The Ras Man (PicAgency)

The Ras Man (PicAgency)

The Blackhawks made news today by recalling Ice Hogs center Dennis Rasmussen from Rockford ahead of their six game road trip which starts in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. The Hawks placed the surprisingly productive winger Kris Versteeg, who has been out since being injured during the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day, on LTIR to make room for the 6’3 Swedish forward. The beats indicated last week that a forward would likely be recalled in wake of Dan Carcillo’s six game suspension, which was handed down by the league last Tuesday. Rasmussen has 8 goals and 8 assists in 44 games so far in his first North American season. He signed with the Hawks as a free agent in June.

The move comes as somewhat of a surprise to many. Fans on social media spent the week debating whether Phillip Danault, Mark McNeill, or even Brandon Mashinter most deserved to be recalled for the six game swing. Stan Bowman has not yet commented on the reasoning for deciding on Rasmussen, but it likely has something to do with the fact that the Blackhawks are about to play six road games against six of the biggest, most physical teams in the league. Rasmussen, listed at 201 pounds, helps the Hawks negate the significant size disadvantage they’ll be at for most of this road trip through hell.

While it’s too early to tell what the addition of Rasmussen means for the Hawks lineup, it could signal trouble for either Joakim Nordstrom or Teuvo Teravainen. Nordstrom has looked rather pedestrian over the last few weeks and Teravainen saw his ice time slip to just 8:26 in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. We’ll likely find out more when the Hawks return to practice on Tuesday.