In another bit of good news about the health of Marian Hossa, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he expects to see his star winger next Friday at the team's annual convention in downtown Chicago.
"He should be in next week," Quenneville said Wednesday during the Hawks' prospect camp at Johnny's IceHouse West.
Hossa is still recovering from the concussion he suffered when Phoenix Coyotes headhunter Raffi Torres violently hit him in the head during Game 3 of their first-round playoff series on April 17.
Hossa, though, has been able to begin his offseason training in his native Slovakia. No setbacks have been reported, and Quenneville and general manager Stan Bowman still anticipate him being ready for training camp in September.
"He's doing fine," Quenneville said. "The reports have been good. We look forward to seeing him face-to-face."
Torres' original 25-game suspension for his leaping, shoulder-to-head hit on Hossa was reduced by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to 21 games on July 2 after he appealed the ruling.