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Blackhawks Name 2021-22 Opening-Night Roster

The Blackhawks have finalized their roster for Wednesday’s season opener. Although it can change on Tuesday, the team is cap compliant.

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The Chicago Blackhawks assigned forwards MacKenzie Entwistle and Philipp Kurashev to the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL on Monday. The Blackhawks also placed defensemen Caleb Jones (left wrist strain) on long-term injured reserve and Wyatt Kalynuk (right ankle sprain) and Alec Regula (lower back) on injured reserve.

With those moves, the Blackhawks finalized their 23-man opening-night roster ahead of their opener against the Colorado Avalanche. Wednesday will serve as each team’s season opener at 9:00 p.m. Central time at Ball Arena in Denver.

Entwistle and Kurashev each were sent to Rockford as paper transactions for salary cap purposes. Each player is waiver-exempt and expected to be recalled Tuesday.

Forward Kirby Dach and defenseman Ian Mitchell are the only players to make Chicago’s roster that are waiver-exempt.

Blackhawks’ 2021 Opening-Night Roster

Forwards: Henrik Borgström, Ryan Carpenter, Kirby Dach, Alex DeBrincat, Adam Gaudette, Brandon Hagel, Tyler Johnson, Patrick Kane, Jujhar Khaira, Dominik Kubalik, Dylan Strome, Jonathan Toews

Defensemen: Calvin de Haan, Erik Gustafsson, Seth Jones, Jake McCabe, Ian Mitchell, Connor Murphy, Riley Stillman

Goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury, Kevin Lankinen

Brandon is a contributor for On Tap Sports Net covering the Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs and Chicago Steel. He also covers the Blackhawks as an independent correspondent for NHL.com. Follow Brandon on Twitter @brandonmcain.

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