The Chicago Blackhawks recalled defenseman Stephen Johns and goaltender Antti Raanta from the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL and reassigned goaltender Scott Darling and forward Joakim Nordstrom on Monday.
The Blackhawks also placed defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk on long-term injury reserve. Van Riemsdyk suffered a lower-body injury against the Dallas Stars on Sunday. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he would be out for awhile.
According to a source, the Blackhawks’ roster moves Monday may be temporary and could be followed up by other moves in the next day or two before the team leaves for a six-game road trip on Wednesday.
Quenneville said Sunday the plan was for Raanta to return to the Blackhawks after starting one game for the IceHogs. Quenneville wanted to get Raanta some action before the road trip. He hadn’t played since Oct. 25. He made 33 saves on 35 shots in the IceHogs’ 3-2 win over the Texas Stars on Sunday.
Johns has five assists and is a plus-5 in 16 games this season. He is in his first full professional season after spending the previous four years at Notre Dame. He was selected by the Blackhawks in the second round of the 2010 draft.
Nordstrom was recalled on Saturday and had 12:15 of ice time for the Blackhawks on Sunday. He has five goals and three assists in 14 games for the IceHogs this season.
Darling returns to Rockford after backing up Blackhawks starter Corey Crawford on Sunday. Darling is 5-2-0 with a 1.83 goals-against average and .935 save percentage in the AHL this season and is 2-1-0 with a 1.98 goals-against average and .933 save percentage in the NHL this season.