The Chicago Blackhawks traded Marian Hossa to the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday, signaling the end of the future Hall of Famer’s tenure in the Windy City.
OFFICIAL: The #Blackhawks have acquired Marcus Kruger, MacKenzie Entwistle, Jordan Maletta, Andrew Campbell and a 2019 fifth-round draft pick from Arizona in exchange for Marian Hossa, Vinnie Hinostroza, Jordan Oesterle and a 2019 third-round pick. pic.twitter.com/2C2QxZkIGX
— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) July 12, 2018
Hossa, 39, along with forward Vinnie Hinostroza, were traded to Arizona in exchange for the players above, as well as a swap of 2019 third and fifth-round draft picks.
For Hossa, it marks an anti-climactic, bittersweet ending to a nine-year run with the organization. Hossa won three Stanley Cup championships in a six-year span from 2009-15, with the first helping the team end a 47-year title drought.
Hossa’s NHL future have been in doubt dating back to last season. Here is what you need to know about the Marian Hossa trade:
1. Hossa Missed the Entire 2017-18 Season
Hossa did not play for the Blackhawks during the 2017-18 season because of a progressive skin disorder, which is not too uncommon among professional athletes, but not as publicized. He was experiencing allergic reactions to his equipment, and side effects from the medication prescribed to help the issue.
“While I am disappointed that I will not be able to play, I have to consider the severity of my condition and how the treatments have impacted my life both on and off the ice,” Hossa said.
2. Blackhawks Gain Important Salary Cap Flexibility
League source says the Coyotes will use LTIR for Hossa. Insurance will pay the remaining 20% of Hossa’s contract. He only makes $1M in cash each of the final three years of his contract.
— Craig Morgan (@craigsmorgan) July 12, 2018
Hossa has three years remaining on his contract with an average annual value of $5.275 million; the trade was predominantly orchestrated to clear that figure off Chicago’s sheet.
The Blackhawks have approximately $3.9 million in salary cap space, according to CapFriendly.com. The trade allows the team flexibility it hasn’t seen in recent seasons.
The Coyotes will most likely place his contract on Long Term Injured Reserve, allowing the organization, per Collective Bargaining Agreement rules, to exceed the salary cap, if necessary, as the Blackhawks have done in recent seasons.
3. Hossa Is on His Way to Toronto in the Future
Hossa, the No. 12 pick in the 1997 NHL Draft has built a Hall of fame worthy career.
Hossa ranks 34th on the NHL’s all-time list in goals, 80th in assists, 54th in points, and 60th in games played; he also compiled 149 points (52 goals, 97 assists) in 205 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He is a five-time All-Star, who played in five Stanley Cup Final series, going 3-2, with two losses in consecutive years as a member of the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins (played for both losing teams) from 2007-09.
He also led the NHL in shorthanded goals twice (2005-06, …read more