‘Hawks take Rozsival (ankle) off LTIR, send Gustafsson to minors

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Michal Rozsival‘s comeback is nearly complete.

Rozsival, who hasn’t played an NHL contest since fracturing his ankle in last year’s playoffs, has been taken off long-term injured reserve and is now part of Chicago’s active roster, the club announced on Friday.

To make space for Rozsival, the ‘Hawks sent Erik Gustafsson to AHL Rockford, meaning towering Swedish blueliner Viktor Svedberg remains — for now.

But back to the veteran Czech for a moment.

The comeback is a feel-good story for Rozsival, who wasn’t guaranteed to continue his NHL career following a pretty serious injury. At 37, he was already slowing down prior to getting hurt, but the ‘Hawks saw value in the experienced rearguard and signed him to a one-year extension this summer.

Rozsival could draw back into the lineup on Saturday, when the ‘Hawks take on the Blues at Scottrade.