Official word came down from the Blackhawks today that Brian Campbell will be out for the next 7 to 8 weeks because of a fractured clavicle and ribs. No surprise there.
Other nuggets from today which should come to the surprise of very few observant Hawk fans:
- Nick Boynton passed through re-entry waivers and is officially a member of the Blackhawks. It was brought to my attention a couple days ago that Boynton was once an All-Star in 2003-2004. While this may get some excited, let’s also remember it took place before the NHL locked itself out. If you don’t recall what times were like then, let’s just say that 6’2″ defenseman who could slow down opponents by getting in their way were all the rage. Now days, those same players have to skate with the skilled forwards and finding life a bit more difficult. Or find themselves playing in the “A”.
- Shawn Lalonde was officially assigned to Rockford, just as I said he would be yesterday. This is standard protocol for all teams and Lalonde’s addition does not mean he’s got a realistic shot at playing for the Hawks before the year is out. He may get a chance to play a game or two, but if he’s expected to be a 5th or 6th defensemen for an NHL team at this point in his career, said team does not have Cup aspirations.
Some things that were a bit surprising from today:
- Dustin Byfuglien practiced with the defensemen today. While this has sent many a Hawk fans to their shrinks, it’s probably a numbers game. With only 6 defensemen at practice (Johnsson didn’t practice) and 14 forwards, it may have been Quenneville’s prerogative to have Buff see action just in case something disastrous happens. With no Campbell and no Johnsson, it would only take one injury to leave the Hawks severely short-handed at the back.
- Corey Crawford was recalled from Rockford because Cristobal Huet came down with the flu. Crawford won’t see any action but it is funny/ironic that his first regular season game back with the Hawks comes against a team he shutout two years ago.
Some good news for the Hawks was that Marian Hossa was back at practice so it’s likely he will play against Anaheim. As for the Ducks, Ryan Getzlaf and Teemu Selanne are both day-to-day with injuries. It would be lovely if at least one of the two didn’t play; especially Selanne who sits comfortably on his throne as Lord of the Blackhawk Killers.
Being ten points out of the 8th spot, it appears Anaheim GM Bob Murray did not make a wise decision when he had the opportunity to sell off some veteran parts at the trade deadline and remold his team. Maybe it’s because he couldn’t find anyone to fleece. Or perhaps, it’s because he made the same mistake he did when he was General Manager with the Hawks and tricked himself into thinking his team had legitimate playoff hopes. That could be it.