The Chicago Blackhawks have finally confirmed what has been alluded to for a while now.
Injuries are already harming the Chicago Blackhawks roster. Brent Seabrook has been placed on injury reserve, and Jonathan Toews and Kirby Dach have been placed on long term injury reserve this from a press release the team shared a earlier today.
Seabrook, who is currently listed with lower back injury, apparently tweaked his back during the early stages of training camp with the Blackhawks. The news initially dropped during the intermission of Chicago’s game last night from Bob McKenzie.
Losing Seabrook definitely is not a good thing for the Blackhawks locker room. So many key faces are already out of the lineup, but losing Seabrook makes this team look so much more different. However their is an opportunity in his absence.
Chicago’s defensive pairings would not feature both Adam Boqvist and Ian Mitchell as of now if it was not for Seabrook’s injury. While Boqvist might be better served with some time in the AHL, Seabrook out of the lineup allows him to take on a bigger role with this team.
The Toews and Dach announcement should not come as a surprise for Blackhawks fans. The way the Jonathan Toews injury was talked about early on, one could tell it is significant. We are seeing the truth in his injury now as he will be out of the lineup for at least the next ten games, but very well could be more.
Reinforcements are not on the way for the Blackhawks. The teams loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday was dishearting, but it was the Lightning Chicago was playing. Tampa is the best team in the NHL right now coming off of their Stanley Cup win.
Chicago will have a tough season, but not as tough as that first game showed. Their will be some bad stretches throughout the season for Chicago, but if they can continue to have sparks of good hockey and show signs of improvement from the young players then the team will be alright down the line.