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Blackhawks Get Dylan Strome Back from COVID Protocol, Recall Cale Morris

Strome is back after a three-game absence and the Blackhawks are riding with three netminders for now.

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The Chicago Blackhawks made a pair of roster moves on Thursday morning. Forward Dylan Strome is returning to the team after sitting out for a week due to COVID-19. The Hawks also recalled goaltender Cale Morris from the Rockford IceHogs and assigned him to the taxi squad.

Dylan Strome

Dylan Strome entered the protocol on Jan. 13, causing him to miss the Blackhawks’ last three games. The Hawks went 2-0-1 during that stretch, defeating the Canadiens and Ducks before falling to the Kraken in a shootout.

Strome has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 26 games during the 2021-22 campaign. With his contract set to expire and restricted free agency on the horizon after the season, Strome may be entering his final stretch in a Hawks jersey. His name has already appeared in trade rumblings and that noise should only intensify as the March 21 trade deadline approaches.

With Strome back, the Blackhawks have two players remaining in COVID Protocol: Kirby Dach and Brett Connolly.

Cale Morris

The Blackhawks recalling Cale Morris is a bit of a surprising move. Kevin Lankinen has been back from COVID Protocol for a week and seemed to be in line to start one of the Blackhawks’ back-to-back games vs. Minnesota this weekend. Regardless, the team is riding with three netminders for now.

Morris owns a 1-0-0 record, 1.64 goals-against average, and .919 save percentage in two games for the Rockford IceHogs this season.

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