Seabrook returns after jarring hit

Updated: March 19, 2010, 5:41 PM ET
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook returned to the ice Friday, two days after a vicious hit knocked him out of a game against the Anaheim Ducks.

Seabrook, who missed Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Kings, said he's feeling better and could play Saturday night against the Phoenix Coyotes. But coach Joel Quenneville said he'll decide on Saturday.

Ducks defenseman James Wisniewski was suspended eight games for the hit in the second period. Seabrook understands Wisniewski likely was retaliating for Seabrook's earlier hit on Ducks winger Corey Perry.

"I don't know why he couldn't have done it a different way," Seabrook said. "The hit I made on Perry warrants a fight or guys run me a little bit out there, but I think there's a better way to do it."

Seabrook said he watched "quite a few replays" of the hit, and doctors told him he likely blacked out.

The incident obviously strained a friendship. Wisniewski, a former Blackhawk, is getting married and verbally invited Seabrook to the wedding. When asked Friday if he'll attend, Seabrook first said, 'No,' but he added, "we'll see."

"He called me and left me a message," Seabrook said. "It was nice of him, but I'm just going to take some time and figure it out from there.

"I'm pretty [ticked] off right now," he added. "But time will tell. Time will heal, and we'll see down the line."

Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPNChicago.com.

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