Hossa was hit illegally in the head by the Phoenix Coyotes' Raffi Torres in Game 3 of the Blackhawks' first-round playoff series on April 17, 2011. Hossa was taken off the ice on a stretcher and didn't play the rest of the season. Torres was originally suspended 25 games and had it reduced to 21 games after an appeal.
"You can't just be playing careful hockey," Hossa said after Monday's practice at Johnny's IceHouse West. "I just want to be myself. Right now, I feel like that's where I am."