Andrew Shaw, Connor Murphy Out for Blackhawks

A couple tough blows to the Blackhawks lineup were announced on Thursday morning.

Forward Andrew Shaw has unfortunately found himself in concussion protocol. Shaw missed significant time last year dealing with concussion symptoms. Whether or not this is a “minor” setback isn’t yet known, but concussions are an awful issue. His timetable for return is unknown.

Matthew Highmore will take Shaw’s place in the lineup. The Blackhawks will go with 11 forwards and seven defensemen again against Columbus,

Meanwhile, defenseman Connor Murphy will reportedly miss the next 10-14 days with a hip issue. Adam Boqvist joined the team for practice on Thursday for the first time since leaving COVID Protocol but is still working his way back into game shape.

Chicago also announced on Thursday that defenseman Wyatt Kalynuk has been re-assigned to the taxi squad from Rockford. Defenseman Anton Lindholm was sent to Rockford.

The Hawks host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday and Saturday nights.

20 thoughts on “Andrew Shaw, Connor Murphy Out for Blackhawks

  • February 11, 2021 at 11:54 am
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    Sad news about Shaw. He gave it a go but now its time to think about the rest of your life. Murphy has been awesome this year.

  • February 11, 2021 at 11:55 am
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    Bad timing for Murphy to be out …probably one of the 2 best Dman this year.
    Shaw should be replace by Jonhson I think
    Morrison.

    Hawks will loose tonight … 4-3 in overtime
    My wish ..
    Blank the jacket 4-0

  • February 11, 2021 at 12:05 pm
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    I have always loved the fearless reckless play of Shaw and I won’t soon forget everything he gave of himself for us Hawks fans. I want him to do whats best for him at this point. No more Montadors!

  • February 11, 2021 at 12:05 pm
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    Shaw just needs to hang up the skates. No sense in continuing to risk longer-term health for a couple more years of hockey.

  • February 11, 2021 at 12:08 pm
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    I knew there was something wrong with Shaw. He is just not playing like Andrew Shaw! I did see that he took a shot to the head against the boards against the Stars. In fact, any shot to his head now is going to affect him negatively. I speak from experience; he should really just focus on his family and start building a career in the coaching ranks. He would make an awesome coach. He’s smart, tough, and funny. All attributes needed to be a successful coach. Good luck Shaw! Plus, we could use that cap space and Seabrook’s and Towes’ too…just saying! That is over $20M of cap space that is on IR or potentially on IR. We could sign three elite players with that cap space…again, just saying!

  • February 11, 2021 at 12:08 pm
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    Horrible news for Shaw, time to look after himself now and move on from playing hockey.

  • February 11, 2021 at 12:09 pm
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    I agree, would like to see Johnson in the lineup tonight. Shaw may need to seriously think about retirement before his situation is unrepairable.

  • February 11, 2021 at 12:57 pm
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    I am relieved to see how many passionate fans concur with my reaction to all these concussions: This isn’t the 1960’s where we were flying blind: We now know from medical science and the detailed analysis of the brain tissue of those who died, the dangerous consistent results of severe head traumas in multiple sports including ice hockey.

    A number of victims who died partly/mostly due to concussion complications knew they needed to try to help stop the gruesome carnage of severe concussions. They and/or their families offered their tissue for analysis in final generous desperate attempts to help those coming after them.

    Concussions, especially multiple concussions from blunt trauma to the head can do serious severe and permanent damage that all too often ends lives early and ends quality of life way early. Evidence also strongly implies that some people are way more prone to severe damage than others from identical traumas.

    There are numerous NHL players including Blackhawks who gave us their best and made us proud of their play and their achievements whom we should support and encourage in their transition to post hockey lives. From what I have seen watching the NHL. and especially the Blackhawks closely my entire life, I fear that Shaw is but
    one of many in this category. Per the comments above, many of them would make superb coaches and ambassadors for the Blackhawks and the game.

