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Blackhawks goaltender Anton Forsberg clears waivers, heads to AHL

The 25-year-old Swedish netminder will share starting duties with Collin Delia.

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The Blackhawks will assign goaltender Anton Forsberg to the AHL after he cleared waivers Tuesday.

Forsberg was placed on waivers after the Blackhawks were encouraged by Corey Crawford’s performance through two games coming back from a 10-month absence due to a concussion. Cam Ward, who signed a one-year deal worth $3 million with a no-movement clause, helped the Blackhawks start the season 3-0-2 while Crawford sat out. Forsberg did not play during the five-game stretch before Crawford’s return despite Chicago having a back-to-back.

Forsberg was 10-16-4 with a 2.97 goals-against average and .908 save percentage last season in 35 NHL appearance. He was acquired as part of the Brandon Saad-Artemi Panarin trade with the Blue Jackets in June 2017.

Prior to the trade, Forsberg helped the Lake Erie Monsters win their first Calder Cup championship with a 9-0 record and 1.34 GAA and .949 save percentage in the 2016 playoffs. He was 27-17-2 with a 2.88 GAA and .926 save percentage in 51 starts with the Monsters the next season.

Delia is 3-1 with a 3.26 GAA and .910 save percentage in four AHL games this season after being sent down following an emergency call up Oct. 4. The 24-year-old was 1-1 with the Hawks last season, earning a win with a 27-save performance against the Jets in March. He also helped the IceHogs reach the Western Conference Final last season with a 7-3 record with a 2.34 GAA and .924 save percentage.