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Blackhawks' Jake McCabe to Miss 2 Months After Spinal Surgery

Chicago forward prospect Jalen Luypen will also miss four months after left rotator cuff surgery.
Left: Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Jake McCabe skates for the puck | Right: Forward prospect Jalen Luypen skates from the corner for the Edmonton Oil Kings

Jake McCabe is expected to miss two to three months after the Chicago Blackhawks' defenseman had cervical spine surgery, the team announced Tuesday.

The 28-year-old scored 22 points (four goals, 18 assists) and averaged 20:18 in ice time in 75 games this past season. It was his first season with Chicago after he signed a four-year, $16 million contract ($4 million average annual value) with the Blackhawks on July 28, 2021.

It's the second straight season McCabe will enter the campaign after undergoing surgery. He had right knee surgery (ACL, MCL, and meniscus) and missed the final 42 games of the 2020-21 season with the Buffalo Sabres before joining Chicago as a free agent.

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Blackhawks' forward prospect Jalen Luypen is expected to miss three to four months after having surgery on his left rotator cuff.

The 20-year-old signed a three-year, entry-level contract on Aug. 2. He scored a career-high 64 points (29 goals, 35 assists) in 66 regular-season WHL games for the Edmonton Oil Kings. The 5-foot-10, 154-pound forward added nine points (four goals, five assists) in 19 playoff games en route to a WHL championship.

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The Chicago Blackhawks open training camp on Sept. 21 at Fifth Third Arena. Their six-game preseason schedule commences on Sept. 27 when they host the St. Louis Blues at the United Center.