General manager Stan Bowman expects de Haan (shoulder) to be ready for the Blackhawks' pre-postseason training camp, Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. De Haan underwent shoulder surgery in late December and was originally expected to miss the rest of the campaign, but the league's hiatus has evidently allowed him to progress in his recovery to the point he should be ready for Chicago's pre-playoffs training camp, which is expected to get underway July 10. His return would be huge for a Blackhawks club that gave up goals in bunches during the regular season, as he was playing well in a top-four role prior to his injury, notching six points while posting a plus-10 rating in 29 contests.
De Haan (shoulder) skated with a small group of fellow NHL players in Ottawa on Friday, Charlie Roumeliotis of NBC Sports Chicago reports. De Haan underwent what was believed to be season-ending shoulder surgery in late December, but the fact that the Blackhawks will be playing meaningful games in August has left the door open for a potential return this year, particularly since he's already skating. However, his availability for the playoffs likely won't be determined until Chicago begins its pre-postseason training camp in mid-July. De Haan was playing well in a top-four role for the Blackhawks prior to his surgery, notching six points while registering a plus-10 rating in 29 contests.
De Haan will undergo surgery on his right shoulder and will be sidelined for the remainder of the season. This is the second shoulder surgery that de Haan will have undergone within the last year, so this is likely an issue that will plague him for the rest of his career. The 28-year-old's absence won't impact many fantasy lineups, as he's only picked up six points this year, but it will undoubtedly weaken an already shaky Blackhawks blue-line corps, as he's been one of the team's best stay-at-home defenders this season, registering a plus-10 rating through 29 games.
The Blackhawks placed de Haan (shoulder) on injured reserve Thursday. De Haan was unavailable for the first two games of the campaign after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery, so the fact that he's once again dealing with a shoulder issue is highly disconcerting. Chicago has yet to release an expected timetable for the 28-year-old blueliner's recovery, but he should be considered out indefinitely at this point.
De Haan (shoulder) will return to Chicago for further testing after leaving Tuesday's game versus the Golden Knights, Chris Kuc of The Athletic reports. Per Kuc, head coach Jeremy Colliton described de Haan's shoulder as "not good." The Blackhawks have two more games on their road trip, but it sounds like de Haan will be out longer than that. The blueliner previously had surgery on his right shoulder over the summer -- if he's damaged it further, an extended absence could be on the horizon. Slater Koekkoek should enter the lineup in de Haan's stead.
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