Kane's wrist looks good, scores in scrimmage

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Kane's wrist looks good, scores in scrimmage

Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011
Posted: 12:58 p.m. Updated: 3:10 p.m.

By TraceyMyers
CSNChicago.com BlackhawksInsiderFollow @TraMyersCSN
Patrick Kane wanted to get a little more work in on Sunday, so he participated in his first preseason scrimmage with Team B. Diagnosis: the left wrist looks good and the shot looks even better.

Kane scored two goals and had an assist in Team Bs 4-2 decision over Team C at Johnnys Ice House. For Kane, it was a good test in more of a contact setting. And the wrist is doing just fine.

I thought I needed do to more to get into game shape. The doctor said, Go ahead, and if you feel any pain, stop, said Kane, who added he played with the splint on and felt no pain afterward.

Im still pretty cautious. You dont want to put yourself in a bad situation where get hit or something goes wrong, Kane said. Its competitive hockey, you still want to do some things, but it was a pretty good day.

Coach Joel Quenneville said Kanes outing was impressive.

He felt so good yesterday, plus hes kind of smart: you try to avoid what you need to avoid (contact-wise), Quenneville said. I thought he had a special day.

Carcillo vs. Shaw
Daniel Carcillo and Andrew Shaw tussled after Shaw hit Viktor Stalberg in their scrimmage on Sunday afternoon. Carcillo, who won the fight, said hes just been frustrated with his game early on in preseason.

I just havent been on the ice much this summer, he said. Theres a bit of a transition period from the weight room to the ice so Im just going through that.

The young Shaw, who is now signed with Rockford, said hes looked up to Carcillo and tries to mimic his style.

We both play with an edge, its our type of game, Shaw said. I was glad he said yes (to the fight) and we had some fun with it. When you hit star players someones going to step up. Thats his role, too. Im not mad or anything; its just part of the game.
Briefly

Marian Hossa is scheduled to arrive in Chicago on Tuesday. Quenneville said Hossa could practice on Wednesday.

Dylan Olsen has missed the last two days with a lower-body injury. Well get a better indication in the morning, Quenneville said of Olsens status. Hopefully hes not that far away.

Scotty Bowman celebrated his 78th birthday on Sunday.

Tracey Myers is CSNChicago.com's Blackhawks Insider. Follow Tracey on Twitter @TramyersCSN for up-to-the-minute Hawks information

Blackhawks re-sign defenseman Ville Pokka to one-year deal

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The 23-year-old Pokka played in all 76 regular-season games for the Rockford IceHogs last season, recording six goals and 24 assists.

The Blackhawks’ defensive depth has already taken a hit this offseason, with Niklas Hjalmarsson traded to Arizona – Connor Murphy came here in the deal – and Trevor van Riemsdyk, selected by the Vegas Golden Knights, then traded to the Carolina Hurricanes. While the Blackhawks will probably explore free-agent options this offseason, Pokka could vie for an opportunity at training camp.

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Blackhawks don’t extend qualifying offer to Dennis Rasmussen

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Rasmussen was coming off a one-year deal worth $575,000. He was expected to be among those the Blackhawks extended qualifying offers – the deadline was Monday afternoon – but he was not.

The 26-year-old played 68 games for the Blackhawks this past season, recording four goals and four assists. He gave the Blackhawks some options, as he also played some wing and was part of the penalty kill. But he was a surprise healthy scratch more often than not as the regular season continued.

The Blackhawks will enter this season without Rasmussen and, if Marcus Kruger is traded, the team will have some holes to fill at center.