Blackhawks tiring time away

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:08 AM ET

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks had to wait on their trade deadline acquisition.

It wasn't until this week that forward Samuel Pahlsson was available to the Blackhawks having to recover from a bad case of mononucleosis.

Last night the former Anaheim Duck played in his second game with Chicago as they hosted the Edmonton Oilers.

"In the beginning it was really bad," Pahlsson said. "But then after that, for about a week or 10 days, I wasn't really sick, I was just tired all the time. I slept all night and I would still have to take a nap in the afternoon. I didn't want to get off the couch. I didn't have any energy at all, and I felt that way for a long time. I wasn't allowed to do anything. I could go for a short walk, but that was about it. I wasn't allowed to work out or do anything."

Pahlsson, 31, was acquired by the Blackhawks along with defenceman Logan Stephenson and a conditional draft pick for blue-liner James Wisniewski and centre Petri Kontiola.

He missed 12 games with the Ducks and another six with the Blackhawks before being activated from injured reserve on Wednesday, where he suited up in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Heading into last night, he had five goals and 10 assists in 53 games this season.

"I thought he got better the more he played," said Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville. "He's been off for a long time and one of his strengths is his tenacity on the puck. His strength is going to get better each and every game as we go along here.

"But I like his thought process, he can kill penalties for us and we expect him to increase his minutes as we go on."

Originally selected in the seventh round of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche, Pahlsson was traded to the Boston Bruins, then acquired by the Ducks after coming over from his native Sweden in 2000.

The native of Ornskoldsvik spent nine seasons with the Ducks, winning a Stanley Cup in 2007.

"I played there for a long time," Pahlsson said. "It's good to play with the same guys for a long time, because you know what they're going to do. But I felt good with my new linemates, it wasn't a problem.

"I knew there was a possibility that I could be traded, because of my contract situation, I heard some rumours. But once you do hear the news, it was a surprise. It was the first time in nine years that I was traded. It's a weird feeling, but I came to a good team and the guys took care of me, so there weren't any problems. Once I got here, I felt really good about it. They have a good group of guys, they have lots of skill and we have a good opportunity to go far."

DEREK.VANDIEST@SUNMEDIA.CA


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