Dave Bolland’s recovery slow, but Bowman hopeful
BY ADAM L. JAHNS firstname.lastname@example.org March 23, 2011 10:28PM
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
Not much has changed for Dave Bolland, who just hasn’t been able to shake his concussion symptoms. But general manager Stan Bowman said it hasn’t reached a point where he is planning to be without his pesky center for the postseason, assuming the Blackhawks get there.
‘‘I don’t think you look at it that way,’’ Bowman said Wednesday. ‘‘You don’t think that far ahead. We’ve got games we’ve got to win. . . . That’s what we’re focused on.’’
But there are serious concerns about Bolland — and about what the team can do without him. The Hawks brought in rookie center Marcus Kruger, who often is compared to Bolland, but they would have done that if Bolland were healthy, too.
‘‘We’re always hopeful these things can progress quickly,’’ Bowman said of Bolland. ‘‘It’s really hard to say. There’s been a lot talked about these kind of injuries. You just don’t know. It can be a rapid progression, or it can be slower. We’re optimistic, but at this point it’s just wait-and-see.’’
Bowman said he was content with the three-game suspension Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina received for elbowing Bolland in the back of the head. He also thought the NHL made a bold statement by suspending Pittsburgh Penguins headhunter Matt Cooke for the rest of the regular season and the first round of the playoffs for elbowing New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh in the head.
‘‘It’s the players on the ice that are doing these things to one another,’’ Bowman said. ‘‘They’re the only ones who can really stop it from happening. We can deal with it after the fact, and you can try and have a deterrent in place. We’re seeing that.’’
Injured defenseman Jordan Hendry, who can become an unrestricted free agent July 1, said he isn’t thinking about his future. Instead, he’s focused on a six-month rehab for a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
‘‘I’m just focused on rehab right now,’’ said Hendry, who signed a one-year deal with the Hawks last summer. ‘‘Everything will take care of itself. I’m just worried about getting healthy and being ready for the next step.’’