GM: No back surgery for Blackhawks' Hossa
Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa, who was injured during the Stanley Cup finals, will not require back surgery, Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said Friday.
"He didn't need surgery," Bowman said. "He's doing much better than he was. He was another player that played through an awful lot of pain in the final. I think at this point there's nothing to be alarmed about. I think it's like a lot of things when you go through a long season. If you remember, we had a lot of games in a short amount of time this year. You didn't have a lot of time spaced out during the regular season due to the late start, so there's a lot of games over a short period of time. I think some rest will do him well."
Hossa said in late June he wasn't the same player after the injury. He had seven goals and nine assists in 22 playoff games last season.
"I don't know if I was too effective how I was playing," Hossa said. "I was limping on the ice. To tell you the truth, I didn't have much confidence because everybody was much faster. As soon as you get a puck, I wasn't too confident to do things I'm usually able to do. It kind of frustrated me in those games, but the coaches told me just to play your game defensively and that's going to help us. I just try to stick with it."
Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell recently said he required left thumb surgery to repair a torn tendon. Bowman said a few other players, including forward Michal Handzus, required surgeries after the season but none will delay their return to training camp.
Handzus was seen wearing a brace on his left knee and a cast on his right arm that stretched from above his elbow to past his wrist. It was revealed after the season that Handzus had played with a broken wrist and a torn MCL during the Stanley Cup finals.
"There were a few other minor ones, but nothing that's going to ... even Bickell's injury is not going to stretch into training camp," Bowman said. "I think there's a lot of guys who play through some tough injuries in the long playoff battles. It goes to show you how competitive these guys are. They're able to do things in the playoff series that most people wouldn't be able to play with. Hats off to them, but we expect a full training camp starting in September.
"[Handzus] did as well. Once again, they're more short-term things. He was a warrior in the playoffs. He never complained, and he played some big minutes for us. He had a big role, and he was one of the reasons we were able to do what we did. He's sort of a quiet guy that way. You never realize how much of a warrior he was."
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