Kirby Dach’s Regular Season Likely Over

How bad was Kirby Dach’s wrist injury?

Season-ending apparently.

On Monday evening the Blackhawks announced Dach underwent successful surgery to repair a right wrist fracture he suffered on December 23 in an exhibition game against Russia at the World Junior Championships in Edmonton. The timetable for his return: four to five months.

[counts on fingers]

That means Dach, like Alex Nylander, is likely done until the 2021-22 season.

31 thoughts on “Kirby Dach’s Regular Season Likely Over

  1. No big loss with 92.

    Putting his in same paragraph as Dach’s loss is like like putting mayonnaise on a corned beef sandwich.

  2. Real smart move having Dach go play minor league hockey…NOT. Do not understand the Hawks thinking of having him play in the Juniors… Why does it seem all the kids the Hawks get need to play in the minors for awhile, when other teams have them playing NHL hockey to start….

  3. I know it could have happened to him at any time in practice or a game ,it didn’t, but you just don’t let your 2nd Line Center go play in a Junior Tournament anytime let alone 2 weeks before the season starts.

  4. People fighting cancer say “no new bad news is good news” and I’ll apply that sentiment here with Dach – at least the prognosis wasn’t worse that an extended recovery time. I haven’t read anything saying he will recover full use and motion of his wrist, so no guarantees – but I also haven’t read anything suggesting he won’t.

    One way to look at the 4-5 month estimate for recovery is to write off this season and essentially make it a 8-9 month recovery and rehab right up to the start of the 2021/22 training camp. Don’t mess around with this thing and throw him in a few games at the end of the season.

    Get well Kirby.

  5. Kane and a bunch of NHL players play in summer leagues with a bunch of collegiate and other amateur players – for those of you whining about the decision to allow Dach to play in the U20 tourney – would you also speak out against Kane playing in non-NHL sanctioned hockey? If yes, how far do you extend the “bubble wrap” treatment for the players you have under contract? What about risky things like dirt biking, bungee jumping, mountain climbing? Where does it end – and do teams have the legal right to restrict the off season activities of their employees?

    The IIHF U20 tournament started in the off season and it will wrap up before the Hawks start their training camp, or within a day or two.

  6. Two 4 Tripping….

    Toews went to this tournament.
    Worked out fine, yes?

    Difference?

    There were fewer eyes on Toews cuz Hawks were still not relevant back then and the new fans were elsewhere, not watching hockey.

    Hockey is a tough, hard game.

    Sometimes these things happen.

    Remember when 88 got hurt near end of 2015 regular season?

    People groused then about 88 being on ice with playoff spot just about secured.

    Worked out pretty good that year didn’t it?

  7. Up to 20 weeks is a lot for wrist fracture surgery. It is usually 8 to 12. There could be more intensive damage to the ligaments. Take the time needed and be ready for the following year-feel bad for him. His first two years in the NHL don’t get much weirder.
    Such an innocent looking collision.
    (had two broken wrists playing hockey, one around his age)

  8. Very sad news for the kid who love the game, wish him to recover soon and get ready for the next season ..bad luck can happen on or off the ice. To bad for his dream but al least the Hawks gave him his chance .
    Now let’s focus on the season 21 ..it will be a good test for many young kids and if they don’t make the playoff it’s far from being the end of the world and many guys here will have their wish of a top five pick come true.
    I will be very happy to see guys like Kurashev, Hagel ,Ejdsell ,Entwistle,Beaudin , Regula , Mitchell,Kalynuk, Barratt ,Morrison, plus maybe a few other.
    I just want to see them play and see where there at .
    Go team Canada Go
    Go Hawks Go ….

  9. Silent/Noonan, yea I posted after a Silent post in last thread or two threads ago about when I broke my arm/wrist. It was bot bones in arm right at wrist area and wrist was at a bit of an angle after they fixed it. I couldnt throw the baseball as good as before after but I could still play. So pitching was done and longballs from outfield tailed right. So I had to play with that.

    My arm works but it sort of messed my baseball career up some.

    I really hope 77 can heal 100%. Take a load off Dach and come back bigger/stronger in a yr from now.

  10. No reason to blame Dach for wanting to play or the Blackhawks thinking it was great opportunity for him. Obviously if not for covid Nhl be in middle of season and he would be playing for the Blackhawks and be a moot point about going as it was last year. Unfortunate yes, but blaming helps nothing, just hope he returns without any issues from it.

