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August 12, 2012 | 10:03am ET
Montador getting back into shape
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Blackhawks defenseman Steve Montador has been trying to get in shape for the upcoming season after suffering a concussion towards the end of the 2011-12 campaign.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the 32-year-old has started to hit the ice again but doesn't know if any symptoms will return once he begins contact.

"I've skated a few times over the last couple of weeks and I feel good," Montador told the paper. "I'm able to do my full summer training. I feel like a lot of it I've put behind me.

"The one thing that I don't know about is what happens once I get on the ice and take some hits and test it out that way. That won't happen until camp."

Training camp is scheduled to begin in the second-half of September, unless the NHL and the NHLPA are unable to come to terms on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Montador, who went through the NHL's last lockout that cancelled the 2004-05 season, has been working closely with NHLPA head Don Fehr and is hoping for a better outcome this time around.

"Our careers (as professional athletes) are short enough," he said. "To miss two years of a potential 10- or 15- or whatever-year career ... that's a lot of time. At the same time, we're not going to sacrifice our beliefs just to play a game under a system that we don't feel will benefit the league, the fans or even individual clubs."

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