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Chicago Blackhawks place Patrick Kane on LTIR, recall top prospect Teravainen

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.
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.
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The Chicago Blackhawks made a series of moves Friday, placing star forward Patrick Kane on long-term injured reserve; and recalling two players to help compensate for the loss.

"He's a special player," Head coach Joel Quenneville said of Kane. "We'll have to work our way through it knowing what he brings to our game. It's definitely a huge loss."

Kane was injured on Wednesday when St. Louis Blues forward Brenden Morrow rolled into him after being checked by Blackhawks defenseman Sheldon Brookbank. It is designated as the ever-ominous “lower-body injury,” but is believed to be a knee.

"It was a freak play," said Quenneville. "It can happen. We've been fortunate most of the year. We'll deal with it."

With the LTIR designation, Kane must now miss a minimum of 10 games and 24 days. As the Blackhawks’ regular season ends in 23 days, they will now officially be without their leading scorer (69 points in 69 games) until the playoffs.

To take his place, the Hawks have recalled Jeremy Morin from the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL, where he is currently second in scoring (47 points in 47 games). Morin has also played in 15 games for the Blackhawks this season, scoring five points (one goal, four assists).

The real story however, is who else will be joining the reigning Stanley Cup Champions..

After wrapping up his season with Jokerit Helsinki of Finland’s SM-liiga, 19-year-old wunderkind Teuvo Teravainen will be taking his talents to North America.

An elite playmaker, Teravainen finished sixth in Sm-liiga scoring, with 44 points (nine goals, 35 assists) in 49 games. Even more impressive was his performance at the 2014 World Junior Championship, where he captained Finland en route to gold, leading the tournament in scoring with 15 points (including a mind-boggling 13 assists) in just seven games.

Chicago currently finds themselves clutching to a one point advantage over the Colorado Avalanche for second place in the Central Division standings. Assuming neither team can catch St. Louis (who has a six point advantage and a game in-hand), the Hawks and the Avs will battle down the stretch for home ice advantage in their playoff series, likely against each other.