Hossa skates for first time since surgery

Updated: October 16, 2009, 6:30 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa skated Friday for the first time since his shoulder surgery.

The 30-year-old veteran took the ice by himself while the team took the day off.

"The legs were still there," Hossa said. "It's the first half hour on the ice after a long time. So far [I'm] happy. I have to work on the conditioning on the ice, because I've been doing a lot of biking. When you step on the ice, it's a little bit different."

Hossa underwent rotator cuff surgery in July after signing a 12-year, $62.8 million free-agent deal with the Hawks.

"It feels like I'm schedule, and the doctor is happy with the results so far," he said. "He checked the shoulder."

He is expected to return to the team in late November, after four months of rehab.

"It's good he's back on the ice," coach Joel Quenneville said. "He's really progressing.

"I think he's still a long way away, but he's on due course. We're excited he's progressing the way he is and we're looking forward to him returning. End of November, early December is what we're thinking. If he beats that, great."

Hossa led the Detroit Red Wings with 40 goals last season, and it's believed he suffered the injury during the playoffs.

The Blackhawks' offense has been extremely potent without Hossa. The Hawks (5-1-1) are atop the Western Conference Central Division and are tied for second in the NHL with 26 goals heading into Friday's action.

"One or two more times will be skating, then will be handling the puck," Hossa said. "And after that try to shoot some pucks."

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