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The Chicago Blackhawks Are Waiting On A Decision Regarding Marian Hossa

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

The NHL has yet to rule if Marian Hossa is eligible for long-term injured reserve — and if the Blackhawks are eligible for the $5.275 million in salary-cap relief that comes with it. But an answer is expected soon.

‘‘Marian Hossa underwent an independent medical evaluation several days ago,’’ NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an email to the Sun-Times. ‘‘We are waiting for the report. Once we have that, we should be in a position to determine his proper status.’’

Hossa announced in June that he will sit out the 2017-18 season because of a skin disorder and the side effects of the medication he had to take for it. The Hawks are expected to put Hossa on LTIR once the NHL season begins Oct. 4, possibly in time to use his cap space by their season opener Oct. 5.

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“The Gunk”

Former Red Wings goalie Gilles Gilbert described a debilitating skin condition that eventually drove him to retirement as something he wouldn't wish on "my worst enemy."

"Maybe broken legs, but not the rash," he told the New York Times in 1982. "You need boxing gloves when you go to sleep. It's worse than a sunburn. It really, really itches. It drives you crazy. When you start sweating, it's worse."

Hockey players in the 1970s and '80s referred to this simply as "the gunk" during a time when the mysterious condition afflicted many of them. More recently, there have been few publicized cases in the NHL.

In announcing Wednesday that Marian Hossa will sit out the 2017-18 season because of side effects from medication to treat a "progressive skin disorder," the Blackhawks declined to specify Hossa's condition or treatment.from Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune,

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Statements From Marian Hossa, Stan Bowman And Chicago Team Physician

via the Chicago Blackhawks,

Statement from Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa:

Over the course of the last few years, under the supervision of the Blackhawks medical staff, I have been privately undergoing treatment for a progressive skin disorder and the side effects of the medications involved to treat the disorder. Due to the severe side effects associated with those medications, playing hockey is not possible for me during the upcoming 2017-18 season. While I am disappointed that I will not be able to play, I have to consider the severity of my condition and how the treatments have impacted my life both on and off the ice.

The Chicago Blackhawks organization, including Rocky Wirtz, John McDonough and Stan Bowman, and my agent, Ritch Winter, have been very supportive throughout this entire process. I would also like to thank my teammates and the amazing Blackhawks fans for their understanding. With respect to the privacy of my family, I will not be commenting any further on my health.

Statement from Chicago Blackhawks Senior Vice President and General Manager Stan Bowman:

The Chicago Blackhawks are in full support of Marian Hossa as he addresses his medical issues. This is extremely difficult for us because we all know the incredible person and player that Marian Hossa is - competitive, loyal and humble. He has played a major role in the success our franchise has experienced in recent years, which makes his departure from our lineup a significant loss. His teammates and coaches know he battled through some very tough physical difficulties but never complained or missed games despite the challenges he faced. The organization will continue to provide him every resource he needs to maintain his health.

Statement from Chicago Blackhawks Team Physician Dr. Michael Terry:

Marian has been dealing with the effects of a progressive skin disorder that is becoming more and more difficult to treat and control with conventional medications while he plays hockey. Because of the dramatic nature of the medications required and their decreasing effectiveness, we strongly support his decision not to play during the 2017-18 season. We feel in the most certain terms this is the appropriate approach for Marian in order to keep him functional and healthy in the short term and throughout his life.

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Late Night Hockey Thoughts- Marian Hossa May Be Forced To Retire

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

According to several sources, there is a legitimate possibility Hossa has played his final NHL game. (He could not be reached for comment. Neither could his agent, Ritch Winter. The Blackhawks declined to comment.) Apparently, he suffers from a serious allergic reaction to the equipment he wears.

The sources who confirmed the allergy stressed not to make fun of it, with one saying, “It’s only funny to anyone who’s never had it.” Details are sketchy, because no one would give full information, but the medication necessary to combat the allergy is potent enough that doctors wanted his blood tested every few weeks to make sure there were no major side effects....

But it would not come without controversy. The Blackhawks signed him to a 12-year, $63.3-million deal in 2009, which carries an annual average value of $5.275 million. It is, however, a back-diving contract, a structure that was heavily penalized in the 2013 CBA.

