Patrick Kane Out 12 Weeks

On Wednesday evening, the Blackhawks posted the following release:

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today forward Patrick Kane underwent successful surgery to repair a left clavicle fracture. The procedure was performed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital by Blackhawks Head Team Physician Dr. Michael Terry and Dr. Bradley Merk.

“Patrick underwent successful surgery today to repair his left clavicle fracture,” Terry said. “The procedure went very well and we anticipate a full recovery in approximately 12 weeks.”

51 thoughts on “Patrick Kane Out 12 Weeks

  1. Whelp that does that. Time to have a drink (or 5!) and hope this mgt team has the capacity to deal salary this summer and get back after it. Yikes.

  2. No use making any trades for this year. Time to get organized for next year. Give some of the kids a longer look to see what we have.

  3. hawks1961 – Hawks need to focus on defense between now and Monday. The focus going forward must absolutely be goals against. As you well know, so many playoff games are decided by one goal. The Hawks need a top-4 defenseman to play with Nik and a guy better 3rd pairing guy to put with Oduya.

    If that’s not possible they should consider selling.

  4. Sell – Sell -Sell!!!

    If they go after someone… Hope It’s Jagr,,, for Erixon- or some other crap- Cuz SB should not trade ANY Picks!!!
    Hawks will need to pull a couple of Saads/get lucky out of draft!!!

    I can only hope a contender’s Goalie goes down… they call SB- for Crow- and we throw in Bickell and a Roll of toilet Paper!!!

  5. Craig- Any moves that will free up cap space and strengthen the team for Next year would certainly be worth exploring. I have been positive on the Hawks chances to win the Cup this year even during this recent skid. The loss of Kane changes everything. I would not make any rent a player moves or trade any draft picks with just this year in mind. I hope Stan is realistic and makes moves that will facilitate a Cup run for next year and beyond.

  6. The mountain just got a little steeper than it was a few hours ago – and it was already a tough climb. But, if Stan can get Vermette and a good d-man, then I’m not ready to throw in the towel on this season. What makes the Hawks elite is first and foremost their puck possession game and that comes from solid team defense and quick transition to offense. Vermette will win more faceoffs and is a solid defensive forward. A solid d-man to replace Rundblad would make the team defense better.

    Will it be easy? Of course not. But there is still a chance and worth going for. Cleaning house for Cap relief can be done at the draft and in the offseason, it doesn’t have to be done now and the difference in return isn’t worth giving up the chance to win this season – IMHO.

  7. Just waking up now from all the drinking to 5am to ease the pain.

    12kws really sucks (better then 6mths though). Will be a big boost when we get 88 back midway threw the second round. Just like/about the same time we turned the corner against the redwings.

    We still have one of the top teams.
    Keep the faith (if you had any).
    Cowboy up, people.

  8. Things just keep going from bad to worse. 12 weeks. Brutal.

    Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.

    Do the Hawks even have the resources (picks, prospects, players) to get the d-man and forward they need? This team should still have the talent to pull things together and make a run but they sure haven’t shown it recently.

  9. As much as this news is shattering, the Blackhawks organization will do nothing that anywhere near resembles a sell-off or throwing in the towel. I just don’t see a team that’s won twice in the past five years doing that with the remaining core they have regardless of how average they’ve looked since Jan 1. However, I’m with most everyone here that their chances are now virtually nil to make any sort of serious run unless they can get a solid d-man and/or Sharpie and their depth guy’s start making more of an impact. And let’s hope TT is allowed to play through the ups & downs he’s going to have; this is truly the opportunity for him so let’s see if he can take it.

    I do like the thought of Vermette, Yandle or Larson if it could be done sensibly with an eye to both present and future considerations.

    The remaining schedule will be very interesting to watch. I’m not yet ready to say uncle and I don’t believe the leadership of this group will let that happen either.

  10. Lots of valid points above. I do think the hawks would be foolhardy to throw prospects and high draft picks at rental players. Look at the price Los Angeles paid for sekara.

    I am totally against trading a first rounder for a guy who will pack his sticks and take off the day after the Hawks are eliminated from the playoffs. We all know there is no “replacing” Kane. He and Toews are the franchise.

