Hossa headed back to Senators?

Here's something to consider.

With Dany Heatley expected to miss up to six weeks with a shoulder injury, the Ottawa Senators may be looking for someone to step in to that high-powered offense.

Someone familiar with the team and their philosophies. Someone like, say, Marian Hossa.

Hossa registered a natural hat trick on Tuesday night in Atlanta's 5-1 rout of the league-leading Detroit Red Wings. After setting career highs with 43 goals and 57 assists last season, Hossa has 19 and 23 through 44 games.

With the trading deadline coming up on Feb. 26, it's not a stretch to think that Hossa could be headed back to Canada's capital city. Hossa's three-year, $18 million contract -- signed in 2005 when he was acquired for Heatley, who wanted to leave the Atlanta Thrashers after causing the 2003 death of teammate Dan Snyder in an alcohol-related car crash -- expires after this season.

Selected 12th overall by the Senators in the 1997 NHL draft, Hossa still ranks third on the franchise's all-time list with 188 goals, sixth with 202 assists and fifth with 390 points.

Heading into play on Wednesday, the Senators lead the Eastern Conference with 62 points and their 157 goals scored are second only to the Red Wings.


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2. Bill Guerin, New York Islanders: Guerin scored twice in a 3-1 victory, the Islanders' sixth straight over the New Jersey Devils dating back to last season. Guerin was the Devils' first-round selection in the 1989 NHL draft.

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