  11. The Hawks could have drafted Askarov last year but played themselves out of a shot by beating Edmonton. And I had no problem with that last year. But now, the injuries the Hawks have had before the season even begins means they may end up getting another shot at an elite goalie or elite dman in this year’s draft..would Wallstedt, Clarke, or Power be worth a non playoff berth in a shortened season? The answer this year is yes..at some point you have to accept what your team has and what your team needs ( a true elite goalie prospect and a true number one dman prospect)..these are the types of players that can change an organization for a decade, and they aren’t available via trade or free agency especially when you have 21 mil in cap space allocated to two players. Your only option to bring elite talent in is to bring them in through scouting and the draft..let Dach take all the time he needs to heal up..and while he’s healing up, let’s get another elite prospect to join him for the next 10 years or so. I’m still looking forward to this season very much. It will be interesting to see the Hawks face possibly the worst team in the NHL(Dead Wings) and the best team (Lightning) over and over again. It’s a great way to evaluate what you have when you’ll be seeing both sides of the pendulum in terms of competition. It’s time for us as fans and Stan in his new role to solidify who the new core of this Hawks team is going to be. Reichel, Dach, Mitchell, Boqvist, Cat, and maybe Kubalik/Strome is actually a pretty good start..if Regula and Vlasic come even close to reaching their ceiling, the Hawks will be very, very difficult to play against in a few years. Especially if Barratt and Entwhistle are in the bottom six by then too. But they need goaltending that isn’t patchwork and they need a number one dman. And wouldn’t you know it, this year’s draft is loaded with extremely high upside dmen and another elite goalie prospect for the third year in a row. So I’ll enjoy watching the Hawks play every game, but I’ll also celebrate just as much when we get our faces beat in. See the forest for the trees.

  12. Slayer, looking at next summer they 15 on roster under contract and 19.3m in cap space. With Strome pending now and rfas Zadorov, Nylander, Wallmark, Kampf, Hagel Suter and Carlsson. With how contracts in this climate are going, that doesn’ t take up near that to resign them. The following year right now only 5 players under contract 19, 88, 2, 7 and 12 with 41.7m left. Dach and Boqvist up that year but with no cap increases some kind of bridge deal most likely. So room for whatever signings needed will be there.

    A couple of years ago Dobson, Bouchard were touted as top 5 Dahlin as a generational talent, still to be determined how good they will be. In best years scouting reports are sketchy and often teams see things alot different than the reports project. Without the opportunity to properly scout this draft, really puts things in grey area. Those D sound good now but seeing how reality pans out in this type of year may not be that easy, isn’t easy at best of times.

  13. Dach had surgery on his wrist and what’s the point in him coming back this season to a lottery team. Rest up my friend and let’s get ready for the 21-22 season!

  14. TO TWO4TRIPPING:::
    Blazing Hawks for sending him is so dumb.
    Do you get how big of an event this is for the kids?
    For Kirby to go and play and put up good number and be a leader with the big C on the jersey would just benefit him. J.T is getting older, this would have been an perfect tournament for Kirby to gain leadership and be the voice in dressing room where everyone is expecting a gold medal. It’s to bad it did not work out the way we all where hoping, bad luck. But to think he was just going to skate in some random junior tournament is just dumb..it’s more thoughts behind that decision of sending him.

  15. Johan – exactly!

    There was a much greater chance that letting Dach play in the WJC would work out spectactularly than he would suffer a season ending injury

    Chances were very good that Dach was going to play great, further his skills and confidence on the ice and in the dressing room, be named tournament MVP and win gold – and then go immediately to Hawks training camp and have a brilliant second year

    There was a very small chance that he would get hurt so badly – it was a well calculated and well worth it risk

    Unfortunately the very small odds happened

    I prefer that the Hawks have a bold vision and not a small minded timid vision

    And likely when the Hawks end up out of the playoffs and with a top 15 draft pick quite possibly a top 10 there will be a reward – it’s not all bad

    Heal well Kirby – looking forward to next year but this year will still be interesting

  16. The Toews “ILLNESS” news does not look good.Kind of odd timing on the announcement.Well,it looks like Kurashev,Barratt,and maybe an outside Center acquisition are going to get big time opportunities.Go get Bennett from Calgary.Strome,s position also got a lot stronger.

