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Article updated: 9/18/2011 8:39 PM

Blackhawks' Morin feeling 'pretty good'

By Tim Sassone

The Blackhawks are playing it safe with rookie winger Jeremy Morin, who still is feeling the effects of the concussion that ended his season at Rockford last January.

Morin was allowed to practice Sunday but hasn't been cleared for contact.

"We're still trying to work things out, but I feel pretty good right now," Morin said. "Getting back out there today was a positive. (Contact) is definitely the next step. I don't know when I'll be there, but I just want to continue to practice and get in better shape."

The longer Morin can't scrimmage or play in any preseason games, the worse his chances get of making the team in his battle for a roster spot with fellow rookies such as Ben Smith and Marcus Kruger.

"I think that will take care of itself," Morin said. "All I can do is just do what I'm allowed to do to try and get back and play good hockey. Obviously there's a little frustration."

Hawks coach Joel Quenneville considered it a step in the right direction for Morin to practice Sunday.

"We'll see how he progresses. The fact he was out there is a good sign," Quenneville said.

Progress for Kane:

Patrick Kane wasn't expected to be allowed to scrimmage for the first few days of camp, but that changed Sunday when he took part in a training-camp game wearing a splint on his surgically repaired left wrist.

Kane, who was the best player on the ice with 2 goals in his team's 4-2 victory, went to team doctors Sunday morning and asked if he could scrimmage.

"I was thinking about it last night," Kane said. "I had the two practices (Saturday); one was like a half-hour and the other one about 25 minutes and I thought I needed to do more to get myself in game shape for when I came back.

"That was pretty much the main reason I wanted to play. I talked to the doctor this morning and he kind of said go ahead and go through with it, but if you feel any pain to stop."

Joel Quenneville thought Kane had a special scrimmage.

"It was something that let's gauge where we're at," Quenneville said of the decision to let Kane play. "He felt so good yesterday, plus he's kind of smart in trying to avoid what you need to avoid."

Tip-ins:

Daniel Carcillo had his first fight Sunday, getting the best of Andrew Shaw during one of the scrimmages. Carcillo came to the defense of Viktor Stalberg, who had been hit by Shaw. Joel Quenneville said Marian Hossa would report to camp Wednesday. Hossa has remained in Slovakia while mourning the death of friend Pavol Demitra, one of the players killed in the Russia plane crash. Rookie defenseman Dylan Olsen was held out Sunday with a lower-body injury.

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