Monday, March 10, 2014

Marian Hossa & Marian Gaborik Dual Jersey Card

From Upper Deck's 2010-11 Artifacts set (card #TT2-SVK - as in ''Slovakia'' - of their Tundra Tandems sub-set) comes this beautiful dual white swatch card featuring the Chicago Blackhawks' Marian Hossa and then-member of the New York Rangers Marian Gaborik, numbered 27/125:
In my opinion, Hossa is one of the past decade's 5 best all-around players in the world, capable of point-per-game production as well as shutting down the opposition, playing both on the powerplay and shorthanded, leading or trailing by a goal. A five-time All-Star (with two goals and 11 points in the mid-season classic), two-time Stanley Cup winner (and four-time finalist, including three consecutive ones with three different teams) and three-time Olympian (with 67 career points in 71 international men's games), he is the consummate overly-talented team player.

He has seven 30-goal seasons, three of them 40-plus. He also has a 100-point (43 goals) in 2006-07 and a 92-point season (39 goals) in 2005-06, both as a member of the lowly Atlanta Thrashers.

Gaborik, on the other hand, is ''merely'' a three-time All-Star, but has been named MVP of the 2012 edition. He is a more natural goal scorer than Hossa, but less gifted as a passer and shut-down player. He has only reached the 80-point threshold twice (once each with the Minnesota Wild and Rangers), but has only played more than 70 games six times in his career. He is a two-time Olympian, with 40 points in 52 men's international games, but has one thing Hossa doesn't: a medal, bronze from the 1999 World Juniors.

He will now get to compete for a Stanley Cup as a member of the Los Angeles Kings, where he will be counted on for secondary scoring and powerplay goals, but will not be the default go-to buy he was in Minnesota, New York and with the Columbus Blue Jackets, a role that will fall on the shoulders of Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter and Mike Richards; the Kings believe not having that pressure will free him and help them move up in the scoring standings.

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