Rundblad agreed to terms with the ZSC Lions of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga on Thursday, die Neue Zurcher Zeitung reports.
Rundblad tallied two helpers in nine contests for the Blackhawks last year before the two sides agreed to mutually terminate his contract. The blueliner has garnered 10-points in a season just once in his career and seems unlikely to return to an NHL roster any time soon.
Rundblad and the Blackhawks mutually agreed to a termination of the defender's contract Tuesday, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Rundblad was originally drafted by the Blues with the 17th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, and went on to spend time with the Senators and Coyotes before joining the Blackhawks via trade in March of 2014. The Swedish blueliner was never able to carve out a significant role with Chicago, notching just 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) over 63 games during his three years with the club. It remains to be seen if Rundblad will sign with another NHL organization ahead of the 2016-17 campaign, but if not, he'll likely head over seas to continue his career.
Rundblad was recalled from AHL Rockford on Monday.
Rundblad played for a little while in a Swiss league before recently rejoining AHL Rockford and notching four points in 10 games. While the 24-year-old will now rejoin the parent organization, the depth along the blue line will likely limit his action in the postseason, keeping him off the radar in most playoff pools.
Rundblad has been loaned to the ZSC Lions of Switzerland, the Associated Press reports.
Rundblad posted two assists in nine games with the Blackhawks this season, but didn't do enough to keep his spot with the team for the long haul. He'll now play in a foreign Swiss league instead of the AHL, but could be back with the Blackhawks at some point this season if needed.
Rundblad has cleared waivers, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports.
Rundblad appeared in just nine games for the Blackhawks this campaign, managing a pair of assists in that span. As the 17th overall draft selection from the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, it's surprising that Rundblad hasn't made much of an impact but he can rest his laurels on winning Lord Stanley with Chicago last season. Rundblad can be sent to the AHL now that he has cleared waivers.
Rundblad was waived by the Blackhawks on Monday, James Mirtle of TSN 1050 reports.
Rundblad has played in just nine contests this season, recording two assists and six PIM. Despite his limited opportunities, the 25-year-old did man the power play during eight of his nine appearances, grabbing both of his assists with the extra attacker.
Rundblad signed a two-year extension with the Blackhawks on Monday worth $1 million per season, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Rundblad is expected to play Wednesday in place of Kimmo Timonen for Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.Rundblad is taking warmups and is likely to be paired with Johnny Oduya for Game 6. He hasn't played in this series since Game 1, where he was on the ice for one goal-against as the Blackhawks dropped the series opener.
Rundblad was named as the defenseman that will replace Marc Rozsival, who fractured his left ankle on Thursday night against the Wild, when the Blackhawks start the Stanley Cup Western Conference Finals, CSN Chicago reports.
Rundblad will be back in the lineup on Tuesday against the Wild, CSN Chicago reports.Rundblad has been in and out of the lineup recently and was a healthy scratch on Sunday against the Blues. After starting out impressively in the first half of the season, Rundblad has cooled off recently and has only two points in his last eight appearances. Nonetheless, this has been the best of Rundblad's four NHL seasons, as he's got three goals and 10 assists in 45 games.
Rundblad is expected to be a healthy scratch on Sunday against the Jets as he has been recently shuttled in and out of the Blackhawks' lineup, CSN Chicago reports.After starting out impressively in the first half of the season, Rundblad has cooled off and has only one point in his last eight appearances. His last point came on February 26 with an assist against Florida. Despite cooling off, this is his best season in his four years playing in the NHL with three goals and 10 assists in 45 games.
Rundblad registered his 10th assist on the season on Thursday in the Blackhawks' 3-0 victory over the Panthers.
Rundblad has been showing some good stuff in the first half as one of the last pair of defensemen on the Blackhawks, Hawks' general manager Stan Bowman told ESPN Chicago.
Rundblad nabbed a goal in his second straight game Wednesday against the Penguins.Rundblad has only attempted four shots during those two contests and had just one goal in his previous 25 games, so it's probably not worthwhile to make to much fanfare about the rise in production. If nothing else, though, it may solidify Rundblad's spot in the Chicago lineup over Tim Erixon.
Rundblad is among Chicago's scratches Sunday against the Stars, ESPN Chicago reports.With Rundblad out, Tim Erixon is slated to be paired on the blue line with Michal Rozsival on Sunday.
Rundblad supplied an assist in Monday's win over the Predators.The 24-year-old has contributed a goal and two helpers over his last four games, allowing him to solidify a regular spot on the Blackhawks' third pairing. Rundblad's limited NHL track record makes it unlikely he'll be able to sustain that production, however, so it's probably too early to make much out of the relative scoring outburst.
Rundblad, who has been a healthy scratch the last five games, will be back in the lineup for the Blackhawks on Tuesday against the Wild with Duncan Keith out with an undisclosed illness, ESPN Chicago reports.Rundblad will most likely only get ice time if Keith remains out of the lineup or another injury on the blue line. After being acquired last March from the Coyotes, Rundblad has three assists in 18 games to go along with 13 assists and 12 blocks over two seasons.
The Blackhawks acquired Rundblad from the Coyotes on Tuesday for a 2014 second-round draft pick, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.Acquired by the Coyotes in March 2011 from the Senators in exchange for Kyle Turris, Rundblad never lived up to expectations in the desert, appearing in a grand total of 18 NHL games over the past two seasons. With Chicago, Rundblad becomes a de facto replacement for extra defenseman Mike Kostka, who the team lost to waivers a week ago.
Rundblad has been recalled from his conditioning assignment at AHL Portland.Rundblad was loaned to Portland a week and a half ago to get some ice time with limited work available with the Coyotes. With just one point in 12 games this season, Rundblad will have a tough time cracking the Phoenix lineup now that he's back with the parent club.
Rundblad was sent on a conditioning assignment by the Coyotes on Friday, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.Rundblad has been a frequent healthy scratch in the lineup for Phoenix this season. He will take the extra time at the end of the Olympic break to see some regular ice time in the AHL.
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