The Blackhawks added yet another veteran defenseman via waivers on Monday, claiming veteran Jarred Tinordi from the New York Rangers.
Tinordi, 30, was originally the 22nd overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft by the Canadiens. He’s listed at 6-6 and 231 pounds, so he’s another big body on the blue line.
But he hasn’t stuck in the NHL at any point in his career. Tinordi has appeared in only 109 regular-season games in the league over parts of eight seasons, including just seven for the Rangers last year.
This makes the Blackhawks’ situation on the blue line even more intriguing with the start of the regular season just two days away. As we’ve talked about here previously, Filip Roos‘ contract could have him go back to Sweden if the Blackhawks opt to send him to Rockford. And many, including me, thought Alec Regula would get the final spot on the roster.
Claiming Tinordi could indicate the Blackhawks are going to conservatively ease Connor Murphy back into action and Caleb Jones isn’t ready to start the season with the NHL club because of his should injury. But Tinordi isn’t a regular NHL player and could be a filler until Chicago has its full compliment of defensemen healthy while allowing younger players time to develop more in Rockford.