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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Blackhawks Injury Update: Kris Versteeg suffers lower-body injury, questionable for season opener

By on 10/07/2014 07:00:00 PM

Chicago Blackahwks forward Kris Versteeg left practice early after suffering a lower-body injury, as reported by Scott Powers of ESPN. He's questionable for the season opener.

"It wasn't very good when we first saw him," head coach Joel Quenneville said after practice on Tuesday. "We'll see. We'll know more [Wednesday]."

The 28-year-old appeared in 81 games for the Hawks last season. He scored 12 goals and added 24 assists.

Versteeg has a history of knee injuries, however Quenneville said that it's not related.

"It's never good getting hurt," Quenneville said. "Obviously strange things can happen. I don't know how bad it is, so we'll know more. I really liked his camp coming off a frustrating year and trying to get back after a major injury. He prepared himself. He's very disappointed right now. But at the same time, his camp showed us what he's capable of -- getting back to be an elite player and a top guy. We still see that being his mindset and our mindset and his goal this year."

The Blackhawks begin the new season on the road in Dallas on October 9. Versteeg spent training camp on a line with Bryan Bickell and offseason acquisition Brad Richards. Should he be forced to miss some time, the team will start the new season by juggling their lines.

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