Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010
Posted 8:11 PM Updated 10:23 PM
By Tracey Myers
ST. LOUIS Jonathan Toews sustained what looked to be a right shoulderarm injury in the first period and did not return against the Blues on Tuesday, and Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was hopeful that it wasnt anything that would keep the captain out for long.
Quenneville said he would know more Wednesday on the condition of Toews, who was holding his right shoulderarm after getting hit near the boards by Blues forward Matt DAgostini 13 minutes into the first period of the Blues 3-1 victory over Chicago.
Toews was spun around and fell, his right shoulder hitting the boards. Toews went to the bench and stayed there for a few moments after the hit. But he went to the locker room soon after.
Toews was lost just as the Blackhawks were getting healthy again. Marian Hossa (lower body) came back Sunday after missing 10 games and Patrick Kane (left ankle) returned Tuesday after missing eight contests.
Its frustrating, Kane said. We get everyone back and in the first period, the first couple of shifts we lose another guy. I dont know the extent of the injury or what it is but hopefully its not too bad.
Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information.
Ted Dent was another longstanding member of the Blackhawks' organization. On Tuesday, he was the latest to be let go.
Dent, head coach of the Rockford IceHogs for the past six seasons, was fired on Tuesday morning. Dent spent a total of 11 years in the organization; he was the IceHogs' assistant coach for five seasons before taking the head coaching job for the 2011-12 season.
Just over a year ago, the Blackhawks gave Dent a three-year contract extension that was set to run through the end of the 2018-19 season.
"The Chicago Blackhawks thank Ted for all of his contributions throughout his tenure with the organization," Blackhawks general Manager Stan Bowman said. "He played a major role in helping a number of players reach the NHL level with the Chicago Blackhawks, many of whom became Stanley Cup champions. We wish Ted and his family the best."
The IceHogs didn't have the depth this season they had in previous years, and they struggled all season en route to a 25-39-9-3 record. The struggles got worse after the March 1 trade deadline, when the Blackhawks sent Spencer Abbott and Sam Carrick to the San Diego Gulls (Anaheim Ducks AHL affiliate). At the time, Abbott led the IceHogs in points with 35 (15 goals, 20 assists) and Carrick was second with 28 points (11 goals 17 assists).
After the two were traded, the IceHogs went 4-12-1.
It's the second consecutive day in which the Blackhawks fired a member of their organization's coaching staff. Mike Kitchen, the Blackhawks' assistant coach since 2010, was fired on Monday. Kitchen and head coach Joel Quenneville have been friends going back to their NHL playing days, when the two were teammates with the Colorado Rockies and the New Jersey Devils. Kitchen was also part of Quenneville's coaching staff in St. Louis.
When Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman addressed the media on Saturday, he said that there would be change. That started on Monday when assistant coach Mike Kitchen was fired.
The move came five days after the Blackhawks were swept out of the first round by the Nashville Predators. Bowman said in a statement that, “we believe this decision is best for our organization moving forward. Mike had an impact on two different Stanley Cup championship teams during his tenure in Chicago. We appreciate his many contributions and wish he and his family success in the future.”
Kitchen has been a member of coach Joel Quenneville’s staff since 2010. The two go back to their playing days, however, when they were teammates with the Colorado Rockies and also the New Jersey Devils. Kitchen was Quenneville’s assistant when the two were with the St. Louis Blues and when Quenneville was fired as Blues coach midway through the 2003-04 season, Kitchen was promoted to head coach.
As part of the Blackhawks’ staff Kitchen’s focus on special teams, mainly the penalty kill. That kill finished the regular season 24th overall in the league, although that has to come with an asterisk. The penalty kill started the 2016-17 season so poorly that it was never going to get too far out of the basement. It did get stronger as the season wore on, and it was fourth overall during the Blackhawks’ short stay in the playoffs.