The Chicago Blackhawks are remaining mum on a timetable for the upper body injury suffered by Patrick Kane on Tuesday night, but they have made a roster move to replace him as they placed him on long-term injured reserve Wednesday afternoon.
In a corresponding move, the team recalled forward Teuvo Teravainen from the Rockford IceHogs. The Hawks also assigned defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk to the IceHogs on a conditioning assignment, meaning that he's nearing a return to Chicago's lineup.
As for Kane, the LTIR-designation means that he has to miss a minimum of 10 games and 24 days of ice time. It also means that the Blackhawks have some salary cap space to play with as they search for help at the NHL trade deadline, which will come on March 2.
The injury (which several outlets have reported as a broken collarbone that will cost him between six and 10 weeks, but no confirmation has come from the team) occurred during a Tuesday win against the Florida Panthers. Kane crashed awkwardly into the boards after taking a cross-check to the lower back from Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic, and he immediately left the ice surface in serious pain.