Dave Bolland glad to be back in the flow
By Adam L. Jahns firstname.lastname@example.org December 16, 2011 10:04PM
Dave Bolland scored a power-play goal in the second period Friday against the Anaheim Ducks. | Nam Y. Huh~AP
Updated: January 18, 2012 8:11AM
Blackhawks center Dave Bolland couldn’t be happier to be back in a routine. It feels good to be on the ice at practice and during morning skates with his teammates instead of getting treatment for bumps and bruises.
“When you do sit out and have nagging injuries to heal and you’re not practicing and not taking morning skates, you sort of get left behind, and you don’t get caught up with the speed of the practices and everything,” said Bolland, who scored on the power play Friday. “Getting back into it is the main thing.”
Bolland had been fighting through a nagging foot injury — and he’s grateful. He can relate to what some of the league’s best players — Chris Pronger and Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Jeff Skinner of the Carolina Hurricanes, Mike Richards of the Los Angeles Kings and Milan Michalek of the Ottawa Senators — are going through.
Bolland knows what it’s like to deal with a serious concussion.
“Pronger is saying he’s shutting it down [for the season],’’ said Bolland, who missed a considerable amount of time last season with a concussion. ‘‘That’s bad, to see a player like Pronger shut it down. He’s a great player in our league and a great defenseman.
“And Giroux right now, he’s the leading scorer and a great player in this league [who] got his face out there and has done a great job. A concussion isn’t good to see. It’s not great for the league to be having this.”
Bolland says the increased size and speed of players and a lack of respect by some could be causes. The number of top players out with concussions has left the league scrambling for answers despite a tougher stance on all hits.
“I’m sorry to hear that type of news,” coach Joel Quenne-ville said. “With the top players, it’s a tough stretch right now for the league. The uncertainty of it all is the tough part.”