The Chicago Blackhawks released or reassigned nine players on Tuesday, paring their training camp roster to 47.
The Blackhawks assigned forward David Gilbert to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League and returned three players to their junior teams. Defenseman Dillon Fournier was sent to Rouyn-Noranda of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, defenseman Travis Brown was returned to Moose Jaw of the Western Hockey League and goaltender Brandon Whitney was sent back to Victoriaville of the QMJHL.
It's a date that's been circled on my calendar, so it's kind of nice to have it here and get it over with (Thursday). This is a little bit of the closing of the book on the move. That's kind of how I'm looking at it.
— Stars forward Jason Spezza on returning to Ottawa for the first time to face the Senators