Chicago Blackhawks: Top 5 Recent Free Agent Signings

By Brian Kinkade
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Jun 15, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing

Marian Hossa

(81) hoist the Stanley Cup after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in game six of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

1.  Marian Hossa

Quite the no-brainer.

Following the 2009 playoffs, the Hawks were trying mightily to re-sign Marty Havlat, who finally showed the ’Hawks exactly how dangerous of an offensive weapon he could be when healthy. The negotiations stalled, and ultimately the ’Hawks went in another direction.

The ’Hawks instead signed star power-forward Marian Hossa to a 12-year contract. Hossa would miss the first two months of the 2009-2010 season, due to recovery from shoulder surgery, but he would instantly win over the ’Hawks faithful the moment he took the ice.

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He brought and still brings a two-way game that the ’Hawks hadn’t had in recent memory. Hoss’ defensive responsibility would rub off on other ’Hawks, which would help cement the ’Hawks as one of the wisest, most responsible teams in the NHL.

Hossa has been a part of the ’Hawks’ core, a fan favorite and a leader since he joined the team in 2009. He has also won three Stanley Cups since then.

He is easily the best free-agent signing in the recent history of the Blackhawks.

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