Andrew Shaw Back In Concussion Protocol, Connor Murphy Out 10-14 Days

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Andrew Shaw Back In Concussion Protocol, Connor Murphy Out 10-14 Days

Chicago Blackhawks

Ugh. Not Again.

On Thursday morning, the Chicago Blackhawks made two injury update announcements. First, Connor Murphy, who missed Tuesday night’s game against the Dallas Stars with a hip injury, will be out 10-to-14 days. The second, and more troubling, injury announcement was that Andrew Shaw would be heading into concussion protocol.

Shaw has a long history of concussion issues and head injuries in his hockey career. He missed 14 months with his last concussion, which caused him to consider hanging it up for good prior to being cleared to return to the Blackhawks this season.

The play in question:

It’s just awful to hear the news about Shaw. He spoke about taking time away from hockey during his recovery. Taking time to find life outside of the game and spending time with his family. When he was cleared and returned to the Blackhawks, it seemed he had found a new zest for life and vigor for the sport.

This comes just days after he decided to forego wearing a visor, which he hadn’t done since his time in the minor leagues.

We all hope for the best for him and his family. This is just a gut-punch for a player that is so beloved by the fan base and embraced in the city.

UPDATE: The Blackhawks have placed Shaw on injured reserve.

Along with the news that Connor Murphy would need up to two weeks to return to health, the Blackhawks also made a move to bring Wyatt Kalynuk up to the Taxi Squad and send Anton Lindholm to the Rockford IceHogs.

Kalynuk made his professional debut over the weekend with the IceHogs, playing in the first two games of the AHL season. He made an immediate impact with the IceHogs, scoring a goal and an assist in his first-ever AHL game. Kalynuk was with the Blackhawks Taxi Squad to begin the season, but was sent to Rockford to get game conditioning. It will be interesting to see if he gets into the lineup with Murphy out and Adam Boqvist needing time to get back upto speed after missing the last two weeks due to having COVID.

Author: Mario Tirabassi

Mario Tirabassi is a writer for Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Mario_Tirabassi.