Friday, September 16, 2016
Duncan Keith's status unclear for start of Blackhawks regular season
Does not play for the team Canada of knee problems that prolonged because of the hockey World Cup Blackhawks defense Duncan Keith, it is set to get underway this weekend without.
Keith, after the press conference of the team for North America during the media day of the World Cup Hockey Jersey at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ready for the start of the Hawks season and general manager Stan Bowman was uncommitted Thursday If you have questions it is now.
"I am that you do not put any expectations on it," a GM for North America Bowman said. "Are we just display. When he is ready, he is ready and I have. Although there is nothing to worry about, now, we are not trying to put it in the time frame. we you get if we ne exhibition game Ya of have a better feel in , if he was ready to play, he will play. "
Keith, he and suffered during the 2015 Stanley Cup final he received nearly a month of meniscus tears October 20 surgery to repair in his right knee, which missed the last season . On August 24, Keith had to withdraw from the World Cup because of the ongoing recovery of his knee.
"It was a decision of Duncan," said Bowman said. "He just he is he did not feel the run to the level required in such a tournament (possibility).
"You must respect it. He is doing better. I time in its surface. I would tell any of the bad news is never heard. At the end of this tournament , you will get some updated information to his performance. "
Twice Norris Trophy winner as the top defense in the NHL is a Hawks mainstay, his absence will certainly affect the depth of the team at the blue line.
"Your first course of action is always just to see how it reacts," Borman told about the injury of Keith. "If you will not be able to know that, to go through the time. Duncan did not want to leave the high and dry Canada. Many of all of us, have a thing of playing through their One year, they when the rest, they will feel the 9 times out of 10 at the training camp, the better. Duncan (and) it's just he was not to the point where he wants it. "
Kruger update: Hawks center Marcus Kruger is expected to be ready for the team Swedish tournament opener Sunday against Russia. Kruger has left the Sweden's first pre-tournament game in the upper half of the body of the injury.
"I am ready to play Sunday," Kruger said. "When something like this is soon to take place, it is you want to play for your team and your country you are in here, are you at the same time trying to be positive (and) stay of the patient. it is difficult. "