Hossa Won't Need Surgery
According to Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman, it sounds like Marian Hossa won't be having surgery on his back. Hossa admitted after the season that he hurt his back during the Stanley Cup Finals. It is why he missed Game 3. Bowman had this to say on Friday at the Hawks Prospect Camp:
He didn't need surgery. He's doing much better than he was. He was another player that played through an awful lot of pain in the final. I think at this point there's nothing to be alarmed about. I think it's like a lot of things when you go through a long season. If you remember, we had a lot of games in a short amount of time this year. You didn't have a lot of time spaced out during the regular season due to the late start, so there's a lot of games over a short period of time. I think some rest will do him well.
Hossa said that he had two options, surgery or another shot. Just because he is not having surgery now, doesn't mean it isn't a possiblity down the road. This is why many were surprised the Hawks decided to use both of their compliance buyouts. Hossa's contract runs through till 2021.
With him not having surgery it sounds like, that Bryan Bickell and Michal Handzus were the only Hawks to have surgery. Both of them are expected to be fully recovered in time for training camp. If Hossa had surgery that probably would not have been the case.
Having Hossa healthy to start the season will be important as the team elevates Bickell to one of the top two lines and they work in a young second line center, possibly Brandon Pirri.
Thankfully for the Hawks if Hossa gets a little banged up during the season they should have plenty of options in Rockford ready to move up.