Hossa is scheduled to be paid $1 million during each of the next four seasons, meaning almost 94 per cent of his contract is already paid. If he were to retire now, the Blackhawks would be hit with what are called “cap recapture” penalties — $3.675 million off their club’s cap number from next season until 2020-21. For a team already facing a crunch, that’s a massive blow.

Unless he doesn’t retire. He simply goes on long-term injured reserve....

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Video- Marian Hossa’s Game-Winning Goal

from the CP at TSN,

Chad Johnson threw up his glove to stop a hard shot from Artemi Panarin but the puck went off the top of his glove and high in the air. It ended up landing behind him where Hossa got his stick on it for his 80th game-winning goal.

"I don't think the goalie knew exactly where the puck was and the defender tried to put his stick out. I tried to hook on his stick so he doesn't touch the puck and the puck just bounced pretty much close to the goal line and I just tried to put it underneath me in the net," said Hossa.

As the puck trickled over the line, Hossa was in the crease and in the process of falling on the Flames goaltender.

Calgary coach Glen Gulutzan said he would have challenged for goaltender interference but he did not have a timeout left, having used it earlier in the period.

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Hossa scores his 500th goal

Marian Hossa scored his 500th career goal in the Chicago Blackhawks' 7-4 win over Philadelphia:

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Hossa needs x-rays after World Cup exhibition game

Not good news...

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Video- Marian Hossa Hurt In Loss To The Anaheim Ducks

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

The lack of depth scoring, the lackluster efforts in home games, the sluggish starts of late — all those quibbling concerns that have troubled the Blackhawks recently looked awfully minor late in the second period Saturday night when Marian Hossa lay crumpled on the ice in the corner, writhing in pain.

A Hampus Lindholm hip check sent Hossa tumbling into the boards, where his left leg appeared to get jammed. Hossa was slow to get up, and was putting little, if any, weight on the leg as he was helped off the ice and back to the dressing room. He did not return.

“We’ll probably know more [Sunday],” Joel Quenneville said after the Hawks lost 3-2 in overtime to the Anaheim Ducks, their third loss in as many home games. “We don’t think it’s serious, but he could miss some time.”

When asked if Hossa could be out weeks, Quenneville said, “Could be stretching it on weeks. Not that long.”...

Quenneville called the Lindholm check “on the borderline.”

“Not much you can say about those hip checks,” Jonathan Toews said. “I think they’re always risky. A guy takes a hit low like that, if your skate gets caught in a rut or can’t quite give out the way you want it to, something’s got to give there. More often than not, it doesn’t end well.”

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watch the hit below and also the game recap...

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Is Marian Hossa A Future Hall Of Famer?

from Scott Powers of ESPN,

The Case For

On the one hand, Hossa's offensive numbers are almost good enough to get him in. He's produced 486 goals and 570 assists for 1,056 points in 1,172 career regular-season games. He's had 13 seasons of 25-plus goals. In the playoffs, he’s had another 144 points in 194 career games. But Hossa is much more than just an offensive player. What makes him special is his defensive game. He’s one of the game’s premier two-ways forwards and is especially respected for his backchecking ability. He’s been in the top 10 in takeways six times since the 2005-06 season and was 11th this past season. On top of that, he’s a winner. He’s won three Stanley Cups with the Blackhawks.

The Case Against

One of the arguments against Hossa is he's deemed a good player, but not exactly a great one. He’s been in the discussion for awards, especially the Selke, but he has never won one.

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Five Hawks for the Hall

The Toronto Sun's Mike Zeisberger suggests that five members of the Chicago Blackhawks are Hockey Hall of Fame-worthy candidates already:

Joel Quenneville, the man who is third on the all-time regular-season coaching wins list and the owner of three Stanley Cup rings as head coach.

Duncan Keith, the Canadian defenceman whose trophy case continues to balloon, thanks to three Cups, the 2015 Conn Smythe as playoff MVP, two Norris Trophies as the NHL’s top defenceman, and two Olympic gold medals.

Patrick Kane, who has been a key cog in the Hawks Cup runs, scoring the title-winning goal against Philly in 2010, then setting up Keith for exact same thing in Chicago’s 2-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday.

Jonathan Toews, the valiant captain of this dynasty who himself has hoisted the Cup three times and has two Olympic gold medals as well.

