Marian Hossa #81 of Slovakia and Phil Kessel #81 of United States battle for the puck during the Men's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A game on day six of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Shayba Arena on February 13, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
The Chicago Blackhawks got a bit of a scare on Saturday night at Soldier Field as forward Marian Hossa left after the first period of the game with an upper body injury.
Head coach Joel Quenneville expressed some concern about the injury after the Hawks’ 5-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Soldier Field, but didn’t have many specific details as to how long the ailment would keep Hossa out of the lineup. After practice on Monday however, Quenneville told the media that Hossa would be out 2-3 weeks, but wasn’t sure if the team would call anyone up to replace Hossa on the roster.
As it stands now, the Hawks have 13 forwards and seven defensemen on the roster, so all the Hossa injury means at the moment is that Peter Regin and Michal Handzus will not be alternating nights off for the foreseeable future. If the Blackhawks do decide to call someone up, the likelihood would be that Pierre Marc Bouchard, acquired from the New York Islanders along with Regin just before the Olympics, would get the call from Rockford.
Other potential options for a call-up are Jeremy Morin, who has 21 goals and 22 assists in 43 games with the IceHogs this season, and Joakim Nordstrom, who has 15 goals and 13 assists in 49 games with the IceHogs after spending 10 games with the Blackhawks earlier this season.