Is Tomas Kopecky Done With The Chicago Blackhawks?

December 18th, 2009 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
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In a quickly evolving turn of events on Friday afternoon, it appears Blackhawks forward Tomas Kopecky’s stay in the doghouse is becoming more permanent. After the morning skate on Friday, the Blackhawks recalled Bryan Bickell from Rockford and, as of 3 p.m. CST on the Blackhawks’ website, Kopecky has been replaced in the lineup by Bickell for tonight’s game against Boston .

Over the last few weeks, Kopecky’s poor play has put him on the bench on a number of occasions, with coach Joel Quenneville opting to play Jordan Hendry out of position as a forward rather than dress Kopecky. Kopecky’s minutes have fallen over the course of the season as well; he has not played more than 10 minutes in a game since the Nov. 25 blowout in San Jose, a span of seven games for Kopecky (nine for the Hawks, but two have been healthy scratches for Kopecky).

Kopecky signed a two-year, $2.4 million deal this summer with his close friend Marian Hossa. Both left Detroit for the greener pastures of Chicago’s west side, but Kopecky hasn’t found a niche in the Blackhawks' roster ...

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