Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Vince Maranto on 08/08/11 at 01:07 PM ET
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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