    If we are true fans of these fine individuals and the great game of ice hockey, we owe them our steady support in their difficult transitions to healthy post hockey lives. We honor the memory of Steve Montador well by helping those living today to avoid the worst of CTE.

  • February 11, 2021 at 1:00 pm
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    Feel terrible for Shaw. Hopefully he rebounds quick, could care less about him playing again just get right.
    Murphy is a tough blow.

  • February 11, 2021 at 1:06 pm
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    Agree on Shaw having to think about retiring – this reminds me of Lindros where the first time he takes a hit to the head it results in another concussion

    That’s what happens – the more concussions a person has the more likely they are to get another one and with the concussions piling up for Shaw it really doesn’t look good

    Wouldn’t mind seeing Johnson again but it’s Highmore tonight and 7D – the same 7 I presume as Tuesday although that hasn’t been confirmed – maybe Kalynuk gets in

  • February 11, 2021 at 1:22 pm
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    The last game had Shaw’s play was totally uninspired. He was a non-factor in all aspects of the game. I did call for him to be a healthy scratch. Now we know he wasn’t healthy. I have had 5 concussions. No doubt, he’s had more than that. I don’t know if he’s going to be back. If not, I hope that the team works with him to be a part of the organization in some capacity. Whether that’s at Rockford or in some other aspect, he’s earned that. I wish him well. Murphy is such a solid defenseman for this team. I do hope the kids really step up and mitigate his loss. I’m glad Highmore is getting slotted in. I hope to see more of Johnson, as his physical play is needed. I also think that Entwistle should get some time. He hasn’t seen any game time. Tonight, if the team comes out ready to match or exceed the energy of Columbus, this will be a good game. Go Hawks!!!

  • February 11, 2021 at 1:30 pm
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    Kalynuk up to taxi squad. Lindholm sent down.

  • February 11, 2021 at 2:39 pm
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    Sad to hear about Shawzie. Hopefully this is more cautionary than symptom related. I hope we haven’t seen the last #65 on the ice but certainly support whatever path he chooses to take.

  • February 11, 2021 at 2:55 pm
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    Really dirty hit!!! Most anyone could end up in concussion protocol after it. Especially unfortunate being Shaw who already had a history. Dirty hit should have been penalized, should be fined.

  • February 11, 2021 at 3:03 pm
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    It doesn’t take a direct blow to the head to induce a concussion or, particularly in someone who has already had them, for symptoms to arise. Every time another player puts a shoulder on you or you get pushed into the glass your brain rattles around a bit which in a guy with Shaw’s history might be too much.

    For an undersized 5th round pick who was taken in his final year of eligibility he’s gone a long, long way. Let’s hope he can get healthy again regardless of whether or not that means playing more hockey.

  • February 11, 2021 at 3:21 pm
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    It’s his lively hood but it’s time to think about the future. Jordy/Edman I had a couple significant ones as well and even a light bump-sometimes from your own teammate can induce quick feelings of dizziness and near nausea.
    That’s when you know the contact at this level of sport, especially the way he needs’ to play, is just not worth it.

    With what we now know about the brain, hopefully he makes the best decision.

  • February 11, 2021 at 3:21 pm
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    Shaw will be on the protocol till the end of the year ( insurance salary ) then next year he will retire. Or maybe go back on ice for a few games and protocol again for another year the retire.
    We now need Jonhson big time to play the physical game.

  • February 11, 2021 at 3:47 pm
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    What about Toews he’s dealing with illness and Seabrook dealing with lower back this is a new era for the Blackhawks they’re only 6-4-4 this season coming off that 0-3-0 start

  • February 11, 2021 at 4:00 pm
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    Shaw has pushed his luck beyond what is prudent. Time to retire. He’s got a family and hopefully a lot of years left on this planet to live. CTE destroys lives and kills.

  • February 11, 2021 at 8:50 pm
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    Sorry for Shaw, a great Blackhawk. Hope Murphy gets back soon.

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