Defenseman out up to eight weeks

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Alexander
Karpovtsev will have surgery to remove bone chips from his ankle
and be sidelined for about eight weeks.

The surgery is scheduled for next week in New York, the
Blackhawks said Friday.

It's the latest blow to a team that has dropped to last place in
the Western Conference's Central Division as top players have sat

Team captain Alex Zhamnov has been out with a bad back, but is
expected to return later this month.

Goaltender Jocelyn Thibault had hip surgery, and winger Eric
Daze had back surgery. Both might be lost to the team at least
until the All-Star break in February.