By Jim Hagerty
CHICAGO – The Chicago Blackhawks made an expected move on Monday by placing goaltender Anton Forsberg on waivers, according to sources close to the club.
Forsberg, who came to Chicago in 2017 as Corey Crawford’s backup, hasn’t appeared in a game this season. The Blackhawks have turned to veteran Cam Ward to back up Crawford now that he’s back in the lineup.
Forsberg, 25, went 10-16-4 last season, a mark that failed to impress after the Härnösand, Sweden native had a strong stint in the minors with the Columbus Blue Jackets organization.
If Forsberg goes unclaimed, he will report to the Rockford IceHogs. That move will place Rockford in an unusual spot. The IcHogs are currently carrying Colin Delia and rookie Kevin Lankinen on their roster. Rockford kept Lankinen instead of Matt Tomkins, who’s down with the ECHL Indy Fuel along with Jason Pawloski. Tomkins appeared in eight games with the IceHogs last season.
Forsberg is in the second of a two-year, $1.5 million contract. He was taken 188th overall by Columbus in the 2011 NHL Draft. R.