The Chicago Blackhawks were expected to be making a decision on the future of Marian Hossa this summer, and it looks like they finally have come to an agreement.
Hossa’s cap hit is still $5.275 million per year over the next three years. The Blackhawks could have decided to put Hossa on the long-term injured reserve, but that doesn’t exactly give them $5.275 million extra when working on contracts this summer. So a trade was in order.
Back in May, Hossa finally confirmed the obvious while commenting the latest on his health to a Slovakian newspaper. Hossa sadly revealed that his NHL career was over.
“I will not play hockey anymore,” Hossa told Novy cas, as reported by the Chicago Sun Times.
Hossa missed the entire 2017-18 season due to a progressive skin disorder and the side effects of the medications involved to treat it. It has been apparent that his health condition is way too affected by the disorder and the side effects, and Hossa has made his health and future a priority.
Because he did not play the entire past campaign, Hossa was allowed to be placed on long-term injured reserve to avoid his $5.25-million cap hit, however they have now decided to send his contract to a team who can now reach the cap floor.
According to NHL insider Elliotte Friedman, the Hawks are working on deal where the Arizona Coyotes would take Hossa’s contract. It is believed that Vince Hinostroza is part of deal. Hinostroza is a right shot, which the Coyotes need. He tallied 13 goals and 39 points in 99 games over the past two seasons with Chicago. He is signed for two more seasons at an AAV of $1.5M.
Now, the Hawks will be able to have fun with the remaining cap room. While Hossa's deal does include a no movement clause, the Hawks have not been worried that he would waive it given his status at this point.
In 19 seasons in the NHL, Hossa tallied 525 goals and 609 assists for a total of 1,134 points in 1,309 regular-season games, and added 149 points (52 goals, 97 assists) in 205 playoff contests. He's one of 45 players in league history to net at least 500 goals in his career.
The Coyotes are known to take on dead contracts to help out other teams. Arizona has taken on the contracts defenseman Chris Pronger, Pavel Datsyuk and now Hossa... Already at the cap floor, the Coyotes might be looking to change and move some contacts this summer and Hossa's deal will make sure they still respect the limits of the cap floor.