A lot has been happening regarding the Hawks lately, so it was good that the general manager spoke.
There were three noteworthy topics he covered in his press conference.
Veteran Corey Perry will be away from the Chicago Blackhawks for a while.
Perry was with the team for Wednesday’s morning skate but was a healthy scratch for the game later that night. Head coach Luke Richardson would only say it was an organizational decision.
Perry was scratched again on Friday with no further details. Davidson did not provide any more information than to say the veteran would be gone for an undetermined amount of time.
Perry’s agent later provided a statement that described his absence as a personal matter.
Perry being out could not have come at a worse time (although for his sake, hopefully, whatever he’s dealing with is resolved quickly and allows him to get back to doing what he loves). The Chicago Blackhawks are going to be without Taylor Hall for the rest of the season as he needs knee surgery. Andreas Athanasiou was also recently placed on injured reserve.
Losing Perry further depletes a scoring option from the forward group.
Perry is fourth on the team in points. While Perry is nowhere near his Hart Trophy-winning days, he has played solidly and provided much-needed leadership to a young team.
Davidson will not look to find help outside the organization while Perry is out.
The general manager will not be trading for anyone to make up for the absence of Hall, Athanasiou, and Perry.
For those still hoping that the Hawks will sign Patrick Kane, you can forget about that happening.
It makes sense for Davidson to not trade for help right now. The Chicago Blackhawks are last in the division.
The club is still in the early stages of a long-term rebuild. It would be a bad idea to trade away precious draft picks or prospects for a player who is probably on a bad contract. While the Hawks have plenty of cap space, in a lost season like this, it is better to save that cap money.
There are plenty of options in Rockford, the Blackhawks AHL affiliate, that can be brought up. It might provide a path for one of the team’s prized prospects, Colton Dach, to get to the NHL this season.
In the meantime, David Gust, Cole Guttman, and Joey Anderson can shuffle back and forth from the Ice Hogs.
Kevin Korchiniski will not play in the IIHF World Junior Championship.
Korchiniski cleared the first hurdle in his NHL career when the Chicago Blackhawks did not return him to the juniors after his ninth game.
Now, he will not be playing in the World Juniors.
There was some speculation he might play for Team Canada if the NHL game was overwhelming him.
The 19-year-old does not seem fazed by playing at the top level. He scored the game-winning goal in overtime on Friday against Toronto.
He has shown there is nothing left for him to prove at the junior level. Korchiniski’s play has also shown he needs to continue his development in Chicago.