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Blackhawks’ Connor Murphy To Miss Eight Weeks

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Chicago Blackhawks’ defenseman Connor Murphy will miss around eight weeks, or more, due to a back injury, the team announced on Wednesday.

Murphy will be off the ice for six weeks, and will undergo further testing to determine if it is appropriate to ramp up his physical activity, or if he will need four additional weeks of rest, putting his total possible timeline at 8-12 weeks.

 

 

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Blackhawks’ Ivan Nalimov Rescinds Trade Request

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Chicago Blackhawks’ goalie prospect Ivan Nalimov has rescinded that trade request after speaking with Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman, and is now focused on spending the 2018-19 season playing overseas in the KHL, according to The Athletic’s Scott Powers.

Nalimov requested for his rights to be traded despite not even having a contract with the Blackhawks, in the hopes of getting playing time in North America, as Chicago has Corey Crawford, Anton Forsberg and Cam Ward on their roster.

Nalimov will play for Kunlun Red Star this season.

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Blackhawks’ Cam Ward Excited To Play In ‘Sold Out Building’

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After spending 13 years with the Carolina Hurricanes, Cam Ward is excited for a change of scenery after inking a one-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks.

“That gives me goosebumps, knowing you’re coming to a city, to an organization, to a fan base that really loves and has a passion for hockey,” Ward said,  according to John Dietz of the Daily Herald. “I’m excited about going to the United Center.”

“As players, we thrive in atmospheres like that. At least I do,” Ward added. “I love to go into a building where you can count on fans being in the seats.

“We have a lot of loyal and great fans in Carolina, but it’s no secret that the attendance is always a little bit low. I’m looking forward to … playing in front of a sold-out building and passionate fans.”

Ward posted a 23-14-4 record with a .906 save rate and 2.73 GAA last season for Carolina.

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Ray Emery Drowns While Swimming In Hometown

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Former NHL goalie Ray Emery, 35, drowned while swimming in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, on Sunday.

Emery was reported missing just after 6 a.m. Sunday in Hamilton Harbour, according to the Hamilton Police Department. Emery’s body was recovered in proximity to where he was last seen later in the afternoon.

“They went out for a swim, and unfortunately, he did not emerge after diving in,” Hamilton police Inspector Marty Schulenberg told The Hamilton Spectator. “We responded along with Hamilton Fire and EMS. Unfortunately, our efforts on the water and in the area just around the piers were met with negative results.”

Emery last played in the NHL in 2014-15 for the Philadelphia Flyers, but spent time throughout his career with the Ottawa Senators, Anaheim Ducks, Flyers, and Chicago Blackhawks posting a career NHL record of 145-86-28 with 16 shutouts and a 2.70 goals-against average.

“On behalf of the Ottawa Senators, I wish to express my sincere condolences on the passing of Ray Emery,” Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said in a statement. “Ray was instrumental in our run to the 2007 Stanley Cup Final, and at his best, he brought a competitive edge and combative mentality to the game. On behalf of our entire organization, I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to Ray’s family, friends and loved ones.”

“Ray was an outstanding teammate and an extremely gifted goaltender,” The Flyers said in an official statement (h/t ESPN). “He had an exceptional athleticism, was a fierce competitor and battled in every game he played with the Flyers. His performances throughout the 2009-10 season were a very big part of the team’s success in making the playoffs and reaching the Stanley Cup Final.”

“The Blackhawks will fondly remember Ray as a fierce competitor, a good teammate and a Stanley Cup champion,” the team said in a statement.

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