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Brandon Pirri, who had an assist against the Penguins last night, was safe from today’s round of Blackhawk roster cuts.

Pirri was the AHL’s leading scorer last season but has faced a lower-body injury during camp.

The Blackhawks announced today they have assigned forwards Terry Broadhurst, Drew LeBlanc, Phillip Danault, Byron Froese, and Kyle Beach to the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs.

Surprisingly, goalie Antti Raanta has been assigned to Rockford as well. LeBlanc has performed well this preseason also.

Joining them will be forwards Brad Mills and Maxim Shalunov. Mills has an AHL contract and Shalunov has a tryout agreement.

This leaves the Blackhawks with 16 forwards, 10 defensemen, and two goalies. There are five cuts left to make.

Remaining with Pirri are forwards Ben Smith, Joakim Nordstrom, Brad Winchester, Jeremy Morin, and Jimmy Hayes, and defensemen Michael Kostka, Ryan Stanton, and Theo Peckham.


Carly Mullady grew up needing to know more about icing than its deliciousness on cupcakes. She's the lone daughter of four children, with a father who was among the last cut from the Midwest tryouts for the 1980 Miracle on Ice Olympic team. And she knows very little matches the thrill that happens from puck-drop to handshakes. A rink didn’t return to her hometown until she was gone, but she’s been able to see two younger brothers on the ice. She's their feistiest fan. Her other hockey loyalty lies with the Blackhawks--whether it's meant seeing games for $8 with student IDs when the Madhouse didn’t have much of a temper at all, or dancing to Chelsea Dagger at standing room only--there’s something magical about a roaring anthem, the Indianhead sweater, and the Original Six. A former journalist and current editor, she carries a penchant for excitement (and maybe even fighting) with a resume that includes working for Chicago-area newspapers, and television, including The Jerry Springer Show, as well as NBCUniversal in New York. After East Coast living and a return to the Chicago area, the new Mrs. is giving Graceland a go with her Southern Gent, who now shares her adoration of the game, and their rescue dog, Doc Holliday. Other interests include Cubs, Bears, Illini, Crimson Tide, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, baking a mean pineapple upside-down cake, Kate Spade accessories, and a properly coordinated cardigan for every ensemble.


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