Will Duncan Keith’s Injury Be a Blessing in Disguise for the Blackhawks?

October 20th, 2015 by Adrian Dater Leave a reply »

It used to be that the words "knee surgery" and "hockey player" thrown together cast a dark pall over a player's future.

The medical techniques used to treat players in the older days seem downright medieval by today's standards—one look at Bobby Orr's knees is visual proof of that. Today, with the wonders of magnetic resonance imaging and laser-guided techniques that can make clean, quick and lasting repairs, knee surgery isn't much of a big deal anymore to the modern player.

That is why Chicago Blackhawks fans shouldn't worry too much about the team's announcement on Tuesday that the reigning Conn Smythe winner, defenseman Duncan Keith, underwent surgery on his right knee to repair a torn meniscus.

In fact, there's a good chance that this will end up benefiting Keith and the Blackhawks in the end. 

The team said Keith will be out four-to-six weeks, and that should be a very accurate prognosis. Meniscus repairs are the relatively simple for surgeons to make, and recent history is dotted with players who came back good as new following si ...

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