Alex Nylander Out 4-6 Months

On Wednesday morning the Blackhawks announced forward Alex Nylander had successful surgery on Monday to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee.

Nylander, 22, is expected to be out four to six months. With the current timeline for the 2021 season, six months would keep Nylander out for the entire regular season.

Nylander is a restricted free agent after the 2020-21 season and has a $863,333 cap hit.

22 thoughts on “Alex Nylander Out 4-6 Months

  • December 23, 2020 at 10:14 am
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    Wow wonder when this happened well if seebs and Shaw are on ir all year maybe take a bad contract for assets

  • December 23, 2020 at 10:21 am
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    Wow. Absolutely killer for his development, especially when the Hawks are rebuilding and opportunity is there.

  • December 23, 2020 at 10:25 am
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    Unfortunate setback for him, too bad.

  • December 23, 2020 at 10:54 am
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    It’s a bad break for him, although I personally feel his experimental status as a key element going forward was risky. It’s too bad because he is a younger guy who would’ve gotten significant minutes (I failed to mention him in my post on the previous thread about young guys getting playing time).
    It must have been a pretty significant meniscus tear. That sounds like an extensive period to be out for that kind of injury.

  • December 23, 2020 at 10:55 am
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    Most likely dislocated his thumb playing video games .

  • December 23, 2020 at 10:58 am
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    Bummer – for both him and the Hawks. Hopefully he’s tough enough mentally to make something positive out of this adversity and comes back a better and more complete player.

    Next man up – the audition for top-9 winger just got more interesting.

  • December 23, 2020 at 11:36 am
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    It can be argued that the main reason he got ice time is that Stan traded a valuable guy for him. He didn’t earn it. If this opens the door for Kurashev, Entwistle, Hagel, Suter, etc. it’s not the worst thing. Let’s get some hungry guys in there.

  • December 23, 2020 at 11:56 am
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    Bad break for him and the hawks

  • December 23, 2020 at 11:59 am
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    I never like to see any Hawk player out for that length of time.Rehab well Alex.Hagel seems like a natural to earn this spot in the lineup if Bowman does not sign a Hoffman type.

  • December 23, 2020 at 2:26 pm
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    Do we have a current player that can fill that spot….asking for a friend…lol!!!!!

  • December 23, 2020 at 2:51 pm
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    NO LOSS!!!!!

  • December 23, 2020 at 2:53 pm
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    Looks like the Bolts Kucherov is out for the year.That maybe helps the Hawks a little.

  • December 23, 2020 at 3:29 pm
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    Bad news for him but really nice door opening for a kid like Hagel who is hungry and hope they will not put Quenville to replace him (( No…please please Nooooo )
    Anyone but not Quenville.

  • December 23, 2020 at 4:37 pm
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    Both Nylander and Kuch knew of their injuries months ago and only now decide to get the surgery –

    I’ve had meniscus surgery – it’s great so I don’t see why he didn’t have it when he first knew of the injury – he’d only be missing the start of the season in that case

    Some questionable advice there it seems to me

    Hopefully Suter is the real deal and Shaw can play or the Hawks will be missing some punch up front – maybe a short term deal for someone like Hoffman makes sense now or maybe this is Kurashev’s break

    Hagel might take Nylander’s place on the roster but not on a scoring line unless he’s got hidden talents I haven’t seen yet

  • December 23, 2020 at 4:55 pm
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    Glass half full, it will help next year when he becomes RFA..he really won’t have much negotiating leverage and the Hawks can probably sign him for a cheap one year deal to see how he looks once he’s healthy..it also helps the Hawks in terms of the expansion draft..if there was some internal debate between protecting 7 forwards or the additional defenseman, I would now be fine with leaving Nylander exposed and protecting 2 of Murphy, Zadorov, and Carlsson. Personally, I would like to see how a Zadorov-Murphy pairing looks. Could they become a ”shut down” pairing?? If so, it would allow Mitchell and Boqvist to each anchor a ”puck moving” pairing..this season should be a nice 56 game audition for some players since I think Bowman is still trying to figure out who is going to be a longer term part of the new core.

    As for how the lines look now that the Hawks are down 2 left wingers from last year (Saad and Nylander), here’s how I think they’ll put the lines together to begin the year assuming everyone else is healthy..

    Suter-Toews-Kubalik
    Cat-Strome-Kane
    Janmark-Dach-Shaw
    Wallmark-Kampf-Carpenter/Highmore
    Hagel/Smith the healthy scratches..Imagine how fun the Dach line will look if they at some point replace Janmark and Shaw for Hagel and Kurashev? Hopefully a young line like that gets some long looks this year.

  • December 23, 2020 at 5:01 pm
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    @wraparound, forgot all about Hoffman still being available..I’d love for the Hawks to sign him to a one year cheap deal..he’d be the perfect ”trade him at the deadline for a 3rd rounder” 40 game pick up player..kind of suprised he’s still out there..I wonder if he would be motivated to put on the Hawks sweater and play his former team and his new team’s former coach seven times? Throw him 2.5 mil and see if he’s interested..

  • December 23, 2020 at 6:04 pm
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    Hoffman on a 1 year would be perfect 0 like you say trade at TDL just as Nylander comes back to fill his spot

    I think some team offers him much more than 2.5 though and for more than 1 year

  • December 23, 2020 at 6:23 pm
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    This. Donot want any guy to get hurt. Does open space/spot that should have been there because he didnt deserve it more then others/maybe share split games in that he got all of those games. others should have got some to.

    Whoevers ready of the prospects. Same as older guy blocking a spot/theres one now.

    JORDYHAWK
    December 23, 2020 at 11:36 am
    It can be argued that the main reason he got ice time is that Stan traded a valuable guy for him. He didn’t earn it. If this opens the door for Kurashev, Entwistle, Hagel, Suter, etc. it’s not the worst thing. Let’s get some hungry guys in there.

  • December 23, 2020 at 7:05 pm
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    Jeez, Kirby Dach just got injured in the warm up game against Russia. He went right to the dressing room.

  • December 23, 2020 at 7:14 pm
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    Think Dach might of jammed his thmb.

  • December 23, 2020 at 8:51 pm
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    Well, bad news for Nylander. But let’s face it he showed VERY little last season to be excited about. He is an enigma and Bowman made a mistake acquiring the kid.

  • December 23, 2020 at 10:45 pm
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    Sorry 92 is hurt and I wish him a speedy recovery.

    That said, he is one of Bowman’s failures.

    92 for Jokiharu.

    Unproven, soft winger with a name and a history of on-ice disappearances, for a good rookie d man who was being mentored by Keith and was playing big minutes under Q.

    Now even 92’s trade value is crap.

    Good move by the recently promoted President Of Hockey Operations.

    And people on this blog still believe this man can do well…….with a long, long, string of recent failures in his past…..yeah I know, it was McDonough.

    Somewhere bluesmsn Tinsley Ellis is singing:
    ‘Deaf, Dumb, Crippled and Blind’.

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