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Chicago Blackhawks Sci-Fi Part VI: Next 10 Years (Part II)

By Tim Lively
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Mar 21, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) takes the ice to face the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Stars shut out the Blackhawks 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

2021 – Marian Hossa Retires After Finishing His Contract at Age 42

When Marian Hossa signed with the Blackhawks in 2009, it was met with controversy. Since the 12-year contact was front loaded, and set to expire when Hoss is 42 years old, there was speculation that retirement plans were discussed and factored into the negotiations. There were even some (myself included) who predicted Hossa would retire after winning a single Stanley Cup, the one achievement that had eluded him during his already long and storied career.

Yet, six years and three Stanley Cup banner raisings later, Hoss hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. Moreover, he’s shown remarkable resiliency after coming back strong from numerous injuries during his tenure with the ’Hawks. Hossa has silenced a lot of naysayers while skating for Chicago, and I think he’ll continue to do so for many years to come.

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Obviously, Hoss won’t forever be able to escape the wear and tear of playing in the NHL, so as he starts pushing 40, I’m sure he’ll see a drop in his ice time and/or only suit up for choice games. Still, given what he’s done for the organization and the potential benefits he can provide younger players (i.e. Marko Dano), I can see the Blackhawks brass letting Hossa play as long as they are contractually obligated, or until his mind, body and soul are no longer willing and able; whichever comes first (which, by all indicators, will likely be the former).

Additionally, the Blackhawks have a bit of an incentive to let Hossa chug along, as per his contract, after the 2016-2017 season, they’ll only owe him a $1 million a year, which is a cheap price for such a wealth of hockey knowledge and talent.

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