Sep 30, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT
The defending champs have cemented the lineup that’ll open their defense of the Stanley Cup.
On Monday, the Chicago Blackhawks announced defenseman Mike Kostka and forward Joakim Nordstrom had made the final roster, according to CSN Chicago.
Kostka, 25, is the better known of the two, appearing in 35 games last year for Toronto, but it’s Nordstrom that might make the bigger impact when Chicago opens at home against Washington on Tuesday.
The 21-year-old Swede, a third-round pick at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, looks like a potential replacement for Michael Frolik as the club’s penalty killing specialist up front. Nordstrom has been skating with fellow Swede Marcus Kruger and projects to be a fourth-liner to open the year.
- Chiarelli: At some point, I’m going to have to trade a defenseman 9
- Devils post-Martin Brodeur era about to truly start 1
- Report: Rangers expected to announce captain on Thursday 10
- Snider: Flyers not hiding behind ‘horrible mistake’ of signing Bryzgalov 18
- P.K. Subban: ‘I’m not trying to change the game of hockey’ 21
- Demand for Canucks tickets plummeting according to broker 36
- Report: Johansen, Blue Jackets talking contract 7
- NHL waiting on World Cup announcement, Olympics decision 9
- Leiweke calls out ‘just terrible’ character of certain players in Leafs organization 30
- Crosby: Pens must ‘find a way to get over that hump’ 13
- Will future tweaks be enough to salvage NHL 15? (50)
- This Darcy Kuemper-Minnesota Wild situation doesn’t sound good (40)
- Boychuk doesn’t want to be traded, but has no control over the matter (39)
- Demand for Canucks tickets plummeting according to broker (39)
- The KHL’s really trying to mow Minnesota’s lawn (38)