Our European correspondent has posed a worthwhile question about Marcel Hossa, and I’ll pass along an observation from someone who knows more about this team than I do.
It goes something like this: if Hossa’s last name was not Hossa—meaning he was not somehow linked to his more famous and more talented brother—then the Rangers would get past the fixation of having him be a top two-line player and instead focus on what he is—a big guy and decent skater who seems to be lacking some offensive savvy.
Like a number of people, I haven’t been overly impressed by Hossa thus far, but I keep looking because it’s obvious that the Rangers see something in him, be it as a penalty killer or maybe something more.
How much time do they allow themselves before they give up? Good question. It doesn’t help —or it does help, depending on your perspective—that there are other players clearly nipping at his heels. Then you have to decide if your diamond in the rough is just a rock.