Can You Say Hossa Might Be The Best Thing That Has Happened To The Hawks

Jeremy AsbridgeContributor IJanuary 29, 2010

OTTAWA, ON - JANUARY 19:  Marian Hossa #81 of the Chicago Blackhawks passes the puck against the Ottawa Senators in a game at Scotiabank Place on January 19, 2010 in Ottawa, Canada.  The Ottawa Senators defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1.  (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)
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On July 1, 2009, Hossa signed a 12-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks worth $62.8 million. The contract is front-loaded with $59.3 million due in the first eight years for an average cap hit of $5.2 million per season. The signing of Hossa by the Blackhawks coincided with the departure of the team's leading scorer and MVP from the previous season. Shortly after signing Hossa, the team disclosed that the veteran forward was still rehabilitating a shoulder injury he sustained during the previous postseason.The injury will require Hossa to undergo surgery, and may cause him to miss up to four months. His return was phenomenal.

Hossa made his debut for the Blackhawks on November 25, 2009 against the San Jose Sharks, scoring twice, including a short-handed goal in the second period of the game.

Marian Hossa has also scored 14 goals and 14 assists for the Hawks with a career total of 353 goals and 394 assists.

I think Marian Hossa may have a big impact on why the hawks are playing like they are. He is a great hockey player, I hope that he sticks with the Hawks for a long time.