Blackhawks updates: Seabrook not skating, Soderberg finally in Chicago, roster taking shape

The Hawks also sent the four players they waived Monday to the AHL and also added two players to injured reserve.

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Brent Seabrook is dealing with an undisclosed injury and not yet even skating, GM Stan Bowman finally revealed Tuesday.


The Blackhawks submitted their official Opening Day roster to the NHL on Tuesday.

While a public announcement won’t come until Wednesday, a series of transactions and updates in the last few days has provided a fairly clear picture of how it’ll look.

Most notably, defenseman Brent Seabrook is suffering from another undisclosed injury and still isn’t able to skate, general manager Stan Bowman revealed.

Seabrook, 35, hasn’t played since December 2019 after having shoulder and hip surgeries, but Bowman previously told The Athletic his absence from training camp was unrelated to those.

‘‘[We] hope to have him on the ice in the near future,’’ Bowman said. ‘‘But I don’t know when exactly that’s going to be. He’s still not to the point yet where he can skate. Once he does get back on the ice, we’ll see how that feels. And then, obviously, he’s a couple of weeks behind in terms of game shape and conditioning, so it’ll take some time for him to ramp it up.’’

Forward Carl Soderberg, who also missed all of camp, finally has received his visa and traveled to Chicago, Bowman said. He’s starting his NHL-mandated seven-day quarantine and should make his Hawks debut in their home opener Jan. 22.

Also Tuesday, the Hawks put wing Alex Nylander (knee) on long-term injured reserve and forward Zack Smith (back) on injured reserve.

Smith’s situation remains perplexing, given that he was thought to be healthy enough for camp until the Hawks declined to invite him and put him on waivers on the first day.

Centers Jonathan Toews and Kirby Dach presumably will end up on long-term injured reserve or injured reserve, but their lack of assignment Tuesday is likely because of salary-cap gymnastics.

Finally, the Hawks assigned the four players they waived Monday — wing John Quenneville, defensemen Anton Lindholm and Nick Seeler and goalie Matt Tomkins — to the AHL after they cleared waivers.

All of those moves left 15 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies — a total of 27 players — on the Hawks’ unofficial roster. At least four of them must have received taxi-squad assignments Tuesday.

Most unclear entering Opening Day is the Hawks’ goalie situation. Coach Jeremy Colliton repeatedly has avoided naming a starter or favorite between Malcolm Subban and Collin Delia. Both have taken some first-team reps, but only one can start Wednesday against the Lightning.

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