Once Ryan Kesler was traded to Anaheim it seemed obvious that the Blackhawks were going to look for a bargain center on the free agent market. Sure, Jason Spezza was there to be had if they truly wanted him, but he also brought with him a $7 million cap hit that would require a lot of roster shuffling.
On Tuesday, the first day of NHL free agency, the Blackhawks found a solution that just made too much sense not to do.
While it hasn’t quite reached the level of the Bears forever searching for a quarterback before trading for Jay Cutler, it feels like the Blackhawks have been trying and failing to land a second center behind Jonathan Toews for years now. Of course, unlike the Bears, the Blackhawks quest hasn’t kept them from winning, though I suppose that second-line centers aren’t as important as quarterbacks.
But I digress.
The Blackhawks victory over the Penguins at Soldier Field has come with a cost. Marian Hossa left the game early with the classic “upper-body injury” and that injury to the northern half of Marian Hossa’s being will cost him more than one game.
The Blackhawks announced on Monday that Hossa is going to be out two to three weeks.