Hawks acquire Toivonen and Richmond for AHL squad

Here’s the official Hawks release:

The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired goaltender Hannu
Toivonen (HA-noo, TOI-voh-nuhn) and defenseman Danny Richmond from the St.
Louis Blues in exchange for goaltender Joe Fallon and have assigned both
players to the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs.

“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, has notched an 11-11-3 record with a 2.73
goals-against average and a .906 save percentage in 26 games with the
AHL’s Peoria Rivermen this season. The Kalvola, Finland, native has
appeared in 61 career National Hockey League contests with the Boston Bruins
(2005-07) and St. Louis (2007-08) registering an 18-24-10 record with a 3.37
goals against average and an .890 save percentage.

The Bruins’ first choice, 29th overall, in
the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Toivonen spent the 2008-09 season with Ilves Tampere
of the SM-liiga (Finland) posting a 19-23-0 record with a 2.68 goals-against
average in 52 regular-season games. He last appeared in the NHL during the
2007-08 campaign with the Blues, accruing a 6-10-5 mark in 23 outings.

Overall, Toivonen has racked up 74 wins (74-62-11) in 154
career AHL regular-season tilts with the Providence Bruins (2003-05, 2006-07)
and Peoria (2007-08, 2009-10) spanning five years of action. He was originally
acquired by St. Louis in exchange for Carl Soderberg on July 23, 2007 before
signing with the organization as a free agent on July 9, 2009.

Richmond, 25, has posted 15 assists, 16 points and 135
penalty minutes in 54 contests with the Rivermen this season. The Chicago
native was a member of the Blackhawks organization for parts of three seasons
(2005-08), which includes collecting two assists and 68 penalty minutes in 39 tilts
with the NHL club. He has appeared in 49 career NHL games with the Blackhawks
and Carolina Hurricanes (2005-06), accruing three assists and 75 penalty
minutes, which includes appearing in a career-high 22 matchups with Chicago in
2006-07.

Carolina’s second choice, 31st overall, in
the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Richmond has racked up 127 points (29G, 98A) and 805
penalty minutes in 350 career AHL games spanning six seasons of action.

Fallon, 25, has notched a 15-10-1 record with a 2.64
goals-against average and a .912 save percentage in 29 games this season with
Rockford during his second professional campaign. He was originally drafted the
Blackhawks with their ninth choice, 167th overall, in the 2005 NHL
Entry Draft.

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Danny Richmond…back in the Hawks organization

So what does this mean?  It could be as simple as depth for the Rockford Ice Hogs, but it could also pave the way for a goaltending deal.  Rumors have swirled that both Cristobal Huet AND Corey Crawford could be moved before Wednesday’s trade deadline.  This could certainly be a signal that something is on the horizon.  Stay tuned to the Red Light District for all your NHL Trade Deadline news. 

NHL Trade:   The Florida Panthers have traded Jordan Leopold to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 2nd round pick.  Leopold’s name was mentioned as on of the possible cogs in a potential Tomas Vokoun trade for the Hawks.  Many possible cogs remain.   

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