When you see Nick Boynton, it’s best you get the hell out of the way. Apparently, Marian Hossa hadn’t heard those words of advice as he collided with Boynton at practice on Monday and limped off the ice not to return. Joel Quenneville was not at practice (He was in Montreal attending Pat Burns’ funeral) nor were any of the regular Hawk beat writers (day off) so we’re left to guess.
Since we heard nothing, it’s all speculation until it’s something else. Not to downplay any kind of serious injury, but Marian Hossa hasn’t been the same player since he returned from the upper body injury he suffered in late October.
In the 10 games he’s played in since returning, Hossa has one goal and 6 assists. While that looks respectable, if you dig a little deeper, you’ll see that five of those points (1 goal and 4 assists) came in two games. In the other 8 games, he had two assists.
Not exactly the stuff of legend. The Hawks have played pretty well with a less than stellar version of him. There’s no reason they should struggle without him. Anything else is a lame excuse.
–In other news, Dylan Olsen and Brandon Pirri were each invited to the Team Canada’s World Junior tryouts. Last year, Olsen was one of the last cuts and he’ll have his work cut out for him once again as Canada is loaded at defense. Pirri is a longshot to make it but with a strong camp, he’ll have a fighter’s chance at nabbing one of the final roster spots. Either way, it’s a good experience for both of them.
Team USA will announce their camp roster on December 7th. Assuming the Blackhawks give them permission to leave the IceHogs for the two plus weeks, Nick Leddy and Jeremy Morin will most definitely make the team. Something to keep an eye on, for sure.