GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 07: Marian Hossa #81 of the Chicago Blackhawks handles the puck against the Mikkel Boedker #89 of the Phoenix Coyotes in the second period at Jobing.com Arena on February 7, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
In today’s edition of Hawks Headlines, we catch up with a couple more Blackhawks players preparing for life after the Sochi Olympics, what Blackhawks remember about playing in the Winter Classic at Wrigley Field, and a key injury that could really hurt the Pittsburgh Penguins’ chances in Saturday’s Stadium Series game.
-We start out with Marian Hossa, who practiced on Tuesday for the first time in “we’re not sure actually,” according to Tracey Myers. The Hawks forward is looking to put a bad Olympics for his Slovakia team in the rear view mirror. [CSN Chicago]
-The second line center position has been a revolving door all season long, and the latest winner in the “center Patrick Kane” derby is new acquisition Peter Regin, who was acquired just before the Olympic break at the beginning of the month. [Daily Herald]
-Yesterday we had the story of how Bryan Bickell is looking to regain his confidence after the break. Another player looking to do the same thing is goaltender Antti Raanta. [ESPN Chicago]
-Fans may not want to remember the Winter Classic at Wrigley Field because of the ultimate result of the game, but the players who took part in the loss to the Detroit Red Wings have some fond memories of the first outdoor game in Blackhawks history. [Blackhawks.com]
-The Penguins are already playing without Kris Letang, who suffered a stroke earlier this month, but now their blue line has taken another hit as Paul Martin is dealing with a broken hand he sustained in the Sochi Olympics. The injury will keep him out for at least a month. [Chicago Tribune]
-Finally, former Blackhawk Dave Bolland is the subject of a lot of trade rumors as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs, but he is trying hard to ignore all of the speculation. [TSN.ca]