As has learned, the Chicago Blackhawks defender David Rundblad is supposedly joining the ZSC Lions for the rest of the season. He was recently assigned to the Hawks' AHL affiliate.

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The 25-year-old defenseman is under contract with the Hawks until the end of the 2016-17 season, but has only played nine game for them this season so far, scoring two assists.

On December 30, he cleared waivers and was assigned to the Rockford IceHogs. Head coach Joel Quenneville, when asked about the Swede's long-term future with the team by beat writer Mark Lazerus (Chicago Sun-Times), has not been too positive about it, but remained vague: "Tough to say."

Furthermore, Chris Kuc (Chicago Tribune) also put out on Twitter that there is a rumor that the Swede could end up playing in Europe. If Rundblad indeed will join the Lions, he will have to go through waivers again, as to terminate his contract early, unless, of course, the team decides to let him play on loan. The defenseman had only signed a contract extension with the team this past June. (mso)