by assigning those four players to the AHL during their five days off, and as of Thursday have a projected $4.19 million to spend at the trade deadline, according to CapFriendly.com.
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Schmaltz, who's been playing well on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Richard Panik, has four goals and six assists in 38 games this season.
Kero has four goals and four assists in 22 games, and has done a solid job contributing in all areas on the bottom six.
The Blackhawks will return to practice on Friday before hosting the Edmonton Oilers at the United Center on Saturday at 6 p.m.