Friday, October 23, 2009

Skille back to Rockford (really this time), Bourque makes INCH's napkin

Kuc (Chicago Tribune): Arrival of Blackhawks winger Andrew Ebbett ends Jack Skille's travels from Rockford for now
Waiver pickup from Ducks takes spot on fourth line

The arrival of Andrew Ebbett to the Blackhawks has put a halt -- at least temporarily -- to Jack Skille's up-and-down season.

Ebbett, who was claimed off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday, has joined the Hawks' fourth line, and Skille will remain in Rockford when the Vancouver Canucks visit the United Center on Wednesday night.

Skille had been shuffling from the Hawks to Rockford of the AHL on non-game days in an effort to save money.

"We have 12 forwards here right now, and Jack is not going to be here Wednesday," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "Our staff really liked the addition (of Ebbett). He can really help us in a lot of ways. He can play center and he can play wing and he can make plays."

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• Rene Bourque (Wisconsin): Bourque is the leading scorer (11 points) for Calgary, the NHL's highest-scoring team. The Flames are tied with surprising Colorado for the Western Conference lead.