Hawks assign Steve Montador to AHL

The Chicago Blackhawks recalled forward Jimmy Hayes from the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs and assigned defenseman Steve Montador to the AHL team on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old Hayes has 39 points, including 22 goals and 17 assists, in 58 games for the IceHogs this season. He had a hat trick and two assists on March 9. He had five goals and four assists in 31 games for the Blackhawks last season.

Montador cleared waivers on Tuesday, a source told ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun. Montador hasn't played in a game since March 27 and recently was activated.

Montador missed time on two occasions because of head injuries last season. He had five goals, nine assists and a plus-4 rating in 52 games last season.

The Blackhawk are 21-2-3 with an NHL-best 45 points this season. They play the Columbus Blue Jackets on the road Thursday.