(CBS) New Blackhawks star defenseman Duncan Keith missed the Hockey World Cup to rest her injured right knee came as a concern, especially after missing 18 games early last season.
But Keith was just looking to rest the disease, which has never been 100 percent during the 2015-’16 campaign. He is now back with the Blackhawks Jersey in training camp and the general manager Stan Bowman impressed.
“It’s good to see Duncan on the ice here,” said Bowman Tuesday. “It looks a lot like me in practice. Looks like he has not missed a beat. ”
Keith was the last October surgery to repair a torn meniscus and returned less than a month later, well ahead of schedule. However, his knee was not completely healed as he played all season.
The Blackhawks were eliminated in Game 7 of their first-round series with the Blues. This gave Keith a long offseason to rest and rehabilitate his right knee.
“The hard part of the season is that you never get to take a few months to rehab an injury,” said Bowman. “We must continue to play through it. In the case of Duncs, it does there was no alarm to it. We thought it would feel better when he has had time to rest. ”
The 33-year-old Keith said Tuesday that his knee feels good, although his recovery is ongoing as it works 100 percent for the start of the season.
Bowman spoke on several topics Tuesday but declined to discuss ongoing negotiations with the second year before Artemi Panarin. One report suggested that Panarin has been seeking a six-year contract.
Blackhawks drop the puck on their preseason slate Wednesday when they host the defending champion Penguins at the United Center. Opens their regular season is October 12 when the host the Blues in Chicago.