Niklas Hjalmarsson Health A Concern

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville broke news to the media after the team’s morning skate in San Jose that defenseman┬áNiklas Hjalmarsson has joined Steve Montador in Chicago.

According to reports, the team thought Hjalmarsson had the flu the past couple days, but a recent diagnosis led to his injury being reclassified from sick to upper-body. No word on what the new diagnosis was, though some have speculated that he may have a concussion. He has been ruled out of Friday and Saturday night’s games.

The Blackhawks will skate the following six defensemen in San Jose:

Duncan Keith-Brent Seabrook
Nick Leddy-Dylan Olsen
Sean O’Donnell-Sami Lepisto

11 thoughts on “Niklas Hjalmarsson Health A Concern

  1. Perfect opportunity to break-up Keith & Seabrook. Pair Keith with Olsen & Seabrook with Leddy. Maybe the veteran dmen can help to develop the kids. Matches some size with smaller puck moving defensemen.

  2. Lepisto and Olsen have looked pretty good, I think. Also nice to see Kruger light the lamp.
    Crawford gave up at least two goals that to my eye were very soft. He can’t continue to get caught brutally out of position.

  3. Melissa wants to make a trade. I can understand her frustration, but there are two reasons that we cannot make a trade. #1. We’d need to trade about 4 guys to make an impact. #2. I don’t trust Bowman at all. This guy doesn’t have the qualifications to be a G.M. other than his old man is a “consultant” for the team. Other G.M.’s are licking their chops waiting for the Hawks to start trading players because they know they’ll be able to give Bowman washed up, beaten down players for our young guys in the minors. Bowman understands the salary cap, but he doesn’t have a clue about talent, heart and desire. As Ozzie would say, “he steeeeks”!!!

  4. Hmmm….LA can’t score but they can defend. Chicago can’t defend but they can score.
    Wonder if there is a trade brewing between the teams, if the salary cap for both are right.
    Matt Greene would sure do wonders defensively for the Hawks.

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