Do you really want Marian Hossa back again?

ERIN NICKS

, Last Updated: 7:31 AM ET

If you're a Senators fan, it's hard to forget the team's history, particularly during the past decade.

Supporters are content to recall the happy moments, while critics love to loudly relive the subpar events.

But one has to wonder if fans and media alike have forgotten some relevant history pertaining to a former Ottawa player -- history that could haunt them once more, if this player was brought back into the fold.

That player is Marian Hossa.

Sens fans are well aware of Hossa's star power and potential as a hot commodity within the league, after all, the Senators benefited from his services for six full seasons. Power forwards of his calibre don't grow on trees, and any team looking to make noise down the regular season stretch drive and beyond would surely demonstrate interest if Atlanta Thrashers GM Don Waddell was willing to talk turkey.

But why would a playoff-obsessed team such as Ottawa wish to renew ties with Hossa when they've witnessed his lack of post-season prowess first-hand?

During his tenure in the capital, Hossa's playoff record displays little evidence of his typical regular-season flash-and-dash. The Slovak achieved double-digit totals in only two playoff runs (the most notable was 2002-03, with 16 points in 18 games -- five goals and 11 assists). All other post-seasons he finished with a paltry four points or less, including 2003-04 -- his last season in a Sens jersey.

PLAYOFF NO-SHOW

Even worse, the 29-year-old's playoff woes appear to have migrated with him to Georgia. Hossa played in four games during the 2006-07 playoffs, and notched only one point for his Thrashers.

Recalling the lack of production during critical periods is one thing -- it also helps to remember Hossa has never been touted as a physical player.

The level of grit within the Ottawa franchise has been debated for years, and last year's post-season performance helped to partially alleviate those concerns. But the issue of grit did rear its ugly head once more during the final series against Anaheim.

Flashy forwards who don't play the body make for great highlight material, but a player has to be willing to contribute more than that if he wants to win the Stanley Cup.

Subpar playoff outings, a lack of physical presence... are there any other problems Sens fans may have neglected in the midst of their longing?

How about the cost to the team itself?

If Hossa is made available at the trade deadline, Ottawa has little in the way of collateral to pull the trigger on such a significant trade. Waddell would likely be seeking multiple players under contract off the Senators' current roster, in addition to prospects or draft picks -- all of which the franchise can't afford to sacrifice at this time.

The main club would potentially be left with holes to fill, and while the rebuilding process has begun in Binghamton, the restoration of young and plentiful AHL talent is still in its infancy.

The Senators will need to retain the majority of their high draft picks in the near future in order to replenish the talent pool.

Other teams can afford to make that sacrifice. Ottawa cannot -- especially when it involves a player such as Hossa, who is on the brink of unrestricted free agency.

Whether Hossa is made available to the NHL masses Feb. 26 remains to be seen. He's a player of immense talent, and Sens observers are conscious of that fact.

DON'T FORGET

But Ottawa fans shouldn't be so quick to forget about a player's shortcomings -- particularly when the lapses were being committed in their own rink.

Yes, remember what Marian Hossa did in Ottawa. And then, remember what he didn't do at some of the most important moments in Senators history.

Are you really sure you want him back?


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