Anything else in this crazy off-season? Jesus H. Christ.
The NHL is investigating whether or not the Blackhawks made yet another boo-boo during contract negotiations, this time with prized free agent signing Marian Hossa. Apparently, Hossa and the Blackhawks discussed Hossa retiring before the contract was up in order to ease the Blackahwks’ cap hit.
The Detroit Red Wings gave similar deals to Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen, but their deals don’t get as ridiculous as Hossa’s in the latter years of the deal.
“We’re trying to understand how it was negotitated and whether the intent and effect is to circumvent the cap,” said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Duffy.
Wow, ya think? Of course it was! Hossa will be making $7 million-plus in the first seven years of the 12-year deal, and it will then trickle all the way down to $750,000 for the final two years. There is no doubt the Blackhawks structured the contract that way in order to ease the team’s cap hit. You don’t need to investigate this.
The NHL has been bitching about these long-term deals for quite some time now. If the Blackhawks and Hossa are found to have negotiated something under the table, they’ll be facing a shitstorm of fines and lost draft picks. I’m still pissed Hossa is going to be out for the first two months of the season, and now this shit comes up.