  17. Wrap it always been if you’re good enough to make Nhl roster you don’t go to wjcs. Toews, Mcdavid, Mackinnon, Matthews, Tavares and on and on all played at wjcs before joinig their Nhl clubs. Yes it would’ve been great to see him excel there and I looked forward to it. But covid created this opportunity and in a normal year ot would have bern srcondary to playing for his Nhl club and not such a big deal for him to go.

    TimW., thete has bern speculation about Toews health for a couple of eeeks i guess.

  18. OMB …. that’s a really bad news… hope it’s not what I think …iff he miss -10-20 games and come back healthy but I have a strange bad feeling ..about that news .
    Fudge …that’s really a strange year. Loosing 2 captains in less then a week ,can’t believe what’s happening ..
    And some guys here will be happy because the Hawks will have a better chance to get a top 3 pick and who knows maybe the first pick ..
    Ok lets stay positive here and think of a team with 10 to 12 kids from the junior team and Rockford ….with average of 23 years old …including 3 young goalies.
    Wow..

  19. dach injury bad luck.

    what wasn’t bad luck was bowman’s decision to blow an elc year on dach and boqvist last year and to start their free agent year countdown. dach played well for a baby playing against men and boqvist did not. although dach played well for his age, his team contribution, numbers wise, was that of an ordinary third line player.

    dach might not have made as much progress staying in juniors another year, but he would have still made progress. blowing that elc year was a bad move. boqvist would have been much better off playing the entire year at rockford.

    the question is if the hawks had a real team last year there would either player have played for the hawks last year and the answer is no. the hawks were garbage and it was a desperate move by bowman to try to slide into the playoffs, which they did not do. that position was gifted to them. so terrible move having either of them play for the hawks last year in regards to cap management.

    in a hard cap sport every bad cap move is just that. starting free agency a year early on a player you believe will be a star is never a good move unless that player contributes to team success in that year they started the clock. that didn’t happen. there is cap money to be saved every year in many ways and bowman is expert in screwing those opportunities every year.

    does that moron have the understanding that president bowman should hire a cap specialist to prevent gm bowman from bad cap decisions going forward? my guess is no.

  20. Thinking that Stan Bowman will make good decisions is like thinking we could all fly to the moon flapping our arms. Dach is out for the season and he needs to heal completely. Not come back to help Stan in the playoff picture. Besides, remember next season will start very shortly after this one. Just two months. This year, I want to see Kurashev and Hagel and Beaudin and Suter a real shot at sticking with the team. You say we are in Rebuild mode. Chief dumbbell GM says so. Smith, Carpenter, Highmore, Nylander, and any other 3rd and 4th line deadbeats need to be jettisoned. If you’re going to feed everyone this rebuilding and youth bullshit, then DO IT. Quit making stupid moves STAN just to save your own job.

  21. This. I wanted a top 5 last draft. We better get one this draft. That should be three top 5 draft players if we didnt play Crow.

    SLAYERFOREVER
    December 29, 2020 at 12:08 am
    would Wallstedt, Clarke, or Power be worth a non playoff berth in a shortened season? The answer this year is yes..at some point you have to accept what your team has and what your team needs

  22. This. Is against the rules you do that and you go to the box.

    HAWKS29
    December 29, 2020 at 8:20 am
    @ PERIMETER PLAYER

    or ketchup on a hot dog.

  23. 29, I would say when were a top 5 team yea cant do that. I donot think we wasted though on one of there elc yrs because were not a top 5 roster yet and donot need the space to load the roster quality deep/not yet.

    Its actually better to not have as good of a 23man when were not top team so we can get better young wave plyers.

    Think about it I would much much rather have 3 elite players/which any could be generational or one of the better elite-like Hoss and 3 very good players at 30-35ht picks then 3 very good players at 15-20th pick and 3 average players at 50-55th pick.

    Thats 6 very good players compared to 3 good players. Huge difference. I want load the young wave and look at each tree of the forest. Cut those popular trees out of there and load up/let fill in with on the good hardwoods.

  24. TimW would be 21m in ltir space plus 4.2m current cap space. Without Shaw and Seabrook who look like they will play at some loint at least negating their space. Be 12.3 m of ltir room of other s, plus the 4.2m in current cap space.

    Apparently Jack Roslovic a 23 yr old former 1st rounder with top 6 potential wants out of Winnipeg. Wants a chance to play top minutes and prove himself. Unsigned rfa, could be worth trade and sign a 1 or 2 year deal, Jets have some depth needs too.

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