Jonathan Toews sidelined with upper-body injury
BY ADAM L. JAHNS firstname.lastname@example.org February 21, 2012 10:54PM
Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall checks Marian Hossa on Tuesday. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
Updated: March 23, 2012 8:24AM
Losing center Jonathan Toews for one game is a significant loss for the Blackhawks. And it typically takes something significant for that to occur.
Toews missed the matchup Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings with an upper-body injury that coach Joel Quenneville said is not related to the left-wrist injury he suffered before the All-Star break that kept him out one game.
Unlike then, Toews wasn’t put on injured reserve by the Hawks. He’s officially day-to-day, while Quenneville hinted that he had been playing through the injury. Toews has sat out recent practices and morning skates but didn’t miss a game until Tuesday. He also finished the Hawks’ 3-1 victory Sunday against the St. Louis Blues.
“We’ll just leave it at that: He’s a competitive guy, and he wants to play,” Quenneville said. “Jonny is important in a lot of ways, whether it’s his leadership or the quantity or quality of ice time that he’s out there for.”
The Red Wings were without star center Pavel Datsyuk. He underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday morning and will be out at least two weeks.
“They took an MRI [and] saw a fragment,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said at the United Center. “[They] cleaned up his ligament, and he should be ready to go in a couple of weeks. ... The doctor said after being in there that it was something that needed to be done.”
Trade winds blow
The Hawks made a minor move, sending forward Brandon Segal to the Tampa Bay Lightning for future considerations. The Red Wings, meanwhile, made a major move, acquiring a top-four defenseman, which the Hawks have been looking to add for weeks.
As part of a three-team deal, the Red Wings brought in defenseman Kyle Quincey from Tampa Bay for a first-round pick and minor-leaguer Sebastien Piche after they acquired him from the Colorado Avalanche for agitator Steve Downie. The Lightning is run by general manager Steve Yzerman, a Red Wings legend who previously worked under Holland.
Holland said Quincey, 26, is not a rental player. A restricted free agent after this season, Quincey has five goals and 23 points in 54 games. He led the Avalanche in average ice time with more than 22 minutes per game. Quincey also plays on both special teams.
On the mend
Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (concussion-like symptoms) skated with the Hawks for the first time since leaving the second leg of their nine-game road trip with an illness that turned out to be something worse.
Hjalmarsson said he was nauseous in San Jose on Feb. 10 and decided to return to Chicago to avoid infecting others.
But the symptoms lingered for Hjalmarsson, who missed his seventh game in a row and declined to go into detail about his injury.
“It’s just a matter of I want to feel 100 percent when I get back,” Hjalmarsson said. “If I would have played [Tuesday], I wouldn’t really feel comfortable. I haven’t practiced with the guys or been on the ice really at all. I would have been a liability out there instead of an asset.”
The status of defenseman Steve Montador (upper body) hasn’t changed. He remains on injured reserve.