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Blackhawks readjust with Marian Hossa out roughly two weeks

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Blackhawks readjust with Marian Hossa out roughly two weeks

The Blackhawks have found ways to press on when they’ve lost a top player. Now they’ll have to do it again.

Marian Hossa will be out about two weeks as the Blackhawks head into tonight’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Hossa sustained a lower-body injury in the Blackhawks’ overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday and was placed on injured reserve on Sunday afternoon.

“Hopefully two weeks,” coach Joel Quenneville said of the time Hossa will miss. “That’s probably what we’re looking at.”

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It’s a big loss, considering everything Hossa does on both sides of the puck.

“You’re used to having a guy in the lineup for a long time, especially a guy like Hossa, after a while you might take for granted what that guy might bring to your room or to your team. You realize how much you miss someone when they’re gone. That’s definitely the case for Hoss,” Jonathan Toews said. “At the same time it’s the same as always: we have to find ways to step up and have other guys assume some responsibility, whether it’s power play or penalty kill or 5-on-5. The two-way game Hossa plays is huge for us. I’m sure some guys who will get added ice time will be ready for it.”

One of those guys is Panik, who will start on the Blackhawks’ top line tonight. Panik’s last goal came during a few minutes with the top line in the Blackhawks’ victory over Colorado on Feb. 2.

“It’s just a great opportunity for me to show what I’m capable of,” Panik said. “I’m just going to try to play my game. It’s been working for me so far, so I’ll stick with it.”

[MORE: Blackhawks place Marian Hossa on IR, recall Vincent Hinostroza]

Certainly, it’ll take more than one player to replace everything Hossa does. Panik gets the start on the top line tonight but Quenneville said Teuvo Teravainen could see time on that line as well. Regardless, the Blackhawks will collectively have to fill the void.

“It’s a good test and certainly you get a good look at some guys. There’s great opportunity, power play, penalty killing, important minutes, defensive situations, last-minute periods in games, all quality ice time you want to have out there,” Quenneville said. “Guys will be pushing for the opportunity to get it and hopefully they can take advantage.

"Certainly you have a guy [Hossa] who plays the right way in all those situations; there’s an appreciation of our team game that gets reinforced with him doing it night in, night out. There are certain areas [in which] we have to get deeper as a team of everyone doing the right things.”

Blackhawks make minor league trade with Rangers

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Blackhawks make minor league trade with Rangers

When the Blackhawks signed Darren Raddysh in 2017, it was because they didn't have many right-handed shot defensemen in the pipeline and he was an intriguing prospect coming off a season in which he was named the OHL's top blue liner.

But with Adam Boqvist, Henri Jokiharju and Ian Mitchell added to the mix over the last two NHL drafts, Raddysh was quickly jumped on the organizational depth chart. On Monday, the Blackhawks sent the 22-year-old prospect to the New York Rangers in exchange for forward Peter Holland, who will report to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

Raddysh, who was teammates with Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome with the Erie Otters, led all IceHogs defensemen with 26 points this season. With the Rangers expected to be sellers ahead of the Feb. 25 trade deadline, there's a chance he makes his NHL debut before the year ends depending on which defensemen they move.

Holland's cap hit is $675,000 and he's set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. The 28-year-old has appeared in 266 games with four different teams, but has yet to appear in an NHL game this season. He can play all for forward positions. His best season came with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2014-15 when he compiled 11 goals and 14 assists for 25 points in 62 games, and had a shooting percentage of 11.8.

Holland leads the Hartford Wold Pack with 20 goals, 29 assists and 49 points in 52 games this season, and served as an alternate captain. He's a good presence to have in Rockford, where the Blackhawks can use some veteran leadership up front for its young guys.

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Special guest Mike Tirico

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: Special guest Mike Tirico

On this episode of Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle talks with Mike Tirico, who is doing play-by-play for the Blackhawks-Red Wings game on Wednesday night.

0:45 - Mike Tirico on how he got the call to call hockey

1:30 - Tirico's preparation for his first NHL play-by-play broadcast

4:15 - Patrick Kane continue's to impress as a veteran

6:20 - Can Tirico fit more NHL into his busy schedule?

8:20 - Will Tirico get nervous for his first NHL broadcast?

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