On Wednesday morning, the Chicago Blackhawks announced that forward Jujhar Khaira underwent back surgery on Tuesday and will be out for the next 10-12 weeks. The timeline for Khaira’s recovery essentially ends the season for him in Chicago.
Jujhar Khaira had back surgery at Northwestern Hospital yesterday.
He’ll be out for 10-12 weeks. (The season has 9 weeks remaining in it.)
I feel for him. This definitely wasn’t the season he was hoping for. Played just 27 games with 3 points.
— Ben Pope (@BenPopeCST) February 23, 2022
Khaira had been away from the team since January 17 with back spasms. He played nine games in January following his return from concussion protocol following a dangerous hit on December 7 against the New York Rangers. All told, Khaira played in 27 games for the Blackhawks this season and recored three goals.
This was definitely not the kind of year Khaira was hoping for when he joined the Blackhawks this summer. He signed a two-year, $975,000 AAV deal to join Chicago after spending the first seven years of his professional career with the Edmonton Oilers organization. A physical player, Khaira will now have a full offseason to recover from the surgery and come back to the Blackhawks next season presumably fully recovered.