On this day off for the Blackhawks, they have good reason to celebrate a Happy New Year.â†µ
Chicago Breaking Sports reports that the injured Jonathan Toews took part in practice this morning and is now "day-to-day", a much better prognosis than the original forecast that he would be out for up to two weeks. Toews will be traveling with the team on their trip to California -- but don't get excited about him possibly being able to play, because he had been scheduled to go anyway; the entire team is going on what's been dubbed the "Moms Trip".â†µ
Also today, the Blackhawks signed their 2009 No. 1 draft choice, Dylan Olsen, according to the Duluth News-Tribune:â†µ
Former NHL first-round draft pick Dylan Olsen, a Minnesota Duluth sophomore defenseman from Calgary, Alberta, signed a three-year, two-way contract with the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday and will join the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in Rockford, Ill., following the World Junior Championships.â†µ
Olsen was the 28th overall pick; he's playing for Canada in the World Junior Championships, which run through Jan. 5. The Blackhawks often promote younger players quickly if they're talented; Jeremy Morin, also playing in the World Junior Championships and the same age as Olsen -- 19 -- has already been up and down several times between the Blackhawks and Rockford this season.