Two of the Chicago Blackhawks’ walking wounded defensemen met with the media on Tuesday for the first time since suffering their injuries.
Jordan Hendry is recovering from knee surgery that will keep him out the rest of the season. Brian Campbell, on the other hand, could return as soon as Wednesday from a foot injury that has kept him in and out of the lineup since injuring it in a game against Florida on March 8. The Hawks take on the Panthers again on Wednesday at the United Center.
“It wasn’t a blocked shot or anything,” Campbell said on Tuesday. “I just kind of got tripped up.”
Campbell called trying to make it through warm-ups the next day in Tampa Bay “a good effort on my part,” but wasn’t able to play. He tried again in Washington a few days later but couldn’t finish the game.
“I kind of left my teammates in a tough spot,” Campbell said. “I was kind of disappointed that way.”
So he shut it down for a few days and is now close to returning. The same can’t be said of Hendry.
Hendry, injured on Feb. 27 in a board collision with Shane Doan of Phoenix, had surgery on his left knee last week.
“I think I knew before I even hit the ice,” Hendry said. “I knew it was something in my knee and I knew it wasn’t good.”
At the time Hendry was getting playing time ahead of the now departed Nick Boynton. He was just finding his groove.
“It was frustrating dealing with it at that time,” he said. “I thought I was playing better and getting more opportunity too.”
Hendry confirmed it’s a “five or six” month recovery and knows he’ll eventually have to deal with getting a new contract coming off the injury.
“I’m not worried about that right now,” Hendry said. “Just the task at hand here and that’s getting back 100 percent. I’m not worried about next season.”