Chicago Blackhawks: 5 Questions Approaching Training Camp

By Skylar Peters
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Feb 24, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) and Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad (5) go for the puck during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

How Much Does Marian Hossa Have Left?

Best Case Scenario: Lots. Lots left. The ageless wonder continues to dazzle.

Despite being half a decade (or more) older than most of the kids running around on the Blackhawks’ roster, Hossa has kept up, even paced, all of them. Hossa certainly looks like he has several more seasons left at this level, and the Blackhawks will be grateful, with Hossa under contract until 2021.

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Worst Case Scenario: One injury could change it all.

As Hossa ages (it actually happens, though it may seem like he is frozen in time), the Blackhawks’ coaching staff has to be extremely careful with their treatment of the 36-year-old. ‘Maintenance days’ will increase, and Hossa may have his games limited more than before. If the Blackhawks fail to do so, one injury could be the beginning of a snowball effect that sees Hossa become too ineffective for use on the ‘Hawks’ top line. If that’s the case, the Blackhawks will be searching for two top-line wingers, instead of only one, to replace Saad.

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