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Nick Leddy likely on his way to Chicago; new line combos

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With Jassen Cullimore sent down to the Rockford IceHogs Thursday and Nick Boynton struggling, there is a spot open on the Hawks defense.

And 19-year-old Nick Leddy should fill it.

The Hawks will likely recall Leddy, who just won a bronze medal with Team USA in the World Junior Championships, for Friday's game against the Ottawa Senators.

"I don't know if the timing on that is right [Thursday] at this moment, but it could happen," coach Joel Quenneville said after practice at the United Center.

That's typically Quenneville speak for "yes."

Leddy made the Hawks out of training camp, benefitting from an injured Brian Campbell, and played in six games. He scored his first NHL goal and was a minus-1.


Quenneville continues to juggle his lines. Thursday they looked like this:

Stalberg -- Toews -- Kane

Kopecky -- Sharp -- Hossa

Bickell -- Bolland -- Pisani

Brouwer -- Johnson/Dowell -- Skille

Center Jake Dowell was a scratch for the second game in a row Wednesday against the Stars. It is really baffling, especially since all Quenneville does is praise Dowell's game.

Ryan Johnson and John Scott both played over Dowell against the Stars -- and they barely played. Scott was on the ice for 4:41)and Johnson 4:13.

Surely, Dowell, who is a plus-10, is more useful than that.

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I agree totally.... Q has been wacko on the scratches. Skille and Dowell sitting is insane. That 4th line has been the most consistent all season. Also that 4th line is one of the best regarding +/-. John Scott is a total waste of a roster spot. He cannot skate and is prone to mental mistakes. Cullimore is also a pretty consistent D Man and sending him down is something I dont understand. Boynton is having a tough stretch, but I would not move him yet. I would trade/release Scott asap. I think Q is a bit lost on what to do. There is the obvious cup hangover and thats fine. If the team continues to implode.. the I would start looking at trade options for next season. I like Seabrook, but he too is very hit and miss. Being in the final year of his contract makes him ideal for a trade. Lalonde is sitting in Rockford waiting for his chance. Campbell is a possibility, but thanks to Tallon his contract is almost impossible to trade. If they can.. move Soupy. Get a solid D in return and free up some very much need cap space. All this team needs is another 2 solid vet forwards to shore up that 3rd line. We all knew this was coming.. cup hangover + ripped apart roster = this..

Hawks need defencemen that can hit back.What we have now is d that shy away from hits.Other team hit are forwards, and they get injured alot. Plus are d has to shoot the puck on net moreoften, and not around the net all the time.

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Adam L. Jahns is a native Chicagoan hailing from the Far Northwest Side. Jahns has been with the Sun-Times for more than four years, covering the Hawks, Bears, Cubs, Sox and high schools.


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