Kirby Dach Back At Practice

A familiar face joined the Blackhawks at practice on Monday morning, a welcome potential addition to the lineup down the stretch of the 2021 season.

Center Kirby Dach was on the ice with the team for practice for the first time since having surgery on his wrist; he was injured during a warm-up game before the World Junior Championships.

The timetable for Dach’s return when he had surgery (just after Christmas) was 4-5 months. When he’s ready to join the team in game action is still TBD, but him joining practice is a tremendous sign.

Coach Jeremy Colliton said Dach will travel with the team and continue practicing but has a way to go before he’s ready for games.

Veterans Calvin de Haan and Dylan Strome were on the ice with the team as well. de Haan left the Hawks’ game on Friday night with an injury and did not dress for Sunday’s loss. Strome has been in concussion protocol.

32 thoughts on “Kirby Dach Back At Practice

  • March 8, 2021 at 11:25 am

    If we make the playoffs that would be such a great thing for the staff and our young warriors (although as a fan I am more than happy to settle for all the progress we have made).

    This season had all the earmarks of being miserable, and as it turns out it will likely be the most fun we have had in a while (and, as I have posted before, with some of the same feelings of youthful renaissance we had in 2008). You never know.

    Looking forward to seeing Dach back, although no rush on that.

  • March 8, 2021 at 11:50 am

    The recovery timeline probably hasn’t been moved up but this is a good step that indicates it hasn’t been pushed back either. Baby step progression. Good to see.

    The recovery period was 4-5 months with the starting point from the surgery in late December. That puts the optimistic date of return in late April which would still be a couple weeks before the regular season ends. So … I’m optimistic we’ll see Dach in a game or two this season and won’t that be nice.

  • March 8, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    Dach going with team on road trip, not likely to play but still good news.

  • March 8, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    If Dach is already at practice I can’t see how he’s not ahead of schedule – they wouldn’t let him practice if he wasn’t fully healed

    JC says there’s no timetable for his return but if he’s practicing he’s recovered – give him two weeks or so to get up to speed and he should be in the line up well before April arrives IMO

    Great news!

  • March 8, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    If Strome is at practice he has to be close to coming back as well

  • March 8, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    I would still put mid-April as a comeback timeline for Dach.

  • March 8, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    Wow…it helps to be young and heal fast
    stay safe KD?

  • March 8, 2021 at 2:12 pm

    Great news. Made my day.

  • March 8, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    I don’t expect him back for a while, but this is good news.

  • March 8, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    My guess is when Tab thinks – mid April, which would be great because that’s still ahead of the optimistic timeline which was end of April.

    I’ve got line combos dancing around in my head already. :-)

  • March 8, 2021 at 4:12 pm

    Well gentlemen soon we will have all our centers except for 19. Suter, Strome, Soderberg, Kampf, Dach. Kurashev and Jan mark can also play there. My question to the knowledgeable hawk fans.
    Who sits? Who gets traded? Who moves to wing in which case who then sits?

  • March 8, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    well, since @sharpened skates asked, and I’m always up for speculating on future lines, here’s how I would set the lines post trade deadline-which is also when I would expect to see Dach back-in this scenario, I have Janmark being moved at the deadline, but that’s just speculation on my part. And honestly, if Dach is healthy enough to be ready by the playoffs, Stan possibly doesn’t sell at all at the deadline and just lets the team play.


  • March 8, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    If Dachs wrist is healed and is just getting some conditioning in before he plays….play him if it’s healed, waiting will not make his already healed wrist heal more. The Dr needs to clear him and then let em play. My guess he will be ready in about 10 days…these kids heal quick, not like old geezers… Seabs or me. ?

  • March 8, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    Danny if your reading this please recognize why Bowman must go. First, he allows the future of the Blackhawks franchise to play in a tournament of no meaning. I could understand if Beaudin cried to play for an injury to him would not change the trajectory of the Blackhawks. But to allow the prospect that can lead the Hawks to a Stanley Cup is pure negligence and Bowman should be dismissed.

    For those of you who didn’t see a picture of his injured wrist let me describe it for you. His wrist appeared to be completely broken off from his arm an only attached by the skin surrounding his wrist. Let me ask why is this kid skating with the team on the ice? What would happen to his wrist if he slipped or tripped on the ice to his wrist? Call me stupid but there’s no way in hell would I permit this kid on the ice skating with a hockey stick 2 months after a severely broken wrist. Dach is good as gone with Bowman running this organization.

  • March 8, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    OK then. Dach’s career is as good as gone and it’s all Stan’s fault. Got it.

  • March 8, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    ChicagoNFire – I saw that picture of Dach’s wrist too – pretty sure that was photoshopped – fake news – you’ve been duped I’m afraid

  • March 8, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    Sharpened skates coukd see if Dach healthy and back around tdl or little after( middle partof April as Tab noted) could see Dach between Kane and
    Cat. Then Strome and Soderberg as 2 and 3c, with Kubalik, Suter, Kurashev and Hagel, maybe Janmark as middle 6 wingers. Kampf, Carpenter, either Highmore and Wallmark on 4th. Then have option of moving 2 of Janmark and maybe Highmore or Wallmark at tdl or keep them for playoff depth.

