Kirby Dach took the next step in his recovery process on Monday by joining the Blackhawks for optional practice and participating in team drills. He underwent right wrist surgery on Dec. 28 and was originally put on a four-to-five-month timetable, which is around the end of April or May.

Head coach Jeremy Colliton said Dach will join the team for their upcoming six-game road trip but tempered any expectations about whether he's close to a return.