Coach Luke Richardson confirmed that Taylor Hall will be sidelined for the remainder of the season with an ACL surgery on his right knee for the Chicago Blackhawks. Richardson emphasized that Hall had been struggling with minor injuries for a long time.
However, over time, a huge problem has obviously arisen.
“He’s very disappointed," Richardson said, as quoted by NHL! "(It) just came from an accumulation of a bunch of little injuries and the game and even in practice the other day, and it just became unstable that they have to fix that now.
A guy just pulled him down. Just a nothing play and just the way he fell on it, it was one of the last straws. Then he tried to get through it and in practice he caught a rut and that finalized it." Connor Bedard is sad for his colleague.
Hall is a player who always gave his best and wanted to help his team. Now it is necessary for him to be patient and to believe in his return as soon as possible. "Someone that loves to play so much and every game is so impactful.
Such a good hockey player, but such a good person and means so much to our group. Obviously, we're rooting for him and wishing him the best. We know he's still going to be around and of course a big part of the team. It's sad but he's going to do everything he can to get back”.
- Bedard said.
Foligno emphasized that it hurts to see such a great player who has to be out of the pitch for a long time. He believes that this may be a good thing for Hall, considering that he will rest and determine where the problem arose.
“I know what kind of player he is, and it just stinks that he really couldn’t get going with the injuries,” Foligno said. “We feel for him. He’s a guy that was really excited about the opportunity he has here.
In the long run, this will probably be the best thing for him, because you’re going to get a healthy and motivated version of Taylor Hall, which I think is going to be very scary in a lot of ways. But it hurts."