The Chicago Blackhawks lost another key player in their lineup on Friday, during their game against the Minnesota Wild. The Hawk's longtime veteran forward Marian Hossa left the game shortly after the second period started. Hossa suffered a lower-body injury during the second period. Luckily, coach Quenneville stated that the injury isn't serious and Hossa should be able to play soon.
Hossa has been a member of the Chicago Blackhawks since 2009 when he was traded to Chicago from Detroit. Hossa won three Stanley Cups with the Blackhawks and over the past six seasons, he has become an integral part of the Chicago Blackhawk team.
During the past six seasons, Chicago were forced to sell off many of their youngsters, and key players. Players like Andrew Ladd, Brandon Saad, Dustin Byfluglien and Patrick Sharp were dealt to other teams due to financial reasons. With the recent departures of Saad, Versteeg and Sharp, the Blackhawk's offense has taken a huge blow.
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In fact, longtime linemates Toews and Kane were split up in order to increase the depth in the Hawk's lineup. Hossa was given an extremely important role in the Chicago offense as well. The Slovakian plays alongside superstar Jonathan Toews and is expected to make a huge impact on the first line with his experience and skill.
However, the former first rounder failed to make a huge impact at all this season. Hossa currently has one goal and four assists after 11 games, and these numbers are not very promising at all.
Captain Jonathan Toews has been having a relatively average season with four goals and three assists after eleven games and seems to be unaffected by the poor performances that Hossa has been putting up.
Despite Hossa's slow start, he is still an extremely important member of the team. The veteran has been one of the most important players for the Hawks during both the regular season and the post seasons throughout the six seasons that he has played in Chicago.
Marian Hossa's return is undetermined at this point. Chicago will miss the talented veteran if he does miss game time. The Blackhawks will play the LA Kings on November 2.