    Getting Vermette would help but he won’t be the difference between making it to the cup final or losing in the conference final.

    If the Hawks can make a player for player or multi player deal by Monday which brings in help for the playoffs and the future, fine. But the rental trade route is not the way to go because the hawk are no longer a piece or a tweak away from being a cup contender.

    Furthermore, if goaltending and defense win championships any trade should double Down on this notion and shore up the back end.

  11. The Hawks are deep enough to overcome this. Sharp moves up to the 2nd line which still makes a solid four lines. But I agree, adding a top-4 D-man is the priority and then play ugly which is what happens in the playoffs anyway. I also like the idea of adding Jagr as a secondary move if they can get him cheap.

  12. Agree that we should not throw in the towel just yet. Kane’s injury really gives Cap space for a couple of rentals…….but players are being gobbled up so SB better hurry. Also agree that defense is the key. Hawks are loaded with veteran offensive talent that knows how to win.

  13. OK – agreed- Hawks can make moves- if they Give away “role” playing prospects(s)- or less than 2nd round picks… The Only BIG moves would or should be subtracting Crow or Bickell- cuz – rumors are – the Cap is going to be lower than anticipated… In this scenario- Hawks better get Picks/prospects- and not rentals- the rentals will be gone forever… picks/prospects at least will have a chance to contribute in future.

    And the future- isn’t looking so good right now. Only possible “top 6 guys” are in College- years away… by then 19/88 will be at the “end of their prime”… and 10/81 will be AT the end.

  14. Boys, the one positive that I hope the Hawks can take from this situation is that they can no longer sit on the bench and wait for Kaner to win the game for them. Instead of waiting for 88 to rev it up, they will have to look at each other and dig deep down and do it themselves.

    The one great thing about hockey is that players seem to thrive in adversity. Well, adversity just hit them in the face!! I believe that there is enough character on this team and enough talent on this team to win the Cup. But it’s going to take all 20 skaters to get what Kaner brings to the table: (1) more goal a game and a more successful PP. Kaner is a force on both ends of the ice, now.

    Scott Darling will push CC to be better, or he will just take over in the playoffs. Either way, our net will be better. Oduya will rest for a week, or two, and come back well rested for the playoff run and we MAY get TVR back for the playoffs.

    Over the next 6-10 weeks, we are going to see what this team is made of.

  15. Re Wall —- Well what assets do the Hawks have anyway and who wants them? The guys that have been pimped the last few years have been eh. McNeil maybe has something but he has also had injury issues this year and probably needs to play more in the AHL (only 21!). Danault looked OK but ideally he waits another year or two. Dahbleck was underwhelming, Johns has been injured.

    None of those guys are better than Carcillo or Rundblad apparently so there’s that. Aside from Goalie I don’t think they have a lot of depth, especially based on the other crap they’ve turned out.

    Not getting value for Leddy and bringing the band back together last summer are Monday morning QB mistakes. Whatever. Getting no value for Kevin Hayes, who is an NHL player apparently, when they could have at least gotten futures for his rights is complete incompetence. Stanton was lost for freezies to keep Kostka. Let that sink in.

    Cannot wait for the Saad saga to drag ass through the summer and give me a headache.

  16. AJ, your 3d statement is spot on……BUT Please……

    The Bowman’s should look towards the future. They see the success that the “young” teams are having and I truly hope they will follow that avenue. The Bowman’s are very familiar with the Red Wings org and I am sure they are keenly aware that youth has saved the organization.

    That said, almost every Hawk has a NMC of some kind……because where better to play than in Chicago regardless of the teams’ success? The BIG question is…..if the Cap does not increase reasonably, WILL 19 and 88 alter or modify their contracts to accommodate putting together / keeping together a winner? If not…….19 or 88 must be in the trade mix as well. Horror of horrors……Hawks forced to trade away Toews and eat $3-4M a year…..yikes

    However, Kane and Toews where the cornerstones of the Hawks rebirth……will they?…..can they be that again?

