Blackhawks set final roster

Rather than make a decision on who to keep as backup goaltender, the Chicago Blackhawks just kept both Corey Crawford and Antti Niemi.

Of the 24 players on the roster, 18 were part of the 2008-09 team that made it to the Western Conference finals before losing to the Detroit Red Wings. New addition Marian Hossa begins the season on injured reserve along with Adam Burish.

The Blackhawks assigned forwards Bryan Bickell, Evan Brophey, Jake Dowell, Rob Klinkhammer and Jack Skille to the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs.

The complete list of players:

Forwards: Troy Brouwer, Dustin Byfuglien, Dave Bolland, Ben Eager, Colin Fraser, Patrick Kane, Tomas Kopecky, Andrew Ladd, John Madden, Patrick Sharp, Radek Smolenak, Jonathan Toews, Kris Versteeg

Defensemen: Cam Barker, Brian Campbell, Jordan Hendry, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Aaron Johnson, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Brent Sopel

Goalies: Corey Crawford, Cristobal Huet, Antti Niemi

After finishing the preseason with a 2-3-1 record, the Blackhawks begin the regular season with back-to-back games against the Florida Panthers in Helsinki, Finland, on Friday and Saturday. Both games begin at 11 a.m.