Patrick Kane ruled out vs. Wings
CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawk forwards Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa were both declared out for Friday night's contest against the Detroit Red Wings, though both practiced with the team Friday morning.
"It's a day-by-day process, and I'm just trying to get it better," Kane said of his sore ankle. "I was kind of itching at the bit to get out there and play, but I'll wait until I'm ready for sure."
Kane has been out since leaving a game against Calgary on Dec. 7. The Hawks announced he would miss up to three weeks. It's been less than two.
"It feels like it's been two months, I just want to be out there playing," Kane said.
Kane would not set a timetable for his return but is "hopeful" to play Sunday against the Los Angeles Kings.
Hossa skated with his teammates for the first time since a collision in practice with Nick Boynton last month.
"I feel like it's getting closer, but to tell you the truth it all depends on how it feels tomorrow or the next day," Hossa said. "It definitely feels better than Monday or Tuesday."
After skating early in the week on his own, Hossa was off the ice Wednesday and Thursday because his injury -- believed to be a knee -- didn't feel right.
Hossa said he's been "frustrated" being off the ice since running into Boynton.
"He turned a little bit sooner than I expected, and I was looking at the puck going to the net and we just collided," Hossa explained. "It was more sore than just a normal collision. I felt like it was going to be a little bit longer."
The Hawks signed center Ryan Johnson to a contract and brought him up from Rockford of the AHL. He played for Joel Quenneville when he was the head coach in St. Louis earlier in the decade.
"He gives us some experience, some speed," Quenneville said. "He can take faceoffs, blocks shots, kills penalties. [He] gives us some energy and some things we can use."
Johnson received a $500,000 contract, sources told ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun.
Quenneville confirmed defenseman Jassen Cullimore has been put on waivers but would not reveal the strategy behind the move until the process is over on Saturday. Cullimore is in the lineup against Detroit on Friday.
Jesse Rogers covers the Blackhawks for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.
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