Marian Hossa, forward
2013-14 cap hit: $5,275,000| Age: 35 | Season stats: 30 goals, 30 assists, plus-28
Season recap: There were questions about Hossa’s durability and his future health after he dealt with a back issue late in the 2013 season and in training camp. He responded by putting together one of his best all-around seasons since joining the Blackhawks. He was among the league’s leaders in goals and takeaways. He was disappointed with just two playoff goals.
Season highlight: Hossa was one of the main reasons why the Blackhawks eliminated the Minnesota Wild in the second round. He had one goal, eight assists and was a plus-7 in the series.
Season lowlight: Hossa didn’t contribute as much in the other two rounds. He combined for one goal, four assists and was a minus-7 in 13 playoff games against the St. Louis Blues and Los Angeles Kings.
Final grade: A.
Inside the numbers: Hossa shot the puck 30.2 percent of the time when he was on the ice in 5-on-5 situations, according to extraskater.com. He ranked second behind Jeremy Morin (35.5 percent) on the Blackhawks.
Notes: Hossa recorded 60 points for the ninth time in his career.
Quotes: “I was a little bit worried in the beginning, but I’m glad I didn’t need the surgery,” Hossa said of his back after the season. “When I took the shot, it definitely helped. That basically carried me through the whole season. I think for myself I played a good number of games, and I’m happy about it. Like last bunch of seasons, there was a bunch of hockey for me. So now, I just have to make sure I recharge and get ready for a new season.”
What’s next: Hossa’s season should give the Blackhawks some optimism he’s still capable of playing at a high level for at least a few more seasons. He still has seven more seasons remaining on his contract.