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Blackhawks roster moves: Dennis Rasmussen recalled, Tanner Kero sent down

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The 23-year-old forward is headed back to Rockford.

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The Chicago Blackhawks recalled Dennis Rasmussen and reassigned Tanner Kero in a corresponding move Monday, the team announced.

Rasmussen, 25, shares second on the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League with 14 points (seven goals and seven assists) in 22 games this season. The Vasteras, Sweden native signed a one-year contract with the Hawks in July after posting 27 points (13 goals, 14 assists) in 73 regular-season games for the IceHogs. He also posted one goal in three 2014 postseason games with the Hawks.

Kero, 23, has tallied a goal and two assists in 17 games with the Hawks this season centering the third line. He made his NHL debut Oct. 29 against the Winnipeg Jets on the road. The Michigan Tech product has six goals and an assist in seven games with the IceHogs this campaign.

So, why not bring up Phillip Danault?

Danault made his return from hip surgery in November, and bringing him up now would be premature. He'll need to get adjusted to the speed of the game again before the Hawks think about bringing him to Chicago.

The Hawks currently sit 12 points back of Dallas for the Central Division lead. Chicago hits the ice again Tuesday when they host divisional foe Nashville.