Summer Assignment 2014: Marian Hossa
Jun 1, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks centerJonathan Toews
(19) and right wingMarian Hossa
(81) during the national anthem prior to the first period in game seven of the Western Conference Final of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Marian Hossa Regular Season
Contract- Marian Hossa is signed through 2021 for a cap hit of $5.275 Million a season
Over/Under– 82 games 31 goals and 37 assists. Hossa came just a bit under our projections.
Season Review: Hossa came up just short of 1,000 career points needing just 5 points from the milestone. Hossa should be a Selke winner and finalist each year because he’s such a strong player on both ends of the ice night in and night out. Hossa is incredible in he just wills the puck on his stick and good things usually happen.
The biggest question entering the season was Hossa’s back, but he said it felt fine most of the year so good that he even played in the Olympics but it was the shortest stay possible as they were eliminated very early in the tournament.
If you are looking for reasons that the Hawks didn’t repeat it has to be the production of Hossa and Patrick Sharp in the playoffs. Granted everyone can’t hit the scoresheet, but when the Hawks are at their best it’s when the two veterans on the team are putting pucks in the net. Hossa wasn’t quite as dominate in the playoffs and there weren’t many shifts throughout the playoffs where you just shake your head because Hossa owned the puck the entire shift.
Hossa isn’t getting any younger, He will turn 36 during the season and has a lot of tread on the tires with him approaching 1,100 games played with another 171 playoff games under his belt. The time in now for #81 to get another championship and a regular offseason should do Hossa a lot of help to refuel the tanks for the 2014-2015 season.
Grade– B+ Hossa was just a little less Hossa when the Hawks need Hossa the most but still a very good season.
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