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.
He seemed to thrive on his own and didn't really need any push from me. I certainly don't want to get in the way of the coaches. You see how that goes sometimes. I never really worried about it and just enjoyed the ride.
— David Ekblad on his son's [Aaron Ekblad] journey to the NHL, signing with the Florida Panthers