Below is an excerpt from General Manager Stan Bowman's interview on the 2014-15 Blackhawks Insider podcast. To listen to the full interview, click here
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On Versteeg's strong start to the season:
It looks like he has his quickness back – he is a smaller guy, and he relies on his ability to dart in and out and he has incredible hands. He can make a lot of plays. He is one of those players that can sort of create a scoring chance out of nothing. It’s a 1-on-2, and before you know it he’s making a play or getting the puck on net, and that’s hard to do. It’s a unique skill. I think it’s quickness more than anything. Watching him on the ice, it looks like he has that hop in his step back. Part of that is probably confidence – when you’re back to the player you knew you could be. We’ve seen him bounce around on different lines and [play] left wing and right wing, and that’s the strength that Joel Quenneville likes: the versatility.
On deciding whether to put a player on injury reserve:
It’s really out of necessity; you don’t get any benefit putting them on IR unless you need to do it. The rules are: You can have 23 players on your roster. You dress 18 skaters and two goalies, so you can have three players that don’t dress for the game. So until you get to the point where you have more than three players that can’t dress – whether they aren’t healthy or injured – there really is no benefit to putting them on IR. Right now we have Sharp and Carcillo, and the [scratch in our] last game was Rozsival. If we need to bring someone else up, we have to put someone on IR, and our candidates are the injured players. It is a procedural thing. You can have 23 healthy or available players, and as of now we have 23, so there is no need to do that transaction.
The IR is simply a roster spot and has nothing to do with a salary cap. Once you put a player on IR they have to be on for seven days, and you can to do that retroactively. Long-term injury does have salary cap ramifications. You have to miss 10 games and 24 calendar days, and if that’s the case then you can declare a long-term injury, and at that time that player’s salary is able to be replaced at the equivalent rate.
On the possibility of calling up Teuvo Teravainen in Sharp's absence:
In this case, Teuvo was battling a little illness so he wasn’t healthy to come up. Moving forward, he has had a very good start to the year, we are happy with his progress, and I think he has made some strides. The thing we always want to weigh is, should we continue that progress or just bring him up and try him out. In this case it didn’t make sense because he has missed some games and [Sharp’s injury is] not a long-term thing. When the next situation arises we will see what happens at that point, but we’re happy at where he’s at thus far and we also think he has shown a lot of development and growth just over one month.