No Chicago Blackhawks fan wanted to hear it, but Patrick Kane will be out for three weeks.
Last night, Kane suffered an MCL injury when Brendan Morrow of the St. Louis Blues fell on his leg after a hit by Sheldon Brookbank. You could hear the collective screams of the Blackhawks’ fanbase as they realized that their superstar won’t be back until at least the playoffs. Now the realization becomes obvious: they’ll have to win without him.
It’s not a big surprise that another Blackhawks star has fallen prey to the dreaded injury bug this year. What is certainly concerning is the fact that it’s the team’s superstar and it’s so close to the playoffs. The Hawks need to adjust to his absence, but Kane is one of those one-in-a-generation talents. How will they fare without him for two weeks?
There could be an option. The Hawks are likely to place Kane on injured reserve to clear up some cap space. There is also a certain someone who’s going to be introduced on Friday. Kane leaves such a huge hole to fill that it might be difficult to find anyone to replace him. While the Hawks can certainly win without him, his abilities help make them so dangerous to the opposition.
Can the Hawks win without Kane? It’s certainly possible. Given how long he’ll be out, there’s definitely a huge risk involved. If they let it get to them, they will falter down the stretch. No one wants to lose their star player, but sometimes, teams have to be ready just in case. This cannot be like the Marian Hossa concussion in 2012. The Hawks will have to win without Kane, or else their season is over.