Niklas Hjalmarsson said he knew pretty quickly in his last game that something wasnt right.
The Blackhawks defenseman was playing in his first game back from a suspected concussion last Thursday against the Dallas Stars. And not long into that game, he just didnt feel right.
I felt it pretty fast, said Hjalmarsson, who skated again Wednesday but is not quite ready to return. Its tough to know when youre out for a while, too. I thought to myself, It might have been because I was gone for so long, that I feel a little off balance. Yeah, I just didnt feel 100 percent.
Hjalmarsson will wait until he is 100 percent again coach Joel Quenneville said hell have a better idea Thursday if Hjalmarsson could play this weekend. Its been a tough wait for the defenseman, who wants to be playing with the Blackhawks struggling to stay in the Wests top eight.
Theres not really (a timetable); Im still waiting to feel good and just try to get conditioning up, he said. Obviously I want to get out there. Its been very frustrating for me the last couple of weeks. Its the end of the season and its tight in the standings and I just want to help the team. Right now Im not 100 percent.
Hjalmarsson will probably be watching tonight as fellow Swedish defenseman Johnny Oduya makes his Blackhawks debut.
I obviously havent played on a team with this many Swedes before. Its fun for me, he said. (Oduya) is a good defenseman and right now we need one, so hell be of good use on our team. Ill tell him whos fun to hang around and whos not, like (Viktor Stalberg) and (Marcus) Kruger.
The Colorado Avalanche are looking for a new head coach, and Blackhawks assistant Kevin Dineen is reportedly a "major candidate" to land the job, according to Mike Chambers and Terry Frei of The Denver Post.
Dineen, 52, has spent the last two seasons as Joel Quenneville's right-hand man, and helped guide the Blackhawks to a Stanley Cup victory in 2015.
He previously served as the head coach for the Florida Panthers, where he went 56-62-28 in two and a half seasons with the team.
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Dineen is familiar with the Colorado area as well, playing collegiate hockey at the University of Denver from 1981-83. He scored 26 goals and 23 assists in 67 games across two seasons with the Pioneers, and was named captain as a sophomore.
Because he's under contract with the Blackhawks for the 2016-17 season, the Avalanche would have to seek permission to interview Dineen, and it's possible it already happened.
The Avalanche are looking to replace Patrick Roy after he resigned on Aug. 11 due to philosophical differences with management.
Roy was 130-92-24 in three years with the Avalanche, guiding his former club to a Central Division title in his first season but missing out on the playoffs the past two years.
Patrick Sharp is back in Chicago, and spent Saturday evening at Wrigley Field taking in the Pearl Jam concert, one of his favorite bands.
The former Blackhawks forward happened to bump into another fan-favorite athlete Chicago is well familiar with: Paul Konerko of the White Sox.
Together, the two of them have helped bring four championships to the city.
Sharp couldn't resist tweeting the photo Saturday night to document the moment:
Artemi Panarin is bringing home some more hardware after his stellar rookie campaign with the Blackhawks.
The 24-year-old winger was named the 2015-16 Kharlamov Trophy winner, given annually to the best Russian hockey player in the Kontinental Hockey League and National Hockey League. Panarin led the way with 15 first-place votes and 43 total.
Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin came in second followed by Metallurg's Sergei Mozyakin, Washington's Alex Ovechkin (a seven-time winner of the award) and Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov.
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Panarin ranked first among all NHL rookies in multiple categories last season, including goals (30), assists (47), points (77) and game-winning goals (7) in 80 regular-season games, which earned him the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie.
He was presented the award over the weekend:
The award is voted on by the committee of the Russian Hall of Fame, Russian hockey legends/veterans, a group of KHL general managers, members of the media and past winners.
Check out the full voting results here.