NHL notes: Blackhawks' Kane could miss rest of regular season

Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks is slow to get up after suffering an apparent injury in...

Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks is slow to get up after suffering an apparent injury in the second period against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center on March 19, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP)

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Captain Serious will be without his more dynamic sidekick for the next few weeks.

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane, the fun-loving and super-skilled alter ego of captain Jonathan Toews, could miss the rest of the regular season after being hurt Wednesday against the St. Louis Blues.

Kane suffered a lower-body injury when he fell awkwardly after being hit by Blues forward Brenden Morrow midway through the second period. Kane didn't return to the game and, afterwards, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said the high-scoring dynamo would miss at least three weeks, maybe even the rest of the regular season.

"We'll see," Quenneville told reporters when asked if Kane would play again before the end of the regular season, which ends April 13. "It was a freak play. It can happen. We've been fortunate most of the year. We'll deal with it.

"He's a special player. We'll work our way through this. It's a huge loss for us."

Kane leads the Blackhawks in scoring this season, with 29 goals and 40 assists in 69 games.

BRODEUR: LOU TO BLAME FOR PARISE

Future Hall of Fame goalie Martin Brodeur knows where blame lies for the New Jersey Devils losing Zach Parise to the Minnesota Wild.

The Organization. Or, reading between the lines, general manager Lou Lamoriello.

"We had plenty of chances," Brodeur said on NorthJersey.com. "We had two years to talk to him and figure out something and we waited and waited and it was too late. When you know you have an athlete that is going to be a game breaker and he's going to be one of the top players (available) and the rules are free agency comes a lot younger than it used to, you have to make commitments.

"You see around the league some of the guys, the (Steven) Stamkos and etc., they don't wait. They get them done. And we let him walk to free agency. That's a decision of the organization, regardless of it was financial at the time with the ownership that we had, but he was our property for a long time and we lost him."

Two years earlier, the Devils signed Ilya Kovalchuk to a 15-year, $100-million deal. Kovalchuk retired from the NHL after the 2012-13 season and signed with St. Petersburg of the KHL.

BOLL BACK IN BLUE

The Columbus Blue Jackets got a little tougher with the activation of forward Jared Boll off injured reserve.

Boll missed more than half the season, 45 games, after tearing a tendon in his ankle in late November. Boll has played just 21 games this season, recording one goal and 38 penalty minutes.

"It's been a long four months," Boll said, according to the Columbus Dispatch. "I'm excited. I'm nervous. I want to get back out there."

The Blue Jackets also sent goaltender Anton Forsberg to Springfield of the AHL. Forsberg had been playing with Modo in Sweden.

BRIEFLY

The Tampa Bay Lightning signed University of Alaska-Fairbanks forward Cody Kunyk to a one-year contract. Kunyk, the WCHL player of the year, had 22 goals and 21 assists in 37 games this season ... The Washington Capitals signed Michigan Tech goalie Pheonix Copley, a free agent, to a two-year contract. Copley went 10-13-6 with a 2.51 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in 30 games this season ... The Anaheim Ducks called up forwards Emerson Etem and Rickard Rakell from Norfolk of the AHL. Etem was a first-round pick in 2010 while Rakell was a first-rounder in 2011 ... The Nashville Predators called up forward Calle Jarnkrok from Milwaukee of the AHL. Jarnkrok, who was acquired from Detroit March 5, has five goals and two assists in five games with the minor-league team ... The Chicago Blackhawks signed free-agent forward Matt Carey of St. Lawrence University to a two-year contract. Carey had 18 goals and 19 assists with St. Lawrence this season.


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