What was suspected, is now confirmed by both Coach Quenneville and GM Stan Bowman. Finnish sensation Teuvo Teräväinen will join the Blackhawks after his season for Jokerit is finished.
This will probably mean the demotion of Centerman Peter Regin. Hawks normally like to keep an extra defenseman or two, thereby keeping David Rundblad with the Hawks. (We shall see).
If the Hawks can bring Teravainen in, they could immediately put him on the second line. The first two lines will be juggled a bit (as usual), but if they wish, the Hawks could Put Sharp-Teravainen-Kane as the second line, and the first line could be Saad-Toews-Hossa. (This would slide Shaw back to the third line in between Versteeg and Bickell). 4th line would remain the same, therefore the odd man out would be Michael Handzus.
***Note: Regin's cap hit at the moment is $375 as David Rundblad's cap hit is at $785,000. The Hawks have NO room right now, and they may need to move Rundblad in order to make room…no choice here.
Hawks fans are getting excited with the thought of Teravainen joining the team. His skill level and speed are literally off the charts. He may be one of the best NON-NHLers in the world right now. So,… everyone is going to get their opportunity in seeing "the kid" come to town. CAN'T WAIT.