- Jesse Rogers, ESPN Staff Writer
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman isn't overly concerned forward Marian Hossa will have lingering issues from the head injury he sustained in Game 3 of their playoff series against the Phoenix Coyotes.
"We've had a lot of similar type injuries with players in the past," Bowman said Wednesday. "It's too hard to predict the recovery time on these things. There is no reason to think he's any different than any other player that has that type of injury. We're very optimistic that he's going to be back."
Hossa was hit in the head by Coyotes' winger Raffi Torres in the first period and was subsequently taken off the ice on a stretcher and to an area hospital. He was released that night but did not play in another game in the series, won by the Coyotes 4-2.
Torres was suspended for 25 games for the hit.
"We don't approach that any differently than a different injury," Bowman said. "We're here in April and training camp doesn't open until September. That's a lot of time to be rested and prepared and training in the offseason."
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