"Hopefully we don't slow Sharpie down," Hossa told NHL.com.
Hossa had an undisclosed upper-body injury that prevented him from playing in any of Chicago's six preseason games. The injury is believed to be related to his back injury that he sustained in the Stanley Cup Final last season.
The New Jersey Devils set their 23-man roster on Monday by assigning Cam Janssen to the Albany Devils of the American Hockey League after the right wing cleared waivers. In addition, left wing Patrik Elias was placed on injured reserve retroactive to last Wednesday and right wing Mattias Tedenby was designated an injured non-roster player.
Elias is eligible to come off IR on Wednesday and the move was made as a precaution to get the team at the 23-man limit by 5 p.m. Monday. General manager Lou Lamoriello is hopeful Elias will be ready for the Devils' opener Friday night in Newark against the New York Islanders.
The Pittsburgh Penguins cut four players from their roster and placed two on injured reserve prior to the League roster deadline.
Forward Andrew Ebbett and defenseman Simon Despres were sent to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the team's American Hockey League affiliate, and forward Beau Bennett was sent to the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL.
Forward Michael Cammalleri (hand) and defenseman Chris Breen (shoulder) will open the season on injured reserve. Flames coach Bob Hartley told reporters he was less than optimistic that Cammalleri will be ready for the season opener Thursday at the Washington Capitals.
The New York Islanders on Monday sent 15 players to the club's American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. In addition, the team released four from training camp tryouts and returned one to juniors. The moves finalized the Islanders' roster that will open the 2013-14 season Friday against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.
The Islanders' lineup features 13 forwards, eight defensemen and two goalies. The two rookies making the team are defenseman Griffin Reinhart, selected with the fourth pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, and center Brock Nelson, chosen at No. 30 in 2010. Forward Cal Clutterbuck (skate laceration) opens the season on injured reserve.
The Ottawa Senators set their opening-night roster Monday by sending 29 players to their American Hockey League affiliate.
Among those sent to the Binghamton Senators was center Mika Zibanejad, who had seven goals and 13 assists in 42 games last season, and played in all 10 games for the team during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
I definitely think going back down helped me, I had a lot of confidence down there, I played a lot of minutes and I think that helped me a lot. With the 37 games up here, that gave me experience as well. I know what it takes to play in the NHL and now it's time for me to show that I'm capable of being a full-time NHL player.
— Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl on finishing the 2014-15 season in juniors after playing 37 games with Edmonton to begin the season