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Hossa Hopes To Return This Week

by Joe Sager / Pittsburgh Penguins

PODCAST: Marian Hossa with Joe Sager 

Marian Hossa’s rehabilitation from a sprained knee continued Monday at Mellon Arena.

The 29-year-old winger took the ice Monday morning for a solid workout with Gary Roberts and strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar.

“Today wasn’t as hard as the days before, but it’s good to come here and keep the knee moving,” he said. “It feels better.”

Hossa, who suffered the injury in his first game with the Penguins on Feb. 28, hopes to make his Penguins home debut this week – either Wednesday against the Sabres or Sunday against the Flyers.

“I am hoping if not this coming up game, the next one for sure,” he said. “When I come back, I just want to make sure I am not worried about my knee, but focused on my game. I don’t want to come too early and be hesitant. That’s the worst thing you can do as a player.

“I just want to make sure the knee is 100 percent. I am looking forward to the long run, not the short run.”

Hossa accompanied the Penguins on their recent three-game roadtrip, which wrapped up Sunday with a wild 4-2 win in Washington.

“What a game. I had fun just watching it. It looked like a playoff game,” Hossa said. “The guys played really well. We got a lucky goal, but we won in the end and that’s what’s most important. I think that was really a good game for us.

“That was a good trip to get to know those guys. It seems like a really good group of guys in this dressing room. There are lots of younger guys and it seems like this group is pretty tight and that’s very good.”

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