Blackhawks put Versteeg on long-term IR

With Kris Versteeg taking a bit longer to come back from a hand injury than the Blackhawks had hoped, the team decided to call up forward Dennis Rasmussen from Rockford on Sunday.

Versteeg injured his hand during the Winter Classic at Washington, and the Hawks placed him on long-term injured reserve to make room for Rasmussen.

The Hawks were hoping to have Versteeg (9 goals, 18 assists) back by the end of the month, but coach Joel Quenneville recently said, "It's probably going to be a bit more than that."

Rasmussen, whom the Hawks signed as a free agent last June, has 8 goals and 8 assists in 44 games with Rockford this season. He ranked 10th in the Swedish Hockey League last season with 40 points in 52 games.

The Hawks play at Los Angeles on Wednesday.

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