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Blackhawks optimistic about Marian Hossa, Steve Montador

Updated: June 19, 2012 11:41PM



LAS VEGAS — Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman only had good news to share about players who are recovering from injuries, notably Marian Hossa and Steve Montador, who suffered severe concussions.

“They’re both on the mend and starting their summer training programs, getting ready for the season,” Bowman said during a conference call Tuesday. “It’s still June, and training camp isn’t until the middle of September, so it’s not something that anyone can guarantee, how people will progress. But at this point we’re very optimistic the way they’re both feeling.”

For Hossa, who was stretchered off the ice after getting hit illegally by the Phoenix Coyotes’ Raffi Torres in the playoffs, any progress is encouraging.

“I suppose that can change,” Bowman said. “But more than likely, it’s going to be full steam ahead as they ramp up over the summertime. Obviously, they’ve had some time to rest and let their bodies heal. Now they’re getting after their training regiment, so they’re both doing well.”

Bowman also said winger Daniel Carcillo (torn anterior cruciate ligament) is “close to 100 percent” and has been skating.

Winger Ben Smith still is recovering from surgery in March for a labral tear in his right hip and a hernia. Bowman, though, described him as “on track” to make training camp in September.



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