Marian Hossa Out 2-3 Weeks

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville indicated on Monday that forward Marian Hossa will miss 2-3 weeks because of an upper-body injury suffered during the Stadium Series game at Soldier Field.

Quenneville said Peter Regin, who was a healthy scratch against Pittsburgh, would return to the lineup and Brandon Saad would move up into Hossa’s place with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp.

21 thoughts on “Marian Hossa Out 2-3 Weeks

  • March 3, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Saad will work out fine there

  • March 3, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    That amount of time is right there for the 10 game minimum for ltir. Can we use that cap space.

  • March 3, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Morrison: We could use the cap space for what? What happens when Hossa is healthy and then comes back?

  • March 3, 2014 at 12:51 pm


    There’s a lot of smoke about the Hawks & Kessler. And apparently we’ve been sending scouts to see Brodeur. What are your thoughts on these two scenarios playing out? Who would the hawks have to part with to get either player?

  • March 3, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    I don’t like to be pessimistic but I don’t like the sound of “2-3 weeks”. It seems to me that is code for “the best scenario is 2-3 weeks … but we really don’t know”. This is a 35 year old player who has had a few upper body injuries before – head/concussion, back, shoulder – and often times injuries take longer to heal and recover from when it’s a recurrence, especially with older players.

    Saying Saad will ably step into Hossa’s spot on the 1st line is a bit of a stretch because no one plays the two way game that Hossa does, but Saad will do OK. The concern is more about who takes Saad’s spot on the 2nd or 3rd line? The depth scoring takes a significant hit, especially if Morin doesn’t get called up and they go with Handzus AND Regin in the lineup instead of Handzus alternating with Regin.

    Losing Hossa for even as little as 2-3 weeks will certainly make it more difficult to finish 1st in the division over the Blues and even to hold off the hard charging Avs for 2nd place and home ice in the 1st round.

    If ever we need Kane to wake up from his scoring slumber and players like Bickell and Shaw to find their games again … now would be that time.

  • March 3, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    That’s a great spot for Saad…that’s where I had him pencilled in at this summer…but what about the 2nd and 3rd lines??? Without calling anyone up, that means that old man time plays 2nd line centre and Regin plays wing with Shaw and Bickell…not ideal as Zus will have to play every game.

    The fact that Jeremy Morin was not immediately called up screams at how Q sees him…I hope for Morin’s sake that he is traded in the next day or two, as he doesn’t need to stick around with this franchise…brutal treatment IMO…

  • March 3, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    ER I agree completely…originally I didn’t see this as a bad thing thinking that Morin would be called up, but with Regin and Zus playing every night…again, not ideal.

  • March 3, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    This is poopy but pretty light schedule the next two weeks aside from the avs twice.

    Regarding Kesler, aside from Keith, Kane and Toews, I would offer any other player on the roster for him. I think that pushes them from contenders to favorites. The only thing that sucks is his injury history but definitely an elite player and he seemed to have exceptional chemistry with Kane.

  • March 3, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Um Shaw plays wing in that situation…

  • March 3, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    My thoughts on Ryan Kesler are these:

    According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Canucks’ asking price is 1) a 20-25 year old established NHL players (preferably a C), 2) a top prospect, and 3) a #1 pick.

    Who is the young, established NHL player? I’m staring at Brandon Saad… and I don’t trade him for Ryan Kesler. No thanks. And now that Pirri is gone, who is the “top prospect” the Hawks include in a deal? Does Vancouver want Jeremy Morin? Mark McNeill? Are the Hawks willing to move Danault, Teravainen or KHayes’ rights?

    the Hawks might be interested, but they also kicked the tires on Jarome Iginla and that wasn’t a fit. There are teams that would likely deal more (Kadri/Gardiner in TOR, Tatar in DET) than the Hawks.

  • March 3, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    $ don’t work with Saad unless Bickell or a few more million dollars from somewhere else go the other way. No way they trade the only two big guys on the team that don’t have stone hands.

    Maybe Bickell + Shaw + Rockford player

  • March 3, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    But why would anyone want Bickell right now…

  • March 3, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Stan Bowman has been very clear that the Hawks will not make a major trade. I for one believe him completely. If Kesler goes anywhere I bet it is St. Louis or Detroit. Yep…St. Louis. But odds of him being traded at all? In truth, not very good. At least not before the deadline on Wednesday.

  • March 3, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Hopefully Hossa is fully healed by the time the playoffs start. As for Kesler, I doubt that’s going to happen. Pirri was a nice chip and Stan moved him. I think that ship sailed with the Pirri trade. I hope Stan offered him up before dumping him but who knows. If Morin is going to waste in RFD just trade his ass or move him up. Whats the point of having a minor league if you aren’t going to promote players during injury.

  • March 3, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Tab, if T plays games 75-82, can he play unlimited playoff games too, or is it 8 games total (reg or playoffs) to not use an elc year.

  • March 3, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    I believe the threshold is 10 games. A player on a slide rule ELC can play nine games without starting the 3-year ELC clock. One the player plays the 10th game, then the first year of his ELC is started.

    I believe playoff games count just like regular season games – but I’m not positive on that point.

  • March 4, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Yea, Saader play 2 in season and 3 in playoffs but that was less the 10 number. I would really like to know if T can play in playoffs and not count against elc yr or if no matter what its 9 games max.

  • March 4, 2014 at 9:59 am

    If a player aged 18 or 19 signs an entry-level contract with a club (with his age calculated on Sept. 15 of the year he signed the contract) but does not play in at least 10 NHL games — regular season or playoffs — the contract will “slide” or be extended one year. The extension does not apply if the player turns 20 between Sept. 16 and Dec. 31 in the year he signed the contract.

  • March 4, 2014 at 10:55 am

    JS good find. The slide is still a possibility for TT…I would have to think that plays a role in the Hawks decision.

  • March 4, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Knowing how Bowman operates (we all should by now), I don’t see him burning a year of that ELC unless he plays the final 6 games this year and is an absolute force. Bowman is never about the “win now” move that jeopardizes the future.

  • March 4, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    I don’t believe a word of that Kesler shit.’ Ned Braden.

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