And Marian Hossa, three-time Cup champion and supremely skilled two-way player who has 1,056 career points and is just 14 goals shy of 500.

With these five, along with defenceman Brent Seabrook, making up the heart-and-soul core of this team, how can anyone be surprised at the renewed success these Hawks continue to have?

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Simmons talks Leafs GM and Hawks/Bolts’ cap management

Among the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' Sunday notes:

Word is that Mike Babcock is pushing for [Mark] Hunter to be named general manager of the Leafs. Brendan Shanahan would be wise to look elsewhere. Shanahan needs Hunter to find players. A general manager won’t be able to spend the kind of time scouting that the Leafs require to properly rebuild. Hunter may want the job but the practicality of it doesn’t make sense...

Those who say this is the last shot for the Chicago Blackhawks aren’t really paying attention. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith — the best 1-2-3 in hockey — are signed through 2023. Corey Crawford is signed until 2020. Marian Hossa is signed through 2021. Niklas Hjarmalsson is signed until 2019. So if you lose a Patrick Sharp here, a Brad Richards there and sign Johnny Oduya, Brandon Saad and Brent Seabrook to new deals, there’s no reason this kind of success can’t continue for several more years...

Two more things on Keith: 1) His cap hit is $5.5 million, making his contract one of the best in hockey. By comparison, the Dion Phaneuf contract looks ridiculous. 2) Should the Blackhawks win Saturday night, Keith may be the leading candidate to win the Conn Smythe Trophy, but he’s not a Norris Trophy finalist. For the record, he was on my ballot, ahead of both P.K. Subban and Erik Karlsson, who are up for the award.

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If Steve Yzerman can juggle the salary cap prudently, the Tampa Bay Lightning will be Stanley Cup contenders for years. Steven Stamkos, Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov, Ondrej Palat, Victor Hedman and Alex Killorn are all 25 and under. And figuring they pick up some assets for the disappointing Jonathan Drouin, that should make them even stronger...

When Brian Lawton tried to acquire defenceman Tomas Kaberle when he was general manager in Tampa, the Leafs first asked for college kid Alex Killorn. That conversation didn’t last long.

Simmons continues, discussing the usual potpourri of sports topics...

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OT Games May Be Slowing Marian Hossa Down

from Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times,

In three games following the multiple-overtime games in this year’s playoffs coming into Game 5 of the conference final, Hossa has no points and a minus-2 differential. In the 11 other playoff games, he has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) and a plus-6 differential.

Hawks coach Joel Quenneville has been cognizant of managing Hossa’s time on the ice in recent seasons. Hossa was given several “veteran’s-practice-off” days during last year’s playoffs. And it was working magnificently — Hossa scored nine points (one goal, eight assists) and was a plus-7 in six games against the Wild in the second round of the playoffs.

But eventually, Hossa wore down at the end of the conference final against the Kings. In the final six games, Hossa scored one point (an assist) and was a minus-5. After the 5-4 double-overtime victory in Game 5, Hossa had the lowest Corsi percentage (29.0) of the season in  Game 6. He wasn’t all that much better (41.1) in Game 7.

Hossa as much as any Hawk gives it all he’s got. You can see the determination in his game. But the reality is that after 17 seasons in the NHL, he is challenged more than most to maintain his level of impact as the minutes pile up. In nine games after playing 20 or more minutes in the last two postseasons, Hossa has one point (a goal) and is a minus-8; in the other 24 games, he has 23 points (three goals, 20 assists) and is a plus-12.

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Marian Hossa Off To A Very Slow Start

from Scott Powers of ESPNChicago,

He’s scored two goals on 50 shots for a 4.0 shooting percentage. He’s only once been under 11 percent in his career and was at 12.4 percent last season.

“I had lots of good opportunities and lots of great chances, but you know obviously the puck is not going in the way I like, so try to work hard and stay positive,” Hossa said.

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville thought an issue for Hossa has been his individual puck possession. Quenneville didn’t think Hossa was carrying the puck as much as usual.

“It doesn’t seem like he has the puck as much as he has in the past,” Quenneville said. “When he does have it it’s tough for opponents to get away from him. Just seems like his possession time, particularly in the offensive zone, is down. Usually he has it good things evolve on that. We got to have him have the puck a little bit more, be comfortable in that scoring area.” 

