Chicago Blackhawks: Dave Bolland’s Injury Leaves a Huge Hole at Center

March 11th, 2011 by Jon Fromi Leave a reply »
Thanks to a cheap shot by Pavel Kubina, the Chicago Blackhawks could suddenly be doing their best impersonation of a Tim Horton's doughnut.

Namely, the 'Hawks will have a big hole in the middle.

The Tampa Bay defenseman will be taking a three-day vacation from work after the league rightfully handed down a suspension for his head shot on Bolland.

We know Kubina will be back in three games. Can we say the same about Bolland?

I hope so, because losing Bolland is a major thorn in Chicago's recent surge toward the playoffs.

Bolland had five points in the four games prior to the hit and had been doing a nice job directing the second line. The Blackhawks have been rolling four lines and getting contributions from them all.

Thursday's decision by the NHL makes discussion of whether the hit was dirty (it was) and whether the league would bring down sanctions (they did) irrelevant.

The big questions for the Blackhawks are:

1.  How long is Bolland going to be out of the lineup?

2.  Who centers the second line in his absence?

Bolland was woozy but conscious after t ...

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