Bowman: Hossa 'feeling much better'

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Bowman: Hossa 'feeling much better'

NEWARK, N.J. Marian Hossa didnt sound so good when he talked to the media on May 3, a little more than two weeks after Raffi Torres head shot on him gave him a concussion. But Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said his right wing is starting to feel more like himself.

Hossa is feeling much better, Bowman said Wednesday when he was in New York for a brief NHL general managers meeting. And while theres still plenty of offseason remaining, Bowman is hoping Hossa will be back on schedule.

Were sitting here in May, projecting out to training camp in September: I cant predict it, but Im very encouraged that hell be ready to participate by then, Bowman said. Hell get some rest here. I think hell be ready to go. He had a good (2011-12) season with that rest (last summer). Were hoping this summer will provide that, too.

Torres was suspended 25 games for that hit and recently looked to appeal that number. Gary Bettman said Wednesday that there will be a decision on Torres appeal in the not too distant future.

Yes, Hossa did benefit from the longer summer last season, both with production and lack of in-season injuries. The big difference this time is the big season-ending injury Hossa suffered in April, and the unpredictability of its recovery time.

So the Blackhawks will be encouraged by the reports theyre getting on Hossa. The forward spoke to the media earlier this month about his recovery, which wasnt going so well at the time. At the time Hossa was just starting to take walks again and had been sleeping a lot. Even then, however, he hoped the long summer would give him proper time to recover.

So far its small steps, but I believe Ill be ready, he said then. Its a long time until training camp and I have a long time to recover.

For Andrew Ladd, chance to play for a contender trumps money

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For Andrew Ladd, chance to play for a contender trumps money

Andrew Ladd’s second stint in Chicago was, in some ways, like his first one.

He had good teammates and enjoyed being around them again. He had nothing but good things to say about the organization that welcomed him here for the second time in his career.

The only difference was the abrupt postseason ending.

“It’s disappointing, for sure,” Ladd said during Wednesday’s wrap-up interviews. “You bring your family here and move your whole life. You want to make a run for it, make it worthwhile. Unfortunately it didn’t work out that way.”

Ladd’s stay with the Blackhawks is likely to be a brief one. They traded for the veteran, who was part of their 2010 Stanley Cup team, figuring he could be a key piece for another run. It wasn’t to be. Ladd had a quiet postseason, recording just two points in the Blackhawks’ seven-game series against the St. Louis Blues.

“It was a tight series, could’ve gone either way and that’s life,” he said. “You move on. Just happy to have the opportunity to come back and be a part of this group again.”

Ladd has reached that point in his career where he can look at the big picture. He’s won two Cups, one with the Blackhawks and the other with the Carolina Hurricanes. His family grew by another member earlier this month; Ladd brought his his son Walker Gordon, born April 14, home on Tuesday.

“It was a good day after what happened in St. Louis,” Ladd said. “It kind of put things in perspective when you can come home and take your mind off everything else.”

As for Ladd’s continuing hockey career, he said it’s not about getting the lucrative contract anymore as much as it’s about playing for a winner.

“I think I’m at the point in my career where I can make decisions based on being in a good situation. At the end of the day it’s not all about money for me. It’s about being in a good place for my family and being on a team that’s going to contend every year,” Ladd said. “You’d be crazy not to want to be a part of this group and this organization. We’ll see what happens.”

Chances are the Blackhawks and Ladd will not be together in the near future. The Blackhawks are once again facing a salary-cap crunch and, if there is a high-priority signee for them, it’s Andrew Shaw. Even that possibility is a tough one.

Still, Ladd’s not ruling anything out. Ladd’s latest playoff run with the Blackhawks was much shorter than he or they would have liked. But the Blackhawks have the pieces to contend again, and Ladd wouldn’t mind being a part of it.

“Every guy’s at a different point in his career in terms of what he wants to accomplish, whether he has a family or he’s getting on later in his career and wants to be part of a contender,” Ladd said. “There are a lot of things that go into that. You evaluate that individually and try to make the best decision possible for yourself and for your family. At the end of the day, you try to do whatever’s possible to be a part of a group and an organization like this.”

Rodon, White Sox battle Orioles on tonight on CSN

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Rodon, White Sox battle Orioles on tonight on CSN

The White Sox take on the Baltimore Orioles tonight, and you can catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet. Coverage begins at 6:00 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Today’s starting pitching matchup: Carlos Rodon vs. Mike Wright

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Jon Lester takes mound as Cubs face Braves today on CSN

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Jon Lester takes mound as Cubs face Braves today on CSN

The Cubs take on the Atlanta Braves today, and you can catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet. Coverage begins with Cubs Pregame Live at 12:30 p.m. Then catch first pitch with Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on Cubs Postgame Live.

Today’s starting pitching matchup: Jon Lester vs. Aaron Blair

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