Chicago Blackhawks’ Jake McCabe out 10-12 weeks after spine surgery


Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Jake McCabe will be out for the next 10 to 12 weeks after successful cervical spine surgery.

McCabe has dealt with his fair share of injuries so far in his career, particularly in the 2020-21 season where he missed 43 games with the Buffalo Sabers. His current recovery schedule has him missing the first two months of the season, and he will likely return in late November or early December.

McCabe joined the Blackhawks in the 2021 offseason after signing a four-year contract with a $4 million cap and will enter the second year of that deal this season. He was solid offensively in his first season with Chicago, scoring four goals, 18 assists and 22 points in 75 games with the team.

Normally a dependable defensive back, he struggled with Chicago in 2021-22, finishing the year with a 42.01% shot attempt share and 44.65% expected goal share at even strength. Some of that can be attributed to his defensive partners, as the majority of his minutes were played with Connor Murphy and Seth Jones. Both defenders tend to struggle in this regard and usually play above their heads in the lineup.

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McCabe will miss the Blackhawks blue line in 2022-23, even with his struggles last season. However, the team seems to be aiming to top it off this season with the number of plays they traded or left walking to free agency in the offseason, so while McCabe’s absence will hurt them in the standings, it could still help them achieve their eventual goal.

The Blackhawks also announced that Jalen Luypen had his rotator cuff repaired and will miss the next 14 to 18 weeks. Luypen was the team’s 2021 seventh-round pick and signed an entry-level contract with the Blackhawks in August. He had 29 goals, 35 assists and 64 points in 66 games with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL last season.



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