  • March 8, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    12 & 88 doing fine with 24 between them. dach 2c, soderberg 3c and put the wings where you will.

    i REALLY hope i am wrong, but don’t see strome as a member of a cup contending team. for those of you who are soccer fans he reminds me of gyasi zardes of the usmnt. zardes is big, strong, fast, hard shot. and has no foot skills. a coach killer. everyone thinks they will be the one to help him find his way, but he is nothing but a goal scorer in a weak soccer league. strome with excellent skills, but that is where it ends. another coach killer. everyone thinks they will be the guy to help him find his way to being an all around player, but it’s not going to happen. just a skilled guy without the ability or desire or both to be a top six forward on a cup contending team in the nhl and not the kind of guy you want at 3c or 4c. move him for what you can get at the tdl.

  • March 8, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    @hawks29..I don’t think Strome gets moved until the Hawks have more news regarding Toews..whether Strome is a part of this team long term or not is a subject that’s been talked about in depth already, but at $3mil for this year and next, his contract is very reasonable and doesn’t prevent the Hawks from building their roster next year..maybe an offseason trade or tdl next year if the right offer presents itself. But for this year, he stays and I’m assuming gets protected for the expansion draft as well. When you look at players like Virtanen and Bennett who are contributing nothing for about the same cost, it helps contextualize how reasonable Strome’s contract is, even if he only produces with sheltered o-zone starts and pp time.

  • March 8, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    Dach will probably start on the 8 April against Dallas or the 10 Cbj …this is my prediction.
    I think Shaw is done for the year ….minimum , maybe he will be smart enough to stop playing the nex year .
    I am not sure but I think SEABROOK and Shaw won’t be protected And available for the Kraken.
    Now Hawks need to get 5 pts in the next 4 games before meeting the Lightning
    Maybe try to make Dach practice stick handling with Kane in 2 weeks from now.

  • March 8, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Hawks29 if Dach comes back it’s at a 100% or not at all, so i think if he’s 100% he plays with Kane and Cat for sure. If Bowman Stans pat for playoffs, I’d like Suter on wing with Kubalik and Strome who don’t see going anywhere this year in the middle. Agree with Slayer there. Then leave Janmark Soderberg Kurashev together. Then throw out against other teams top lines Hagel Kampf Carpenter as your hard to play against line.
    If pairs are continue work ok, go with
    Keith Mitchell. Dehaan Boqvist. Zadorov Murphy. Of course goalie job still Lankinens to lose.

  • March 8, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    Never say never. 77 19.

  • March 8, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    I saw an idea on another blog that I find worthy of consideration – it’s using Dach on the wing with Strome at center. The premise is to ease him in and to keep the Cat-Suter-Kane line together. Also keep the Kurashev-Soderberg-Janmark line together as they have played well together. Who knows what the landscape will look like when Dach comes back – but as of right now I think this lineup makes some sense.


  • March 9, 2021 at 12:03 am

    Jordy, that is going to happen the 2008 feeling that’s when we had 1/2 a roster and that is what we have this year. The difference is 2 7 having already played 5 yes and being past that 200 game mark. The young wavers will get there to not until the 23 season though. So I am with you in the feeling of the young wave just that we won’t be really ready until 23 season.

    I do however see us being very good in 22 season because well have 77 19 and the young wave will be in there 40-120 games mark so there all around game will be better in games 82-240 compared to games 1-82 played.

    Cheers it’s only a matter of time.

  • March 9, 2021 at 12:44 am

    Wait a minute,I thought before he went into concussion protocol that Strome was being moved to the wing on the 4th line by Coach Colliton.Now he is back to 2nd line center???Did he get faster during his time off?Is he now harder on the puck and willing to backcheck?Can he keep up with his wings if he is being elevated to #2 Center?Will he now play hard on every shift or every other 1?So many questions with so few answers.Guess we will find out.I trust that the Hawks hierarchy will proceed with the utmost caution regarding Dach returning to full contact.He is the #1 Center for this organization now and for the future.

  • March 9, 2021 at 7:12 am

    Kirby Dach is being missed in this young line up. I hope he comes back strong, he was noticeably stronger than the year before. Hope this is not an indicator of injury’s, these guys need to be in such good shape. Miss Dach a lot, he’d up the ante a lot!

    But don’t rush . . . he need to last 10 more years

  • March 9, 2021 at 9:05 am

    @ChicagoNFire re: KD’s wrist picture

    1. That pic was indeed photoshopped.
    2. Youngsters heal fast. Especially professional athletes with the best rehab & strength opportunities available to them. It’s literally been KD’s job to rehab. (And lest we forget; he learned from the best about hard work/what it takes by living with Seabs).
    3. Stan doesn’t clear players to practice or play. Dr. Michael Terry does. He is one of the most respected team doctors in the NHL & a world-renowned orthopedic surgeon. There is also protocol to be followed.
    4. Just because KD is practicing does not mean he will play right away. It’s a good shot in the arm and morale boost just to be on the ice with the fellas during practice. Fosters camaraderie & relationships–and gives everyone a boost.
    Thanks for coming to my hockey fan nurse TED talk.

  • March 9, 2021 at 9:11 am

    you NAILED IT with the Strome–Zardes comparison.
    Absolutely the same way I feel.
    Hopefully we are both wrong.

  • March 9, 2021 at 9:45 am


    hopefully we are, but we aren’t talking about teenagers. i have coached u-13 girls with a softer first touch than zardes has and who were much tougher than strome is. hard to imagine they acquire those traits at their ages.

  • March 9, 2021 at 11:28 am

    Tim, proconcussion protocol does wonders these days think bionic woman.

  • March 9, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    I’m no Strome fan, but after noticeable improvement early in the season, his game faded significantly in the few games before he entered concussion protocol—I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and believe there might be a connection, since official accounts said Strome left the lineup after ‘delayed onset symptoms’

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