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‘Hawks lose Hossa (upper body) for 2-3 weeks

Mar 3, 2014, 12:47 PM EDT

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Chicago will be without the services of Marian Hossa for the next 2-3 weeks due to an injury suffered during Saturday’s 5-1 win over Pittsburgh at Soldier Field, head coach Joel Quenneville announced.

Hossa, 35, left the game with 6:34 remaining in the first period and didn’t return to the ice. The Blackhawks then announced he’d miss the remainder of the game with an upper-body issue — all told, Hossa played just six shifts and had 4:18 of ice time before leaving.

It’s expected that Brandon Saad will elevate to a top-line winger role in Hossa’s absence, lining up alongside Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp. Quenneville also said the club might look at calling someone up from AHL Rockford — on that, it’s worth noting the ‘Hawks flipped Brandon Pirri to Florida on Sunday. The former second-round pick had 13 points in 35 games with Chicago over the last four seasons.

Regardless of who fills in, it’ll be difficult replacing Hossa’s production. The Slovakian had 50 points in 57 games this year while averaging over 18 minutes per night.

  1. bsaures - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Marian Hossa is 35 its his brother Marcel who is 32

    • esracerx46 - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:23 PM

      Just said “Hossa, 32”. Didn’t specify which Hossa.

      • bsaures - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:30 PM

        It said Marian Hossa in the previous paragraph along with it having a picture of him and mentioned Chicago a team Marcel never played for. It was very clearly talking about Marian.

  2. esracerx46 - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Upper body is not good given his history. He had the concussion from Torres, and the neck issue last year during the playoffs. No bueno. Time to see what Morin can do.

  3. 19to77 - Mar 3, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Man, I love watching Hossa play. It’s a shame he’s gotten so injury-prone the last few years. Every season there seems to be a lengthy run of missed games. He played all but one in 2011, but other than that year he’s missed 10-20 games pretty much every season since he was a Red Wing. That was quite a while ago now. Get better soon Hoss!

  4. blackhawksdynasty - Mar 3, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Like I said Saturday nite….let big hoss rest up and get healthy for the final stretch when we’ll really need him. He probably needs a decent break anyway, as many of us old guys need from time to time.

    Plus, as esracerx alluded to, Morin deserves another chance to prove himself. He’s on an absolute tear in Rockford.

  5. joey4id - Mar 3, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    This is a big blow for the Hawks with the Blues breathing down their neck. Losing a player in the final stretch of the season is a tough. Hope the rest of the boys can keep the Blues at bay.

    • jhaegs - Mar 3, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      Technically, the Hawks are breathing down the Blues’ neck…

  6. earpaniac - Mar 3, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    As long as he’s healthy for the playoffs, this isn’t a big deal. He probably needs the rest just as much as anything.

  7. slysipops - Mar 3, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    oh man not again ! this is happening way too much! not good for him or the team

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