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Looking Up To Marian Hossa

from Scott Powere of ESPNChicago,

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane was celebrating his own milestone after reaching 500 career points on Sunday, but he preferred to divert the attention to what teammate Marian Hossa was on the verge of accomplishing.

“I think a couple games or next game we’ll get an even better milestone when big Hoss reaches a 1,000,” Kane said on Sunday.

Kane’s statement was partially about Hossa being two points shy of 1,000 career points, but it was also about how much respect he possesses for Hossa. It’s a feeling that’s shared by most of the Blackhawks. While the numbers Hossa has put up throughout his 17-year career are impressive, it’s his work ethic in all zones and how he is as a teammate that has made him so revered in the locker room. 

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Matheson weighs in on Babcock, Ovechkin, PK’s payday, Caps GM talk and top prospects

I kind of "stole" the prime quotes from the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson's main Hockey World column for my Malik Report overnight entry, but I smiled broadly and nearly laughed out loud form the Blog Cave while reading Holland tell Matheson the same dang thing--almost word for word--that Babcock's been repeating to journalists and radio talk show hosts who can't or won't believe that Babcock will remain with Detroit when he can coach anywhere he wants after his contract's up a summer from now:

“I don’t believe the grass is greener on the other side of the fence … I believe he’s happy in Detroit, but there are options,” said Holland, whose contract is also up next July, but will certainly get a new one from owner Mike Ilitch.

Holland has got the Red Wings into the playoffs in each of his 17 seasons. There were three Stanley Cup championships in 1998, 2002 and 2008, plus a Game 7 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009.

Late-season rallies were required to keep a 23-year playoff streak alive while the Red Wings integrated lots of young players — Gustav Nyquist, Riley Sheahan, Tomas Tatar, Tomas Jurko, Danny DeKeyser — into the lineup each of the last two years.

“Two years ago, we won our last four games to get into the playoffs. This year, we got in again (despite a terrible run of injuries),” said Holland. “Mike’s a tremendous coach, if not the best coach in the league, then one of the best.”

Matheson's main column focuses on Babcock and Holland, but he also included this nugget of wisdom from Ottawa Senators assistant coach Perry Pern (regarding Barry Trotz's attempts to get Alex Ovechkin to "buy in" to playing defense, as Matheson addressed in a Sunday afternoon column):

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‘Banged-up’ players tend to suggest that they’re super, thanks for asking

The Minneapols Star-Tribune's Michael Scoggins argues that hockey players are a little "nuts" for playing through the kind of pain that they play through during the playoffs:

Ryan Suter doesn’t look right, but he refuses to admit anything. Ask him about his left arm and he’ll smile and say everything is A-OK. Suter took a horrible spill in Game 3 after a collision with Chicago’s Marian Hossa and landed awkwardly. He left the game holding his arm in a way that suggested he had suffered a serious injury.

Naturally, Suter returned for the third period.

But the Wild’s star defenseman hasn’t looked the same since. He hasn’t played poorly. He just looks like a guy who might have an arm injury, which prompted another round of health questions a day before Game 6.

He insists his shoulder is not an issue. OK, how about his elbow?

“I’m feeling great,” he said, laughing as he exited the interview room.

That should be the official mantra of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Everyone feels great, or at least well enough to play. The NHL postseason is nothing if not a testament to the willingness of players to ignore their aches and pains and broken bones in pursuit of the Cup.

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Matheson ponders Rick Nash’s disappearing act and more in Hockey World columns

The New York Rangers' salary structure is quite top-heavy, so both the Rangers' beat writers and those following the team from afar have suggested that the Rangers will have to use a cap-compliance buyout on either Rick Nash or Brad Richards.

The combination of Brad Richards' resurgence under Alain Vigneault (to the tune of 51 points for his Capgeek-listed $6.67 million cap hit) and Rick Nash's struggles (39 points in 63 games and a no-show come playoff time for a cap hit of $7.8 million) have those in the know suggesting that Nash is the odd man out.

