Sami Lepisto whirled around the ice with his Blackhawks teammates on Thursday morning. Just being back with his fellow players he had skated on his own a few days felt good.
I feel OK but not 100 percent yet, said Lepisto, whos recovering from a left-leg injury he suffered against St. Louis on March 6. Once I get out there, I want to be 100 percent.
Lepisto was getting back out there from early February through March, when fellow defensemen Niklas Hjalmarsson and Steve Montador were out with concussions. Then came March 6, when Lepisto put a hit on David Perron along the boards. But Perron fell on the back of Lepistos left leg, and hes been out ever since. It was a frustrating moment in a season full of them for Lepisto, who was a healthy scratch most of the time before that.
Its been a tough season but I just have to battle through it, said Lepisto, whos happy his injury wasnt as serious as it looked. Something like that happens over the course of the sason but it was good that it wasnt anything major. I was lucky in that respect.
Lepisto hopes to be ready to go before the playoffs begin.
The Blackhawks shared their condolences after the passing of former defenseman Bill White on Monday.
"The Chicago Blackhawks organization extends its thoughts and heartfelt condolences to Bill White's family as we mourn his loss," the team's statement read. "He will be remembered as a leader, generous teammate and tough player to play against. His energetic style helped the Blackhawks see great success during his tenure with the team."
White spent seven seasons with the Blackhawks — part of a nine-year NHL career — scoring 30 goals and tallying 149 assists.
He appeared in six consecutive All-Star Games from 1969 to 1974 and helped the Blackhawks to the playoffs in all seven of his seasons in Chicago.
He was also a gold-medalist for Team Canada at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Japan.
White also had a brief stint as the Blackhawks' head coach, manning the bench for the final 46 games of the 1976-77 season.
In April, NHL.com launched a fan voting to determine which team is the greatest of all time, which will be revealed during Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.
On Thursday, the pool was narrowed down from the Top 50 to the Top 20 and the Blackhawks' 2010 championship-winning team is among the finalists.
But are they even the best Blackhawks team of the three recent Stanley Cup winners (2010, 2013 and 2015)? The SportsTalk Live panel debates in the video above.