The Chicago Blackhawks were back on the United Center ice this morning as they prepared for tonight’s meeting the Anaheim Ducks. 

While head coach Joel Quenneville met with the media following the morning skate, he mentioned the forward Jordin Tootoo is getting close to coming off of long term injured.  The 34-year-old right winger has been out of action since the end of training camp with an upper-body injury.

Tootoo had two goals and an assist in 50 games for the Blackhawks last season.  Although Quenneville would not confirm it, Tootoo will likely head to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League when he is able to return to game action.

With Lance Bouma and Tommy Wingels both going a good job filling the “energy” role on the fourth line, there is very little reason to a player of Tootoo’s skill set on the NHL roster at this point. 

Source: Mark Lazerus
Image Credit: Canadian Press