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‘Hawks send Bollig to AHL, Montador returning?

Mar 6, 2013, 4:32 PM EDT

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The NHL’s hottest team could be adding some reinforcements on defense.

That was the word out of Chicago on Wednesday as the Blackhawks sent forward Brandon Bollig to AHL Rockford — a move that, according to numerous sources, should pave the way for defenseman Steve Montador to return to the active roster.

Bollig, 26, had appeared in 11 games for the ‘Hawks this season, racking up 40 penalty minutes while averaging 5:31 TOI per game. He led all Chicago skaters in fights this year, with four.

Montador, 33, hasn’t played at all this season due to post-concussion symptoms.

He signed a four-year, $11 million deal with Chicago prior to last season and got off to a solid start, racking up 14 points in his first 52 games.

But his season took an unfortunate turn in February, when he suffered a concussion against Colorado. He returned for one game — Mar. 27 against New Jersey — but only lasted four minutes before he was pulled from action and shut down for the year.

Montador then suffered more misfortune during the lockout.

After being medically cleared by team doctors, he began skating during informal practices…during which he collided with a teammate and suffered another head injury.

Montador failed to to pass his physical during training camp, but recently resumed skating with the team and, at last report, was awaiting medical clearance.

Update: According to Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily Herald, Montador has been cleared.

  1. gekkoguy82 - Mar 6, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    I don’t know about NHL dressing rooms, but on my beer league teams if someone has been out and we’ve been winning, and then we lose upon their return, they get ribbed to no end about how the team’s success must be tied to their absence from the ice…I wonder how much good natured teasing he’d receive if his return heralded the end of their spectacular point streak? I don’t know, this is probably a stupid thought…obviously they’re a long way from beer league. 😛

  2. esracerx46 - Mar 6, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Didnt know they needed a boost on the blue line. Monty did play a little forward for em last year though

  3. r8rbhawk - Mar 6, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Glad to see Montador is returning, yet I hate to see Bollig sent down. I like the toughness he added to the lineup, even if he only played 5 mins a game.

  4. comeonnowguys - Mar 6, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Their second line are good enough to start for a few teams themselves, and isn’t the usual sixth defenseman (Rosival) +10? Don’t get it, but then again, I’m one dimmer bulbs on the birthday cake.

  5. pone27 - Mar 6, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Can never have too much on the blue line fellow Hawks fans.

    Much rather have further depth on D than Bollig. I rather see Carcillo take a seat, but I also recognize I am in the lower percentile in that opinion

  6. thehighcountrybear - Mar 6, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Nice to see Montador back; the likes of Datsyuk are chortling merrily at the news! Yet, I find myself in concurrence with comeonnowguys all the same? Not with the assessment on Hawks’ second line which is the usual drivel, but with the assessment re: birthday cake; unusual integrity for otherwise fantasy driven Hawks’ supporters. Good on you son…

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