How about some positive news to close out the year 2020, Chicago?
In an exclusive interview on the Blackhawks Talk Podcast, President and GM Stan Bowman revealed Wednesday that forward Andrew Shaw will be ready for training camp, which begins Monday at Fifth Third Arena.
"He's looking great," Bowman said. "I think he's excited as ever to be back. I've never seen him so energized. He's a guy that's always got energy, but I was talking to Shaw the other day and he said he's never felt better. He's been training since the summer, skating a lot. He looks fantastic out there."
The 29-year-old forward hasn't played in more than a calendar year because of a concussion, which he's had multiple of over the course of his hockey career. His last game was on Nov. 30, 2019 against the Colorado Avalanche.
Shaw announced on Instagram in July that he feels "healthy and am close to fully being healed from not just my last concussion but from others I have had over the years." He did not join the Blackhawks in the postseason to ensure he would be 100 percent ready for the 2020-21 season, and it's officially all systems go.