Ramblings: Blackhawks Down, Byfield Soars, Re-Racking 2019, Podkolzin, & Hischier (Dec. 30)

Cam Robinson

2020-12-30

A couple of big items of news came out over the last couple of days. Both involving the Chicago Blackhawks.

First, it was announced that Team Canada captain, Kirby Dach had successful wrist surgery and will be out 4-5 months. That’s a big old yikes. The Hawks took a risk sending him to the WJC knowing that it would interfere with training camp. They did so because they kept him in the NHL last season instead of letting him participate, and this was the 19-year-old’s final crack at the event.

The positive aspect was that Dach would experience high-level hockey ahead of training camp, represent his country and presumably see a lot of confidence and success. The risk was, well, exactly what happened. A long term injury before the action even began.

Dach was scribbled in as Chicago’s #2 centre this season. He was spending the majority of his time next to Patrick Kane during the return to play in the summer. His six points in nine games were telling of his progress as an offensive threat. It was expected they’d be together again in 2021. Now we won’t see him until May or June. That means he’ll have played just nine games in 14 or so months.

Not ideal.

I still love Dach long term but Kane isn’t getting any younger and the depth chart doesn’t boast a ton of game-breakers coming.

 

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The next part of the bad news came from the team’s captain. Jonathan Toews released a statement on Tuesday indicating that he’s suffering from lethargy and lack of energy. He will remain out indefinitely until he and the medical team can figure out why.

I’ve gotta say, I can really relate to JT here. 2020 has sucked the energy out of many of us. But this is a concerning statement. Did Toews contract COVID-19 at