Blackhawks Khaira released from hospital after being leveled by Rangers Trouba
Blackhawks forward Jujhar Khaira was released from a Chicago hospital on Wednesday, one day after he was removed from the ice on a stretcher.
Khaira was injured after receiving a shoulder-to-chest hit by New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba in the second period of the Blackhawks’ 6-2 loss at the United Center. Khaira’s head was down as he looked for the puck at his skates. No penalty was assessed on the play.
Khaira released from hospital
“Blackhawks forward Jujhar Khaira was released from Northwestern (Memorial) Hospital early this morning after extensive testing and returned home,” team physician Michael Terry said. “Despite the significant injury, his prognosis is excellent, and we expect a full recovery. At this point, it is too early to put a timeline on return to play.”
Khaira, 27, has scored two goals in 18 games this season. He has 65 points (26 goals, 39 assists) in 276 career games with the Edmonton Oilers (2015-21) and Blackhawks.
Also on Wednesday, Chicago recalled forwards Mike Hardman and Philipp Kurashev from Rockford of the American Hockey League. The Blackhawks assigned defensemen Wyatt Kalynuk and Ian Mitchell to the IceHogs in a corresponding move.
Hardman, 22, has two assists in 17 games this season with Chicago.
Kurashev, 22, has five assists in 19 games in 2021-22 with the Blackhawks.
Trouba’s big hit had opposite effect for Rangers
The big hit took place at 15:40 of the second period when Trouba delivered a shoulder-to-chest hit to Chicago’s Khaira, who was looking for the puck at his skates near the Blackhawks blue line.
“[Khaira] had his head down bad. You hate to see a guy hit that hard,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said.
Khaira’s head hit the ice following the blow. He was taken off in a stretcher and later transported to a nearby hospital for further testing, the Blackhawks said. No penalty was assessed on the play.
After the game, Trouba was not made available to reporters. Gallant made it clear that the hit was clean, but actually had an adverse impact on his team’s play in the period.
“It’s a bad effect because I didn’t feel too good and our players didn’t either,” Gallant explained. “It’s a big hit and part of hockey – I don’t think it helped either bench. To see [Khiara] like that, it’s hard to look at.”
–Field Level Media contributed to this report