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Blackhawks GM says Marian Hossa is “feeling much better”

May 30, 2012, 7:53 PM EDT

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About two years ago, Marian Hossa expunged the frustrations of losing in two straight Stanley Cup finals series in a row (with two different teams) by winning one with the Chicago Blackhawks. A controversial hit by Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres made one wonder if he’d ever be the same again, but’s Tracey Myers provides a promising update from Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman.

Bowman told Myers that Hossa is “feeling much better” but is unsure if that means he’ll be ready for training camp.

“We’re sitting here in May, projecting out to training camp in September: I can’t predict it, but I’m very encouraged that he’ll be ready to participate by then,” Bowman said. “He’ll get some rest here. I think he’ll be ready to go. He had a good  (2011-12) season with that rest (last summer). We’re hoping this summer will provide that, too.”

Hossa told reporters earlier in May that he’d like to be ready for training camp, yet it remains to be seen. Either way, it’s promising to hear that the talented winger is making progress from what was a very scary-looking hit.

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  1. comeonnowguys - May 30, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    But yeah, Phoenix, keep telling yourself it was a clean “hockey play.”

  2. xjokerz - May 31, 2012 at 4:55 AM

    Karma for leaving Detroit. I don’t feel bad at all

    • esracerx46 - May 31, 2012 at 2:40 PM

      You do realize Detroit couldnt afford to pay him. He played there for one year, to win a cup. They failed. He went to Chicago for 3 reasons. To win a cup, long term contract, and money. Something Chicago could give him, and Detroit, obviously couldn’t. And you witnessed a guy damn near get killed. A guy who, by all accounts is one of the cleanest players of the game. And you dont feel any empathy for him. Their is something wrong with you. Go cheer for your Todd Bertuzzi’s.

  3. sporkov - Jun 2, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    As a Coyotes fan, I have never thought it was a clean hockey play and think Rafi should be suspended longer. I am thinking some where near a season would be about right.

    Now, if that would have happened, Duncan Keith would have not played in the playoffs either. I am not saying that because I was hoping he would have not played against the Yotes, but because if that was true the NHL would have actually gotten its act together and started protecting players.

    Not that that is any where near becoming a reality.

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