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Patrick Kane joins Hawks for informal workout

Updated: September 19, 2012 3:34PM

The Blackhawks were at it again but are still very much on their own.

Jonathan Toews and Co. were back on the ice Wednesday during Day 4 of the NHL’s third lockout since 1994. Patrick Kane and Daniel Carcillo joined their teammates at Johnny’s IceHouse West after not taking part

in the first informal skate on Monday.

“It’s nice just to skate [and] that’s the big thing right now,” Kane said. “You can see it gets a little competitive out there [during the scrimmages]. Guys are still trying to get ready for the season and be ready when the time comes.”

Kane came to town last Sunday and skated five days last week.

“It’s good to be back,” said Kane, who will be patient during the lockout before deciding to pursue European options. “I’ve spent a lot of time in Buffalo this summer. It’s nice being back there, but it’s always nice coming back to Chicago, seeing the city and being here with teammates.”

There were no formal talks between the NHL Players’ Association and the league on Tuesday. No meetings were initially planned for Wednesday.

Plenty of NHL players have opted to sign in Europe during the first few days of the lockout. But most Hawks have decided to wait to see how negotiations progress before seriously weighing other options.

Patrick Sharp, Dave Bolland, Marcus Kruger, Jamal Mayers, Johnny Oduya and Steve Montador all returned for the skate on Wednesday.

Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson participated in Monday’s skate, but wasn’t in attendance on Wednesday. He said he was heading back to his native Sweden.

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