NHL notes: Blackhawks Hossa cleared to play, then locked out
|Chicago Blackhawks' Marian Hossa is taken off the ice on a stretcher after being injured following a check by Phoenix Coyotes' Raffi Torres during Game 3 of their NHL Western Conference quarter-final playoff hockey game in Chicago, Illinois April 17, 2012. (REUTERS)
It was a good news-bad news kind of day for Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa.
The good news was Hossa was cleared medically after finally getting over concussion-like symptoms, according to the Chicago Tribune. The injury came on a hit by Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres early in the playoffs.
The bad news? Well, he's no longer getting paid.
Like every other healthy NHLer, Hossa has been locked out and the cash has stopped flowing in. Injured players are paid despite the NHL lockout.
According to the Tribune, Hossa has been spending time in Florida since being OKed. While he was rehabbing, he was able to work with Blackhawks medical staffers in Chicago.
NHLERS PLAYING IN TO
Locked-out Maple Leafs and NHLers are coming back to Toronto -- for one night at least.
Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf and leading scorer Phil Kessel will join Tampa Bay Lightning goal ace Steve Stamkos and others on Dec. 19 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre, the former Maple Leaf Gardens.
It's a joint charity game staged by the NHL Players' Association and RBC.
More than 30 NHLPA members will play a 5-on-5, 60-minute game. Those scheduled to participate include Phaneuf, Kessel, ex-Leafs Kris Versteeg and Tomas Kaberle and current Leafs John-Michael Liles and Mike Komisarek, plus Logan Couture, James Neal and Niklas Kronwall.
Honourary captains Stamkos and P.K.Subban will fill out the rosters in coming days.
DOMI, RYCHAL ON ROSTER
Skilled forwards Max Domi of the London Knights and Kerby Rychal of the Windsor Spirfires, the sons of former NHL tough guys, will both play for Team Orr at the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game next month in Halifax.
Domi and Rychal were among the 40 players chosen for the game by the 30 NHL teams, the Canadian Hockey League announced Wednesday. Domi will be joined by London teammates Bo Horvat and Nikita Zadorov on Team Orr while Portland and the Quebec Remparts will both also have three players involved.
Fourteen players from the OHL, 14 from the WHL and 12 from the QMJHL will take part in the annual game.
Top prospect Nathan MacKinnon, a forward with the Halifax Mooseheads, will captain Team Cherry while defenceman Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks will captain Team Orr.
Free agent forward Kristian Huselius will finally sign with Swedish team AIK, according to multiple Swedish reports. Huselius, a UFA after his four-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets expired in June, has been skating with the team for a month ... Nashville Predators forward Patric Hornqvist has signed with Fribourg-Gotteron to play in the Spengler Cup tournament later this month. Fribourg-Gotteron's signing of Hornqvist comes one day after they inked Max Talbot for the tournament ... Former Montreal Canadiens coach Jacques Martin is getting back in the game ass a coaching consultant with Lugano of the Swiss league, according to the team's website. Martin, who has won more than 600 games in the NHL, was fired by the Canadiens midway through the 2011-12 season ... Restricted free agent forward Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars has left the German team he was playing for during the lockout. According to Hamburg Freezers GM Stephane Richer, Benn "asked for a break to settle personal matters in North America" but would return if the work stoppage continues ... Ottawa Senators forward Kyle Turris is back in the nation's capital, according to News 1130 Sports. Turris had been playing for Finnish team Karpat, recording seven goals and 12 assists in 21 games.