A few bits of notes and news ahead of the Chicago Blackhawks’ game against Arizona Coyotes Friday at the United Center.
As noted in Thursday's Blackhawks Bits, Chicago will be without its captain for a little while longer, as it was announced Jonathan Toews would miss at least another two games with his non-COVID related illness:
#Blackhawks Jonathan Toews (illness) will not play in either game of the back-to-back set this weekend, incl. Sat in his hometown of WPG vs. #nhljets.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) February 10, 2023
Today is his sixth consecutive day not skating. Hawks hope to have him back Tues in Montréal.
Otherwise, the forward lines and defensive pairings remain the same from the game against the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday.
#Blackhawks lineup at morning skate:— Charlie Roumeliotis (@CRoumeliotis) February 10, 2023
*Tinordi, Toews (sick), Stalock (concussion protocol) are extras
The only change will be in net, as goalie Jaxson Stauber gets his third NHL start against the Coyotes. He’s 2-0-0 with a .940 save-percentage and 2.00 goals against average in his first two NHL games.
Jaxson Stauber is working in the starter’s net this morning.— Charlie Roumeliotis (@CRoumeliotis) February 10, 2023
I imagine the plan is he starts tonight vs. Arizona and Petr Mrazek will get Winnipeg tomorrow. #Blackhawks pic.twitter.com/3BYxYErF6B
In terms of other injuries, there is still no timeline for goalie Alex Stalock (concussion), but defensemen Jarred Tinordi is expected to be back in the lineup Saturday when the Blackhawks play the Winnipeg Jets. Tinordi has been out since Dec. 18 recovering from a facial fracture.
Jarred Tinordi will return from injury tomorrow vs Winnipeg. #Blackhawks— CapFriendly Depth Charts (@CF_DepthCharts) February 10, 2023
After the morning skate, Patrick Kane also spoke about how the Vladimir Tarasenko trade to the New York Rangers — a team that was linked to Kane in multiple trade rumors — affected him and his plans for the future:
Patrick Kane on whether he had the Rangers on his potential radar: "If things were going to happen, that was a team I was definitely looking at. It seems like they kind of filled their void and went ahead and made a deal, so it is what it is." #Blackhawks— Charlie Roumeliotis (@CRoumeliotis) February 10, 2023
“If things were going to happen, that was a team I was definitely looking at.”— Phillip Thompson (@_phil_thompson) February 10, 2023
—Patrick Kane on the Rangers’ trade for Vladimir Tarasenko, also saying, “It’s not like the happiest I’ve been to hear about a trade.” pic.twitter.com/B6It2gLGnp
Kane went on to talk about a possible timeline on his decision, specifically mentioning that it’s likely happen in the next 10 days or so. He also discussed how, if he is traded, that he’d like it to be a good deal for the Blackhawks organization and himself.
More Kane: "In fairness to Kyle [Davidson], I haven't went to Kyle and said, 'I wanted to go here [or] I want to [stay]. I haven't gotten to any of that yet... I think within the next 10 days or so, we'll probably get a clearer picture of what's going to happen."— Ben Pope (@BenPopeCST) February 10, 2023
Even though Patrick Kane has control of where, and if, he decides to leave. He says he’ll be considering what’s best for both him and the #Blackhawks— Joe Brand (@Joe_Brand1) February 10, 2023
“Obviously you want to do right by the franchise. The organization here has been amazing to me, has given so much.”
He said if he does request a trade (which seems extremely implied at this point), it'll be to one of just a few teams.— Ben Pope (@BenPopeCST) February 10, 2023
"You sign a contract with a...no-trade clause for a reason, right? Else I would’ve done a 16-team no-trade clause."
Last, Kane was asked if the issues surrounding his hip injury have been “overblown”:
Patrick Kane feels his hip injury is overblown: "Yeah, I think so. I'm not sure what the story is to be honest with you, but I feel better than I did last year. It's just one of those things that maybe the story leaks out and it piles up a little bit." #Blackhawks— Charlie Roumeliotis (@CRoumeliotis) February 10, 2023
Richardson was also asked about his working relationship with Blackhawks general manger, Kyle Davidson, when it comes to the expectations around trades this season:
Richardson on when Davidson first told him he'd be trading guys this season:— Ben Pope (@BenPopeCST) February 10, 2023
"Day 1 of the interview. And Day 2. And Day 3. It was making sure I understand what I was coming into."
Luke Richardson said there isn't much push-and-pull between he and Kyle Davidson when it comes to the trade deadline, and who to shop and who to keep. From Day 1, it's been clear what the plan is.— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) February 10, 2023
Richardson: "I've been informed on things. But it's not really an ask."
As for the Coyotes, there wasn’t any news from their morning skate.
In terms of injuries, they have been without defensemen Shayne Gostisbehere since Jan. 24 when he suffered an upper-body injury. Forward Jack McBain will likely return to the lineup after not having played since Dec. 16 due to a hand injury.
A likely sign that F Liam O'Brien is ready to return from a hand injury.— Craig Morgan (@CraigSMorgan) February 7, 2023
Coach André Tourigny said Monday that O'Brien could play as soon as Friday's game in Chicago, which is Arizona's next game.
The Coyotes are off today. https://t.co/yLwh64spbh
T. Johnson — Dickinson — Kane
Kurashev — Domi — Raddysh
Athanasiou — Lafferty — Blackwell
Katchouk — Entwistle — R. Johnson
McCabe — S. Jones
J. Johnson — Murphy
C. Jones — Mitchell
Injuries: Jonathan Toews (illness), Jarred Tinordi (face), Alex Stalock (concussion), Jujhar Khaira (back)
Keller — Hayton — Schmaltz
Maccelli — Bjugstad — Crouse
Ritchie — Boyd — Fischer
O’Brien — McBain — Kassian
Chychrun — Valmiki
Nemeth — Moser
Stretcher — Brown
Injuries: Shayne Gostisbehere (upper body), Bryan Little (ear), Andrew Ladd (knee)