The Blackhawks only made a minor-league deal in the hours leading up to Wednesday's trade deadline, but they will be adding a 430-goal scorer to their lineup for Thursday's game against St. Louis.
Marian Hossa, who has missed seven straight games with an apparent shoulder injury, will play against the Blues.
"I felt good [at practice Wednesday], so there's no reason to wait longer," said Hossa, who skated in his usual spot at right wing alongside Brandon Saad and Jonathan Toews.
Patrick Sharp, however, will miss his 12th straight game with a shoulder injury. He said he's still "very close," but has yet to be cleared to play.
"Trust me, it sucks sitting there watching games," Sharp said. "I want to be out there and as soon as I'm allowed to, I'll be playing."
Dave Bolland, who hurt his foot blocking a Shea Weber shot on Monday, was back on the ice Wednesday and will be in the lineup Thursday, Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. Patrick Kane was sick and missed practice, but Quenneville expects him to play.