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Blackhawks send second line hopeful Pirri to AHL

Sep 29, 2013, 12:06 AM EDT

Brandon Pirri AP

It looks like Michal Handzus will be Chicago’s second line center to start the season.

After tonight’s final preseason game, the Blackhawks sent hopeful second line candidate Brandon Pirri along with winger Jeremy Morin and goalie Antti Raanta to AHL Rockford.

Much has been made of the competition through training camp for the right to play between Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa. Handzus was essentially auditioning to keep his job and fending off Chicago’s 2009 third-round pick in Pirri was his final battle. Second-year forward Brandon Saad was in the running early on before he was moved back to wing.

The demotions put Chicago’s roster at 24 players and one more cut to make. Expect a defenseman, either Ryan Stanton or Mike Kostka, to be the last to go. Chicago opens the season on Tuesday night at home against Washington at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

  1. blackhawks2010 - Sep 29, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Hawks are extremely strong in depth, when you send down players like Pirri and Morin, your loaded.

    Looking forward to another great year Hawks fans!

  2. endusersolutions2013 - Sep 29, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Very disappointing – did not really get the chance due to pre-season injury. And Handzeus has not played a minute unless I missed something.

  3. esracerx46 - Sep 29, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    This is why I wish they did not resign zeuss. Zeuss is a 3-4 line guy. He can win faceoffs but I think Pirri in between guys like Hossa and Sharp….. would give you more than Zeuss. Their is a reason you gave up so little to get him. That said we wouldnt have won the cup without him. I feel sorry for guys like Morin and Pirri who should be on an NHL roster but arent. Keep digging guys.

  4. earpaniac - Sep 29, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    I think Pirri stays if he doesn’t get hurt. Feel bad for those guys, but the depth on this team is unbelievable.

  5. sprtsfan1 - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Man oh man, I’m extremely disappointed in this move. I was really hoping to see Pirri make the jump this year. Oh well, injuries happen. Should be an awesome season! Go Hawks!!!

  6. pone27 - Sep 29, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    I never have a problem with Bowman making the move to send guys like Pirri, Morin, etc. down into Rockford.

    These kids are not going anywhere. Zeus just helped the Hawks in taking home another title. I personally don’t feel like Zeus was terrible on our second line (granted I do know he is not a top 6 guy anymore.)

    Injuries will come, these guys will see time on the Hawks, and you never know what could happen via trades. Regardless, the future at forward looks very bright in Chicago. Lets go Hawks!

  7. slysipops - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    hopefully HANDZUS will play all season like he did in the playoffs….but that would be a first . why not keep PIRRI up here as a # 3 or 4 center to get real game experience ? oh no let’s wait for an emergency !

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