Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald is reporting that Marian Hossa has a "shoulder or rotator cuff injury", this according to a source close to the situation. Sassone speculates that if the injury is severe enough, he might require surgery and could be out until June.
It is reported that the injury occurred during the 2009 playoffs and that Hossa has been rehabbing the injury since then.
Sassone also mentions that there was no visible evidence that Hossa had been nursing an injury when he was seen at the Chicago Blackhawks convention last weekend.
Although many might think that this could really cripple the Blackhawks, it actually might keep Hossa fresh for the playoff run. Hossa has been average in the past two playoff runs, and this injury might enable him to bring his best stuff to the playoff stage.
Even though the Blackhawks are not nearly the same team without Hossa, they are still very good offensively with the likes of Kane, Toews, Versteeg and Sharp leading the charge, and also have several secondary scoring options in Andrew Ladd, Dave Bolland and Dustin Byfuglien.
With Hossa possibly out until the midpoint of the season, you would have to imagine that youngsters such as Kyle Beach, Jack Skille and Akim Aliu could get a look in the Blackhawks lineup until he returns, which would provide a chance to evaluate their NHL prospects.
Even though Hossa's injury might make the Chicago Blackhawks average until December, you would have to imagine it could make them far more dangerous come playoff time and have a better grasp on the talent in their system.
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