The Chicago Blackhawks are going on their last big road trip before the trade deadline. But they'll be going into this important two-game series without several key members.
Jonathan Toews will not travel to Los Angeles and Anaheim, nor will defensemen Niklas Hjalmarsson and Steve Montador, as the Blackhawks take on the Kings on Saturday and the Ducks on Sunday.
Toews has been out since earlier this week with possible concussion-related symptoms. He was also in a one-car accident downtown on Thursday morning but the Blackhawks said he was fine. Whether that or his previous injury is keeping him off the road is uncertain.
Meanwhile, Hjalmarsson may have suffered a setback. The defenseman returned last night, playing just over 16 minutes in the Blackhawks' 3-1 loss to the Dallas Stars.
Montador remains on injured reserve after getting hurt against Colorado in early February.
On the latest edition of the Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle, Tracey Myers and Charlie Roumeliotis discuss what's next for the Blackhawks after a trade-filled weekend.
They also weigh in on whether the Blackhawks are done trading, preview free agency, and toy with the idea of a potential Patrick Sharp reunion.
Listen to the latest episode of the Hawks Talk Podcast below:
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.