COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Jassen Cullimore, a Blackhawk during some dark days from 2005 to 2007, hasn't played an NHL game in more than a year. But he'll play Friday for the Hawks, after getting recalled from the Rockford IceHogs.
Patrick Kane is sick and was officially ruled out for Friday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Coach Joel Quenneville is "hopeful" that he'll play Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres at the United Center. Kane didn't make the trip to Columbus.
With Kane out, the Hawks will dress seven defensemen: Cullimore, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Jordan Hendry, John Scott and Nick Leddy. Brian Campbell is still rehabbing his sprained right knee and Niklas Hjalmarsson has one game left on his two-game suspension.
Quenneville said "he might move one [defenseman] up" to forward against the Blue Jackets. Hendry and Scott can both play the wing.
Cullimore last played in the NHL in the 2008-09 season, seeing time in 68 games with the Florida Panthers. He spent last year with the Rockford IceHogs, playing in 59 games.
"This is where I want to be," said the 37-year-old Cullimore, who skated in 65 games in 2006-07 for the Hawks. "I feel like I still have it in me. It never crossed my mind to pack it in."