Tag:Jonathan Toews
Posted on: July 15, 2011 4:07 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 9:31 pm
 

Kane needs wrist surgery, should be OK for camp

By Brian Stubits

Good thing it's the offseason, because Chicago Blackhawks star forward Patrick Kane needs surgery on his left wrist.

Blackhawks team Dr. Michael Terry says Kane will have surgery on Tuesday to repair what he called a scaphoid fracture, an injury that came to light during recent workouts. Orthoinfo.com says scaphoid fractures are most commonly sustained by a fall on an outstretched hand, with most of the weight landing on the palm. The scaphoid is a small bone that is the wrist's most likely to break.

The recovery will take 6-8 weeks, meaning he shouldn't miss training camp and be ready to go for next season.

"It was a little sore, and he got it checked out and it was one of those things where it needed to be fixed," GM Stan Bowman said. "You never want to have injuries, but if you're going to have them, summertime is the best time."

Kane apparently sustained the injury in the second-to-last game of the regular season. He appeared in all of the Blackhawks' seven playoff contests in a first-round loss to Vancouver, recording one goal and five assists.

"It was just one of those things that was kind of bothering me for a while," said Kane, who appeared at the Blackhawks' annual convention on Friday with a cast on his left wrist and forearm. "I just wanted to get it checked out, hoping that doctors would tell me that it was bruised or sprained, and I would take a couple of weeks off and that would be it.

"You never like the idea of surgery, but it's not something that's going to affect my game once the season comes," he added. "It's definitely something we wanted to fix and it's good we're doing it now."

The news shouldn't be anything to scare the Blackhawks unless it carries any unforeseen lingering effects. It certainly beats the summer news they received about Kane in the past, specifically his little legal entanglement.

After just sneaking into the playoffs last season, Chicago was aggressive this postseason in retooling a year after unloading to try and get back into contention for the Stanley Cup. To make it all work, the health of Kane will be critical.

In 73 games last season, Kane had 73 points on 27 goals and 46 assists. His total was just three points shy of team-leader Jonathan Toews despite playing seven less games.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: June 21, 2011 4:25 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 5:43 pm
 

Crosby beats out Ovechkin for top-selling jersey

So who's the bigger star: Sidney Crosby or Alexander Ovechkin? It's an ongoing debate, but you can notch one in The Kid's department. Again.

For the sixth consecutive season, Crosby's Pittsburgh Penguins jersey was the highest-selling jersey in the NHL, edging out Ovechkin at No. 2. They were followed up by Blackhawks teammates Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, then Crosby's teammate Evgeni Malkin rounded out the top five.

Both the Blackhawks and Penguins led the way in the top 20 with four players apiece. Joining Crosby and Malkin for Pittsburgh were Marc-Andre Fleury and Kris Letang. Chicago's dynamic duo was joined by Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp.

Somewhat surprising considering the tremendous amount of interest Boston just got done showing in its hockey team, there is only one Bruin on the list -- and it's not Zdeno Chara or Tim Thomas. Nope, checking in at No. 16 is Milan Lucic.

This goes a long way in showing Crosby's star power, if there were any questions left. Despite missing half the season, he was still No. 1 in the merchandise business.

Your move, Ovie.

-- Brian Stubits

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Posted on: March 3, 2011 1:20 pm
Edited on: March 3, 2011 2:10 pm
 

Blackhawks visit to White House set



President Obama will honor the hockey team from his old stomping grounds, the reigning Stanley Cup champ Chicago Blackhawks, at a White House ceremony March 11, the league announced on Thursday.

Members of the this year’s club -- including captain Jonathan Toews (above) -- will be in attendance along with team owner Rocky Wirtz, GM Stan Bowman and coach Joel Quenneville. That leaves a good portion of the 2009-10 club responsible for the team’s title run -- Dustin Byfuglien (Atlanta), Antti Niemi (San Jose), Kris Versteeg (Philadelphia) and Andrew Ladd (Atlanta) -- possibly out of the fold. Chicago Trbune reporter Chris Kuc reports all members from last year's team are invited, but it will be up to their current teams whether they'd be cleared to attend. 

As part of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let’s Move! campaign, members of the Blackhawk and the Washington Capitals will help conduct a clinic on a street hockey rink set up on the South Lawn. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and USA Hockey Executive Director Dave Ogrean are schedule to preside over that part of the festivities. 

The Blackhawks will be in town to play the Caps on March 13, a game that will be broadcast on NBC 12:30 pm ET. 

Photo: Gettty Images
Posted on: March 2, 2011 3:30 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2011 3:42 pm
 

Game of the night 3-2-11

Calgary Flames (33-23-9) at Chicago Blackhawks (34-23-6)

Alex Tanguay, Getty Images United Center, 9 pm ET
Calgary: 5th in West, 75 points (6-2-2 in last 10 games)
Chicago: 7th in West, 74 points (7-1-2 in last 10 games.)

BREAKDOWN: The game features two of the hottest teams going and they just happen to be jockeying for position in the Western Conference, where the bottom half of the standings shuffle around from night to night. (Idle Chicago dropped two slots last night alone.) Neither team has the best shot at catching the leaders in their respective divisions, making these games all so vital.

The Flames are coming off a 6-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues. The ‘Hawks are winners of five in a row and this will be the first game for defenseman Chris Campoli, acquired at the deadline from the Ottawa Senators. He will likely be paired with Brian Campbell tonight, according to Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews has netted 11 points over the last six games. Flames winger Alex Tanguay is coming off a three-point night (one goal, two assists) and enters on a five-game points streak. 


 
 
 
 
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