The Chicago Blackhawks on Friday placed Jonathan Toews on Injured Reserved. Don’t get too up in arms about the move, it’s more of a procedure move with Trevor van Riemsdyk getting added to the roster.
So, just when everyone thought and assumed that Jonathan Toews would be back on the ice on Saturday afternoon in Philly, he gets placed on Injured Reserve and will not be in the lineup tomorrow.
The good news for Chicago Blackhawks fans is that Toews was back on the ice skating and doing some stick handling today before practice started.
Of course, there also is the quote from one of the Chicago Blackhawks writers that if this was the playoffs that Toews would fight through the pain, but since it’s only the beginning of December they are playing it safe with Toews and his back (upper body injury).
The other thing to know is that there is no restrictions from bringing Toews back from injured reserve since he the I.R was retroactive to a week ago so Toews can come back to the Blackhawks at anytime.
The move is basically being made so Trevor van Riemsdyk can return to the roster. Now, TVR is a whole other topic for all of us bloggers and Chicago Blackhawks fans. If you look at the Chicago Blackhawks roster, the question is what will Stan Bowman do with 8 defenseman.
The play of Michal Rozsival has been adequate since he’s got back on the ice which makes the roster moves that much more interesting. TVR seems to be very injury prone even if some of the injuries has been pretty flukey, and in the end he’s a third pairing guy at best.
So, the big news isn’t the fact that Jonathan Toews is placed on injured reserve, but the big news will be when he comes off of I.R., and the Hawks have to make a roster move. This is where the fandom of TVR will be tested. Will they try to trade him or push him or Michal Rozsial through waivers to make room for the Captain. Are the Hawks showcasing the vet and TVR to make a move?
Of course there are other moves they could make, but carrying 8 defenseman really doesn’t make much sense if you ask me. To me it’s time to cut ties with Rozsival but Stan and Joel always like vets.. The next few days should be interesting.