Breaking: Hawks make controversial roster change, as one player is demoted to the AHL, and another called up

Fans and media are questioning the logic of this move.

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The Chicago Blackhawks announced this morning a player demotion to the AHL, along with a replacement call-up from the Rockford IceHogs.

While John Hayden hasn't been an offensive force for the Blackhawks this season, his 11 points tie him with Patrick Sharp, Brent Seabrook, and Tommy Wingels

Hayden has been a healthy scratch as of late, and perhaps the logic behind the move is getting him playing time - and he'll get plenty of it in Rockford.

Tomas Jurco has failed to make an impact at the NHL level. in four incomplete seasons (172 games), he only has 40 points to his name. The 35th overall pick in 2011 has failed to make an impact at hockey's highest level, and it's questionable whether he ever will.

That being said, he has had a relatively good impact at the AHL level, and some consistent goal-scoring lately in Rockford appears to have earned him the chance to start his 5th NHL season.

Fan reaction was negative - or confused - to say the least.


- This line needs to stick together.

Corsi measures the amount of shot attempts a team takes while a player is on the ice, versus how many they allow against. 50% is a good number. Over 60% is golden.

- The Athletic's Corey Pronman is one of the top analysts of NHL prospects, and he had some insight on the Hawks' first round pick in 2017.

On Henri Jokiharju... "You could argue he was Finland’s best puck moving defenseman in the tournament despite all the big names they had on that defense unit."

- A comparison of last year's team around the same point of this season.