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Blackhawks: Phillip Danault out several months with hip injury

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Blackhawks: Phillip Danault out several months with hip injury

Blackhawks prospect Phillip Danault is expected to miss several months after undergoing hip surgery, the team announced Tuesday.

“Yesterday, Blackhawks forward Phillip Danault underwent left hip arthroscopy performed by Dr. Bryan Kelly in New York City to repair a torn labrum. Danault is expected to be out of hockey-related activity for approximately four months,” said Blackhawks Head Team Physician Dr. Michael Terry.

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It's a tough blow for Danault, who appeared to be one of the favorites from a crowded group to crack a roster spot entering training camp in September. The 22-year-old two-way center who models his game after Marcus Kruger got a small taste of the NHL action last year, playing in two games with the Blackhawks, and was looking to stay for good this season.

Now, his path to the NHL has been put on hold.

Danault has spent the last two seasons in the AHL, where he helped guide the Rockford IceHogs to the Calder Cup Playoffs in 2014-15.

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The former first-round pick in 2011 compiled 38 points (13 goals, 25 assists) in 70 regular-season games last year, and added three goals and two assists in eight postseason contests. His plus-8 rating in the playoffs also led the team.

Danault is in the final year of his entry-level contract.

Podcast: Which Blackhawks could be on the move before trade deadline?

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Podcast: Which Blackhawks could be on the move before trade deadline?

On the latest Blackhawks Talk Podcast, Adam Burish and Pat Boyle discuss which Blackhawks could be on the trading block and what players are building blocks for the Hawks future.

Burish also shares a couple memorable trade deadline days and his “near” return to the Blackhawks in 2012. Plus, he makes his bold trade deadline prediction for the Hawks.

Listen to the full Blackhawks Talk Podcast right here:

Blackhawks ban four ejected fans from future home games

Blackhawks ban four ejected fans from future home games

The Blackhawks have banned the four fans — who were ejected from Saturday's game against the Washington Capitals for their racist remarks towards Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly — from future home games.

On Monday, a Blackhawks spokesperson released this statement:

We have contacted the select individuals involved in the incident on Saturday to notify them that they are no longer welcome at our home games. Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks also wanted to remind fans that they can alert security at the United Center by texting the following to 69050: UCASSIST <SPACE> followed by the seating section, row and a brief description of the issue.