Blackhawks’ Rozsival skates with team, eyes return from fractured ankle

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival (ankle) is inching his way closer to a return to the lineup.
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Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival is making strides toward returning to the lineup.

Sidelined with a fractured left ankle during last season’s playoffs, Rozsival found himself back on the ice in the team’s morning skate on Saturday.

"I’m definitely excited to be with the team, get that regular practice feeling, get the passing and shooting and have a goalie in the net," the 37-year-old Rozsival told Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago. "I’ve been skating on my own, which is kind of boring. It’s another step forward for me in my recovery."

Rozsival, who began the season on the long-term injured reserve list on Oct. 6, isn’t eligible to play until 24 days and 10 games from that date.

The veteran defenseman suffered his broken ankle during Game 4 of the second-round series versus the Minnesota Wild. Rozsival re-signed with the Stanley Cup winning-Blackhawks in September after collecting a goal and 12 assists in 65 games in 2014-15.

A fourth-round pick of the 1996 draft, Rozsival has scored 66 goals and set up 227 others in 890 career contests with the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, the then-Phoenix Coyotes and Blackhawks.