Kris Versteeg #32 of the Florida Panthers warms up prior to facing the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on January 18, 2012.
In Monday’s edition of Hawks Headlines, we take a look at Antti Raanta’s promotion by the Chicago Blackhawks after they placed Nikolai Khabibulin on LTIR Sunday, as well as what went wrong for the Blackhawks in Saturday’s loss to the Nashville Predators.
-We’ll start out on the positive side of things with Kris Versteeg’s return to the Windy City. In his first game back in Chicago since his acquisition by the team on Thursday night, Versteeg scored a goal and added an assist in the Hawks’ win vs. the San Jose Sharks, and after the game, he said he “couldn’t be happier” to be back with the Blackhawks. [CSN Chicago]
-After losing 7-2 on Saturday night in Nashville, the Hawks bounced back in a big way against the Sharks in the 5-1 victory Sunday. What changed? Chris Kuc has some answers. [Chicago Tribune]
-Marian Hossa sat out both games over the weekend, and Sheldon Brookbank slid back into the lineup as a forward. The Hawks are hoping to get Hossa back for the first game of their seven-game circus trip on Tuesday night against the Colorado Avalanche. [ESPN Chicago]
-In Saturday night’s loss to the Predators, Nikolai Khabibulin sustained an injury that forced him from the game. On Sunday, the team placed Khabibulin on Long Term Injured Reserve and called up Finnish rookie Antti Raanta from the IceHogs. [Chicago Sun-Times]
-What the heck went wrong for the Blackhawks on Saturday night? There was plenty to choose from, but Al Cimaglia did his best to explain things. [Fox 32]
-Brad Mills was sent back to the IceHogs on Friday to clear some salary cap room for the Hawks as they tried to get under the cap following the acquisition of Versteeg on Thursday. [IceHogs.com]