It’s now official that Marian Hossa, who has a small tear in his rotator cuff in his right shoulder, will undergo surgery. Hossa signed a huge contract with the Blackhawks recently that gives him, on average, $5.2 million a year.
“Marian’s injury did not respond sufficiently to our non-operative treatment over the last three weeks so we have collectively decided today to go ahead with the surgery,” Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman said in a statement. “Marian is a franchise player, and we want what is best for him and the Blackhawks long-term. This was a mutual decision and one we feel very confident is the right one.”
Hossa is expected to miss four months, which will shelve him for the first two months of the regular season.
I can’t help to feel a little mad. Chicago signed this guy to a huge contract, gave up the team's No. 1 leader in points, and the guy we get to replace him can’t even play the first two months.
The Blackhawks trainer says that Hossa will be 100 percent after the surgery Hossa. He also said that the surgery will be better for Hossa long-term.
I hope that is true. I want Hossa to be around and give the 'Hawks some really good years, but most importantly, to aide them to winning a Stanley Cup.
I am sure that the young players on the Hawks will do fine without Hossa, but I can’t be totally sure. The Hawks did lose their best goalie and MVP this offseason; these are two big losses that could hurt the Hawks even more now that Hossa will be gone for the first two months.
Hawks fans will have to hope that the team really doesn’t struggle so much early on.
Still, I am optimistic about Chicago's chances this year. I really want to believe that Huet will have a more consistent year in the net.
Speaking of goalies, Chicago has not announced who their back-up goalie will be. They signed Corey Crawford and Antti Niemi, but have not announced who will back up Huet.
I would like to see Crawford get the spot. He was supposed to be the next thing, and I really liked what I saw when they did play him. Niemi wasn’t bad, but he seemed slow form post-to-post, the same problem Huet has.
As big of a hit this is for the Blackhawks, I am confident the team has the skill to tough it out and to get back into the playoffs this year.