Former Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling requested and was granted a leave of absence from professional hockey, Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell told the Charlotte News & Observer on Sunday.
No reason was given for the request. Darling's agent, Matt Keator, described the leave of absence as "a personal thing."
Darling, who grew up in Lemont, signed a four-year, $16.6 million contract with the Hurricanes shortly after they obtained him from the Hawks after the 2016-17 season. Darling never permanently locked down the starting job in his first season with the Hurricanes, finishing with an .888 save percentage and 3.18 goals-against-average in 43 games.
This season was even worse for Darling. He got off to a poor start with the Hurricanes and has spent the majority of the season with their AHL affiliate in Charlotte. He has an .882 save percentage and 3.34 GAA in 14 games with the Checkers.
Waddell said he didn't believe Darling's request was based on his on-ice performance.
"We all know he's had ups and downs in his career, and we'll be supportive," Waddell said. "He's still under contract for two more years and we've got to see if we can get this thing back together."
A healthy scratch: Hawks coach Jeremy Colliton is sticking with his plan to rotate defensemen Carl Dahlstrom, Slater Koekkoek and Gustav Forsling in and out of the lineup. Dahlstrom sat out Thursday's win over the Canucks but returned against the Red Wings.
"We're developing them," Colliton said. "We're not just thinking about, 'How are they going to play now?' It's how are they going to play in 10 games, 30 games, next season. That's something we're going to continue to balance."
Typically, a scratched player watches the game near the press box above the highest section in the arena. No player prefers to watch from there, but Colliton said they can benefit from watching from a different perspective.
"When you go up top, the game looks a little different and it's a reminder of what's there and what's not," Colliton said. "Maybe get some ideas about what might help you when you get back in."
One-timers: Alex DeBrincat's three assists gave him an eight-game point streak, the longest of his career. ... Patrick Kane's 14-game point streak is the second-longest of his career, trailing only the 26-game streak he had in 2015.