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Blackhawks place Michal Rozsival on long-term injured reserve

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Chicago can now exceed the salary cap limit by $650,000, the amount owed to the Czech defenseman.

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The Chicago Blackhawks placed veteran defenseman Michael Rozsival on long-term injured reserve Monday.

Rozsival is signed to a one-year, $650,000 contract. By placing Rozsival on LTIR, the Hawks give themselves extra flexibility against the salary cap.

The 39-year-old Rozsival did not pass his physical at the start of training camp in Septemner and has not been able to participate in team activities.

Rozsival’s agent, Ritch Winter, said prior to camp that his client was dealing with post-concussion symptoms from a punch by Arizona’s Nick Ritche in April. The Czech blueliner had surgery to repair facial fractures and Ritche was suspended two games by the NHL Department of Player Safety for the play. Rozsival had one goal and two assists in 22 games last season.

With this move, the Hawks training camp roster stands at 27 players: 16 forwards, eight defenseman and three goaltenders.

The Hawks being the regular-season Thursday against the two-time reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins at the United Center.