According to reports from the Blackhawks, Ben Eager was on the ice participating in drills today. Eager has been out of the lineup for the last ten games with concussion-like symptoms, but is nearing a return. Coach Joel Quenneville hasn’t put a firm date on Eager’s return yet, but the Hawks don’t play again until Thursday in Phoenix.
Marian Hossa has skated with the team a few times now, and is progressing well. Hossa has told a number of Chicago media outlets that he doesn’t have much strength in his surgically-repaired right shoulder yet, but is skating well and could rejoin the team in a couple weeks if he continues to work out well.
The one player that continues to concern Hawks fans is captain Jonathan Toews. He has not skated since Vancouver’s Willie Mitchell knocked him out of the Canucks-Hawks game on October 21, and he did not participate in the skate on Monday again. The team continues to monitor his progress, but there is no timetable in place for his return.