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Blackhawks Bits: Kane, de Haan and Carpenter miss practice, TNT buys secondary NHL broadcast rights

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The Blackhawks had a rare April practice with a few notable absences.

Chicago Blackhawks v Nashville Predators
Dominik Kubalik of the Chicago Blackhawks is congratulated by teammates Calvin de Haan and Ryan Carpenter
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The Blackhawks practiced on Monday and notable absences included Ryan Carpenter, Calvin de Haan and Patrick Kane:

Carpenter was placed in concussion protocol after playing just 10:01 against the Predators on Friday night. Carpenter averages 12:41 this season, so his lowered playing time may have been an indication. Calvin de Haan left last Wednesday’s game against Nashville after playing just 3:50 due to lingering hip pain, so his absence is not a shock. Kane’s absence is just due to a maintenance day and is not alarming.

After news that Andrew Shaw is done playing the sport of hockey, he thanked fans in a press conference on Monday:

Shaw also said he sees Brandon Hagel as being a potential replacement:

In media news, TNT has purchased the NHL’s secondary rights package, meaning that the league is moving away from NBC as a broadcast partner:

The NHL joins the NBA as a big-four sport with coverage on the network and another sports entertainment property in All Elite Wrestling. A TNT Inside the NHL show with Patrick Sharp, PK Subban and Kevin Weekes? Sign me up.

The $1.6 billion dollar deal is 12.5 percent more money than the NHL got from NBC for the entire rights package and complements the $400 million per year the NHL will be receiving from ESPN for the primary ownership.

An actual media deal for the NHL. Who would have thought?