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Teuvo timeout: Chicago sends Teravainen to AHL

Teuvo Teravainen

Chicago Blackhawks rookie Teuvo Teravainen, from Finland, skates during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


Many in the hockey world envision Teuvo Teravainen as the Chicago Blackhawks’ next big thing, but it appears that will have to wait. The team demoted Teravainen and Klas Dahlbeck to their AHL affiliate on Saturday.

Some are disappointed to see the flashy 20-year-old go down with the Rockford IceHogs, especially those who aren’t too pleased that Dan Carcillo’s signing also seemed to knock depth forward Peter Regin out of the mix as well. However you feel about Carcillo, it’s easy to see the logic regarding the move: Teravainen would likely struggle for ice time (and maybe Joel Quenneville’s trust) with the big team but he’s likely to be a go-to guy for the IceHogs.

(Side note: it feels weird to type “IceHogs” on quite a few levels.)

Naturally, there’s always the chance that he’ll jump back up and be a difference-maker later on in the season or perhaps even in the playoffs.

Until then, Blackhawks fans can daydream about the possibilities while checking out these highlights from his preseason work:

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