Forsling returned to team practices for the first time Oct. 10. Blackhawks team physician Dr. Michael Terry gave the Swedish blueliner a 14-week timetable in July for his return to be on Halloween at Vancouver, who traded him to Chicago in January 2015 for Adam Clendening.
Forsling has bounced between the NHL and AHL the past two seasons. The left-handed shot scored three goals and 13 points in 41 games last season for Chicago. He also posted five points (two goals, three assists) in 18 regular-season games for Rockford and added a goal and five points in 13 Calder Cup playoff contests.
It’s unknown if Chicago will recall Forsling. Chicago has set its top-4 pairings with Duncan Keith-Henri Jokiharju and Erik Gustafsson-Brent Seabrook. The third pairing has seen Brandon Manning, who signed a two-year deal worth $4.5 million this offseason with Chicago, Jan Rutta and Brandon Davidson in the mix. Rutta ($2.3 million) and Davidson ($650,000), who made the team after a professional tryout in the preseason, are both on one-year deals. Forsling is the final year of his three-year entry-level contract with a $872,500 salary cap hit.