Unfortunate Transaction Completed by The Chicago Blackhawks

Published October 29, 2023 at 1:30 PM

Blackhawks Face Defensive Setback as Rookie Star Suffers Injury

In a surprising move, the Chicago Blackhawks have recalled defenseman Isaak Phillips from their AHL affiliate, the Rockford Ice Hogs. While such roster changes are common in the NHL, this one raises eyebrows. The Blackhawks had seemingly set their defense for the season, so why the sudden call-up?

The answer lies in an unfortunate incident in the recent game against the Vegas Golden Knights. The Blackhawks' star rookie defenseman, Alex Vlasic, fell victim to a nasty and blindside head injury.

Head coach Luke Richardson expressed his frustration with the referees, hinting at the severity of the hit.

''Luke Richardson was not happy about the hit on Alex Vlasic: "That's a f**king blindside, you can't do that!"

Vlasic left the game and did not return, leaving the Blackhawks to deal with the consequences of his absence. Vlasic, a towering 6-foot-6 defenseman, holds a spot in the NHL's top 10 in plus-minus rating, highlighting his importance to the team.

Early signs suggest Vlasic may be dealing with whiplash, as he appeared unsteady after the hit. Updates on his condition are awaited, and the Blackhawks face uncertainty without their star defenseman.

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Unfortunate Transaction Completed by The Chicago Blackhawks

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