Blackhawks' Campbell relates to Cutler's injury

Blackhawks' Campbell relates to Cutler's injury

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011
3:11 p.m.

By Tracey Myers
CSNChicago.com

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has gotten plenty of criticism after suffering a sprained MCL injury on Sunday. But Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell, who suffered the same injury earlier this season, said he shouldnt.

Campbell missed the first month of the season when he suffered an MCL sprain to his right knee in an October preseason game. To Campbell, who thought at first he could play on that knee but soon found out his couldn't, the injury was nothing to snicker about.

As soon as I got back to the room here, OK, somethings going on here. It's starting to to tighten up. Something's going wrong, Campbell recalled about the night he got hurt. I know when I was rehabbing, I wasnt able to do anything laterally for about three weeks. I dont know anything about Jay Cutler, but Id just like to see everyone put in his position when you go out there and you cant move around.

Cutler was barely taken out of Sundays NFC Championship when reaction ran rampant, especially on the internet. Campbell said it was pretty disappointing the reaction of it all.

You just dont react right away. You find out whats going on then react for a guy like that. You feel bad for him, his friends and family. Hopefully everyone can somehow apologize to a guy like that.

Anybody can grab a phone and say, I couldve walked around with my knee. True warriors know what guys do. He was sacked. beaten on the last two years. He just keeps going about his business.

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.

Blackhawks re-sign defenseman Ville Pokka to one-year deal

Blackhawks re-sign defenseman Ville Pokka to one-year deal

The Blackhawks signed Ville Pokka to a one-year contract on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old Pokka played in all 76 regular-season games for the Rockford IceHogs last season, recording six goals and 24 assists.

The Blackhawks’ defensive depth has already taken a hit this offseason, with Niklas Hjalmarsson traded to Arizona – Connor Murphy came here in the deal – and Trevor van Riemsdyk, selected by the Vegas Golden Knights, then traded to the Carolina Hurricanes. While the Blackhawks will probably explore free-agent options this offseason, Pokka could vie for an opportunity at training camp.

Blackhawks don’t extend qualifying offer to Dennis Rasmussen

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Blackhawks don’t extend qualifying offer to Dennis Rasmussen

Dennis Rasmussen was not tendered a qualifying offer by the Blackhawks, a source confirmed on Tuesday. Rasmussen will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Rasmussen was coming off a one-year deal worth $575,000. He was expected to be among those the Blackhawks extended qualifying offers – the deadline was Monday afternoon – but he was not.

The 26-year-old played 68 games for the Blackhawks this past season, recording four goals and four assists. He gave the Blackhawks some options, as he also played some wing and was part of the penalty kill. But he was a surprise healthy scratch more often than not as the regular season continued.

The Blackhawks will enter this season without Rasmussen and, if Marcus Kruger is traded, the team will have some holes to fill at center.