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Blackhawks’ Calvin de Haan could play vs. Flyers for season opener

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Connor Murphy is officially out.

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Defenseman Calvin de Haan could play in the Blackhawks’ season opener Friday against the Flyers at 02 Arena in Prague, Chicago head coach Jeremy Colliton said Wednesday.

Colliton, however, did rule out defenseman Connor Murphy (groin) for the game. The Blackhawks placed Murphy and forward John Quenneville (right hip) on injured reserve Tuesday when they finalized their roster. Quenneville cleared waivers last week, but was never assigned to the AHL.

De Haan missed the entire preseason due to a groin strain he presumably suffered during offseason training. The 28-year-old had shoulder surgery at the end of last season before he was acquired by Chicago from the Hurricanes in a four-player trade in June. He missed the start of training camp and did not begin practicing with his new teammates until the fourth day of camp.

If de Haan isn’t ready to go the Blackhawks could recall Dennis Gilbert for Friday’s game. Gilbert was the last defenseman cut from the team’s roster, but he’s still with the team in the Czech Republic.