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07-22-2009, 10:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Fugu View Post
So they go to Hossa and say, "Have that surgery now, sonny." I dunno. I can see going to an extreme to get out of a cap mess that only the Hawk brass didn't see coming, but this seems pretty strange. Why did they want Hossa at all? I think they're into some star power, marketing thingy. Sidelining him for almost half the season doesn't fit in with that plan.

Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman called Marian Hossa's right rotator cuff injury "relatively minor" on Wednesday but admitted surgery remains a possibility.

"If it's something that needs to be fixed, that would be the way to go," Bowman said. "Surgery would be a last resort and we're not at that point, but if we have to do it, we have to do it."

In confirming the injury first reported by the Daily Herald late Tuesday, Bowman said Hossa has been sent to Minnesota to do his rehab work with a specialist.

"We're watching him and monitoring him," Bowman said. "Hopefully he's like a lot of other guys and he rehabs it and he's good to go.

"He could play with it. What we've got to determine is what's best for the long term. It's one of those things that can go either way."

Turns out Marian Hossa has a bum shoulder. Wasn't Martin Havlat's history of shoulder injuries a big reason why the Blackhawks inked Hossa instead?

Not to worry. That's the team's take. We knew about it all along. Relax, people.

The injury was not serious enough to dissuade them from signing the prized free-agent to the richest contract in franchise history, even though it may require surgery and could perhaps jeopardize his availability for the season opener.

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