Where in the world is Marian Hossa?

June 10th, 2009 by Burgundy Leave a reply »

Finding Marian Hossa in the 2009 Stanley Cup finals is almost as hard as those Where’s Waldo books from grade school – especially the one where Waldo’s at the zoo. Or the one just below where it seem’s he’s at a KFC football game.

Can you find Waldo? More importantly, can you find Marian Hossa?

Can you find Waldo? More importantly, can you find Marian Hossa?

Hossa’s playoff performance in 2008 with the Pittsburgh Penguins did wonders to shed the reputation of being a non-playoff performer. Hossa scored 26 points in 20 games in the Penguins 2008 run. So that was last year and everyone knows what happened next…

… One year later: Marian Hossa finds himself back in the Stanley Cup finals, against the very team he left. You couldn’t write a better story than this if you tried. Hossa turned down long term offers from the Pittsburgh Penguins, Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks and Montreal Canadiens (among others) for the chance to win a Stanley Cup in Detroit. Doing that probably means you really want to win a Stanley Cup, right?

Maybe not, if you are Marian Hossa. Hossa has had a fairly “meh” playoffs so far, registering only 15 points in 22 games. That’d be pretty good, if you weren’t playing with the likes of Johan Franzen, Henrik Zetterberg, Jiri Hudler, Nick Lidstrom and others. In the Finals, against his old team, Hossa has 3 assists in 6 games. Hmmm… two of those games were played with Pavel Datsyuk, too.

Marian Hossa - 2009 version

Marian Hossa - 2009 Stanley Cup finals version

It’s not just the numbers – it’s his play too. Hossa is a dominant player in the NHL because of his size, strength and hockey smarts. I haven’t really seen much of that. Sure, he’s been dominant along the boards with the puck, but the longer he holds the puck, the less likely he is to do anything with it. So while it’s impressive, where are the results to say “wow, you made something happen” ?

TSN’s Ray Ferraro made some great points following Pittsburgh’s clutch game 6 victory saying Hossa looks like he’s scared to touch the puck or do anything with it.

I agree with that.

Hossa’s not throwing the body much either; not making impact hits, not forechecking or owning the neutral zone as well as he can or as well as coach Mike Babcock probably wants. If anything, it should of be him stepping up to shadow Evgeni Malkin during Datsyuk’s absence. Had he done so, would we still be talking about who will win this series?

I just don’t get it – this is Hossa’s chance to win the big one and he’s not showing up. Not even close. If you can’t show up on the score board, you can sure as hell contribute with strong, aggressive play. And I still don’t get why Waldo is at a KFC football game, either.

Stay classy, Marian Hossa

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6 comments

  1. Justin says:

    I like the fact that Hossa’s team could be the losers of the cup on home ice two years in a row. That would make my year.

  2. Burgundy says:

    True! And don’t forget Ty Conklin too. :)

    I got a feeling about Pittsburgh this year… I think they can take this.

  3. Justin says:

    I think there are a ton of ifs in this series.
    What if Sykora played like last year?
    What if Hossa did the same?
    What if the goaltenders weren’t as dominant as they were?
    What if Datsyuk played all series?
    What if they were healthy?
    What if we weren’t?
    My point being that it is the playoffs, and we can manipulate the statistics all we want, but what it boils down to is that we played a style that kept us healthy. They apparenly didn’t. Is it the style or the age? If the Wings were younger, would they be so beat up?
    We will never know, but when we raise that cup in Detroit, no one will care!

  4. patrivk says:

    where the hell is he

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