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PHT Morning Skate: Now 35, Hossa isn’t slowing down

Jan 21, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

Chicago Blackhawks' Marian Hossa (81) celebrates with teammates after scoring his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) AP

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Marian Hossa celebrated his 35th birthday last week, but at this rate he still has a lot of good hockey left in him. (Chicago Tribune)

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A recent study reported that 63% of players missed at least one game due to an injury over the course of the 2009-10 through 2011-12 campaigns. On average, $239 million was paid out to injured players annually. (Toronto Star)

Mark Stone is just 21 years old, but the Ottawa Senators forward has already been forced to deal with a number of injuries. His latest setback occurred during Monday’s practice when he fell into the boards after tripping on a puck. (Ottawa Citizen)

Montreal Canadiens prospect Zachary Fucale has a chance at becoming the first goaltender in QMJHL history to earn 100 career victories in less than 150 contests. He’s won 99 in 144 matches with the Halifax Mooseheads going into tonight’s contest against the Saint John Sea Dogs. (

Is Corey Crawford‘s success primarily a reflection of the team he plays on or is he an elite goaltender in his own right? (CSN Chicago)

San Jose rookie forward Matt Nieto has looked great on a line with Tommy Wingels and Patrick Marleau. (CSN Bay Area)

A look at five NHL storylines that have been developing in the year since the lockout ended. (AP via Washington Times)

  1. hockey412 - Jan 21, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Seeing as he’s under contract until he’s 97 years old, it’s probably good that Hossa is still going strong. I couldn’t get to that article, by the way. Just to the main page for the Tribune.

    • esracerx46 - Jan 21, 2014 at 9:04 AM

      42 but point taken. His salary for this year and the next 2 is 7.9 million. Then it dips to 4 million followed by a few years at 1 million. Nobody thought he’d make it to the end of it when it was signed. Thats why the league went after the hawks for circumventing the cap. But you look at guys like Jagr and Selanne…its plausible he can play competitive hockey until then. 7 years is a long ways away and who knows if a 40 year old Boss a will be worth 5.25 million on the cap. The 35 year old version certainly is.

    • chicagobtech - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:03 AM

      The Trib has a pay wall in place. Some articles are behind it, others aren’t. Sounds like this one is behind the wall.

  2. LampyB - Jan 21, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    That article on Crawford is useless, thats all you could find this morning?

  3. ineedmorehossa - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    I need more Hossa

    • chicagobtech - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      We all do, buddy. We all do.

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