Quenneville out of hospital, return unknown
By ADAM L. JAHNS Staff Reporteremail@example.com February 19, 2011 11:21PM
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville may have been in the hospital recovering from a bleeding ulcer, but he still had an idea of what lineup changes he wants to make.
“We talked about juggling some of the lines around,” said assistant coach Mike Haviland, who spoke with Quenneville after the 4-3 loss Friday to the Columbus Blue Jackets and Saturday before practice. “He would have liked to have seen some more guys [playing]. That first line had a great night, but we were looking for more from everybody else.”
It will still be some time before Quenneville enacts the changes himself. He was released from the hospital Saturday after being admitted Wednesday. But there’s no timetable for his return to the team.
“Quenneville’s resting comfortably at home,’’ Hawks head physician Michael Terry said. ‘‘We’ll continue to monitor him and anticipate a full recovery. We’re working to determine when it’s best for him to return to his coaching duties.’’
Michael Frolik’s ice time has significantly dropped the last two games after he got top-six ice time in his first two games as a Hawk.
The recently acquired forward doesn’t play on special teams, but he was moved off a line with Dave Bolland and Marian Hossa against the Blue Jackets. Has Frolik taken a step back since his arrival?
‘‘I don’t think so,’’ Haviland said. ‘‘We were searching for something, some sort of combination there after . . . the first line. I was just trying to get something going in the third.’’
Ryan Johnson (concussion) has been cleared to play and is expected to be activated off injured reserve soon. Fernando Pisani hasn’t resumed skating with the team.
† Corey Crawford will start today against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Haviland wouldn’t say if Crawford or Marty Turco would play Monday against the Blues.