Blackhawks get good news as rookie Toews avoids knee surgery

CHICAGO – Rookie sensation Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks got reasonably good news from an MRI taken on his injured left knee Thursday.

“No surgery is required and he should be back in three to four weeks,” Blackhawks GM Dale Tallon told The Canadian Press from the world junior tournament in the Czech Republic.

“We’ll take it. No surgery is good news.”

The 19-year-old Winnipeg native sprained his knee during Tuesday’s 9-2 loss at Los Angeles.

“I was chasing the puck around in a couple of different directions … and I just tried to change directions too quickly. My leg gave in a little bit,” Toews told Chicago reporters.

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Toews leads all NHL rookies with 15 goals. His 32 points are second only to teammate Patrick Kane with the two friends the odds-on favourites to capture the Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year this season.

With Toews out 3-4 weeks, the forward joins a crowded injury list.

“That just leaves us with eight guys on the IR,” said Tallon. “We’ve got half our (AHL) Rockford team up. But that’s how it is, we just have to find a way.”

Kevyn Adams (knee), Jason Williams (groin), Martin Havlat (groin), Dave Bolland (finger), Brent Sopel (finger), Ben Eager (concussion) and James Wisniewski (knee) are also out for the Hawks.