The Chicago Blackhawks had a scary moment Sunday when Trevor Daley had to be helped off the ice during their 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets, but the team got some good news on the defenseman’s condition on Monday.
According to head coach Joel Quenneville, Daley’s injury is not believed to be a serious one, and although he will miss Tuesday’s game against the Nashville Predators, he is still considered “day-to-day” by the team.
Daley was injured in the second period of the game on a collision with Winnipeg’s Chris Thorburn.
On the play, Daley was turning up ice to make a stretch pass, and he began to fall on his follow-through. Thorburn happened to be skating toward him when this happened, and the ensuing collision left Daley lying motionless on the ice.
Team doctors brought out a stretcher to bring Daley back to the locker room, but ultimately he didn’t need it as he stood up and was helped off the ice by teammates and physicians.
With Daley out of the lineup, David Rundblad will get slotted in, but the Blackhawks do not have enough cap space to make any other moves unless they are willing to sacrifice their forward depth.
The team currently has 14 forwards on the roster, and sending one of them down could clear room for a defenseman if Daley is going to be out for a longer stretch of time than anticipated.