All signs point toward some important signings for the Blackhawks in the coming months.
General manager Stan Bowman said he expects to ink Anthony Duclair, Ryan Hartman and Vinnie Hinostroza, all restricted free agents at season's end.
"We have a lot of guys in that category," Bowman said. "John Hayden as well. … I'm confident we're going to get those contracts all worked out."
Duclair, Hinostroza and Hayden will be eligible for arbitration, as will Tomas Jurco and Erik Gustafsson, according to capfriendly.com.
Bowman also said he's confident the team will sign Dylan Sikura, a 2014 sixth-round draft pick who is playing his final season for Northeastern University.
"I don't have any reason not to be," Bowman said.
Answering the call: When his first call to the NHL finally came, Carl Dahlstrom didn't answer.
The newest Hawks defenseman was catching the movie "Maze Runner: The Death Cure" with some Rockford IceHogs teammates when his phone rang.
"I couldn't answer," Dahlstrom said Saturday before he played 16 minutes, 48 seconds in his NHL debut against the Wild. "I suspected something like this was about to happen."
Dahlstrom broke the ice during the Hawks' morning skate Saturday when he whiffed on a one-timer and fell.
"Takes the pressure off," he said with a laugh. "Now I've done it."
Dahlstrom, 23, was a second-round pick in 2013. He had three goals and 20 assists in 40 games with Rockford, putting him third on the team in points when he was called up.
Crawford update: Injured goalie Corey Crawford flew to Arizona on Sunday, a day ahead of his scheduled return to the ice for Monday's morning skate. The 33-year-old isn't expected to play Monday against the Coyotes or Tuesday against the Golden Knights but could return as soon as next week.
Crawford hasn't formally practiced with teammates since he was put on injured reserve Dec. 27 with an upper-body injury that reportedly is concussion-related.