Derek King Says Kirby Dach and Connor Murphy Are Done for the Year

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Derek King Says Kirby Dach and Connor Murphy Are Done for the Year

Chicago Blackhawks

On Monday morning, after the Blackhawks’ morning skate ahead of their matchup with the Flyers tonight, Derek King said that the team will be without two regulars for the remainder of the season.

Kirby Dach (right shoulder) and Connor Murphy (concussion protocol) are not expected to play in any of the Blackhawks’ final three games of the season.

Kirby Dach missed the final 17:35 of regulation in Chicago’s shootout victory over the San Jose Sharks on April 14 and was not on the ice for practice the following morning at Fifth Third Arena. According to the team, Dach is dealing with a right shoulder sprain. Dach has missed four straight games since suffering the injury against San Jose and is now done for the season.

The right shoulder injury marks the end of a highly disappointing season for the 21-year-old forward whom the Blackhawks spent the third overall selection in the 2019 NHL Draft. Dach has 26 points (nine goals, 17 assists) in 70 games this season.

Murphy has been in concussion protocol since early March and Derek King said as recently as last weekend that there was no change in his status. Murphy has been sidelined in concussion protocol since a scary hit he took into the boards in Ottawa on March 12. Murphy was down on the ice and appeared to have been knocked out after Ottawa’s Parker Kelly drilled him into the glass. Murphy was eventually stretchered off the ice and has been in concussion protocol since.

Murphy had logged 10 points in 57 games before the March 12 injury and the presence of one of the league’s leaders in blocked shots has been sorely missed.

Author: Patrick K. Flowers

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