This morning, the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson wonders where Nash's game went given that the 6'4," 213-pound winger's become a perimeter player in the first of three "Hockey World" columns:

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Video- Marian Hossa Injury, Out 2-3 Weeks

Hossa was injured in the Stadium Series game against Pittsburgh Saturday night.  Looks like a shoulder to me...

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All Marian Hossa

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Were you worried about the future, your career, when you sustained your back injury in the playoffs last season?

"A little bit yeah, because I heard when it's a back injury it can go downhill quickly. When you start having problems with the back you can have problems over and over. So you get some things in your mind, but I always tried to look at it in a positive way and so far it has improved so much, so I'm happy about it."

What clicked for you that you knew you weren't going to have to worry about those things, that those questions were not going to be concerns for you?

"Well, after we won the Cup, we talked about if I should go to surgery or not. To me, surgery is always the last option. When I can't even move, then we'll have to do it. If I am still OK but I know I can do a couple of shots and that's going to improve it, then why do the surgery? Those shots, especially in training camp and the first month, helped extremely well. Right now I'm playing, and I feel pretty good."

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Hossa Practices Today

from Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago,

"Obviously he surprised with a hit from behind," Hossa said Thursday. "He hit me pretty hard in the back of the head. Right after, I was shaky. That's basically why I didn't return, because I was shaky. We had the day off, and it kind of slowed down. This morning I woke up and felt much better."

Hossa said he doesn't believe he suffered a concussion on the hit.

"No, I don't believe [I had a concussion] because more than anything he surprised me with a punch from behind," Hossa said. "I was shaky for a few minutes right after that, which is why I didn't return to the game."

Hansen met with the NHL on Wednesday and was given a one-game suspension for the hit.

"It's up to the league," Hossa said of the suspension. "They're making the decisions. But I'm glad at least one game.

Hopefully, more guys learn from it. He said he was reaching for the puck. I didn't buy it, because when you're reaching for the puck you don't hit somebody that hard to the head."

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Afternoon Line

"I'm here to play just another game and we'll see what's going to happen. We'll try to play our game like how we've done so far this year. We've done so well so far so (and) we're not going to change anything."

-Marian Hossa of the Chicago Blachawks as they prepare to face the Phoenix Coyotes and Raffi Torres.  More from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune.

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Hossa’s Health Improving But Has Yet To Hit The Ice

from Brian Hedger at NHL.com,

Meeting with reporters in person for the first time since a hit by Coyotes forward Raffi Torres in Game 3 of the series, Hossa said he’s been working out hard off the ice for about a month and showing no symptoms.
“Lots of time has passed by and that helped me,” Hossa said Friday afternoon at a media function prior to the start of the Hawks’ annual fan convention this weekend at the Chicago Hilton. “I didn’t have to rush anything and that was most important thing. After (it was decided) that I couldn’t fly home to Slovakia, I just basically didn’t do anything. I just relaxed and (at) some point I decided to try to do something, start working out. Things right now are on a level where I want to be and I’m happy where I am so far.”

However, Hossa hasn’t gotten back on the ice.

“I’m going to take my time and first do everything at the gym, cardio, and the time will come soon when I step on the ice and start doing things on the ice,” he said. “The way I feel right now, I feel I will be ready for (training) camp. No (symptoms) right now. It could be different on the ice, when I get my first hit or somebody just (pushes) me ... but so far without the contact I can do everything at a high level.”

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Hossa Update

via the Blackhawks website,

The Blackhawks have released the following statement regarding forward Marian Hossa:

Chicago Blackhawks Head Team Physician Dr. Michael Terry:

“Marian Hossa suffered an upper body blow in the first period of tonight’s game. After initial evaluation on the ice he was taken by ambulance to the hospital for further testing, which yielded encouraging results. He has been released from the hospital, and we are monitoring him closely at home. We anticipate a full recovery in a timetable yet to be determined. “

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Video- Breaking Down The Torres Hit

Scott Morrison, Brad May and Christine Simpson of Hockey Central at Sportsnet discuss the Raffi Torres hit on Marian Hossa.

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Video- Raffi Torres Hit On Marian Hossa

added 11:29pm, via Chris Kuc tweet,

Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa has left Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He did not comment to a reporter as he left in a waiting car.


No penalty on the play, Hossa taken off on a stretcher, no update on his condition.

