According to Dr. Michael Terry, the team’s lead physician, Murphy’s back injury will leave him off the ice for six weeks of rest. After that, the Blackhawks will determine whether he needs more rest, or if the injury has healed enough to allow him to begin on-ice training.
Whenever Murphy is cleared, he will need approximately two weeks to get back up to speed, meaning that he will be out of action for eight to 12 weeks, according to the Blackhawks.
That timeline likely leaves Murphy out for at least the first two months of the season, and could mean an even longer absence for the defenseman.
The Blackhawks will next take the ice on Thursday when they battle the Detroit Red Wings in the Motor City.