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Defenseman Jassen Cullimore assigned to Rockford

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Defenseman Jassen Cullimore's run with the Blackhawks has come to end. He was assigned to the Rockford IceHogs on Thursday.

Cullimore played just 7:28 in Wednesday's loss to the Stars, assisting on Tomas Kopecky's goal and playing with Jordan Hendry.

Coach Joel Quenneville had praised Cullimore for his efforts. Cullimore, 38, recorded eight assists and eight penalty minutes in 36 games with the Hawks.

Cullimore was recalled on Oct. 15 with Patrick Kane out sick. He played well enough to stick with the Hawks. He was placed on waivers on Dec. 17, just before the holiday trade freeze, and cleared.

"He's been good all year," Quenneville said when asked how Cullimore handled the waiver situation. "He's been consistent, reliable, dependable. He's definitely not flashy. He's a stay-at-home kind of guy.

"He's been really steady for us. He handled that situation well. We still got him, which we're happy about."

Quenneville said that on Dec. 30. He was sent to Rockford exactly a week later.

"He's played pretty well for us this year," Quenneville said after Thursday's practice at the United Center. "You have to commend on him on how he took advantage of the opportunity. He gave us some predictability and some dependability."

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