  17. AJ – Hawks did get futures for Kevin Hayes in the form of a draft pick.

    I love people saying that Dean Lombardi overpaid. The guy has been to the WCF 4 years in a row and has won the Cup two of the years. He knows what trades to make to help his team win now, and it’s important to win when you can. Bowman didn’t make a big enough move to improve the team last year (and definitely some blame to Q for not being able to get away from Handzus or Bollig, who can’t get minutes with Calgary, by the way), and that cost the Hawks another title. Now with the Kane injury coming down this year and having to blow up the team next year…. will the Hawks still be able to compete for a cup? Frustrating.

  18. They got a 2nd round pick for Kevin Hayes which is more than they would’ve gotten for his rights. Seriously, come on.

  19. DD- the trick is NOT to overpay- for One-hit wonders… or for out of the Norm/averages PO performances, and to NOT fall in love with player(s)… it’s a Business… and there is a Cap… So Not falling in love (overpaying)… and drafting wisely (underpaying/cheap ELC’s-who Pan out) are the Keys to success.

  20. 2 perfect examples are the Cards (baseball)… and the Patriots … when players get too Big – or there compensation gets too big… they let some walk- can’t Pay everyone – all the time!!!

  21. Ok I stand corrected on Kevin Hayes. Either way his 27 points and giant frame probably help the Hawks this year FWIW.

    And the numerous NMC’s were moronic at best.

    What youth is there in Rockford? Detroit at least had prospects who were destroying the AHL. The Hawks… Not so much… TT will get a real audition now but aside from that what do they actually have that will be ready to contribute in the near future?

    They missed on Kesler last year and obviously don’t have the competence or willingness to make even a middling move to strengthen their abhorrent bottom 3 (or 3rd pairing at a minimum) on the D side.

    Lombardi winning at hockey trades again.

  22. JS: Spot on. Bowman still reading Wall Street Journal today. You can’t live in the future, this is the last year this team will be together as currently constructed. If the Hawks supposedly have so many great young players in the system, who cares about trading a couple of them to win Cup this year? All the young players they have traded so far are mediocre at best, mostly worse. The greater the risk, the greater the reward. Alternatively, they are going to have to break up the team to some degree in the summer regardless. Standing pat in between is not acceptable.

  23. AJ- yep- Kesler $$ instead of Crow$$ – and this team is way better… and that means no Richards$$ – so SB even has more $$$ to work…

    Also- spot on w/ Detroit/AHL guys putting up Numbers– SB has nothing but 4th liners skating there (still hopeful on some D guys- but that is it) – TT will only work with certain player(s)… 91-NO!! two guys that can’t win a board battle-not gonna work.

    TT/Kane – might work (next year)
    TT/19/20 might work
    but TT- most of the rest… will not work in “CYCLE” game– TT will not work in Cycle game- in general- He will wet his pants on boards- I luv TT’s skills- but needs to play with people who can take “the bodies away from him”.

  24. Tab- I like your “Isles need a PK guy” …
    So trade 16 for Dal Colle… even though it’s minimal Cap savings… it is something and Danault (who would take 16’s place) + Dal Colle (who has some size skill) is upgrade/cheaper…

    great trade- and doable- w/win – at least short term for Isles- long term for Hawks

  25. Wall – I can remember about 4 cycles this entire year. They’re not a cycle team right now in any capacity. And that is irritating. Probably has a lot to do with their inability to suppress shots as well.

    This Kane injury has taken all of the frustration I currently had with the team that would probably be satiated until the draft and really magnified it.

  26. Bowman wants to hold onto draft choices, that’s admirable, but you have to have some assets to trade. The cap isn’t an issue right now but that shouldn’t preclude trading away a roster player or two for the right player in return. Funny things happen, like this Kane thing. Could happen to other team’s players too which is why Bowman needs to get this team in the best possible position. They’ve had all year to analyze their weaknesses and the trade deadline is here so it’s time to do something.

    Further, they’ve had all year to evaluate what they’ve got in Rockford too. Many (if not all) of those guys are not untouchable so they can be used as trade chips too.

    It doesn’t appear any Ice Hogs were held back from traveling to Texas for their games this weekend, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything.

  27. For all intents and purposes, its time to think 2015-16. The Hawks WILL make the playoffs this year, but so what. We ain’t going anywhere, and that was before Kane went down. Bowman REALLY needs to get to work on the vision for next season, which to me looks problematic because his much overhyped farm system has produced not a whole lot.

