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Hossa practices, hopes to play tomorrow

Feb 21, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT

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Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa was back skating at practice Thursday, two days after being forced to leave a game against Vancouver with an apparent head injury due to a collision with Canucks forward Jannik Hansen.

According to the Chicago Tribune’s Chris Kuc, Hossa “passed some concussion tests today and will undergo more tomorrow” before deciding if he’ll play Friday against the Sharks.

Per the Sun-Times’ Mark Lazerus, Hossa said he felt “shaky” after the hit, but hopes to play tomorrow.

Yesterday, the NHL suspended Hansen one game for “delivering a blow to the back of the head” of Hossa.

“He surprised me with a punch from behind,” said Hossa. “I was shaky for a few minutes right after, that’s why I didn’t return.”

Hossa’s speedy return to practice has one Vancouver media member calling the whole episode a “joke.”

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault wasn’t a fan of the suspension either. “When I saw the NHL video explanation, I had a chuckle,” he said.

Ditto for Vancouver general manager Mike Gillis: “I told Brendan Shanahan what I thought about the decision and I have nothing else to say.”

In contrast, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was “comfortable” with the league’s ruling.

  1. ineedmorehossa - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    I need more Hossa

    • elvispocomo - Feb 21, 2013 at 7:26 PM

      Ok, we get it. You’re a broken record over there.

  2. seanaveryrules - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    what’s the difference? Marian Hossa is the worst player in the league. Or at least ONE of the worst. I’d rather have John Scott over there than Marian Hossa…

    • joethorntonisclutch - Feb 21, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      This is the most ridiculously obvious troll statement… Going for the downvotes I see.

      • seanaveryrules - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:00 PM

        Joe Thornton is GARBAGE

        the Sharks front office is garbage and the team on the ice is garbage.

        garbage in, GARBAGE OUT!

  3. thehighcountrybear - Feb 21, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    And nobody knows more about hockey than the Vancouver media, it with a rich tradition covering the electric, the super-charged, the cricket and soccer…? It’s all good for fans in lotus land as they’re able to install page 2,117 in their voluminous and best selling excuse manual, ‘Forty One Years and Counting: Conspiracies Driving Our Game.’

    • loinstache - Feb 21, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      While the Vancouver media is far from ideal, I’ll take it over the alternative sources that desperately try and service Boston/Pitts/Phill at once while tensed to take flight once ratings go sour and college basketball winks the right way.

  4. sjsharks66 - Feb 21, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Hoping he misses tomorrows game. Anyone on the hawks missing would help the sharks a lot. Not hoping he is concussed, just hope he decides to rest and take tomorrow off.

    • chicagobtech - Feb 21, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      I can understand that sentiment, but you’ll forgive me if I hope Big Hoss plays. For pretty much the same reasons. ;)

    • chicagobtech - Feb 22, 2013 at 11:40 PM

      Well…he didn’t show up on the score sheet. So I guess you could say Hoss took the night off. :D

  5. thomaspratt - Feb 21, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    It’s pretty clear the Blackhawks concussion protocol involves holding a mirror over their player’s mouths and seeing if there is the slightest hint of fog.

    • elvispocomo - Feb 21, 2013 at 7:32 PM

      This is the most concerning part. Seabrook, Hjalmarsson, Toews, Bolland, all with concerns over head injuries and worries they tried to play through them/coming back too early rather than being properly diagnosed. That’s a really bad mark if the Hossa injury (non-injury? what should we call it?) ends up having repercussions the next time he gets hit in a normal play, and it’d be sad to see any player not given the proper time off.

      He said himself he was shaky after the hit, he’s had a serious concussion in the past year, and they brought him right back to skating in a full practice without even following half of the normal concussion protocol.

      • tbeilfuss - Feb 21, 2013 at 11:38 PM

        Thats a lie. The Blackhawks have always followed the stated NHL concussion protocol.

      • elvispocomo - Feb 22, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        Really? That’s what you’re going to come back with?

        An article from Feb 2012:

        Hjalmarsson played Thursday night against Dallas, his first appearance after missing seven games with a concussion. The 24-year-old Swede played just over 16 minutes against the Stars and his performance was described as “fine, steady” by head coach Joel Quenneville.

        But Hjalmarsson leaving the team so quickly after coming back begs the question: Did he return from a concussion too soon?

        Kruger first suffered his concussion when Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland checked him in the head on Dec. 20. He missed one game, but returned against the Blue Jackets and endured some tough hits. His symptoms returned and he missed the last eight games.

        Kruger eventually returned on Jan. 14

        The Hjalmarsson and Kruger incidents rekindle memories of the hit Brent Seabrook absorbed from Raffi Torres in Game 3 of last year’s opening playoff round.

        The hit appeared to knock Seabrook out, but he returned to the contest…only to be held out of Games 4 and 5 after concussion tests determined he shouldn’t play. Seabrook then returned for Games 6 and 7 of the series, at which point the Blackhawks’ concussion protocol was questioned. Former NHLer Keith Primeau took major issue with how the situation was treated.

        “He should not have returned to play [in Game 3],” Primeau told CBC. “It’s extremely dangerous. He’s going to need time to recover.”

        Also from Feb 2012:

        After sitting out yesterday against Detroit, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews will also miss tomorrow’s home game versus Dallas.

        The ‘Hawks are calling it an upper-body injury, which predictably has reporters asking if it’s a concussion.

        “It’s upper body, we’ll leave it at that,” said coach Joel Quenneville, as reported by Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times.

        However, a source tells ChicagoNow.com that Toews’ injury is indeed a concussion, and another source says it was suffered against the San Jose Sharks on Feb. 10.

        If that’s the case, it raises the question, did Toews play five games with a concussion?

        And from Nov 2012:

        Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews maintains he was symptom-free and “felt 100 percent” when he returned to Chicago’s line-up for the playoffs after sitting out two months with a concussion.

        Except now he admits he wasn’t 100 percent.

        In February, it was reported that Toews may have hidden his symptoms from the Blackhawks soon after he sustained the injury. And even in today’s concussion-sensitive era, players are going to do that.

        But when Toews says, “My balance with my eyes closed and my head turned a certain way was terrible,” we can’t help but wonder if Chicago’s medical staff should have been able to identify that.

        It always did seem a little curious that Toews was cleared to play just in time for the first game of the postseason.

  6. jpat2424 - Feb 21, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    seanaveryrules

    Your just and idiot

    • elvispocomo - Feb 21, 2013 at 7:28 PM

      He may be, but your response was deliciously ironic.

  7. jessejames182 - Feb 21, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    who cares? it’s just the canucks.

  8. tommytd - Feb 21, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    V sucks.

  9. interiorfan - Feb 21, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    So does C.

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