Blackhawks' Hendry tears ACL, out six months

Blackhawks' Hendry tears ACL, out six months

Monday, Feb. 28, 2011
Posted: 3:52 p.m. Updated: 8:34 p.m.

By Tracey MyersCSNChicago.com

ST. PAUL, Minn. Jordan Hendry was just starting to integrate himself back into the Chicago Blackhawks lineup. Now his season is over.

Hendry suffered a season-ending torn ACL injury to his left knee on Sunday against the Phoenix Coyotes. The 27-year-old defenseman will have surgery soon, team physician Dr. Michael Terry said in a statement on Monday, and full recovery is anticipated to take up to six months.

The defenseman was hurt early in the third period after taking a hit from Phoenix captain Shane Doan along the boards. Hendry was down for a bit, and needed a lot of help getting off the ice and back to the locker room.

It was a tough end for Hendry, who had been a healthy scratch through a lot of early games but was back in the lineup lately.

Things like this happen unfortunately. He has the one injury you dont want to get, coach Joel Quenneville said prior to the Blackhawks game against the Minnesota Wild. Those were probably his two best games of the year (against Nashville and Phoenix), he looked really involved. We appreciate what hes done for us, and even last year he was an important part of our team.

John Scott filled that sixth defensive role against Minnesota on Monday. Depending on how long it takes newly acquired defenseman Chris Campoli to get to them visa issues the Blackhawks could call up someone from Rockford. Jassen Cullimore, who was with the Blackhawks the early part of this season, is currently injured.

Its disappointing for us, general manager Stan Bowman said. He certainly stuck through it early when he was a healthy scratch. He never complained once. Hes a first-class individual. He was starting to play well so its unfortunate for him and for us. Were just going to have to soldier on.

Leddys return

Defenseman Nick Leddy last played at the Xcel Energy Center in a Minnesota state championship hockey game. On Monday native of nearby Eden Prairie came back in a Chicago Blackhawks uniform for the first time since the Wild traded him to them.

Leddy, who was recalled to Chicago for good on Saturday after doing the Rockford shuffle since January, has made good strides in his game. Playing with Duncan Keith, Leddys learned plenty.

Playing with Duncs, Ive felt comfortable the whole time, Leddy said before the game. He makes everyone better. Hes always talking to me, always helping me out.

Coach Joel Quenneville has mentioned the word poise plenty regarding Leddy this season. He said the rookie had a special game against Phoenix on Sunday, playing more than 23 minutes, a career high. Leddys handled the pressure well through this stretch run.

Especially down the stretch, every games critical, Leddy said. It gets pretty nerve-wracking out there but I guess the adrenaline kicks in. I dont really feel it anymore.

Leddy had about 15 friends and family at the game.

No mas

The Blackhawks did get a defenseman on Monday in what ended up being a somewhat quiet trade deadline day. Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said there was a lot of talking, but no additional moves presented themselves. He wasnt disappointed that he couldnt make any more moves.

We said our priority was to get something done and we certainly accomplished that, he said. We were talking to a number of teams about different options but takes two parties to want to make a deal. Only a few willing to trade players away made it difficult. Were very happy with the acquisition we were able to make.

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

In wake of first-round playoff sweep, Patrick Kane talks about the Blackhawks' 'reality check'

In wake of first-round playoff sweep, Patrick Kane talks about the Blackhawks' 'reality check'

It’s been just over a month since the Blackhawks were eliminated from the playoffs in swift fashion. And as Patrick Kane told WGN Radio on Tuesday morning, the bitter taste hasn’t gone away.

“I think a lot of us didn’t figure we’d be in the situation we’re in right now,” Kane told Steve Cochran and Dave Eanet on Tuesday. “All of us can work this offseason to get better. It’s a long time to wait to get back to that opportunity to play in the playoffs again, so we’ll have a sour taste in our mouth for a while.”

The Nashville Predators, who made quick work of the Blackhawks in the first round, eliminated the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night to earn the first Stanley Cup Final appearance in franchise history. Kane told WGN he’s been watching the playoffs and said Nashville “has a pretty good system going.”

“They come at you, they play aggressive. I don’t think any of us would be a big fan of the way they defend in the neutral zone, just sitting back and playing that 1-3-1. But at the same time they come at you,” said Kane, who added that the Blackhawks “weren’t even close in that (first-round) series.”

“Maybe we had a chance in Game 3 when we were up 2-0, but it was a clean sweep and that’s probably how it should’ve been,” he said. “So now it’s time to regroup.”

When the Blackhawks had their wrap-up media session on April 22, general manager Stan Bowman was asked if some players, having won three Stanley Cups since 2010, had lost some of the hunger. Bowman didn’t buy that and neither did Kane.

“Four sounds a lot better than three, right?” he said. “It’s a long time away and a lot of work, but sometimes you go through those situations and you realize you won three Cups and it’s almost like you’re going to be there again. That’s where the reality check is for us now, realizing how hard it is to get back in that situation, how hard it is to win a Cup or go deep in this league. There’s a lot of work to be done.”

Should Blackhawks' next assistant coach be Joel Quenneville's choice?

Should Blackhawks' next assistant coach be Joel Quenneville's choice?

On April 22, Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman vented his frustrations on the team’s all-too-abrupt exit from the postseason, adding that he and coach Joel Quenneville, “are going to work together to make sure that this never happens again.”

There will be plenty of decisions for the two to mull between now and September, when the Blackhawks convene for training camp. When it comes to the assistant head coach vacancy, however, that might need to be decided with a more one-sided approach. That choice ultimately should be made by Quenneville.

In a recent podcast, Pat Boyle and I discussed the Blackhawks’ need to work together on some upcoming decisions. But with the assistant coach, the head coach has to have the loudest voice. The head coach probably should even have the final vote. The relationship between coaches has to be there because they’re around each other constantly. They’ve got to be on the same page. There has to be trust from Day 1.

As for when the Blackhawks name that assistant, there appears to be nothing imminent. A source said Monday that the Blackhawks and Ulf Samuelsson have been in communication about the job — Chris Kuc of the Tribune first reported on Samuelsson on Sunday. On paper it looks like it would be a great fit. Samuelsson and Quenneville played several seasons together with the Hartford Whalers, along with current Blackhawks assistant coach Kevin Dineen. The relationship with Samuelsson has been there for a long time and it would make for a smoother transition. It might also provide somewhat of a panacea for Quenneville after former assistant Mike Kitchen, whose friendship with Quenneville also went back to their playing days, was fired last month.

Earlier this month Bowman told the Sun-Times that Quenneville will have a big role in the Blackhawks’ finding their next assistant coach, with the final choice being a “joint collaboration.” We get that there’s an order to these things and everyone has to be in agreement with the final decision. But in the end the head coach has to be 100-percent happy with his immediate staff. So whoever the next assistant coach is, the decision has to be 100 percent Quenneville’s.