    Bowman gambled that the Hawks could make a serious run this season. It didn’t work out. But now is the time to think a post Patrick Sharp world and a substantial retooling of the defense and the “role player” mix at forward.

  28. As a long time Kings fan let me say that I am sorry that Kane sustained such a serious injury as this stage of the season. Now what I have read on this blog, a lot of you are already conceding the Cup which could be premature. You guys have the best player in the game with Toews (the heart of your team) along with an array of quality players that know how to win and what it takes to win the Cup. I have seen teams rally around adversity and overcome to win championships so this is an opportunity for all the Blackhawks to step up. Last year’s Western Conference Final was one of the best. So here’s to (2) great teams making the Conference Finals again.

  29. When it rains it pours – amazing that the locker room issues are now being reported after Kane goes down. The balance of the season will be a great opportunity for those that have been underperforming to turn it around. I have to believe TT will be given significant ice time to accelerate his development. For those who can’t believe what the Kings gave up for Sekera remember that Voynov is about to go on trial and may be wearing stripes next year. If that’s the case then the Kings have a shot at re-signing Sekera which makes the trade look much different.

  30. Just read that the Panthers gave up a 2nd round pick this year and a 3rd round pick next year for Jaromir Jagr – Wow that is a ridiculous price that will impact the market for the remaining rentals.

  31. Rufus while I acknowledge your knowledge of the game, and they aren’t an elite team anymore-can you tell me Bowman could look Toews, and Keith in the eyes-and say time to re-tool. Maybe next year or the year after. Good Grief! That’s not the way true champions think.
    They are stuck in limbo-half in-half not sure.

  32. The Blackhawks are in a better place as an organization than LA, who are throwing picks and prospects all over the place for would-be rentals. Even if they resign Sekera, the Kings continue to unload the future for the here & now. With the cap where it is, there’s a delicate balance between going all-in and having future contributors in the organization. Bowman circles the contributors on his roster in Rockford and moves the dead weight as he sees fit.

  33. Thanks tab for the fight info. As for the Kings comment its hard to argue with their results. Saying the hawks are in a better spot is predicting the future. Not saying they aren’t, just saying a philosophy different than Stan’s isn’t always the wrong one. I’m not so sure how many real contributors the hawks have in their system.

  34. The strength of the Hawks player pipeline was vastly overrated. All we really have at rhe AHL level is the promise of Johns and several role player types. McNeil, Danault, Hartman, Dahlbeck…they are just potential role players. My very negative opinion of Teuvo is well documented.

    Hawks are in a world of sh!t this offseason. The spotlight will absolutely be on Bowman. This team needs a handful of serious upgrades yet he is hamstrung by the cap and a handful of players he needs to move that have reduced trade value. Seriously, what does Sharp bring back in a deal given his age, contract and dramatic drop in offensive production? Bickell is untradeable and we are stuck with the big wet noodle. Shaw and Smith have marginal trade value at best. Can McNeil and Nordstrom step up and take roles, and how effective will either be?

  35. Trading away all those top picks they did during these 5yrs and having no future depth will end LOS good yrs. They traded their young good players to PHI to get started, then have traded basically all of their top picks for these 5yrs and their farm sucks. Their not going to be able to keep everyone they have as well when they sign 11 and others.

    All of the top teams will be not keeping people, but of the top teams who has good prospects or enough of them to trade for a Steeger when needed. Its the teams like MIN, etc that gain.

    Chicago has a loaded farm (so does ANA) by drafting well for 5yrs now and by not trading any 1st picks. Even when we trade a 1st this wknd for a couple good players, it would be the only time we dipped into the well/future 10yrs. So what if our farm doesn’t have many black/white contributors (like 20/86). We have several/doznes of good prospects/dead weight that we can always trade. A 2for1 like Hayes/Olsen for Steeger whenever we need to. (% retained)

    When were raising the cup, in 5 or so yrs, its going to be nice because they wont be a top10 team anymore. Theres a reason why the redwings were a top team for 20yrs. This is the plan and what we are doing.

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