Marian Hossa will not play during the 2017-18 season and his future after that is still uncertain due to the side effects from the medication he is using to treat a progressive skin disorder.
The Chicago Blackhawks are expected to place Hossa on long term injured reserve once the regular season starts, which will clear nearly all of his $5.275 salary cap hit and allow general manager Stan Bowman to have some flexibility.
The only problem is that the National Hockey League has not officially rule that Hossa’s aliment fits under the guidelines of LTIR. There is a still a chance that the league may not let the Blackhawks place Hossa LTIR which will cause major salary cap headaches.
Scott Powers of The Athletic has been staying on top of the league’s decision and has been in constant contact with deputy commissioner Bill Daly. Unfortunately, Daly had “nothing new to report” when he reached out to him via email earlier this week.
Daly has said in the past that the NHL is not in a rush to make their final ruling because the Blackhawks informed them that they did not intend to place Hossa on LTIR until the season began.