Anton Forsberg is the odd man out.
The Blackhawks placed the 25-year-old Swedish goaltender on waivers Monday morning. Chicago will only carry two netminders on its roster with Corey Crawford and Cam Ward, who signed a one-year contract worth $3 million and a no-movement clause.
Ward helped the Blackhawks start the season 3-0-2 while Crawford made his return from a concussion. Despite Ward being 34 years old and well past the peak years of his career, head coach Joel Quenneville opted not to play Forsberg during the five-game stretch that included a back-to-back.
Forsberg was 10-16-4 with a 2.97 goals-against average and .908 save percentage last season in the NHL as Crawford’s backup. Forsberg had a rough start this season as he suffered a minor injury during the morning skate the day of Chicago’s season opener in Ottawa. It wasn’t too significant, but the Blackhawks did recall Collin Delia from the AHL to back up Ward that night.
In order to send Forsberg down to the AHL, he’ll have to clear waivers first. There’s no guarantee the other 30 NHL teams will pass on him and let him head to the Rockford IceHogs. If he does get claimed, Forsberg must be on the NHL roster for at least 10 games and/or 30 days before being eligible to go through the waiver process again.