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Player By Player #3- Today lets discuss Marian Hossa

Once again, since it’s the off-season I am taking a player or two each blog and discussing last year’s performance while looking forward to this season.

Today let’s discuss Marian Hossa. Last season was an interesting one for The Hoss. A donut season, if you will. It started great, ended good, but had nothing in the middle. I remember the beginning of last season, Hossa started off with a goal a game for the first 8 games and several assists thrown in there. Coming off the Stanley Cup victory, I was, for one, a little worried how he would perform. The Cup hangover is a concern with all players, but especially with him. Everyone knows the story of him losing out in the Finals the two previous years with Detroit and Pittsburgh. However, the way he came out of the gate was a real nice surprise. What unfortunately wasn’t a surprise were the injuries.

Remember, he started out his career as a Hawk with shoulder surgery .It would be nice to see him go this entire season without going on the D.L. (A baseball term, I know). The one injury, being run into during practice by that lunkhead Nick Boyton, always seemed a little on the non accidental side to me. I wasn’t there, so I don’t know. It just seemed strange. However, when the injuries were over he did amke himself a presence at the end of the season.

The very short post season for the boys should really benefit players like Hossa. That extra time to heal, and rest is defiantly a plus for the older guys. The Hawks rely (and paid for) an All Star effort from Hossa this season.

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The Cup hangover is a concern with all players, but especially with him. Everyone knows the story of him losing out in the Finals the two previous years with Detroit and Pittsburgh.

I am not a big fan of the “cup hangover” syndrome. Championship teams find a way to win inspite of it. The ‘hawks were most affected by the player losses, the lack of toughness and subpar seasons from Keith.  As for Hossa, I think his contribution is not as quantifiable as Kane, Toews and Sharp. I agree he needs to play a full season, but his true value is in the playoffs, the ‘hawks just need to get there before the last day of season.

Posted by timbits on 08/08/11 at 07:47 PM ET

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Championship teams find a way to win inspite of it.

not lately, in the past 20 years only two teams have been back to back Stanley Cup Champions. the hangover can be both mental an physical. Neither Chicago nor Philly did well this post season. Both Pitt and Det made it to the finals in back to back years, but neither was a repeat champion and neither made it back to the finals after those back to back appearances. In this case though, I think he is referring to the thought that Hossa made it to the finals 3 straight times and that once he finally won it he would take a mental step back and just coast through his career.

The hawks did suffer most from player losses, but Keith’s poor play he even admitted was due to a lack of focus and an inability to get pumped for the games. Thats not to say that it is excusable, but it does exist and yes, the best players find a way to get over it and want to win again. Hopefully Keith will be on the right track moving forward.

Posted by pstumba on 08/09/11 at 12:31 PM ET

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