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NEW YORK -- In what has become a tumultuous summer for the Blackhawks, general manager Stan Bowman had some good news to report on Wednesday.
"[Marian Hossa is] doing much better," he said after the NHL GM meetings concluded in New York before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals between the Kings and Devils.
Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres and the National Hockey League Players' Association will apparently appeal his 25-game suspension for his shoulder-to-head hit on Blackhawks star Marian Hossa in Game 3 of their first-round series.
The last time fans got to see Blackhawks star winger Marian Hossa this season, he was get carried off the United Center ice on a stretcher.
It was a scary scene that took place on April 17 during Game 3 of the Hawks' first-round series against the Phoenix Coyotes, which they lost in six games. And, it was an illegal shoulder-to-head hit from forward Raffi Torres that caused it.
Hossa didn't play the rest of the series with a severe concussion, but there is good news. He's doing better now.
It's been almost a week since Blackhawks star Marian Hossa was carted off the ice and hospitalized after taking viciously dirty hit in the head from Phoenix Coyotes agitator Raffi Torres.
Things are just starting to get better.
The Blackhawks will have to wait one more day to see how long Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres is suspended for his leaping, shoulder-to-head hit on Marian Hossa in Game 3.
The NHL said Friday that it will not announce it's decision regarding Torres' suspension until Saturday. Torres had an in-person hearing with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan at noon on Friday at the league's New York offices.
By Ben Meyer-Abbott
The Phoenix Coyotes will once again be without forwards Martin Hanzal and Lauri Korpikoski for Game 4 of their first-round series against the Blackhawks.