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.