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Will these types of hits ever stop?
Check out this dirtiness, as Blackhawks forward Joakim Nordstrom hits Coyotes’ best defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson from behind.
via Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,
After the game, Tippett said Ekman-Larsson was day-to-day with a "not-too-serious" upper-body injury and he is hopeful Ekman-Larsson is ready to play Saturday.
from John Dietz of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
"I've kind of moved on from it now, but at the same time it was definitely a tough couple of days after you hear the news of the injury and the extent of how long you'll be out," Kane said. "Especially when you're in the groove of playing games and looking forward to finishing the season strong and get into the playoffs, it definitely hurts. I'll try to do the best I can to get as ready as I can for playoffs and be ready to go when I come back."
As for the play itself, Kane called it "kind of flukey."
"I remember during the play I thought our defenseman was going to come down and pinch, so I kind of let up a little bit and tried to skate fast to the puck," Kane said. "And as I was skating, (he) kind of cross-checked me in the back there and I lost my balance. As I was losing my balance, it looked like I was trying to either make a play or chip it back to the point, so I couldn't really protect myself going into the boards."
Watch the injury below if you missed it or just want to see it again...
from Mike Johnston of Sportsnet,
Chicago Blackhawks fan Alexis Bovard walked away from her first NHL game with one heck of a story…and probably a headache as well.
Early in the first period of the Blackhawks-Oilers game Friday night, Benoit Pouliot hit Niklas Hjalmarsson hard into the boards in the Chicago end – so hard in fact that a pane of glass was dislodged and it fell into the crowd, landing on Bovard.
“If I even remember correctly, I was watching the game and you know the big hits come to the glass and the next thing I know the glass is on my head and blood is everywhere and people are all around me and I make it up the stairs and hear all these applause, which was nice to hear,” Bovard told Sportsnet’s Gene Principe during the game.
Watch the incident below...
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
This spring is Kimmo Timonen’s final shot at a Stanley Cup ring.
The 39-year-old defenceman told reporters in Chicago Thursday that he will be retiring at the end of the 2014-15 season but wants to remain involved in hockey as a coach.
Timonen, who only made his season debut Monday, was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks from the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2015 NHL draft and a conditional fourth-rounder in 2016.
Ironically, it was the Blackhawks who snuffed out the blueliner’s best shot at lifting the Cup back in 2010, when Chicago defeated Philly in a six-game Stanley Cup final.
from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,
It was an emotional Patrick Sharp who stood in the dressing room of the Chicago Blackhawks' practice facility and spoke of the toll that rumors on the Internet have taken on him and his family.
"It’s been tough," Sharp said Sunday at Johnny's IceHouse West. "As a hockey player, as a professional, you’re out there and you’re up for grabs for on-ice play. I’m OK with that. Trade rumors, talk about my play on the ice — I’m fine with that, I can handle that. But when people delve into your personal life and make up rumors and things that are completely false and untrue, it takes a toll on you. And it takes a toll on your family, your friends, and it’s completely unnecessary. It’s been tough, but I know I’ve got a strong group of teammates here, we’re going to stick together.”
The rumors have ranged from infidelity to rifts with teammates and have spread like wildfire on social media and the Intenet. One Web site listed numerous alleged incidents. Sharp said he is considering legal action to stop the spread of the rumors.
That's Klas Dahlbeck.
added 10:17pm, Arizona release is below...
via Philadelphia Flyer PR release,
The Philadelphia Flyers have traded defenseman Kimmo Timonen to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a second round draft pick in 2015 and a conditional draft pick in 2016, according to general manager Ron Hextall.
Timonen, 39 (3/18/1975), was diagnosed with blood clots last summer and has missed the entire season due to the condition, but was recently cleared to play and has been preparing for a return to the ice for the past several weeks. The 2013-14 season was Timonen’s seventh with the Flyers, over which time he recorded 38 goals and 232 assists for 270 points in 519 games. He is a five-time winner of the Barry Ashbee Trophy as the Flyers’ best defenseman, including the last three consecutive seasons, making him one of just three players (Howe, Desjardins) to win the award in three straight years.
from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,
For months, Bowman has said he didn’t want to move any roster players, that he didn’t want to make a money-for-money trade, that he was going to be relatively quiet at the trade deadline.
Then Patrick Kane was injured. Now all bets are off, and all phone lines are open. It’s no longer a matter of if the Hawks will make a trade. It’s when. And how many.
“We’re getting pretty close,” a confident and unusually direct Bowman said. “But until it’s done, it’s not done.”
With Kane out, Bowman said he’s exploring all options. That means current roster players could be moved, not just picks and prospects. That means the Hawks will consider acquiring players that aren’t on expiring contracts. That means getting a forward or a defenseman, or both.
A source said the Hawks are particularly interested in Arizona forward Antoine Vermette and Columbus forward Cam Atkinson, both of whom are on expiring contracts. Edmonton defenseman Jeff Petry is another possibility. But Kane’s injury has opened roughly $6 million of salary cap relief, and also has opened the door to a more dramatic overhaul in anticipation of this summer’s looming cap crunch.
The Blackhawks did place Kane on LTIR today...
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
So, with only rumours, tips, and our keen sports writer’s eye — having watched nearly every player who ever hurt his collarbone skate off the ice bent over just like Patrick Kane did on Tuesday night — we are ready to pronounce that Kane is out with some sort of shoulder/collarbone (clavicle) malady.
So, here’s what that means:
If the clavicle is broken, which is very rare in hockey according to a former NHL trainer we reached out to Wednesday, Kane is looking at eight to 10 weeks on the shelf. The good news is that bones mend, and although a broken collarbone means more recovery time, the injury would not linger with Kane for the remainder of his career.
If the collarbone has separated from where it joins the shoulder — the far more popular AC or Acromioclavicular joint injury — that means the ligaments which hold the clavicle to the shoulder have been stretched. Doctors simply put the clavicle back in place, and wait six-to-eight weeks until the ligaments tighten up around the joint once more.
There are two issues with that however. One, it never tightens up like it used to be; and two, Kane would return with a much more painful shoulder than he would if he waited the requisite time for a broken bone to heal.
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