 

added 10:06pm, US national broadcast team with the call below…

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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.

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Hossa Out 2-3 Weeks

via Tim Sassone tweet,

Hossa out 2-3 weeks

He had an on-ice collision with Nick Boynton in practice yesterday, lower-body is the report.

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Hossa Out A Couple Of Weeks

via a tweet by Adam Jahns,

#Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa is out a couple weeks with an upper body injury.

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Hossa Putting Up Big Numbers

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

A healthy knee and some serious bling have given Marian Hossa the chance to feel as relaxed as he’s ever been on the ice.

Chicago is lovin’ it.

“A couple of years ago in Atlanta I had a similar start, but definitely I feel healthy, I feel relaxed and I’m playing with a great centerman and a great wing,” Hossa told NHL.com Thursday. “I feel much lighter on the ice and I’m having more fun on the ice, but I try not to make a big deal out of it. It’s only eight games.”

Yeah, but it’s a League-best 7 goals and 4 assists in those eight games, all with Jonathan Toews in the middle and fellow Slovak Tomas Kopecky on the left. Hossa hasn’t been this prolific at the start of a season since 2006, when with the Thrashers he flew out of the gates, scoring 10 goals and dishing out 5 assists to help Atlanta jump out to a 7-1-1 start.

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/19/10

Today’s salute to the performances of yesternight, honoring those who shined in leading their clubs to victory:

***Cheers to Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman, who is showing marked improvement early this season and who was named first star in Tampa’s 5-4 win over the visiting Dallas Stars last night. Hedman managed a pair of assists and led all skaters in ice time, sparking an offensive rush on several occasions and, most importantly, playing adept defense in his own end. It is early, as we must continue to note for all who have had fast starts, but Hedman’s growth in year two will play a major factor in the Lightning’s fortunes. So far, with few hiccups, they must be pleased. (Note: They are. Coach Guy Boucher singled Hedman out with post-game praise after the Dallas game.)

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The State of Hockey in Slovakia

Despite tempered expectations, Slovakia garnered a fourth place finish at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. In spite of an aging core roster of players, Slovakia was able to retain it’s Elite Seven status, while upsetting the number one ranked team; Russia, and eliminating the number three ranked team and defending Olympic Gold Medalists; Sweden.

Since the split of Czechoslovakia into two distinct nation states in 1993, Slovakia slowly saw their stock on the ice rise, culminating in a IIHF World Championship in 2002. However, since then the Slovaks have found themselves in a similar quandary that Team USA did for the better part of the last decade; the increasing age of their elite players and management’s inability to find suitable replacements for the old guard. However, unlike the States, Slovakia does not have the depth of coaching and player development programs which has spawned a new generation of talent Stateside.

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Knight Marian Hossa

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The Stanley Cup Makes It To Slovakia

Watch another short video at NHL.com as Hossa takes the Cup to his parent’s home.

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Hossa Played With Bad Knee In SCF

via Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago,

Chicago Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa said Saturday that he played the Stanley Cup finals with a sprained MCL in his right knee, suffered in Game 1 against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Hossa dealt with the lingering effects of shoulder surgery all season and also had a banged-up back in the finals.

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Late Afternoon Line

The Blackhawks will surely enjoy a summer full of celebration, but there are also some well-known financial pressure points. The team has a multitude of stars, several of them coming off entry-level contracts, and is reported to have some $57 million committed to just 14 players for next season. There are contracts the team likely would love to unload—Brian Campbell and Cristobal Huet come immediately to mind—but it will be difficult. The most likely not to be renewed is Marian Hossa, a quality player who has been living off a succession of one-year deals in an attempt to find a spot on a Cup-champion (mission accomplished). Look for the Hawks to shop his rights as soon as the parade is complete.

-Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated.  More hockey talk from Jim…

thanks to a KK reader for the pointer on this relaxing day

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Hossa Finally Has The Cup

from Dave Lozo of NHL.com,

Following Chicago’s series-clinching 4-3 win against the Philadelphia Flyers, Hossa finally let down the guard he’s had up for nearly three years and admitted he truly was afraid of leaving the ice a loser once again.

