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Blackhawks Bits: Reichel assigned to AHL; McCabe removed from COVID-19 Protocol

The Blackhawks made several roster moves Sunday morning.

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The Blackhawks announced some roster moves Sunday morning ahead of traveling to Seattle to face the Kraken for Monday night’s game.

Top forward prospect Lukas Reichel was reassigned to the Rockford IceHogs:

The move was expected: coach Derek King stated last week that Reichel was expected to only play a few games with the Blackhawks before returning to the AHL to continue his development. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Reichel up again with the Blackhawks later in the season.

Second, defensemen Jake McCabe was removed from COVID-19 protocol after missing three games. The Blackhawks have four players — defensemen Seth Jones and forwards Kirby Dach, Dylan Strome, and Brett Connolly — still in protocol.

The Blackhawks also re-assigned defensemen Ian Mitchell to the IceHogs and recalled forward Mike Hardman and goalie Cale Morris from Rockford and assigned them to the NHL taxi squad.

Mitchell was no longer needed with McCabe returning to the line-up; the former played in only two games and averaged less than 10 minutes in each game. Hardman has had four points (3 G, 1 A) in five AHL games since being assigned there mid-December. With the goalie jam in Rockford, Morris has spent most of the season with the Indy Fuel in the ECHL, but he had a .923 save-percentage in seven AHL games last season.

The Blackhawks are back on the road to face the Seattle Kraken Monday afternoon for a 4 p.m. start.