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Blackhawks add net depth with Blues' Toivonen

Monday, 03.01.2010 / 1:55 PM / 2010 Trade Deadline

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

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Blackhawks add net depth with Blues' Toivonen
The Chicago Blackhawks added some goaltending depth Monday by acquiring prospect Hannu Toivonen, along with defenseman Danny Richmond, from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for goalie Joe Fallon.

Toivonen, taken with by the Boston Bruins with the 29th pick of the 2002 Entry Draft, and Richmond were assigned to Rockford, the team's American Hockey League affiliate. The Blackhawks currently have goalies Cristobal Huet and Antti Niemi in the fold for the stretch run, though Niemi, 26, is a restricted free agent following the season.

"Hannu and Danny will add great depth to our Rockford team and will have an immediate impact on their roster," Blackhawks General Manager Stan Bowman said. "I am happy with this move because it bolsters what is already a strong IceHogs lineup."

Toivonen, 25, had an 11-11-3 record with a 2.73 goals-against average and .906 save percentage in 26 games with the Peoria Rivermen of the AHL this season. He is 74-62-11 in 154 career AHL regular-season games spanning five seasons with the Providence Bruins (2003-05, 2006-07) and Peoria (2007-08, 2009-10). He was acquired by St. Louis from Boston in exchange for Carl Soderberg in July 2007, before re-signing with the organization as a free agent July 9, 2009.

The Kalvola, Finland, native has appeared in 61 NHL games with the Bruins (2005-07) and Blues (2007-08), going 18-24-10 with a 3.37 GAA and .890 save percentage.

He spent the 2008-09 season with Finland's Ilves Tampere of the SM-liiga, going 19-23-0 with a 2.68 GAA in 52 games. He last appeared in the NHL during the 2007-08 season with the Blues, going 6-10-5 in 23 games.

Richmond, 25, had 15 assists, 16 points and 135 penalty minutes in 54 games with the Rivermen this season. He's appeared in 49 career NHL games with the Blackhawks and Carolina Hurricanes (2005-06), notching three assists and 75 penalty minutes. The 6-foot, 194-pound Buffalo Grove, Ill., native was a second-round pick (No. 31) by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2003.
Fallon went 15-10-1 mark with a 2.64 GAA and .912 save percentage in 29 games this season with Rockford in his second pro season. The 25-year-old Bemidji, Minn., native was drafted the Blackhawks in the sixth round (No. 167) in 2005.
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