CHICAGO – The Blackhawks made a significant financial commitment to Marian Hossa before the 2009 season, with confidence that he would answer the bell for them.
But the Hossa that was among the most durable players in the league isn’t the one that the Hawks signed to a 12-year contract before last season.
On Tuesday, it was announced that the 31-year-old winger would be sidelined for two to three weeks because of a lower-body injury, the result of a collision with teammate Nick Boynton in practice Monday.
In the past two seasons, Hossa has sat out 31 games, including Tuesday’s 7-5 win against the St. Louis Blues. He sat out only 30 games in the nine seasons before his arrival last season.
“Things like that happen,” coach Joel Quenneville said after a pre-game skate on Tuesday. “It can happen away from the game, too, so it’s all part of it. You deal with it.”
Forward Jeremy Morin was recalled from the Rockford IceHogs to take his place on the roster.
“It’s an opportunity for Morin to come up, and hopefully, he can take advantage of the chance and the challenge,” Quenneville said. “We’ll just go from there.”
More of Morin: The 19-year-old Morin liked to think that his earlier short stay with the team would be beneficial to him this time around.
The New York native made his NHL debut Nov. 6 against the Atlanta Thrashers and played in one other game before returned to the AHL club.
“I’m a little more comfortable out there,” he said. “The first time was a little more nerves and excitement. There is still a little bit more of that definitely, but to get my feet wet was a good experience for me. Hopefully, I’ll learn from it.”
Home for the holidays: After a 4-2 road trip, the team returned to the United Center for the first of four consecutive home games.
“We came off two real nice, solid wins before we came home,” Quenneville said. “Basically, that’s how we want our guys to approach it at home. Playing hard is what will make us successful.”
Next: The organization will host toy drives before each of the next three home games against the Vancouver Canucks (Friday), Calgary Flames (Sunday) and Dallas Stars (Dec. 8).