Marian Hossa will have surgery, after all, the Blackhawks announced today. The recovery time is said to be four months, according to the Blackhawks’ head physician, which puts Hossa back into the Hawk line-up in late November.
Look at the bright side: at least it’s only an 11 1/2 year deal now.
All kidding aside, though it’s not optimal, the injury is no big deal. Hossa has a history of staying healthy, and a rather minor shoulder injury – which he apparently played through for quite some time – shouldn’t cause too much worry. Moreover, the Hawks should have enough fire power to land in a top-four spot in the Conference next season with or without any Hossa-related regular season heroics. So long as he has a pulse come May, I think we can all continue to enjoy the summer.
The bad news: Because of the way the Hawks have handled their business since John McDonough became president – and in particular the Tallon dismissal – we’ll never know the real circumstances behind the signing. I suppose we’re left to believe it was Tallon’s decision, but I wouldn’t buy it.