“Oh my God,” said Hossa, who was grinning ear-to-ear on the Wachovia Center ice. “When we go to the Finals again, I was so happy to be in the Finals, but at the same time, it was scary. I’m so glad, what a relief. Third time’s the lucky charm. I won it and I got a Stanley Cup and ... what a feeling. This is unbelievable.”

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Hossa Ends Goal Scoring Slump

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

He hadn’t scored a goal since Game 3 of the conference semifinals against the Canucks, and it was his first goal in the Stanley Cup final since he scored for the Penguins in Game 6 of 2008.

Yeah, it felt pretty good to get that one.

“A relief, definitely,” Hossa said of the goal that led to Chicago’s 2-1 win. “I was looking for some ugly goal like that to get the offense going.”

And to him, it had to be the prettiest ugly goal he’ll ever score. It’s one thing to join a Stanley Cup-contending team and try to hitch a ride to a championship. It’s quite another to carry it. Right now, that’s what Hossa is doing.

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Hossa Finds Another Winning Team

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

Courting of Marian Hossa began in Dale Tallon’s Montreal hotel room at last June’s draft. It was there that the Tallon, then general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks, met seriously with agent Ritch Winter for the first time. It was there he let Winter know just how interested he was in signing Hossa.

It was an unusual arrangement. Hossa wouldn’t become a free agent until July 1, but his one-year deal with Detroit had come with a gentlemen’s agreement: He could negotiate with other teams if a longer-term deal with the Red Wings fell through.

Hossa’s instruction to Winter was simple: Find me a winner. Doing so, however, was a little more complicated.

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Hossa Should Have Been Suspended

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

What was the first thing you thought of when you saw Hossa lean in on Hamhuis as they both chased a puck into the corner? The hit on Hossa’s teammate, Brian Campbell, courtesy of Alex Ovechkin earlier in the regular season.

In both cases, the offending players seemed to hold up slightly just as contact was made, but the defensemen were off balance enough to be sent hurtling into the boards.

Dangerous? Yes. Reckless? It depends on your definition of reckless.

Of course, in the NHL, where every day is a brand new day, the two incidents end up being treated as though they were from different planets.

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No Suspension For Hossa

from NHL.com,

NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell conducted a phone hearing with Hossa earlier Sunday afternoon. Campbell made the following statement after the meeting:

“I have made the decision that this play does not warrant supplemental discipline after considering all of the facts, including reviewing the video and speaking with Mr. Hossa,” said Campbell. “This play is distinguishable from recent incidents by a number of factors, including the degree of contact involved; the fact that the consequences of the play do not appear to be as severe; that this was a hockey play involving a race for the puck; that Mr. Hossa is not a repeat offender; and that the call of a major penalty by the referee was significant and appropriate.”

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Hossa With A Major For Boarding

Little did Marian Hossa know that after this five minute penalty for boarding, the Hawks would score late to tie their game with Nashville.

Then, after killing off over three minutes of that penalty in OT, it would be Hossa who would get the game winner after coming out of the penalty box.

No video of the goal yet, but watch the boarding penalty he took.

added 6:57pm, Watch Hossa’s OT goal below…

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Hossa Hopes For Another Cup Run

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

“This is another great chance,” said Hossa, who signed a 12-year, $62.8 million deal with the Hawks on July 1. “The two times had disappointing ends, both of them. On the other hand I still consider myself lucky because some great players didn’t even go to the Stanley Cup finals. I know I didn’t win it but it’s the motivation again. It’s going to be a great challenge.”

That challenge gets under way Friday night at the United Center when the Hawks face the Predators in Game 1 of the playoffs. After rolling through a regular season that produced their first division title in 17 years and the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference, the Hawks seem primed to make an even deeper run than last season’s team that fell to the Wings in the conference finals.

“We have a great team and great thing going here,” said Hossa, who had 24 goals and 27 assists in 57 games after returning from offseason shoulder surgery. “We all believe we can go all the way. Expectations are high and we’re looking forward to it.”

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Hossa Hurt

via the CP at TSN,

Chicago forward Marian Hossa left the Blackhawks’ game against the St. Louis Blues early in the second period Wednesday night because of an unknown injury.

Hossa appeared to have sustained the injury after being hit and knocked to the ice by St. Louis left wing Brad Winchester at 8:07 of the first. Hossa continued to play, but left after one shift in the second period.

