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Ailing Sharp nearly ready to resume workouts

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



BOSTON — While news has been minimal regarding center Dave Bolland and his concussion, coach Joel Quenneville hasn’t hesitated to deliver positive updates on injured forward Patrick Sharp.

It continued Tuesday in Boston. Sharp’s knee injury has improved to the point where he could start skating soon for the Blackhawks.

“I’m going to say soon, but how soon we’ll know when we get back [from the two-game road trip],” Quenneville said. “I don’t think he’ll be on the ice for the next couple days, but we can see him in not too long.”

Sharp missed his fourth game in row since injuring his left knee March 20 against the Phoenix Coyotes when he had a knee-on-knee collision with Rostislav Klesla.

Quenneville wouldn’t put a date on Sharp’s possible return, but he didn’t rule out the April 8 matchup against the Red Wings in Detroit.

“We’d love to have that situation occur,” Quenneville said. “Whether it’s going to happen or not is a question mark. That’s something we’re hopeful for. Optimistically, it would be a nice target date, but it’s too early to tell.

“Certainly, he’s going to need some practice time. We need him to get on the ice and get some skates and practice time before he’ll be able to play in some games.”

Spoils to Viktor

Winger Viktor Stalberg’s stint back on the first line with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane didn’t last long, but he wasn’t discouraged by being dropped off the line after just one game.

“I feel like I’m getting better and better in all three zones,” Stalberg said. “I felt pretty good playing with Kane and Toews but we were on the ice for those two goals in the third against Anaheim.

‘‘That’s how Q is, though, when you lose he likes to shake things up. Me, [Ryan] Johnson and [Fernando] Pisani played a really strong game [in Detroit], so it felt good.”

Head games

Quenneville was OK with Red Wings winger Todd Bertuzzi not receiving a suspension for elbowing Johnson in the head Monday, especially when comparing it to what happened with Bolland.

Johnson briefly left the game, but was cleared to return, only needing stitches to repair his ear.

Bertuzzi received a five-minute elbowing penalty and a game misconduct. Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina wasn’t assessed a penalty for his elbow to Bolland’s head on March 9. Bolland suffered a concussion and has yet to show considerable improvement.

“We had no problem with the call [on Bertuzzi],” Quenneville said. “We had a five-minute major. We got something out of it compared to what the [Bolland] situation was during the game.”

Down on the farm

The Rockford IceHogs announced that they signed winger Jimmy Hayes to an amateur tryout contract. Hayes, a former second-round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs, was acquired by the Hawks in exchange for a second-round pick in June. The Hawks also drafted his younger brother, Kevin.



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