Good morning Chicago Blackhawks fans! I heard this idea floated out there somewhere probably on a podcast on my ride to work, so I thought it would be fun to write about a perfect Marian Hossa plan to foil the NHL salary cap.
For starters, the NHL salary cap has some really dumb wording in it beside just negating teams that draft smart from becoming long term dynasties.
The biggest thing that they did that has hampered the game and really made a mockery of it has been the salary recapture rule. It seems like almost every team has done something to put a player on LTIR when they essentially were retiring.
So the situation arises that Marian Hossa is done playing hockey due to a rare skin disorder. My perfect plan for #81 would be to have him sit out the entire regular season on LTIR, and then comeback to play for the Chicago Blackhawks during the Stanley Cup playoffs depending on how strong a shot the Hawks had at a Stanley Cup.
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This would be a huge FU to the NHL and the salary cap since the Hawks would have circumvented the cap while also playing by the rules and you know picking up a possible future Hall of Famer that would have fresh legs for a playoff run.
Of course this plan only works once, since the NHL wouldn’t allow the Hawks to continue to keep putting Hossa back and forth on the LTIR due to the skin illness.
I really hate the salary cap, especially a hard one since it penalizes teams that scout well and develop their kids well. Just a wild thought!
Here are some morning links to start your hump day!
If you missed it last week, here is the opening ceremony from the Blackhawks convention (Blackhawks)
Luc Snuggerud could be a dark horse candidate for the Chicago Blackhawks roster (Madhouse Enforcer)
One on one interview with Brandon Saad (CSN)
What 10 teams around the NHL have improved the most this offseason (Bleacher Report)
Could the Avalanche be looking to trade Tyson Barrie (Mile High Sticking)
The Winnipeg Jets signed another goalie yesterday (Sportsnet)
Could Team Canada use Shane Doan and/or Jarome Iginla in the 2018 Olympics? (Pro Hockey Talk)