This time of year, it is doubtful we will hear much on the injury.. Get ready for the day-to-day updates.

added 11:40pm, via a Chicago Blackhawks tweet,

Coach Q postgame on Hossa: “Nothing serious, should be fine.”

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Morning Line

It looks to me like Slovakia’s hockey team is built around Marian Hossa. His dad is an assistant coach. His underachieving little brother is one of his linemates. He gets to wear 81, even though that should, by rights, be Miroslav Satan’s number.

This is a big mistake.

Hossa has never won anything, and I’m not even talking about the Stanley Cups he missed out on the last two years. He’s represented Slovakia 12 times in international play - two World Junior Championships, seven World Championships, two Olympics and a World Cup - and never won a single medal.

Satan, meanwhile, has led Slovakia to three medals in World Championships, including gold in 2002. He’s a much better role model for the youth of Slovakia.

-Jonathan Bombulie of the CitizensVoice.  More on Olympic hockey…

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Hossa Doubtful For Game Today

from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

For the second time this season the Blackhawks watched one of their best players knocked out of a game by shot to the head.

Atlanta’s Colby Armstrong laid out Marian Hossa early in the third period of Saturday’s game at the United Center, sending the Hawks winger to the dressing room for the rest of the night.

Was it a clean hit or not? Armstrong led with his shoulder, which is fine, but he caught Hossa on the chin.

The point here isn’t clean or dirty, however, it’s how much longer Hawks general manager Stan Bowman is going to let his best players be targets?

Maybe this isn’t a problem that can be solved this season with the March 3 trade deadline so close, but next year the Hawks darn well better have someone tough enough and nasty enough to show other teams they better not be going after Hossa, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith.

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Brian Elliott Gives It Up & Takes It Away

Hossa probably still wondering how the puck did not hit the back of the net.

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Hossa Plays A Little ‘Stick Hockey’

Marian Hossa catches the puck, tosses it down and puts it in the net before it hits the ice.

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Is Hossa Jinxed?

from Jason Kay of The Hockey News,

He has answered the call every time Slovakia has called, but has never scaled the podium. When Slovakia experienced its greatest achievements on the world stage – silver, gold and bronze medals at World Championships in 2000, 2002 and 2003 respectively – Hossa was engaged in the NHL playoffs for the chronically underachieving Ottawa Senators.

And, of course, we all know what happened the past couple years in the NHL with Pittsburgh and Detroit.

So, if you’re a Hawks fan, should this worry you? Is every team on which Hossa plays doomed?

It’s not rational, but who knows how the hockey gods work? For the superstitious Chicago supporter, here’s something to cling to: the last time Hossa did win anything of consequence, at the Memorial Cup, he was wearing the Hawks’ logo. Until he got hurt.

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Hossa Likes The Blackhawks Atmosphere

from Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Hossa knows his way around. This is his fourth NHL team in three seasons. He started with the Ottawa Senators, then was with the Atlanta Thrashers before his failed championship bids with the Penguins and Red Wings. He also played for Slovakia in two Winter Olympics. So the Hawks won’t be his first contender, but they might turn out to be the best team he has played on.

‘‘I’ve been on quite a few, and this one is right there,’’ he said. ‘‘The advantage of this team is it’s mostly young guys who are just getting better and stronger in their understanding of the game.’‘

Last year he played for an old team in Detroit. The Hawks are the exact opposite.

‘‘This is the youngest group of guys I’ve ever played with,’’ Hossa said. ‘‘It’s been fun in the dressing room. It’s a different crowd than in Detroit. They were a little more mature there.’‘

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Hossa Debut Getting Closer

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

With Marian Hossa’s debut with the Blackhawks looming, coach Joel Quenneville is formulating plans on how to utilize the high-scoring winger.

Hossa participated in the Hawks’ morning skate before Thursday night’s game against the Flames and is on track to play during the Hawks’ six-game trip, most likely Wednesday against the Sharks in San Jose.

“There are going to be a lot of options for a coach to have,” Quenneville said. “He’s going to get a lot of ice time. We’re looking forward to him being useful in a lot of ways.”

Hossa has begun doing line drills in practice and Wednesday skated with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

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