Hawks' Mills could miss serious time; Frolik: 'Maybe they miss me'
Forward Brad Mills might be out for a substantial period of time with what is believed to be a right ankle injury.
Mills missed his third straight game on Wednesday for the Blackhawks against Winnipeg at the United Center.
“Right now, I don’t know the extent of it, but he could be out for a while,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said.
The news is disappointing to Quenneville because it appeared that Mills was fitting in on the fourth line and as a penalty killer.
“He had two solid games and had a nice presence there,” Quenneville said. “That line was responsible and gave us a presence physically and he was killing penalties and taking faceoffs, so we’re still looking for that fit there.”
Trying to replace Michael Frolik in that penalty-killing role on the fourth line with Marcus Kruger has proved to be the biggest challenge for Quenneville over the first month of the season.
“Maybe they miss me, I don’t know, it’s hard to say,” Frolik said after Wednesday’s morning skate.
“If I was still there there’s no sure thing it would work again. Last year was special. Me and Krugs had something great going on. I think it was the communication between me and Krugs. We always talked about before the game (about) what we were going to do. We were on the same page, just talking, and we kind of read each other pretty good too. We listened to the coach and made sure we did what he wanted.”
Frolik still is stunned about the off-season trade to the Jets.
“I was surprised, for sure,” Frolik said. “It happened just a few days after we won so I didn’t expect it at all. But that’s hockey. It’s a business and that’s how it goes. It happened and I moved on and now I’m glad I’m here.”