Chicago finalizes roster with Kostka, Nordstrom


The defending champs have cemented the lineup that’ll open their defense of the Stanley Cup.

On Monday, the Chicago Blackhawks announced defenseman Mike Kostka and forward Joakim Nordstrom had made the final roster, according to CSN Chicago.

Kostka, 25, is the better known of the two, appearing in 35 games last year for Toronto, but it’s Nordstrom that might make the bigger impact when Chicago opens at home against Washington on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old Swede, a third-round pick at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, looks like a potential replacement for Michael Frolik as the club’s penalty killing specialist up front. Nordstrom has been skating with fellow Swede Marcus Kruger and projects to be a fourth-liner to open the year.

Nordstrom made the ‘Hawks over highly-touted prospects like Jeremy Morin and Brandon Pirri, the latter of whom led AHL Rockford in scoring last season.

Here are the 10 oldest players to play a game this season

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This isn’t breaking news or anything. We just thought you’d like to know that three of the NHL’s 10 oldest players (who’ve played at least one game this season) are members of the Florida Panthers.

Oh, and the Panthers’ starting goalie? He’s the oldest starter in the league. (Scroll down.)

Here’s the list of skaters, topped by 43-year-old Jaromir Jagr:


Yet another veteran Panther, 36-year-old defenseman Brian Campbell, ranks 17th on the list.

Granted, the above list does not include 39-year-old Patrik Elias (who’s hurt) or 39-year-old Eric Boulton (who just re-signed with the Isles). As soon as those two play, Thornton will get pushed out of the top 10.

Now here’s the list of goalies who’ve started at least one game this season, topped by 36-year-old Roberto Luongo:


For the record, Luongo isn’t the oldest goalie under contract. That would be Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom, who’s 37.

Related: Can Florida’s old guys hang on while the young guys get better?

Hamburglar (groin) returns, Sens demote O’Connor

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Matt O'Connor‘s time in the Canadian capital was brief, but still noteworthy.

O’Connor, the losing netminder in Sunday’s “Battle of the Backups” against Montreal — Habs No. 2 Mike Condon got the win — has been sent down to AHL Binghamton to pave the way for Andrew Hammond‘s return from a groin injury, per the Sun.

The Hamburglar has been out since the preseason, but his return is earlier than expected.

He was originally supposed to miss the first two weeks, yet now sounds as though he’ll play one of Ottawa’s two games on an upcoming road trip through Columbus and Pittsburgh.

It’s going to be interesting to see if Hammond can replicate the success he had last season, when he came out of nowhere to go 20-1-2 with a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage, and finish seventh in Vezina voting.