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Toews, Hossa miss morning skate for Blackhawks

Tuesday, 01.25.2011 / 2:35 PM / NHL Insider

By Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

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Toews, Hossa miss morning skate for Blackhawks
Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa both missed Chicago's morning skate, but only Hossa is questionable for Tuesday's game against Minnesota.
CHICAGO -- Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa both missed the Chicago Blackhawks' morning skate, but only Hossa is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Minnesota Wild at the United Center.
 
Toews will suit up despite battling an undisclosed lower-body injury that happened this past Saturday during a 4-1 road win against the Detroit Red Wings. Hossa, however, might miss the game with an illness.
 
"We'll say [he's] questionable going into tonight's game," Quenneville said. "He wasn't feeling well this morning. We'll see how he is tonight."
 
Toews, the Hawks captain, appeared to be affected by his injury in a 4-1 loss on Sunday at home to the Philadelphia Flyers. He wasn't skating at full speed for several shifts and also got hit hard by Flyers center Mike Richards in the second period.
 
Quenneville shot down any speculation that the Richards hit further aggravated Toews' injury.
 
"I don't think that had anything to do with the injury," Quenneville said. "He's fine. He's a competitive kid. He should be ready to go tonight."
 
Toews also missed Monday's practice, but Quenneville said that Toews doesn't plan on missing this weekend's 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover.

Barker returns:
Former Hawks defenseman Cam Barker is back in the Windy City for the first time since being deal to Minnesota on Feb. 12, 2010 for veteran defenseman Kim Johnsson and blue-line prospect Nick Leddy.
 
Barker admitted to having some mixed feelings last spring while watching the Hawks win the Stanley Cup without him.
 
"I was there for a long time, so you feel maybe some 'would've-could've been,' but at the same time those were all my friends and my buddies," said Barker, who has 1 goal and 5 points in 39 games for the Wild. "It was great to be able to see them win and accomplish something they worked so hard for."
 
Looking back at the deal that sent Barker to the Wild, it now seems like Barker was exchanged mostly for Leddy, since Johnsson didn’t finish the season in Chicago due to an upper-body injury and is currently out of hockey.
 
Leddy, meanwhile, is playing in the third defense pair for the Hawks at just 19 years old after spending just one season for the University of Minnesota. Neither Barker nor Quenneville wanted to evaluate the deal, but Quenneville did say they were pleased with Leddy’s rapid development.
 
"We'll let everybody else evaluate it, but we’re happy with Nick," he said. "I think Nick's upside as a defenseman is very good. He's done a real nice job right from the outset of the season, as far as his instincts, poise, patience and assessing how he reads things defensively. I just think he’s going to be better and better as he gets along here."

Madden back as well: It was also the first trip back to Chicago for former Blackhawks center John Madden, who spent just one season in the Windy City but helped the team win its first Stanley Cup in 49 years.
 
Madden joined the Hawks as a free agent after spending the first 10 years of his career with the New Jersey Devils, whom he helped win two previous Cups. So it wasn’t quite as strange for Madden to return to the United Center as a visitor as it was for some of his former teammates who’ve done the same thing with other teams this season.
 
"It's not odd," Madden said. "It's what it is now. Playing in New Jersey since 1998, going back there is still weird. It was a quick time here. I knew I was only coming in for one year, so I prepared myself. Obviously it was a memorable year."
 
Madden was here long enough to develop some good friendships.
 
"I got to know them in a different light and shared a bond with them," Madden said. "You'll never forget the days you spent in hotel rooms talking about what it's going to be like if you win it or all the questions they had about the other Cups [I'd won] or all the, 'Hey, do you think we have a chance?' and other stuff I shared with them. It was just a great time."

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