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Blackhawks again without Jonathan Toews tonight against Panthers

Blackhawks again without Jonathan Toews tonight against Panthers

Jonathan Toews remains out with an upper-body injury when the Blackhawks host the Florida Panthers Tuesday night at the United Center.

Toews was leaving the United Center in street clothes just as the Blackhawks were starting morning skate. Coach Joel Quenneville said Toews is listed as day-to-day and again questionable for Thursday. He added that Toews’ injury remains the same.

“I think you have an idea that you’d like to get [him] back on the ice and as soon as you see him on the ice you got an idea he’s close to playing,” Quenneille said. “Jonny wants to be out there on the ice in the worst way, so we’ll do everything we can to get him back.”

Corey Crawford will start. Scott Darling, who missed Monday’s practice due to illness, was back at morning skate and will back up Crawford.

The Panthers, meanwhile, are facing interesting times. Coach Gerard Gallant was fired following Sunday night’s loss to the Carolina Hurricanes; general manager Tom Rowe takes over as interim coach. Brian Campbell, who played for Gallant his final two seasons in Florida, said Monday he was “surprised, shocked” that Gallant was fired. Panthers players said they’ll regroup and go from here.

“It’s nothing that we can worry about,” defenseman Aaron Ekblad said. “We feel we have to move forward and that’s what we’re doing today.”

BLACKHAWKS VS. FLORIDA PANTHERS

7:30 p.m.

TV: CSN

Live Stream: CSNChicago.com

Radio: WGN 720 AM

 

Chicago Blackhawks

Artemi Panarin-Artem Anisimov-Patrick Kane

Ryan Hartman-Vinnie Hinostroza -Marian Hossa

Dennis Rasmussen-Marcus Kruger -Richard Panik

Tyler Motte-Nick Schmaltz-Jordin Tootoo

 

Duncan Keith-Brian Campbell

Michal Kempny-Brent Seabrook

Gustav Forsling-Niklas Hjalmarsson

 

Corey Crawford

 

INJURIES: Jonathan Toews (upper body), Trevor van Riemsdyk (upper body).

 

Florida Panthers

Jussi Jokinen-Aleksander Barkov-Jaromir Jagr

Jonathan Marchessault-Vincent Trocheck-Reilly Smith

Nick Bjugstad-Denis Malgin-Colton Sceviour

Seth Griffith-Derek MacKenzie-Kyle Rau

 

Keith Yandle-Jason Demers

Jakub Kindl-Aaron Ekblad

Mark Pysyk-Michael Matheson

 

Roberto Luongo

Hawks Talk Podcast: Kris Versteeg on signing with IceHogs and possibility of one more spin with Blackhawks

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Kris Versteeg on signing with IceHogs and possibility of one more spin with Blackhawks

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle catches up with two-time Stanley Cup winner and the newest member of the Rockford IceHogs Kris Versteeg.

Versteeg explains his recent medical issues and his experience playing last season in the KHL and Swedish Elite League. He also talks about why he decided to sign a one-year deal with Rockford and defines his role with the IceHogs.

Versteeg weighs in on getting a third chance to play for the Blackhawks organization and what would be the perfect ending to the Kris Versteeg hockey movie?

1:00 - Why sign with Rockford?
2:00 - KHL experience
3:00 - Back on track in Sweden
4:30 - Health update
6:00 - Deal with Rockford
7:30 - Contact with Kane and Toews?
9:00 - Family coming to Rockford?
10:00 - Mentor or last fling with Hawks?
12:00 - Kris Versteeg Movie Ending

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast

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Blackhawks remove interim tag and name Derek King head coach of Rockford IceHogs

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Rockford IceHogs

Blackhawks remove interim tag and name Derek King head coach of Rockford IceHogs

One day after mutually parting ways with assistant coach Don Granato, the Blackhawks announced Thursday that they have removed the interim label from Derek King's title and named him the head coach of the AHL's Rockford IceHogs. Anders Sorensen also received a multi-year extension to remain on the staff as an assistant.

While King may have been a worthy candidate for the vacant assistant coaching position on Jeremy Colliton's staff in Chicago, the Blackhawks like the continuity this gives them within the organization. King is familiar with Colliton's philosophy and has a strong rapport with his players.

After Colliton was promoted to head coach of the Blackhawks on Nov. 6, 2018, King moved into his role on an interim basis while the organization got their house in order. Sheldon Brookbank was later added to Colliton's coaching staff with the Blackhawks, which led to Sorensen — who had previously worked as a development coach for the last five years — stepping in for Brookbank. 

King, 52, guided the IceHogs to a 29-28-3-4 record and fell short of the Calder Cup Playoffs after reaching the Western Conference Final a year ago. He joined the organization in July of 2016.

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